Today, Minister Rich Coleman announced several changes that will help support local breweries and distilleries, create new business opportunities and revise current liquor laws in British Columbia. This is something that needs to be looked at more as our liquor laws are still stuck in the dark ages.
We’ve talked about BC’s draconian liquor laws and the outrage over banning all age shows at venues with liquor licences.
In a province with such outdated laws, many of us will take any improvement we can get, and today’s announcement is a step in the right direction.
Minister Rich Coleman –
“These changes reflect the evolving nature of the liquor industry in British Columbia. As time passes, so does the need to re-evaluate our laws and find ways to ensure we’re doing all we can to create an environment where liquor-related businesses can continue to succeed.”
Mark James, Mark James Group, Owner, Red Truck Brewery –
“We welcome these changes that the provincial government has announced today. We have long-wanted the freedom to include our portfolio of B.C.-brewed, award-winning beer and premium spirits with those products of different suppliers in our liquor primary and food primary licensed establishments. We commend the government on this initiative and believe that, in concert withallowing breweries and distilleries to have onsite lounges or tasting rooms, the timing is perfect.”
Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick –
“These changes will encourage B.C. craft distilleries to use local grains and produce, will support B.C. farmers producing high-quality crops, and are the latest example of the B.C. government’s efforts to create a business environment that attracts investment and rewards innovation. B.C. is internationally respected for our high-quality wines and beers, and is increasingly being looked at as a place of similar opportunity for craft distillers.”
Anthony Frustagli, co-owner, Parallel 49 and St. Augustine’s –
“We are elated by today’s announcement. This is a huge step forward for B.C. craft brewers, vintners, distillers, restaurateurs and publicans. We applaud the government for updating an outdated and archaic law that was impeding progress not only for us but a number of businesses in the craft beer industry. We look forward to sharing the beers which we so carefully craft at Parallel 49 with our valued customers at St. Augustine’s.”
Over the past year, the province has made changes to modernize liquor laws in B.C. including:
Liquor in theatres –
Corkage – bring your own bottle –
Personal importation of liquor into B.C. –
Licensing of Caterers –