Beer Dispensers & Tap Towers

Keep specialty drinks flowing through your busiest shifts by investing in durable beer dispensers and tap towers.

Drip Trays and Accessories

Make bar cleanup simple with the right draft beer drip trays and accessories to save time after your shift.

Growlers, Glasses & More

Use eye-catching growlers and glasses to create a professional drink presentation for your customers.

Beer Brewing Equipment

Stock up on reliable beer brewing equipment so you can create signature beers for your stock.

Floor Mats & Shelving Equipment

Keep your shop safe and organized with the help of the proper floor mats and shelving equipment.

Transporters & Organizers

Use transporters and organizers to move heavy kegs from your storage room to your kegerator with ease.

Refrigerators, Parts & Machines

Offer refreshing beverages in your beer distributor by investing in a variety of refrigerators and refrigerated machines.

Safety Products & Cleaning Chemicals

Effective safety products and cleaning chemicals are essential for protecting your beer distributor customers.

Snacks & Disposables

Provide customers with snacks and disposable so they can prepare for their own parties and events.

Designed for commercial settings, our beer distributor supplies withstand high-volume use. Whether you need floor mats, shelving, and transporters to create a functional back of house operation or attractive beer dispensers and tap towers, we have the tools you need. We’ve even rounded up the most popular snacks and disposables that accompany beer orders. For more bar and distribution supplies, check out our game room supplies, cocktail glasses, and cocktail bitters and concentrated flavors.
How to Obtain a Liquor License

