More local brands are coming to your neighbourhood farmers’ market.
The government of Alberta announced today new changes coming to the province’s liquor policy.
Starting August 15, 2017, amended policy will bring Alberta craft beers and spirits to approved farmers’ markets alongside cottage wine, already approved to be sold at these venues.
“This is yet another way the Government of Alberta is cutting red tape and eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens on small businesses and consumers,” said President of Treasury Board, Minister of Finance, Joe Ceci. “This policy also builds a new connection between local business and their local community while increasing access to locally made liquor products. This creates new business opportunities for entrepreneurs who are truly at the heart of this policy change.”
Now consumers will have a new avenue to access local liquor products while contributing to the growing craft liquor industry by supporting local producers.
Currently there are 92 liquor manufacturers in Alberta of which many have expressed a desire to showcase their products at markets.
Now it’s up to individual approved markets to decide if they want to allow liquor sales their venue.
Fingers crossed they all say yes!