Infused Drinks Bill Passes Assembly (San Francisco)

(Photo credit: Brooke Wolin via Bon Appetit)

Cocktail culture in San Francisco as we know it is about to get a big boost from legislation thanks to a bill by Senator Mark leno that allows bartenders to legally make their own infusions. The bill introduced in December 2010, finally passed through the Assembly on Thursday and is now on its way to Governor Jerry Brown. So long as the governor approves, bartenders will soon be able to mix and muddle in peace. The HuffPost reports.

This law was originally crafted to protect drinkers from bad moonshine in the post-Prohibition era. But when the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) raided San Francisco bar Bourbon and Branch in 2010— one of the city’s most upscale and innovative bars for serving infused whiskey, it rose many peoples eyebrows as in to the real motives and ethics behind the agency for enforcing such legislation.

The Huffington Post reports: “But ridiculous as the law may have seemed, the ABC had no trouble enforcing it, along with a host of other questionable laws that seriously affected bars and clubs like Bourbon and Branch and DNA Lounge (another victim of the ABC), sparking questions from the media. And though local mixologists can now breathe a sigh of relief, many people in the industry claim that the law was part of a bigger problem, pointing to the seemingly random enforcement of confusing and outdated laws.”

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