Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Food

Cheers! Brown Signs Bill Ending Ban on Infused Booze Into Law

drinks-tavernla.jpg
Photo by djjewelz via the LAist Featured Photos pool
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

It's time to raise your glass for a toast in appreciation to Governor Jerry Brown, who today signed into law SB 32, the bill that ends a decades-old ban on infused spirits in the state.

Alcoholic beverages made with spirits infused at bars and restaurants have been illegal to date, with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control using the law to target and bust a number of establishment in recent years.

Now, that vodka infused in-house with basil and watermelon and used in a cocktail will be totally legit.

A group of bartenders rallied together recently to create a petition in support of Brown signing the bill into law. SB 32 was authored by Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco, and creates a legal definition of what it means to be a "rectifier" of alcohol for the purpose of selling mixed beverages.