Spirits tasting pilot project begins Sept. 1 in state liquor stores

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will implement a year-long spirits tasting pilot in 30 state, contract and tribal liquor stores statewide beginning Sept 1.

Sampling will be limited to a 1/4 ounce with four samples maximum.

Store in Auburn and Renton are included in the list participating.

Only product sponsors, such as a distiller representative, may serve samples.

Servers must have Mandatory Alcohol Server Training permit.

Stores are permitted one tasting event per week, which will be either Fridays or Saturdays from 4-6 p.m.

Upcoming tasting events will be posted at the 30 stores, as well as on the events page of the stores and products section of the WSLCB website at

The enabling legislation was at the request of the Distillery Representatives Association of Washington as a way to introduce premium products to store customers.

The board considered retail sales volume, locations and appropriate in-store space for sampling as it selected the 30 pilot stores. Consideration was also given to traffic accident data and proximity to churches and schools.

The pilot was established by Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1202 during the 2011 legislative session.


Tasting Event - List of Stores

The 30 Participating Stores in the Spirits Tasting Pilot

Type Store # District # Location County
CLS 687 1 Spokane - Millwood Spokane
State 40 1 Spokane - Garland Spokane
CLS 696 2 West Richland Benton
State 159 2 Kennewick Benton
State 94 2 Yakima Yakima
CLS 657 3 Washougal Clark
State 124 3 Tumwater Thurston
State 173 3 Vancouver - Cascade Clark
State 13 3 Longview Cowlitz
State 129 4 Silverdale Kitsap
State 150 4 Gig Harbor Pierce
State 3* 5 Tacoma Pierce
State 63* 5 Tacoma Westgate Pierce
Tribal 963* 6 Tahoma Market Pierce
State 23 6 Puyallup Pierce
State 176 6 Auburn King
CLS 598 7 Yelm Thurston
State 143* 7 West Seattle King
State 101* 8 SoDo King
State 187* 8 Ballard King
State 113* 8 Seattle Wallingford King
State 25 9 Renton King
State 98* 9 Bellevue King
State 69 10 Seattle - Northgate King
State 87* 10 Bothell King
CLS 649* 11 Mountlake Snohomish
State 116 11 Everett Snohomish
State 141 11 Lake Stevens Snohomish
State 140 12 Bellingham - Barkley Whatcom
State 18 12 Mt. Vernon Skagit
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