The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) recently concluded a review of the liquor tasting policy, which included an evaluation of existing policy as well as consultations with industry associations.
As a result of this review, a number of changes were made to the tasting policy. Specific areas where amendments were made or new policies introduced include:
Definition of a liquor tasting;
Tasting servers required to have ProServe certification;
Changes to maximum tasting sizes;
Agencies permitted to bring unfinished product to a tasting with prior approval of the licensee;
Required information needed when conducting a tasting;
Increase in maximum staffing costs from $20 to $25 per hour;
Allow licensees to charge customers for cost recovery on items such as the liquor product, complementary food items and staffing costs; and
Clarification of what the licensee’s cost of a product entails.
The revised liquor tasting policy, which is effective immediately, may be found under: