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A key commitment of the Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy is improving the regulatory environment for independent craft brewers. Streamlining the liquor licencing application process will ensure that the craft brewing industry can keep delivering jobs for Queensland, while contributing to regional economic growth and accelerating opportunities in domestic and overseas markets.

We are seeking comment on the proposed new licence option – the Commercial Other – Craft Beer Producer Licence.

We invite you to your say on proposed amendments to the Liquor Act 1992 for independent craft brewers.

The Commercial Other – Craft Beer Producer Licence category for craft brewers will:

  • authorise the sale of craft beer and wine for on-premises consumption during ordinary trading hours of 10am to midnight. Under the proposed new licence, a craft brewer will be able to sell ‘other’ craft beer and wine that is not produced on the licenced premises, for on-site consumption.
  • authorise the sale of ‘other’ craft beer for off premises consumption (takeaway) during ordinary trading hours of 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
  • be available to brewers who produce no more than 5 million litres of beer annually, including under other licenses held by related entities
  • authorise the licensee to apply for an enduring approval to sell craft beer made on the licensed premises at promotional events such as farmers markets, for consumption away from the event (or at the event as a sample)
  • attract a base annual licence fee of $1050.

Importantly, existing licensing arrangements will not be removed, and the new Commercial Other – Craft Beer Producer Licence is entirely optional.

Craft brewers who are licensed as producer/wholesalers will be able to transition to the new licence without applying for a new liquor licence.

The proposed new licence will support the growth of a boutique craft brewing sector, while being delivered within the framework of a responsible consumption of alcohol.

Have your say

Consultation is now open and will close on 14 February 2020. We invite you to submit your comments to advancedmanufacturing@dsdmip.qld.gov.au.

What’s next?

Once the consultation period concludes, we will continue to liaise with stakeholders and peak bodies to ensure the proposed new licence arrangement meets the needs of industry. The amendments will then be drafted into a Bill for discussion.