Symposium 21

October 2-3, 2013

Photo courtesy of the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau


Marking 80 Years of Alcohol Regulation

Welcome to Des Moines, Iowa and host to Symposium 21: Marking 80 Years of Alcohol Regulation in Iowa!

In 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which repealed Prohibition and turned over control of alcohol regulation to individual states. On July 10, 1933, Iowa became the eleventh state to ratify the 21st Amendment and began the process of regulating the sale and distribution of alcohol within it's borders. While most Americans are familiar with our nation'€™s infamous "dry" period, few fully recognize the importance of the regulatory framework that followed the historic amendment's passage. Today the three-tier distribution system still plays a pivotal role in curbing abuses prevalent in the Pre-Prohibition era.

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and the Alcoholic Beverages Commission are pleased to offer this unique opportunity to engage licensees, policy makers, industry professionals, local authorities and prevention experts in a discussion about the relevance and benefits of the three-tier system in the 21st century.

During the conference, attendees will get an overview of Iowa alcohol laws and regulations that impact licensees, local authorities, law enforcement, and prevention experts. Items covered will include: advertising, age to sell, outdoor service, catering privilege, selling on credit, refilling bottles, home brew, growlers, and much more!

In addition, panel discussions will delve into important topics on responsible retailing, liquor license density, and discuss social media as a communication tool. Conference attendees will also learn the latest about recent changes to alcohol laws in other parts of the country and pivotal court cases that may impact a state's right to regulate alcohol within it's borders.

Join the conversation this October to learn the history behind the three-tier system and the advantages it still provides today!


Conference Location

Embassy Suites Downtown
101 East Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309