I'm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
US border at Niagara Falls, NY is approximately 100km away.
Beer is not available in grocery stores, or any other type of shop.
Beer is only available at "LCBO Store, which is the Liquor Control
Board of Ontario store, and at "The Beer Store" (real name) shops
which are owned 50/50 by Labatt's (which is owned by Interbrew) and by
Molson. They are given exclusive private retailing of ALL beers in
Ontario by a private patronage monopoly system. All beers must go
through them or the LCBO. They are extremely politically powerful.
You all can see how the free market is eliminated here in regards to
distribution, thus affecting price and availability.
Most major beers in the world, and many microbrews are available at
these two stores. The Beer Store concentrates on Canadian beers and
major world beers (frokm companies who can afford the special
"listing" (extortion) fees to sell to them , while the LCBO sells all
types of quick selling beer.
Prices in Ontario must be uniform throughout the whole province.
There are no restrictions on alcohol content and Canada is known for
high alcohol beers. Even 10%+ beers are sold in Canada. Prices must
meet minimum pricing standards. It is currently $24(CDN)=$18(US) for
24x341ml=8L case of beer. $2.25US per litre. Additional fees are
mandated for canned beer. (To protect high paying union jobs from
imports which usually come in cans)
The price for a case of beer is $34(CDN)=$25.50(US) for Labatt Blue or
Molson Canadian (the popular beers). $3.20US a Litre. The cheapest is
Lucky Lager at $24(CDN)=$18(US) a case. $2.25US a litre. A 4 500ml
can pack of Guinness in cans is $10.25CDN=$7.75US. $3.88US a litre.
In Ontario beer may be sold from 9am-9pm Monday to Saturday, and
11am-6pm on Sunday.
In NY State beer is available in grocery stores, gas stations, liquor
stores, etc. A case of Budweiser (24 x 355ml) is $16US, or $1.85 a
litre. This is the best selling brand.
The best selling sub-premium brand is Busch which comes in 30 x 355ml
and sells for $11. $1.05 a litre.
Guinness is sold in bottle packs of 6 x 330 for $7.99US, or $4US a
litre. Same price and size for Corona the best selling import.
Beer is sold in NY State from 7am-11pm Monday-Saturday, and 12pm-12am
on Sunday (not all areas). Dedicated Liquor Stores may only sell wine
A pint of beer (20oz or approximately 600ml) in Toronto is $5 for a
domestic or $6 for an import at a nice restaurant or pub. $6.25US
and $7.50 a litre respectively. Posh bars cost more. "Working Man's
bars sell beer for as low as $2.5 a 341ml domestic bottle, or $6.6US a
litre. By law you will not find lower price. Bars stop serving at
2am in Ontario, and take your beer away at 2:45am finished or not.
Bars can start serving at 11am 7 days a week.
In NY State the prices are generally the same as in Ontario
coincidentally. Must be the heavy liquor license fees in the US.
Bars in NY close in some places around Buffalo, Albany, and New York
City at 4am. In others 2am. Many places do not serve alcohol on
Hope this helps.
- posted 16 years ago