Returned from my jaunt into Ottawa and hop over for beer in Gatineau. This was my first such trip, and admittedly I was pretty overwhelmed with the variety of Quebec and French beers available, many which I hadn't heard about. So, wit hthe exception of the Unibroue and 1/2 meter beer pack, everything else was picked up based on what I heard here or jsut "on a whim". I could have easily picked up twice as much.
One thing I saw at Marce Jovi was they were giving away a free 750ml Unibroue if you bought a 12-pack. Pretty cool.
Below is what I picked up. As for availability, both Marche Jovi and La Trappe a Fromage had piles of DDC 6-packs as well as plenty of Unibroue, La Barberie, 3 Mosquitaires and a whack of others I never heard of. (next time I'll do some research)
Also - I was amazed and annoyed by just how close Marche Jovi was to Gatineau Park - walking distance! I've camped there in the past, without knowing of Jovi and definitely will be planning a beer camping trip this coming summer. My trip had 3 stops....
1 - SAQ in Hull, near the Casino on Boulevard de la Carriere
Seemingly recently renovated or something...very nice layout and plenty of beer. Also some great wines - I got a Zuccardi "Q" Malbec 2006, my favourite Malbec from when I was in Argentina...but never available at LCBO AFAIK.
Beers from SAQ:
1/2 meter "Belgian Beer Paradise" gift pack from Brasserie Lefebvre. Includes 8 bottles: barbar, newton, floreffe prima melior, floreffe dubbel, floreffe triple, forleffe blonde, belgian kriek and blanche du bruxelles.
- An extra floreffe dubbel (one of my faves)
- Floreffe 750ml bomber,
- Mc Chouffe Brune
- Duchesse de Bourgogne
#2 - La Trappe a Fromage - 200 Rue Bellehumeur, Gatineau
Cool spot. I managed to also pick up some tasty jams and other treats for Xmas gifts. This is where I got most of my beers. I wanted to get some DDC or other glassware but felt they werre expensive at $13-20 per glass.
Beers from La Trappe:
- Snoreau spicy beer from Brassuers RJ (description sounded good)
- Barbar Honey Ale
- Unibroue Don De Dieu
- Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Double
- Unibroue 17
- Les Trois Mousquetaires Baltic Porter
- Les Trois Mousquetaires Oktoberfest Rousse
- Unibroue Quatre-Centieme
- 6 pack of Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel
#3 - March Jovi - 50 Rue Bégin, Gatineau
The prices here seemed a bit more reasonable than La Trappe. They had a bunch of new fruit beers and some interesting giftpacks of beers from France. I did not pick up much here as I was already "spent" in terms of budget.
Beers from Jovi:
- Goliath cognac beer
- Brassin D'Hiver from France
- Saint Arnould La Noblesse
- Imperial IPa from Microbrasserie du Lievre