Publicans want heavy beer for Fest
PUBLICANS have asked liquor licensing regulators to consider allowing them to use heavy beer throughout this year’s World’s Greatest Pub Fest.
As part of changes to make Maryborough’s annual event safer, discussions have been under way with the Office of Gaming and Liquor Regulation as to whether outside bars will be restricted to serving only light and mid-strength alcohol.
Inside bars will continue to be allowed to serve heavy alcohol.
The Pub Fest committee has also introduced plastic cups and water breaks.
At a meeting yesterday with the Director of Liquor Regulation, Bevan McCarrick, most of the publicans involved with the event opposed the condition.
Some argued that it would cause inconsistency and conflict within their hotels and others argued it would be logistically challenging for staff.
Mr McCarrick said that, following legal advice, Liquor Regulation would not be “placing orders” but as part of approval the issue had to be discussed.
He would advise the committee first thing this morning what venue and alcohol regulations would be recommended.
More than 4600 people attended last year’s event.