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Looking for Bitters

dbones May 15, 2009 10:58 AM

I've recently really gotten into bartending at home. I have access to pretty much all the various types of liquor I need, but am missing bitters as an ingredient. I've been told you can buy bitters at your local grocery store, but I couldn't find them.

Does anyone know where in Montreal or Laval that I can find Angostura bitters (or any other brand for that matter) for mixing drinks?

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  1. carswell RE: dbones May 15, 2009 11:03 AM

    Saw them recently at the Marché du Village (5415 Gatineau corner Lacombe in CDN, 514 735-3611), one of *my* local grocery stores. Am surprised you can't find them at yours.

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      dbones RE: carswell May 15, 2009 11:09 AM

      Anything closer to the West Island or Laval?

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        carswell RE: dbones May 15, 2009 11:17 AM

        Dunno. But, as I said, it's really surprising that you can't find them in one of the chain groceries. Did you ask the staff at yours? As I recall, they were stocked with the condiments (like Worcestershire sauce) at the Marché du Village (which used to be and maybe still is loosely affiliated with the Métro chain).

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          dbones RE: carswell May 15, 2009 12:25 PM

          I scoured that section of the store, but failed to ask the staff specifically. I guess that's what I'll do. Thanks.

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            maisonbistro RE: dbones May 15, 2009 12:47 PM

            The bitters at Loblaws and Provigo are in the soft drink aisle. They also have mixes for alcoholized drinks (pina coladas, etc...).

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          MikeyMadness RE: dbones May 14, 2012 07:40 PM

          I just noticed them at Pecheur Du Marche carries them. That's the fish store by the Marche de L'Ouest farmers market, on Sources Blvd.

          While you're there you can chow down on some fish & chips!

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        Jasminecuisine RE: dbones May 16, 2009 04:49 AM

        I have seen bitters at Metro and IGA grocery stores. They are located near the wine section, with grenadine syrup and stuff like that.

        1. TheSnowpea RE: dbones May 16, 2009 07:46 AM

          Like Maisonbistro, I got the classic Angostura Bitters at a supermarket. I think it was Loblaws. I have others kinds of bitters, which I purchased online from Kegworks in the US. But that's another story!

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            cartour RE: TheSnowpea Apr 18, 2011 12:12 PM

            i was having a blast filling my cart on kegwork,but then they said they cant deliver it to here, how did you get to order the bitters you wanted ?

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              TheSnowpea RE: cartour May 4, 2011 05:11 PM

              Sorry I only saw this now. They did offer trans-border shipping via an agent, who will charge all taxes and customs, which can really ramp up the price. I think they still so: see http://www.kegworks.com/faqs/canadaSh...

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            celfie RE: dbones Apr 18, 2011 12:13 PM

            provigo on mt royal has

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              cartour RE: celfie Apr 18, 2011 12:18 PM

              i'm not looking for the angostura regular one , i'm looking for the other kinds like, fee brothers bitters ?!!!

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                SnackHappy RE: cartour Apr 18, 2011 01:04 PM


                EDIT: Nevermind, the online store says **Only available in Continental US**. That's weird though, since they are based in Montreal.

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                  cartour RE: SnackHappy Apr 18, 2011 01:19 PM

                  yeah thats weired, i saw that too, but do you think they have a department that we can actually go and buy it in person ?

                  actually i just saw that the office is in florida

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                    SnackHappy RE: cartour Apr 18, 2011 01:31 PM

                    Found it!

                    Fee Brothers Canadian distributor: http://www.qualifirst.com/

                    EDIT: This is their online store: http://www.epicureal.com/

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                      westaust RE: SnackHappy Apr 18, 2011 01:33 PM

                      You can find the Fee Brothers bitters at Douceurs du Marche at Marche Atwater.

                      I saw them there last weekend

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                        cartour RE: westaust Apr 18, 2011 01:53 PM

                        And sure thing im gonna try look in the store if its true it is even easier and cheaper than shipping, soooooo nice

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                        cartour RE: SnackHappy Apr 18, 2011 01:53 PM

                        you guys are awesome
                        apparently they deliver here in canada and i can get those to montreal

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                          montrealwaitress RE: cartour Apr 18, 2011 09:53 PM

                          Les Douceurs at Atwater carry a number of differnet Fee Brothers flavours. No need to have them shipped.

