"potential" is the operative word here.
unfortunately -- and i've thought a lot about this -- i can't blame the people who run the department necessarily. it's more a function of the SYSTEM. the monopoly system, the archaic rules that are behind it, the drive for profitability, etc.
certain beers - anything really - have become "classics" because they have been ALLOWED to sell in the first place. aside from bartowellers who would recognize and know a "classic" it's conceivable others - the mass market - won't respond to it the same way ..
basically they operate like a well oiled super market or big chain. think wal-mart, costco, etc. with ROI per linear foot of shelf space in mind, with supply chain conformity in mind .. and so on. i have said this before; there IS a place for this in the market .. we all like (don't we ..
) wal-mart, costco .. and so on .. but we can CHOOSE to go to pusateri's, longo's .. or even just our local daisymart for groceries if we want to. it's CHOICE we're talking about here. the problem is that with alcohol in ontario there IS no choice. so ... back to the question at hand here ... every beer submitted is considered for it's marektability HERE and how it fits into the MASS market HERE ... and on that note, clearly, the MASS MARKET aint you guys ... simple as that.
so while a classic OUGHT to be here it may not get here because it's marketability in THEIR system is not assured. this would be okay if there was a secondary system (well .. there IS .. CONSIGNMENT) but there isn't (IN stores). so that's the state of things ... for the forseeable future.
now to answer the last post more specifically --
paragraph 1 -- yes this is POSSIBLE but ... sometimes can't blame the producer ... the way products are marked up .. the way they have to conform with bottles, labelling, etc. -- all the paperwork that goes in this -- the RELATIVELY small orders with no guarantee of repeat orders (EVEN if it sells well that is) has put off many suppliers -- MANY of the classics in fact. they just couldn't be bothered. this isn't always the case obviously but it IS/CAN be very frustrating dealing with this system and they know that.
paragraph 2 -- well .. these beers may not have been up to YOUR standard but they are still decent enough i guess and they are MARKETABLE to the MASS market ... to an extent ... ALWAYS a consideration with the LCBO releases (versus the consignment stock we bring in). don't forget too .. as has been explained many times in these forums this wasn't like they say ok we want to buy 4 ..5 ..6 whatever of the BEST BEERS out there now ... it's always restricted (often quite narrowly) to a COUNTRY of origin to a STYLE of beer and so on. now you may still argue well is st. louis geuze the BEST geuze out there .. ? no. but ... now we go back to all the other things we talked about ...
it's complicated ...
always here to help ...
nevertheless --- THANK YOU for your patronage, as always .. !!