Frequent asked questions about Ontario’s beverage alcohol industry.
+ What defines craft brewery in Ontario?
A craft brewer is defined by the Ontario Craft Brewers, a provincial association, stating that an Ontario Craft Brewer produces no more than 400,000 hectolitres (hl) annually worldwide. It further stipulates they must be locally-owned and use no added chemicals, fillers or preservatives.
The Ontario Craft Brewers is a membership-based association.
+ What is a Contract Brewer?
A company that contracts another bricks-and-mortar brewery to brew their beer. The company would have their own Ontario brewers manufacturing license.
+ What is a legal pint size in Canada?
A pint contains 20 fl oz or 568 ml
in Canada. The limit of error for 20 fl oz is 0.5 fl oz (the foam (head) is not included in the measurement). When a quantity other than a pint is advertised, the quantity served must be must be equal to the stated quantity within the limit of error.
+ What is a hectolitre (hl)?
A hectolitre is a standard of measurement used for beer Canada. 1 hectolitre = 100 litres.
1 hectolitre is equivalent to 0.85 US bbl.
+ What is a Contract Distiller?
A company that does not distill its own spirits on site (ie. does not possess a still). They may purchase Neutral Grain Spirits and then filter, modify and package on site..