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DISCUS Applauds R.I. Repeal of Tasting Ban

Rhode Islanders can raise a toast to the repeal of an old blue law banning spirits tastings at liquor stores, according to the Distilled Spirits Council which praised Governor Chafee for signing legislation yesterday allowing consumer spirits tastings. The Council called the move the latest in a trend of liquor law modernizations around the country. “States across the country are updating their liquor laws to reflect modern convenience and demand,” says DISCUS vice president Jay Hibbard, noting that Rhode Island becomes the 11th state since 2009 to allow spirits tastings at liquor stores for a total of 38 states. “Spirits tastings are a responsible marketing tool that generates revenue for the state by boosting consumer interest in premium products. We applaud Governor Chafee for signing this bill which benefits consumers, small businesses and the State Treasury.”