Alberta announces changes to “modernize” liquor laws
On October 22, 2018 the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission announced that “effective immediately” bars and restaurants are allowed to mix liquor products with ingredients such as spices, herbs and fruits as well as create house-aged liquor products. Additional changes will allow Albertans to take liquor served at a hotel bar to their rooms or other areas within the hotel.
British Columbia’s liquor laws have permitted these practices since January, 2017.
Other key changes include:
- Ferment-on-Premises: Albertans are able to make their own beer or wine at licensed facilities and then take it home.
- Seniors lodges: Facility owners and operators can authorize residents to consume their own supply of liquor within other rooms and common areas.
- Theatregoers: As the final curtain drops, guests and performers can enjoy liquor products past the final curtain within the licensed areas of the venue, should the licensee wish to provide the opportunity.
The complete news release can be read here.