Editorial: Crafting booze bylaws takes time

Coquitlam slower to open the taps than Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, giving other cities a craft beer boost

The early bird may have gotten the worm in the battle to bring microbreweries to the Tri-Cities.

Port Moody was first out of the gate and now has three microbreweries doing booming business and a fourth expected to open next month.

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Port Coquitlam has fast-tracked planned bylaw changes to allow microbreweries in that city while Coquitlam remains stuck in trying to deal with a number of changes dealing with liquor in the city, not just microbreweries.

Within the year, all three cities are expected to be vying for the chance to bring craft breweries to the voting masses.

Still, it remains to be seen if the efforts will pay off and who will benefit the most.

There's only so much room for new microbreweries in one community and Port Moody, with its early hosting of such businesses, has a corner on the market for now

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