EUGENE, Ore. - Customers can expect more choices at their favorite liquor store's next tasting. Beginning in September, liquor stores can add a little bit more to their samples.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is allowing liquor stores to add ice, water, or mixers to samples at their tastings.
The decision comes after the growth of the distillery business in the state.
"As we started to grow as far as distilleries, we allowed them to have mixers," said Mark Jaehnig, an inspector with OLCC. "I think it's good business and I see it as a positive move and certainly not as a negative move."
Liquor stores in Eugene feel the change will help boost sales for their business.
"I think it's really going to boost business," said Shane Truesdale, a store clerk for Downtown Liquor in Eugene. "It's going to expose a wider spectrum of people to new products."
Some folks shared concern about whether or not the new rule will lead to more intoxicated drivers on the roads.
However, Springfield Police said they are not too concerned about the new rule being an issue.
"It's a quarter ounce and it's just a taste," said Sgt. Mike McCarthy with the Springfield Police Department. "It's not even a whole drink. Plus they have to be trained to serve the tastings, and they aren't supposed to serve or sell to an intoxicated person."
The new liquor rule allows vendors to pour no more than 2 ounces of a mixer in the sample. The new rule does not take effect until September 1st.