ABOUT ONTARIO CRAFT BREWERS
The Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) is an association of 90+ small, independent brewers dedicated to making great-tasting, high-quality beer across the province. OCB develops and produces hundreds of different brands and styles of beers using fresh, all natural ingredients in communities throughout Ontario. These craft breweries are located in over 110 communities across the province and in total, there are over 250 operating breweries, with an estimated 100+ in various planning stages. In addition, Ontario is home to 80 brewpubs with that number also expected to grow in 2018. OCB's long-term vision is to make Ontario a North American Centre of Excellence for Craft Brewing.
Ontario Craft Brewers employ well over 2,300 people (FTEs) in Ontario, accounting for over 30 per cent of the direct brewing industry jobs in the province, while also accounting for 9,000 indirect brewing-related jobs.
Craft brewers have spearheaded the majority of the beer jobs that have been created in Ontario since 1985. We have more than doubled the number of jobs in our industry since 2002.
Ontario craft beer continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO's beer category. Currently 370 grocery stores are authorized to sell beer. Ultimately, beer will be available in up to 450 grocery stores. This is in addition to more than 450 Beer Stores and 650 LCBO stores across Ontario.
Our industry’s sales volume is growing at over 20 per cent annually across all retail channels.
Since 2005, the craft brewing industry has invested well over $160 million in capital into the Ontario economy.
As of 2017, Ontario craft beer was at 608,000HL (the equivalent of approximately 7,430,000 2-4 cases of bottled beer) or 7.6 per cent market share.
Ontario craft brewers are responsible for driving more than $150 million in annual tourism revenue, as part of a total annual economic impact of $1.4 billion.
The 90+ independent members of Ontario Craft Brewers (OBC) incorporate traditional methods and fresh, all natural, local ingredients, including hops, barley, fruits, vegetables, spices and maple syrup to brew great-tasting, high-quality beer.