How did the craft movement do in Washington from before privatization to after privatization?
In FY 2011, before privatization there were:
- 739 Winery licenses
- 151 Brewery licenses
- 35 Craft Distillery licenses
In FY 2013, the first year after privatization:
- Winery licenses increased 7.4% to 794
- Brewery licenses increased 47% to 223
- Craft Distillery licenses increased a whopping 83% in just two years to 64.
- While not producers, but indicative of the increased selection available to Washingtonians, the Importers and Distributors licenses increased an incredible 129%.
While it may be true that some in-state sales declined (hard to say since all the data isn't available), that doesn't seem to have stopped the craft movement. One thing you can say about the free market is that people don't start businesses to lose money; they aren't the PLCB, after all, with millions to waste on signs and kiosks and things. If they're starting businesses, they're pretty sure they can sell product.