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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Californians could enjoy beer alongside produce and wine at farmers markets under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a bill legalizing beer tasting at farmers markets.
Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael introduced AB774 following his successful push last year to permit wine tasting at the markets. Brown also signed legislation last year permitting craft brew sales at markets, but vendors say customers want samples before they buy.
Opponents of the bill have said booze doesn’t belong in a family friendly environment, but AB774 sailed through the Legislature without any votes in opposition.
Suds will not start flowing at markets this summer, however. The bill doesn’t take effect until 2016 if the governor signs it.
“This zoning update will allow the City to capitalize on a fast-growing industry by using our existing assets – thriving commercial areas, unlimited inventory of existing building stock, and a regional reputation as a foodie destination – to their highest potential,” said Amy Bodek, director of Long Beach development services.
What is becoming a major industry in the South Bay — created from virtually nothing just four years ago — deserves a tax break, according to advocacy group, the Beer Institute.
— Beer Institute (@beerinstitute) February 13, 2015
The response from the craft beer community is on-going and relentless:
Analyzing Budweiser's Hypocritical, Anti-Craft Beer Super Bowl Ad. http://t.co/xxQ1dop39u
— Phantom Carriage (@phntmcarriage) February 3, 2015
— Craft Beer (@_CraftBeer) February 3, 2015
— Beer Esquire™ (@BrewStuds) February 2, 2015
— Hop Talk (@hptlk) February 3, 2015
— 47Hops (@47Hops) February 3, 2015
"Our beer isn't very good, but it's cheap and will kill the part of you that cares." – #Budweiser. Gotta respect the honesty.
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) February 2, 2015
#Budweiser– for after you've run out of any other options.
— Growler Girls LLP (@Growler_Girls) February 2, 2015
Another brewery has decided they are in the business of selling beer, not beer containers.
South El Monte’s Progress Brewing has been selling unmarked growlers, but it makes perfect sense to sell unmarked growlers when you’ve already had to change your name, and you haven’t even been open three months!
The brewery takes a pretty lenient stance on growler policy, and apparently will fill pretty much any clean container it can cap and label.
Our suggestion? Bring those unmarked or covered-up growlers to Progress Brewing, 1822 Chico Ave., and fill ’em up!
Over the past year, state code regarding growler refills has been re-examined, reinterpreted and redefined.
Three council members want to see if more craft brewers can be accommodated in Long Beach.
An item placed on Tuesday’s agenda by Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal and Councilman James Johnson asks for City Manager Pat West to report back in 90 days on the city’s licensing and zoning policies for micro-brews and brew production, engage the local brewing community and examine best practices in other cities, including San Diego and Torrance.
–Staff Writer Eric Bradley
As of today we will fill any 1/2 gallon and 32 oz growler.
Of course, if you have a brewery-labeled growler, the ABC rules stipulate that the existing logo must be covered, so be prepared to get a sticker or two on your growler.
And if you have an unmarked growler, you’re still going to get a sticker.
That being said, we think this is a big step in the right direction.
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Coachella Valley Brewing Company is at 30640 Gunther St., Thousand Palms.