This documentary deserves a look when it debuts next Thursday on the Mom and Hops beer news site (http://www.momandhops.ca/). If you watch the trailer Jason Fischer from Indie Alehouse has the best quote, “Chinese state television came to interview me about how crazy our laws were”. Our liquor laws definitely need an overhaul. It’s doubtful anyone has the courage to take this on, but the cries for reform will just get louder and louder. The optimist in me is hopeful things will eventually change, hopefully this documentary helps to raise more awareness and make this a bigger issue.
As has been posited by fellow beer scribe Jordan St. John, it once seemed like roughly every six months we were inundated with a slew of articles about the makes-you-want-to-smash-your-head-through-drywall-it’s-so-frustrating world of beverage alcohol in Ontario.
Six months seemed to be roughly the amount of time it would take people to forget that one company was allowed to have 440 retail beer stores in this province while the people who actually make beer in Ontario were still only legally allowed to have one. And so this was the amount of time that would pass before some article would pop up, cause some outrage, make the rounds on social media, then quietly die with nothing ever coming of it. Some beer writers may have even used this cyclical outrage to build a reputation as something of a shit disturber. Ahem.
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