Province modernizes its liquor rules

Posted : 10/31/2018

Everything GP
By Glory Przekop
October 23, 2018

Changes are coming to the province’s liquor regulations for restaurants, bars and hotels.

The Alberta government says it is modernizing its liquor rules which means starting now, restaurants and bars are able to “mix liquor products with ingredients such as spices, herbs and fruits, as well as create house-aged liquor products.”

The news release goes on to say hotel guests will be able to take their drinks purchased at the bar/lounge to their rooms or other areas of the hotel.

“Alberta makes some of the best liquor in the country. But some regulations were constraining restaurants and bars from being creative and limiting Albertans’ enjoyment. That’s why we are bringing in common-sense changes, like being able to take your wine from the hotel bar back to your room. This is in addition to previous changes that allowed for craft beer and liquor to be sold at farmer’s markets and more open patio policies,” says Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance.

Other changes include:

  • Ferment-on-Premises: Albertans are able to make their own beer or wine at licensed facilities and then take it home.
  • Seniors lodges: Facility owners and operators can authorize residents to consume their own supply of liquor within other rooms and common areas.
  • Theatregoers: As the final curtain drops, guests and performers can enjoy liquor products past the final curtain within the licensed areas of the venue, should the licensee wish to provide the opportunity.

“Alberta’s liquor laws have been updated to keep pace with the evolution of today’s liquor industry. We listened to Albertans and implemented new policies to reflect the growing trends among home brewers and bartenders, as well as creating opportunity for small Alberta businesses,” says Alain Maisonneuve, president & CEO, AGLC.

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