Shipping beer to Nebraska

License to self-distribute: Yes

R.R.S. Neb. § 53-169

(2)  . . . The holder of a craft brewery license shall have the privileges and duties listed in section 53-123.14 with respect to the manufacture, distribution, and retail sale of beer, and the Nebraska Liquor Control Act shall not be construed to permit the holder of a craft brewery license to engage in the wholesale distribution of beer.

Shipping beer to Nebraska is legal, however, you must do the following:

  1. This application is to obtain a liquor license to ship alcohol direct to consumers in the State of Nebraska.
  2. This is an annual license that runs May 1st through April 30th. An email will be sent, the first week of February as a reminder of the renewal period; however, it is your responsibility to renew prior to expiration. Link to renew:
  3. If at any time during the year you have changes from the original application, notify our office immediately at:
  4. Instructions and form for filing your annual tax return (form 7140) may be found at this link: This report and excise taxes owed are due on or before the 25th of January. Sales tax is owed to the Nebraska Department of Revenue for further information go to:
  5. Complete a Nebraska Tax Application, form 20
  6. Manufacturers, Craft Breweries, Craft Distilleries & Farm Wineries must file a list of brand name(s) on company letterhead of alcoholic liquor requesting authority to ship into Nebraska direct to Nebraska Wholesalers.
  7. Limited Direct Shipping. Legislative Bill 1292 enacted in the latter part of 1994 revises 7156A Section 53-194.03 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska to permit consumers in that state to receive by direct shipment up to one case per month for personal use. LB671 amends the Nebraska shipping laws with the following provision: effective September 1, 2001, a new type of license is to be issued by the Nebraska Liquor Control for “any person who sells and ships alcoholic liquor from another state directly to a consumer in this state.” The cost of such a shipping license is $500.00. Persons holding a such a shipping license who ship liquor to consumers in Nebraska must pay gallonage tax on the alcohol under Neb. Rev. Stat. §53-160 (1998) if “required taxes in the state of purchase or this state have not been paid.” (Neb. Rev. Stat. (§53-162).

    Nebraska Beer Shipping Permit

    Nebraska Liquor Control Commission
    301 Centennial Mall South
    P.O. Box 95046
    Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5046
    Phone: 402/471-2571
    Fax: 402/471-2814

    Now that you’ve learned that you can sell your beer online and distribute it throughout the country, click below to start selling your craft beer online today!

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    In no way should this be interpreted as legal advice. Instead, it should be an additional resource in your own unique research. All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit the reader to learn more about craft beer legal issues. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, may not be current and is subject to change without notice. Always seek the advice of a competent attorney before drafting a contract, terminating a wholesaler, or initiating other legal action.