NASHVILE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Underage college students may be able to taste beer if a new bill becomes law.
Senator Bill Ketron is sponsoring the bill that would allow a “student taking a beer-manufacturing course in higher education to taste beer as long as the student is 18 years of age, under certain circumstances.”
The bill also states that students could not consume the alcohol, so in order for them to taste their brews they’d have to take a sip then spit it out.
Bailey Spaulding of Jackelope Brewery told News 2 craft beer is an art form that’s growing locally and nationally.
“Previous to us, Yazoo was the only distributing brewery in town. I think probably seven or eight breweries have opened in Nashville since then,” Spaulding explained to News 2.
Spaulding likes the idea of offering college classes but doesn’t know how the sipping or tasting process will be monitored.
“If you could really have more formal training more accessible, I think that’s going to be a great thing. I think you can get through at least most of the important parts without swallowing it,” she said. “I don’t know how they are going to monitor that.”
Spaulding believes tasting the craft is essential.
“I guess that’s how a lot of wine gets tasted, with spitting it out,” she said.
Middle Tennessee State University officials said they are in the early stages of considering beer and wine-making courses.