Liquor licenses

By The Columbian March 31, 2014 6 a.m.

The following have applied to the Washington State Liquor Control Board:

Liquor licenses

By The Columbian March 17, 2014 6 a.m.

The following have applied to the Washington State Liquor Control Board:

Bill would gradually lower Washington liquor taxes

By Manuel Valdes, Associated Press February 26, 2014 12:29 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers introduced on Wednesday a measure that would gradually lower liquor sales taxes from 20.5 percent to 6.5 percent over eight years.

Booze-by-the-glass prices may rise

By Manuel Valdes, Associated Press February 24, 2014 9:54 a.m.

SEATTLE — Booze prices at bars and restaurants in Washington may go up this year as multiple interests fight over rules following the voter-approved privatization of the state's liquor system.

Washington wine flows in D.C.

February 11, 2014 10:26 p.m.

A Walla Walla wine — Chester-Kidder red blend 2009 — was on the menu with wines from California and Virginia at the White House state dinner for French President Francois Hollande, the biggest social event yet of President Barack Obama's second term.

Washington buyers boost Idaho liquor sales by $10 million

By Associated Press January 31, 2014 5:24 p.m.

The head of Idaho’s liquor division says state liquor stores had an estimated $10 million in additional sales — 6 percent of their total — from Washington customers in 2013.

Hood River vodka best-seller in Oregon

By Associated Press January 6, 2014 10:24 a.m.

PORTLAND — A vodka produced by Hood River Distillers was the best-seller by volume for the past year in Oregon.

Madore to revisit wineries' permits

By Erik Hidle January 3, 2014 9:32 p.m.

It appears Clark County commissioners will hold another summit with local vintners regarding what rules and regulations the businesses must follow as the county's wine industry continues to blossom.

Growler law a barrier for wineries

By By Kristi Pihl Tri-City Herald December 27, 2013 5:16 p.m.

WINTHROP — At Lost River Winery in Winthrop, refilling reusable containers called growlers — with wine — is the second-most-popular offering after pinot gris.

Oregon liquor privatization campaign rolling

By Associated Press December 26, 2013 3:56 p.m.

PORTLAND — A collection of grocery store interests is leading a push to drive government out of the liquor business, a move Oregon’s liquor commission says would threaten the state’s financial stability by delaying revenue collection.

Liquor sellers pour it on for holiday shoppers

By Cami Joner November 24, 2013 6 a.m.

After 18 months of private liquor sales in Washington state, the competitive liquor market is moving into its second holiday season that is traditionally its highest sales period of the year.

Spirited outcry over man's hoped-for hobby

By Patty Hastings November 20, 2013 6 a.m.

BATTLE GROUND — James Schefers wants to distill hard liquor made from grain and fruit at his rural home near the East Fork of the Lewis River.

State's marijuana stores could be open by May or June

By Cami Joner November 12, 2013 5:15 p.m.

Neighborhood marijuana stores could open across Washington as early as May or June, according to state officials who on Monday will launch the licensing process to legalize pot growers, processors and sellers in response to voter-approved Initiative 502, which passed last November.

Washington taxes hit small liquor stores harder

By Associated Press October 28, 2013 12:36 p.m.

SPOKANE — Competition from big-box stores and grocery chains that offer cheaper booze has 22 small liquor stores in Washington in danger of losing their licenses because they have fallen behind in paying taxes and fees, a newspaper said Monday.

Alcohol having spirited growth in county

By Sue Vorenberg October 27, 2013 6 a.m.

Over the past few years, the malty smell of brewing beer, the earthy air of growing grapes and the coppery scent of distilling vodka have spread across Clark County like a permeating fog.