A worker at a small brewery examines beer during the fermentation process. (Photo: MAD_Production, via Shutterstock)
An under-the-radar tussle is shaping up in California over how beer is being brought to drinkers across the state. The emerging beer battle pits small craft brewers against big distributors. On one side are the small brewers, who charge that the big distributors don’t want to bother with the relatively small volumes of craft brewers.
Some thirsty, underage students in California soon may be able to sip on a nice chardonnay or a robust porter — legally. The reason is newly introduced legislation that would allow students enrolled in accredited wine- and beer-making programs to take a nip. It’s called “sip-and-spit.” (Photo: Wine barrels in a cave near Santa Rosa. George Rose/Getty Images)