PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Tipplers, now you can have a taste -- but you have to take it home.
Liquor sampling or tasting is now permitted in Rhode Island, after Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed legislation Thursday approved by the General Assembly allowing licensed operators of breweries, distilleries and wineries to provide adult customers samples of spirits or malt beverages manufactured at the licensed plant.
The samples must be given out in conjunction with a tour or tasting event, and must be clearly marked as samples. They will be for off-premises consumption only.
Each visitor, the legislation says, will be limited to 375 milliliters for distilled spirits, and 72 ounces per visitor for malt beverages.
Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-Middletown-Newport) sponsored the House bill, and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Middletown-Little Compton-Newport-Tiverton) sponsored the Senate bill.
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