Big box retailers and convenience stores will not be allowed to sell alcohol The B.C. government has announced new details for the sale of all types of liquor in grocery stores, starting in spring 2015. Grocery stores of a minimum 10,000 square feet (for reference, the Urban Fare stores in downtown Vancouver are around 20,000 square feet) that generate 75 per cent of their sales from food products will be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor.
Bourbon whiskey lovers rejoice: Production of your poison of choice has risen to levels last seen in the 1970s. For whiskey to legally meet the definition of “straight bourbon,” it must be aged a minimum of two years in new charred oak barrels, and many of the high-end, small-batch bourbons so popular [...]
Dozens of communities throughout the province have seized upon loosened liquor laws since Victoria began allowing the sales and sampling of liquor at farmers’ markets this summer, the government reports.