A private collector is any unlicensed individual in DC that stores bottles of alcohol in a storage facility. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) may issue a tasting permit to a private collector to conduct tastings not open to the public. A tasting permit is valid for a three-year period and must be renewed in order remain active.
The following rules apply to a private collector tasting permit:
- Tastings must occur at a designated common area of a storage facility or a bonded warehouse in the District licensed by the Board for the storage of alcoholic beverages where the private collector is a tenant.
- Containers of alcoholic beverages used for sampling purposes must be labeled as such and may not be sold.
- A holder of a tasting permit for private collectors may only conduct tastings between the hours of 8 am.-midnight, seven days a week.
- Samples of alcoholic beverages can be provided to an individual in the following quantities in one day:
- 3 ounces of spirits;
- 12 ounces of beer
- Wine samples may be served no more than 2 ounces at a time
Complete the form below to apply for a private collector tasting permit. Forms can be returned in person or by mail to ABRA's office:
- 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400 South, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20009