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

Louisiana is one of the US states with lax rules related to alcohol, and 24-hour bars are common in New Orleans and many other parishes. That is why we bring you all the essential information about alcohol trends in the Pelican State.

We share detailed information that alcohol manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers will find invaluable when looking to grown their business in the Bayou State. At Park Street, we also help clients get started who are interested in entering the market by providing help and guidance through our excellent customer support and services.

Consumption Trends In Louisiana

Louisiana is a state that’s attractive to many within the industry due to consumption growth. You will find charts showcasing the growth in consumption broken down by beer, wine, and spirits. The data is displayed over a five-year period. There’s been a +1.64% CAGR for spirits, -0.48% CAGR for wine, and -0.93% CAGR for beer over this particular 5-year period.

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

Louisiana Spirits Growth 2015-2020

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

Louisiana Wine Volume Growth 2015-2020

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

Louisiana Beer Volume Growth 2015-2020

Louisana Spirits Volume Sales By Category – 2020 Data

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

Category Volume Sales
Thousands, 9-liter cases
Dollar Sales
Straight Whiskey 525 N/A
Canadian Whisky 389 N/A
Scotch Whisky 141 N/A
Irish Whiskey 34 N/A
Gin 238 N/A
Vodka 1,022 N/A
Rum 281 N/A
Tequila 245 N/A
Cordials/Liqueurs 246 N/A
Cocktails 260 N/A

Source: Beverage Information Group

Louisiana Wine Volume Sales By Category – 2020 Data

Wine trends in Louisiana by volume sales in 2020

Category Volume Sales
Thousands, 9-liter cases
Table 2700
Champagne & Sparkling 309.9
Dessert & Fortified 231.9
Vermouth & Aperitif 14.7

Source: Beverage Information Group

Louisiana Beer Volume Sales By Category – 2020 Data

Beer trends in Louisiana by volume sales in 2020

Category Volume Sales
Thousands, 2.25 Gallon Cases
Volume Sales barrels
Craft 4.2 133.8
FMBs & Hard Seltzer 2.8 136.0
Super & Super Premium 5.5 175.7
Light 23 741.2
Popular 3.8 121.8
Imported 4 129.9

Source: Beverage Information Group


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Alcoholic Beverage Distributors Located In Louisiana

A three-tiered system is used to sell all alcoholic beverages in the United States. Wholesalers or importers, who make up the “middle layer” of the sector, receive goods from producers and suppliers. They then sell them to distributors, who then distribute/deliver the products to retail spots like pubs, restaurants, liquor stores, and so on. All sales of alcohol in the US must follow this three-tier scheme.


Below you will find an updated list of the top distributors located in the state of Louisiana. Need more info on the distributors throughout the United States? Check out the full list of distributors or fill out the contact form provided.

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See a full list of alcohol distribution caompanies here. 

Self-Pitch Distribution Model

One of the hardest problems with brand development in the US is frequently stated as finding a suitable distributor.

There are hundreds of brands, but there are now fewer distribution businesses to select from in each area as a result of industry consolidation.

So, using Park Street’s self-pitch distribution approach is one of the options accessible to up-and-coming companies.

The self-pitch distribution model is comparable to the three-tier conventional distribution model in that goods is distributed to retailers, but the main distinction is that the supplier is in charge of sales and marketing.

Selling Alcohol In Louisana

Alcohol brand owners and retailers must know all the laws when it comes to selling in the state of Louisiana. Below you will find quite a few answers to the most popular questions we’ve been asked over the years. In the state of Louisiana, everything related to alcohol is controlled by The Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco  Control Board.

If you don’t find the answers to your questions listed below, please contact us and we will provide them to you directly. Click here to contact us.

FAQs on Louisiana Beer, Wine & Spirits Sales

What are the policies regarding the sale of alcohol on Sundays in Louisiana? 

