The Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association has joined the wine distributors in opposing Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize the state's liquor system.
The beer association represents 32 distributors while the Virginia Wine Wholesalers Association, which voted Sept. 7, represents 14. Most members are Virginia-based family businesses.
Both groups oppose the proposal primarily because small businesses would not be able to afford the licenses, spokesman Jim Babb said.
McDonnell's proposal calls for auctioning off 1,000 licenses to sell liquor. Minimum bids for licenses would be based on a formula that takes into account the size of the proposed store and the current profitability of ABC stores in different geographic regions.