About the Iowa ABD


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Since the repeal of prohibition in 1933, Iowa is one of 18 states that directly controls the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages. The Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) governs state and federal laws and regulations related to the sale and use of alcohol and tobacco products.

On March 8, 1934, Iowa was established as a "control state," assuming direct control over the wholesaling of all alcoholic liquor and wine. Currently, ABD wholesales alcoholic liquor only. ABD also regulates and licenses establishments that sell alcoholic beverages in Iowa.

The Agency, in partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission, acts as a policy-making body. The Commission is comprised of members appointed to five-year terms by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Iowa Senate.

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.