Most parishes don’t restrict alcohol sales on Sundays, with several parishes banning alcohol sales from bars on Sundays.

What are the hours retailers can sell alcohol in Louisiana?

Most Louisiana parishes have 24/7 sales of alcohol; some parishes have hourly and Sunday restrictions.

What are the alcohol laws in Louisiana?

Louisiana alcohol laws allow persons 21 and older to purchase alcohol, but people over 18 can drink alcohol in private residences. The other alcohol-related laws are fascinating, based on old Napoleonic law instead of English law. For example, there is a law permitting the sale of frozen alcoholic drinks like drive-thru frozen daiquiri stands. Louisiana has open container laws, and the legal driving limit is 0.08%, but the state has zero-tolerance laws. Interestingly, people can consume drinks in plastic glasses in several parishes like New Orleans, with most bars working 24 hours. Some parishes put a limit on the sales of alcohol, requiring bars to close on Sundays and close at 4 AM. Also, please note that it is illegal to drink alcoholic beverages from glass vessels on the street – most people get drinks in plastic hurricane glasses.

Do Walmart, Target, and CVS sell alcohol in Louisiana?

Yes, Walmart, CVS, and Target sell alcohol in Louisiana, but they respect the local parish laws.

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

Beer, wine, and spirits are sold in grocery stores in Louisiana, with most selling these 24/7. Still, some parishes have specific hours and separate Sunday sales rules.

Do they sell liquor, wine, or beer in gas stations in Louisiana?

Louisiana gas stations can sell beer, wine, and spirits 24/7.

What is the alcohol excise tax in Louisiana?

Louisiana charges the following alcohol excise tax:

  • Beer Tax – $0.32/gallon
  • Wine Tax – $0.11/gallon; Additional taxes 14% to 24% ABV – $0.23/gallon; over 24% ABV and sparkling wine – $1.59/gallon
  • Distilled Spirits Tax – $2.50/gallon

The Louisiana  alcohol excise taxes are mandatory, added to the Federal alcohol excise taxes, which are as follows:

  • Beer Federal Excise Tax – $18.00/31-gallon barrel, or $0.05 per 12-oz can
  • Wine Federal Excise Tax – $1.07 to $3.4/gallon; $0.21 to $0.67/750ml bottle
  • Distilled Spirits Federal Excise Tax – $13.5/proof gallon or $2.14/750ml 80-proof bottle (40% ABV).

Buying Alcohol In Louisiana – Hours, Locations & Taxes

Consumption of alcohol is high in Louisiana, so it would only make sense that the demand for understanding the laws when it comes to buying beer, wine, and spirits in the state is high in demand as well. Here are some answers to the most common questions we are asked regularly today.

FAQs on Buying Beer, Wine & Liquor in Lousiana

Can you buy liquor in grocery stores in Louisiana?

You can buy beer, wine, and liquor in Louisiana grocery stores.

Can you buy alcohol in gas stations in Louisiana?

You can buy beer, wine, and liquor at Louisiana gas stations.

“Does Louisiana Allow direct-to-consumer shipping? 

Louisiana allows direct to consumer shipping of alcohol – you can have beer, wine, and spirits delivered through online delivery services.

What times can you buy liquor, wine, or beer in Louisiana?

Most Louisiana parishes allow 24/7 sales of beer, wine, and liquor; some parishes have a ban on Sunday sales.

Can you order alcohol to go in Louisiana ?

You can get alcohol to go in most Louisiana parishes.

Where in Louisiana can buy alcohol off-premise?

Off-premise alcohol in Louisiana is sold in supermarkets, grocery stores, drug stores, package stores, convenience stores, and gas stations.

Where can buy alcohol for on-premise consumption in Louisiana?

You can buy on-premise alcohol in Louisiana at restaurants, bars, clubs, breweries, taprooms, and other on-premise alcohol retailers.

(Data Sources – atc.louisiana.gov, wikipedia.org)

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