The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 24 November 2020

Tasting of alcoholic beverages and preparations

Described here are the rules for obtaining a permit to organise the tasting of alcoholic beverages and preparations. The information is primarily aimed at those who are the business operator or those who wish to arrange a tasting.

In order to organise a tasting of alcoholic beverages or alcoholic beverage-like preparations, you must have either a permanent licence to serve alcohol or a special licence for tasting. Tasting refers to only small quantities of different products, equivalent to one tablespoon or less. There is no requirement for food to be served at a tasting. You apply for a tasting permit in the municipality where the tasting is to be carried out.

What do alcoholic beverages mean?

In this text with alcoholic beverages are meant spirituous liquors, wine, strong beer, other fermented alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverage-like preparations.

For those who have a permanent permit to serve alcohol

If you have a permanent licence to serve alcohol, you may also offer a tasting. The tasting may only be:

  • of the same types of beverages and preparations as are shown in the licence to serve alcohol
  • On licensed premises.

If you have a permanent licence to serve alcohol, you do not need to apply for a tasting licence. However, before each tasting event you need to notify this to the municipality where the licensed premises are located.

If you are a wholesaler

If you are a wholesaler, you can apply individually or together with other wholesalers for a temporary licence for a tasting in the municipality where you wish the tasting to be carried out. In order to engage in wholesale trade in alcoholic beverages or alcoholic beverage-like preparations, it is a requirement that the Swedish Tax Agency has approved the person who is to conduct the wholesale trade as a warehouse keeper or registered consignee of goods.

If you are a manufacturer

If you manufacture alcoholic beverages or alcoholic beverage-like preparations from raw materials produced on your own farm and have a permanent licence to serve alcohol, you may offer a tasting of the self-produced beverages or preparations. You can do this after you have notified it to the municipality. You must hold the tasting at the place of manufacture and the licence to serve alcohol must refer to these premises.

If you manufacture alcoholic beverages or alcoholic beverage-like preparations and do not have a permanent licence to serve alcohol, you can apply for a special tasting licence. This permit means that you can offer a tasting of the self-produced alcoholic beverages or the self-produced alcoholic beverage-like preparations at the place of manufacture.

The provisions on which this information is based

Chapter 8 Sections 6 and 7 of the Alcohol Act (2010:1622)

Sections 9 and 12 of the Act (1994:1564) on alcohol tax

Section 4 of the alcohol regulation (2010:1636)

The Public Health Authority’s regulations and general advice on the notification of premises for catering, seasoning of spirit drinks for serving schnapps and tasting

The information on this website is intended solely to help you, and does not replace what is written in the Alcohol Act and the Alcohol Tax Act. There may also be other laws or regulations from other authorities that you need to be aware of.