How to Obtain a Liquor License

Are you interested in learning how to apply for a liquor license for your new bar, restaurant, or nightclub? Liquor laws vary by state and are determined by local agencies, so it's important to be well-informed before beginning the process of applying for a license. If you're interested in learning more about how to get a liquor license for your establishment, keep reading! How to Apply for A Liquor License We've compiled a step-by-step list to guide you through the process of applying for a liquor license. If you're planning on opening your own bar, you'll need to be familiar with these requirements. Click on any of the steps below to choose the section that most interests you: Determine Your State's Alcohol Laws Do You Live in a Liquor License Quota State? Do You Need a Specific Class of Liquor License? Preparing to File a Liquor License Application How Much Does a Liquor License Cost? Filing Your Application for a Liquor License Alcoholic Beverage Control Agencies by State 1. Determine Your State's Alcohol Laws Because each state has its own specific rules regarding the distribution, sale, and consumption of alcohol, the first step in getting a liquor license is determining your state's alcohol laws. Every state has its own Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agency, which is the governing body that makes any and all rules pertaining to alcohol. Additionally, many counties and towns have their own standards and requirements that accompany more general state laws. What Do Liquor License Laws Usually Regulate? To whom alcohol can be sold When businesses are permitted to sell alcohol Types of alcohol that can be sold Which containers alcohol can be served in and how much can be sold at one time Where and when alcohol can be served or sold to go Whether businesses are permitted to manufacture, distribute, and sell alcohol (or any combination of the three) How much alcohol costs Liquor license fees and quotas Liquor license laws may also stipulate that: Wholesale beer, wine, and liquor vendors may not sell to establishments without a valid liquor license No discounts on liquor are permitted (such as happy hours or 2-for-1 specials) Unfinished bottles of wine may not be taken home Customers be limited to 1 drink only Insurance companies will not cover claims related to alcohol if a business doesn't have a valid liquor license Is Your Area Zoned to Sell Alcohol? While the majority of states and counties in the United States are zoned to sell alcohol, there are also plenty that aren't. In states like Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky, there are dry counties, which are areas that prohibit the sale of alcohol. On the other hand, states like North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have "mixed" counties that moderate the sale of alcohol but not its on-premise consumption. So, you'll want to ensure your local township or county is zoned for the sale of alcohol in the first place. 2. Figure Out if You Live in a Liquor License Quota State While some states offer an unlimited number of liquor licenses, others have specific quotas set for the number of licenses they'll issue. As of 2014, the following states are considered "quota" states: Alaska Arizona California Florida Idaho Kentucky Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Montana New Jersey New Mexico Ohio Pennsylvania South Dakota Utah Washington Some neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Why Do Liquor License Quotas Exist? In the majority of states with quotas, the specific locality's population determines the number of licenses available. So, as an area gains more residents, the amount of new licenses that can be issued increases. These quota figures vary across states. It's important to check with your state's ABC agency to determine how strict the quota actually is, as this will weigh heavily into the cost and availability of a license. In the other 33 non-quota states, liquor licenses cost only a few hundred dollars. In quota states, however, restaurants and bars can pay up to $300,000 for a new license. Quota laws were created in the aftermath of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition. Politicians were concerned about the consumption of alcohol and felt drinking and the perceived ills that accompanied it would run rampant if liquor went unregulated. Interestingly, establishments in quota states that already have licenses often resist efforts to raise the number of licenses permitted or the elimination of quotas because it would increase the number of bars and restaurants they'd be in competition with. 3. Find Out if Your State Requires a Specific Class of Liquor License There is no one-size-fits-all liquor license, and some states may require more specific licenses than others. To start, you'll want to figure out whether you need an on-license or off-license. If you'll be selling alcohol to be consumed on the premises (i.e. bars, nightclubs, and restaurants), you'll need an on-license. On the other hand, bottle shops, liquor stores, and other retail locations where alcohol is sold but will be consumed off the premises need an off-license. What Are the Different Classes of Liquor Licenses? Not all states require specific classes of licenses, but some do. Here are the main ones: Arts licenses are designed for places like theaters and art galleries and usually stipulate that these establishments can only sell alcohol 15 days out of the year. Beer and wine licenses are sometimes given to smaller businesses that only sell beer and wine. Brewpub licenses may be necessary for establishments that plan to make their own beer or wine. Depending on your state, you may be issued an alternating premises license, which requires you to make alcohol at certain times and serve it at other times. Club licenses allow private social clubs to serve alcohol to their members. While some states only permit the service of beer and wine, others allow clubs to also serve liquor. Delivery licenses allow companies to deliver sealed containers of alcohol to customers. Eating place licenses are given to carryout businesses like delis that serve food, but also sell small amounts of take-out beer. These licenses usually restrict the amount of alcohol that may be sold to one customer. Hotel licenses are issued to hotels with bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Restaurant licenses are also referred to as "all-liquor licenses" and allow a business to serve any kind of alcohol. However, some states do require that only around 40% of the establishment's total earnings may come from the sale of alcohol. Retail licenses are issued to grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, and any other retail establishments that sell alcohol. Tavern licenses are required if a business serves food but makes at least 50% of their total sales from alcohol. BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurants, wholesalers, and bed and breakfasts may also have to be licensed, although this process varies by state. 