The only thing that can cause some optimism here is that this grandfathering thing just buys the NB liquor time to figure out a way to back out of this mess quietly.
If they actually stick to this and grandfather the only two breweries currently impacted but keep out all newcomers... well, that's even crazier than coming up with this insane rule in the first place.
From the outside looking in this looks like equal parts incompetence and evil.zane9 wrote:I'm still looking for NB Liquor's rationale for its original decision. Absent any plausible explanation, are we seeing the firm hand of Moosehead, for example?
I believe that wineries and cideries can sell from the farmgate in NB. Why not beer at the brewery?
Meantime, the decision to allow the two breweries to be exempt has just made the situation even worse: any following startups would have to beg for statutory relief on a case-by-case basis.
I'm sure they could litigate, but the costs would be prohibitive and with an uncertain result.
I wonder to what extent the various regional managers of the big breweries work reasonably autonomously. In other words, if the "Easter Canadian Manager" or whatever he'd be called is more or less free to do what he can to keep every drop of beer share, then I can see how this kind of thing would happen. Kind of like the Diageo clowns who screwed up/fixed the brewdog award a few years ago.It seems crazy to me that this is a thing. Even if it is just the beer lobby writing the regulations, is cornering the New Brunswick beer market really that important to them? Seems like the sort of thing they would want to get done in much larger markets.
Hahasaints_gambit wrote:I spoke to the President of the NBLC and he quoted odd ideas about people bootlegging craft beer. I do not believe that anyone is really seriously considering bootlegging craft beer, but even if they were it's already illegal. The rationale is a bad one.
instantkamera wrote:Somewhat related, NB provincial markup is fucking insane. I foolishly assumed it was comparable to ON and ended up paying ~$93 to import ~$100 worth of beer. I felt violated.
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