District of Columbia wholesalers may not ship or deliver to their retail customers unless the alcoholic beverages are delivered to and unloaded at the wholesaler’s licensed premises, stored at its licensed premises for a minimum of four (4) hours, and recorded in the wholesaler’s inventory. [DC Law, Title 25, Chapter 1, Subchapter II, Section 25-111.]

Note: This section summarizes the temporary changes implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic that are of interest to interstate suppliers. The COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 included a provision that allows ABC-licensed restaurants and taverns to sell beer, wine, and spirits in closed containers for carry-out and/or delivery to D.C. residences in conjunction with the purchase of one (1) or more food items prepared by the licensee. Before exercising this privilege, licensees must register with ABRA. Emergency rule making later added nightclubs to the list of licensees allowed to make sales for carry-out and delivery, again provided that all alcohol sales must be accompanied by at least one (1) prepared food item. [ABRA Guidance: COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment[…]

15.16.1 Entertainment of Retailers The District of Columbia statutes and regulations are silent regarding this issue. Therefore, IRS guidelines and your company policy should apply. 15.16.2 Contests/Incentives for Retailers and Their Employees [Reserved.] 15.16.3 Things of Value, Generally A supplier may sell, give, rent or loan to a retail licensee (or a wholesaler) any service or article costing the supplier not more than $500.00, and a retail licensee (or a wholesaler) may purchase from, rent from, borrow from, or receive by gift from a supplier any service or article costing the supplier not more than $500.00. If the item has a cost of less than $50.00, approval by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is not required. Items with a value[…]

A supplier may sell, give, rent or loan to a retail licensee (or a wholesaler) any service or article costing the supplier not more than $500.00, and a retail licensee (or a wholesaler) may purchase from, rent from, borrow from, or receive by gift from a supplier any service or article costing the supplier not more than $500.00. If the item has a cost of less than $50.00, approval by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is not required. Items with a value of more than $50.00 but less than $500.00 require Board approval. Items with a value in excess of $500.00 are not permitted. The $500.00 limit set forth in Title 23, Chapter 9, Rule 903, of District of Columbia[…]