Deschambault bill to permit alcohol tastings at farmers’ markets receives committee approval

Posted: May 31, 2019 | Senator Deschambault, Veterans and Legal Affairs

AUGUSTA — A bill from Sen. Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford, LD 805, “An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Taste Testing and Retail Sales of Liquor at Farmers’ Markets,” received approval from the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday. LD 805 would allow free alcohol tastings in farmers’ markets and update certain restrictions in current law.

“Farmers’ markets are vital parts of many of our communities, especially in the warmer months,” said Sen. Deschambault. “This bill will encourage more people to go to farmers’ markets and support their local businesses. I appreciate the committee’s support.”

LD 805 would remove the restriction on the number of taste-testing events hosted at a farmers’ market per month. It also specifies that a Maine brewery, winery or distillery cannot produce more than 50,000 gallons per year to be able to hold taste-testing events at a farmers’ market.

The bill now faces votes in the Maine Senate and House.