Kansas Administrative Regulations

Regulation Number:14-13-16
Tax Type:Intoxicating Liquors and Beverages
Brief Description:Tasting events; requirements; prohibitions.
Approval Date:05/10/2013


14-13-16. Tasting events; requirements; prohibitions. Any retailer may provide free samples of alcoholic liquor offered for sale by the retailer to members of the general public on the retailer’s licensed premises and at adjacent premises as approved by the director.
(a) No retailer shall receive payment from any person, either directly or indirectly, to conduct a tasting event.
(b)(1) Each container of alcoholic liquor to be sampled shall be removed from the retailer’s inventory.
(2) The retailer shall clearly mark each container of alcoholic liquor removed from inventory for sampling as reserved for samples only. The marking shall not obscure the label of the alcoholic liquor container.
(c) No samples of alcoholic liquor may be served on a retailer’s licensed premises or on adjacent premises at any time other than those hours and days during which the retailer may sell alcoholic liquor, pursuant to K.S.A. 41-712 and amendments thereto.
(d) Except as specifically allowed by this subsection, no employee of the retailer who is on duty may consume alcoholic liquor during the tasting event.
The owner or manager of a retail premises may consume wine from an original container sufficient to verify that the wine has not deteriorated in quality or has otherwise become unfit for human consumption.
(e) The director, or any agent or employee of the director, shall be granted immediate entry to and inspection of any adjacent premises used for tasting events at any time the adjacent premises are occupied. Failure to grant immediate entry shall be grounds for revocation of the retailer’s license.
(f) Except as specifically allowed in this subsection, no retailer may provide any food, service, or other thing of value other than samples of alcoholic liquor at any tasting event.
(1) Any retailer conducting a tasting event on the licensed premises may provide cups, napkins, and mixers.
(2) Any retailer conducting a tasting event on adjacent premises may provide cups, napkins, food, mixers, and other similar items.
(g) A licensed distributor or its agent, employee, or representative shall not purchase alcoholic liquor for tasting, pour samples, or provide any supplies or things of value, except that an agent, employee, or representative of a distributor may provide education on the product or products being sampled.
(h)(1) Any partially used container of alcoholic liquor removed from the licensed premises for tasting at adjacent premises shall be disposed of or returned to the licensed premises before the retailer’s close of business on the same date the container was removed.
(2) Each retailer shall perform one of the following for each partially used container of alcoholic liquor used for sampling:
(A) Dispose of the container;
(B) store the container on the licensed premises in a secured, locked storage area, separate from containers of alcoholic liquor available for purchase; or
(C) secure the container with a tamperproof seal around the opening of the container.
(i) Each retailer engaged in tasting events shall keep, for at least three years, records of all alcoholic liquor removed from inventory for the tasting events. These records shall be available for inspection by the director, any agent or employee of the director, or the secretary, upon request.
(1) Each record required by this regulation shall be maintained on the licensed premises of the retailer for at least 90 days after the date on which the alcoholic liquor was removed from inventory. These records may be maintained in electronic format but shall be capable of being printed immediately upon request.
(2) After 90 days, any record required by this regulation may be stored electronically and maintained off the licensed premises. Each record shall be provided in electronic or paper format, upon request. (Authorized by K.S.A. 41-210 and K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 75-5155; implementing K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 41-308d; effective, T-14-6-28-12, July 1, 2012; effective, T-14-10-25-12, Oct. 29, 2012; effective May 10, 2013.)