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Downtown microbrewer applies to sell suds by the glass

City council votes to support Outspoken Brewing's application
outspoken keg
If its application succeeds, Outspoken will be allowed to sell glasses of beer up to 341 millilitres (12 ounces)

Local microbrewer Outspoken will apply to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario at the end of this month for a manufacturer's limited liquor sales licence.

If granted, the licence will allow Outspoken to sell beer by the glass at its 350 Queen Street East location.

Tonight, Sault Ste. Marie City Council voted to support the brewery's application.

"A successful application and the issuance of this AGCO licence will enable us to diversify our business and will help to draw citizens and tourists to the downtown core," says Graham Atkinson, Outspoken's chief operating officer.

Ontario wineries and breweries may apply to sell and serve their products by the glass, where the sale is primarily intended to promote the product, educate the public or provide an enhanced tourist experience.

Quantities must not exceed 341 millilitres (12 ounces) of beer or 142 millilitres (five ounces) of wine.

By-the-glass sales are allowed only from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In another sudsy tipple from tonight's City Council meeting, councillors agreed to delegate authority to approve temporary liquor licence extensions to city staff.

Until now, City Council has had to meet and vote whenever Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario required a letter indicating that the municipality there was no objection to a temporary liquor licence extension.

City staff are recommending the change because it can be hard for applicants to get letters for events that occur between City Council meetings, especially during the summer when councillors meet just once a month.