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The state’s liquor board reports continued record sales through April

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping people indoors, Virginians appear to be drinking more now than ever before. In April, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control reported sales at state liquor stores have hovered at around $22 million a week. It was even higher in March, when social distancing first started, with over $30 million per week in sales, a figure the Richmond Times Dispatch said was “near-holiday levels”. 

So, what are Virginians drinking? 

According to ABC records, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is the most popular choice in the state, with a whopping $9.5 million in sales for March and April with over 384,000 bottles sold. 

 Here are the state’s top sellers in March and April:

  • Tito’s Handmade vodka — $9.5 million, 383,984 bottles
  • Hennessy VS cognac — $7.9 million, 261,586 bottles
  • Jack Daniel’s 7 Black whiskey — $5.1 million, 216,936 bottles
  • Jim Beam bourbon — $4.3 million, 251,215 bottles
  • Jameson Irish whiskey — $3.3 million, 117,802 bottles
  • Patron Silver tequila — $3.3 million, 84,813 bottles
  • Smirnoff 80 vodka — $3.1 million, 246,579 bottles
  • Crown Royal Canadian whisky $2.9 million, 111,373 bottles
  • Fireball Cinnamon whisky — $2.7 million, 741,775 bottles
  • Maker’s Mark bourbon — $2.6 million, 77,310 bottles
  • Grey Goose vodka — $2.4 million, 82,471 bottles
  • Absolut vodka — $2.3 million, 140,293 bottles
  • Crown Royal Regal Apple Canadian whisky- $2.2 million, 101,278 bottles
  • Bacardi Superior rum — $2.2 million, 138,070 bottles
  • Jose Cuervo Especial Gold tequila — $2 million, 116,439 bottles

Due to the pandemic, several ABC regulations were changed to adhere to social distancing guidelines, including allowing restaurants to sell wine and beer in takeout and delivery orders.