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Governor Cooper Appoints New NC ABC Commission Chairman

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Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Hank Bauer to be the next North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (NC ABC Commission) Chairman. “Hank Bauer has over thirty years of valuable experience in the industry,” says Gov....

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Releases Annual Report

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The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has released its fiscal year 2021 annual report. Liquor sales topped $400 million for the first time, with a total of $415.8 million and an unprecedented 13.2% increase over FY20....

Hard Seltzers Drove Growth in Difficult Year, According to 2021 Beer Handbook

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Overall beer consumption grew slightly, with total volume increasing 0.8% to 2.83 billion 2.25-gallon cases in 2020, according to Beverage Information Group’s 2021 Beer Handbook. This marks the second year of slight growth after six consecutive...

In Capable Hands — J. Neal Insley Assumes NABCA’s Lead Role

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J. Neal Insley has worn many hats over the course of his career. His experience spans across numerous areas, including law, business and beverage control. No stranger to the National Beverage Control Association (NABCA),...

KY Distillers’ Association Names New Board Officers, Directors

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The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Kevin Smith of Beam Suntory has been elected chairman of the 141-year-old non-profit trade group that unites, promotes and protects the state’s bourbon and distilled spirits industry.  Smith, who is...

Montgomery County Opens New Flagship Store in Potomac

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Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) opened a new retail concept and flagship store, Oak Barrel & Vine, in the Cabin John Village Shopping Center in Potomac. The store had a grand opening...

Chu Named Chief Transformation Officer at Virginia ABC

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The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) has chosen Elizabeth Chu as its first Chief Transformation Officer. In this role, Chu will help guide Virginia ABC’s transformative efforts to ensure priorities and objectives are met,...

Podcast: Celebrating Women in Alcohol

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Our latest podcast is a discussion with two female leaders at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Bridget Albert, National Director of Education Beam Suntory, and Julie Milroy, VP of On-Premise, host their own successful alcohol...

U.S. and EU End Whiskey Tariffs

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In another positive sign for the continued boom of brown spirits, America and the European Union have lifted tariffs previously placed on whiskey imports. This development comes as part of a broader agreement over the weekend...

Virginia ABC: The 2021 Overall Best Practices Award Winner

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Despite significant changes over the years, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) has successfully maintained its position as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking beverage alcohol control states. After receiving authority status in...

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