This segment has been one that I have been very much looking forward to sharing with you all. It’s a big jigsaw puzzle the Licensing & Compliance elements of opening and running a brewery, as one of my guests in the segment states, and there are many pieces of that puzzle that can become a daunting, time consuming and very expensive exercise of unexpected and hidden costs if you have never trodden the path before. This segment tries to explain to you all, the important considerations when dealing with all levels of government to get the necessary licensing and approval you need to legally produce and sell beer.
PART 1 - BEN TESEORIEO FROM CPS PLANNING
In this episode I was put onto Ben from Glenn Wignall from the Grifter who highly recommended Ben and his firm of experienced Towners Planners services. They have a wealth of experience when it comes to assisting brewery owners with site selection, development applications and navigating the often-confusing steps in the planning and approval process of opening a brewery. This is a must listen for any aspiring brewery owner wanting to learn how the planning and approval process works with local government.
PART 2 - RUSSEL STEELE FROM RSA LIQUOR PROFESSIONALS
Russell has many years’ experience working both sides of the Liquor & Hospitality industry, with 9 years working as a State Licensing regulator and 10 years working in and managing licensed premises in QLD and Northern Territory.
Russell outlines and explains in much detail all the different licensing types for producing and selling beer, how he helps brewery owners navigate the confusing and highly regulated environment of liquor licensing as well as discussing important considerations around different types of permits for brewery owners depending on what type of brewery they want to be including thoughts around serving food and having live music at your venue.
PART 3 - MAYOR DARCY BRYNE FROM THE INNER WEST COUNCIL
This is the final episode of the Brewery Licensing & Government Compliance segment.
In this episode I managed to line up a chat with Mayor Darcy Bryne from the Inner West Council. Darcy, a craft beer enthusiast, has been a big advocate for the craft beer scene that has sprung up in Sydney’s Inner West for the past 10 years. He and other contributors have played a very big role in lobbying for better regulations across all levels of government to try making it easier for new breweries to open and operate. He also helped launch the Inner West Brewers Association that includes original members such as Wayward Brewing, Grifter, Young Henrys, Willie The Boatman and more.
In our chat, I talk with Darcy about how he came to have a passion for the craft beer industry, dealing with local councils, the challenges still facing breweries opening up in regards to untangling red tape and what efforts have been made previously and currently for improving conditions for the craft beer industry.