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Free Beer: Liberating Libations from ‘Bootleggers and Baptists’

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Event:
Free Beer: Liberating Libations from ‘Bootleggers and Baptists’
Start:
May 21, 2013 5:00 pm
End:
May 21, 2013 6:30 pm
Category:
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Updated:
May 14, 2013
Venue:
AEI HQ
Address:
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1150 17th Street, NW 12th Floor, Washington, DC, DC, 20036 , United States

 

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For centuries, the manufacture and sale of beer, wine, and spirits has been a highly profitable and highly regulated enterprise. And where profit and regulation meet, cronyism and rent-seeking frequently follow.

 

From moonshiners buying off politicians during the Prohibition era to liquor stores trying to ban supermarkets from selling beer today, regulation has been used to keep start-up brewers, winemakers, and distillers from manufacturing alcohol; to preserve inefficient distribution systems; and to restrict choices available to consumers. Frequently, this regulation has been used for “noble social goals” — hence the famous public choice example of “Bootleggers and Baptists.”

 

Can markets and consumers win? Join us for a discussion of the history and future of federal and state alcohol regulation and competition, followed by a reception with beer, wine, and spirits.

 

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