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scottybooj Jun 4, 2013 09:04 PM

Heading to the Grand Prix this weekend and we want to being some great local beers to the race. Caveat is that they have to be in cans. Any suggestions? And where to buy? Thanks!

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    Maximilien RE: scottybooj Jun 5, 2013 03:54 AM

    I like the beers from Archibald; they offer most of their beers in can. I found them at Marché des Saveurs at marché Jean-Talon.

    http://www.archibaldmicrobrasserie.ca...

    Max.

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      yellowcake RE: Maximilien Jun 5, 2013 06:29 AM

      +1 on Archibald.
      St-Ambroise pale ale recently found in cans, too. (Maybe not in Quebec?)

      As of this past fall, only 2 available:
      http://cabrasse.ca/on-beers-cans/

      Could always grab some Shock Top (not a micro, but an alternative to the usual suspects).

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        chrisincyul RE: yellowcake May 2, 2014 06:23 AM

        Agree 100% with archibald, we had a case of Bud Light to keep us going all day long, once we tasted archibald, we were never going back

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      catroast RE: scottybooj Jun 5, 2013 03:55 AM

      your best bet is going to paradis du biere on laurier where there might be a very small number of local beer in cans. barely any local breweries can their beers - it's just not a thing here for whatever reason.

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        lagatta RE: catroast Jun 5, 2013 06:38 AM

        Supermarché Rahman - Le paradis de la bière
        151, avenue Laurier Ouest
        Montréal, H2T 2N6

        (514) 279-2566

        One local beer I often see in 6-packs (cans) is Vieux-Montréal; the only rating I have for it is so-so, though. I'm not really a beer drinker so perhaps someone better informed would have an opinion.

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          scottybooj RE: catroast Jun 6, 2013 01:12 PM

          Awesome, it's right around the corner from where I'm staying!

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          EaterBob RE: scottybooj Jun 5, 2013 06:28 AM

          L'insoumise is available at most SAQ's
          http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/bie...

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            EaterBob RE: EaterBob Jun 7, 2013 11:26 AM

            Since y'all aren't paying much attention... L'insoumise is brewed by Microbrasserie Archibald in Lac-Beauport just outside of Quebec City.

            It sells for $3.60/can and is available in pretty much every SAQ in town.

            Meets every single one of the OP's criteria.

            And on top of it is quite tasty.

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            scottybooj RE: scottybooj Jun 6, 2013 01:08 PM

            Thanks everyone! Yeah, not a lot of micros are canning their beer but I'm NOT drinking labatts blue

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              catroast RE: scottybooj Jun 6, 2013 01:45 PM

              well there are the ones mentioned but there's also alexander keith, heineken, grolsch, sapporo, guiness, hoegaarden etc so no need to drink blue

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                Mr F RE: catroast Jun 7, 2013 09:04 AM

                None of which are local, and arguably only Guinness approaches the "great" beer the OP wanted.

                Keith's is easily as bad as Blue, maybe worse because they have the nerve to call it an IPA when it's not even close. At least Blue bears a passing resemblance to pilsner.

                Anybody for a Boris Slam while we're at it?

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                  catroast RE: Mr F Jun 7, 2013 09:06 AM

                  guiness is not a local beer? really? thanks for that.

                  but labatt blue is right?

                  I also disagree that keith's is worse than blue but you're entitled to an opinion.

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                    Shattered RE: catroast Jun 7, 2013 02:48 PM

                    You're both right. Both beers are terrible. (But if I only had one on a desert island, it would be Keith's. Blue tastes like ginger ale made with well water.)

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                Shattered RE: scottybooj Jun 6, 2013 02:41 PM

                Sleeman is the best domestic beer that comes in cans, imo

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                  Mr F RE: Shattered Jun 7, 2013 07:38 AM

                  I'd put St-Ambroise Pale Ale ahead of anything from Sleeman's.

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                    lagatta RE: Mr F Jun 7, 2013 08:19 AM

                    Yes, but does it come in cans? I've never happened to see any.

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                      Mr F RE: lagatta Jun 7, 2013 08:49 AM

                      Yes, it does; 473 ml only. Launched a few months ago.

                      In Little Italy, you can find it at Marché Royal Plus, corner of St-Zotique and Henri-Julien. It can be a little hard to find, what with the crowded fridges there, but there's usually some in stock.

