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Entries from December 2008

The Beer Store’s Big Ten

December 27th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Recently I was in The Beer Store staring at the famous label wall.  For those who don’t know, the “label wall” is the menu of beers that are available at The Beer Store.  It’s a large grid with labels of every brand, with their packaging formats and pricing right below.  It’s a poor retail experience […]

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Ultimate Source? Part Two – The Beer Store’s Selection Claim

December 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Beer Store claims to be “The Ultimate Source for Beer in Ontario” and we discussed one of the reasons why this is unfounded.  Another one is The Beer Store’s claim that the beer selection they have is one of the best in the world. Let’s put aside the fact that The Beer Store don’t […]

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Ontario’s Beer Price Conspiracy?

December 26th, 2008 · 3 Comments

News broke last week by Dean Beeby of The Canadian Press that the recent minimum price that beer can be sold in Ontario by the case, up to $25.60 from $24.00, was implemented by the LCBO on the recommendation of the Ministry of Finance.  This has sparked some discussion on Bar Towel and quite a few news […]

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Tags: Government · LCBO · Media

Vintages Ventures into E-commerce, without Beer

December 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on Vintages Ventures into E-commerce, without Beer

We discussed in November about the LCBO’s e-commerce web site,  Now Vintages, the LCBO’s premium wine and spirits division has launched an e-commerce web site of its own. Called Vintages Online Exclusives, the site “offers an additional portfolio of premium fine wines and spirits”, presumably products that aren’t regularly available in stores. The site […]

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The Beer Store: Not Craft Friendly

December 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

In today’s Toronto Star, Josh Rubin has written an article about the latest Ontario Craft Brewers’ Discovery Pack.  This pack, the second one to be released, is a special six-pack with different beers from a number of Ontario craft breweries.  Sold exclusively at the LCBO, the first one was a success and it’s hoped that […]

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Tags: Brands · The Beer Store

Beau’s Gets Their Bottles Back

December 1st, 2008 · 7 Comments

As we originally discussed in July, Beau’s was having serious challenges with The Beer Store and Beau’s unique swing-top bottles.  Since Beau’s does not sell their beer in The Beer Store, they were refusing to give them back to Beau’s when customers return them.   Good news for Beau’s however.  As Beau’s reported, as did […]

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Tags: Brands · Government · The Beer Store