J343MY wrote:In Toronto, sooner rather than later breweries making mediocre products and relying on 'being local' will start to struggle. Especially with the influx of Stone, Sierra Nevada, brewdog, etc. The beers that are apparently coming in from these guys are not world beaters, but are going to draw a lot of people away from some uninspired local options based on name alone.
Craig wrote:I'm not convinced that the name appeal of guys like Stone or SN is as strong as you might think up here. For people into craft beer, sure, absolutely. But selling beer in Ontario is still a mass-market gig and I think the appeal of local is still quite a bit stronger than the appeal of the big craft guys from the US for most of the market. It will probably put a bit of a squeeze on the number of craft taps available to locals in craft pubs around Ontario, but I doubt it will have much of an impact on local support for brewpubs or small brewers.
TheSevenDuffs wrote:Stone will be here soon enough. I have heard the same about New Belgium and Sierra Nevada. Not necessarily 2015 though. I am unsure if this will be draft only or will also include retail sales.Ale's What Cures Ya wrote:So Stone coming to Ontario?
Is this a bars-only thing?
That may be a moot point. The reason all 3 of these breweries on Ontario's radar is because all 3 have recently added second breweries in eastern US, meaning that production capacity will be more than sufficient to expand ~ not only in to whichever of the 50 states they currently don't distribute to, but to new markets outside of the US. Ontario is ripe for the picking in this scenario.atomeyes wrote:will the LCBO play ball? will Stone and SN give them financial incentive to play ball?
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