D.C. offers permits to breweries to allow on-site drinking, tasting

D.C. will now sell breweries a permit that will allow them to sell alcohol to a customer and let them drink it on-site. (Photo: Flickr/SnapZDC)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) - D.C. officials announced Monday that a new permit is available to district breweries that will give them the option of allowing customers to consume alcohol on-site.

Previously, breweries were only permitted to allow take-home alcohol purchases.

The new provision is part of the city's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014, which went into effect Monday after the Council overrode Mayor Vincent Gray's veto, and is called the Manufacturer Tasting Permit Emergency Amendment Act of 2014.

Specifically, customers will be allowed to visit breweries that possess the new permit and purchase and consume beer brewed by the business on-site, between the hours of 1 to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

The annual fee for the permit, available immediately from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), is $1,000.

City officials explained that any manufacturer that does not want to apply is not required to do so, and that a brewery would still need to obtain a tasting permit in order to provide samples of beer to customers at no cost, even if they have an on-site sales and consumption permit.

Licensees can contact ABRA with any questions at 202-442-4423.