Vancouver city council has unanimously approved beer lounges to operate in local breweries. Now beer lovers touring the distilleries will be able to sit down and enjoy a few drinks.
Previous regulations limited microbreweries and distilleries to only giving away samples (at a cost) or selling bottles to take away. Further, because most of Vancouver’s microbreweries are located on industrial land, it is difficult to obtain a liquor license.
With the approval by city council of beer lounges, brewers and distillers can now sell their stuff for you to enjoy on site. Breweries will have to close by 11 p.m., the lounges can be no larger than 860 square feet, and breweries are not allowed to host no more than two special events per month.
This change in Vancouver by-laws has the potential to change the face of the local beer scene as it gives breweries a better way to showcase their product. This will also help grow the industry allowing smaller players to open up and exhibit their brews.
Many local craft breweries have applied for licenses to open up on site tasting lounges, including breweries in Mt. Pleasant’s Brewery Creek district, R&B Brewing, Main Street Brewing, Brassneck Brewery and 33 Acres Brewing.