Beer Tasting Legalized at Farmers Markets Under New Bill Starting in 2016

Let the suds flow at California’s farmers markets.

Let the suds flow at California’s farmers markets.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced Tuesday he’s signed a bill legalizing beer tasting at farmers markets. It’s the latest in a string of California laws making markets in the nation’s agricultural heartland more booze-friendly.

Craft brew sales are permitted at farmers’ markets under legislation Brown signed last year. AB774 by Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael will allow vendors to offer samples as well.

Farmers markets are staying dry this summer, however, because the law doesn’t take effect until 2016.

That said, Californians looking for a buzz as they browse nectarines and squash need not look far.

Another bill signed into law by Brown last year permits wine tasting at farmers markets.

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