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                        lagatta RE: Mr F Jun 7, 2013 11:43 AM

                        Yes, Royal Plus has a huge beer selection, though as you say their fridges are always crowded. For the poster asking the initial question, imagine they can be found at Rahman Paradis de la bière in Mile End?

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                          Shattered RE: Mr F Jun 7, 2013 02:45 PM

                          Thanks for the info. I find it weird that St-Ambroise beers are in every dep in town and I've never seen it in cans. I'll look for it, though.

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                            Mr F RE: Shattered Jun 7, 2013 03:44 PM

                            They only can the pale ale, it's only sold in singles, and it's more expensive than most domestic cans, so my guess is not everyone carries it and those who do may be putting it on the bottom shelf.

                            I only mentioned the one store for lagatta's benefit, but I would think the Paradis must have it.

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                              cherylmtl RE: Mr F May 1, 2014 05:16 PM

                              No, I think they're all available in cans now. It's fairly recent, but Fromagerie Atwater had them all last week IIRC.

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                                Mr F RE: cherylmtl May 2, 2014 10:28 AM

                                Sorry, I resurrected a year-old thread. You're right, all the regular McAuslan products are sold in cans now (just not the Scotch Ale, Double IPA etc., and AFAIK none of the Griffon beers).

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                  yellowcake RE: scottybooj Jun 7, 2013 06:58 AM

                  Also TchequeBec for pilsner in cans

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                    Mr F RE: yellowcake Jun 7, 2013 03:56 PM

                    Interesting... Is it widely available?

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                    scottybooj RE: scottybooj Jun 7, 2013 03:12 PM

                    Thanks again...had st.ambrois pale but found the bitterness never ending. Will look for the other suggestions.

                    Does brasserie Dunham can their beers? The black ipa is great!

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                      scottybooj RE: scottybooj Jun 7, 2013 10:17 PM

                      Bought archibald from Rachman plus some European brews we can count on. Grandstand 31 at the grand prix will have some FINE BREWS!

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                        Mr F RE: scottybooj May 1, 2014 07:39 AM

                        A few new sightings:

                        - most of the regular McAuslan/St. Ambroise line-up (Apricot Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale, IPA and the new St. Ambroise Red), as compared to Pale Ale only last year.

                        - Farnham - several types, have only tried the English Bitter so far, very good and characteristic of the style

                        - Tremblay - I don't know if this qualifies as "great" but it's better than standard swill

                        - and not local but still of interest, Granville Island and Creemore cans recently seen on the shelves.

                        And that's just at my local dep, there are probably even more newcomers at the specialty stores.

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                          ScoobySnacks20 RE: Mr F May 1, 2014 09:22 AM

                          If the corner dep has farnham, you're in good hands!

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                            lagatta RE: ScoobySnacks20 May 1, 2014 05:45 PM

                            I saw several varieties of cans of Farnham beer at Épicerie Lalime, an interesting small grocery-dep that prepares lunches and tourtières, including a duck tourtière (regular and individual sizes). St-Laurent and Beaubien, west side of the street.

                            Now, if only we had cider in cans, as they do in Ontario... (Not just Strongbow, also local brands).

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                            lagatta RE: Mr F May 1, 2014 09:49 AM

                            Yes, I bought a 473 ml can of the St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout on sale at IGA. (I'm not much of a beer drinker; this is going into a braise). At IGA and Metro, one could buy these individually; no need to buy a 6-pack.

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                              Mr F RE: lagatta May 1, 2014 10:35 AM

                              In my experience, "on sale" at large supermarkets is usually about the same as regular price at a well-stocked dep. An unexpected/unlikely situation that you might not have noticed as an infrequent beer drinker, but worth remembering for next time.

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                                lagatta RE: Mr F May 1, 2014 05:42 PM

                                Thanks! It was $2.50. Most of the deps around here sell the bottles, and not all of them are willing to sell only one. The bottles are smaller than the can I bought. I'll have to check Royal Plus again.

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                                  Mr F RE: lagatta May 2, 2014 10:26 AM

                                  Might be a brewery promo, then. At Royal the McAuslan cans are 2-for-$5 right now. I believe the single-can price is closer to $3.

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                                    lagatta RE: Mr F May 2, 2014 03:16 PM

                                    I'll pick up a couple more, then. My beer-drinking friends are fond of them, and the Oatmeal Stout is a remarkable ingredient for the cook.

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                              Shattered RE: Mr F May 1, 2014 10:10 AM

                              I've never found Granville Island in Montreal. Which dep is this, Mr F? Do they have any Creemores besides the lager? I recently had the Urbock and it's great.

