Your next pitcher of some generic Honey Beer or Nut Brown Ale could see a price hike of a couple dollars

B.C. happy hour laws may raise beer prices

Some bar owners not so happy new liquor laws in B.C. may raise prices for beer

  • Jun. 22, 2014 1:00 p.m.

By Steven Chua, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s new happy hour laws may actually raise prices for beer at some bars.

The province is now allowing pubs to change prices throughout the day to create drink specials, but is also enforcing a minimum price of 25 cents per ounce when serving beer.

The owner of two Vancouver bars says that would raise the price of drinks at one of his establishments.

Sam Yehia said including tax, he charges $12.50 for a 50-ounce pitcher of beer, but the province’s minimum rates would make him charge more than $14.

“It’s more like a depressed hour,” said Yehia. “It’s a bit silly isn’t it?”

Douglas Scott of the province’s liquor board wrote in an email the new minimum rates will be enforced at all times, not just for happy hours.

Scott said if an inspector finds a bar owner charging below the minimum rate, penalties will only occur if the owner was intentionally doing so.

Otherwise, inspectors will inform owners of the price changes and follow up later.

Scott said both businesses and health advocates wanted a minimum pricing scheme to encourage responsible drinking.

“It was important to us that we listened to both industry and health advocates, said Scott. “We have done exactly that.”

In January, the government endorsed 73 recommendations to change B.C.’s liquor laws, 17 of which have been carried out to date.

Just Posted

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

How the provincial budget will play out in northwestern B.C.

Price of gasoline to rise and expect MSP premiums to disppear

Snow bikers have a lucky escape on Claque Mountain

Their experience highlights the importance of being properly prepared in the backcountry

Access to naloxone kits made easier

They’re now available from pharmacies

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Police watchdog probes B.C. man’s taser death in alleged parental child abduction

Independent Investigations Office called in after one male dies

PHOTOS: Harnessing diverse abilities on the court at the B.C. Games

Basketball is one of two Special Olympics events at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

B.C. VIEWS: Our not-so-New Democrats don’t rock the boat

Finance Minister Carole James takes the wheel, steers similar course

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canadians all smiles after record medal haul

Team Canada is taking home a record 29 medals from Pyeongchang – 11 gold, eight silver, 10 bronze

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Jury acquitted Raymond Cormier in the death of Tina Fontaine after 11-hour deliberation

B.C. girl hopes DNA drive will help her find birth parents in China

Isabelle Smit, 10, is one of 20 international adoptees from Chongqing looking for DNA samples

That’s a wrap: Day 2 of B.C. Games ends with multiple ties in gold, bronze

Vancouver-Coastal Zone 5 continues to lead, so far earning 25 gold, 32 silver and 25 bronze

Most Read