Unfortunately for Washington breweries, the regulations governing when you can give beer away for free are far from clear. We’re continuing our Brewery Law 101 series by highlighting the Washington Liquor Control Board’s regulations governing giving beer away for free.
The LCB regulations prohibit the distribution of beer for free with a few exceptions. The exceptions include:
To Licensed Retailers and Distributors
The first carve-out under the regulations allows a Washington brewery to provide free samples of its beer to licensed retailers and distributors for the purposes of negotiating a sale. That is, you’re in the clear if you’re negotiating a sale of your beer!
For Teaching Others About Beer
The regulations also carve out an exception for distributing beer free of charge for instructional purposes....