Directory FAQ

Details regarding how Ontario Beverage Network (OBN) discovers, collects, verifies, and maintains information contained on its Ontario Brewers Directory, Cideries Directory, and Distilleries Directory.

Where does OBN’s data come from?
We use a multitude of resources to populate directories including: Alcohol and Gaming Comission of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Corporations Canada, Ontario Craft Brewers, Ontario Craft Cider Association, Ontario Craft Distillers Association, news media, word-of-mouth.

How official are OBN’s data and statistics?
OBN is an independent publication, not affiliated with any other organization, association, group, or company. We are generally considered the most up-to-date and accurate source of brewery, cidery, and distillery data in Ontario. Our data is collected and verified independently.

How accurate are OBN’s directories?
We strive to ensure 100% accuracy of our public listings. Our data is updated weekly and based off publicly available information. Occasionally, this information may be be inaccurate or out-of-date due to an rapidly changing landscape.

How often are OBN’s directories updated?
Directories are updated multiple times per week with new additions or updates to meta data. A ‘Last Updated’ date is posted on each directory.

How can I tell when something new has been added to a directory?
We post a monthly collection of Directory Updates listing all new additions.

Why does OBN not list some breweries located in Ontario?
OBN’s primary focus is to support independent (majority Canadian-owned) craft breweries.  For this reason, we’ve chosen to not include any brewery that has foreign ownership.

What is the difference between a contract brewer, brand and label?
A contract brewer is a company that holds it’s own Manufacturer’s Licence, whereas a brand or label is typically a product marketed by an existing brewery under a separate name. (ie. Halcyon Barrel House and B-Side Brewing Co. are brands of Beau’s Brewing Co / Midland Beer Works is a brand of Hockley Valley Brewing Co., etc.)

What happened to the LCBO and Beer Store filters?
Because stock at the LCBO and Beer Store are constantly changing, brewers may or may not still have product in store, even if they once did. This is extremely challenging to keep track of.

Notes regarding ‘Year Opened’
The date given for operating bricks-and-mortar breweries is the year the brewery opened its physical location – if the brewery was formerly a Contract Brewery, the date listed is not the date it started as a Contract Brewery. ie. Kensington Brewery launched in 2011 but opened it’s phsyical brewery in 2018 – therefore 2018 will be listed.

Is OBN funded by the Ontario or Canadian government?

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