In order to qualify as a member of ASBA, a brewery must be an “Alberta Small Brewer”.
The Head Office (“mind and management”) of the Candidate must be located 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 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.
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.
Any business not involved in the direct production of alcoholic beverages is eligible to become an Associate Member of ASBA. The following types of brewing-related businesses will be considered for Associate Member status: