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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Hard seltzers on the rise, sold as a ‘better-for-you’ way to catch a buzz

Hard seltzers, the feistier cousins of nonalcoholic sparkling waters like LaCroix, are surging in popularity – a small but growing reason for optimism within the flagging beer industry.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers squabble over Liquor Division budget, new stores

The Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee bogged down in a big way on Wednesday over the state Liquor Division budget, as Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, led an ultimately unsuccessful move …


5 years after privatization, Washington liquor sales are up despite price increase

Cross-border sales are one lasting effect of the privatization of liquor sales in Washington. More than six years after voters passed


Eastern Idaho city OKs selling alcohol until 2 a.m.

Officials in an eastern Idaho city have approved the selling of wine and liquor until 2 a.m. so the city can be more successful at attracting businesses.


100 years ago in Spokane: Wife disputes doctor’s claim that he gave man prescriptions for liquor to ease broken leg pain

Two stories in The Spokesman-Review illustrated the difficulty of enforcing the state’s prohibition laws. In the first story, Spokane County Sheriff George Reid said that he found evidence that one …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

New Washington laws cover liquor samples, wine auctions, tasting rooms

Washington’s evolving liquor laws add mixers to liquor samples, tasting rooms for wineries and a legal recognition of mead.


South Carolina asks: Are frozen ‘Booze Pops’ food or alcohol

Charleston officials are asking South Carolina regulators to reconsider a decision to treat frozen ice pops made with alcohol as food and not liquor.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

New Idaho liquor laws prompt lawsuit from bar owners

Bar owners in southwest Idaho say the state owes them a reimbursement now that lawmakers have tweaked rules surrounding serving alcohol at explicit live performances.


100 years ago in Spokane: Juror intentionally deadlocks liquor procurement case 11-1

From our archive, 100 years ago It took only one juror, Mrs. G.A. Clark, to hopelessly deadlock the jury in the J.G. Simpson liquor procurement case.


Shawn Vestal: Few reasons to toast privatized liquor sales

Most of us voted to privatize liquor sales because of the reflexive assumption that it would bring down prices. And you know what they say about assumptions …


Study finds many who voted to privatize liquor sales in Washington would now vote differently

Washingtonians may not have voted to privatize liquor sales if they’d been able to see the effects of the law, a new study suggests.


Washington state’s last ‘dry’ town is voting on booze

If a proposition to allow sales of liquor by the glass passes in the Nov. 3 election, that remnant of the old Blue Laws will be gone in Washington state. …


Downtown alcohol impact area designation up for state renewal

Spokane police hope the state Liquor Control Board will continue to ban the sale of certain high-alcohol beverages in the downtown area, though department data about its effectiveness is limited. …


Spokane police hope liquor board continues ban

Spokane police hope the state Liquor Control Board will continue to ban the sale of certain high-alcohol beverages in the downtown area, though department data about the ban’s effectiveness is …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane City Council was contemplating an ordinance aimed at curtailing juvenile delinquency.


Spin Control: Campaigns over privatizing liquor long over, but squabbles go on

OLYMPIA – For a political reporter, state initiatives have become gifts that just keep on giving. There have always been plenty of unusual ideas for ballot measures that crop up …


Spin Control: There’s no leveling a seesaw playing field

OLYMPIA – There is so much talk of leveling the playing field in legislative debates that one wonders if an army of bulldozers should be dispatched to sporting facilities around …


To keep business, Washington considers cutting alcohol taxes

OLYMPIA – In an effort to keep Washington’s liquor drinkers from heading to Idaho or Oregon for cheaper booze, some legislators are looking at cutting alcohol sales taxes. That could …


Add-on state fee driving small liquor stores out of business

Two weeks ago Dave Mehelich closed his Good Spirits liquor store. For years the shop at 1322 W. Third Ave. was a state-run business that bustled with customers.


Washington shoppers boost Idaho liquor sales

BOISE – Idaho state liquor stores had an estimated $10 million in additional sales – 6 percent of their total – from bargain-hunting Washington customers in 2013, the head of …


Shawn Vestal: Privatized liquor leaves little guys with big hangover

It was late on a Friday afternoon in the spring of 2012. The auction of state liquor stores was drawing to a close, and Byron Roselli had a group of …


Small liquor stores in Washington struggle with taxes

A year and change after private liquor sales began in Washington, nearly two dozen mostly small retailers are in danger of losing their licenses for failing to pay the required …


Otter has no plans to adopt liquor privatization laws

BOISE – It seemed fitting that when Gov. Butch Otter spoke to the annual convention of the Idaho Licensed Beverage Association last week, the meeting was in the “Characters” bar …


Large liquor retailers want fee break, too

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers extended a lifeline this year to small liquor stores who had struggled under the new privatization rules, but that change has also opened the door for …


Vestal: Liquor sales must age more to fully assess

Private booze just had its first birthday. How’s this baby doing? As might have been expected: Predictions of falling prices have not come true, on average. Predictions of dire public …


More stores hold wine tasting

EVERETT – Step away from your shopping cart and belly up to the bar. It’s happy hour at the grocery store.


Washington made news

SEATTLE – People in Washington decided that marijuana, long derided as a dangerous drug that could lead to more harmful addictions, wasn’t so bad after all. Initiative 502, legalizing pot …


Liquor board extends fortified beer limits to East Central

High-octane beers will soon be banned in yet another part of Spokane. Retailers in the East Central Neighborhood no longer will be permitted to sell certain fortified beers after this …


Liquor board rules challenged in court

Supporters of an initiative that privatized liquor sales in Washington now say state regulators are violating the law by arbitrarily restricting wholesale distribution and pricing of wine and spirits. A …


Clark: Buying booze at Costco doesn’t live up to buzz

Last Saturday found me at the East Sprague Costco along with 99.97452 percent of the residents of Spokane County. I was one of the lucky ones, though. I found this …