The NSW Government has extended its trial, which enables craft producers to trade like small bars, to include Newcastle.
The trial began in Sydney’s inner west and enabled craft brewers to expand their business model and serve full-size drinks rather than only tastings. Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the trial, which would run until September next year, is also available to producers of spirits, liqueurs and cider.
“These small businesses are currently only allowed to offer tastings, unless they obtain a full “drink on premises” authorisation that is not always well suited,” Mr Toole said.
“The new tailored licensing option will cut red tape and help create new business opportunities.”
The Government said that with the rise of craft products there is a growing demand for consumers to sample high-quality locally made drinks and be able to speak directly with the passionate producers.
Like small bars, craft producers are considered low risk for alcohol-related harm. The new authorisation with clear conditions will give certainty for businesses as well as Liquor & Gaming NSW and police.