MattS wrote:I think my main point is that it's not just the LCBO making this happen. We as customers are buying these high priced products ("oooo, look at the fancy new bottle"), so you can't fault breweries/LCBO for doing it.
Yes. In a weird way, the effectively $105 per 24x330ml case price for Stone Smoked Porter (it's almost a session drinker at 5.9%, not a heavyweight) makes the bigger beers like well-priced Imperial stouts actually a comparative steal. Dragon's Milk, Bolshevik Bastard, Amager Sundby, Bottle Imp, and St Ambroise Oatmeal all represent better values at least relatively, if not also by volume. Heck, Stone's own Coffee Milk Stout is 35% cheaper and it's less than one per cent ABV shy of the Porter.
One of the shortcomings of LCBO stores is POP (point of purchase) the support is minimal to nonexistent. I would like better descriptions to be universal, and I would like price-per-100ml comparisons on ALL products posted right there, to defeat all the smoke-and-mirrors hiding of information! How come grocery stores are forced to disclose a standardized comparison of confusing packaging sizes, while the LC with all its overwrought bureaucracy are not? This would be a real value to the consumer no?
Again, far from hating on the Stone Smoked Porter & will buy a few just because it's here in Canada, which is so novel in a way we are most familiar with.