Is it time to bet on the allure of the bar?

A recent State of On-Premise webinar from Technomic highlighted how restaurants are refining their operations at the bar to boost traffic and sales as part of their pandemic recovery. In many areas, both casual dining and full-service restaurants are seeing a slow return to high volumes, and Techonomic explained how some operators are concentrating on […]

Beer Canada urges targeted tax relief measures

Beer Canada is urging the federal government to provide targeted tax relief for the sector in its Budget 2022. In its brief, Beer Canada highlights the vital role and impact Canadian brewers of all sizes have on the economy and communities across the country. It stresses that 85 per cent of beer sold in Canada […]

Ontario cuts wholesale alcohol prices for restaurants

Starting January 1, Ontario has cut LCBO wholesale alcohol prices for bars and restaurants and is enabling curbside pickup of beer, wine, and cider from licensed grocery stores, as well as freezing the basic beer tax rate. A government announcement says the measure intends to support licensed bars, restaurants, and other businesses by saving them […]

Beer Canada calls for cut to draught beer duty to aid restaurants

Beer Canada is calling on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to implement targeted support measures to help save local restaurants as part of its 2022 pre-budget consultations. In particular, the organization is advocating for a 50-per-cent tax cut on draught beer sold to licensed bars and restaurants. “A 50-per-cent tax cut on […]

Buck-a-beer a Bust: Ontario craft brewers reject Ford’s challenge

Surrounded by towering stainless steel brewing tanks and flanked by cabinet minsters Vic Fedeli and Todd Smith at Prince Edward County’s Barley Days Brewery, Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday that his government is lowering the minimum cost for cans and bottles of beer to $1 from $1.25, fulfilling an oft-criticized campaign pledge. Technically, Ford’s new […]

Ensuring a quality draught beer experience with clean taps

By Roger Mittag I’m going to start this discussion with a simple premise: The consumer should be at the heart of every draught beer decision you ever make. It takes seven seconds to make a first impression, and we all know how important that is. So, a properly poured and served draught beer leaves a […]

The recurring popularity of lagers

By Roger Mittag It seems that we are all on the fast track, trying to keep up with the latest trends and fads and ensuring that we are driving new customers into our locations. There is, however, a fine line between being innovative and imitative. It is very difficult to be leading edge enough to […]

How to offer up quality beer flights and samples

By Roger Mittag In a world of curious, experimental beer consumers, the concept of offering an option to try a variety of different beers in smaller samples seems to be on every restaurateur’s mind. While the concept of beer flights seems to be an easy one, it requires a tremendous amount of thought to be […]

Top tips for brewing up sales and driving customer interest in beer

By Roger Mittag Cold, refreshing, thirst-quenching and sociability have, for quite some time, been the catch phrases used in the marketing of beer. Throughout much of the 20th century, beer has been seen as the blue-collar drink of the masses but this antiquated image is quickly dissipating. Beer is now being given its rightful place […]