AbstractsBusiness Management & Administration

The Emergence of Ontario Microbreweries: A Socio-Historical Analysis

by Kevin James Roche

Institution: Laurentian University
Year: 2014
Keywords: microbreweries; Emergence of Ontario Microbreweries; craft beer industry; Ontario microbrewery industry
Record ID: 2025744
Full text PDF: https://zone.biblio.laurentian.ca/dspace/handle/10219/2224


Since the 1980s microbreweries in Ontario have gained in popularity, winning over beer drinkers in the province and earning the support of the provincial government that funds the expansion of this creative industry. The Emergence of Ontario Microbreweries, adopting the theoretical perspectives of Margaret Archer and Michel Foucault, looks at the factors explaining the emergence of the craft beer industry. Through the morphogenetic approach, which sees enablements take shape through entrepreneurial pursuits, and disenablements through Foucauldian disciplinary processes, we observe that Ontario microbreweries were constrained by strict government laws. Enforced by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), these laws acted upon the individuals and their ability to consume alcohol both privately and publicly. Over time, the strict governmental regimes which constrained beer drinkers and micro-brewed beer producers gradually transformed to allow for the expansion of microbreweries that create unique, distinct and authentic products that have specific geographic links to community.