Fermentation Operations Bylaw - Metro Vancouver – November 27th, 2015
Due to the increase in the number of fermentation operations such as Micro Breweries and Micro Wineries in the Metro Vancouver region, Metro Vancouver has implemented a new bylaw to reduce and prevent spent grains, fruit and yeast from smaller fermentation operations from going down the drain. The Fermentation Operations Bylaw applies to any business using yeast to produce alcoholic beverages and discharging up to 300 m3 (300,000 L) of wastewater into the sewer within 30 days, including brew pubs, cottage breweries, micro‑breweries, vint-on-premises, wineries, distilleries and u-brews.
There are 5 requirements in this new bylaw – remove the solids, install a sampling point, monitor and treat wastewater pH, keep records and, of course, pay treatment and administrative fees to the BC government.
The CCWA feels that this new bylaw unfairly groups our businesses into the same category as much larger businesses which produce significantly higher amounts of waste solids and use caustic cleaners in their facilities. One of the biggest concerns is the requirement to install a sampling point at the store’s expense which could be quite costly.
The CCWA is currently in discussions with government officials to explain how our businesses differ from the larger Micro Breweries and Wineries. We hope that these discussions will allow us to be exempt from this bylaw or minimally, have the bylaw amended to reduce the impact on the Ferment-on-Premise businesses in the greater Vancouver area.
The CCWA will continue to update our members with the results of our discussions as they unfold.
More information on this new bylaw can be found by following this link:
Hobby Brewer/Vintner Competitions - Policy Update
The BC government announced on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 that, starting immediately, hobbyists will be able to apply for a special occasion licence to hold an event where their beverages can be tasted by judges and attendees. Previously, special occasion licensees could only serve commercially-manufactured liquor to raise funds for charitable purposes.
In order to comply with the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation, an event and tasting must be free of charge for attendees. However, organizers can charge competitors a fee to recoup costs. The event must also comply with private event licensing criteria by limiting attendees to members or staff of the host organization, invited guests or people provided tickets, free of charge, before the event. The beer, wine, cider and mead entered in the competitions must be made at home or in a licensed UBrew or UVin establishment.
This is great news for our industry in BC as now Ferment-on-Premise owners can set up an event to allow the public to experience the quality of wine and beer they can make at a Ferment-on-Premise location which will greatly enhance the success of our industry.
The following is a link to the government press release. http://ow.ly/Z6M9z
To view this policy directive follow this link: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/lclb/docs-forms/policy-directive-2016-07.pdf
We are please to introduce the members of your BC Guild of the CCWA
Chairperson - Gaylor Kovak
Vice Chairperson - Roger Doull
Secretary - Penny McCullough-Barret
Treasurer - Kevin Rex
Council Member - Brian Ross
Council Member - Sylvie Tanguay
Council Member - Angelo Tuis
Council Member - Flory Bosa - Bosa Grapes
Council Member - Keith Devereaux - RJS