Monday, May 20, 2013

Cool Think Tank Event of the Week: AEI & "Free Beer"

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will be hosting an event on Tuesday (May 21) titled "Free Beer: Liberating Libations from 'Bootleggers and Baptists.'"

Here is a description of the event, which includes a reception afterwards:
For centuries, the manufacture and sale of beer, wine, and spirits has been a highly profitable and highly regulated enterprise. And where profit and regulation meet, cronyism and rent-seeking frequently follow.
From moonshiners buying off politicians during the Prohibition era to liquor stores trying to ban supermarkets from selling beer today, regulation has been used to keep start-up brewers, winemakers, and distillers from manufacturing alcohol; to preserve inefficient distribution systems; and to restrict choices available to consumers. Frequently, this regulation has been used for “noble social goals” — hence the famous public choice example of "Bootleggers and Baptists."
Can markets and consumers win? Join us for a discussion of the history and future of federal and state alcohol regulation and competition, followed by a reception with beer, wine, and spirits.
The panelists will be:
  • Brandon Arnold, National Taxpayer Union
  • Stephen George, Montesquieu Wines
  • Jacob Grier, Liquidity Preference

Here is more about Montesquieu Winery.  Here are some of the wines that you may try at the reception.

Back in February, AEI held an event on food trucks, which was mentioned in Think Tank Watch.