Copyright notice

This article is from the Encyclopedia of North Carolina edited by William S. Powell. Copyright © 2006 by the University of North Carolina Press. Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher.

Printer-friendly page

Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

First ABC Store, NC Historical Marker. by Armistead Jones Maupin, 2006

See Also: Prohibition; Anti-Saloon League; Temperance Movement

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission was created by the General Assembly in 1937 to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages in North Carolina after the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment (Prohibition). The modern commission consists of a chair and two associate members appointed by the governor. Its duties include supervising local ABC stores for the sale of spirituous liquors, determining what brands of alcoholic beverages may be sold, maintaining the state ABC warehouse for the distribution of spirituous liquors, regulating the sale of wine and beer, and issuing permits for wineries, breweries, wholesalers, and retailers. The ABC Commission also sets standards and adopts rules for malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine, and spirituous liquors to protect the public against beverages containing harmful or impure substances.

Additional Resources:

North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission:

Image Credit:

First ABC Store, NC Historical Marker.  Image Courtesy of Flickr user Jimmy Wayne. Available from, see also Accessed May 31, 2012).



How much jail time does somebody get for first offense for making moonshine. And is it base on the gallons they able to produce. And is wine and beer illegal to make at home


Dear Eddie,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and taking time to share your question. That's a very interesting question!

You may want to visit the website for the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission at:  You will find information and permitting and legal issues relating to alcoholic beverage sale in North Carolina.  You will also find contact information on the site if you have additional questions.

I hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

Add a comment

PLEASE NOTE: NCpedia provides the comments feature as a way for viewers to engage with the resources. Comments are not published until reviewed by NCpedia editors at the State Library of NC, and the editors reserve the right to not publish any comment submitted that is considered inappropriate for this resource. NCpedia will not publish personal contact information in comments, questions, or responses. If you would like a reply by email, note that some email servers, such as public school accounts, are blocked from accepting messages from outside email servers or domains. If you prefer not to leave an email address, check back at your NCpedia comment for a reply. Please allow one business day for replies from NCpedia. Complete guidelines are available at