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Where to find US Microbrewery beers in Montreal

ptremblay Aug 17, 2010 08:38 AM

Does anyone know where I could get a hold of some American microbrewery beers in Montreal? More specifically I’m looking for beers from Dogfish Head Brewery and Stone Brewery.

I tried the usual suspects such as Peluzo, Paradis de la bière, but no luck.


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    Maximilien Apr 27, 2011 11:17 AM

    (just asking, since I'm not a huge beer drinker)

    Maybe there are not enough production of those micro breweries to be able to ship in "comfortable" quantities to Quebec ?

    Or not enough demand for them ? other than CH, I rarely hear about people raving about micro-breweries from the US or the ROC.

    anyway, there's nothing preventing you from contacting private beer "importers" to ask them if they want to import some beers from the state or other provinces.


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    1. re: Maximilien
      celfie Apr 27, 2011 11:27 AM

      notice how american manufactures actually bottle in canada- pbr for example
      samuel adams which isnt widely available in quebec is distributed by moosehead

      1. re: celfie
        Maximilien Apr 27, 2011 11:44 AM

        Is Samuel Adams considered a Micro-Brewery beer ? it's part of a big empire.

        1. re: Maximilien
          SourberryLily Apr 27, 2011 12:55 PM

          Probably just as much as Unibroue is a microbrewery?

          1. re: SourberryLily
            artstate Apr 27, 2011 01:14 PM

            i would say it's definitely less of a microbrewery than Unibroue. Unibroue caries more specialty and limited edition/availability beers. You could say they still produce in volume, which is true. But you can at least appreciate their effort to relate to the microbrewery "image". Beer fest, you cannot come soon enough.. haha

    2. Haggisboy Apr 27, 2011 11:01 AM

      This online article discusses two Montreal beer emporiums you might want to check out.


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      1. re: Haggisboy
        celfie Apr 27, 2011 11:12 AM

        they don't have these beers

        you wont find them in montreal
        i havent seen dogfish in ontario either

        1. re: Haggisboy
          Surf_science Apr 27, 2011 11:41 AM

          It is all Quebec beer there which is odd, the clearly have a commitment to diversity yet don't have imports which I think suggests their is something holding them back

          1. re: Surf_science
            kpzoo Apr 27, 2011 11:43 AM


            inter-provincial trade beer Canada

            and you'll learn about all the reasons behind the current situation.

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          Surf_science Apr 27, 2011 10:21 AM

          I've looked really hard and I haven't found anything inside of Quebec.

          I'm pretty sure there is some kind of corruption going on. There is no reason why you should be able to find imported craft brew in NB and ON and not in downtown Montreal. The lack of craft beer from the rest of Canada (other than moosehead if that counts) is also really suspect. The SAQ carries something like 5 canadian craft beers.... it is a very very fishy situation.

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          1. re: Surf_science
            SnackHappy Apr 27, 2011 11:20 AM

            The SAQ barely carries any beer at all. They've given up on beer. The market in Quebec is controlled by multinationals. Find your conspiracies somewhere else.

            1. re: SnackHappy
              Surf_science Apr 27, 2011 11:33 AM

              If that was true than the Quebec microbrews would also be affected which is clearly not the case

              1. re: Surf_science
                SnackHappy Apr 27, 2011 11:47 AM

                How many Quebec microbrews have you seen at the SAQ? The ones that are there are mostly legacy products from when the SAQ actually cared about beer.

                If there are Quebec microbrews in deps and grocery stores it's because the brewers fought hard to get that shelf space. Small out-of-province breweries don't have the resources to do that here.

                1. re: SnackHappy
                  Surf_science Apr 27, 2011 11:52 AM

                  The SAQ clearly has no love for beer. You can however find a huge variety of Quebec beers at some deps, dozens of varieties, and in these places there is still an absence of imports

                  1. re: Surf_science
                    SnackHappy Apr 27, 2011 11:56 AM

                    Because they have no distribution here. How do you think markets work?

