(Washington, DC) – ABRA is Celebrating its 10th Anniversary: This month the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) celebrates ten (10) years of service to the District of Columbia. In May 2001, ABRA was born. Former Councilmember Sharon Ambrose of Ward 6 was the Chairperson who had oversight of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), which housed the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. Ms. Ambrose was the driving force for ABRA to become an independent agency within the District Government..
New bill was signed that permits the holder of a manufacturers retailer's class B license to apply for a tasting permit between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
ABRA's Enforcement Division has a new badge. When Investigators visit your establishment for a regulatory inspection, they should show you their identification and their ABRA badge as a representative of ABRA‟s Enforcement Division. The Investigator will ask for the owner or the ABC manager and will not speak with anyone else. Please have your identification and ABC manager‟s license available when asked. They will have a checklist of items to review during the regulatory inspection. They will request the following items from the owner or the ABC manager: (1) posting of ABC license, including all en-dorsements; (2) window lettering and signage; (3) books and invoices; (4) under 21 and pregnancy signs; (5) keg registration if necessary; and (6) import permits. They may ask to see your voluntary agreement, if you are party to one. Additionally, the Investigator may have pertinent information to share with you such as a copy of the most current ID Checking Guide.
ABRA Office and Hours
- 8:30 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday
- Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400 S, 4th floor
Licensees may contact ABRA with questions at (202) 442-4423 or [email protected].