Brewery bill aims at allowing beer tasting in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Beer enthusiasts could soon have a reason and a way to celebrate, thanks to a fledgling bill that aims to clear Idaho breweries to hold beer tastings.

The legislation could open up new business opportunities for beer makers that are currently barred from serving alcohol by the glass or bottle on their property.

It's almost identical to the state's law governing wine tastings: sample sizes can't exceed an ounce and a half.

The companies would be tasked with making sure no minors or visibly intoxicated people get their hands on the samples.

Rep. George Eskridge, a Dover Republican, said sponsor Idaho Brewers United as well as Idaho Beer and Wine Distributers Association back the legislation "100 percent."

The bill is now headed for a full hearing in the House State Affairs Committee.