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                            cartour RE: montrealwaitress Apr 19, 2011 10:09 AM

                            yeah i went there and they have a lot , it's really awesome, thanks for the help :D

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                          TheSnowpea RE: SnackHappy May 4, 2011 05:21 PM

                          Ahhhh, they have all the Fee Bros products!

                          I love you, SnackHappy. Really, I do.

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                            westaust RE: TheSnowpea May 5, 2011 07:25 AM

                            Qualifirst is expensive compared to douceurs du marché.

                            I paid 7.99 per bottle for the bitters at douceurs, Qualifirst charges 9.95 for the same bottle + shipping (12$ of shipping for one bottle, must be flat rate shipping)

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                              TheSnowpea RE: westaust May 8, 2011 04:48 PM

                              Very true. I went to Douceurs and indeed found their Fee Bros selection. They have about 8 different kinds, including the Old Fashioned, Celery, Cherry, Bitter Orange, Grapefruit, Peach, ... maybe the Rhubarb? I forget. They don't have the Plum nor the Chocolate bitters (Fee keeps creating new varieties!)

                              Douceurs doesn't have the other Fee products such as the falernum (a must in tiki drinks) and the cordials. You can get orgeat though if you're into tiki cocktails.

                              So now we just need to convince them to carry Peychaud Bitters too, and all with be right with my little cocktail brewing world! LOL

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                                Peaches to Poutine RE: TheSnowpea May 8, 2011 05:01 PM

                                I was just at Douceurs this morning and could have sworn I saw the chocolate bitters on the shelf with all the others! Huh!

                                Maybe some zealous chocolate bitters person swiped them all?

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                                  TheSnowpea RE: Peaches to Poutine May 8, 2011 05:42 PM

                                  I have the choc bitters already, purchased at Kalustyan's last summer. But I did point out to the Douceurs counter guy that this product existed when I got my orange and my celery bitters (Bloody Mary, here I come!).

                                  Maybe they got some new ones this week? (sounds unlikely, I know!)

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                                    Peaches to Poutine RE: TheSnowpea May 9, 2011 03:54 AM

                                    It could be they took your suggestion to heart and ordered some. I vaguely remember rattling off all the flavors they had and saying, "They even have chocolate bitters."

                                    Worth a shot to see if you're lucky or I have gone nuts!

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                                    cartour RE: Peaches to Poutine May 9, 2011 10:09 AM

                                    You have to think me for that, i made a special order and then left some aztec bitters for the store when i got my package :)

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                                      TheSnowpea RE: cartour May 9, 2011 08:17 PM

                                      Ha! Next time, make sure they get falernum too! :)

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                                        cartour RE: TheSnowpea May 10, 2011 10:32 AM

                                        about falernum,les douceurs dont wanna add it to the inventory,but anyways qualifirst are out of it for this month !!!

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                    irongab RE: dbones May 23, 2011 11:35 AM

                    Got a bottle at Marché du Village (5415, av Gatineau Montreal, QC H3T 1X4) and also found some at Latina on St-Viateur (http://www.chezlatina.com/). Hope this helps.

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                      yoelbenyossef RE: irongab Jun 6, 2011 08:25 AM

                      If you're just looking for standard Augustura bitters, you can find them at almost any IGA, Metro, or Loblaws.
                      The employees never know where they are, so you have to hunt them down yourself though. I usually find them around the grenadine, and coconut milk for pina coladas.

                    2. estilker RE: dbones Mar 15, 2012 09:10 AM

                      So has anyone ever seen Peychauds? I went to Gourmet Laurier the other weekend because I believe I read here they carried some Fee Brothers bitters here. Alas to no avail. Only the Angostura.

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                        OliverB RE: estilker Mar 15, 2012 09:17 AM

                        Led Douceurs always carries Fee Brothers. I have old fashioned, orange, lemon, rhubarb, and celery bitters stocked up from them.

