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Leslieville entrepreneurs hope storm brewing over Ontario’s beer laws

By Joanna Lavoie  Beach Mirror Left Field Brewery can sell to LCBO, Beer Store and licensed establishments - but not to festivals Left Field Brewery, which is set to open its brewery in a 100-year-old former brick factory near Greenwood Avenue and Gerrard Street East early next year, won’t be serving beer at festivals in Toronto this summer. The baseball-themed craft brewery, owned by Leslieville residents Mark and Mandie Murphy, currently brews its beers at Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario and Barley Days Brewery in Picton, Ontario. Considered by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as a “contract brewer”, Left Field Brewery learned May 2 that it won’t be permitted to sell its beer to Special Occasion Permit (SOP) holders including beer festival organizers. Technically, contract brewers, like Left Field Brewery, are only allowed to sell to the LCBO, The Beer Store, and licensed bars and restaurants. Despite this usually-not-enforced law, contract brewers have been selling their products in SOP festivals and events for years as this law is rarely enforced. “Despite the fact that our beer is brewed at licensed breweries, has been lab tested by the LCBO and is consumed safely at over 60 bars and restaurants every day, we’ve learned that the AGCO deems the activity of us selling directly to SOP permit holders, including beer festival organizers, as illegal,” Left Field Brewery said in a May 2 release. “That’s right, a brewery who is licensed to sell beer in Ontario cannot sell beer

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Top lacrosse and rugby set for another season in east Toronto

Beach Mirror Elite lacrosse and rugby are set to return for another season to east Toronto. First off is lacrosse with Ted Reeve Arena (175 Main St.) hosting the province’s top Junior A league. The Toronto Beaches Junior A lacrosse team will host their home opener Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. against Six Nations Arrows. Next up is the Balmy Beach rugby club kicking off its season in the top Ontario men’s rugby league with three games on the road, May 10 against Waterloo County, May 24 against Oakville Crusaders and May 31 against Toronto Scottish. The Balmy Beach home opener is not until June 7, hosting Markham Irish at Tubs and Gee Gage Rugby Field at the corner of Coxwell and Eastern avenues within Ashbridge’s Bay Park. For more on lacrosse, visit or the league site at For more on rugby, visit the team site at or the league site at
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