The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will be on recess during the following dates:
- Wednesday, Aug. 19
- Wednesday, Aug. 26
- Wednesday, Sept. 2
The Board will reconvene on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration will remain open and operate during normal business hours while the Board is on recess.
The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will hold a special training for new and existing ABC licensees from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 that will cover:
• District ABC laws and regulations (including recent changes to the law),
• Tips for working effectively with the community,
• Settlement Agreements,
• Expectations of licensees,
• Best practices, and
• Noise abatement and sound management.
Contact ABRA Community Resource Officer Sarah Fashbaugh by Friday, Aug. 21 to register:
• Call (202) 397-3971
Attendance for this class is strongly recommended for new license holders. Requests for interpreters may be made; however, they must be submitted by the registration deadline. Training is free of charge and will be held at ABRA’s office:
• 2000 14th St., NW, Suite 400 South, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009
A new bill that was introduced in June in the District of Columbia Council, proposes a number of adjustments to the District’s alcohol legislations.
The proposed law would make powdered alcohol illegal in the District of Columbia, following the trend in other states across the nation with similar laws. Should the bill become law, manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers in the District would be banned from selling, importing, and shipping the product. Retailers would be prohibited from refilling, tampering with, or diluting alcoholic beverages bottles or containers. ABRA licensees would be banned from removing or changing labels from alcohol bottles, facing still fines and penalties if found to be in violation.
Other proposals contained in the bill include allowing full-service grocery stores to sell growlers of wine, hard cider and mead, as well as allowing pub-crawl organizers to participate in the reimbursable detail subsidy program, with the purpose of improving security at such events.
The federal government approved the sale of powdered alcohol earlier this year; nonetheless, the sale of powdered alcohol remains subject to local regulations.
The bill is contingent upon the approval of the Council of the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser and a 30-day Congressional review period.
The copy of the proposal can be reviewed online in its entirety. As the bill moves through the legislative process, ABRA will inform license holders about the updates as they continue along the lines.
Under new legislation that took effect on Monday, July 27th, wineries, breweries, and distillers are now allowed to apply for permits to serve alcohol on outdoor patios.
In accordance with the legislation, alcohol manufacturers that conduct on-site sales and are owners of consumption permits can now apply through the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for side walk café and summer garden endorsements.
Alcohol manufacturers are allowed to operate permitted outdoor areas from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. Applications for the outdoor endorsements can be found on ABRA’s website.
The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is hosting a special ID Compliance Training for ABC licensees and their staff from July 17-19. Training will review:
- Techniques for properly verifying IDs
- Tips for spotting fake IDs
- Information on ABRA compliance checks
You will only need to attend one, two-hour training session. Training will be held:
Friday, July 17
- 9-11 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, July 18
- 9-11 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- 3-5 p.m.
Sunday, July 19
- 9-11 a.m. (Korean interpreter available)
- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Spanish interpreter available)
- 3-5 p.m.
RSVP for training by contacting ABRA Operations Manager Jackie Richardson at:
Training will be held at ABRA’s office:
- 2000 14th St., NW, Suite 400 South, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Four alcoholic beverage licenses will be open for application this summer for restaurants in Georgetown. Applications can be submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25.
Restaurant licenses in Georgetown are limited due to a cap that exists on the number that can be issued in the neighborhood. Under the Georgetown Moratorium Zone regulations, a maximum of 68 restaurants are permitted to be licensed in the area. The soon-to-be-available licenses are the result of four license cancellations in Georgetown.
Applications for the licenses are available online but must be submitted in person. Any applicant must be the actual owner of the business. Businesses interested in applying can do so beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25 at ABRA’s office:
- Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, 2000 14th St., NW, Suite 400 South, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20009
Completed license applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to the consideration of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Members of the public that have questions can contact ABRA by emailing or calling (202) 442-4423.
The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is notifying you of a new District law that limits alcoholic beverage advertisements in the windows of your establishment.
Effective, May 2, 2015, all advertisements relating to alcoholic beverages can only be displayed in the windows of a licensed establishment if the total area covered by the advertisements does not exceed 25 percent of the window space.
ABRA investigators will be enforcing the new law immediately; however, licensees will be granted a warning for a first-time offense of the new law.
The law, known as the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2014 (20-902), went into effect after the Congressional review period expired. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the bill on January 26, 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact ABRA at (202) 442-4423 or [email protected]
Fred P. Moosally
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will conduct a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 13 to receive public comment on proposed rules that would make procedural and administrative changes to Title 23 of the D.C. Municipal Regulations:
ABC licensees and members of the public are invited to attend ABRA orientation training from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday October 23 to learn about:
- District ABC laws and regulations (including recent changes to the law)
- Tips for working effectively with the community
- Settlement Agreements
- Expectations of ABC licensees
- Best practices
- Noise abatement and sound management
Contact ABRA Community Resource Advisor Sarah Fashbaugh by Friday, October 17 to register:
Attendance for this class is strongly recommended for new ABC license holders. Training is free of charge. Requests for interpreters may be made; however, they must be submitted by the registration deadline. Training will be held at:
2000 14th Street, NW
Suite 400 South, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
On September 25, 2014, Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (“ABRA”) will host a Books and Records Training seminar. ABC licensees of hotels and restaurants are invited to attend.
Training will cover:
- Food sales requirements
- Food sales reporting
- Quarterly statement filings
- Books and records tracking