A local microbrewery is calling on the government to make changes to its policies on how beer is produced and taxed in Saskatchewan.
Rebellion Brewing in Regina says the province’s tax rate is significantly higher than its neighbouring provinces, putting local microbrewers at a disadvantage.
According to the company, there are two main policies that need to be changed in order to see growth in the industry.
“That specific change is on the production tax rates and the production thresholds that are currently in place. They are very restrictive, very punitive barriers to growth,” said Mark Heise, Vice President and Brewmaster at Rebellion Brewing.
Heise says with the proper rates in place, he can see the industry potentially bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in the next five to ten years.
The government says they are planning to announce changes to the province’s craft beer industry later this fall.