What’s the Difference Between ABV and Proof?



WINE ENTHUSIAST - By Dylan Garret | November 24, 2021


Whether wine, beer, spirit, cider or hard seltzer, every alcoholic beverage label is required to show how much alcohol it contains. What can be confusing is the multitude of ways it can be written.


The two main methods for indicating the alcoholic content of a beverage are alcohol-by-volume (abv) and proof. In the United States, a spirit’s proof is simply double the abv. This means the liquid in a bottle of 90-proof bourbon is 45% abv, while a bottle of 151-proof rum is 75.5% abv.


So, where does proof come from and why do we still use it? READ MORE