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Manitoba craft breweries to get tasting room licences

Half Pints Brewery beer
Craft breweries such as Half Pints will be allowed to open tasting rooms, the Manitoba government announced Wednesday. Global News

WINNIPEG – Craft breweries in Manitoba will be allowed to open licensed tasting rooms next to their breweries, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

“We know beer tastes best when it’s fresh, so it only makes sense to encourage brewing right here in Manitoba,” Ron Lemieux, the minister responsible for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, said in a news release.

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The refillable Growler bottle program will also be expanded. The refillable 1.89-litre glass jugs that have been available at some Liquor Marts and beer vendors in Brandon and Winnipeg have been far more popular than anticipated, Lemieux said.

Manitoba beer producers – Fort Garry, Half Pints and Farmery – have had 10 per cent sales growth since 2013, the news release from Liquor and Lotteries said.

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