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3 of my favorite Canadian sodas

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44hink Nov 26, 2008 09:00 AM

My Mom who is 83, and I were having a discussion about her growing up on Cadliac St. in Montreal. I remember going to Montreal for visits in the summer when i was younger. I have lost touch with most of my cousins. So, furthering my investigation regarding my problem leads me here.
However, the one thing I remember to this day... Canadian BBQ potato chips, and 3 favorite sodas we can't get in the States. Nectar, Cream Soda (Canadian cream soda... there is a differance) and above all SPRUCE BEER soda. Ever time I mention these to friends of mine, unless they have been to Montreal or there abouts, they think I'm dreaming this stuff up.
WHERE can I find these sodas???
Being originally from Boston, now residing in Pelham, NH (Southern NH )
It is next to impossible to get. Is there a website I can purchase and have shipped to my home. Anyone on this....

Thanks I have been trying to find an answer to this question for a while now, without having to drive over the boarder to purchase it in person.
44hink

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    44hink Nov 27, 2008 07:58 PM

    thank you all for your info. (the best I have had so far) Yes I'd rather try to get it shipped to the US. Southern NH to be exact. Not far from Montreal, but far enough not to be able to get it. I will give thr RI connection a shot. Nectar and the spruce beer are my big interest. someone on the the site mentioned Marco and Denis. I remember the Marco spruce beer but the Denis Nectar is now fresh in my mind clear bottle where the marco was a greenish clear bottle. anyway thanks all. I'll let you all know how I make out.
    thanks again
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      deliajl Dec 1, 2008 05:39 PM

      Please do let us know how you make out, 44. I have also been trying to track down spruce beer for years. Although I live in Connecticut, and have never been to Canada, relatives would bring bière d' épinette home with them from their annual trips to Montreal. I haven't seen it, or tasted it, in about 30 years. I called Marco in Canada and spoke to a woman who said they are planning on marketing it in NY and CT in early 2009. They cannot ship it because it needs to be refrigerated, and dry ice is too cold.

    2. kpzoo Nov 27, 2008 05:51 AM

      I think everyone may have lost sight of the fact that the OP said he is *not* looking to come up to Canada for these sodas, he's trying to get it shipped to the US. :-)

      Wish I had some suggestions...

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      1. re: kpzoo
        porker Nov 27, 2008 07:44 AM

        I don't think I lost sight exactly - u.s. makers of cream soda, nectar-like cola champagne in US, and Empire Bottling Works in RI for SB.
        My run-on about locally made SB was an attempt to connect with the OP and his converstaions with 83 year old Mom...

      2. porker Nov 26, 2008 05:33 PM

        I agree with bomobob -
        there's plenty of cream sodas in the US: Stewarts, Sioux City, Dr. Brown's, Dad's, Boylans, and my favorite, IBC (plus a load of others like Willie's Hemp Butterscotch cream, or Kutztown, or Waialia Vanilla Cream).

        Nectar? I dunno, but there are some Latin soft drinks called Cola Champagne. Kind of a cross between cream soda and nectar tasting. You can find these in either Mexican or south american shops. (but maybe not exactly what you're looking for).

        Spruce? Good luck.
        A few big chains have it made for their stores in Canada, like Merit, Multichoice, and Maxi. Not necessarily bad tasting, but I think they use artificial flavoring. When reminiscing with your mother, you're probably thinking of the mom and pop fry joints that made their own. Closest to that, commercially, is the Marco brand as mentioned above.

        There was a casse croute on Notre Dame near Guy who made their own. The guy would ask if you're going straight home - if not, he'd refuse to sell you a bottle, saying the bottle would explode in your car. They moved a few years back, (a few blocks around the corner) but I don't know if they still operate.

        Apparently theres an outfit in Rhode Island called Empire Bottling Works, they make a spruce beer, but I don't know how good.
        (they're small and maybe can help you out...info here
        http://www.manta.com/coms2/dnbcompany... )

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        1. re: porker
          superbossmom Nov 27, 2008 01:34 AM

          apparently Paul Patates still serve their own home made spruce beer,

          Restaurant Paul Patates
          760, Charlevoix
          Montréal

          1. re: superbossmom
            carswell Nov 27, 2008 05:55 AM

            Paul Patates' recipe comes from Émile Bertrand, the owner of the defunct snack bar on Notre Dame that porker refers to. See http://www.montrealmirror.com/2007/05... for the background.

        2. UnConundrum Nov 26, 2008 01:35 PM

          The new lunch restaurant Provisions on St. Laurent serves spruce beer. I tried it there yesterday. It wasn't to my liking, but it was distinctive.

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            BLM Nov 27, 2008 08:25 PM

            Marco spruce beer.

          2. bomobob Nov 26, 2008 12:36 PM

            You can get "Canadian" cream soda virtually everywhere. Every supermarket will have a house brand of it. Of course, none are as sickly sweet and delicious as Snow White brand...
            Nectar is a bit more difficult. That used to be the soft drink of choice in my house when I was a kid, and Ice Castle was the only game in town, as far as we were concerned. I haven't seen nectar in a long time, but I have some strange memory of actually stumbling over some a few years ago. Maybe in Ontario? I forget.
            Spruce beer, Marco or any other kind, is always available from countryside apple/jam/cheese stores, and isn't hard to find outside of Montreal. I'm sure it won't be hard to track down in town either. But it won't be in the mini-bar.

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              Campofiorin Nov 27, 2008 05:15 AM

              Actually, nectar is found in most grocery stores. President's Choice makes it, Métro and IGA as well. Haven't seen Crush in a while but Denis still makes it too.

            2. carswell Nov 26, 2008 09:32 AM

              Marco, probably the leading local producer of spruce and birch beer, has a website that lists Canadian retailers that carry its products. None shown for the USA, but you could always try contacting the company and asking. www.breuvagesmarco.com

              Other than that, you could check out some of the online retailers listed on Anthony's Root Beer Barrel -- http://rootbeerbarrel.com/faqs/#order -- and be sure to poke around their Availability pages, where you'll find things like this: http://rootbeerbarrel.com/2008/10/08/...

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