Arizona Alcoholic Beverage Market: Regulations, Statistics, Trends, and Wholesalers

Arizona, the Grand Canyon state, has specific laws related to liquor sales and consumption. Actually, all laws related to alcoholic beverages are interesting and ones that you must know. For example, the state awards liquor licenses via a lottery system; people under 21 years old cannot consume alcohol, but you can order alcohol online if you are over 21, and alcohol is sold or served only in licensed businesses from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM in Arizona.

Surprisingly, you can’t get arrested for public intoxication, but you can get arrested for drinking in public. The state has made it very unpleasant for people who don’t know the local laws, so here we do our best to provide a detailed overview of the Arizona laws, rules, and regulations regarding alcohol sales, distribution, and consumption.

Whether you’re looking to enter a market or consume alcohol in the state of Arizona, it’s recommended that you understand how it all works and the laws surrounding it all.

Should you have any interest in learning more about Arizona alcohol sales trends and laws or our services provided at Park Street, you can email us and we’ll get back to you immediately.

Consumption Trends In Arizona

Arizona is certainly an attractive market within the alcoholic beverage industry. Many emerging brands try to obtain market share as promptly as possible. If you’re looking to do the same, then understanding consumption trends is a must. Check out the charts below which display the consumption of alcohol in 9-liter cases by product type. My advice would be to look into consumption in the adjacent state, California, as well.

Arizona Spirits Consumption from 2015-2020 by 9-Liter Cases

Arizona Distilled Spirits Consumption

Arizona Wine Consumption from 2015-2020 by 9-Liter Cases

Arizona Wine Consumption

Arizona Beer Consumption from 2015-2020 by 9-Liter Cases

Arizona Beer Consumption

Arizona Spirits Volume Sales By Category – 2020 Data

Spirit trends in Arizona by volume and dollar sales in 2020.

Category Volume Sales
Thousands, 9-liter cases
Dollar Sales
Straight Whiskey 621 $174
Canadian Whisky 297 $114
Scotch Whisky 159 $94
Irish Whiskey 63 N/A
Gin 182 $73
Vodka 1,800 $503
Rum 465 $137
Tequila 762 N/A
Cordials/Liqueurs 332 $161
Cocktails 211 N/A


Arizona Beer Volume Sales By Category – 2020 Data

Beer trends in Arizona by volume and dollar sales in 2020.

Category Volume Sales
Thousands, 2.25 Gallon Cases
Volume Sales barrels
Craft 6.1 197.6
FMBs & Hard Seltzer 7.4 238.2
Super & Super Premium 7.8 251.8
Light 26.6 857.5
Popular 3.5 112.1
Imported 11.5 370.1

Source: Beverage Information Group
Coming Soon: Wine trends in California by volume and dollar sales in 2020.


The Top 10 Spirits Brands
In Arizona

  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Smirnoff
  • Jose Cuervo
  • Hennessy
  • Jim Beam Family
  • Jameson
  • New Amsterdam Vodka
  • E & J
  • Bacardi
  • Jack Daniel’s

The Top 10 Table Wine Brands
In Arizona

  • Coming Soon!

The Top 10 Domestic Beer Brands
In Arizona

  • Coming Soon!

Alcoholic Beverage Distributors Located In Arizona

In the United States, we operate under the three-tier system. That means all aspects of alcohol flow through this system. Supplying, producing, manufacturing, wholesaling, importing, distributing, and even retailing. So, what about middle-tier? Curious about what this is and how does it relate to the industry? The middle tier refers to importers within the industry. Middle-tier sells products to retailers after the manufacturers and producers have sold the product to the wholesalers and importers.


Now, if you’re looking to grow and increase reach as well as market share in the state, then you need to know about the distributors you can connect with. Below you will find a list of all the top distributors in the state. This is broken down by product type. If you have further questions or can’t find what you’re looking for, then please contact us and we’ll be glad to help.

Wine & Spirits Distributors

More Coming Soon

Beer Distributors

More Coming Soon

More Distributors in Arizona(A-Z)

Full Arizona List Coming Soon!

Click here for a complete list of alcoholic beverage distributors. 

Self-Pitch Distribution Model

Finding the correct distributor is frequently considered one of the most challenging obstacles in creating a brand in the United States. There are hundreds of brands, and industry consolidation has resulted in fewer distribution businesses to select from in each area. This makes growth and consumer reach particularly difficult.

As a result, one option for new businesses is to employ Park Street’s self-pitch distribution approach.

The self-pitch distribution model is similar to the three-tier traditional distribution model in that the product is provided to retailers, but the significant distinction is that the supplier handles sales and marketing.

Selling Alcohol In Arizona

The Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC) is in charge of regulating the sale of alcohol in the state. The Director currently in charge is Tracy Uffelman. Tracy was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey on September 21, 2021.

This section will teach you all you need to know about the Arizona alcohol business and selling within the state. Learn about state compliance, excise taxes, retail hours of operation, and so much more.

Selling beer and wine and spirits in Arizona, as well as other states, necessitates a thorough understanding of state, county, and local legislation. It really is critical that you understand these laws in order to remain compliant.

Below is a collection of frequently asked questions about off-premise and on-premise sales. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff.

FAQs on Arizona Beer, Wine & Spirits Sales

Do stores sell alcohol on Sundays in Arizona?

Arizona does permit the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

What are the typical hours for selling alcohol in Arizona?

The hours in which alcohol can be sold in the state are between 6:00 AM and 2:00 AM.

Does CVS sell alcohol in Arizona?

Yes, CVS does sell alcohol in Arizona.

Does Walgreens sell alcohol in Arizona?

Yes, Walgreens sells liquor, beer, and wine in the state of Arizona.

Does Circle K sell beer, wine, and spirits in AZ?

Yes, they do sell beer, wine, and spirits.

Does Costco sell spirits in Arizona?

Yes, they sell liquor at Costco in Arizona.

Do they sell liquor, wine, or beer in grocery stores in Arizona?

Yes, grocery stores in Arizona are able to sell beer, wine, and liquor.

What is the alcohol excise tax in Arizona?

$0.84 per gallon

$0.16 per gallon

$3 per gallon

Buying Alcohol In Arizona – Hours, Locations & Taxes

If you have questions about buying alcohol in Arizona, chances are you’ll find the answers below. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about purchasing beer, wine, and spirits in AZ that we receive. Please remember that we will be adding more questions regularly, so if you do not see answers to questions you have, then please let us know and we’ll add them accordingly.

FAQs on Buying Beer, Wine & Liquor in Arizona

Does the state of Arizona allow direct-to-consumer shipping?

Yes, the state allows DTC shipping for wine and spirits today.

Can you order alcohol to go in Arizona?

Yes, you can. However, there are stipulations that go along with ordering alcohol to go in AZ.

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