Wine and beer samples coming to farmers markets

As if the Ballard Farmers Market couldn’t get any better, local wineries and microbreweries are now able to offer wine and beer samples. The recently passed legislation will allow for wineries and microbreweries to offer two-ounce samples at farmers markets.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, sponsor of Senate Bill 5674, says, “This is good for our local farmers markets, good for consumers of wine and microbrews, good for our growing wine and beer industries, and good for our state economy.” The bill will allow for three wineries or microbreweries per day to offer samples at a farmers markets. The samples must be two ounces or less, and wineries and breweries are limited to serving no more than two ounces of samples per customer per day. They must also provide food for the sampling customers.

We checked in with local microbrewer Adam Robbings of Reuben’s Brews, who says, “I think this is a fun way to introduce our hand-crafted brews to local residents. We’ll definitely look into whether we can set up a booth!”

We’ll be at the market this Sunday to see what wineries and microbreweries are represented.

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