Summer is here so that means summer BBQs and we wanted to provide a resource find your local Beer Store hours in Canada. We included links to each province’s list of stores that contains the hours of operation. Interesting that some provinces allow beer to be sold at supermarkets and corner stores and some are completely private.
Beer is available privately, includes: supermarkets, convenience stores, general stores, and gasoline (petrol) stations.
The Alberta Liquor Store Association has a list of its 500 member stores.
Only stores owned by pubs or hotels (as the primary license holder) and in the same jurisdiction, government owned stores, and rural government appointed liquor agencies may sell beer, wine, and liquor.
Beer only sold by government owned Liquor Marts.
Only government owned liquor stores or rural government appointed liquor agencies may sell beer. However, breweries and cottage wineries may sell directly to the public if licensed to do so.
Convenience Stores may sell beer that is brewed locally. Imported beer is only sold by government owned liquor stores, or rural government appointed liquor agencies.
In the past, only the provincially-owned NSLC (Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation) could sell beer. Many NSLC locations are connected to grocery stores. Over the past five years, the NSLC began to allow a limited number of small private agency stores to operate in rural areas where there is not a NSLC location.
The Beer Store is the only privately owned entity that can sell beer. The provincially-owned Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) also sells beer, particularly in small markets that Brewers Retail does not serve.
Only government owned liquor stores may sell beer, wine, and liquor.
Beer (that is brewed in Québec or imported beer that is distributed by a local brewer) can be purchased at dépanneurs (corner stores) and supermarkets.
Only government owned stores, rural private government liquor agencies (private contractors), and hotels may sell beer.