Republic of Ireland passes new craft brewery legislation

04 September 2018

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Commenting on the Republic of Ireland passing new craft brewery legislation today, Cathy Colton, partner at Carson McDowell, said:

“The Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Act 2018, which was brought into effect in Ireland today, is a welcome and forward thinking initiative which is good for artisan producers and the wider tourism industry.

“It enables craft breweries and distilleries to sell alcohol on their premises, meaning that visitors being shown how beer and spirits are made can then purchase them at the end of the tour. The new law also now allows craft brewers to sell their drinks to members of the public to take away between the hours of 10am and 7pm.

“This welcome news for those in the business in the Republic of Ireland unfortunately serves as a stark reminder to the microbrewery industry in Northern Ireland that our current licensing legislation does not cater for it. All craft breweries will require a full publican or off-sales licence if they are selling on site or offering a tasting room – both of which cost significantly more.”

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