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Liquor stores to start offering booze samples

State run liquor stores will soon be able to offer you hard liquor samples in the store.

Samples will be limited to one-quarter of an ounce, with a maximum of four samples. An average shot of liquor as served at a bar is approximately 1.5 ounces.

"No one's going to get drunk tasting these things," said Brian Smith, spokesperson with the Washington State Liquor Board.

The WSLB said that as they launch the program, safety is their top priority. Your ID will be checked before you get your sample.

Each of the designated 30 stores involved in the pilot sampling programs will be limited to one sampling per week, on Fridays or Saturdays, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

If there has been one brand you've been hoping to sample, you might be out of luck. They'll be limited to product sponsors and distiller representatives will serve the samples.

"The spirits sampling pilot is a win for both consumers and producers," Carry Tellefson of Distillery Representatives Association of Washington said in a press release. She said that with so many products available, the tastings could be a valuable opportunity for consumers.

The pilot program runs from September 2011 until September 2012.

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