One annoying talking point I keep hearing is that liberalizing the alcohol market would put all the beer distributors out of business. It’s just not true.
And I know it’s not true because they still have beer distributors in states where supermarkets and convenience stores and gas stations sell beer.
There will still be a market for beer distributors because grocery stores won’t be able to carry cases of all the brands people want. Grocery stores will carry some cases of the top selling stuff, but people will still need to go to beer distributors to get cases of craft beer and kegs.
Will every current beer distributor survive in a more competitive market? Probably not. Will the market be able to support as many beer distributors as exist today? Maybe not. Will beer distributor businesses be as profitable as they are today? Definitely not.
But the great thing about life in a market economy is that there is absolutely no reason for politicians to care about the answers to those questions.
Businesses go bust all the time. Markets change and some businesses end up making more money, and some end up making less. The role of the political system is to encourage that churn so we’re always getting better businesses and more convenient access to the stuff we want to buy.