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November 8, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Bourbon collection on display at anti-liquor-initiative party

The red and white balloons are hung, the county executive is here, and so is the former chair of the Puget Sound Partnership.

But the No on 1183 campaign, for the moment, is a quiet, subdued affair.

That’s OK. It gives Mick McHugh, proprietor of FX McRory’s, time to show off his bourbon collection.

“If you want some irony, think about this,” McHugh said. “In a sense, this is the bar that the Liquor Board built.”

Initiative 1183 would allow grocery stores to sell liquor and would de-regulate wine sales.

FX McRory’s claims to carry more varieties of bourbon than anyone else in the country.

But McHugh said many of his 200 different kinds of bourbon and roughly 1,000 varieties of spirits of all kinds are so specialized that he could only get them by asking state distributors to specially order them.

The difficulty of getting variety in Washington has been one of the many arguments bandied about during the 1183 campaign.

McHugh did vote against the measure, but, he admits, not with great passion.

“I think we can live with whatever the voters decide,” he said. “It (the measure) needs some tweaking, but it’s much better than last time.”

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