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 […]


American Beverage Licensees Announces 2014 Conference

American Beverage Licensees (ABL) announced today that it will return to Washington, DC for the 2014 ABL Conference on June 8-10, 2014. The 2014 conference will mark ABL’s 12th anniversary and bring together beer, wine and spirits retailers from across the country as well as representatives from all three tiers of the beverage alcohol industry. […]

America’s Beverage Retailers Celebrate Repeal Day

Eighty years ago today, Americans celebrated the end of the country’s failed experiment of Prohibition after thirteen years.  On this, the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the nationwide ban on beverage alcohol, America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers continue that celebration and their role in the most vibrant, varied, and innovative beverage alcohol marketplace […]


Licensed Beverage Retailers Celebrate Independent Package Liquor Stores This November

American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and licensed beverage retailers throughout the country encourage their communities to celebrate the fourth annual Package Liquor Store Month this November. This growing tradition recognizes the contributions of the independently-owned neighborhood package liquor stores to the economy and their local communities. “America’s independent package stores provide an unparalleled variety of beer, […]

Logo - Tavern League of Wisconsin

Tavern League of Wisconsin: Senate Gives Brown Jug Bill Final Approval

Assembly Bill 61 was introduced in the State Assembly on March 7th.  The Assembly State Affairs unanimously passed the bill out of committee to the full Assembly where it passed without objection on a voice vote.  The bill then went to the State Senate where it passed out of the Senate Tourism Committee 8-1 and […]

Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Lowered Prices

  Study Finds Cutting Debit Fees Put $5.8 Billion in Consumers’ Hands in 2012 & Supported the Creation of 37,501 New Jobs Annually   Washington, DC- A new economic report released today by the Merchants Payments Coalition shows that debit card swipe fee reform saved consumers and merchants billions of dollars in 2012, as anticipated […]

8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Southern Wine and Spirits case

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the wholesaler residency requirement in Missouri.  This opinion reads Granholm as affirming a State’s 21st Amendment authority to require residency, and affirms that the 21st Amendment gives States great authority to structure their distribution systems where a State is not discriminating against an out of state product or […]

ABL Response to CAMY Report on States Holding Beverage Alcohol Retailers Accountable

(Tuesday, July 30, 2013) – The Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) released a report today arguing that “fewer states are holding alcohol retailers liable for harms caused by customers who were served illegally” and “documents the gradual erosion of commercial host liability,” citing four states that have changed their “commercial host liability” laws […]

ABL Applauds Introduction of Estate Tax Repeal Legislation

America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers, many of whom are multi-generational family businesses, applauded the re-introduction today of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013 (S. 1183, H.R. 2429).  The legislation, introduced in the House and Senate, would fully repeal the federal estate tax or, as it is commonly known, the death tax, a goal that ABL […]