Arkansas Governor Signs Bill Allowing Spirits Tastings

March 26, 2007 08:00 PM

Little Rock, AR – Governor Mike Beebe signed into law on Sunday new legislation allowing Arkansas consumers the opportunity to sample distilled spirits products at tasting events held at liquor stores.

“Arkansas consumers will now have the opportunity to responsibly sample the world’s finest premium spirits products in a retail setting, just like they do wines,” said Dale Szyndrowski, Vice President of the Distilled Spirits Council.  “Arkansas is joining a growing list of states modernizing their liquor laws to bring adult consumers more choices and greater convenience.”

With the signing of House Bill 2397, Arkansas becomes the 15th state since 2000 to modernize its marketplace by allowing or expanding spirits tastings.  Arkansas will become the 40th state to allow spirits tastings in some form, at either on or off-premise establishments.  The bill will go into effect 90 days after session adjourns. 

“Adult consumers are fascinated by the cocktail culture, and curious about how to discern between the 4,000 distilled spirits products on the market,” said Szyndrowski.  “Like fine wines, adult consumers want to purchase these fine spirits for their home, but they would like to try them before making their buying decision.”

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