Microbreweries in Sydney’s trendy inner west will be able to trade as bars in a 12-month trial rather than just being allowed to offer tastings, the state government has announced.
Up until now, craft brewers have only been allowed to offer tastings, unless they have a special “drink on premises” authorisation along with council approval.
“This trial – which also applies to producers of spirits, liqueurs and cider – will cut red tape and allow beer lovers to enjoy more of their favourite drop,” Racing Minister Paul Toole said in a statement on Thursday.
Breweries in Sydney’s inner west are celebrating having advocated for the government to clarify the ambiguous regulations.
Young Henrys Brewery co-owner Richard Adamson welcomed the trial and said he would be “really happy” to see it rolled out across the rest of the state.
“It will make it a more relaxed environment for someone coming in to enjoy a drink…it will also change the landscape for those trying to open breweries as well,” Mr Adamson told AAP on Thursday.