Only 1 buck-a-beer option still available for Ontarians

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, centre, Vic Fedeli, left, and Todd Smith announce the buck-a-beer plan at Barley Days brewery in Picton, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

TORONTO – Four months after Doug Ford delivered on his campaign promise to bring back “Buck a beer,” the only brewery still offering the option appears to be one in the Ontario premier’s west Toronto neighbourhood.

When Ford announced incentives for companies selling beer at $1 for a bottle or can last August, two breweries took him up on the offer – Cool Brewery in Toronto and Barley Days Brewery in Picton, Ont.

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Loblaws also offered its President’s Choice beer for a dollar a bottle for a limited time.

But now the Liquor Control Board of Ontario says the Barley Days Brewery beer that had been available for a dollar – plus the 10 cent deposit – has raised its price to $1.65.

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The Crown corporation in charge of alcohol sales in the province says that as of Monday, Cool Lager was the only “buck a beer” still available on its website.

The government offered businesses that agreed to sell “buck a beer” for a dollar prime spots in LCBO stores and advertising in the store magazine’s inserts.

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