CALGARY — Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) has updated certain policies to offer new opportunities for businesses.
Effective December 14, retail liquor stores can now offer virtual tastings and liquor-licensed restaurants, bars and lounges (Class A liquor licensees) can provide the same drinks on their in-house menu to consumers through delivery or take-out.
These changes reflect the AGLC’s efforts to streamline, modernize and remove policies in the Liquor Licensee Handbook to eases current regulatory requirements while promoting responsible consumption and new opportunities for businesses and consumers.
“These changes reflect AGLC’s commitment to providing Albertans with unique product choices while easing regulatory burden for businesses,” says Dave Berry, vice-president, Regulatory Services, AGLC. “While work on these updates began prior to COVID-19, AGLC has made it a top priority to support liquor licensees during the pandemic — and beyond. These updates will stay in place after the pandemic as we continue to work closely with industry to deliver unique offerings to Albertans in a safe and socially responsible way.”
To ensure customers’ safety, licensees can make mixed drinks only once the customer order is received and are required to package drinks in a sealed, tamper-proof container with the contents of the drink clearly identified on the container’s label. These amendments also ensure products are delivered in a socially responsible manner by including provisions for delivery drivers to have ProServe certification and ensure age verification of the recipient.
“AGLC’s decision to expand the liquor menu items available for take-out or delivery to include spirits cocktails made on the premises provides a critical economic lifeline for local neighbourhood bars and restaurants across Alberta — especially during the pandemic,” adds Jan H. Westcott, president & CEO, Spirits Canada. “This opportunity supports these local businesses to rehire or retain their bartenders, extend their unique in-dining experience to homes and provides Alberta consumers greater choice and convenience.”