A survey of more than 5,000 beer drinkers in Ontario found that three of the top five craft beers in Ontario are made by beer brewers with local ingredients and are made from locally grown produce.
The survey found that more than 80 per cent of Ontarians consider craft beer a craft beverage, the highest percentage in the country.
“This is the most robust evidence that Ontarians want to taste, enjoy and appreciate craft beer,” said Andrew Kavanagh, the Ontario craft beer and winemaking minister.
“I know that there are people who think that Ontario has a monopoly on craft beer but we’re not.”
Craft beer has been growing in popularity in Ontario since at least 2014, when Ontario became the first province in Canada to require brewers to label the beer they make, following a nationwide push for greater transparency and better accountability from craft brewers.
Craft beer now makes up around one-third of Ontario’s beer sales, according to Ontario Beer Promotions.
“We are thrilled to see Ontario’s craft beer industry thriving and growing, especially in our riding of Toronto-Danforth,” said Ontario NDP MLA Chris Lewis.
“As the craft beer economy continues to grow in Ontario, it’s great to see more breweries in the province, with a growing number of Ontario brewers looking to expand their operations and tap into new markets.”
Ontario’s NDP government has also recently announced plans to bring a minimum of 15 new breweries and wineries to the province by 2025.