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laurelmcg Aug 3, 2007 10:32 AM

Does anyone know if it's available anywhere in Toronto?

  1. Recyclor Aug 3, 2007 10:54 AM

    About 4 years ago upon returning from a SE Asion trip I searched for many products I had been introduced to, never saw this one around though, although I wasn't looking for it specifically too carbonated for me...maybe at a beer centric bar or Asian restaurant will be stocking it?...goodluck!

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      ilyar Aug 3, 2007 02:24 PM

      they definitely used to have it at Vanipha Lanna (vanipha.ca) on St Clair W (E of Oakwood).

      Great place too!

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        Ender Aug 3, 2007 04:04 PM

        It can be had at the summerhill liquor stores wall of beer. Canada being one of a handful of countries you can even get the stuff.

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        1. re: Ender
          gregclow Aug 4, 2007 10:33 AM

          Are you sure about that? I've tried pretty much every beer available in Ontario, and I'm generally on top of new arrivals, but I've never seen this stuff. Not to mention that it's not listed in the online inventory on the LCBO website.

          1. re: gregclow
            estufarian Aug 6, 2007 01:55 PM

            I agree!
            In Laos they 'claimed' it was available in TO, but I've never seen it here (or at Vanipha Lanna).
            Having said that, I have stumbled over a few rarities at Summerhill (including Cambodian beer currently).

            1. re: estufarian
              gregclow Aug 6, 2007 05:29 PM

              Cambodian beer? Crazy! Did you get it there quite recently? Which one was it?

              Sorry, I'm a bit of a... well, Beerhound, I guess. I have a bit of an obsession with trying as many beers from as many different countries as possible.

              1. re: gregclow
                estufarian Aug 7, 2007 11:42 AM

                Sorry, I was mistaken - got the wrong country.
                It was Vietnamese beer (Saigon, 454579)
                but I missed the 9.5% Lithuanian beer - only have the wimpy 5.25% one left.

              2. re: estufarian
                ilyar Aug 7, 2007 09:27 AM

                I definitely had it at Vanipha Lanna (maybe 4/5 yrs ago) -- have the empty bottle to prove it!
                Maybe they know who the importer is...if anyone still brings it it.

              3. re: gregclow
                Ender Aug 6, 2007 03:15 PM

                I have purchased it there but I do not know if its something they always have. YMMV

                1. re: Ender
                  gregclow Aug 6, 2007 05:31 PM

                  Interesting. I've heard that the larger stores (like Summerhill and Cooper St.) sometimes get stock from private orders that aren't picked up or that otherwise go awry in some way, so perhaps that's what happened there.

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