The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) issues and renews licenses that enable qualified businesses to sell and serve alcoholic beverages. ABRA monitors compliance with ABC laws and takes appropriate enforcement action when licensees violate these laws. When necessary, ABRA proposes new laws regulating the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the District. ABRA also offers education programs that help ABC establishments prevent the sale of alcohol to underage individuals.
ABRA is committed to promoting the health, safety, and welfare of citizens patronizing the approximately 1,750 ABC establishments in the District. Toward this goal, ABRA educates owners and employees of ABC establishments as to how to comply with ABC laws, policies, and procedures. ABRA conducts licensing, training, adjudication, and enforcement efforts that serve a variety of customers:
• ABC Licensees
• Law enforcement agencies
• Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs)
• Civic associations
• General community
ABRA operates under the authority of a seven-member Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board that sets policy parameters for the agency. Fred Moosally is the Director of ABRA.