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Private Collector Tasting Permit Application

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