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Application for a Microbrewery Liquor Licence


Before you scroll down, consider this -
Can you think of any Microbrewery which has closed permanently? No? This gives you some idea of the value, potential and permanency of a micro - manufacturing liquor licence. It’s worthwhile persevering to get a Brewery and to hold onto your Brewery once you have it.

A. BASIC INFORMATION ON A BREWERY

HOW TO GET A BREWERY = LIQUOR LICENCE APPLICATION

You must submit a comprehensive, written application to the Liquor Board, Liquor Officer and Local Authority (Municipality) of the province in which your premises is located. You will have to include information, zoning documents, photos and detailed plans of your proposed microbrewery. You need to show the licensing authorities what you have in mind. This means proving that there is a demand from the public for a microbrewery in the area. They can only visualize your microbrewery if your application is professional, detailed and accurate. If not, your application will be postponed or refused. Read more on the Brewery application process below.

HOW TO KEEP A BREWERY = YEARLY RENEWAL

Once you have your Brewery, you need to do everything you can to keep it valid. You do this by renewing it every 12 months. Please go to the “Licence Renewal Section” for all the information you’ll need to ensure your licence remains valid and keeps on generating a profit.

HOW TO BUY OR SELL A BREWERY = LIQUOR LICENCE TRANSFER

Buying a licensed Brewery allows you to use the existing liquor licence to continue to manufacture and sell liquor. You don’t have to apply for a new Brewery. You continue selling liquor without any interruption while the liquor store’s liquor licence is being transferred to you.

However, it is absolutely vital to safeguard your investment by checking that the licence documents are valid and up to date. Don't run the risk of being stopped by liquor authorities for trading with an invalid liquor licence. Do a licence compliance check - it's like having your dentist fix the small holes to avoid the root canal treatment! The most important items to check are :

FREE Liquor licence compliance check :

ORDER licence documents :

COST OF A BREWERY

The cost structure of a Brewery is quite simple. It costs can be described as follows :

MICRO BREWERY TRADING HOURS

microbrewery trading hours are different for each province and/or Municipality. Each province and/or Municipality decide on its own liquor trading hours. For example - A microbrewery in Polokwane (Limpopo province) may trade until 24h00, but in Mbombela (Mpumalanga province) only until 20h00. This can become quite complicated, for instance :

NB - A Brewery owner needs to know the liquor trading hours for a microbrewery at all times. If not, chances are good to get fined or having to pay penalties or - even lose the business.

Contact Us if you want to know the liquor trading hours for your area. Even better – subscribe to our free newsletter and you’ll be updated on import liquor licensing matters.

B. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MICROBREWERIES OR DISTILLERIES?

WHY IS A LIQUOR LICENCE IMPORTANT FOR MICROBREWERIES OR DISTILLERIES?

It’s obvious, isn’t it? No liquor licence = no Brewery! That’s why a liquor licence is the main and most important asset of a Microbrewery.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MICROBREWERY?

You can sell only liquor which was manufactured in a Microbrewery to the public.  Your customers can drink your beer on the premises or take it away with them to drink somewhere else, such as your home,  a restaurant, a party or wherever it is legal to drink.

DIFFERENT KINDS OF BREWERIES

Microbreweries or Distilleries can be found in all sizes and locations. The basic options are the following :

Ownership

Location

LIQUOR STORE TARGET MARKET 

The target market of a Microbrewery really is anyone over the legal drinking age, although the main clientele seems to be younger than 50 years of age. 

 A LIQUOR STORE AS AN INCOME GENERATOR

A Microbrewery can be an excellent income generator, as it is versatile and allows you to sell liquor in a number of ways -

Want to discuss additional options?  Don’t hesitate to Contact Us 

RUNNING COST OF A MICROBREWERY

A Microbrewery’s running cost is relatively unflexible and stable. Rent, staff salaries, insurance, advertising, security covers 90% of overheads. The great thing therefore is that overheads costs are very predictable with little or no unpleasant surprises, making planning extremely easy, as well as keeping to a budget.   Economy of scale can therefore be very important as the more beer you can produce with the same overhead cost, the greater your profitability. 

COST OF BUYING A MICROBREWERY

Good news. There’s a Microbrewery to be found for everyone’s budget. The asking price is usually directly related to its –

Depending on your personal circumstances and budget, you may want to buy an existing Microbrewery or start a Microbrewery.  The Corona Virus has resulted in a substantial number of microbreweries having been put up for sale.   Therefore, if you ever wanted to buy and manage your own microbrewery - Contact Us – we’ll refer you to sellers of microbreweries and/or reputable business broker in your area.

LICENCE COMPLIANCE AUDIT – NON NEGOTIABLE

ALL licence holders – those with a licence or those thinking about applying for a liquor licence – must have a Licence Compliance Audit done. Why? Apart from being very convenient, the audit gives you-

More importantly – getting up to date licensing information is the best way of ensuring you won’t be fined or face legal action. Talk to us about checking if a licence is valid and compliant. You cannot afford not to! – customized for your business and premises.

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