This has to be one of the saddest examples of government control in the beer world that I have seen recently:
The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission is looking for a partner to start a new beer festival to be held in Charlottetown this fall. Jamie MacLeod, a spokesman for the commission, said it means that unlike last year, no one else will be able to hold a beer festival in P.E.I. “We won’t approve them,” he said. In September the province saw two competing beer festivals with similar names held only a few weeks apart: the P.E.I. Beer Festival and the P.E.I. International Beer Festival. Charlottetown businessman Campbell Webster ran the P.E.I. Beer Festival for a second year as a standalone event held at the Delta Prince Edward. The P.E.I. Brewing Company organized the international beer festival as part of the Fall Flavours Festival at the concert site in Charlottetown.
What a nightmare. Two beer festivals. Being a former resident of Canada's smallest and in many ways oddest province, I should not be surprised. One famous commentator from my neighbouring home of Nova Scotia dubbed the place too insular to be xenophobic. Wouldn't want to much funny beer coming into the province. Oh dear. Seems I have used that line before. And before that. And before that. Anyway, It is just fascinating to see that the decision is not to license one in the spring and one in the fall. Or one in one town and the other in another. Or let the market decide who wins out. It appears what is important is not putting too much work on the shoulders of the poor staff of the liquor commissions because "at the end of the day and even with a joint venture it’s still us, the liquor commission, who has to finalize and order the product listing that came in.” Precious darlings.