FREDERICTON (GNB) – As a result of consultations with nano and micro-brewers across the province, NB Liquor has removed the regulation in the new Brewer’s Agency Store Policy stating new breweries would need to sell at least 100 hectoliters of product through NB Liquor before opening an on-site store.

“I am pleased that the board of directors has approved these changes and I look forward to working with all brewers in New Brunswick to promote the craft beer industry,” said NB Liquor president and CEO Brian Harriman. “This regulation was put into place to ensure product quality, however, after discovering it may be a barrier to new breweries, it was removed.”

In order to insure micro-breweries are producing safe, high quality beer and selling it responsibly, all new brewers will be asked to send a product sample to an independent food inspection lab. Smart Serve training will also be required for all staff. The costs of these two requirements will be covered by NB Liquor.

“In addition, we will continue to offer a 50 per cent reduction in markup rates for provincially produced craft beers and full distribution in our store network,” said Harriman. “NB Liquor looks forward to seeing continued growth in the craft beer segment going forward.”