Find The Closest Beer Store
Craving an ice cold beer? Then head on over to a Beer Store Near Me and pick up a case. You can find a 6, 12, or 24 pack of your favourite beer at a local beer store. Keep in mind, you won’t find wine or alcohol at a beer store (seems obvious I guess but sometimes you just don’t know).
Locate The Nearest Beer Store Around
Depending on where you are in the country you may or may not have beer stores. Some places sell beer right from the liquor store (take Eastern Canada for example). If that’s the case you won’t find a map of your local beer stores but instead places that sell beer. Now for those cities that have beer stores you will find their locations (exact address), phone numbers and directions from the pins on the map.
How Beer Stores Work
If you’re like me and grew up in a city that quite frankly only had liquor stores, your first visit to a beer store might be confusing! And chances are if you’re looking for one (and don’t already know) you might be about to visit for the first time.
While there is some variation location to location, essentially the main difference from your traditional liquor store is that you won’t pick up the case on your own. Instead, you will place an order for beer and someone from the store will venture out back and put it on a conveyor belt for you. So my elders tell me this is how most liquor stores used to work back in the day. For myself it was a new experience. You expect a vast array of beer when you walk in and it just seems like a small store with a few cans. Some places have screens and a catalogue to select from, others you pretty much need to know what you’re getting when you walk in the door.
Why Is Beer & Liquor Separate?
It all depends on where you’re located. A number of states it becomes a legal issue and the divide between the types of alcohols. That being said in places like Ontario, Canada it becomes more of a distribution agreement. The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) actually owns all beer store locations. Operating the beer store makes it easier to manage the beer market as well as work more in more of an integrated fashion with breweries. The Beer Store in Ontario actually let’s their breweries sell in any of their locations from 1, 2, 50 or all 450 – the choice is theres! And probably a big component of how much they can produce as well.
Popular Beer Companies & Their Brands
MolsonCoors: Recently acquired the MillerCoors portfolio. Beers include Peroni, Molson Canadian, Milwaukee’s Best, MGD and much more!
ABInBev: Owning a large portfolio from Michelob Ultra to Stella Artois. Others include Busch, Corona, Landshark, Rolling Rock, Budweiser, Shock Top, and Beck’s.
Heineken: Owns a large number of European brands such as (the obvious) Heineken, Kingfisher, Cruzcampo, Kaiser, Dos Equis and Tecate.
These are just a few examples of how there are just a handful of beer companies that own a large brand of beer portfolios.
Craft Beer Movement
The craft beer movement has been in full force throughout North America for the past decade. It has escalated in trend in just the last number of years as well. With so many micro-breweries starting up, people are trying extra hoppy beers as well as bringing those bold and intense European beers over to North America. Don’t always be fooled when you think it’s staying local, because a lot of big brands are buying up the smaller breweries to keep the craft beer market from undercutting their profits!