On Sept. 17, America’s beer distributors joined citizens throughout the country in commemorating Constitution Day, which celebrates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), Alexandria, Va., President and Chief Executive Officer Craig Purser issued the following statement:

“NBWA raises a glass in celebration of our nation’s Constitution, including its role in establishing the effective state-based alcohol regulatory system that we have in America today. Alcohol is the only product in commerce with two constitutional amendments of its own. The 18th Amendment, which established National Prohibition, was a failure because it was a one-size-fits-all policy imposed by the federal government on a large and diverse population. The 21st Amendment recognized this failure and not only repealed the 18th Amendment but established today’s successful system of alcohol regulation and distribution, which gives each state primary authority to enact and enforce alcohol laws consistent with the desires and needs of its citizens. America’s 3,300 independent, licensed beer distributors — and the 130,000 men and women in the industry — are proud to be part of this effective system of alcohol controls that works to protect the public and provide consumers with unparalleled choice and variety.”