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CA Tasting Room 1.5oz Limit

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Was curious what other tasting rooms in CA do in regards to the 1.5oz tasting limit per person.  Are you providing a small 1/4 oz taste of a few of your main products, then maybe letting them choose a cocktail with a 3/4oz pour?  How do customers respond to being told they are only allowed one drink then they have to leave?

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Californias law changed not too long ago to allow you to pour more than 1.5oz but there are some stipulations on it that requires your to be distilling the product your self. Check with your state guild or the San Diego guild, to get some guidance and what your allowed to do

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A type 74 (craft distiller) license to distill in CA allows for 1.5oz total tasting per person per day that can now be served as a cocktail.  With a type 74 you may also sell a total of 2.25 liters of spirit per person per day for off premises consumption. As for serving a cocktail and charging for it will be an issue to take up with your local government. 

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I'm building a bonafide eating establishment in my tasting room. It will allow me to pour more than 1.5oz per person and have a full bar where I can even purchase spirits from others and serve beer and wine. As far as what constitutes a bonafide eating establishment is up to interpretation by your local ABC. Mine want to see a substantial menu with a variety of options- I'm doing a couple apps, a couple salads, flatbread pizzas, and a couple desserts. They said that would be enough but recommended I offer even more variety (I'll probably offer soup too) or they would likely limit the hours I could be open.

Most other distillers I see aren't bothering with this BS and just offer either a 1.5 oz total tasting OR a cocktail containing 1.5oz. 

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My knowledge in this field is minimal but we are looking into the eating establishment as well. It is my understanding that your food sales must make up 60% of your sales. This may be a local deal for us, but I would be interested in hearing what you come away with.

Cheers!

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