Alberta Reduces Markup for Craft Beer

Introducing a Universal Small Brewer Markup

Alberta is introducing a universal small brewer markup. Brewers who apply for this markup and produce less than 50,000 hectolitres in Annual Worldwide Production (AWP) will be subject to less than the standard $1.25 per litre markup.

A markup of between 10 cents and 60 cents will be applied per litre based on their AWP. The lower markup rates will allow small brewers to reinvest in their business and continue to grow.

Alberta now has 99 brewers. That number has nearly tripled since the government introduced the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program in 2016.

“It’s clear that our craft beer industry is thriving,” says Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance. “There are now 99 small brewers in Alberta and we’re committed to sustaining that momentum. This markup rate will help the industry continue to grow.”

The markup rates will come into effect following the cancellation of the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program on Dec. 15. Production and sales counting towards the program will continue to be eligible up to the program’s cancellation.

Additional measures to support Alberta liquor manufacturers will be announced in the coming weeks.