Ore. bill expands tasting spots for distilleries

Joe Bascuti stocks shelves at a liquor store Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in North Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Joe Bascuti stocks shelves at a liquor store Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in North Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state Senate has given final approval to a bill giving Oregon distillers more latitude to market and sell their spirits.

It cleared the Senate Tuesday on a unanimous vote and goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The measure is part of a recent push by the Legislature to incubate the craft distilling industry, in hopes it can succeed like Oregon’s microbrew and wine industries.

The state now has more than 40 distilleries.

The bill would allow distillers to offer tastings and sell their products at six locations, up from two.

The bill was opposed by the operators of state liquor stores, who said they don’t know what the impact would be.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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