A new District law effective from Tuesday will allow craft brewers and wineries to organise parties, sell beers online and also collaborate with other brewers, and not just sell their own alcohol in their tasting rooms.
Craft beers from local brewers can now also be ordered online by D.C. residents.
Following the implementation of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2018, the manufacturers of beer, wine and spirits will now be allowed to make and sell collaborative products with other alcohol manufacturers in D.C. and also outside the District.
The products of alcohol manufacturers can also be sold online now and get delivered on home addresses seven days a week between 7 a.m. and midnight in the district.
Breweries can also now collaborate with other breweries to manufacture beers irrespective of their location. The beers made in collaboration can also be sold for on-premise consumption and also in growlers for consumption off-premises.
“The new law improves the regulatory compliance measures utilized by our agency to regulate alcohol business across the District. It also defines and clarifies existing law for licensees and surrounding communities,” said Fred Moosally, Director Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.
If the alcohol manufacturers want to stay open for late hours past midnight to sell alcohol for a particular event, they can also apply for a one-day substantial change permit up to 12 times a year.
Crowlers disposable cans of beer or wine can also be sold online with some exceptions as its sale is not allowed in some district areas due to moratoriums that are ward-specific.
In D.C. there are over a dozen brewers and distilleries and two new wineries – District Winery in Navy Yard and City Winery in Ivy City.