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WA: Wine, beer and liquor companies warn water shortage could threaten growing industry

July 18, 2013

Washington has 792 licensed wineries, 178 breweries and 70 distilleries, according to experts from the respective industry groups. And those numbers will continue to rise this year.The state expects another 40 breweries to open in Washington this year, and Steve Warner, the executive director of the Washington Wine Commission, said licenses are being issued to more than 10 new wineries per month.