Bethel Native Corporation Trying To Transfer Liquor License To Hooper Bay's Sea Lion Corporation

Jan 30, 2018

Bethel Native Corporation is working to transfer its liquor license to Hooper Bay’s Sea Lion Native Village Corporation.
Credit Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel Native Corporation holds one of Bethel’s three package liquor store licenses. It runs its alcohol business under Bethel Spirits and rents space for its liquor store from Hooper Bay's Sea Lion Native Village Corporation. Now Bethel Native Corporation wants to transfer that license to the landlord, who would run the store under the name Caribou Traders Liquor.

Sea Lion Corporation applied for a liquor license in May of 2017. It proposed turning the Swanson’s quonset hut in Bethel into a liquor store, but Bethel City Council protested the application because of the building’s poor condition.

The public is asked to send its comments on the license transfer to the Bethel City Council, the applicants, and the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Sea Lion Corporation is the native corporation for the dry village of Hooper Bay.