I see you live in the PNW as do I. ~Pure alcohol is available in liquor stores in some states, but not in others; I think it's another case of the authorities reckoning that the citizens are too stupid to know what's good for them and protecting them by eliminating some options. Or maybe it's about the state cost of health impacts, who knows.
At any rate, I live in WA state and we can't buy it, but if I'm in OR then I can by it at any liquor store. I was just in Utah for a brief vacation and was searching for alcohol stove fuel in vain near Zion national park (gas stations didn't carry HEET !) and as a last resort I checked their little liquor store and it's the same deal as in my state, they don't sell it to ordinary citizens. BTW, sterno works to heat water but takes a long time ...
I think that if you grope the internet you can figure out which states do and do not allow ordinary folks to buy everclear (or clear spring or whatever brand of grain alcohol).