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Update: Dan Aykroyd Crystal Head Vodka Banned?

on May 19, 2010 - 6:44pm

In a previous post, I gave Dan Aykroyd a piece of my mind because his Crystal Head Vodka was next to impossible to get in Canada, especially if you didn't live on the east coast. But I need to take my words of anger back, and aim them instead at the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario).

First, a quick lesson for my American readers. In Ontario, if I want to buy liquor, I can only buy it from the LCBO. I can get wine directly from wineries, but when it comes to hard liquor, I have to go to an LCBO location.

After waiting over a year for some news, CTV has reported that the LCBO has decided not to carry the much sought after product because it's being sold in a bottle shaped like a human skull.

Chris Layton of the LCBO said the bottle could encourage binge drinking in young people. Young people? You mean the customers who are legally old enough to drop a large sum of cash on premium vodka? From recollection, young people who binge-drink do so generally with ANY - and often the cheapest - booze they can get their hands on.

It's (referring to the skull) an image that is commonly associated with death or death by poison.

With that logic, wouldn't it then scare people into not binge drinking?

And what about other images? Will the wine they carry called Devil's Lair or the beer called Devil's Pale Ale: 666 make people think of satanism? They should get that off the shelf quick before people get the wrong idea about products at the LCBO, or a group of young adults are uncharacteristically swayed into downing copious amounts of these devil drinks because hey, Satan = party hardy.

Ludicrous. Ridiculous. Outrageous. Stupidity run rampant.

So, my fellow Ontario dwellers, it looks like we're left with either ordering an entire case directly from the retailer, or nabbing one at the duty free if you can find it.

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