Beer and winemakers can have onsite tastings and sales, but small makers of specialty distilled spirits can't. So they're trying to get changes made to the law they see as discriminatory.
The regulations that restrict tasting and sales of distilled spirits in California have been on the books for decades, says Arthur Hartunian, president of the California Artisanal Distillers Guild. So long, in fact, that the rationale behind them has long since been lost.
Another reason changes are needed, Hartunian adds, is because the current rules are not internally consistent.
In an effort to build support for their cause, says California Street Distributors principal Adam Spiegel, an online petition drive has been launched, under the banner "Taste California."