Membership Criteria:

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Full Members

In order to qualify as a member of ASBA, a brewery must be an “Alberta Small Brewer”.

Based in Alberta

The Head Office (“mind and management”) of the Candidate must be located in Alberta.

Brewed in Alberta

At least 90% of the Brewery’s beer sales in Alberta must be brewed in Alberta. This ratio will be calculated at the time of entry into the association, and will be updated annually. A member becomes ineligible for membership a) when a two-year rolling average of Alberta-made beer sales falls below 90% of total sales, or b) when a single year’s Alberta-made beer sales falls below 75% of total sales.

Independent + Small

Independent means no more than 25% of a Candidate company is controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member which is not itself an Alberta Small Brewer.

Small means the Candidate’s annual global production does not exceed 400,000 hectolitres, in line with the Alberta Class E Small Manufacturer license.


Available Industry Associate Levels

Contract Brewers and Breweries in Planning

Contract Brewer: 

A business that hires another brewery to produce its beer. It can also be a brewery that hires another brewery to produce additional beer. The contract brewing company handles marketing, sales, and distribution of its beer, while generally leaving the brewing and packaging to its producer-brewery.

Brewery in Planning: 

An incorporated business that has undertaken steps in the process of becoming a Class E Small Manufacturer.

Suppliers and Distributors:

Any business not involved in the direct production of alcoholic beverages is eligible to become an Industry Associate of ASBA. The following types of brewing-related businesses will be considered for Industry Associate status:

Pubs, restaurants, liquor stores, agencies.

Distribution/logistics providers.

Professional service firms.

Equipment/ingredient suppliers


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