jmcnally wrote:I'm interested in what you consider the best beers not currently available in Ontario. Just as important, which beers do you think would sell well if they were available here?
Just putting out some feelers...
Wow. Where do you even start with this??
I'll start with the second question first. Stone Brewey would kill the Ontario beer market. Right now, the craft brewers in Ontario all play nicely along and try to get a small share of the small craft market. Some of them put out decent brew, but everyone's branding is simply awful.
Take Wellington County, for example, they put out some great stuff, but what Molbatt drone is going to want to take a chance with some snooty duke. Chances are that his football friends will kick him in the nads.
Now, take the same Molbatt drone and put a bottle of "Arrogant Bastard" in his hands and suddenly he's the "cool kid" (never mind that he also has an incredible beer in his hands.) He'll start making fun of his fellow drones and their pussy beer. The market then slowly transforms.
This is the problem, no Ontario craft brewer has the balls or branding to break into the Molbatt market. Take a big beer, put a kick ass brand behind it and it will dominate. There's nothing like it in the province, and the first person with a lot of money and the desire to create this will be rich.
First question, there really is too many to count. The American beer market pnws Ontario. Off the top of my head..
Stone: Arrogant Bastard, Russion Imperial, RUINATION!!!, Stone IPA, Smoked Porter, Anniversary Edition Ales
Alesmith: Speedway Stout, Wee Heavy, Grand Cru, Yulesmith
Great Divide: Hercules, Titan, Oak Aged Yeti,
Dogfish Head, Three Floyds, Avery... the list goes on and on.