By Juliano Oliveira
New rules for craft brewers may be in force forthwith as the Queensland Government is expecting to obtain feedback on a proposed new liquor licence.
The main debate is whether producers will be allowed to commercialize their beer for consumption off-premises. The Craft Beer Producer Licence also would entitled brewers to sell their products and wine from other producers on-site, and goods at promotional events like farmers markets.
Existing licensing requirements for craft brewers would remain in place, with the new licence category in addition to current authorisations.
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.
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.
“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.”
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