Province to develop regulations for u-vints, brews

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HALIFAX – The province has changed its stance on u-vint and u-brew operations.

Justice Minister Ross Landry said Thursday the province has listened to business owners and Nova Scotians, and will develop regulations allowing the legal operation of ferment-on-premise facilities, also known as u-vints and u-brews.

"We've heard from many Nova Scotians that they want the choice to make wine and beer in a retail setting," Landry said in a news release. "We must be careful in how alcohol is produced and sold, and so any changes to liquor laws will be made in a fair and socially responsible way."

The province plans to study the practices of other provinces in creating a regulatory framework.

"Moving in this direction will also ensure a level playing field for all retailers who want to provide this service to their customers," said Landry.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation will withdraw injunctions against two retailers who were operating ferment-on-premise facilities.

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation

Geographic location: Nova Scotians

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