A proposed new licence for craft brewers could allow them to sell more products on site and at promotional events, in what is being hailed as a major step forward for the industry in Queensland.
The state government is urging Logan and Scenic Rim residents to have their say on the proposed new licence for craft brewers.
Jordan MP Charis Mullen said the proposed new licence will ensure local craft brewers can keep growing and creating more jobs for Queenslanders.
"One of the key priorities of our Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy is improving the regulatory environment for Queensland independent craft brewers," Ms Mullen said.
"This includes streamlining the liquor licencing application process, so we've been working with our craft brewers on proposed amendments to the Liquor Act 1992.
The new licence - Commercial Other Craft Beer Producer Licence - would allow craft breweries to sell their beer for consumption off premises, and to sell beer and wine from other producers on site. It would also give breweries the opportunity to sell products at promotional events such as farmers' markets.
"With 90 independent craft breweries in Queensland employing more than 1700 people and contributing around $62 million annually to our economy, our government understands how important craft brewing is for manufacturing in this state," Ms Mullen said.
"We're committed to growing this industry and accelerating opportunities for our brewers in domestic and overseas markets."
Independent Brewers Association Board Director and Ballistic Brewing founder David Kitchen said reviewing the licencing process for craft breweries was one of the critical pillars of the strategy.
"If we can get this right, it will be a major step forward for the independent craft brewing industry in Queensland," Mr Kitchen said.
Ms Mullen said existing licensing arrangements would not be removed.
"The new licence category will be introduced in addition to current authorisations," she said.
"Craft brewers who are licensed as producer/wholesalers will be able to transition to the new licence without applying for a new liquor licence."
Learn more about the proposed amendments and have your say. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consultation is open until February 14.