The 2,800 distilleries in the US produce liquors, blend liquors, and blend and mix liquor and other ingredients. Major product categories include vodka, whisky, rum, tequila, and gin. Firms may also produce other types of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine.

Heavy Government Regulation

The alcoholic beverage industry is heavily regulated by federal, state, and local governments.

Concentrated Distribution Channels

The US distribution system for wine and spirits is concentrated and continues to consolidate.