Attention ABS Licensees and Partners,


As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, the health and safety of customers and employees is the top priority for Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS). As directed by the State of Maryland and Montgomery County Government, ABS is complying with all requests to enable ABS employees to work from home when possible.  To that end, ABS is adjusting some operations to conform to the new standards that have been set forth.


Pickup Window
Our volume of cases for deliveries has increased by 25% over the last several weeks.  In order to ensure ABS can keep up with the increase in volume for delivery, we will be adjusting our hours of operation at the pickup window to use our staff more effectively.  Pick-up window hours will be the following:

Week of 3/23: Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Week of 3/30 and going forward: Open Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Delivery Minimums
As we have stated over the last week, ABS has implemented a minimum delivery of five cases of wine/spirits and seven cases of beer.  Minimums must be met with stock items only.   If your order does not meet the minimum, ABS will not deliver your order until the minimum is reached.  In order to facilitate those that cannot meet these quantities, we will waive the 80 cent bottle fee (liquor/wine) at the ABS Retail Stores.


Communication/Ordering Center
As the Communication Center will be working remotely, in order to reach the Communication/Ordering Center please email ABS.CommunicationCenter@montgomerycountymd.govAll orders must be placed by either (1) iStore, (2) email ( or by (3) fax (240-777-1909).


For communication, questions, or concerns only, you can reach one of our specialists at a number listed below, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  If a number is busy, or does not pick up, we are currently helping another customer.  Please move on to call the next number. 


Manning- 240-753-3449
Bobby- 240-753-3763
Erin- 240-753-3277
Adrienne- 240-753-3652
Fikirte- 240-614-3993


Please be assured that we will continue to monitor and evaluate this situation, and will provide an update if any other operational changes are implemented.  Thank you and stay healthy.



Alcohol Licensing and Permit Updates 

Lobby Closed

Effective March 19, the Visitors Entrance/LRE lobby will be closed to the public. Call 240-777-1999 for assistance.

In accordance with the Governor’s order that license periods will be extended for 30 days beyond the declared state of emergency, the deadline to submit an alcoholic beverages license renewal application and the deadline to pick up the renewed license will be extended. Licensees will be informed once new deadlines have been established. For those wishing to submit the renewal application now, paper applications with a check can be mailed to LRE, 201 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Applications can also be submitted through the online portal at Use your existing iStore account or create a new account.


Carryout/Delivery Permission for Restaurants

The Board of License Commissioners approved the following resolution authorizing restaurants to sell beer and wine for carryout or delivery with a meal:  While the Governor’s order to close all restaurants as a part of the catastrophic health emergency remains in effect, all restaurants licensed by the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners may sell sealed containers of beer and wine for off-premises consumption along with a takeout or delivered meal. This permission includes the sale of bottles, cans, growlers, and crowlers for off-premises consumption and does not include the sale of alcoholic drinks in a to-go cup. This permission does not include liquor. This permission expires when the emergency order to close restaurants is lifted. Businesses may deliver beer and wine to Montgomery County addresses along with a meal using their own staff. State law prohibits the delivery of alcohol by a third party, such as Grubhub or Uber Eats. Businesses must apply for this permission through an online form, and permission will be granted administratively by Alcohol Beverage Services staff.

Apply for the permission at:


Delivery Permit for Beer and Wine Stores

The Board of License Commissioners has authorized expedited approval of applications for a Retail Delivery permit by for Class BBWHR, ABW, BDBWL, and DBW licenses.

Apply for the permit at

Get the regulations at


For Orders and Deliveries

ABS has cancelled all open sales orders and open purchase orders for on-premise only accounts due to Governor Hogan’s executive order to close all restaurants and bars (with the exception of carry-out, drive-thru and delivery service). With the new permissions for a delivery permit for on-premise licensees, any items that your account would like will need to be re-ordered through iStore, emailing or by fax at 240-777-1909. Please keep in mind that ABS has implemented a minimum delivery of five cases of wine/spirit and seven cases of beer during this pandemic.




See the information below for training resources, forms and communication related to policies, procedures and requirements.