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Be The Change

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Finally, the Rio won. Last week the provincial booze czar, Rich Coleman, announced that the government was caving to common sense, and that movie theatres in general could go about applying for liquor licenses. Soon, you won’t have to sneak that beer in illicitly (well, maybe. The ruling says nothing about “Craft Beer” or “Affordable Beer”).

I kinda like this Coleman guy. He was parachuted into this job when the previous government crony Shirley Bond was putting up far too much of a red tape fuss over the Rio wanting a liquor license. Sure, the Rio didn’t exactly go about the whole thing in the best way, but the end result was a big old shining light on BC’s inept liquor laws. Something so stupid can only benefit from being brought out into the open where everyone can gasp about how obviously horrible it is, and talk about how something dearly needs to be done.. like homeopathy–yes, I did just compare our liquor laws to homeopathy. The laws are that bad. This line applies equally to both: the only way you can support it is if no one has ever really explained it to you.

Much like discount blood transfusions.

A few scant months later and we have booze in theatres. Yay us! Not only that, but rumour now has it that a “review of liquor policy in the province” is currently underway. What, exactly, is under review? I have no idea. Nor does anyone else, but don’t let that stop us from sending in our useful suggestions. Paddy, the stalwart president of CAMRA Vancouver, has offered to collect all our crackpot ideas together and forward them on to anyone in government who will listen. See Paddy’s appeal about half way down the page here.

Mail Paddy at:

So what would I like to see changed? Oh boy do I have ideas! I’ve ranted about this before, but no harm in rehashing it a bit. For now, I’ll leave my ideas about import/warehousing change aside.

Chuck’s Big List Of Liquor Law Changes

  • No specific liquor license for restaurants or pubs
    • No Liquor primary/food primary distinction. Want to sell food? Have at it. Don’t? Cool.
    • No licensed/unlicensed businesses. Anyone can sell booze if they’d like
  • Liquor sold by any business anywhere, and consumed by anyone anywhere. This includes:
    • Drinking in Public
    • Bring Your Own Booze for restaurants
    • Booze in grocery stores, 7-11s, food carts (how cool would that be?)
    • Take-home Growler fills at the pub
  • Return of Happy Hour
  • Allow retailers of liquor to augment it (house flavoured spirits, cask conditioned ales, or even re-fermented beers)
  • Allow tied houses (Parallel 49 cannot be sold at St Augustine’s due to the owners involvement in both–think about that for a second)
  • Allow offsite aging/barreling for brewers (lets brewers rent cheaper warehouse space for long term aging)
  • All the dumb shit, like allowing patrons to stand with their drink, or letting a band have a beer on stage

Very likely a few of you are shaking your heads and thinking “Wow that Chuck guy is extreme.” But I’m not. There are places in this world where every single one of those recommendations are in effect, and very few places where none of them are.

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April 19th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

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  1. […] review won’t be revolutionary. It won’t lead to the balls-out awesomeness I’ve called for before. What WILL it be, […]

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