The idea that distilleries could sample and sell their goods is good news for local companies like the Dark Horse Distillery in
Olathe Lenexa, which The Pitch profiled back in February. Dark Horse intends to offer tours and tasting events if the sampling bill becomes law.
The wine industry also got a potential boost because winemakers would be able to grow grapes, produce wine and sell it on the premises of a farm winery. Those wineries could also take their products to wine festivals and other locations, where they could sample and sell bottles.
Currently, Kansas bars can offer only daily drink specials for the entire time an establishment is open rather than for a specific set of hours. Happy hour has been banned since 1985. The bills still have to be signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.