Ontario Permitting Sale of Locally-Made Craft Beer at Farmers’ Market

Published on October 19, 2021

The government is supporting jobs in the province’s brewing, hospitality and agriculture sectors by allowing eligible local brewers to sell their beer at farmers’ markets. Working with local craft brewers, we are pleased to deliver the 2021 Ontario Budget commitment to allow eligible Ontario brewers to sell their beer at local farmers’ markets across the province.

 

Providing local brewers with the opportunity to join wineries, cideries and distillers in selling their products at farmers’ markets is another breakthrough for the many jobs and families that are supported by Ontario’s diverse alcohol manufacturing industry.

 

With this expansion of the farmers’ market program, this government is continuing to support businesses as they respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, while offering more choice and convenience for consumers.

 

This permanent change to allow the sale of locally-made craft beer at farmers’ markets builds on the actions taken by this government to support jobs in the hospitality sector, including:

  • Permanently allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders, including mixed cocktails and growlers.
  • Making it easier and faster for restaurants and bars to apply to create or extend patios.
  • Reducing the minimum price of spirits consumed at licensed establishments to align with the reduced pricing introduced for takeout and delivery orders.
  • Permitting alcohol service on docked boats with a liquor sales licence.
  • Giving licensed establishments and retailers more flexibility in using liquor delivery services.

 

Working with local craft brewers, the government has delivered on its 2021 Ontario Budget commitment to allow eligible Ontario brewers to sell their beer at local farmers’ markets across the province. Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000978/ontario-permitting-sale-of-locally-made-craft-beer-at-farmers-markets