Washington Beverage Confidential memo outlines details of state proposal to lease liquor distribution By Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff • Apr 6, 2011 Listen Listening... / Washington House Democrats are considering a plan to lease the state's liquor distribution system for $300 million cash up front. But it wouldn't come cheap. Initially, the deal could cost the state 80 percent of what it currently collects from the wholesale distribution of booze. That's according to a memo marked "highly confidential." It comes from a newly formed company called Washington Beverage and outlines a proposal to take over from the state the distribution of hard liquor throughout Washington.