Sign SB 32, Senator Mark Leno's Infused Spirits Bill Into Law
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California Governor
Gov. Jerry Brown

Sign SB 32, Senator Mark Leno's Infused Spirits Bill Into Law

    1. The Bon Vivants .
    2. Petition by

      The Bon Vivants .

      San Francisco, CA

September 2011


Only a few weeks after members demanded that Governor Brown lift the nearly century old ban on infusing alcohol in California, he signed SB 32 into law

Because of an urgency clause included in the bill, SB 32 took effect immediately after being signed - meaning bartenders and restaurants can start serving infusions without fear of the California Alcoholic Beverage Commission coming after them! And just in time for SF Cocktail Week!

This is a huge victory for bartenders and restaurant owners throughout the state and a boom to California’s economy. Petition creators and San Francisco bartenders Josh Harris and Scott Biard say thank you to the more than 600 people who joined their campaign!

Senator Mark Leno's SB 32 shows an immense amount of social awareness. The bill would overturn a decades old law put into effect around the time of prohibition. The original law was intended to control the production of spirits being distilled outside of the parameters of the government (i.e. those not paying taxes on illegally distilled spirits, or rather, moonshine).

As we move farther away from this time, the spirit of that law couldn't be more irrelevant, while the letter of that law has proven incredibly problematic for a very large group of people - those hardworking and creative people in the bar and restaurant business.

Unfortunately, in efforts to show pro-activity and help themselves secure future funding, the California ABC has pointed to the letter of this law and its minutia as justification for the harassment of certain bars and bartenders. Many of these targeted bars and bartenders are those who pay close attention to the craft of the cocktail and the elevated guest experience, only using the finest, freshest ingredients and most progressive techniques. These craft bartenders have now been put into a position where, in certain situations, they must serve an inferior product to the guest or abandon that which gives them, or their establishment their identity and individuality. They have been forced to deviate from that which is creative and artistic, ultimately leaving the guest with a potentially bland experience.

As part of a profession that is ever-increasingly building community through the act of eating and drinking well, with attention to quality products and creative artistry, we urge you to sign this petition allowing our craft to continue to grow and serve you better.

Tell Gov. Brown to sign Senate Bill 32 and stop the enforcement of a post-prohibition era law! 

Recent signatures


    1. Gov. Brown Signs SB 32 Into Law! Victory!

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      On Wednesday, Governor Brown signed a bill legalizing infused alcohol in California. He also approved the bill's "urgency clause," allowing it to take effect immediately – right in the middle of San Francisco Cocktail Week!

    2. California's Cocktailers Pressure Gov. Brown to Lift Ban on Infused Booze

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Hundreds of Californians are getting into the spirit of the judicial process, and are working to get a bill signed into law that would overturn an almost-100-year-old ban on serving cocktails made with infused alcohol in the state.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. 300 Signatures!

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      The next goal is 400 so if you want this bill passed, share this petition with your friends!

    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Patrick Atwater LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Foments a new california dream

    • Sean Hamilton HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      No one is mass producing any of these products. They are bitters, tinctures and infusions for the sole purpose of high quality libations. Shouldn't everyone be able to get the best possible product from a bartender showing off their skills in whatever form it may be? If it a regulation/tax issue than state by state there should be a small licensing fee per bar or bartender & once they have their "license" than they are free to mix as they please.

    • Daniel Silverberg SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      The government of California needs to join the rest of the state in the 21st century. I stand for the repeal of all inane, antiquated laws - and this one is exemplary.

    • Meryll Cawn FAIRFIELD, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Supporting the tradition of originality and creativity in the bartending world. Infusions and macerations are an essential part of the history of cocktailing and general spirits consumption.

    • jen uner LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      "Moonshine" tax evasion isn't even profitable (or possible) in this era. Please allow artisan-crafted, bar-made infused spirits in the great state of California.


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