In 1985, Labatt, Molson and Carling/O’Keefe Breweries locked out their unionized workforce, leaving the beer drinkers of Canada (and Buffalo) looking elsewhere for adult beverages. It was a monthlong stalemate that left five of Ontario’s six breweries out of commission.
It was 30 years ago today that the Brewers’ Retail reopened in Fort Erie and found itself bombarded with thirsty Ontarians — and Buffalonians. In fact, it was a Buffalo guy on a motor scooter who was first in line to strap two-four of Labatt on the back of his bike.
"Response bordering on jubilation greets return of beer in Ontario"
" 'I'm so psyched,' said Joseph Delo, 22, of Starin Avenue in Buffalo, who drove his motor scooter over the border this morning."