Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today beer will finally hit grocery store shelves this fall. A total of 450 grocery stores will be able to bid for the right to sell six packs of beer. Although beer will arrive sooner than expected, the province confirmed that beer sales will be capped to 279 six packs per day for each retail location. A government release suggests beer could hit the shelves as early as this December with sixty retail locations with 150 grocers expected to sell beer by May 2017.
Why are six packs the only available size? Is the government guilty of protecting and putting The Beer Store ahead of Ontario beer drinkers? Is the government right when they say beer sales are complicated?