Current law bars breweries from opening a tasting room unless the facility meets all of the more-stringent health and safety codes that govern restaurants and food production facilities. But a bill approved by the State Senate on Thursday and sent to Governor Brown for signature would make it easier and cheaper for craft breweries to open tasting rooms.

The measure would change current law so that craft breweries are exempt from the stricter rules so long as they do not serve food. Wineries were given this exemption for tasting rooms back in 1985.

Thus far, the bill has sailed through the senate and assembly without opposition, but there’s no word on Governor Brown’s position. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher of San Diego, who said after the senate vote, “At a time when many small businesses are struggling it is good to see the Legislature pass a bill that will provide real regulatory relief.”

For more information on the bill visit the California Website for legislative information.


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