TWO of Logan’s craft brewers and one of our artisan distillers has applied for a licence to sell their product direct to consumers as takeaway, and online.
Dean Forte from Monkey Tree Brewing Co in Logan said the new licence would provide a major boost to the industry.
“The new artisan producer licence will drive jobs by allowing us to make and sell more fresh, quality products to more consumers,” Mr Forte said.
“Microbreweries are local assets that create jobs, entertainment and a better sense of community as we work, live and consume the product we made together.
“Bringing together craft breweries and distilleries under one banner makes sense, reduces red tape and brings us into the 21st century.”
Benefits of the new artisan producer licence include:
• no limit to how much of their own product can be sold on their premises, providing production limits are met to ensure they remain boutique businesses.
• an option to showcase and sell samples of their wares at promotional events such as farmers’ markets, food festivals and agricultural shows.
• the ability to sell their product as takeaway, including online.
Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman said 114 alcohol producers across the state had taken up the new licence since April.
“There is a buzz growing around Queensland’s boutique alcohol scene – giving locals and tourists alike the chance to sample quality craft beer or spirits in some of the state’s most popular drinking spots, as well as some unique locations in rural and regional Queensland,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We want to support our craft brewers and distillers to continue to grow their business and create more jobs for Queenslanders as we continue our plan for economic recovery.”