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20 December 2018

Craft brewery trial extended to Newcastle

A NSW Government trial to allow craft brewers to trade like small bars has been extended to Newcastle.

The trial, which began in Sydney’s inner west in September, enables craft brewers to expand their business model and serve full-size drinks rather than only tastings.

Craft breweries in Newcastle can now apply for this new type of authorisation at no cost, with tailored conditions including a patron limit of 100 and a requirement to have food available.

This trial will benefit local craft breweries and give beer lovers more chances to enjoy their favourite drop.

There is growing demand for patrons to sample high-quality locally made drinks and speak directly with the passionate experts who produce them.”

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.”

Like small bars, craft breweries 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.

Craft breweries and small distilleries can apply for the special authorisation here.