About Us

Idaho State Liquor Division

Idaho State Liquor Division WarehouseThe Idaho State Liquor Division was established in 1935 as a means of providing greater control over the distribution, sale, and consumption of alcohol beverages. It is well established by research that the availability of alcohol has substantial effects on alcohol consumption and alcohol problems. Idaho’s system of liquor control provides benefits to all of Idaho’s citizens. Moderation and temperance in control states generally reduce social cost associated with distilled spirits.

Our Mission

The mission of the Idaho State Liquor Division is to provide control over the importation, distribution, sale, and consumption of distilled spirits; curtail intemperate use of beverage alcohol; and responsibly optimize the net revenues to the citizens of Idaho.

The Enterprise

  • More than $175 million in annual sales
  • Receive and ship 1 million cases annually
  • Operate state-of-the-art warehouse
  • Alcohol education and control
  • More than $60 million returned to the state annually

Our Vision

The vision of the Idaho State Liquor Division is to be the most respected and highest-performing purveyor of distilled spirits in the United States.

Size and Scope

With 200 full-time and 150 temporary employees, the Division staffs 65 state stores, operates a highly automated distribution center in Boise, and provides critical social and economic benefits to the communities it operates within. We also partner with 107 independent businesses as contract stores throughout the state.


The state control system protects the public from the potentially harmful effects of alcohol by discouraging high rates of consumption. The Division controls the sale of packaged liquor through its 66 state-operated stores and 105 contract stores.

98% of the net proceeds are generated from the normal wholesale and retail markup that would exist regardless of what system was in place. They keep other taxes low and come from the willing, not the coerced.

The structure in Idaho has been in place for more than 75 years and is efficient, convenient, continually updated, and a benefit for all Idahoans.

Idaho Statutes: Title 23 – Alcoholic Beverages

Projected distribution of funds to state, cities, and counties in the next 10 years.

For more information please contact:
Idaho State Liquor Division
1349 E. Beechcraft Ct.
Boise, ID 83716

Visit our official website for more detailed information: www.liquor.idaho.gov

NABCA is the national association representing the Control State Systems – those jurisdictions that directly control the distribution and sale of beverage alcohol within their borders. To learn more about this association and its resources, visit http://www.nabca.org/page/about. They also have a YouTube Channel you may follow at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNABCA.