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For Immediate Release: Friday, June 7, 2024

Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) has expanded its “Highly Allocated Products” program to include quarterly releases on Sundays. The program is comprised of special releases of products, including sought-after bourbons, whiskeys and other small-batch spirits. The program ensures that access to rare products is distributed fairly among retail customers and license holders across the County.

The Sunday releases replace the regularly scheduled “second Saturday” releases in March, June, September and December. ABS will continue to release products on the second Saturday of the remaining months, giving customers the opportunity to purchase these products on a first-come, first-serve basis. The June 9 release marks the second time that retail customers will be able to purchase the available products on a Sunday.

“It is great to be in Montgomery County if you enjoy high-end whiskeys or other fine spirits,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “In a constantly changing and sometimes unpredictable market, you can count on ABS to make sure you get a fair shot at a good product without a premium markup. With the addition of Sunday releases, ABS is making the program even more accessible.”

ABS Liquor Wine and Oak Barrel & Vine stores are open noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. The Poolesville retail store is closed on Sundays and will not participate in the program in the four months designated for Sunday releases. There will be no changes to the “third Thursday” program, which allows alcohol license holders to purchase these products to serve in their establishments.

Purchases of the products are limited to one bottle each of two different items for a maximum of two bottles per customer per day. On the Thursday before the second Saturday or Sunday, ABS posts on its website a list of the available products and the stores where they will be sold. To maximize fairness, customers will not be permitted to place a hold on these products.

“ABS is dedicated to giving our customers access to the most special and rare products in an equitable way,” said ABS Director Kathie Durbin. “We are pleased to be able to expand the monthly releases to four Sundays per year, thereby creating an even wider range of opportunities for customers and making the program more inclusive.”

ABS will continue to distribute the rare products through a lottery process. ABS holds a minimum of one lottery each year in which winners have the opportunity to purchase the extremely limited items. Dates for lotteries are based on shipments from distillers and are announced at least two weeks before the opening of the entry period.

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine and spirits for Montgomery County and operates 27 retail stores throughout the County. In addition, ABS manages alcohol licensing, enforcement and education for more than 1,000 businesses. Generating more than $35 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 resident services that otherwise would be funded by County tax dollars. Follow ABS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Release ID: 24-263
Media Contact: Jocelyn Rawat 202-604-7289
Categories: ABS