Since private stores started selling hard liquor in June, more teenagers in Thurston county are shoplifting booze that’s now available at grocery stores.
The California liquor store chain BevMo is opening four more stores Washington. It has opened stores in Tacoma, Silverdale and Tukwila since June when the state privatized the liquor business.
Washington liquor sales are showing signs of continued strength after the state moved to a privatized system. State figures released Tuesday show that sales by volume were up 12 percent in August compared to the year earlier. That increase came despite prices being up 10 percent. Tax revenue was also up by about $4 million in the month.
Metropolitan Market in Queen Anne held a midnight party and dozens of people showed up early Friday to be the first to buy liquor from a private retailer.
Since 2008, Washington has allowed small-scale distillers to sell and offer samples of their spirits if at least half the ingredients were sourced in WA. Now with I-1183, beginning March 1, Washington’s small distilleries are able to self-distribute to local restaurants and bars. The Seattle area is filled with great distilleries. Here are some of our favorites.
Washington’s craft distillers are finding themselves in a state of limbo following a judge’s ruling last week that could derail the voter-approved initiative that requires the state to get out of the liquor business.
Washington’s new privatized system for the distribution of alcohol may cause the price of spirits to climb because of fees mandated by the new law.
The state’s first “primier” liquor store is now open, according to the Washington State Control Board’s website. The West Seattle store is the first of two larger, high-volume liquor stores that the WSCB is opening.
A new pilot program, announced by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, would allow samples of Washington’s beer and wines for public tasting at area farmers’ markets.