Consultations begin on in-store beer brewing and winemaking in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX – Consultations to develop regulations that would allow people in Nova Scotia to make wine or beer in stores will start this week.

The provincial government says it will work with the beer brewing and winemaking industry to develop regulations and standards that are expected to be introduced in the next legislative session.

The deadline for input is Feb. 10.

The right to make beer and wine in so-called U-vint stores flared up a year ago, when the province’s Crown-owned liquor agency sought a court order to prevent the owners of Wine Kitz Halifax and Water ‘n’ Wine in New Glasgow from producing wine and beer in their shops.

The previous NDP government later ordered Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. to drop the case in the face of a growing public backlash.