(A) As used in this rule, "tasting" means the distribution of small amounts of brands of beer in servings of not more than four ounces per person, wine or mixed beverages in servings of not more than two ounces, or spirituous liquor in servings of not more than one ounce, to determine by tasting only the quality and character of the product, and not for general consumption purposes.
(B) B-1, B-2, B-4, B-5, A-1, A-1c, A-2, A-3, or A-4 permit holders, manufacturers of spirituous liquor, and any person issued credentials pursuant to rule 4301-3-01(I) of the Administrative Code, may conduct a tasting of beer, wine, mixed beverage, or spirituous liquor products, which have been qualified for sale in Ohio and which the permit holder, manufacturer, or registered solicitor is authorized to sell, for marketing purposes only, for themselves or for other groups or organizations. A tasting may be conducted at either the manufacturer's or distributor's place of business or any designated place where the event is closed to the general public, except that no tasting of spirituous liquor will take place on the premises of a state liquor agency. The manufacturer or distributor conducting the tasting shall provide the product for the tasting without charge to the attendees at the designated location. No fees shall be charged or donations accepted to attend or participate in a tasting.
(C) Written notice of any beer, wine, mixed beverage, or spirituous liquor tasting must be submitted to the division of liquor control at least five working days, excluding Saturday and Sunday, before the tasting is to take place, and written approval must be received from the division before such tasting may be held.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 06/08/2015 and 09/05/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4301.03
Rule Amplifies: 4301.03
Prior Effective Dates: 4/4/72; 9/1/81; 4/5/87; 1/10/99; 4/29/99; 4/13/01; 6/4/04