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Alcohol Enforcement Unit responsibilities include:
  • Issuing manufacturing/wholesale licenses.
  • Reviewing applications and approving some retail licenses.
  • Pre-licensing: Background checks and education.
  • Serving as the statewide repository for various retail license records.
  • Investigating alcohol-related complaints.  
In the 2016 fiscal year, the Alcohol Enforcement Unit activities included:
  • 872 investigations regarding alcohol-related complaints. Of those cases, 32 resulted in fines totaling $11,000. 
  • 698  pre-license inspections - a significant increase directly related to the increase in small brewers, farm wineries and micro distillers.

License History

​License ​2011 ​2012 ​2013 ​2014 ​2015 2016
​Farm Winery ​46 ​56 ​56 ​68 ​75 ​78
​Large Brewers ​6 ​6 ​6 ​6 ​13 ​12
​Small Brewers ​0 ​3 ​3 ​6 ​5 ​8
​Micro Brewer ​16 ​30 ​34 ​42 ​72 ​75
​Micro Distiller ​0 ​1 ​3 ​4 ​3 ​3
​Micro Distiller Small ​0 ​0 ​1 ​9 ​12 ​18
 

Alcohol Training