Kathleen Wynne

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Jury still out on move of beer sales to convenience stores

A long-time Ontario micro-brewer does not support a proposed move to sell beer in convenience stores.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and the Ontario Convenience Stores Association contend that allowing the sale of beer in convenience stores would be a significant improvement for the liquor industry in Ontario, particularly that of the growing craft brew industry. But for Ken Woods, president of the Black Oak Brewing Company, in Oakville, Ont., he is perfectly happy with the current system. “The best way to get our beer to customers is with the LCBO and The Beer Store,” Woods said, “And we’ve been very successful through them.”