By Andy Young
One part of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 has actually delivered some good news for craft brewers.
The legislation has amended existing liquor licences, which means that craft brewers will now be able to supply samples and sell beer at promotional events; take away beer sales of up to nine litres are now permitted.
The move was welcomed by the Craft Beer Industry Association, with executive officer Chris McNamara saying: “The Craft Beer Industry Association has been heavily involved in lobbying to allow for an off premise authority for craft brewers in Queensland so we are very pleased that this legislation has passed Parliament.
“We appreciate the fact that the Queensland Government has recognized the growing role that craft beer plays in the Queensland economy. Hopefully they also recognise the role that craft beer can play in encouraging a responsible drinking culture.
“The legislation is only very new so we will be working with our consultant, Russell Steele from RSA Liquor Professionals, in the coming weeks to analyse the details of the amendments and their implementation. The CBIA would like to thank Russell for all of the hard work he has put into working for these reforms over recent years.
“Although last night’s amendments brought good news for craft brewers we would like to acknowledge that many of our partners in the hospitality sector will face further regulation,” McNamara said.
CBIA added that it is committed to working with all state governments to introduce standard licensing conditions for craft brewers across the country.