03/13/2015 09:38 EDT | Updated 03/13/2015 12:59 EDT

Beer And Wine For Sale At Ontario Supermarkets Under Liberal Plan

It's something that Ontarians have been thirsting for: the ability to purchase alcohol from places other than the LCBO and The Beer Store (also The Wine Shop and The Wine Rack).

According to a report in The Toronto Star, the Liberal government is planning on allowing hundreds of large supermarkets across the province to sell beer and wine.

When this plan starts rolling out, the stores will only be permitted to sell craft beer and major national brands. They may also be licensed to carry Ontario and imported wines in their stores.

Distilled spirits and hard liquor like vodka, gin and whiskey will continue to be sold only at LCBO stores.

Through the LCBO, the government has been controlling the sale of beer and wine for almost 100 years. The Beer Store, which is privately owned, has been the only outlet allowed to sell beer in Ontario, aside from breweries like Steam Whistle.

In the proposed plan, alcohol would be displayed in a defined area or aisle of the supermarkets, but not separated from other products.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has made it clear in recent comments that alcohol will not be sold at corner stores any time soon.

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