Alberta Sets the Path for Craft Brewers

BC’s craft beer renaissance may just have inspired our neighbours to the east of the Rockies to shake things up.  In December 2013, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (the “AGLC”) announced that it would change its policies to make it easier for start-ups, including an elimination of minimum production capacity requirements (previously, brewers had a 5,000 hectoliter/year requirement).  This meant that breweries such as Calgary’s Tool Shed Brewing Company, who previously had to outsource their production to Aldergrove’s Dead Frog Brewery, could begin to brew in their own province.  Additionally, the AGLC announced that it would allow off sales outlets to be operated at locations that best suit each particular business, meaning that operators may perhaps be allowed to run off-site locations for retail sales.  We’ll provide further updates as Alberta rolls out these changes.

 

Joe Chan

Joe Chan

Areas of law include Craft Breweries and Distilleries, Business and Securities and Asia Pacific.

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