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Prohibition exhibition image from Library of Virginia

State Agencies Partner on Prohibition Exhibition

Virginians imbibed their last legal drink on Halloween night in 1916—more than three years before national Prohibition was enacted. To tell the story of Virginia Prohibition and its legacy, including the establishment of Virginia's Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, Virginia ABC and the Library of Virginia have partnered on Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled. The gallery display features newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, vintage stills, archival records of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission and confiscated moonshine. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It can be viewed at the Library of Virginia until December 2017. 

Ribbon cutting for opening of Virginia ABC

Virginia ABC Opens 365th Store

Virginia ABC recently cut the ceremonial ribbon at a grand opening celebration for its 365th store. Agency staff, county officials and community members attended the late-May event. The Newport News store is the seventh ABC retail location in Newport News with plans for an eighth later this year.
Virginia ABC COO Travis Hill on stage at a Richmond Times Dispatch event.

Beer, Wine and Spirits Forum

Virginia ABC recently participated in a forum discussing the spirits, wine and beer industries in Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch event included representatives from James River Cellars Winery, Reservoir Distillery, Buskey Cider and Mekong Restaurant and Bar. The panel discussed sales trends, state regulations, local sourcing of materials and Virginia ABC interaction with licensees. Learn more about industry resources for beer, wine and cider and industry resources for spirits.

Virginia ABC is governed by a three-person Board consisting of a chairperson and two commissioners.

Virginia ABC works to ensure that adults of legal drinking age who choose to responsibly consume alcohol can do so in a safe environment that complies with the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Authority Transition FAQs

In 2018 Virginia ABC will transition from an agency into an authority. Learn more the authority, its structure, its impact on operations and changes to employee benefits on the Authority FAQs page.

Fiscal year 2016 marked Virginia ABC’s 18th consecutive record-breaking year in sales and profits.

View Virginia ABC's annual report.(PDF).