Buying Beer part 1

Splitting Buying Beer in to several parts…  This post buying in Ontario.


In Ontario for the most part you buy your beer at one of two places, the “Beer Store” which only sells beer or the LCBO which like the SAQ  in Quebec sell Wine, Spirits, and some beer. In remote areas some grocery stores are licensed to sell beer. Some breweries also have have on site sales stores.

The are 3 kind of “Beer Store” layouts. 

1) the full self serve where all the different beers in all the package sizes are in a cold area and you go and pick what you want. Most new stores are on this model.

2) the full they serve. You walk in and get in line and tell the person what you want they call it out and someone in the back cold area pick’s puts it on a roller and it come out the hole in the wall and you pay the one who you gave your order to and walk out with the beer. These are mostly the older stores.

3) the mixed serve. You want a 6 pack or a 12 you pull it from the self serve area or if you want a case of 18 or 24 you have to go to the person at the counter and order it just like the they serve. There were not many of these, and I think they are or were phasing these out.

If you want to get a keg you have to call ahead to order it. You can order from 70 different brands.

The true mico-brewery beers are hard to get at the “Beer Store” because it is hard and expensive for them to get placement at the “Beer Store” chain wide. What would happen was you could get it at the “Beer Store’s” close to the brewery but maybe not be available at a “Beer Store” hundred miles away…. 

Here is list of brewers currently available from the “Beer Store” as of May 2008


Domestic Brewers

Amsterdam Brewing Company

Better Bitters Brewing Company

Black Oak Brewing Co. Ltd.

Brick Brewing Co. Limited

Cameron’s Brewing Company

Cool Beer Brewing Co.

Durham Brewing Company

F & M Brewery

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Heritage Brewing Limited

King Brewery

Labatt Breweries Ontario

Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery Inc.

Magnotta Brewery Limited

Mill Street Brewery

Molson Ontario Breweries

Moosehead Breweries Limited

Neustadt Springs Brewery Ltd.

Niagara’s Best Beer Ltd.

Northern Breweries Ltd.

Robert Simpson Brewing Company

Skeena Brewing Company

Sleeman Brewing & Malting

Steam Whistle Brewing

Steelback Brewery

Trafalgar Brewing Company

Walkerville Brewing Company

Wellington County Brewery Inc.

Import Brewers

AB Gubernija

Affligem Brouwerij BDS N.V.

Asia Pacific Brewery

Bass Beers Worldwide Limited

Bavaria USA, Inc.

Big Rock Brewery Ltd.

Brasserie Fischer S.A.

Brasserie Licorne SAS

Brau Union International GMBH

Brauerei Beck GMBH & Co.

Brew Alliance of Quebec

Brewery Huyghe

Brooklyn Brewery

Brouwerij De Koninck

Carib Brewery

Carlsberg International S/A

Cerveceria Bucanero S.A.

Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma

Cerveceria Modelo, S.A. De C.V.

Charles Wells Limited

Co. KG

Coors UK

DAB Brewery 

E & J Gallo Winery of Canada

Fuerstlich Fuerstenbergische Brauerei

Greene King Brewery

Grolsch Export B.V.

Guinness Brewing

Hacker-Pschorr Brewery

Heineken Brouwerijen B.V.

High Falls Brewing Company

Holsten Brauerei AG

Inbev S.A.

Interbrew UK

Kirin Brewery

Krombacher Brauerei Bernhard


Mark Anthony Group Inc.

Marston’s PLC

McAuslan Brewing Inc.

Miller Brewing Company

Neversink Brewery

Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co KG

Pilsner Urquell a.s.

Pivovary Staropramen A.S.

Privatbraurerei Erdinger Weissbrau

R.J. Brewers

Royal Unibrew

Schadeberg GmbH & Co KG

Scottish & Newcastle Breweries plc

Stiegl Getranke & Service GMBH &

The Boston Beer Company

The Stroh Brewery Company

Warsteiner Brewery

Werner Brombach GmbH



Oh you usualy can get beer related stuff at the “Beer Store” tee shirts, golf shirts, ball caps, and glassware. Also if you do not know what to get for someone Gift Certificates.

The system works but it can be pain at times is you are not near a “Beer Store” or a LCBO.