Sort of. And not in the way you probably wish. While most craft beer drinkers in Ontario would probably love the annihilation of the LCBO/Beer Store oligopoly, the Ontario Craft Brewers are tackling the issue of advertising and product placement within the Beer Store according to an article from the Wall Street Journal:
Calling the province’s current system unfair, Ontario Craft Brewers, a trade group representing about 30 of the province’s craft beer makers, is trying to gain more visibility at the 440 Beer Store outlets. The group pitched the management of the chain last month on rewriting its contracts with all brewers in hopes of garnering more store displays and other opportunities to rev up sales.
To the established craft beer drinker this may not be of great importance (The Beer Store is just a vehicle to return beer bottles and get some cash, personally), but any change would be a big boost for our craft brewers when you consider that about 80% of beer sales occur through The Beer Store (according to the article). It is also great to see an article that discusses the deficiencies with our current model for beer-retail. More Ontarians need to know how much The Beer Store is crippling our craft brewers and feeding the wallets of the big breweries.