At Eagle Beverage, we support programs which educate our employees, customers, and consumers of legal drinking age, on how to enjoy our products responsibly, in moderation, and to never drink and drive!
Importance of Alcohol History and the Three Tier System
Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, in place from 1920 to 1933. The ban was mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and the Volstead Act set down the rules for enforcing the ban and defined the types of alcoholic beverages that were prohibited. Private ownership and consumption of alcohol was not made illegal.
Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933.
The Three Tier System
As a licensed distributor, we support and participate in the three tier system of alcohol regulation. This system of checks and balances was put into place following prohibition, to ensure alcohol could be provided safely to consumers, as well as creating a simple method to collect tax revenue. Today, we are proud to take part in a system that allows us the opportunity to provide choice and value to our customers and consumers. We are an important bridge between manufacturers and retailers, ensuring that new brands have equal access to market and that all alcohol is procured from, and provided to, licensed accounts – preventing tainted alcohol from entering the marketplace.
MBWDA advocates for independent, licensed distributors and their role in providing efficient distribution through effective state based three-tier alcohol regulation.
1. To educate members, regulators, legislators, retailers and the public about; Why alcohol is different, the Purpose of effective, state based three tier alcohol regulation and the Role of the middle tier in promoting responsible use, orderly, transparent and accountable markets, respect for the law and efficient collection of revenue.
2. To advocate for legislation that promotes effective public policy.
3. To do more than just deliver beer and wine – be actively involved in our communities, provide good jobs, promote responsibility and deliver customer value through choice, variety and service.
4. To promote responsible use of beer and wine by legal age adults and support programs that effectively reduce illegal underage use and drunk driving.
Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service
Responsible Alcohol Sales And Service Training Program
Montana requires alcohol server training from a state-approved program for anyone serving or selling alcohol within 60 days of being hired and renewal training every three years. The Alcohol Education and Training unit teaches about safe and responsible alcohol sales, service, and consumption.
Main points of SB 29: Mandatory Training for Sellers and Servers of Alcohol:
All servers and sellers of alcohol must be trained
Training must be completed within 60 days of new hire, and every three years thereafter
Employer must maintain records of training, and certify annually upon license renewal that they are in compliance
Volunteers are not required to have training (Brewfests, rodeos, 4th of July, etc)
Alicensee found to be out of compliance may be fined $50.00 for the first offense, $200.00 for the second and 350.00 for the third violation in a three year period
The department shall consider mitigating circumstances such as prior history, good faith efforts to prevent a violation, written policies concerning employee conduct, and if the violation was discovered as part of a compliance check, or sting operation
Jurisdiction. The implementation and enforcement of any mandatory server and sales training programs in this state is under the exclusive authority and jurisdiction of the department of revenue
ServSafe and TiPS are both approved by the department for classroom training
ServSafe and TiPS online courses are also approved by the department and offer the convenience of 24/7 access
ServSafe and TiPS maintain secure data bases so record keeping for employee training is problem free
Drunk Driving Prevention
Drunk driving is 100% preventable. Here are some steps to avoid driving under the influence:
Choose a non-drinking designated driver.
If you plan to have a drink alone, consider doing so at home.
Arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up. If you don’t already have them in your phone’s contacts, be sure to add them ahead of time.
If you haven’t already, download car-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, and/or save local taxi cab numbers in your phone’s contacts.
Make sure to eat a full healthy meal before alcohol consumption.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water – especially before and after consuming alcoholic beverages.
Know your limit. Learn how alcohol affects you individually. Be aware that certain medications can intensify the effects of alcohol. Using a blood alcohol calculator, like the one below from Responsibility.org can help you judge a safe amount for you to drink, even before you head out for the evening.
Underage Drinking Prevention
Anheuser-Busch strives to prevent underage drinking by providing resources to parents, retailers and educators. Family Talk About Drinking is an underage drinking prevention program created by Anheuser-Busch in collaboration with certified parent coach MJ Corcoran. The program provides community support and resources parents can utilize throughout the parenting process.
Family Talk About Drinking uses “Stages of Parenting” to help parents create the right age-specific atmosphere so they can have meaningful conversations about underage drinking with their kids.