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Long ago, I was a prosecutor for a state Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and this question would occasionally come up when a business shut down. The licensee can't sell the alcohol to the public unless they have a package liquor license. So if the distributor won't accept the inventory back and issue a refund, then the licensee would normally work out a buy out with another licensee and they would have to contact the ABC to have them oversee the transaction so that it wasn't considered an illegal wholesale sale.
Each state is different, but generally follow the same procedure so I would suggest you contact your state ABC office and talk to the legal dept as they can help facilitate the sale.