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 […]

Century Council to Change Name & Web Address

From Ralph Blackman, President & CEO, The Century Council: I have some exciting news to share! I wanted you to be one of the first to know that The Century Council will become the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, aligned with the start of Alcohol Awareness Month. Over the […]

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. […]


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. […]