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Jan 17, 2013 02:17 PM

Where can i find Ginger Beer

I'm looking for ginger beer in montreal, similar to what i've tasted in the UK or Australia. I got completly addicted to the stuff there, but can't find any here. I'd like to find alcoholized ginger beer but i would settle for just soda.

Do you guys know where to buy some? I have a car, willing to go anywhere for it, even a restaurant. I'd be so grateful for any help :)

(just to be clear, looking for ginger beer, not ginger ale)

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  1. Ta (the pie place) on Parc imports bottles of ginger beer from Australia. I haven't bought one from there in awhile but they were $5-something a bottle.
    4520, Avenue du Parc, Montréal

    I don't know of other UK or Australian ginger beers available in Montreal. I personally really enjoy the Goya ginger beers because they are spicy. They can be purchased at most Latin grocery stores.

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    1. Reddit's Montreal subreddit has a great list of microbrews stores: .

      I remember buying some, but I'm not sure where. If I had to guess, I'd say either Peluso or Supermarché Rahman Le Paradis de la Bière, as those are the stores I visit most often.

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      1. re: philippefs

        There's a difference between ginger beer and ginger flavoured beer. I once bought a bottle at Peluso with a label that suggested it was ginger beer but it was just beer with ginger in it. As far as I know nobody in Québec makes alcoholic ginger beer.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          Was it La Chi Orientale?

          Either way, I just remember Marie-Claude Lortie wrote a post about it: .

          1. re: SnackHappy

            SnackHappy's got it right. I'm looking for ginger beer, not ginger flavoured beer.

            Ginger beer is like.... root beer. It's fermented ginger roots with lemons, in a pure sense. No hops.

        2. the loblaws in park ex has them in the international food aisle.

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          1. re: eatingproject

            While this is true, it's still not the product the OP is looking for. She's looking for ginger beer that has actual alcoholic content.

            1. re: Peaches to Poutine

              the OP also wrote that they'd settle for just soda.

              1. re: eatingproject

                Yeah, i would prefer alcoholic but i'm so desperate i'd keep this loblaws as a backup :)

          2. Phillips Brewing in Victoria makes a ginger beer;
            (third from left on middle shelf
            )How'll you get it here is another matter.

            While figuring it out, perhaps a ginger beer shandy
            will ease the yearning?

              1. re: Glaff

                Oh! I didn't know you could get Fever Tree ginger beer in Montreal. I might just go get some.

                1. re: Glaff

                  Wow! This is the most promising lead yet. Thank you so much for posting this.

                  The news is pretty fresh too, only 2 days before my original post. I better rush over there and confirm this finding.

                  1. re: SourberryLily

                    Follow up:
                    Two followups to give.
                    I went to BioTerre and sure enough, found the ginger beer. It is non alcoholic, but made in UK for it's the style i wanted. Tastes excellent although a little sweet for my tastes.
                    At 1.70$ a bottle, i simple bought everything they had on shelf!! So i'm sorry to report that they are now out of stock ;-)

                    And finally, decided to make my own ginger beer. It's ready now and tastes pretty good, with alcohol content of 7.5%. It didn't take too well to the Co2 (i kegged it, coudln't be bothered to bottle) so it is a little flatter then i would've hoped. However, i think my yeast worked a little too well as it's not sweet at all. I'll try to figure out how i can change it to make it sweeter. I'd like something in between Fever Tree's ultra sweetness and the tartness of mine.

                    Thanks everyone!

                    1. re: SourberryLily

                      You really love your ginger beer, to make it yourself, kudos!

                      1. re: SourberryLily

                        Fever Tree is hardly what I would call ultra sweet. In fact it has about half the sugar of most ginger beer I've ever seen. And I have tried just about every type available on the island of Montreal as well as throughout the British Isles.