Free Enterprise Speaker Series looks at state’s craft liquor industry

Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series looks at the legal framework in place for the production and distribution of alcoholic beverages in America and the legacy of Prohibition, from 5 until 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Room 101 of the Forsyth Building.

Alistair Williams, a professor in the College of Hospitality Management at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, will talk about at the extent to which federal and state legislation has influenced the growth of the craft liquor industry, particularly in North Carolina.

Alistair Williams

The presentation is titled “Exploring the Impact of Legislation on Craft Liquor in North Carolina: The Legacy of Prohibition.” Alistair has worked extensively in the alcohol beverage industry internationally, including spending time in senior management positions. He recently published articles that explore the legal impediments to the growth of craft beverages in North Carolina.

With three events each semester, WCU’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series “offers a forum for the campus and community to explore all points of view on important issues of the day, hear from renowned experts from a variety of fields and understand multiple perspectives through civil, informed discourse,” said Edward Lopez, WCU professor of economics and director of WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise, which sponsors the series.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Polly Smith Benzant, administrative support for WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at