Craft Beer in Grocery Stores!

Darren picking up a can of Spark House at the Loblaws checkoutToronto, ON – (December 15th, 2015): Big news in the beer world today. By now, everyone has seen the photos of Kathleen Wynne at the Loblaws checkout, commenting “It’s nice to get carded.” Did they pop the question to Darren here? “Yes, they actually did.”

Loblaws has expressed their commitment to Ontario Craft Breweries by dedicating 50% of their shelf space to local beer. This exceeds the government’s 20% shelf space minimum for Ontario craft products.  We ‘re hopeful that many other grocers will follow suit.

Past sales helped to get the brewers ready as overall the craft beer market looks to expand from a roughly 4% market share in the province to upward of 8% to 10%. – via  Patrick Bales, Packet & Times

Fifty-eight grocers have been authorized to date. By provincial regulation, the maximum allowed in Ontario is 450. The first round of bidding for the authorization of beer sales at grocery stores closed on November 17th, 2015. The next round will take place in 2016, and Ontario.ca predicts 150 grocers to be authorized by May 2017. Recent news articles suggest that the maximum may be reached by the end of the same year.

So far we’ve received orders from 23 grocery stores and expect more to come. Let’s raise a toast to the biggest change that Ontario beer lovers have seen since the of prohibition, more than 80 years ago!

Here’s a map to guide your next food ‘n’ beer run!Authorized Grocery Stores:

Bolded entries represent LB products availability; more expected in coming weeks as grocers solidify product selection.

GTA

  • Farm Boy 360 Taunton Rd., Unit 2, Whitby 905-430-1400
  • Michael-Angelo’s 4099 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga 905-820-3300
  • Coppa’s Fresh Market 4750 Dufferin St., Toronto 416-736-6606
  • Coppa’s Fresh Market 3300 Rutherford Road, Vaughan 905-303-3999
  • Galleria Supermarket 7040 Yonge St., Vaughan 905-771-1474
  • Galleria Supermarket 865 York Mills Road, Suite 1, Toronto 647-352-7788
  • Real Canadian Superstore 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Drive, Toronto 416-665-3209
  • Loblaws 380 The East Mall, Etobicoke 416-695-8990
  • Loblaws 5010 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga 905-607-0580
  • Loblaws 17 Leslie St., Toronto 416-469-2897
  • Loblaws 50 Musgrave St., Toronto 416-694-3838
  • Real Canadian Superstore 171 Guelph St, Georgetown 905 877-5393
  • Real Canadian Superstore 1385 Harmony Road North, Oshawa 905-433-9569
  • Real Canadian Superstore 2549 Weston Rd., Toronto 416-246-9192
  • Real Canadian Superstore 18120 Yonge St., Newmarket 905 830-4072
  • Metro 1050 Kennedy Circle, Milton 905-878-3363
  • Metro 1822 Whites Road, Pickering 905-420-8838
  • Metro 16640 Yonge St., Newmarket 905-853-5100
  • Longo’s 3455 Wyecroft Road, Oakville 905-825-8989
  • Longo’s 469 Cornwall Road, Oakville 905-338-1255
  • Sobeys 15500 Bayview Ave., Aurora 905-726-2530
  • Sobeys 11700 Yonge St., Richmond Hill 905-508-7585
  • FreshCo 2501 Third Line, Oakville 905-827-6322
  • FreshCo 800 Steeles Ave W., Vaughan 905-669-0336

WEST

  • Farm Boy 1415 Beaverbrook Ave., London 519-963-2895
  • Walmart Supercentre 1280 Fanshawe Park Road, London 519-472-7100
  • Starsky Fine Foods 685 Queenston Road, Hamilton 905-573-8885
  • Real Canadian Superstore 875 Highland Road West, Kitchener 519-745-4781
  • Fortinos 65 Mall Road, Hamilton 905-574-0810
  • Real Canadian Superstore 1205 Oxford St., London 519-641-3653
  • Real Canadian Superstore 4371 Walker Road, Windsor 519-972-8335
  • Zehrs 400 Conestoga Blvd., Cambridge 519 620-1376
  • Food Basics 509 Commissioners Road W., London 519-463-2857
  • Food Basics 3770 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls 905-371-3200
  • Food Basics 505 Rymal Road E., Hamilton 905-574-5298
  • Metro 500 Edinburgh Road South, Guelph 519-763-3827
  • Sobeys 977 Golf Links Road, Ancaster 905-648-3534
  • Sobeys 307 Grand River St. N., Paris 519-442-4485
  • FreshCo 700 Queenston Road, Hamilton 905-560-8111

EAST

  • Farm Boy 2030 Tenth Line, Ottawa (Orleans) 613-841-4221
  • La Mantia’s Country Market 50 William Street South, Lindsay 705-324-6625
  • Brown’s Your Independent Grocer 1251 Main St, Stittsville 613-831-9268
  • Loblaws 1980 Baseline Road, Ottawa 613-723-3200
  • Loblaws 1100 Princess St., Kingston 613-530-3861
  • Real Canadian Superstore 760 Eagleson Road, Ottawa 613 254-6050
  • Metro 3201 Strandherd Drive, Nepean 613-823-8825
  • Food Basics 975 West Ridge Blvd, Orillia 705-326-5200
  • Sobeys 700 Terry Fox Dr., Kanata 613-831-1444
  • Sobeys 193 Metcalfe St., Ottawa 613-598-0027
  • Sobeys 840 March Road, Kanata 613-599-8965
  • Sobeys 1200 Lansdowne St W., Peterborough 705-748-5655
  • Sobeys 501 Towerhill Road, Peterborough 705-740-9026

NORTH

  • Pino’s Get Fresh 219 Trunk Rd., Sault Ste. Marie 705-946-5632
  • Walmart Supercentre 2416 Long Lake Road, Sudbury 705-523-1300
  • Walmart Supercentre 1349 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury 705-566-3700
  • Real Canadian Superstore 971 Carrick St., Thunder Bay 807-343-4544
  • Safeway 115 Arthur Street West, Thunder Bay 907-473-5993
  • Safeway 1015 Dawson Road, Thunder Bay 807-768-0099