The Washington State Liquor Control Board wants you to know that beginning September 1 they'll toast to a "win for both consumers and producers" by kicking off a one-year pilot project to let you sample hard liquor in stores. Not any liquor, mind you, just the liquor that companies want to promote. And not in every store—just 30 of them, including a few stores in Seattle. You can have a sample no larger than 1/4 of an ounce and no more than four samples.

The liquor board heralds this occasion—smashing the vices that have for too long bound our liquor sales by prohibition-era mores—as a "valuable opportunity to taste spirits in a controlled environment."

A whole ounce of alcohol in a "controlled environment." Hallelujah!