Manitoba to License Craft Breweries to Open Tasting Rooms

Manitoba to License Craft Breweries to Open Tasting Rooms

Growler Bars
Tracy Jones fills up a growler jug at the Liquor Mart location on Kenaston Boulevard, Friday, October 24, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba is increasing its support for the rapidly-growing craft beer industry by allowing brewers to open up licensed tasting rooms.

As part of the Craft Breweries Strategy launched last December, the province already allows for the refill of growlers. Adding tasting rooms will be the next step in the program to recognize homegrown brew.

“Interest in craft beer is skyrocketing in Manitoba. We know beer tastes best when it’s fresh so it only makes sense to encourage brewing right here in Manitoba, said Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux.

“Licensing tasting rooms and refillable growlers are important steps to support Manitoba’s craft breweries.”

The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation will launch a summer promotion of new, limited-availability products from craft breweries across Canada, that have never been seen in Manitoba before, along with some unique local beers, brewed specifically for this event by Half Pints and Fort Garry.


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