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Artisan liquor licence benefiting small business

4 June 2021

As of 20 May 2021, OLGR had received 75 applications for the new artisan producer licence.

This artisan producer licence means Queensland’s estimated 90 independent craft breweries and 34 independent artisan distilleries can:

  • have unlimited sales of a licensee’s own product, within production limits, for on-site consumption
  • sell their own products for takeaway and online
  • sell limited takeaways and on-site samples of their liquor at promotional events
  • apply to sell their liquor for on-site consumption at public events
  • sell other Queensland artisan liquor producers’ products, including Queensland wine, for on-premises consumption.

COVID-19 had significant impacts on the hospitality industry, however changes to Queensland legislation are now providing opportunities for growth for small businesses like Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery, Gold Coast.

Granddad Jack's co-owner, David Ridden said while it was early days for the new licence, it was already proving to be beneficial for his business.

“In a couple of weeks, we’ll be hosting tastings and attending local farmers markets, which is something we didn’t have access to before,” he said.

“We’ll need to employ one or two more people just for this new aspect of our business, and that will have a flow on effect.

“The option to promote our business further will flow back into production – there will be increased bottling and labelling – we’ll need to employ a considerable amount of people.”

Mr Ridden said he will also employ up to seven new people for the opening of his second distillery on Brisbane’s north side at the end of June.

“We wouldn’t have the opportunity to open our second distillery without the artisan producer licence,” he said.

“These changes are a massive positive for the industry – they recognise and cater for our industry.

“We provide an experience which is beneficial for tourism, and this allows us to play a bigger part in the tourism industry.”

The new laws came into effect in May. For more information visit the Business Queensland website.

Photo courtesy of Granddad Jack's

Authored by OLGR Queensland

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