Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

Growlers: Not Just for Beer Anymore

by Sara Mann 01.21.14

In the past few years, wine packaging and dispensing in the U.S. has taken on new forms, going beyond the now-ubiquitous screw caps on bottles.  These include the various permutations of wine “in a box,” Tetra Paks, and single servings of sparkling and still wine in cans.  On-premise retailers are also increasingly offering wines on tap by the glass or carafe, which retain their freshness better than wines from open bottles. These new technologies offer a range of benefits, from environmental (reduction in the use of glass and the supplier’s carbon footprint) to economic (cheaper packaging and lighter, more efficient freight loads), to widening wine’s appeal to new consumers—particularly the younger set, who are more likely to welcome innovation and are less bound to tradition. Enter the concept of growlers for wine.  A “growler” is a container that most commonly is filled with beer from a tap at a brewery… Read more

Washington State: Down the Rabbit Hole of the Tied-House Laws

by John Hinman 05.17.12

Washington, as most people now know, is making the switch from being a solely state-run spirits distribution and retail system to having a fully privatized system. Initiative I-1183, which WA voters approved in November 2011 and which becomes effective in June 2012, created a new category of WA off-sale retail licenses (grocery stores, liquor stores) that will be available to private enterprise. The state is also closing all state-run liquor stores.  In addition to retail off-sale privileges, this new license gives privately owned stores the right to sell wine and spirits to on-premises licensees (restaurants, bars) in WA.  Unfortunately, this resale privilege triggers the tied-house laws in other states (including CA) for any WA off-premises retailers who are licensed in more than one state because the new law requires that retailers selling spirits to other retailers for resale must also hold a federal basic wholesaler’s permit. We are always concerned… Read more