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Craft brewers and the wider Queensland community have just one week left to have their say on a proposed new liquor licence for craft brewers.
The Commercial Other – Craft Beer Producer Licence would allow craft breweries to:
- Sell their beer for consumption off premises
- Sell beer and wine from other producers on site
- Sell products at promotional events like farmers markets.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said public consultation on the proposed changes to the Liquor Act 1992 would close 14 February.
“We’re committed to improving the regulatory environment for Queensland’s craft brewing industry, and we’ve been working closely with our craft brewers to achieve this,” Mr Dick said.
“Already we’re seeing support for our proposed amendments, which could allow breweries to sell more products on site and at promotional events.
“Reducing red tape is a key priority of our Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy, as it will speed up growth in the already burgeoning local industry.
“We’ve got some of the best craft beer in the world being brewed here in Queensland, and we want to see more people drinking it.”
Independent Brewers Association Board Director and Ballistic Brewing founder David Kitchen is urging industry and interested members of the community to have their say on the proposed changes.
“This new licence could have the potential to deliver improved financial stability to new and existing breweries, so it’s important we have everyone’s input in order to get the best possible outcome,” Mr Kitchen said.
Mr Dick said existing licensing requirements for craft brewers would remain in place, with the new licence category in addition to current authorisations.