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Zoning Law Change Means New Vancouver Hangouts

Posted: Jul. 16th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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Arien Redeko/Province

There is absolutely no better place to catch a brew and chill with friends than the local micro-brewery, and now that experience can be enjoyed by Vancouver locals and visitors alike now that the city council has finally approved a zoning measure that would allow micro-brewers to operate on-site bars. Several brewers throughout the city are already diving on the opportunity, and a new scene will soon develop.

Vancouver city council has unanimously approved zoning changes that would allow small craft brewers and distillers to operate a small bar on site, provided it sells only beverages made on the premises.

Until now, micro-breweries and craft distillers have been allowed to sell to-go bottles or give away free samples at the point of production. But the new rules could see up to 10 lounges open in Vancouver where people could sit and buy as many drinks as the proprietor deems reasonable from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Conrad Gmoser was one of the hirsute beer fans who showed up to city hall Tuesday night to speak in favour of the motion.

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