New Brunswick Liquor removes minimums
Here’s yet another great story of government truly listening to what the people want: after a windstorm of controversy erupted when New Brunswick announced minimum production requirements for beer sales in its provincially-run liquor stores, New Brunswick Liquor has announced that it will remove that requirement after consultations with nano and micro-brewers.
When the regulations were first announced, breweries were forced to meet stringent requirements for off-site consumption sales, which included a requirement to sell a minimum of 10,000 litres through New Brunswick Liquor stores. These rules would have effectively shut many nano and micro-breweries out.
After extensive lobbying, New Brunswick Liquor has now dropped the requirement. Instead, new brewers will be asked to provide product samples to an independent food inspection lab and meet certain training requirements for its staff (with costs to be covered by New Brunswick Liquor!), all while the province will continue its 50% reduction in markup rates for provincially produced craft beers and full distribution within its store network.