Last Monday, Council unanimously approved changes to the
city-wide Brewery, Winery and Distillery bylaw. The new definition and rules
allows micro-breweries and alcoholic beverage manufacturers to serve and sell
their products where they make them, without having to rezone their facilities.
Ultimately, this new bylaw allows for a range of sizes and formats of breweries
to bring their products to market. For many micro-breweries, a significant
barrier to entering the market tends to be the cost and volume associated with
bottling or canning beer. Now, with the new land-use bylaw, mirco-breweries
will be able to sell individual growlers (1.8L bottles) of their product which
can be enjoyed at home and then brought back to re-fill.
Having just visited Portland in April, this change to our
city’s bylaw was top of mind. I was astonished by the micro-brewery culture
they’ve fostered. It was a great example to me of how small businesses can
thrive and be creative when non-limiting frameworks are in place. Calgary has a vibrant beer and spirit industry
with local companies like Big Rock Brewery, Wild rose Brewery, Village Brewery,
Tool Shed Brewery, Last Best Brewery & Distillery, Eau Claire Distillery
and new companies that will soon by setting up shop on 17th Ave like
Trolley 5 and Mill Street.
I want to thank the hardworking and dedicated teams in
Planning & Development and Community Standards who worked in partnership
Calgary breweries & distilleries. I look forward to seeing how Calgary's craft beverage industry continues to grow in the coming years.
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