Here is an odd phenomenon: beer prices have taken off in Alberta over the last year, one of the provinces in Canada which has fairly well entrenched privatized retail beer sales:
The price of Alberta beer is now higher than in any province, a complete reversal from April 2008, when this province boasted the lowest average price in Canada for a 12-pack, at $18.42. That Alberta advantage is now history. Using a 12-pack of Molson Canadian as a middle-of-the-road, universally available barometer, Alberta registers a dubious place atop the price pile. In Newfoundland, traditional home to cod cheeks, drizzle and the most expensive beer in Canada, the price of a dozen Canadian is $22.25, including taxes and deposit. In Alberta, at four random liquor stores in Calgary and Edmonton, the same beer goes for between $23.98 and $24.99, including tax and deposit.
That is a 35% hike in about 12 months. Oddly, blame for the $6.50 price increase is being blamed mostly on the $1.30 - $1.50 tax increase over that time. It appears that this inordinate increase is really a matter of the other mark ups imposed by provincial wholesale price controls as well as the same inputs every other jurisdiction has to deal with. The most recent markups shows a bit of a graduated scale based on volume of sales and a bunch of other factors. Way too complex for little old me to understand.