With temperatures here in Ontario starting to significantly warm up, I'd like to bring up a subject near and dear to most of our hearts: BEER!
So I was at the LCBO today and bought 8 assorted cans of imported German beer for almost exactly $16 including a total of 80 cents deposit on the cans. It was actually slightly under $16. I bought 4 litres of beer (500 mL cans) total. German beer is arguably the best stuff on the planet. By the way, the lowbrow comedy movie "Beerfest" is really funny....I laughed my ass off. Those who have seen me in person know that I have no ass so it must be true, but I'm starting to really digress....A case of Labatt's Blue is $38.50 at the beer store for 24 bottles of 341 mL, including deposit. That's a total of 8.18 L of beer. The equivalent price of German beer would be about $32.75, almost 20% cheaper. Given the strength of the Euro, and the shipping cost of those suds, I'm somewhat dumbfounded. Perhaps our big brewers spend crazy amounts of money on advertising/promotions and pass the lack of savings on to us. While I can certainly appreciate those girls-in-bikini ads on tv, I do not want to actually pay for them while there's other suckers out there who don't mind doing so.
Yes, more money can be saved by buying some of the "buck-a-beer" + deposit brands like Lucky or Lakeport and those are good beverages too. I do recommend buying those brands as signifcant money can be saved over the course of the summer. But even at $1 per beer, as much as 50 cents of that flows to the government as taxes. Yikes. Also, the lack of retail competition in Ontario likely has something to do with it. Prices in Quebec are lower, but one has to be careful when comparing. In Quebec, the prices do not include deposit, PST, and GST. When added in, you are still slightly cheaper, but not by much. Costco in Quebec sells beer and you can save some money, but again not huge amounts, but hey, every little bit counts. If you live in another province, feel free to do your own comparisons and report back.