Artisan producers in Wide Bay froth over new liquor licence

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

Craft beer and spirit enthusiasts will be toasting the news that more than 100 craft brewers and artisan distillers have hopped-on the opportunity to apply for Queensland’s first new liquor licence in eight years.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Shannon Fentiman said that this includes four craft brewers and artisan distillers in the Wide Bay region.

“There is a buzz growing around Queensland’s boutique alcohol scene – giving locals and tourists alike the chance to sample quality craft beer or spirits in some of the state’s most popular drinking spots, as well as some unique locations in rural and regional Queensland,” Minister Fentiman said.

“We want to support our craft brewers and distillers to continue to grow their business and create more jobs for Queenslanders as we continue our plan for economic recovery.

“It’s fantastic to see there have already been 114 applications from Queensland brewers and distillers for the new artisan producer liquor licence since April.”

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said it is great to see there have already been 114 applications from brewers and distillers across the State for the new artisan producer liquor licence since April.

“This licence has been welcomed by the industry right across Queensland,” Mr Smith said.

“And it’s fantastic to see three local businesses in Bundaberg apply for the new licence which allows producers to sell their own product as takeaway and online as well as showcase and sell samples at events such as festivals and markets.”

Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari said the licence also comes the added opportunity to sell craft beers or spirits from other artisanal producers, as well as Queensland wines.

“Just a quick look at what is on offer in Wide Bay and we can see pink gin, liqueurs, vodka, cider and a variety of beers made with 100 per cent Queensland rain water – all with a local theme, and local flavours,” Mr Tantari said.

Benefits of the new artisan producer licence include:

  • no limit to how much of their own product can be sold on their premises, providing production limits are met to ensure they remain boutique businesses
  • an option to showcase and sell samples of their wares at promotional events such as farmers markets, food festivals and agricultural shows
  • the ability to sell their product as takeaway, including online.

Licence applications for Wide Bay have come from the following LGAs:

  • Bundaberg (3)
  • Fraser Coast (1)

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