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A Step by Step Guide on How to Get a Beer and Liquor License

Like every industry, the liquor market is guided by specific rules, which depend on the state issuing the liquor license. 

The difficulty of policing bars and restaurants has given birth to the Liquor License, a license that can be withdrawn from bars and restaurants that refuse to follow the State Liquor Commission rules.

Wine and Liquor on a sign  with lots of liquor on shelves

The beer and wine liquor license, alias the general liquor license, probably because of the variety of alcoholic drinks permitted under this license. However, beer and wine licensees do not have permission to serve extreme alcohol or spirits to customers. 

The general liquor license should not be mistaken for all liquor license, which is also known as the Restaurant liquor license. Unlike a beer and wine liquor license, the restaurant liquor license permits bars and restaurants to serve all kinds of drinks.

A liquor license regulates the amounts, variety, and discounts on drinks sold.


The difficulty involved in getting licensed by the state government gives bars and restaurants more than enough reasons to abide by the State commission rules guiding the sales of liquor. Each American state has its distinct jurisdiction; for instance, Oregon has the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).

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