Sask. cuts markup for brew pub beers

Brew pub operators in Saskatchewan have caught a break on the markup they pay to the province on their beer sales.

The provincial government on Friday said it will cut its markup from $1.13 to 57 cents per litre for beer sold in kegs and from $1.65 to 90 cents for beer sold in bottles.

That means the markup rate charged to brew pubs will now be the same as the rate charged to microbreweries, the province said.

“Eliminating this inconsistency will allow brew pubs to offer more favourable pricing for their products, making them more competitive and allowing them to expand as Saskatchewan’s economy grows,” said Dan D’Autremont, minister for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, in a release.

Saskatchewan has 25 brew pubs, which make and sell a total of 25,000 litres of beer per year to commercial permittees, the province said.

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