Boutique brewery owner toasts liquor laws review
The UBC Liquor Control Board is conducting a review of the government’s draft ban on microbreweries because of changes made to its regulations that the board felt didn’t go far enough.
The province changed its regulations in July 2012, effectively cutting the number of licenses from 30 to five, and loosening rules allowing non-beverage sales as long as the beer wasn’t being marketed.
The board’s liquor board will hold a hearing on Thursday that will consider whether to reinstate the two previous restrictions on microbreweries.
The original rules banned home-made and small-batch beer. The new rules, which are much less strict, apply only to commercial production.
«There was no ch파라오 카지노ange in the regulations,» said Dan Smith, the executive director of the United B.C. Microbrewers Association. «The purpose of the changes was for consumers and the industry to have competition in all aspects of our industry.»
However, Smith admitted that the changes made by the province could be retroactive to the days before the 점보카지노reforms were made.
He explained it’s not at all clear what rules should or should not apply to brewers.
«There’s no right or wrong answer,» he said. «There’s just not as much information out there.»
The current ban on home brews will remain, but will now only apply to the production of beer, wine and spirits, not both.
The ban also extends to the sale of alcohol in beer- and wine-serving establishments, with청주출장샵 a limit of one per person each.
A new rule introduced by the provincial government earlier this year allows for home brewing, producing beer, cider and spirits from water from the local supply or from a home brew-friendly water source, such as tap water or a «microbrew» of whatever you consider your local beer or cider market is.
On Tuesday, Smith said the new rules were passed as «a compromise between competing interests.»
However, that isn’t true. The province also said the laws were aimed at regulating only craft beer producers, which doesn’t appear to be true either.
«This is a regulatory process. It’s not a legal process,» he said. «When we’re going after a specific industry and trying to regulate it, that’s going to be the direction they go.»
He was asked about the changes by host Chris Jones on CBC Radio’s Pacific Standard on Tuesday morning.