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ve brought ation may ha While privatiz t casualties. it also brough , es tiv si po e som allard Lilt years, Old B cu ffi di l ra ve d After se ngton, decide allard, Washi si bu quor Co. in B e and th tion in 2018 uc od pr op st le hi to 2019. W completely in ness closed leading to the ultiple factors e there were m dland says th der Lexi Woo sdi closure, foun he huge. “T new laws was e th of ct pa it, im ent of ” e was 90 perc ap sc nd la n io tribut ’t sell enough “I just couldn said Woodland. the bills.” bottles to pay ation made lieves privatiz Woodland be costs nearttles to cover bo gh ou en e selling t distillers lik for small craf n, io ly impossible at iz at er priv quor Co. “Aft Old Ballard Li their path to lo t distillers st af cr n to ng hi Was om almost . “We went fr id sa e sh ” t, marke t out of their stores that wen , 500 statewide to less than 25 cal products, way to stock lo eas.” ed in urban ar mostly center new feaan important to ng di lu al s She’ t: While there ngton’s marke ture of Washi to buy liquor, y more places are now man ction of priry limited sele ve a ve ha t mos nal brands. m internatio ea tr ns ai m marily sey Decker re Smay and Ca t os In 2019, Ian m 2 that okane’s KREM ported for Sp ocked fewer st g box stores bi ea ar ean Spok with only Fred s of bourbon, than 20 type d Albertson’s feway (31), an Meyer (27), Sa mparison, Idamore. For co ng ki oc st 3) (3 the border ore just across st n ru eat st ho’s bon. rieties of bour stocked 76 va Wine, a Maryl ta To tlier is One major ou itself on an ain that prides ch ed as -b nd la reported ion. KREM2 ct le se l na io except ocked a whops Total Wine st that Spokane’ n. Woodland ties of bourbo ping 168 varie usiastic early e was an enth in W l ta To ys sa n, but as in Washingto t af cr of r te suppor crowded, she came more the market be dled. rtunities dwin said the oppo in stocking was interested e in W al ot “T aft prodlot of great cr a ith w s ve el atheir sh [after privatiz in three years ey th ucts, but with at ed th e so overwhelm tion], they wer ce program,” an craft accept r ei th n w do shut be carried by d. “You had to s said Woodlan review proces stributors, the one of their di
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e third ye 2020 will be th has advanced istillers Guild y ington State D to help remed ate legislature n to a bill to the st ng Washi allenges facing some of the ch to allow ns io udes provis cl in It s. er g distill o offsite tastin open up to tw re distilleries to to ; SP eir D iguous with th d te rooms not cont ra “adulte the amount of move limits on be served ca tails, that n ck co or ,” gs servin cross-sell any room; and to in the tasting hington State by another Was product made n State verl as Washingto el w as y, er ill dist far, the bill ing wine. So kl ar sp d an mouth successful. has not been ibitionis deeply proh “Washington
ist,” said Vo e conversation ijuana bills. Th t liquor and mar s] is ‘We don’ rom legislator nco I hear a lot [f ut cohol.’ B e access to al want any mor fferently on or is viewed di qu Li . do s er .” sum legislative side side than the of fit the consumer ne en be s that one hidd Voelsgen hope ift that attish ly bt ill be to su w n io at iz at iv pr aps if liquor ton State. Perh ng hi as W in d tude to the beer an ery stores next d, an is sold in groc — spirits rmalize distilled wine, it will no erence in tax ff di the dramatic e ak m , rn tu in , and beer ts on one hand iri sp n ee tw be rates ss tenable. e other, feel le and wine on th tillers Guild ton State Dis The Washing ction in state ted for a redu ca vo ad so al has rly failed that has simila ea id an — s tax rate t problem we n. “The bigges to gain tractio are the highthe taxes here at th is ve ha argin,” said y by a huge m tr un co e th in est lot of tax w, we lose a no ht ig “R . Voelsgen s-border shop to people cros . er w revenue due lo ices are where liquor pr ping in states could hapth st move at te ar sm e th k I thin n of the tax to e is a reductio pen in this stat o, a state-cono is at.” Idah the level Idah ts tax rate of t, has a spiri ke ar m d le ol tr llon. $10.95 per ga . “The guys less optimistic s Woodland is make the law e money to d an who have th , to change want the laws change don’t money to n’t have any es do se el ne everyo She feels that w,” she said. change the la t interested in ent simply isn’ local governm for craft distill ly legislation nd ie fr g tin t, ac en care, though absolutely no ers. “There was ion] was going how [privatizat or interest on oodland said. l industry,” W to impact loca ngton State the only Washi om fr r fa s e’ Sh on dustry exists feels their in psu distiller who e or m to see “I would like w Le the margins. sid Kalla legislators,” sa r ou om fr rt tit po ort their cons ected to supp is. “They’re el are a big part all businesses uents and sm w we got left as don’t know ho of that. I just out.” the odd ones r who lives in is a drinks write ry bu er at W tt re Marga t Scotch whisky is n. Her book abou go re O , nd la rt Po due out in 2020. WWW.ART ISANSPI RI TMAG.CO M
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