ABL is focused on protecting licensed businesses, building its members’ bottom lines and preparing the retail tier of the beverage alcohol industry for what the future holds. ABL does that with a singular voice projected to legislators and key decision makers in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

ABL also works to represent the interests of its members by working in coalition with other organizations that share similar positions on policy issues.

ABL Provides Members with the Following Services:


ABL is the voice of beverage licensees in Washington. With a proven 15-year track record, ABL stands up for retailers before Congress. ABL briefs members of Congress and their staff, writes letters and generally engages with key decision-makers in the nation’s capital.



As a foremost advocate for the validity of the Three-Tier System and the 21st Amendment, ABL has always supported states’ rights to regulate the sale of beverage alcohol to consumers and supported the rights of its state affiliates to advocate for legislative and regulatory policies. In addition to weighing in on court cases that may have an impact on ABL members in jurisdictions throughout the U.S., ABL engages with the U.S. Department of Justice on federal legal issues.


Regulatory & Administrative:

In addition to serving as a clearinghouse for state retail alcohol associations to share and discuss alcohol regulations at the state level, ABL monitors and acts on federal regulatory or administrative actions. Whether meeting with highway safety administrators, health and human services officials, tax and trade representatives, transportation safety advocates, Department of Justice attorneys or federal government agencies, ABL shares its members’ perspective on the beverage alcohol administrative and regulatory fronts.


Education & Public Opinion:

ABL communicates with the media – both industry and mainstream – and directly to its members, alcohol industry leaders, elected officials and the public at-large to share the stories and issues that matter to beverage licensees. Through the quarterly membership magazine, a weekly e-newsletter, legislative updates, social media campaigns, PSA’s and other regular communications, ABL is dedicated to spreading its core messages and serving its members.