The province has announced several changes that will help support local breweries and distilleries, create new business opportunities, and revise current liquor laws in B.C.
Changes announced Friday include:
• Brewers and distillers now can apply to have an on-site consumption area such as a lounge, tasting room or event area.
• Small- and medium-sized liquor manufacturers will be allowed up to three common ownership and business relationships with licensed establishments located off their manufacturing site.
• Rules around how liquor manufacturers can promote their products in bars and restaurants have been simplified by removing the requirement for a buy-sell agreement.
• Distilled liquor products that consist of 100 per cent British Columbia agricultural raw materials and are distilled in B.C. by licensed distilleries are now eligible for mark-up exempt direct sales.
• A honourary B.C. wine envoy will be named with a mandate to work to complement existing efforts to open up domestic markets for B.C. wines.
• Wine stores will become licensees under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.
• The criteria on whether private liquor stores can relocate within one kilometre of an existing liquor store are now set out in regulation rather than policy.
• All increases to liquor-primary capacity will now require local government input.
• Allowing rural agency stores to purchase unlimited amounts of beer through their local government liquor store.
(More to follow)