24 Small Businesses Honored at ABL National Convention

Bethesda, MD - On June 14, 2011, 24 small businesses will be recognized as a Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year at the American Beverage Licensees annual convention. Represented by their proprietors, the awards were presented at a ceremony during the American Beverage Licensees 9th Annual Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc.

The awards were presented by Ralph Aguera, vice president, trade relations for Brown-Forman, who thanked the business owners for their contributions to the alcohol beverage industry. This is the ninth consecutive year that Brown-Forman, a leading producer of distilled spirits, has sponsored the awards. The 2011 winners include:

Reilly’s Irish Pub Anchorage, AK
The Bradley House Anchorage, AK
Wine House Anchorage, AK
Westminster Total Beverage, Westminster, CO
Smoke Rise Bottle Shoppe, Stone Mountain, GA
Fuehne’s Tavern Damiansville, IL
Extra Value Wine & Spirits Elgin, IL
Big Red Liquors Bloomington, IN
Top Hat Hutchinson, KS
Greenwood Wine & Spirits Wakefield, MA
Ott House Emmitsburg, MD
Broadway Liquors Frostburg, MD
Main Street Liquor Greenville, MS
Star of Texas Liquor & Wine Dripping Springs, TX
Feil’s Supper Club Randolph, WI
Snowy Range Sports Bar Laramie, WY
Club 90 Billings, MT
Young’s Fine Wines & Spirits Manhasset, NY
Liquor & Wine Warehouse Plattsburgh, NY
Al’s Seafood Bar Phoenicia, NY
Petticoat Junction Mentor, OH
The Cottage Pub & Restaurant Chambersburg, PA
O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits Rock Hill, SC
Beano & Sherry’s Casino North Sioux City, SD

i?1/4i?1/4“We are glad to honor so many individuals for their contributions to their communities as a beverage licensee,” said John D. Bodnovich, ABL’s executive director. “Beverage retailers are vital members of their communities, and small businesses like these are where Americans make their memories.”

The Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year Awards are presented annually at the American Beverage Licensees Convention to recognize dedicated members of ABL’s state and regional affiliates. These retailers, who are the last to handle beverage alcohol products before they reach consumers, are the face of the industry to millions of Americans who responsibly enjoy beer, wine and spirits. They are also active in their communities as small business owners, civic participants and parents. This is the ninth consecutive year that Brown-Forman, a leading producer of distilled spirits, has sponsored the awards.

ABL’s regional and state affiliate offices nominate recipients of the award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in responsible and innovative retailing. Beverage retailers are a crucial link in the beverage alcohol system. In addition to being a key component of the most diverse and consumer-friendly beverage alcohol marketplace in the world, ABL members are committed to stop underage access to alcohol and drunk driving.

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