Ontario open to giving craft brewers their own specialty stores
Ontario’s Craft Brewers Association says they want its members to be allowed to open at least one beer store each – and the province is listening.
The idea was discussed on Tuesday, when Premier Kathleen Wynne said, “I want to move towards a more rational and fair system, and one that improves convenience… craft breweries [need] to have more access to the market, I’m not closing the door on any of those things.”
Right now, craft brewers can only sell their product on brewery grounds or at the Beer Store and LCBO locations. According to the OCB, allowing brewers to open their own stores would create over 1,000 jobs.
Statistics Canada says the market share owned by craft breweries increased between 2004-2014 by 6%.
The province is currently reviewing and the methods of alcohol sales in Ontario, including the possibility ofallowing alcohol sales at large grocery stores.
The Ministry of Finance hasn’t commented on any of the possible changes, but details are expected to be released in this years budget.
The lobby group says its market share could double, or possibly triple, if consumer access is improved.