                              Anyone know if Mill Street beers can be found in Montreal? (offtopic but worth a shot)

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                                SnackHappy RE: Shattered May 1, 2014 10:21 AM

                                I see Granville Island and Creemore Springs in supermarkets all the time(mostly Metro). They are Molson products so they're with all the other pseudo-microbrews.

                                I haven't seen the UrBock nor the Altbier which is my favourite Creemore.

                                Mill Street cannot be found anywhere in Quebec.

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                                  Shattered RE: SnackHappy May 1, 2014 10:32 AM

                                  Bummer. Mill St will remain a treat when I'm in Ontario (I had the iced tea wheat beer recently - sounds weird but it's amazing).

                                  Thanks for the heads-up on Granville. I know Creemore Springs lager is quite common here, but I've never seen their other beers either.

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                                  Mr F RE: Shattered May 1, 2014 10:31 AM

                                  Royal Plus, at St-Zotique and Henri-Julien.

                                  I believe they only carry the Creemore lager. I knew the brewery had been acquired by a major, but also assumed it was being allowed to carry on more or less as before (as opposed to the new owner slapping a Creemore label on Standard Brew no. 2). Have you noticed any change in the product since the ownership change? Same question goes for Granville Island, I guess.

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                                    frogsteak RE: Shattered May 3, 2014 10:33 PM

                                    I've bought Granville Island at the dep beside 'Herzing College' on Rene Lesveques and Guy

                                3. Peaches to Poutine RE: scottybooj May 1, 2014 01:56 PM

                                  Another vote for Farnham's canned offerings. Very fond of the IPA and the Bitter!

                                  1. heybaldy RE: scottybooj May 1, 2014 07:37 PM

                                    My dad is not a beer expert, but knows what he likes. After having sampled so many different brews around the world, he had a top ten for years. Recently,he added a new choice to his favorites, Tremblay. I agree it goes down smooth, and has a very definite character. Best of all, I can get it in cans at IGA.. i get paranoid about broken glass around my poolside, so its the only way to go.

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                                      frogsteak RE: heybaldy May 3, 2014 10:35 PM

                                      Tremblay is Quebec swill. I used to drink it when a few deps sold 15 packs for 11.99. sadly those days are gone.

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                                        Shattered RE: heybaldy May 4, 2014 08:22 AM

                                        Tremblay goes down skunky. I once got a pack 'cause it was so cheap and swore it off forever. Pretty sure I abandoned the last 1/3 in a fridge at a house party, that's how bad it is.

                                        p.s. Quote from my friend: "I'd rather die a vented virgin than drink Coors Light."

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                                          heybaldy RE: Shattered May 4, 2014 08:58 AM

                                          No beer in the world is sold skunky. This is ovbviously a sign of improper storage. Biere Tremblay when served fresh has a sweet citrus note, hoppy and fresh. We are not beer conoiseurs but the Albino Rhino is (seen on youtube). Have a peep at his review, why does he like it so much? Personally, I learned not to judge a product by the marketing, name, or price. I recommend Tremblay anytime.

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                                            frogsteak RE: heybaldy May 4, 2014 11:17 AM

                                            i've had a lot of tremblay and it was never skunky. it is similar to belle guele original - slightly worse but neither are great. having said that, i think that they are some of the better value brands in canada.

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                                              Shattered RE: heybaldy May 4, 2014 04:53 PM

                                              It tastes skunky. It does not taste like Belle Guelle original in my memory. BG is watery, Tremblay has a strong taste. Either way, they're both very bad beers.

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                                                Mr F RE: Shattered May 6, 2014 06:56 AM

                                                I tried one last night out of curiosity.

                                                It wasn't skunky, but it was bland and boring. I'd take it over Ex, Canadian, Coors, Blue, Bud and the like, but that's not saying much.

                                                My guess is that you had some bottles that had been sitting around too long.

                                        2. Peaches to Poutine RE: scottybooj May 2, 2014 04:46 AM

                                          Also, if you know anyone that has celiac, Glutenberg also offers most of their beers in cans as well.

                                          I have had the IPA one (in the name of tasting because I was curious). It wasn't bad at all, but there was a sweetness on the back end I found a little disconcerting.

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                                            chrisincyul RE: scottybooj May 2, 2014 06:25 AM

                                            Another Grand Prix fun tip is to buy beers from all the countries of the drivers... More from your favourites obviously!

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