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Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Our mission is to protect the public welfare and interest by regulating the alcoholic beverage industry through licensing, education and the enforcement of alcohol laws and regulations, as well as combating youth access to alcoholic beverages and
tobacco products in the Commonwealth. 



Our agency receives frequent questions regarding the sale of collectible bottles of liquor and wine at private auctions, or through eBay, craigslist and other venues.

If you have a "collector's" bottle of liquor/wine, it is not permissible for an individual to sell the bottle under Kentucky statute. A person must have a quota retail package license in order to sell a bottle of distilled spirits/wine to a consumer. 
(KRS 243.020(1); KRS 243.240)


 Please Note: Kentucky cities and counties that have passed local ordinances prohibiting alcohol sales on election day are listed here.