Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

Trade Practices

Importation for personal use

Alaska does not limit or tax alcoholic beverages brought into this state for personal use and not for resale. Out-of-state suppliers may ship alcoholic beverages to Alaska residents.  Over 75 Alaska communities have by local option banned the importation or possession of alcoholic beverages. It may be a felony crime to ship alcoholic beverages to those communities. A list of those communities can be found on the Damp/Dry Communities pages of this web site.

Importation for resale

Alaska does not regulate out-of -state suppliers. Only licensed Alaska wholesalers may bring alcoholic beverages into Alaska for resale. Licensed Alaska wholesalers are responsible for payment of state excise taxes and brand registration. Please Note: Licensed Alaska Retailers (package store/liquor store) may not purchase alcoholic beverages for resale from any one that does not hold a valid Alaska Liquor License.

Primary Source of Supply

Alaska licensed wholesalers may only obtain alcoholic beverages from the manufacturer, the manufacturer's authorized distributor or the franchised importer. The licensed wholesaler must register all brands they carry and provide a letter of authorization from the manufacturer, authorized distributor or franchised importer.

Labels, Point of Sale Promotions, Sweepstakes, Wholesaler or Retailer Incentives and Price Posting

Alaska does not regulate these activities. Prior notification and/or approval is not required to engage in these activities. Price Posting is neither required nor prohibited.

Drinks / Samples

Excise Taxes

The excise taxes paid by Alaska licensed wholesalers are:

  • Beer - $1.07 per gallon
  • Wine and other alcoholic beverages under 21% by volume - $2.50 per gallon
  • Spirits and any alcoholic beverage over 21% by volume- $12.80

The Department of Revenue publishes a monthly report of alcoholic beverages sold or delivered. That report can be found at http://www.tax.alaska.gov/programs/programs/reports/index.aspx?60165

List of Alaska Licensed Wholesalers

  • Avalanche Spirits
    7820 Schoon Street
    Anchorage, AK  99518
    (907) 339-1560
  • K&L Distributors, Inc.
    P.O. Box 9300
    Renton, WA 98057
    (206) 808-6000
  • Odom Corporation
    10500 NE 8th Street, Ste. 2000
    Bellevue, WA  98004
    (425) 456-3535
  • Polaris Distributor
    2503 Winter Ridge Court
    Anchorage, AK  99507
    (907) 317-5133
  • Reyven Spirits
    344 W 11th Ave.
    Anchorage, AK  99501
    (907) 830-6048
  • Southern Odom
    1600 NW 163rd Street
    Miami, FL  33169
    (305) 625-4171
  • Specialty Imports
    4119 Ingra
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    (907) 563-9100
  • Wholesale – Malt Beverage & Wine Distributors