Sonoma County has over 400 wineries, about 25 breweries, and less than a dozen small spirits makers, but that's about to change.
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That will change on January 1, 2016. The governor has signed a bill allowing craft distilleries to sell bottles plus have restaurants and bars (where they can make cocktails from their products).
There are about 50 craft distilleries in the state. (Craft distillery means they make less than 100,000 gallons a year). Figure that number to grow rapidly. In 1977 there was one craft brewery in the state (New Albion in Sonoma); now there are nearly 600. We'll see what happens with the spirits industry. Expect new interest in locally distilled beverages and an increase in sales.