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                          hopi20 RE: OliverB May 14, 2012 06:14 AM

                          Would you mind telling me how much you paid for, say, the orange bitters at Les Douceurs? Thanks!

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                            yoelbenyossef RE: hopi20 May 14, 2012 06:42 AM

                            I went this weekend, and got orange, peach, and grapefruit bitters for 8$ each.
                            They have 5-10 different kinds, plus the barrel aged bitters.
                            The barrel aged ones though are much more expensive, 30$, I think.

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                              estilker RE: yoelbenyossef May 14, 2012 07:15 AM

                              La Vieille Europe started carrying Fee Bros as well.

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                                hopi20 RE: yoelbenyossef May 14, 2012 10:58 AM

                                Ah thanks. I was there just yesterday and was surprised by the $30 price tag!

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                            MontrealBen RE: estilker May 14, 2012 06:32 PM

                            My understanding is that Peychaud's aren't available in Canada, period. I know a friend of mine spent a significant amount of time seeking them out, and couldn't find them available for retail anywhere. Best bet is to bring some back next time you cross the border.

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                            cartour RE: dbones May 14, 2012 07:45 PM



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                              artstate RE: dbones May 15, 2012 04:59 PM

                              Exo Fruits on Cote-des-neiges (5192, Cote-Des-Neiges ) has Angostura bitters. Haven't seen any other brands

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                                cpdp4u RE: dbones Mar 8, 2013 01:09 PM

                                I am told by someone at Doucers du Marché they won't carry Peychaud's anytime soon becuase the label is not bilingual

                                1. Haggisboy RE: dbones Mar 8, 2013 05:27 PM

                                  I live on the WI and I've seen Angostura bitters in most of the IGA's there. I'm not sure but I think I've seen them in the baking ingredients section (same general region as vanilla extract etc.) but I've got to confess that other than knowing that I've seen them, I can't be precise on where in the store.

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                                    HDS777 RE: dbones Jun 23, 2013 05:33 AM

                                    Does any place sell the ORANGE Angostura?

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                                      Kangagirl83 RE: HDS777 Nov 9, 2013 06:13 AM

                                      Sold at Latina on St Viateur now.

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                                      Plumpyprune RE: dbones Jun 24, 2013 05:29 PM

                                      You will definitely find bitters at Marche Milano in Little Italy.

                                      1. estilker RE: dbones Jul 16, 2013 01:29 AM

                                        A friend of mine recently acquired some chilli bitters at Alambika in Outremont. You can browse their website. Premium prices, but a good selection.

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                                          HDS777 RE: estilker Jul 18, 2013 08:39 AM

                                          Hey estilker! Thanks for your recommendation! I went to Alambika on Van Horne a couple of days ago and was blown away by all the bitters they have! They have way more selection than Douceur du Marche.

                                          I took notes of all the brands they have because I plan on going back to complete my collection.
                                          They have
                                          -Regan's (the only place in Quebec that I've ever seen them)
                                          -Peychaud's (both formats)
                                          -Angostura and Angostura Orange (they have them! I swear! They don't need the excuse that it's back order haha)
                                          -Fee's Bitters and Fee's Cordials
                                          -Hella Bitters
                                          -Bad Dog
                                          -Dr Adams Elmigerab
                                          -Brooklyn Hemispherical
                                          -Bittered Sling

                                          Seriously worth a visit!

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                                          Kangagirl83 RE: dbones Nov 9, 2013 06:07 AM

                                          Latina on St Viateur now has a nice selection as well as Jack Ruby and other craft syrups.

                                          Also they are packing a nice range of barrel aged and infused maple syrups - perfect for cocktails.

                                          They have the Orange Angostura bitters as well.

                                          Prices are cheaper by a few dollar or so then Alambika, with a range that is growing to be comparable.

                                          Ironic that MTL finally has bitters but we still suffer with shit choices for the hard staff.

                                          Mate of mine from Toronto is coming over soon with my Plymouth Gin, Four Roses and St Germain shipment.

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                                            amylnitrate RE: dbones Nov 12, 2013 07:08 AM

                                            In Little Italy, Anatol Spices at 6822 St-Laurent.

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