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  1. #151
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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    I'm of a mind to just sit back and watch the master at work

    Let's just say we've traded one monopoly for distributors that hold monopolies over labels & prices have really soared. We hear complaints about paying "BX" prices for aftermarket bottles in other parts of the country but we pay close to "BX" prices for retail.
    Agreed - watch and learn from the master. There are baggage limits to how much he can carry back so if he can find some honey holes there has to be some left for us, right?

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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    I have only lived in one state, Washington, since I was able to legally purchase alcohol so I have very limited experience or knowledge with the concept of dusty hunting. The state liquor control board maintained tight control of all spirits inventory. If a bottle, even a single one, was not purchased after a short period of time, it was returned to a central distribution center in Seattle and combined with other stock to return to the distributor or sell to employees at cost. I know this because I did work at the LCB distribution center back in 2004-2005. Dusties simply didn't exist, it was bad business to have old stock.

    The change to privatization in June 2012 was a complex arrangement that it too lengthy to describe here without writing a novel, but needless to say the private owners have only had control of their inventory since that time. Most paid $50,000 to over $1,000,000 just for the right to operate a formerly state run store, so they aren't the type of adult novelty/beverage/corner market stores that most other states have where inventory control is often not a top priority.

    I have yet to see a Washington store, big city or small town, that has anything worth buying more than a few months old. Hopefully someone can prove me wrong, it would give me hope.

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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelturtle1 View Post
    Who is going to direct me to the good dusty hunting when I am out there in July? Thinking I will set my goal high, maybe a 2011 Bookers?
    LOL, way to antagonize the crowd.

    The old state stores were auctioned off but you only got the license to operate a store and all the fixtures (which is why so many private stores look like the old state stores). The spirits inventory was auctioned off in lots -- you can see the catalog here -- and it was down to pretty basic stuff by the time it was all over. It's important to remember that the state stopped special ordering nearly six months before they ended retailing. There was nothing left on the shelf because of the bars/restaurants and folks like me, who hunted out even everyday brands like Buffalo Trace.

    Most liquor in the Seattle is sold by major retailers (BevMo! and Total Wine) or grocery/warehouse stores (QFC, Fred Meyer and Costco). Some of the independents have nice selections but the pricing, more often than not, is outrageous. It's sad because it would be nice to support the little guy but it's hard to do so when you know you're overpaying by anywhere from 50% to 200%.

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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    BevMo! in Ballard has Bookers 25th for $124.99 before tax and a limit of one per customer. I believe that works out to $153.44 after tax. LOL.

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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by dementedavenger View Post
    BevMo! in Ballard has Bookers 25th for $124.99 before tax and a limit of one per customer. I believe that works out to $153.44 after tax. LOL.
    Wait, what? 22.75% sales tax?

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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by dcbt View Post
    Wait, what? 22.75% sales tax?
    That's right - not to mention the higher price to begin with due to hidden taxes at the distributor end that get passed on to us via the sticker price.

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    Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by dcbt View Post
    Wait, what? 22.75% sales tax?
    WA State... Where we get BX'd before BX was BX - yessiree Gov'ner, I'll drop my soap again and have another thank you very much.
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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    FYI: QFC in U-Village has Barterhouse, Old Blowhard, WT101 Rye (1L), WT Forgiven, Rittenhouse, Sazerac and Bowman Brothers, among others.

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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by dementedavenger View Post
    FYI: QFC in U-Village has Barterhouse, Old Blowhard, WT101 Rye (1L), WT Forgiven, Rittenhouse, Sazerac and Bowman Brothers, among others.
    Thanks for the heads up, I'll be headed that way today.

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    Re: Seattle and Washington Area Thread

    All is not bad however - I've been able to buy Willett Family Estate Single Barrel Bourbon in WA when I've traveled there on business. It was at a store in Redmond - can't remember the name. Willett isn't even distributed in RI, and just about impossible to do anywhere in the Northeast any more. And yes it was "expensive" but it was so tasty so I felt like it was worth it.

 

 

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