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Pear Cider in Montreal?

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Hi Gang,

I was wondering...do any of you know where I can get pear cider in Montreal? I've checked a few SAQs, and no luck so far. I know the liquor stores in Ontario carry some pear cider, and several different brand of hard ciders besides. I've only really seen Quebec's apple ice cider, which is delicious, btw, but it surprises me that no enterprising Quebec ciderie hasn't produced this product yet. Quebec can easily produce several different varieties of apple and/or pear cider.

So if you know of any places that offer different types of cider, please let us know.

Thanks.

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  1. Your best bet would be to visit le Marché des saveurs at Jean-Talon market.

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    1. re: Campofiorin

      I haven't seen any perry there, alas. (It is "poiré" in French). I'll ask them the next time I go there. I love perry, but ideally it calls for perry pears.

      I didn't know there was any perry at the LCBO - I'll check their site. Unfortunately they also carry a lot of horrid sweet alcopop-type cider with "fruit flavours".

      1. re: lagatta

        The only one I've tried and bought, I found at Fête des vendages in Maggog a couple of years ago. It was simply called Poiré but can't remember the name of the company. It was a small business from MOntérégie or Estrie.

    2. Cidres et vergers Pendeault make a pear-flavoured cider called L'Or de l'Île aux Coudres but it's apple-based, sweetish and artificially carbonated. Am not aware of any Quebec producer of genuine poiré, though a pear-growers' cooperative in St-Joachim de Shefford has expressed interest in trying their hand at it. The LCBO stocks an inexpensive English pear cider in cans. The best I've had here come from Normandy via New York, I'm sorry to say. Am not sure Quebec grows or even can grow the best varieties of pear for porié. And then there's the question of demand; many people have no idea such a thing even exists. Too bad, as a good poiré is a wonderful, refreshing, low-alcoholic drink that also makes an excellent match for many cheeses.

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      1. re: carswell

        Indeed, I've never heard of any growers of perry pears here. But they are even grown in Sweden (as well as northwestern France, parts of England and Wales, Germany, Austria etc). I'd think some warm microclimates here could grow perry pears, Shefford sounds like a good candidate. I had the Norman poiré there in Normandy - I love it very much, indeed it is a wonderful friend of cheese (as are pears).

        The English pear cider LCBO imports is not an interesting one: there are very good perries in Britain but they are smaller producers and I don't think they are exported much.

      2. Havre-aux-glaces has a pear-cider sorbet (as of last Sunday), so I'm sure you could ask them.

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        1. re: eoj

          Isn't that made from apple cider and pear purée?

          1. re: carswell

            I believe so - it's poire et cidre, if I'm not mistaken, not poire cidre. But it's still yummy (although not as much as the caramel brule or the ginger, but I digress...)

        2. I just had some and it was delicious! Eric Bordelet's Poiré Granit was so divine, I even posted about it - picture and all

          1. For the record, the excellent if deluxe poiré swissfoodie mentions is brought in by Bergeron les vins, is currently being served at Buvette Chez Simone (4869 Park, 514 750-6577) and will eventually be available at the SAQ Signature outlets. For backgournd on the producer (in French only), see www.ericbordelet.com

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            1. re: carswell

              Indeed, I sampled it at the opening of the place last night. Glad to see you were resourceful Carswell and uncovered my source!!!

              1. re: swissfoodie

                Just fyi, I went to Buvette Chez Simone today and they did not have the Pear Cider. Apparently it was something special that they had for the opening...??

                1. re: JB222

                  It was back on Buvette's list a couple of weeks ago. It's come and gone from the Signature stores. Here's hoping they restock soon.