License & Permit Bonds

Trends: Low ABV



Have you noticed the “hard anything” (seltzer, tea, cider), selections taking up more and more space in shops, on menus and in the picnic cooler? Nonalcoholic options, featuring complex layers of flavors are going strong too. What’s in between? Low ABV—and industry insiders say expect growing demand.


Getting Into Low ABV Options

Bon Appetit offers this explanation of what constitutes low alcohol by volume:While theres no official standard for what counts as low-ABV…,these bevs all hover around 5% (wine, by comparison, is usually 11–13% ABV). For the numerically averse, its just enough booze to give a little frisson to your day, without the high-glare intensity of a full-strength cocktail. Among Bon Appetit‘s favorite, portable Low-ABVs are:


Zuzu Calamansi Lime Margarita, 5% ABV

This uniquely tart glass bottled cocktail offers the perfect amount of sour and effervescence. The ingredient list is both shockingly short—just water, agave spirit, sea salt, and lime juice—and transparently sourced.


Old Westminster Skin Contact Piquette, 6% ABV

When we talk about canned wine, we so often compare it to its bottled brethren. But this funky, natural piquette, made by a family-run vineyard in Maryland, holds its own with notes of stone fruit and green apple. Bring it on your next picnic to complement a rustic sourdough pan bagnat…


The Finnish Long Drink, 5.5% ABV

Tangy, sweet, and highly crushable, this gin and grapefruit soda is like a zesty, grown-up Sprite. Based on a well-known Finnish drink…its an easy crowd-pleaser that goes just as well with a side of fries as it does your drive-in movie popcorn.


Doordash notes that many consumers have moderation and other health and social priorities in mind, though not all want to abstain completely. To capitalize on the trend, liquor retailers will want to have more low alcohol alternatives available alongside other offerings. Doing so allows customers to  “organically discover” the options.


Selling Low-ABV Options?

As options for this niche grow, remember: although Low-ABV products have less alcohol by volume then other products, they still have alcohol, so you still need a liquor license bond to distribute and sell them. Colonial Surety is here to help. We’re direct bond writers—so we provide our lowest possible rate direct to business owners. It’s best not to waste time and money getting a “generic” bond—through middle players. Colonial offers direct, digital bonds, customized to the specifications for alcohol licensing in every market around the country.

We make it so easy to obtain a liquor license bond that you can do it now. Sometimes referred to as an alcoholic retailer license bond, the steps to obtaining the bond at Colonial are simple: get a quote online, fill out your information, and enter a payment method. Then you can simply print or even e-file your bond from anywhere.

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What Exactly Is An Alcoholic Retailer License Bond?

Sometimes referred to as an alcoholic retailer license bond, or simply as an alcohol beverage bond, a liquor license bond is a type of surety bond and involves three parties: the obligee (the public entity requiring the bond); the principal (the person needing the bond); and the surety company that issues the bond. Essentially, when you secure a liquor license bond, you are guaranteeing that you will abide by all of the regulations applicable in your state. Failure to do so can result in a claim against your bond. In that way, liquor license bonds serve as a form of protection to the public—a commitment that your alcohol retail business is run professionally, honestly and in accordance with the law. (If you want to learn more about surety bonds, you’ll find this brief video helpful.)

It is critical for an liquor license bond to be written to the specific requirements of the obligee. As a direct writer, Colonial is prepared to meet the specific requirements of obligees across the country—and we are licensed for business in every state. There’s no need to get stuck in the middle when you are required to obtain an liquor license bond:: get it directly, right here today.


Branching Out?

Looking to boost your earning potential as you branch into new career paths? Colonial Surety is here to help small businesses and self-starters in every field. Our direct, digital portfolio of 4,000 license and permit bonds makes it easy to obtain the specific, business and professional bonds required in every part of the country. From mortgage broker, to real estate agent, to motor vehicle dealer, collection agent and more—you name it, we most likely have exactly what you need: license and permit bonds here.


As a national surety bond leader, Colonial makes it quick and efficient to obtain license bonds in just a few clicks, online, anytime, from anywhere. Founded in 1930, Colonial Surety Company is a leading direct seller and writer of surety bonds and insurance products across the USA. Colonial is rated “A Excellent” by A.M. Best Company and U.S. Treasury listed. Our customers have awarded us a 4.8 TrustScore—and they especially appreciate our speedy, easy service. You will too—we promise!