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Jun 4, 2013 09:04 PM

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?