Still, according to Jarrett Dieterle, who researches alcohol regulation at R Street, a policy think tank, “2020 was the most important year for alcohol since the end of Prohibition.”

He thinks these laws could make it easier for distilleries and breweries to ship their products across state lines. “You know, me in Virginia, can get my favorite [India pale ale] from a craft brewery in rural northern Michigan,” Dieterle said.

It’s something wine lovers have been able to do for years.

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