                    1. re: Surf_science
                      Maximilien Apr 27, 2011 11:59 AM

                      Maybe we (as a general population) do not really care about imported beer ?

                      It was wildly popular in the early 90's (?) when the SAQ opened a few beer store, but then micro breweries started to flourish and we changed our buying habits to support local businesses.

                      and we (as a general population) started to drink more wine (and porto) ...


                      1. re: Maximilien
                        celfie Apr 27, 2011 12:00 PM

                        let's all just be happy that beer can be bought on every block in this province

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                          Surf_science Apr 27, 2011 12:01 PM

                          That I agree is awesome!

                        2. re: Maximilien
                          kpzoo Apr 27, 2011 12:09 PM

                          As I mentioned below, there are historic and legal reasons relating to former inter-provincial trade restrictions, explaining why out-of-province beer is so hard to find in Canada - it's not just a Quebec phenomenon. I haven't researched it fully, but doing some initial Googling shows there are a bunch of documented reasons behind the current situation.

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                westaust Aug 22, 2010 03:14 PM

                Not really a microbrewery but a good US beer, Sam Adams Boston Lager is now also available at SAQ

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                  The Chemist Aug 21, 2010 10:46 AM

                  I have an interest in this topic too (was the OP on the previous locked thread). Anywho, I found Dead Guy Ale, an Oregon microbrew, at the big downtown SAQ on Maisonneuve. That's something, at least.

                  1. Peaches to Poutine Aug 18, 2010 04:26 AM

                    Once again, I'd recommend a quick jaunt over the border. Vermont, as well as having their own excellent beers, uses carries what you're looking for. I love Quebec, I love Quebec microbrews, but sometimes I just want something from home.

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                    1. re: Peaches to Poutine
                      MikeyMadness Aug 18, 2010 06:29 AM

                      Just an FYI: a quick jaunt to Vermont will not allow you to cross the border coming back to Canada with any alchocol. I believe you have to be away two days before you're aloowed any back. Same as smokes.

                      1. re: MikeyMadness
                        Peaches to Poutine Aug 18, 2010 12:09 PM

                        Well, that's if you're honest! :)

                        1. re: MikeyMadness
                          cherylmtl Aug 18, 2010 08:05 PM

                          If I'm not mistaken, you can bring back alcohol if you're gone for less than 48 hours, but you have to pay duty/tax etc on it - still might be worth it if you really want something.

                          1. re: cherylmtl
                            Peaches to Poutine Aug 19, 2010 03:36 AM

                            This is also true. Jaunting over to Vermont is the only way I can find certain liquors I want as well beers that Quebec doesn't sell.

                            1. re: cherylmtl
                              porker Aug 21, 2010 03:56 PM

                              Also depends on how by-the-book the border guy is. I've been waved through plenty of times declaring groceries and a six-pack.

                        2. SnackHappy Aug 17, 2010 09:21 AM

                          FWIW, Le Saint-Bock has a lot of private import beers. Some of them are from the US. No Dogfish Head for sure. Don't know about Stone Brewery. I do remember them having Brooklyn beer amongst others. Be ready to pay about twice what you would for a local beer


                          1. carswell Aug 17, 2010 08:47 AM

                            Discussed recently in a now-locked thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7218...

                            Why the sudden surge of local interest in Dogfish Head? Has it been featured on the Food Network or something?

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                            1. re: carswell
                              ptremblay Aug 17, 2010 08:51 AM

                              I just came back from a trip to New York and spent my weekend trying all sorts of different US microbreweries and the Dogfish Head Imperial IPA knocked my socks off and unfortunately I didn't have time to go back and stock up before I left so now I'm desperately trying to find it in Montreal.

                              1. re: ptremblay
                                carswell Aug 17, 2010 09:06 AM

                                The LCBO -- not The Beer Store -- carries the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. No such luck with the Imperial, however.


                              2. re: carswell
                                tibetanpeachpie Aug 17, 2010 11:00 AM

                                I don't know if they were featured on TV, but I too just returned from NYC and had Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and the 90 Minute IPA and it was GREAT.

                                Love the Brooklyn Lager as well.

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