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Monday, September 19, 2011

San Francisco Bartenders to Governor Brown: Let Us Infuse

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Josh Harris and Scott Baird want the governor to acknowledge the importance of California's cocktail industry
  • Josh Harris and Scott Baird want the governor to acknowledge the importance of California's cocktail industry
A bill that would finally allow San Francisco bars to legally infuse liquors is sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, but there's no guarantee he'll sign it.

Two San Francisco bartenders are circulating a petition asking Brown to let our people go ... make chipotle vodka.

A Prohibition-era law banned bars from creating infusions, allowing the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to ticket barkeeps for serving sangria, limoncello, and fruit-flavored tequilas -- basically any drink where a bar has altered the alcohol content with its own fruit, vegetables, herbs, or spices.

"It's hurting these establishments financially, and hindering the creative and artistic craft of the cocktail," Harris said.

Could there be a better week for Brown to sign it than right now, San Francisco Cocktail Week?

Read the full story on our news blog, The Snitch, preferably with a cocktail in hand.

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