Legislation has been introduced in Oregon that would allow micro-distillers in the state to follow in the foot steps of their beer brethren and open restaurants at their distilleries.
State Sen. Ben Westlund and Rep. Chuck Burley, both from the Bend, Ore., area, have proposed the legislation. They claim it would help the economy by providing a financial boost to the growing micro-distillery industry in Oregon.
Bendistillery, which has been in business for 11 years, said it would open a restaurant if the legislation passes. The company already operates a tasting room, but under Oregon law that facility must be in a different location from the distillery.