Virginia ABC > Licenses > VAL System > License Definitions > Brewery
A brewery license authorizes the licensee to manufacture, sell, deliver and ship beer at wholesale to entities, other wholesalers/distributors and individuals located outside the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Fees are based on the following classifications:

Up to 500 barrels—$380
501 to 10,000 barrels—$2,350
Over 10,000 barrels—$4,690


COV 4.1-206.1.3—Brewery licenses
COV 4.1-216.3—Further limitations on manufacturers, bottlers, importers, brokers or wholesalers; ownership interests prohibited; exceptions; prohibited trade practices.
COV 4.1-217—Limitation on brewery licenses
COV 4.1-233.1.A.1.b—Fees on local licenses
3 VAC 5-60-110—Contract brewing arrangements

Apply for This License

Completing the application may take 1530 minutes. Average ABC processing time is 60–90 days.

To begin, view the list of industry required documents (PDF) needed to complete the application.
To apply online, click here. To apply via paper application (PDF), click here

The information on this page does not in any way replace or supersede what is listed in Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia or Title 3 of the Administrative Code of Virginia. It is the responsibility of every individual or business applying for a license or permit to review, in detail, the applicable sections of the code.
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Special agents are the primary resource for questions related to operating a business with an ABC license. Contact a special agent via your regional ABC office. For step-by-step assistance in banquet licensing, see our Licensing Wizard.


Virginia ABC offers free online training to help managers, sellers and servers to become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. For more information, contact Community Health & Prevention, (804) 977-7440 or [email protected].