Beer, Wine, and Spirits Laws and Regulations

Course Code: FSC 821

Credits: 3 credits

This course examines the laws, regulations, and policies that govern alcohol beverages in the United States. The emphasis is on federal laws, specifically regulation by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Among other concepts, this course will cover: industry’s primary regulators, the classification of beverages, the regulation of labeling and advertising, three-tier distribution system, excise taxes, and liability.

The learning objectives of this course are to enable students to:

  • Recognize the overarching themes of alcohol regulation in the United States
  • Understand the nature of the regulatory process as it pertains to alcoholic beverages
  • Identify agencies’ roles in the regulation of alcohol beverages
  • Understand the classification of alcohol beverages
  • Introduce the concepts of labeling and excise taxation as applied to alcohol beverages
  • Explore distribution and sale of alcohol beverages


This course is offered each spring semester.

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