U-vints and U-brews are now legal in Nova Scotia

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HALIFAX – People in Nova Scotia can now legally make their own wine and beer in so-called u-vint and u-brew stores.

New regulations governing the industry have been approved by the government, marking the final step to legalize fermentation on store premises.

Service Nova Scotia will be responsible for licensing premises and enforcing the law.

The issue of stores making wine and beer on-site flared up last year when the province’s Crown-owned liquor agency sought a court order to prevent the owners of Wine Kitz Halifax and Water ‘n’ Wine in New Glasgow from producing wine and beer in their shops.

The government later ordered Nova Scotia Liquor to drop the case in the face of a growing public backlash.