California could legalize farmers market beer tasting

Jun 29, 2015 5:11 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Californians could enjoy beer alongside produce and wine at farmers markets under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a bill legalizing beer tasting at farmers markets.

Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael introduced AB774 following his successful push last year to permit wine tasting at the markets. Brown also signed legislation last year permitting craft brew sales at markets, but vendors say customers want samples before they buy.

Opponents of the bill have said booze doesn't belong in a family friendly environment, but AB774 sailed through the Legislature without any votes in opposition.

Suds will not start flowing at markets this summer, however. The bill doesn't take effect until 2016 if the governor signs it.

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