Highly Allocated Items
Alcohol Beverage Services Institutes New Policy for Highly Allocated Products, Begins Monthly Releases, Retains Periodic Lotteries
Lottery Details Coming Soon!!

New program creates more opportunities for retail customers and license holders to purchase sought-after products.

Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) has modified its Highly Allocated (HAL) product policy. HAL is comprised of special releases of products, including sought-after bourbons, whiskies, and other small-batch spirits. The HAL policy ensures that access to rare products is distributed fairly among retail customers and license holders across the County.  

Beginning Saturday, December 11, retail customers will be able to purchase HAL products released on the second Saturday of each month on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchases of HAL products will be limited to one bottle each of two different items for a maximum of two bottles per customer per day. ABS will post on its website a list of available HAL products and the stores where they will be sold. Customers can view the products 48 hours in advance. To maximize fairness, customers will not be permitted to place a hold on HAL products.

ABS is dedicated to giving our customers access to the most special and rare products in an equitable way. The HAL policy gives everyone a fair chance to purchase these prized releases.

Kathie Durbin, Director of Alcohol Beverage Services

ABS will continue to distribute the rarest HAL products through a lottery process. ABS will hold a minimum of one lottery each year in which winners will have the opportunity to purchase the extremely limited items. Dates for lotteries will be based on shipments from distillers and will be announced at least two weeks before the opening of the entry period. Lotteries will be open to all Maryland residents 21 years and older. By offering the lotteries to Maryland residents, rather than only Montgomery County residents, ABS is able to increase the number allocated products it receives. Depending on product availability, ABS may hold additional lotteries for alcoholic beverages license holders for on-premises consumption at restaurants and specialty venues. Lottery information will be available soon.

For products that are extremely limited, ABS reserves the right to distribute items through lottery process at its discretion. ABS will reserve a minimum of 10% of all non-lottery HAL items for license holders to purchase for on-premises consumption. License holders will be notified directly of the process for placing orders. Order requests will be fulfilled on a first-come first-serve basis to be purchased and picked up the ABS Muddy Branch store on a designated date and time. ABS must receive a minimum of 10 bottles of any item for it to be eligible for license holders.

HAL items are designated by ABS using several factors, including but not limited to the market demand, distillery releases, and supplier allotments. Classification of a HAL product may change without notice.

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine, and spirits for Montgomery County and operates 26 retail stores throughout the County. In addition, ABS manages alcohol licensing, enforcement, and education for more than 1, 000 businesses. Generating more than $30 million in net income annually, its profits are used to pay down County debt with a large portion deposited in the general fund to pay for residential services that would otherwise be funded by County tax dollars.

Product List :
ItemCode Description  Stores
70078 ELIJAH CRAIG BARREL STRENGTH 12YR Montrose, Westwood, Muddy Branch, Potomac, Kensington, Seneca Meadows, Darnestown, Hampden, Downtown Rockville, Goshen, Kingsview, Olney, Silver Spring, Aspen Hill, Clarksburg Village, Wheaton, Leisure World, White Oak, Fallsgrove, Burtonsville, Cloverly, King Farm, Cabin John, Poolesville
46035 ELIJAH CRAIG 18YR ​Montrose, Westwood, Muddy Branch, Potomac, Kensington, Seneca Meadows, Darnestown, Hampden, Downtown Rockville, Goshen, Kingsview, Olney, Silver Spring, Aspen Hill, Clarksburg Village, Wheaton, Leisure World
72311 PARKERS HERITAGE 15TH EDITION ​Muddy Branch, White Oak, Fallsgrove, Burtonsville, Cloverly, King Farm, Cabin John, Poolesville
69442 BLANTON'S Muddy Branch, Potomac, Goshen, Olney, Clarksburg Village
72256 BLOOD OATH TRILOGY Westwood, Potomac, Cabin John, Muddy Branch