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How to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Washington

How to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Washington

Updated: March 2021 by Josh Hopkins
Buying food grade ethanol in Washington is allowed under Washington's laws with a permit or license.  Follow these steps to buy food grade alcohol in Washington, shipped direct via FedEx Ground to business or residential addresses throughout the state of Washington.

Steps to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Washington

Step 1 – Read and understand Washington Food Grade Alcohol rules and regulations.

Step 2 – Obtain your Class 2 permit from the Washington State and Liquor Cannabis Board.

Step 3 Email your approved permit to ship@culinarysolvent.com

Step 4 – Visit the Culinary Solvent online storefront and select the food grade ethanol products you wish to order.

Step 5 – Plan to receive your delivery.  Orders to Washington ship requiring an adult signature at the time of delivery. Read more on receiving your ethanol delivery.


Washington Rules and Regulations for Food Grade Ethanol

Food grade ethanol is regulated by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

  • Mailing Address: Licensing & Regulation, PO BOX 43098,
    Olympia, WA 98504
  • Phone Number: (360) 664-1600
  • General Websitehttps://lcb.wa.gov/

Washington Rules Language:

  • Title 66 RCW - Alcoholic Beverage Control: 


  • Washington Regulations Specifically Referencing Food Grade Ethanol:
    • Chapter 66.12 RCW - Exemptions
    • RCW 66.12.145 - Persons engaged in medical or dental pursuits—Persons engaged in mechanical, manufacturing, or scientific pursuits.
    • RCW 66.20.010 - Permits classified—Issuance—Fees—Waiver of provisions during state of emergency.

How does Culinary Solvent ship to Washington? 

Orders are shipped using new, sustainably sourced materials.  Orders arrive in craft cardboard boxes for discrete and reliable transportation per DOT regulations for transporting ethanol.  Unless specified below, all orders ship via FedEx Ground. 
  • Quarts and Gallons:  FedEx Ground to Commercial or Residential Destination. Packaged using sustainable materials. Realtime tracking provided by FedEx.
  • Individual 5 Gallon Jugs: FedEx Ground to Commercial or Residential Destination. Packaged using sustainable materials. Realtime tracking provided by FedEx.
  • Bulk in 5 gallon jugs and 55 gallon drums: FedEx Freight to Commercial or Residential Destination with Curbside Drop Off. Palletized. Lowered to ground level at delivery. Realtime tracking provided by FedEx.

When will my order to Washington ship?

Orders placed by 9am EST Monday - Friday ship the same day.  Orders placed on Friday after 9am will ship the following Monday.  If Monday is a holiday, orders will process on the next available open business day.

Can I pay extra for faster shipping?

At this time, expedited shipping options are not available for food grade ethanol.  To ensure the safe transport of ethanol, the Department of Transportation mandates that only ground carriers may be used.  This restriction on shipping food grade alcohol via air service unfortunately limits the transport time to certain locations in the US.  

How Long Does It Take to Ship Ethanol to Washington?

Transit time via FedEx Ground from our distillery in Maine to Washington takes approximately 5 business days.  Depending on where you live, Saturday and Sunday's are sometimes counted as business days...  You will receive tracking updates directly from FedEx, including an update the day before expected delivery. 

Where Can I learn More About Buying Food Grade Ethanol?

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