MNBeer.com is reporting that new brewpub legislation is trying to put a cap on free sample sizes:
(c) A brewer may provide samples of its own products on its premises to persons touring the brewery in a quantity of less than 100 milliliters of malt liquor per variety per person.
That’s like 3 ounces!
6th District State Senator Thomas Bakk is the person behind the amendments to the brewpubs bill. He represents the lake shore communities along Lake Superior and the forest and lakes North to Canada, including Ely.
This doesn’t seem like a large brewpub area to me, so I don’t understand why Sen. Bakk would find this legislation important to his constituents.
Did you know it’s already illegal for a brewer to give away free samples in the same retail store more than 5 times in a calendar year? What’s up with that?