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Craft microbreweries to trade like bars

29 June 2018
Craft brewers in Sydney’s inner west will be allowed to serve patrons on site in a 12-month trial that could be expanded across NSW.
Four beers in a tasting paddle with a bowl of nuts and pretzels in the background

Microbreweries in the Inner West Council area can apply for a new type of liquor licence, with conditions including a patron limit of 100 and a requirement to make food available. The trial will also apply to producers of spirits and liqueurs.

Microbreweries are currently only allowed to offer tastings, unless they obtain a special “drink on premises” authorisation, as well as council approval.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said microbreweries, like small bars, are considered low-risk businesses for alcohol-related harm.

“Microbreweries don’t neatly fit into traditional liquor licence categories, so there’s a need to develop a new model suited to them,” Mr Toole said.

“If [the trial is] successful, we could see red tape cut for microbreweries across NSW, helping create new small business opportunities and entertainment options.”

The trial begins on 1 September 2018.

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