11/26/2012 16:30 EST | Updated 01/26/2013 05:12 EST

Tax changes for B.C. breweries announced

The minister responsible for B.C.’s liquor policy announced changes Monday aimed at making it easier for local breweries to grow without facing massive tax bills.

Minister Rich Coleman today confirmed the province was instituting a new policy under which the mark-up rate will increase incrementally between 160,000 and 300,000 hectolitres.

"Small breweries create high-quality and sought-after beers that are enjoyed by people throughout the province," Coleman said in a written release.

"Our government wants to create incentives for B.C.-based breweries to continue to expand and build on their successes."

The province says seven B.C.-based breweries will benefit from the revised mark-up rate.

Coleman indicated last week the changes were coming, prompting allegations of political favouritism after it was revealed Pacific Western Brewing was a major donor to the Liberals and to Coleman's own re-election campaign.