Monday, February 27, 2012

Business benefits from ’08 legislation

Photo credit: Philip A. Dwyer
The Bellingham Herald
Back in 2008 the legislature passed a bill to define craft distilleries in Washington, as well as providing a reduced license fee for their operation. The bill also allowed for limited sampling and retailing of the distillery’s products.
The purpose of the change was to level the playing field between small breweries, wineries and distilleries while supporting Washington agriculture. According to the Bellingham Herald, the measure is working and has led to a significant uptick in business for craft distilleries across our state.
Dave Gallagher at the Herald reports:
The reason for the sudden boom in craft distilleries is because of changes in state laws. Dry Fly Distilling of Spokane led the way, working with the state to create an industry that could be regulated in terms of small onsite samples and how much can be sold to a single customer, said Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Once the rules were established with Dry Fly, it allowed others to consider the possibilities of producing craft liquor.

To read the entire article, including how business is booming for Whatcom County distilleries, click here.

To read this story in Spanish, please click here.