Washington Announces The First Farmer’s Markets to Offer Beer And Wine Sampling

Expect booze at Pike Place in September (photo: WordRidden on Flikr)


Booze is coming to your farmer’s market and grocery store. The Washington Liquor Control Board selected three local farmers markets and seven other Washington markets to run its pilot program. We first discussed this on Brewery Law Blog earlier this year.


The three Seattle farmers markets are the West Seattle Farmers Market, the Magnolia Farmers Market and Pike Place‘s farmers market. The pilot begins on September 1, 2011 and runs through November 1, 2012.  The liquor control board is scheduled to report back to the Legislature by the end of December 2012 with its findings.


Unfortunately, the rules of the pilot program permit sampling by only one brewery, microbrewery or winery per day. The samples must be no more than 2oz and customers are restricted to 4oz total. I expect that the farmer’s markets will host a heated contest for the single daily slot.


The LCB sent out 59 invitations for inclusion in the pilot program and 40 opted in. The state elected to choose 10 programs in a geographically proportionate manner. Let’s see how it goes.


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