The State's alcoholic beverage laws allow licensed businesses to remain open from 8am to 5am the following morning every day of the year except on election days. However the law also allows local governing bodies to limit hours of operation by ordinance. All of Alaska's larger cities and many of its smaller communities have adopted ordinances restricting operating hours. For the legal hours in a specific community contact us.
The law requires that at closing time no-one be present on the licensed premises except employees preparing for the next days business. It does not address when the last drink can be served. That is a determination that must be made by the individual licensee.
Licensed businesses must be closed on days when there is an election for a candidate for public office until after the polls close (normally 8pm). Local governing bodies may adopt ordinances exempting licensed businesses within their jurisdiction from this requirement.
Businesses that the board identifies a "bona fide" restaurants may allow customers to enter and remain on their licensed premises for consumption of food and non-alcoholic beverages only. All other licensed businesses may not be open during "closed" hours.
Alaska does not limit or tax alcoholic beverages brought into this state for personal use and not for resale. Out-of-state suppliers may ship alcoholic beverages to Alaska residents. Over 75 Alaska communities have by local option banned the importation or possession of alcoholic beverages. It may be a felony crime to ship alcoholic beverages to those communities. A list of those communities can be found on the Damp/Dry Communities pages of this web site.
If you are military personnel relocating to Alaska and you need documentation stating Alaska does not regulate alcohol imported for personal use you can download the Importation for Personal Use Letter.
21 years of age.
Persons under the age of 21 may not enter or remain on licensed premises unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or spouse over the age of 21 years. Not withstanding this rule licensees may exclude underage persons from licensed premises at any time.
Yes, there are four exceptions:
Yes, but the unconsumed alcoholic beverages must be disposed of in waste water or a waste container immediately.
Yes, if the underage persons are not on licensed premises and the alcoholic beverages are provided by their parents, legal guardians or spouse over the age of 21 years.
Yes, non-alcoholic beer and wine are not alcoholic beverages. Legally non-alcoholic beer and wine are no different than coffee, tea or soft drinks.
Although there are several situations when it may be appropriate to ask to see identification (such as when a customer is paying a bill by check), the only time that the alcoholic beverage laws require that ID be checked is when the licensee or the licensee's agent or employee is not sure that the customer is 21 years of age or older. In that situation the licensee may not serve that person or allow the person to remain on the licensed premises unless valid identification is produced.
3 AAC 304.425 Determining age of patron
(a) It is the responsibility of the licensee to obtain a statement of proof-of-age form[s] required under AS 04.21.050 . Licensees must retain completed forms for 90 days and make them available upon request for inspection by the board and peace officers.
(b) A valid identification card as used in AS 04.21.050 means an unexpired unaltered passport or an unexpired unaltered driver's license or an identification card issued by a federal or state agency authorized to issue driver's licenses or identification cards that meet the requirements under AS 04.21.050 (b). If a licensee or an agent or employee of a licensee has reason to believe that the identification card presented by a person is fraudulent, the licensee, agent, or employee shall refuse entrance to licensed premises and shall refuse service or sale to that person.
A fine of not more than $5000.00 and imprisonment for up to 1 year additionally the law requires that the underage persons drivers license be revoked.
Licenses are issued based on population quota. Restaurant or eating place licenses are issued on the formula of one license for each 1500 of population within a political subdivision of the state. All other licenses are issued on a formula of one license for each 3000 of population. Generally speaking except for restaurant or eating place licenses the quota for most licenses has been exhausted and no new licenses can be issued. Most licenses however are transferable. If you want to open your own business, you need to find someone that would be willing to transfer their license to you.
Alcoholic beverage laws differ from state to state. In Alaska licensees and their agents and employees must take an alcohol server training course within 30 days of employment. The course must be reviewed and approved by the ABC Board. The board will not approve a course unless it covers 16 specific areas of Alaska law. Courses approved in other states may have the same title but are not the same as the course taught in Alaska.
No, you may purchase the alcoholic beverages that you intend to resell from licensed package stores as well as licensed wholesalers.
Alcoholic beverages can be included as a part of a meal package as long as the price of the meal package is at least the normal price of the alcoholic beverage.
The alcoholic beverage laws do not prohibit licensees or their agents or employees from drinking. However it is illegal for a drunken person to remain on licensed premises. So if a bartender became drunk the bartender could face criminal charges and the liquor license could be in jeopardy.
Yes, a person may take their unfinished bottle of wine ordered with a meal home, but it must be either recorked, sealed with tamper resistant tape or placed in a tamper proof "wine doggie bag" container by the licensee, agent or employee of the licensed establishment. If it is resealed as listed above, it is not considered an open container.
Yes. Under a new law enacted in 1999 a licensee may allow a patron to bring wine into a restaurant to be consumed with a meal. The licensee may charge a corkage fee to open and pour the wine.
Specials must run for the entire calendar week and be available at all times that the business is open. You may not sell alcoholic beverages for less than you paid for them. Free or complimentary drinks are illegal.