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By slodrive (registered) | Posted July 20, 2011 at 17:34:28

A few years ago I was at a conference with a representative of the OSCB. This guy seemed to think, while not perfect, the current system isn't bad for the small brewers. The logistics, distribution and marketing (of the distribution/ retail aspect) are handled/ controlled, which eliminates a major hurdle in a more free-market style. Pressure from watch-dogs helps them get products listed - albeit, as you state, perhaps less than what's ideal. And, versus a completely open variety-store-style sale of liquor, this ensures private retailers don't just 'hedge their bets' by only buying the top 4 brands.

It seems almost counter intuitive, but his feeling was the more open the market, the better the chance that the big boys squeeze the craft guys out of the mix.

Hence, the lack of protest at an allegedly illegal foreign owned monopoly.

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