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Want a beer with that cut? California barbers, salons cleared to offer free drinks

A model gets a haircut from Hattori Hanzo Shears Director of Education Justin Thomas in Folsom on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
A model gets a haircut from Hattori Hanzo Shears Director of Education Justin Thomas in Folsom on Thursday, October 1, 2015. rbenton@sacbee.com

That complimentary beer you sip while awaiting a haircut can now taste guilt-free.

Alcoholic beverages have become increasingly common amenities at barbershops and beauty salons, including multiple establishments in Sacramento.

But as it turns out, serving those drinks without a liquor licenses risks putting those establishments on the wrong side of the law.

Hence Assembly Bill 1322, which would allow hair-focused businesses to serve a limited amount beer and wine to 21-and-older customers, as long as they don’t charge for it. But don’t get any big party plans: Only one drink per cut.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill on Wednesday without comment.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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