POLITICS

Into the drink: Saskatchewan's craft alcohol industry to be reviewed

01/14/2015 12:47 EST | Updated 03/16/2015 05:59 EDT
REGINA - The Saskatchewan government plans to have an independent third party review the province's craft alcohol industry.

The review is to look at markups, production thresholds, shipping to retailers, growler refills and the overall impact of craft alcohol on the provincial economy.

Don McMorris, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, says it all stems from a blossoming craft industry.

Saskatchewan has five microbreweries, six cottage wineries and four micro distilleries.

That compares to a total of three craft alcohol producers in 2009.

McMorris says the aim is to have updated regulations by the fall, and the review is to make sure any changes are fair.

"We need to be able to have the policies that allow them to grow accordingly, but also to protect ... the provincial treasury and others that have been in the business for a very long time," McMorris said Wednesday.

(CKRM)