As the best places to buy spirits and strong alcohol, liquor stores are often popular destinations. A liquor store may be a small business, a chain business, or a government-supervised business. Alcohol laws vary somewhat depending on the State. Some States allow only government-approved centers to sell strong alcohol. NABC, or National Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, is an example of this. Only NABC stores can sell strong spirits in the State of Virginia. Other stores may still sell weaker drinks like beer and cider. In contrast, you can buy liquor at a gasoline station in the State of Missouri. There, privately owned businesses cooperate with alcohol laws and are allowed to sell as long as they meet certain licensing requirements.
Variety in Liquor Stores
Usually, there will be quite a lot of variety at liquor stores. This is true whether it is a small, licensed business or an NABC store. Liquor that you commonly see includes vodka, whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, vermouth, scotch, and absinthe. There may be many brands of varying quality. Typically, cheaper spirits on the bottom shelves are not good quality, but middle shelf and above are fine. Liquor stores may also sell mixers like sour mix, Pina Colada flavoring, or strawberry Daiquiri syrup. Other merchandise may include liqueurs such as Kahlua, Irish Cream, and Amaretto. A liquor store generally doesn't sell beer or wine, but there may be exceptions.
Sales in the Alcohol Industry
Liquor stores as well as those that sell beer and wine have certain trends in the market. A website offers some information about the alcohol industry. Of all the merchandise bought in this industry examination, distilled spirits accounted for a full forty percent. Another thirty percent went toward wine. Ale and beer made up twenty-five percent of sales, and the remaining five percent were other products sometimes found at liquor stores (such as "groceries, cigarettes, and cigars.") According to this industry report, more money is spent on hard liquor than on any other alcohol product.
According to a source, there are a few trends in liquor sales that will shape the rest of the year 2017. Ever since 2008, the demand for "premium" spirits has grown a little every year. Higher-end liquors are selling well. Another trend is the continued popularity and expansion of whiskey. The website notes, "In terms of revenue, the category" (of whiskey) "increased $2 billion since 2010." The total revenue for 2016 whiskey was $5.7 billion. In 2016, tequila and cognac sale volumes increased by 7.1% and 12.9% respectively. The total revenues grew as well. These are just a few examples of the lively alcohol market at work in the U.S.