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Alcohol regulators urge responsibility during RAGBRAI

Monday, July 15, 2019

Alcohol regulators urge responsibility during RAGBRAI

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) will be rolling through the area soon. Along with the spectacular rural views, the pies and the new friendships, there is also the celebration that accompanies this week-long ride across the state.

Some choose to incorporate alcoholic beverages into their celebration, and, because of this, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) is reminding communities of some basic alcohol rules to follow so everyone can have a fun and safe RAGBRAI this year.

One of the most common issues that ABD encounters during RAGBRAI is bootlegging. Bootlegging isn’t just making moonshine in a hidden still; it’s also the illegal sale of alcohol. Examples of bootlegging include offering an alcoholic beverage for a couple bucks to riders as they pass by or hosting a party and charging an entrance fee to help recoup the cost of the alcohol you’re providing.

Selling any alcoholic beverage without a state-issued license is bootlegging. For those found to be bootlegging, a first offense is punishable as a simple misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $625, up to 30 days in jail, or both.

Another issue encountered during RAGBRAI is underage drinking. Besides being illegal, providing alcohol to anyone under 21 puts them at risk for health, safety and legal problems. Additionally, if you are found guilty of supplying alcohol to someone underage you could face a minimum fine of $500. Even if you don’t directly supply the alcohol, but knowingly allow underage drinking to take place on your property, you’re still in violation of the law.

RAGBRAI is a memorable event that showcases so many great things about our state. Don’t let your memory of this year’s event be a hefty fine, jail time or worse. ABD asks that if you do choose to include alcoholic beverages in your celebration, please do so responsibly and in accordance with the law. Anyone interested in learning more can contact ABD by email at or visit our website at


About the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division serves Iowans through responsible and efficient licensing, regulation and distribution of alcohol.    

Contact: Tyler Ackerson, (515) 985-9338

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