About the Iowa ABD


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The Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) governs the sale and use of alcohol in the state of Iowa.

  • ABD licenses businesses seeking to manufacture, distribute, and sell alcoholic beverages in Iowa.
  • ABD regulates businesses that sell alcohol products in Iowa.
  • ABD educates stakeholders on how to stay in compliance with alcohol law.
  • ABD wholesales alcoholic liquor to over 2,000 privately-owned liquor retailers in Iowa.

Each year, ABD deposits about $150 million dollars into the state's General Fund. This supports programs that benefit all Iowans.

Mission Statement

To serve Iowans through responsible and efficient licensing, regulation, and distribution of alcohol.

Vision Statement

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division provides clarity, consistency, and equity to all stakeholders within the beverage industry.

Strategic Plan

The Division's Strategic Plan (PDF, opens in a new window) defines its roadmap for continuous improvement.