Lawrence- Beginning July 1st, Kansas liquor stores can start holding tastings inside their establishments. The law was initially drafted with stipulations that said samples could only be half an ounce for liquor, one ounce for wine and two ounces for beer but the final version of the bill leaves the sample size up to retailers. The law also says consumers can sample more than one tasting but they can’t leave the establishment with the sample.
The owner of Cork & Barrel in Lawrence, John Smiley says he’s looking forward to July.
“We are big on talking people through wines and helping them pick the right spirits,” says Smiley. “It will also allow the public to try things they normally wouldn't have the opportunity to try,” he says.
The measure never drew much criticism and Smiley says its passage shows the state is relaxing its liquor laws.