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Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:03 pm
by S. St. Jeb
JaseWescott wrote:One place I would like to check out but haven't is a Walmart with alcohol.

I checked one of the Burlington locations. Nothing special at all.

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:09 pm
by Bobsy
Give it a couple years and I'm sure beer in grocery stores will be better.

However, right now its a disappointing shitshow. If you want fresh beer, do not ever consider the grocery store. Popped by the local today and came across multiple IPAs from August. Sadly, not a new experience...

Not sure where the pride is on the grocery store side, and don't the brewers have some sort of system in place to ensure that their product on the shelf is within a date range they consider acceptable. I know the hole setup is relatively new, but it has me disappointed in both our retailers and our brewers.

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:18 pm
by alsiem
I don't think it's just grocery stores that have an issue. In the few walk in beer stores near me I've often come across Muskoka mix packs that are either overdue or so close to due (2 days out) that you don't want to buy them. I don't know if it is the beer store, a sales rep? etc that is supposed to police that but it is certainly buyer beware at this point.

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:26 pm
by Craig
Freshness is a problem all over. Even some high-end shops in the US stock old IPA.

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:27 am
by bernarduswesty
For those in the West-end of Ottawa, Brown's Your Independent Grocer in Stittsville seems to be getting pretty serious with their beer inventory. They carry 270 beers, is starting to invite breweries in for tasting events and is a verified venue on Untappd so you can keep up to date with new beers they bring in.

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:56 pm
by S. St. Jeb
bernarduswesty wrote:They carry 270 beers

:o

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:13 pm
by midlife crisis
And in Stittsville! Nothing against Stittsville, but how has this not happened in the middle of Toronto (or London or Mississauga or Hamilton or Ottawa)? All of our grocery store licences seem to have gone to chains who put forward a bland, broadly similar lineup. Maybe Farm Boy holds some promise?

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 10:18 am
by GtownRandy
I picked up Bellwoods Jelly King at the Superstore in Georgetown yesterday. Bottling date May 11. Never thought i would see that happen!

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 2:17 pm
by Belgian
GtownRandy wrote:I picked up Bellwoods Jelly King at the Superstore in Georgetown yesterday. Bottling date May 11. Never thought i would see that happen!

Wow. This will be a notable shift away from LCBO (and even beer store) customers' buying habits towards grocery chains. Old inertia switching over to a new inerta.

If people are now used to getting reliably fresh beer where they buy groceries.. then why not? And to expand this idea, why not also have independent bottle shops that serve niche buyers in populations big enough to support them, I see an endless potential (and yes, regulatory resistance.)

I also envision grocery stores doing a better job of promoting good quality beer than TBS and LCBO. They're probably more interested in it because they don't take a captive market for granted. A store like Loblaw's is already marketing to a quasi-selective buyer that will really take a shine to a brewery like Collective Arts or Bellwoods. But I guess we'll see!

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:59 am
by Rob Creighton
A friend in the industry expressed it as; "I am only willing to stand in one line-up so grocery wins"

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:09 am
by maybethewater
The freshness is better at the LCBO ime. And much better in terms of new offerings.

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:35 am
by midlife crisis
maybethewater wrote:The freshness is better at the LCBO ime. And much better in terms of new offerings.


Check those date codes! There are occasionally some nice fresh offerings. But also the opposite, all too often.

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:11 pm
by GtownRandy
I just got some Octopus at Superstore Georgetown dated June 16. Delicious

On the other hand there are some cans with 2019 dates!

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:16 pm
by El Pinguino
I did finally give in this summer to convenience and have grabbed brews from my closest grocery store multiple times.
can see myself maybe getting more used to it when weather gets nasty and it's the closest option.