Customers have an extra reason to celebrate the arrival of a new season as the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control adds 29 new products to its catalog of more than 3,000 distilled spirits, Virginia wines and mixers.
This group of new products includes six bourbons, four whiskeys, four scotches, six ready-to-drink cocktails, three tequilas, three vodkas, one cognac and two cordials. More information on these new products is available on the Virginia ABC website, https://www.abc.virginia.gov/products.
A number of new Virginia products from regions spanning the commonwealth are among this new class of spirits, including Kopper Kettle Bonded Virginia Whiskey, Dr. Stoner’s Smoky Herb Whiskey and Fresh Herb Vodka, McCauley’s Virginia Bourbon Whiskey and Scratch Corn Whiskey — a dream come true for lovers of Virginia spirits.
“Virginia ABC strives to provide a fresh mix of products across different brands, sizes and price points,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “We’re always looking at industry trends to select the best and most relevant selection of spirits, and we believe customers will be pleased with these new products. As always, we’re excited to offer so many great products made here in Virginia.”
Virginia ABC adds products to its catalog of thousands of spirits, wines and mixers quarterly each year. Vendors are invited to the agency’s offices in Richmond to present information on their products. Based on a number of factors, the listings committee recommends products to the ABC Board for final review. When a product is first listed, it typically has a limited release in 20 to 100 stores. Based on performance, the product may then be released into additional stores.
Virginia ABC holds listings in March, June, September and December with accepted products arriving in stores on the first of April, July, October and January, respectively.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 365 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.