Niagara College program applying for liquor licence to sell ‘by the glass’

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Published June 23, 2021 at 3:08 pm

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The Niagara College’s Teaching Distillery program is looking to get a liquor licence to sell “by the glass.”

The college, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, applied for approval at the Town Council level on June 21.

Considered to have one of the best (if not the best) distilling, winery and brewing programs across Canada, the college program needed council’s approval, which must be included in their application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Under the Liquor Licence Act, Ontario wineries and breweries are permitted to sell and serve their wine and beer to patrons in single servings at their manufacturing site but the program needs a “Manufacturer’s Limited Liquor Sales Licence – Sale by the Glass” licence first.

Niagara College Teaching Winery (NCTW) and Niagara College Teaching Brewery (NCTB) currently run their retail and service operations with the same “by the glass” licence previously issued to both locations.

NCTD has now diversified its product portfolio “and it is a natural progression for its educational program to expand.” The spirits are distilled on-site by professors and students of Niagara College’s Artisan Distilling program.

Just as with the winery and brewery programs, there will be restrictions placed on the licence, including only allowing sales between 11 am to 11 pm, the ability to sell only their own product and the drinking area must be immediately adjacent to the distilling program.

Niagara-on-the-Lake staffers suggested to Council that it met a criteria of their Strategic Plan by recognizing “the importance of tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake.”

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