About Buying Food Grade Ethanol in Virginia

How to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in VirginiaUpdated: January 2023

Buying food grade ethanol in Virginia is allowed under Virginia's laws with a permit or license.  Follow these steps to buy food grade alcohol in Virginia, shipped direct via FedEx Ground to business or residential addresses throughout the state of Virginia.

Steps to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Virginia

Step 1 – Read and understand Virginia Food Grade Alcohol rules and regulations.

Step 2 – Obtain your Industrial Alcohol Permit Application from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

Step 3  Email your approved permit to ship@culinarysolvent.com

Step 4 – Visit the Culinary Solvent online storefront and select the food grade ethanol products you wish to order.

Step 5 – Plan to receive your delivery. Orders to Virginia ship requiring an adult signature at the time of delivery. Read more on receiving your ethanol delivery.


Virginia Rules and Regulations for Food Grade Ethanol

Food grade ethanol is regulated by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

  • Mailing Address: Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, PO Box 3250, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
  • Phone Number: (804) 213-4400
  • General Websitehttps://www.abc.virginia.gov/

How long does it take to ship Ethanol to Virginia?

Transit time via FedEx Ground from our distillery in Maine to Virginia takes approximately 5 business days.  Depending on where you live, Saturday and Sunday's are sometimes counted as business days...  You will receive tracking updates directly from FedEx, including an update the day before expected delivery.


Orders are shipped using new, sustainably sourced materials.  Orders arrive in craft cardboard boxes for discrete and reliable transportation per DOT regulations for transporting ethanol. Learn more about shipping and recieving Culinary Solvent.

Orders placed by 9am EST Monday - Friday ship the same day.  Orders placed on Friday after 9am will ship the following Monday.  If Monday is a holiday, orders will process on the next available open business day.

At this time, expedited shipping options are not available for food grade ethanol.  To ensure the safe transport of ethanol, the Department of Transportation mandates that only ground carriers may be used.  This restriction on shipping food grade alcohol via air service unfortunately limits the transport time to certain locations in the US.

Yes, customers who wish to have thier orders ship without requiring a signature at delivery may complete a signature realse form before the order ships. Use this link to download the blank form and learn more.