Understanding the Three-Tier System: Its Impacts on U.S. Craft Beer and You



Marc Sorini wrote this bylined article about the advantages of the three-tier distribution system to craft brewers and importers that “would have a hard time affording all the warehouses and trucks needed to distribute beer over wide territories on their own.” Fortunately for such companies, Mr. Sorini wrote, “the laws of many states provide flexibility allowing many brewery business models to thrive within the overall three-tier structure.”