In 1961, representatives from 25 Maryland jurisdictions officially formed the Maryland State Association of Alcoholic Beverages License Administrators (MSAABLA). Original members included Maryland commissioners, inspectors, and attorneys. The organization’s goals were to:
We are now the Maryland Alcohol Licensing Association (MALA), reflecting a more inclusive membership. The landscape is changing with the presence of micro-breweries and new wineries and distilleries across the state. We have producers who are distributors and retailers. As such, in addition to our traditional members, our associate members now include alcohol industry professionals. This move reinforces the importance of fostering cooperation and communication between the alcohol industry and the enforcement community. We look forward to serving communities across the state, well into the future.
The Maryland Alcohol Licensing Association (MALA) trains and educates its members, the alcohol industry, commercial and/or government officials, and the general public on statewide and county laws related to the production, sale, and distribution of alcoholic beverages.