4. Preparing to File a Liquor License Application Once you've researched the liquor laws and regulations in your area, you're ready to apply for your liquor license. To apply, you'll need to contact your state's ABC agency and find the necessary paperwork. Because the regulations vary greatly by location, you may also want to ask your local agency these questions: What kind of license(s) do you need? How much should you expect to pay for your license(s)? Are there any available licenses in your county or town (if you live in a quota state)? Are there any establishments in your area looking to sell their license (if you live in a quota state)? Over-preparing for your liquor license application is practically impossible, so it's wise to have everything you'll need ready to go before you apply to get your liquor license. What Documents Do You Need to Apply for a Liquor License? While the information and documentation you'll need before you file your application varies by state and locale, here are the most important documents to have and where to obtain them: Employer ID number from the IRS Zoning permit from your local zoning commission Business license from your local government Sales tax permit from your state's website Alcohol tax permit from your state's business taxation department Food handler's permit (if applicable) from your state health commission Building permit from your local zoning commission Signage permit from your local zoning commission Health permit from your state health commission Music license (if you'll be playing copyrighted music) from online licensing companies Make sure you've paid any delinquent taxes or outstanding fees before applying for your liquor license. Failure to do so can negatively impact your chances of obtaining a license. What Other Documents Should You Have Ready When You Apply for a Liquor License? In addition to the documents mentioned above, you may need to provide: Photos of your building's exterior A floor plan of your building's interior Your proposed food menu A copy of your building title Your code compliance certificate Your certificate of incorporation Your company constitution Your partnership agreement (if applicable) Details regarding your age and business experience Of course, you'll also need to determine whether you'll be selling alcohol on or off the premises, the percentage of total income you expect to earn from the sale of alcohol, and information on the type(s) of alcohol you'll be serving. Additionally, your state may dictate that servers and bartenders must take training courses before your license will be issued. 5. How Much Does a Liquor License Cost? Because costs and fees vary from state to state, there's really no way to accurately determine what it will cost to obtain a liquor license until you talk to your ABC agency. Keep in mind that in some areas, you might need a liquor license for all four levels of government - federal, state, county, and local, which will obviously incur extra costs. Do You Live in an Alcohol Control State? In control states, state governments have a monopoly on the sale of alcohol. Accordingly, liquor (and sometimes wine) can only be sold at state-run stores, rather than at independently owned and operated businesses. Liquor privatization, on the other hand, puts the control of liquor sales and distribution into the private sector. By preventing privatization and keeping the control of liquor sales in the public sector, revenue is increased for state governments. For example, Utah's state government collects around $140 million in profits and taxes annually from their state-run wine and spirits stores. The following states prohibit the sale of liquor in private stores: Alabama Idaho New Hampshire North Carolina Pennsylvania Utah Virginia Additionally, these states permit the sale of liquor in privately owned stores but still set minimum prices and determine product selection for distributors and wholesalers: Iowa Maine Michigan Mississippi Montana Montgomery County, Maryland Ohio Oregon Vermont Wyoming West Virginia 6. Filing Your Application for a Liquor License Once you've gathered all of the necessary materials, you're ready to file your application for a liquor license. In most areas, you simply visit your state government's website, print the application form(s), fill them out, and then mail them in. Typically, you'll also have to pay a non-refundable $50-$100 processing fee. Depending upon the state you live in, you may even be subject to a background check and/or fingerprinting. Will You Need to Defend Your Liquor License Application? Once you've submitted your application for a liquor license, a notice will be posted at your business that lists your name, the kind of license you're applying for, and what you'll be selling. During the time period when this notice is posted, anyone from your local community may contest your application. If this occurs, you may be required to defend your proposal at a public hearing before the decision on whether you'll receive a liquor license is made. If no objections are presented, your local government will review your application and (hopefully) grant you your liquor license. How Do You Avoid Losing Your Liquor License? Once you've obtained a liquor license for your business, you'll need to maintain it. Most states require you to renew your license every 1-3 years (depending on local laws), which also involves paying a renewal fee. If you're in good standing with your local ABC agency, you may be entitled to a reduced fee. However, your liquor license can be revoked at any time if you violate the terms established by your state's ABC agency. Common violations include: Selling alcohol to a minor Over-serving patrons Allowing employees to drink to excess on the premises after their shift 7. Alcoholic Beverage Control Agencies by State The following list includes all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, and the website for each state's ABC agency: Alabama ABC Licensing Information Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office Arizona Department of Liquor Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control California Alcoholic Beverage Control Colorado Liquor Licenses Connecticut Liquor Control Division Delaware Office of ABC Florida Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Georgia Alcohol Licensing Honolulu Liquor Commission Idaho State Liquor Division Illinois Liquor Control Commission Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Kansas ABC Licensing Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Louisiana Alcohol & Tobacco Control Maine Alcohol & Lottery Operations Maryland Liquor License Renewals & Transfers Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs Minnesota Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control Missouri Alcohol & Tobacco Control Montana Liquor Control Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Nevada Alcoholic Beverage Control New Hampshire Liquor Commission New Jersey ABC Licensing Bureau New Mexico Alcohol & Gaming New York State Liquor Authority North Carolina ABC Commission North Dakota Alcoholic Beverage License Ohio Department of Commerce Oklahoma ABLE Commission Oregon Liquor Licensing Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board South Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Licensing South Dakota Alcohol Licenses Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Texas Liquor License Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Vermont Department of Liquor Control Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board Washington, D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration Wisconsin Alcohol Beverage Laws for Retailers Wyoming Liquor Division While obtaining a liquor license may seem complicated, thorough preparation and knowledge will put you well on your way to selling alcohol at your business. Offering beer, wine, and liquor will help you increase your establishment's profits with very little extra effort and can also help turn your restaurant into a neighborhood hangout. Whether you own a restaurant, bottle shop, or grocery store, obtaining a liquor license is a smart choice. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. Please refer to our Content Policy for more details.

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