As we reported here a few weeks ago, Cashmere Brewing has closed. Our report, and the situation in general, has sparked some speculation. We are happy to now report solid facts. The following is what we learned by virtue of a public records request.
June 30, 2009 – Cashmere Brewery’s business license with the City of Cashmere expired.
August 24 – After sending the brewery a delinquency notice (July 27) and requesting a late fee (by August 15), the City of Cashmere sent the Brewery a Notice of Violation and Order. Stating the brewery had to complete the enclosed renewal form and pay the requested amount by August 31, 2009 or their business license would be revoked.
September 3, 2009 – The City of Cashmere sent the Brewery a letter stating it had revoked the Brewery’s business license when it did not receive a renewal form or the amount requested.
September 3, 2009 – Joe Nestor, the brewery owner, emailed John Martin, his Enforcement Officer, and asked that this liquor license be pulled. He said he learned that his business partner in California wasn’t paying the bills – including the city business license. John forwarded his request to Heidi Ensign, MIW in Olympia.
September 8, 2009 – The City of Cashmere sent a letter to the Liquor Board and requested that the brewery’s liquor license not be reinstated until the city’s business license is processed.
September 11, 2009 – EO Martin sent an Enforcement Division Action Report to Lt. Rich Manoli, MIW Tukwila, and Heidi Ensign, MIW Olympia, reporting that the business was discontinued because the owner requested his license be pulled.
September 16, 2009 – final date entered in the WSLCB computers
FYI – MIW is an acronym for Manufacturers, Importers and Wholesalers. This is the branch of the Washington State Liquor Control Board responsible for administering state laws and administrative rules applicable to beer, wine, and spirit manufacturers, importers, distributors, and interstate common carriers (ICCs).