Our Mission

To serve Iowans through the responsible regulation and profitable distribution of alcohol while providing opportunities for industry development and promoting health through education.

Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, Administrator Larson

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division is responsible for the regulation and control of alcohol in the State of Iowa. Iowa is one of seventeen control states that, since the repeal of prohibition, directly control the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages. In addition, the Division is responsible for the enforcement of state and federal laws and regulations regarding the sale and use of alcohol and tobacco products.

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division is a unique state agency in that it generates substantial revenue to state and local governments. In Fiscal Year 2014, the Division generated over $119 million in state and local funds. The Division generated nearly $263.5 million from the direct sale of alcohol in Iowa. In addition to revenue from alcohol sales, the Division collected liquor license fees ($15.03 million), excise tax on beer ($13.05 million) and wine ($7.5 million) as well as civil penalties levied through administrative sanctions.

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division transfers all profits and generated revenue back into public treasuries to support city, county and state programs. In fiscal year 2014, the Division generated over $119 million to support state and local programs. The funds were used for substance abuse treatment programs ($19.4 million) and local programs at the city and county level ($3.6 million). The Division transferred additional funds to support Iowa beer and wine promotion ($291,732).


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