Washington Beer

Today in 1889, Washington became the 42nd state.


Washington Breweries

Washington Brewery Guides

Guild: Washington Brewers Guild

State Agency: Washington State Liquor Control Board


  • Capital: Olympia
  • Largest Cities: Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue
  • Population: 5,894,121; 15th
  • Area: 71303 sq.mi., 18th
  • Nickname: The Evergreen State
  • Statehood: 42nd, November 11, 1889


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 123
  • Rank: 2nd
  • Beer Production: 4,403,963
  • Production Rank: 16th
  • Beer Per Capita: 20.8 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 37.3%
  • Cans: 50%
  • Kegs: 12.4%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.26
  • Per Case: $0.59
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $8.08
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $8.08
  • 7% surtax (included in figures shown) added to excise tax rate plus environmental tax of $150 per $1 million value at the producer, wholesaler and retailer levels.

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $222,811,254
  • Direct Impact: $1,297,535,641
  • Supplier Impact: $935,595,943
  • Induced Economic Impact: $1,830,518,353
  • Total Impact: $4,063,649,937

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • 6 a.m.–2 a.m. A local government subdivision may fix later opening hours or earlier closing hours than those here specified
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Beer and wine available in grocery stores and convenience stores every day (including federal holidays) from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Spirits for off-premise consumption are sold only in state-run or state-contracted liquor stores. All state-owned stores are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon-Thurs and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri-Sat. Contract stores may still set their own hours, but liquor sales may not be rung up before 8 a.m. and may not be rung up after 11 p.m. A handful of state and contract stores are open Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. State stores are open on most federal holidays, excluding New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Contract stores have the option to remain open on any holiday at the discretion of the store manager.
    Currently set to transition to a non-control state by June 2012.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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