This year I reached the legal drinking age in Ontario, and I was for a while enjoying the benefits of this. Of course, as any experienced sufferer of OCD/chronic anxiety could have predicted, I managed to eventually find something wrong with this. For some reason my memory of hearing about people going blind from drinking bootleg beverages was sparked, and so I foolishly decided to google it. Most of the articles and other sources I came upon said that methanol poisoning is only a concern when it comes to bootleg beverages and beverages sold at bars in countries with lower regulatory standards. However, I also came upon fuzzy information about the theoretical possibility of contamination of certain brews if done incorrectly.
In Ontario, most alcohol is distributed by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario--a government run organization--and rigorous testing is done on all alcohol sold by it. Nevertheless, I can't get rid of the thought of a brewer making some crucial mistake, and then it being somehow overlooked by the LCBO. There have been no reported cases of methanol poisoning via commercial beverages in Ontario that I know of, but I am inclined to think that I'm going to be the exception to the rule.
I came here in the hopes that someone who knows more about the brewing process and the safety measures taken by commercial brewers than I could help me reason through this. I have refrained from continuing with my own research for obvious reasons. Really, any help would be welcome. My brothers are expecting me to have some alcohol with them this Christmas, and while they are generally very understanding and sympathetic, I have disappointed them too many times because of my OCD.