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State liquor board rejects Seattle’s proposal to extend bar closing times

Washington's State Liquor Control Board on Wednesday rejected requests by the city of Seattle’s to change rules to allow nightclubs to serve liquor later than the state’s current 2 a.m. cutoff.

Board members Sharon Foster and Ruthann Kurose said they were concerned about public safety in voting against the proposal.
A large majority of Spokane citizens voiced strong opposition to the idea during an April public meeting at City Hall.
Law enforcement agencies, including Spokane's Police Department, strongly opposed the idea.
The two commissioners said they were concerned granting the request would come about the same time commercial outlets will be selling liquor under I-1183 and sales could increase five-fold.
Board member Chris Marr supported the proposal and said the defeat represented a lost opportunity for the board to define a new role for itself in an era of increased access to alcohol
Marr, a former state senator from Spokane, said the rule change would have had the opportunity to address public safety concerns. And then, after the rule was formulated, the board would have been able to review how well Seattle had address neighborhood concerns. 

Finding liquor retailers in Spokane: handy online map at

Wednesday's major SR business story is the summary of the variety of retailers (90 and counting) planning to sell booze come June 1, when I-1183 takes effect.

Here's an online map, tooled by the SR's Mike Tigas, that displays those 90 stores:

Also worth checking is the state list of all applicants to date, at and click on the link for “off-premises licensees.”  Note, that list includes applicants for both beer/wine and for spirits. You would need to sort the full list to see just the spirits applications.

Brian Smith, of the state liquor board, said the agency has been “working overtime” to add new names to the list. That list should be new every Monday, Smith said.

Good luck finding a store that DOESN'T sell liquor in June.


How many craft distilleries are there in Washington state?

We hear that the state of Washington has gone from one craft distillery a few years ago (based in Spokane), to more than 20 in production today.  See the post below for the connection.

We'll take on the challenge of verifying that number and trying to list the full names of those craft distillers.

Anyone having names or suggestions, leave them here as a comment. Thanks.

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