Legislation: Saskatchewan

Depending on time of publish, certain information may be outdated. Always contact your local liquor governing authority for the most updated regulations in your region.

Content provided by the Legislation Subcommittee.

In trying to learn the rules around homebrewing, have you ever tried to read The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act 1997, which leads you down the rabbit hole to the Commercial Liquor Permittee Policy Manual, to then discover there is The Alcohol Control Regulation 2016, and Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority policies? Yeah, it is awful. To get around this, we went to the source. We found the contact information to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and asked some of the basic questions everyone should know.

Products can be purchased to make homemade wine, cider, coolers and beer, however consumption of said homemade wine, cider, coolers and beer is restricted to a private place and there can be no charge associated with consuming the homemade wine, cider, coolers and beer. Further to the private place comment, homemade wine, cider, coolers and beer cannot be consumed in a public facility such as a hall, banquet room, etc and there is no exception to this in the legislation and/or policy (competitions have their own rules, see below). If you wanted to consume it in a public facility you would have to get a manufacturers permit, brew at a separate facility, and would require many codes and health requirements to be approved.

Homemade wine, cider, coolers and beer can be transported, but the consumption rules are the same as above, consumption in a private place and no charge associated with consuming it. There is no limit to how much homemade wine, cider, coolers and beer you make.

For competitions there is a Miscellaneous Permit available. The competition can take place in a public space, however the miscellaneous permit only allows judges to sample the homemade wine, cider, coolers and beer to judge the product and the names of the judges are required for the permit.  

For any further questions contact the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.

Kathy Yan Li is a director of the Canadian Homebrewers Association, and lives in Shilo, MB with her husband and dog Barkley. She is always looking for Canadian homebrewing and brewing content, so feel free to get in touch with her with ideas and suggestions.

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