Starting Today, June 1st, 2012, You Can Buy Liquor In Stores
Since Initiative 1183 passed last year, people have been waiting for today. Like in some other states, we're now allowed to buy tequila, vodka, whiskey and other hard alcohol in many stores and would-be store owners can even have their own liquor stores, if they feel like it.
One thing you'll have to keep in mind is that you may be paying a few extra bucks for the convenience. There's a 20.5% liquor tax as well as a charger per liter, but I have a feeling most stores will price alcohol on sale. Something to keep in mind when you buy a $20 bottle of something and end up paying $26.
According to the manager at the Albertson's on 40th and Tieton, I was the first one to purchase alcohol off this new shelf. Although I'm not a big drinker of hard alcohol, I do enjoy a margarita every now and again. I had to opt for the 'Blue' tequila since my nickname was Blue several years ago. I'll give the Tarantula Azul a shot (no pun intended).
I also completely understand the risk of having alcohol readily available like this. People can buy more late at night when most liquor stores were already closed and stores will certainly be cracking down on the age limit. Don't be surprised if you're obviously over 50 or 60 and you'll still get carded.
In the meantime, it may seem novel, but we'll see what the future holds. When I lived in Casper, Wyoming, we had drive-thru liquor stores. That's right, you could drive up to the window, buy a 6-pack or even a blended mixed drink (that would be sealed so you couldn't drink it). We'll see if Yakima will get in on that, too.