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Distillery

Privileges and Requirements

  • May make distilled spirits in Oregon and import distilled spirits into Oregon.
  • May export distilled spirits out of Oregon.
  • May sell distilled spirits to the OLCC (for sale in a liquor store).
  • May sell distilled spirits in bulk (in a container having a capacity greater than one U.S. gallon) to another Oregon distillery licensee.
  • Eligible to obtain a Full On-Premises Sales license.
  • If licensee has a valid distilled spirits plant (DSP) basic permit issued by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) then eligible to: a) provide tastes (but not drinks) of distilled spirits to consumers on the premises, b) obtain approval to sell factory-sealed containers of distilled spirits directly to retail consumers, and/or c) apply for a “special event” license: SED.
  • If the licensee has a valid Industrial Alcohol Authority (IAA) issued by the OLCC, it may sell or transfer 80 to 200 proof non-denatured alcohol to another person or business that also holds an IAA.
  • Does not obtain an OLCC privilege tax bond.   
      
     
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Guide to Manufacturing & Wholesaling Distilled Spirits in Oregon

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

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Laws and Rules

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are adopted, repealed and amended by the Oregon legislature and signed into law by the Governor.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 These regulations are proposed by, adopted, repealed and amended by the OLCC.

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

 

  
  
  
  
  
 

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Taxes and Bond Requirements

No privilege tax bond requirement

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Before You Apply

  • 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. 

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Application Forms

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:

 
Additional REQUIRED DOCUMENTS to submit with your application 

  • Proof that you have, or will have access to the real property. Real property is the land or the building. This can be a lease, sale agreement or other proof of ownership, or a signed or draft document.

 

  
 

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Submitting the Application Packet

You will be working with the OLCC office that covers the city or county where your business will be located. 
 
Mail or deliver your completed application packet to the OLCC office that covers the city or county in Oregon where your business address is located.  Do not include the license fee at this time. 
 
If you need help completing your application, contact the OLCC office where you will be submitting your application packet. 
 
OLCC Office Locations


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City or County Approval

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.


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90-Day Temporary Authority to Operate

If you are taking over a business that already has a liquor license and are ready to operate the business immediately, we may be able to issue a 90-Day Temporary Authority to Operate. 
 
Before the authority can be issued, you must:
  • Pay the license fee
  • Complete Law Orientation
 
 

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Special Event Licensing

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

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For more information

You will be working with the OLCC office that covers the city or county where your business will be located. If you need help completing your application, or have additional questions, please contact the office where you will be submitting your application packet. 
 
OLCC Office Locations

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