atomeyes wrote: ah yes, the old "it's a start" line we use in Ontario. wake me up when we finish.
I'm not defending our restricted market. I'd love to see things opened up - blown up, actually - as much as the next beer geek. But there's no arguing that incremental change to keg imports and distribution is better than nothing. And, again, one can only assume that Craft and others will take advantage of these new opportunities. If we finally start getting some decent U.S. and European taps here, and you want to stay home because Ontario isn't and never will be Oregon, that's fine with me. More beer for the rest of us.
i think we have a difference of opinion as far as what will happen.
do you really think good US micro will now come up here on the regular AND to a chain like Craft because of this 19 L keg rule? is this how business is done? no.
the only real benefit i see is for guys like Volo/Keep6. we'll get some good stuff in for Cask Days and a Jester King tap takeover. i don't think Craft, the chain, will be bringing in 19 L kegs of Driftwood because their cred and our palates demand it.
having worked at a Belgian brewery, i can assure you that these european beer that you dream of will not be making their way over here. Most Belgian breweries have zero desire to work with Ontario and our insane laws. I just sent a message to a west Flanders brewmaster about the changes and, honestly, when Spain, Sweden and the US are just blindly taking whatever he has, there is no reason to send 19 L kegs (not profitable) over to Ontario. sure, you'll see Jean send some Cantillon to the Moranas on occasion, and, as Cantillon's production increases next year, we may get more coming our way, but i think you're failing to see or grasp the big picture.
no one's asking Ontario to be Oregon (and the fact you chose Oregon makes me think that you're really missing the point of this argument). we should be BC or Alberta, at the very least. Just wait until Tilquin hits the western Canadian shelves this fall. maybe you'll comprehend how no one wants to or will want to do business with us because of our laws.