California Farmers Markets Add Beer
California shoppers can now pick up their local kale, carrots and beer in one trip, thanks to a new law enabling brewers to sell packaged beer at farmers markets. The law, which had bipartisan support and passed the Senate and Assembly chambers without opposition, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in early October and is in effect as of January 1. The measure will also allow brewers to sell beer and wine on their premises during private events. Currently, they can only sell their own beer.