This may be the year Washington legislators give a thumbs-up to the idea of craft distilleries selling booze at farmers' markets.
Until recently, Washington had just one craft distillery, Dry Fly Distilling, of Spokane. That number has grown in recent years. With the growth has come the desire by those companies to use farmers' markets to reach more customers. Wineries and beer brewers are already allowed to sell at markets.
The current bill working its way through the current legislature is SB5650. It authorizes licensed craft distilleries to apply to the liquor control board for an endorsement to sell their own bottled spirits markets.
The spirits must be produced in the state of Washington in order to be sold at markets.
The step in the process is a public hearing on the bill on Tuesday (Jan.31) before the Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce and Consumer Protection. The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in Olympia in Senate Hearing Room 4 of the Cherberg Building.
For more information on the bill, here's the legislative history and summary.