Celebrate Package Liquor Store Month This November

American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and licensed off-premise retailers throughout the country are celebrating the Fifth Annual Package Liquor Store Month this November. Since 2009, ABL has celebrated Package Liquor Store Month, encouraging communities to recognize independently-owned package liquor retailers. These small businesses support their local economies and neighborhoods, provide unique product diversity, and help shape […]

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Twenty-One Beverage Licensees Honored at ABL Conference

Twenty-one beverage licensees were recognized for their success in and dedication to the retail beverage alcohol industry with 2014 Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year awards presented at the  American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Annual Conference in Washington, DC earlier this month.  ABL President Harry Klock and Marc Satterthwaite, Brown-Forman’s Vice President & Director of Sales Operations […]

America’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers Meet in Washington

American Beverage Licensees gathered in the nation’s capital June 8-10 to meet with their colleagues in the retail tier, Congressional Members, public officials, and industry leaders, and to learn from national experts on alcohol policy and business at the ABL Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The conference opened on Sunday, June 8th with three sessions on […]

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Beverage Licensees Celebrate Tavern Month This May

America’s Beer Wine & Spirits Retailers are toasting bar and tavern owners as American Beverage Licensees celebrates Tavern Month this May. For more than 60 years, local beverage licensees have upheld the longstanding traditions and culture of the American taverns and bars where friends and neighbors celebrate their lives and make memories. “We take time […]

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Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark Named 2014 ABL Top Shelf Honoree

Bethesda, MD – April 7, 2014 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) is proud to announce that it will honor Bill Samuels, Jr. with the 2014 ABL Top Shelf Award.  As the Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark, Mr. Samuels has overseen the brand’s tremendous growth over his forty-year career, while serving as a leader of many […]

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Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania Joins American Beverage Licensees

Off-Premise Retail Group in the Keystone State Become 35th ABL Affiliate Bethesda, MD – March 28, 2014 – The Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania (MBDA) has joined American Beverage Licensees, the leading national trade association for independent beer, wine and spirits retailers, as an affiliate member.  MBDA becomes ABL’s 35th affiliate member association, representing […]

Affordable Care Act – Delay of Medium-Size Employer Mandate Until 2016

On February 10, 2014, the Obama administration announced that it will delay the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that medium-size employers with 50-99 employees provide health insurance or face penalties.  These midsize employers will now have until January 2016 to comply with the ACA’s provisions, potentially providing them with more flexibility in […]

Idaho Licensed Beverage Association Is Newest ABL State Affiliate

American Beverage Licensees (ABL) today announced that the Idaho Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) has joined ABL as its 34th state affiliate member.  Representing 150 independent bars, taverns, and restaurants from Sandpoint to Idaho Falls, ILBA joins current ABL affiliates from Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming to bolster an already strong ABL presence in the mountain west. […]

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Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association Joins American Beverage Licensees

American Beverage Licensees, the leading national trade association for independent beer, wine and spirits retailers, announced today that the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association (TWSRA) has joined ABL as an affiliate member.  TWSRA, which becomes ABL’s 33rd affiliate, represents independent package stores, many of which are family-owned. “We are proud to represent the interests […]