Iowans break record for highest-grossing liquor sales in December 2020

    Iowans spent significantly more money on liquor in 2020 than they did in 2019. (Creative Commons photo via Pxhere)

    Iowa saw its highest-grossing liquor sales in the history of the Alcoholic Beverages Division in December 2020.

    Liquor sales increased 18.5% or about $36 million in comparison to December 2019, according to the ABD.

    Since the start of COVID-19, liquor sales nationally and in Iowa have reached historic levels as more people stay at home and purchase alcohol at grocery stores and nearby retailers.

    The 2020 fiscal year also had historic liquor sales, an increase of 8.2% in comparison to last year.

    The number of deliveries and cases sold also increased over the previous fiscal year, by 12.7% and 18.5% respectively.