Well Ontario, the moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.
Starting today, you can now walk into select grocery stores to purchase beer. Yes, beer, as in, the stuff that was only available at Beer Store and LCBO locations for what feels like the past 8,000 years. Before you head to your nearest retailer though to crack open a can of freedom, we have some er, sobering news.
The prohibition isn’t totally over. Since beer sales in grocery stores only began today (Dec. 15), the selection is still quite limited as the plan continues to roll out. While the Ontario government reports that 58 stores are now authorized to sell brews, they aren’t exactly in the easiest-to-access areas.
If you live in the province’s biggest city, for example, you won’t find a single location that sells beer in the downtown core. But Toronto residents can’t complain too much though, as there are now nine approved grocery stores in the city. Kitchener/Waterloo, meanwhile, has only one approved location split between the two of them. Ottawa residents seem to be the lucky ones, with one downtown location given the thumbs up to dole out the suds (the Sobey’s on Metcalfe St.).
In other words, make sure you check out the map of approved locations before heading out.
Only six packs and tall cans will be available at grocery stores. If everything goes according to plan, 450 locations will begin hawking alcohol by 2017.
Cheers to that!