New Liquor Licence for Craft Breweries, Distilleries, Cider, Perry and Spirit producers
The Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Act 2018 was signed in to law on the 3rd September 2018.
The Act creates a new retail licence which allows craft breweries, distilleries Cider, Perry and Spirit producers to sell alcohol manufactured on the premises to tourists and visitors who have participated in a guided tour of the premises, between the hours of 10am and 7pm.
It also allows premises that obtain a relevant licence to sell intoxicating liquor produced on the premises to members of the public for consumption off the premises between the hours of 10am and 7pm (12.30pm and 7pm on Sundays).
Under the provisions of the Act, a person who already holds a relevant manufacturer’s licence may apply to the Circuit or District Court for a certificate for a retail licence from the Revenue Commissioners.
This act is long overdue given the huge increase in such artisan producers over the last 10-15 years. It will be warmly welcomed by that sector and the tourism industry generally.
Nicola Sweeney the head of our liquor licensing department will be happy to assist in relation to any such applications,
Copyright © Nicola Sweeney, McKeever Solicitors, 5th September 2018.
This article is a general review of the law on the subject and is not intended to be a complete statement of the law. Specific legal advice must be sought on a case by case basis. For further information, please contact Nicola Sweeney.