OAR 845-015-0155
Distilled Spirit Tasting in a Retail Liquor Store


The Commission allows sponsors to conduct distilled spirits tastings in retail liquor stores at the sole discretion of the retail sales agent for the purpose of promoting the sponsor’s products. For purposes of this rule, “sponsors” are: Oregon Distillery licensees, out-of-state manufacturers of distilled spirits, importers of distilled spirits, distillery representatives, and the employees or agents of Distillery licensees, out-of-state manufacturers, importers, and distillery representatives. Tastings are subject to the requirements and limits described in this rule.


Tasting Sizes, Number of Samples per Participant. The size of each distilled spirits tasting shall be no more than one-quarter fluid ounce of distilled spirits in a single container. The container may also contain nonalcoholic beverages; however, the total amount of liquid in the container may be no more than two ounces. A sponsor may not provide more than one-half ounce total of distilled spirits per participant per day.


The distilled spirits product(s) provided for tastings must be available for sale at the retail liquor store where and when the tasting occurs.


Identified Tasting Area. Retail sales agents who allow tastings at their retail liquor store must identify a specific tasting area. The area must be of a size and design such that the person(s) conducting the tasting can observe and control persons in the area to ensure no minors or visibly intoxicated persons possess or consume alcohol. Customers must remain in the tasting area until they have finished consuming the sample(s). In exclusive retail liquor stores, the tasting area may be the entire retail liquor store. In non-exclusive retail liquor stores, the retail sales agent must identify a tasting area, and keep on file at the retail liquor store a floor plan sketch identifying the tasting area.


Duration of Tastings Allowed. Tastings are limited to a maximum of three consecutive hours per sponsor per retail liquor store per day. Only one sponsor at a time may conduct sample tastings in a retail liquor store.


Server Requirements. Alcohol servers must have valid Oregon service permits.


Record Keeping. The sponsor must keep a record of each tasting they conduct, including the date and location of each event, the products served, and the names of the servers. The sponsor must retain records of tastings for one year.


Sponsor responsibilities. Sponsors must:


Provide the distilled spirits product to be tasted, and remove any remaining product at the end of the tasting;


Provide or pay for a person to serve the distilled spirits being tasted. The server must be a sponsor or an employee or agent of the sponsor;


Not compensate the retail sales agent, or any employee or agent of the retail sales agent to participate in the tasting.


Retail Sales Agent Responsibilities. Retail sales agents are responsible for liquor law violations occurring in the retail liquor store which are not related to tastings.


Violations Associated with the Tasting. In the case of a liquor law violation associated with tasting (for example, service of a sample to a minor or a visibly intoxicated person), both the server and the sponsor may be held responsible for violations of Oregon liquor laws which occur due to or during the tasting. Violations which occur due to a sponsor or server violating the law will not be charged to the retail sales agent.

Source: Rule 845-015-0155 — Distilled Spirit Tasting in a Retail Liquor Store, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=845-015-0155.

Types of Retail Liquor Stores
Establishment of a Retail Liquor Store
Retail Sales Agent Eligibility
Retail Sales Agent Prohibited Interests, ORS 471.710(3)
Retail Sales Agent Selection Procedure
Retail Sales Agent Selection Criteria
Public Opinion on Retail Liquor Store Location
Retail Price for Distilled Spirits
Hours and Days of Operation
Shipment of Distilled Spirits
Remote Distiller Shipments to a Retail Sales Agent
Sale of Related Items
Minors in Liquor Stores
Service Refusal in a Retail Liquor Store
Distilled Spirit Tasting in a Retail Liquor Store
Sale of Lottery Tickets
Supplier Rebates on Distilled Spirits
Full On-Premises Sales Licensee Refund
Payment for Distilled Spirits
Discount for Full On Premises Sales Licensees’ Distilled Spirits Purchases
Advertising by a Retail Sales Agent
Advertising in a Retail Liquor Store
Distilled Spirits Samples Offered to Retail Sales Agents
Special Orders for Distilled Spirits
Resignation Buy-Out Program for Retail Sales Agents
Terminating an Agency Agreement
Appointment of a Temporary Retail Sales Agent or Operation by Commission Staff
Satellite Liquor Stores Pilot Program
Satellite Liquor Stores
Pilot Programs
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 845-015-0155’s source at or​.us