Wine tasting is big business these days. Beer tasting, too. But not liquor tasting – at least, not in California. Until now, liquor distillers could offer tastings; they just couldn’t charge for them. Now, they can.
Lance Winters with St. George Spirits in Alameda says he can’t afford to offer free tastings. He hopes to draw more customers to his distillery, and compete with breweries and wineries.
“What we’ll do is we’ll have probably three different flights available. And the first one will be the basic flight, which will probably be $10 or $15. And then we’ll have flights that’ll include more expensive products for a slightly higher tasting fee,” Winters says.
Another new law is intended to help craft breweries grow. It allows them to refill large glass bottles known as “growlers” that were purchased elsewhere.
Both bills passed the legislature without any opposition.
More New Laws
(AP) -- California's minimum wage is rising to $9 per hour, providing workers with the first increase since 2008.
California state employees will be getting the first pay raise many of them have had in years starting Tuesday.
A law that extends California’s paid family leave benefit to people caring for grandchildren, grandparents, siblings and in-laws will go into effect July 1. The original law took effect on the same day 10 years ago.
California voters will decide this fall whether some low-level drug and theft offenses should be tried as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Meanwhile, the Legislature and Board of Equalization are pushing policies to help the food industry.
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in California no longer have to worry about being fired or discriminated against at their workplace under a new state law now in effect.
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