Montana officials have confiscated more booze from a Yellowstone Club liquor license holder, alleging that the business was illegally storing the alcohol in Belgrade.

H&K Spirits had 429 bottles of liquor, 70 bottles of wine and 319 bottles or cans of beer in a building at 456 Wings Way, according to a Montana Department of Revenue notice of seizure and intent to forfeit. That address is connected to the Yellowstone Jetcenter.

The notice said the Montana Department of Justice, which investigates liquor violations, seized the booze June 25 — a day after the state fined four Yellowstone Club businesses $370,000 for other liquor license violations.

H&K Spirits has until July 30 to claim the alcohol and request a hearing.

Sanjay Talwani, a revenue department spokesman, said in an emailed statement Monday that the notice alleges that H&K Spirits stored and served alcoholic beverages at an unlicensed location in violation of state law. Talwani said because the revenue department would not comment further because the investigation is ongoing.

Shane Reely, attorney for H&K Spirits, did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

H&K Spirits was one of the Yellowstone Club liquor license holders that agreed last month to pay a fine to keep its license because of other violations found by the revenue department. In that agreement, the business paid $96,000.

Three other businesses at the resort were ordered to pay $274,000 to keep their liquor licenses. The state suspended the businesses’ liquor licenses and approved a new liquor license for the Boot Room and Buffalo Bar and Grill.

In January, a whistleblower told the revenue department that Boot Room and Buffalo Bar and Grill was serving and storing alcohol while applying for a liquor license, according to revenue department documents.

The whistleblower said alcohol was loaded into U-Haul truck and hidden in a nearby parking garage the day before an inspector checked on the restaurants. The booze was brought back after the inspector left.

Days after the first inspection, inspectors returned and found stocked bars, wine and customers drinking despite the businesses not having a liquor license, according to department documents. Investigators seized more than 9,000 bottles of liquor, wine and beer, and 31 kegs of beer from the two bars.

The informant said some Yellowstone Club restaurants used a warehouse in Bozeman to receive alcohol deliveries, according to department documents. Investigators later found alcohol that was stored for the club at a Bozeman warehouse. H&K Spirits was one of four restaurants and bars that received and stored alcohol at the warehouse and delivered it to the club.

State law does not allow bars and restaurants to store alcohol off-site.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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