Washington State Liquor Control Board http://kplu.org en The surprising places you might find liquor in Washington http://kplu.org/post/surprising-places-you-might-find-liquor-washington <p>Liquor in a hardware store? Mini&rsquo;s at the checkout stand? Mega-stores around the corner?</p><blockquote><p>Woman on the street: &ldquo;My parents actually needed a gift for a friend of ours, and they were able to buy it at a convenience store &ndash; like a nice bottle of liquor. I think it&rsquo;s convenient!&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Now that Washington State is out of the liquor sales business, bottles of booze are showing up in some unexpected places.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 21:14:18 +0000 Monica Spain 5515 at http://kplu.org The surprising places you might find liquor in Washington Liquor privatizers sue state regulators http://kplu.org/post/liquor-privatizers-sue-state-regulators <p>Backers of an initiative to privatize liquor sales in Washington are suing state regulators for clinging to too much power in the newly opened marketplace. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has the job of interpreting provisions of the ballot measure passed last fall. But Costco, the Washington Restaurant Association and the Northwest Grocery Association say the board is using a heavy hand.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:53:07 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5376 at http://kplu.org Seattle still waiting for state's vote to extend bar hours http://kplu.org/post/seattle-still-waiting-states-vote-extend-bar-hours <p>Following objections from other cities, Seattle will have to wait a month to know if its efforts to extend bar hours beyond 2 a.m. can go forward.</p><div><p>Seattle officials have wanted to make last call later, arguing that law enforcement is burdened by a mass of drunks tumbling out of night clubs and bars.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 00:01:05 +0000 The Associated Press 4885 at http://kplu.org Wash. auctioning off liquor licenses from its soon-to-close stores http://kplu.org/post/wash-auctioning-liquor-licenses-its-soon-close-stores <p>You won&rsquo;t hear the gavel sound at this auction. But you may want to pay attention anyway since the fate of your neighborhood liquor store may figure in. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has&nbsp; opened an online auction as part of the next step toward liquor privatization.</p><p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 22:08:36 +0000 Monica Spain 4391 at http://kplu.org Wash. auctioning off liquor licenses from its soon-to-close stores Private sales of liquor in Washington thrown into limbo, distillers too http://kplu.org/post/private-sales-liquor-washington-thrown-limbo-distillers-too <p>A judge&rsquo;s ruling on Friday has thrown the privatization of liquor sales in Washington into question and landed the state&rsquo;s craft distillers in a state of limbo.</p><p>A Cowlitz County judge on Friday upheld most of an initiative that requires the state to get out of the liquor business, but called for a trial to determine whether a provision for public safety funding violated rules for initiatives to address only one subject.</p><p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:45:12 +0000 The Associated Press 4334 at http://kplu.org Private sales of liquor in Washington thrown into limbo, distillers too Don't expect great buys on booze when Wash. liquor stores close http://kplu.org/post/dont-expect-great-buys-booze-when-wash-liquor-stores-close <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington liquor stores are on their way to privatization. But don&rsquo;t expect a clearance sale on the booze that&rsquo;s left over when the stores close in May.</p><p>Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board gave an update Tuesday to the state lawmakers in Olympia on the privatization approved by voters.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:35:20 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 3795 at http://kplu.org Will Washington’s privatized liquor sales impact Idaho? http://kplu.org/post/will-washington%E2%80%99s-privatized-liquor-sales-impact-idaho <p>BOISE &ndash; Washington State&rsquo;s move to privatize liquor sales next year could have repercussions on Idaho&rsquo;s revenues. That&rsquo;s according to Idaho&rsquo;s Office of Performance Evaluation.</p><p>Analyst Jared Tatro of Idaho&rsquo;s Office of Performance Evaluation says high prices for liquor in Washington drive bargain seekers to Idaho.</p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:05:46 +0000 Northwest News Network 3336 at http://kplu.org Despite vote, not everyone happy with shuttering state liquor stores http://kplu.org/post/despite-vote-not-everyone-happy-shuttering-state-liquor-stores <p>Now that voters have kicked the state out of the liquor store business, some people are looking forward to changes in how they buy booze. Others, though, say the decision is not cause for celebration.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 02:45:04 +0000 Charla Bear 3164 at http://kplu.org Despite vote, not everyone happy with shuttering state liquor stores Washington liquor employees brace for the unemployment line http://kplu.org/post/washington-liquor-employees-brace-unemployment-line <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; The mood in state liquor stores across Washington is subdued. More than nine-hundred state employees face lay-off with the passage of Costco-backed Initiative 1183 .</p><p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:53:17 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3159 at http://kplu.org Washington liquor employees brace for the unemployment line State nixes bids for private liquor distribution http://kplu.org/post/state-nixes-bids-private-liquor-distribution <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; State officials say two proposed bids that would privatize Washington&#39;s liquor distribution system are not financially beneficial.</p><p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:31:20 +0000 The Associated Press 3074 at http://kplu.org State's first premier liquor store opens in West Seattle http://kplu.org/post/states-first-premier-liquor-store-opens-west-seattle <p>The Washington State Liquor Control Board has opened its first premier liquor store. The West Seattle store, at 4100 SW Alaska St., is the first of two new high volume, specialty stores the state is opening in urban areas.</p><p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:20:25 +0000 Dave Meyer 2496 at http://kplu.org State's first premier liquor store opens in West Seattle Wash. prepares to accept bids to privatize liquor distribution http://kplu.org/post/wash-prepares-accept-bids-privatize-liquor-distribution <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984177.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984177.mp3</a></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; The state of Washington is getting ready to accept bids from private companies to take over the distribution of liquor. One question: how to evaluate the financial promises the bidders make.</p><p>This was a key topic Tuesday as state leaders met in advance of the formal bid process that&rsquo;s about to get underway.</p><p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:35:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2487 at http://kplu.org Wash. prepares to accept bids to privatize liquor distribution State wants to expose you to quality liquor http://kplu.org/post/state-wants-expose-you-quality-liquor <p>A new law giving distillers the opportunity to set up tastings in state-run liquor stores goes into effect Sept. 1 and runs for a year.</p><p>The &ldquo;spirits tasting pilot&rdquo; was established by the Washington Legislature in response to a request from the Distillery Representative Association of Washington (DRAW).</p><p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:31:58 +0000 Jake Ellison 2374 at http://kplu.org State wants to expose you to quality liquor New policy could mean more outdoor cafes in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/new-policy-could-mean-more-outdoor-cafes-seattle <p>If it&#39;s not raining, it&#39;s nice to sit outside, sipping a drink or tucking into a meal. Outdoor cafes are great for this and now it looks like more of them are coming our way.</p><p>The Washington State Liquor Control Board this week has adopted an interim policy allowing Seattle restaurants to establish sidewalk cafes in more locations.</p><p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 16:36:56 +0000 KPLU News Staff 2335 at http://kplu.org New policy could mean more outdoor cafes in Seattle