Two pieces of legislation proposed by Virginia ABC become effective on July 1, 2016. House bill (HB) 322 enables ABC to take swift action against a license for specific public safety issues at licensed establishments. HB 323 expands available merchandising opportunities with the “Virginia Is for Lovers” trademark. Both bills were passed by the General Assembly earlier this year and signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Read more.
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Hot off the press is Virginia ABC’s Responsibility Guide for Licensees (PDF). The 32-page booklet is intended as a tool to help sellers and servers operate safe and compliant businesses. The free guide includes facts about fake IDs, tips on preventing underage sales, details on how to contact your ABC special agent as well as information about Virginia’s alcohol laws and regulations along with the penalties for misdemeanor and felony violations and an explanation of Virginia ABC’s hearings and appeals process. Download a copy or order single or multiple copies on our website. All orders will be delivered to your local Virginia ABC store for you to pick up. Please allow 4–6 weeks for processing and delivery.
Licensees hear about it all the time, but many people in the industry are still a bit confused when it comes to understanding Virginia’s three-tier system— the legal process for distributing alcoholic beverages. Set up in the United States after the repeal of Prohibition, the system recognizes three groups— manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers—and mandates specific rules and regulations each must follow to ensure that the distribution of alcohol is a fair process.
In pre-Prohibition times manufacturers produced beer, wine and spirits and sold them in their own establishments. Today’s system mandates that producers can sell their products only to wholesale distributors, who then sell to retailers and only retailers may sell to consumers. When these rules aren’t followed there are penalties. Rather than impose fines on violators, ABC Enforcement wants to partner with the alcohol industry to educate those in the marketplace.
Nearly every state has some form of regulations governing the distribution of alcoholic beverages and the relationships between producers, distributors and retailers. Even the federal government stipulates rules addressing the three-tier system. Producers, distributors or retailers with questions about Virginia’s three-tier system are encouraged to contact ABC Enforcement.
ABC Enforcement recognizes that it is difficult to spot a fake ID. The latest generation of counterfeit IDs is very high tech and appears virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Our special agents ask that sellers and servers continue to exercise a reasonable standard of scrutiny when checking IDs.
Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement understands that more is better when it comes to ensuring safe communities flourish in the commonwealth. The agency recently launched a new training program to empower local law enforcement agencies around Virginia to better respond to the most pressing alcohol-related problems in their jurisdictions. The overall goal is to partner with local police and licensees to proactively reduce incidents involving alcohol. ABC Enforcement hopes to empower local officers by providing strategies and tactics on how to deal with intoxicated customers and other alcohol issues. Read more.
Our July–October 2016 issue introduces readers to the many frozen opportunities to find summer in a cocktail glass such as the Daiquiri and Piña Colada. This issue also includes features on National Rum Day, being adventurous with your drink choices as well as a story with tips on hosting the perfect pregame party. Readers will also find our second “Behind the Bar” feature where a Virginia bartender is profiled and news and notes from around Virginia ABC. View previous issues.
Virginia ABC grants a range of privileges, or "licenses," to individuals, groups and businesses enabling the manufacture, distribution, selling and serving of alcoholic beverages in the Commonwealth. Holders of these privileges are commonly called “licensees."
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Virginia ABC offers training to help sellers and servers become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. Register online for training led by a team of ABC special agents.
Circular letters are periodically issued by the Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement to communicate changes in ABC regulations to the licensee community. They are available in the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall.
Moving into Virginia from out of the country or from another U.S. state? Returning to Virginia from vacation? Learn more about bringing personal alcohol into the Commonwealth.