Emergency! Washington State Drinkers, Please Help!

Posted on January 3, 2012 | By TheEnabler | 2 Comments

I was just bingeling about the Boozosphere and I was reading the Pegu Blog, a very well written boozy blog, entertaining and whatnot, when I read Doug’s alarming post about Washington State.

It turns out that I live in California, the most effed up, brink of disaster, no-one-can-be-stupider, state – but in terms of alcohol, not bad. Bars open at 6:00 a.m., close at 2:00 a.m. (not sure why we need that four hours of closure). Liquor taxes are high, but not the highest. You can buy liquor all over the place. Grocery stores, liquor stores, drug stores – the state does not have a monopoly on it. (We used to have the “Fair Trade” laws that kept liquor as a coveted monopoly, kind of like taxi medallions, but they got rid of those a long time ago, back before we became a nanny state). So, pretty enlightened.

Turns out, also, that Washington State is trying to be dumber than California, but the forces of good are fighting back. However, the laws of unintended consequences show how this very battle may have some serious casualties – small, independent Washington Distillers. What can you do to help? First, read the article in Pegu Blog. Then, as Doug says, patronize the small distillers in Washington HEAVILY during the next six months. (Remember, liquor does not go bad) And, call your state Representative if you live in Washington, or if you just want to pretend you live in Washington. DO IT!

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2 Responses to “Emergency! Washington State Drinkers, Please Help!”

  1. Doug Winship
    January 4th, 2012 @ 6:37 am

    Thanks for the link! And yeah, California does still have some of the best booze laws in the country. But can you imagine what a liquor distribution system like Washington’s would look like if it were run by the CALIFORNIA government?

    Sorry to scare you there….

  2. TheEnabler
    January 7th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    That is scary. I would move immediately over the border to Nevada.

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