Updated: January 19, 2018
So, it seems BC Liquor & Licensing Control doesn’t share Eric and Allura’s appreciation for Single Malt … As of yesterday:
Eric advises (via Facebook): “At 10 am three government agents showed up with the police to conduct a prohibition style raid. The government inventoried, catalogued, sealed and removed 242 bottles of whisky from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society worth about $40k. The same raid was conducted simultaneously at The Grand Hotel in Nanaimo, Little Jumbo and The Union Club in Victoria. All 4 establishments are SMWS Partner Bars and the only whisky taken at each location were the Society bottles.”
“Every cocktail bar in the province has a few specialty products in their shelves yet only these 4 bars were raided and the only product removed was the SMWS bottles.”
“… Eric Fergie … the products came through the proper channels and all excise and duty paid, the problem is we did not purchase from a government store.”
There’s more on Eric’s Facebook page, plus plenty of response in the comments.
Once again, the enforcement arm of the province’s liquor licensing branch abuses its all powerful authority with a ridiculously heavy handed approach to a minor, essentially bureaucratic question.
Single malt always gets my attention.
Eric and Allura Fergie, the convivial owners of Vancouver’s Fets Bar & Grill, have been after me for some time now to drop by and check out their new bar—which is certainly impressive. After all, with some 360 whiskies on offer, how could it not be—except, perhaps, when viewed from the sliding library ladder after a flight of single cask single malts? I survived…