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Great local beers available in cans?

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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  1. 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.



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    1. re: Maximilien

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

      As of this past fall, only 2 available:

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

      1. re: yellowcake

        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

    2. 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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      1. re: catroast

        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.

        1. re: catroast

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

          1. re: EaterBob

            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.

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

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            1. re: scottybooj

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

              1. re: catroast

                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?

                1. re: Mr F

                  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.

                  1. re: catroast

                    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.)

              2. re: scottybooj

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

                1. re: Shattered

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

                  1. re: Mr F

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

                    1. re: lagatta

                      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.

                      1. re: Mr F

                        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?

                        1. re: Mr F

                          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.

                          1. re: Shattered

                            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.

                            1. re: Mr F

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

                              1. re: cherylmtl

                                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).

                2. Also TchequeBec for pilsner in cans

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                  1. re: yellowcake

                    Interesting... Is it widely available?

                  2. 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!

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

                      1. 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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                        1. re: Mr F

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

                          1. re: ScoobySnacks20

                            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).

                          2. re: Mr F

                            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.

                            1. re: lagatta

                              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.

                              1. re: Mr F

                                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.

                                1. re: lagatta

                                  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.

                                  1. re: Mr F

                                    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.

                            2. re: Mr F

                              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)

                              1. re: Shattered

                                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.

                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                  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.

                                2. re: Shattered

                                  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.

                                  1. re: Shattered

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

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

                                  1. 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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                                    1. re: heybaldy

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

                                      1. re: heybaldy

                                        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."

                                        1. re: Shattered

                                          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.

                                          1. re: heybaldy

                                            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.

                                            1. re: heybaldy

                                              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.

                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                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. 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.

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