You may be adding beer to your grocery bag of overpriced produce and rabbit fur at the next farmer’s market.

Assembly Bills 2004 and 774, which took effect on January 1, allow local beer manufacturers to sell and sample their products at California farmers’ markets and “community events.”

Chesbro grins during the signing of previous beer-friendly legislation

Bill 2004 allows certified brewers to annually sell up to 5,000 gallons of packaged beer at community events within the same county, or counties adjacent to where the beer is manufactured. The bill was introduced by former North Coast Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in July 2015.

Chesbro, whose name suspiciously sound like “cheers bro,” was instrumental in reforming California craft beer regulations. Chesbro worked to reform state growler filling laws and also proposed a bill to allow underage enology majors to taste their homework.

Bill 774, clarifies that “instructional tasting events” or beer tastings will also be allowed at farmers’ markets and “community events.” However, there are a few stipulations.

This is how Section 113755 of the California Health and Safety Code defines a community event:

“Community event” means an event conducted for not more than 25 consecutive or nonconsecutive days in a 90-day period and that is of a civic, political, public, or educational nature, including state and county fairs, city festivals, circuses, and other public gathering events approved by the local enforcement agency. (Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 164, Sec. 1.Effective January 1, 2016.)

The law also dictates that tasting areas must be sectioned off by a temporary barrier, beer makers may not pour a customer more than eight ounces of beer per day and drinkers cannot leave the designated area with an open container.

Beer makers can purchase permits to sell and sample beer at specified events for $50. The permits are valid for 12 months, but may only be used once a week. All funds generated by the permits will go toward the Alcohol Beverage Control Fund.

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