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Manufacturer's Distilled Spirits Event

A manufacturer’s distilled spirits event license is issued to a manufacturer of distilled spirits for distilled spirits educational events. May be granted up to eight times per calendar year for an event lasting for 1 to 3 consecutive days. Events held for more than three days require another application. Authorizes the manufacturer to sell or give samples of spirits in designated areas. No single sample shall exceed one-half ounce per spirits product, unless served as a mixed beverage, in which case a single sample may contain up to one-and-one-half ounces of spirits. No more than three ounces of spirits may be offered to any patron.




COV §4.1.215.A(3)—Limitation on manufacturers, bottlers and wholesalers; exemptions
COV § 4.1-231.1.A(6)(a)(1)—Fees on local licenses
COV § 4.1-233.1.A(6)(a)(1)—Fees on local licenses

Completing the application may take 15–30 minutes. Average ABC processing time is 7-10 days. You may also use or download the banquet application (PDF) and follow the instructions listed on the document. View the list of banquet documents (PDF) required to complete the application.

For questions and help related to online licensing system, please contact Virginia ABC at [email protected] or (844) 694-9965.

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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