A restauranteur and sommelier’s conversation with the Liquor Authority

Q. Can I buy beer from a retailer out of state to resell?

A. No, you must only purchase alcohol from NYS licensed wholesalers and distributors.

Q. Can I buy from wine auctions for the restaurant? (Sootherby’s. Christies, Acker Merral)

A. Only a liquor store with a wine auction permit could sell wine. Not an auction house.

Q. Can I buy from online auctions for the restaurant? (Winebid)

A. No.

Q. Can I consign beer from my personal cellar to the restaurant?

A. No.

Q. Can I buy wine directly from out of state wineries?

A. No, you must obtain your product from a NYS manufacturer or wholesaler.