Bye bye beer garden

beer gardenThe final report of the B.C. Liquor Policy Review has been released, and it’s good news for the sports and tourism industries.

Amongst the changes to the liquor laws are the elimination of beer garden fencing, a simplification of the application process for special occasion licenses, selling hard alcohol in the stands of sports arenas, and permission for hosts to serve home-made beer and wine at events such as weddings.

“Opening up music festivals to whole-site licensing over the ‘beer garden’ model is a very positive move,” said Bob D’Eith, executive director of Music BC. “This will allow families to stay together at events, reduce costs for festival organizers and make the festival experience that much better for all fans of live music.”

Additionally, hotel patrons will now be allowed to move more freely with alcoholic beverages.

“Allowing guests to purchase a glass of wine or champagne at the bar and bring it up to their room mirrors a practice that is commonly found at many resorts and hotels around the world,” said Ingrid Jarrett, president of the BC Hotel Association. “(This legislation) will further B.C.’s competitive advantage.”

To read the full report on the B.C. Liquor Policy Review, click here.