When you walk into the liquor section at Costco — and other major retailers in Washington — you can find and purchase private label beers, wines and liquors. It’s legal for those stores to sell private label beers and wines, but, as it turns out, it’s illegal for them to sell private label spirits.
Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board had hoped the legislature would change that this year. It supported a bill moved partway through the legislative process before dying. Now, the state board is deciding its next action. That could potentially include requiring retailers that sell private label spirits to pull them from their shelves.