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Apr 4, 2010 03:30 PM

beer kegs in montreal

im throwing a birthday party for a friend of mine and im wondering if anyone knows whether the saq or the breweries sell kegs to the public.
i know the beer store in ontario sells them but im not willing to make the drive out to cornwall or ottawa

thanks in advance

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  1. I'm fairly sure that you need a liquor license to buy a keg in Quebec.

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    1. re: montrealwaitress

      That's the way it was in the 70's when I went to Concordia. We just bought stacks of cases. Only Taverns (men-only) and Brasseries could server draft beer.

    2. The major breweries will only sell kegs to client with a liquor liscence, some smaller independent breweries might sell some directly to the customers.

      And cost wise, depending again on the beer, it's cheaper or same price to get a keg than the bottles equivalent

      1. Sorry but going to Ontario may be your only option.

        1. Bierbrier

          asks if you want to serve cold, draught beer at your event, to give them a call...

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          1. re: porker

            Yup, these guys are your best bet.

          2. They are hard to get, but this does not stop some people from getting them for special occasions. There are some pubs in the west island that will hook you up if you ask nicely. I would just do a tour and ask around.

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            1. re: The Chemist

              If pubs hook you up, it's illegal, and they'd lose their license in a heartbeat if the govt found out - so you'd hafta be a damn good customer for them to do it for you. You sure as hell can't just 'ask around'.

              The best and probably only way to do it -esp since the OP seems to have no connections in the industry- is to call Bierbrier or another small local brewery, or better yet have a beer rep amongst your friends or neighbours.

              If you do resort to asking around at bars, though, owners & managers all know beer reps better than anyone. So ask for that contact, and if you're a good regular, they may give you the rep's number, and say you can say you talked to them for a better price. That's the only way any pub owner or manager I know would 'hook you up'. (again, I stress if you're a *nice regular* - not just asking for huge favours at any pub you don't even know one bartender by name)