New Wisconsin law allow spirits-makers to offer samples at retail outlets

Spirits-makers — like brewers and wineries — will be allowed to offer samples at liquor stores and other retail outlets under a new law signed Wednesday by Gov. Scott Walker.

The law allows a person of legal drinking age to drink one 0.5-ounce sample per day. The samples can only be provided between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at businesses that are licensed to sell packaged alcohol.

Wisconsin becomes the 46th state to allow some form of spirits tastings, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, a trade group that supports the new law.