Originally Posted by thadius856
I've been to LHBSes in CA to give samples.
I'm pretty sure the LBHS I visit most often gives out samples, and they're located next door to the Sherrif's office.
Apparently we both shop at the Brewmeister in Roseville??
The laws in CA are somewhat confusing. A client can go into a hair salon and get served a glass of wine, but they are not in the business of selling alcohol. I would assume the same goes for the LHBS since neither account holds an alcohol license. However, they cannot charge for it.
However, an off-premise licensed account must have a special license to serve samples (such as you see in some BevMo, Total Wine and Raley's stores).
If you sell alcohol, samples are restricted. However, I am not aware of any restriction for non-licensed accounts to give alcohol to customers (unless they were under age...that's a different law)
(I can't give you any statute numbers, but I worked in the CA beer industry for several years and I am not aware of any restrictions where sales are not involved)