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Distillery License

Guide to Manufacturing and Wholesaling Distilled Spirits in Oregon 
This guide provides information on:

  • Becoming an Oregon Distillery Licensee
  • Exceptions to Licensing Requirements
  • How to Have Your Product in Oregon Retail Liquor Stores
  • Providing Tastings on Your Annually Licensed Premises
  • Having Your Product for Sale Directly to Retail Consumers
  • Obtaining a Special License to Provide Tastings at Temporary Events
  • Providing Tastings at a Full On-Premises Sales License
  • Assisting With Promotional Dinner Events
  • Providing Tastings in an Oregon Retail Liquor Store
  • Offering Samples of Your Product to Retail Sales Agents
  • Providing Tastings and Samples of Your Product to Industry
  • Obtaining a Full On-Premises Sales License from the OLCC
  • Providing Products & Services to a Nonprofit TSL Licensee

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are adopted, repealed and amended by the Oregon legislature and signed into law by the Governor.  
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) are implemented by the OLCC. These regulations are proposed by, adopted, repealed and amended by the OLCC.

ORS 471

  • See section .001 for definition of Distilled Liquor
  • See section .230 for the Distillery license

OAR 845, Division 5

  • See subsection 0431 for Qualifications for Oregon Distillery Licensee Providing Tastings of Distilled Liquor on the Distillery Premises or on Another Premises Owned or Leased by the Distillery

OAR 845, Division 6

  • See subsection 0452 for Requirements for Oregon Distillery Licensee Providing Tastings of Distilled Liquor on the Distillery Premises or on Another Premises Owned or Leased by the Distillery

No privilege tax bond requirement

  • Contact the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to determine what you need to do to comply with Federal laws. 
  • You must have an address in Oregon where you will do business. 
  • You must currently own, lease, or rent the business property or you must be in the process of purchasing, leasing, or renting the property. You may make any purchase, lease, or rent agreement contingent on obtaining a liquor license. 
  • Determine whether your business will be a sole proprietorship or some form of legal entity (such as a corporation or limited liability company). If you are a legal entity you must be registered to do business in Oregon with the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division
  • If you will offer lottery games (including video poker) contact the Oregon Lottery Commission
  • If you will make, warehouse, or sell at retail beer, wine or distilled spirits for drinking on site, the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Division may require a license. 

In order for the OLCC to be able to accept your application packet, it must contain ALL of the following OLCC forms and information: 

 If you apply as a Corporation, LLC, Limited Partnership, or Franchise, you will need to complete the appropriate form below:


You can submit your application by email or by mail.

Note: Do not include any license fees at this time.

If you need help completing your application, email ​

Once the OLCC has determined that your application packet is complete and accurate, we will begin working on your application. We will then give you some documents to you take to the local government for their recommendation.

  • The local government is the city if your business address is within the city limits; or
  • The local government is the county if your business address is outside of the city limits

Contact your city or county to make sure you understand their process. They generally will not review your application until it is accepted by OLCC.

A Special Event Distillery (SED) license allows an Oregon Distillery licensee to:

  • Provide tastings and sell drinks of some distilled liquor on the special event licensed premises.
  • If the licensee is a distillery retail outlet agent, sell factory-sealed containers of distilled liquor manufactured by the licensee for consumption off the licensed premises; however, only direct to consumers (not to licensees of the OLCC).

Fee: $10 per day
Special Event Distillery (SED) Application

Please submit your complete application to

If you need help completing your application, or have additional questions, please e-mail