October 13, 2017

On September 20, 2017, the LCLB released a new policy directive (17-04) regarding changes to charitable auction frequency and manufacturer on-site sampling. Download the full policy directive here.

Charitable auction frequency
A non-profit corporation or organization may host a charitable liquor auction once every 31 days. The frequency restriction applies regardless of whether the auction requires a permit or not. The general manager now has discretion to provide an exemption from the 31-day minimum period of separation between charitable auction events held by the same non-profit corporation or organization.
The change in policy is meant to provide flexibility in extenuating circumstances related to the scheduling of events (e.g. the availability of a venue or venues). It is not intended to increase the number of charitable liquor auctions a non-profit organization is permitted to hold on an annual basis.
Manufacturer on-site sampling
Manufacturers providing samples are now restricted to the following individual serving sizes (whether they are sold or provided for free). In addition, cider serving sizes are now aligned with beer rather than wine.
  • Winery: a maximum individual serving size of 50 ml of wine
  • Brewery/Cidery: a maximum individual serving size of 125 ml of beer or cider
  • Distillery: a maximum individual serving size of 15 ml of spirits. The volume limits for spirits do not include any mix added to the samples, e.g. tonic water.
Multiple servings (e.g. flights) are permitted, however there is a maximum total volume per person per day that must be followed if selling the samples. If the samples are provided for free, there is no specified limit on the total volume, however manufacturers must never serve or sell samples to the point of intoxication. The maximum total volume per person per day when selling samples is outlined below:
  • Winery: 150 ml per person per day
  • Brewery/Cidery: 375 ml per person per day
  • Distillery: 45 ml per person per day. The volume limits for spirits do not include any mix added to the samples, e.g. tonic water.
For more details please read the full policy directive.


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