Changes to provincial liquor policy is being celebrated by local booze producers.
Distiller Josh Beach with Odd Society Distillery says being able to offer more than just what they make really opens options.
He says not everyone who comes to their tasting room drinks hard liquor.
“Now, if that one person doesn’t want the product we offer, they can enjoy something else – like a beer, or a beer from one of the local breweries – and they can enjoy that right here in our lounge.”
He says it will also allow them to be more creative about what they serve – like making cocktails using wine or beer and their spirits.
Prior to the changes producers around BC could only sell their products at their lounges and under their special event licenses.
The Alliance of Beverage Licensees says it’s cautiously optimistic about the latest liquor law reforms.
Executive Director Jeff Guignard says he hopes distilleries, wineries, and breweries don’t become defacto pubs.
“You can imagine some creative entrepeneur out there just deciding to sell all kinds of spirits, wines, offering a full suite of products, operating what we call a liquor primary.”
“No matter what the winery or distillery sells, still 80 percent of the product that they sell has to be from their own production, however rules like that are famously difficult to enforce, all of a sudden you’ve got an operator who is trying to skirt the rules, so we want to make sure there is adequate enforcement around that.”
However, he notes tasting rooms will only be able to sell 20 per cent of products that are not their own.