Bill Would Allow Liquor Samples At Grocery Stores

Retailers Would Be Able To Offer Half-Ounce Samples Under New Legislation

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Adults might soon be able to try samples of liquor at the grocery store under a bill making its way through the Legislature.

The plan would let retailers with liquor licenses offer adults a half-ounce sample of liquor. Grocery stores can already offer samples of wine or beer.

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, a sponsor of the bill, said it will help Wisconsin’s growing distilled spirits industry.

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“It really gives them equity, because our brewers and winemakers here in Wisconsin have been able to allow samples since the early 2000s,” said Zamarripa.

The plan passed the state Assembly on Thursday on a voice vote. It now heads to the state Senate.