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Reviews by charlesw:
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
So the remodel they did went well - for a mini mart this place is very nice! In fact, once you're back in the "nice beer" section (out of the mini mart) you would never know you were anywhere but in a nice beer store.
And it's a very nice beer store. It's certainly overwhelming for a foreigner with no knowledge of Canadian beer to go in because it is overwhelmingly Canadian! Another reviewer wrote "if it's Canadian they have it" but that is far from the case - I did not see any of the beers I know from the Atlantic seaboard. But... HOLY COW are there ever a lot of Quebecois beers! Four or five aisles of Quebecois beers... It's nuts!
There is some semblance of order in the aisles - IPA, Belgian-Style single and tripel, dark and heavy, amber, um. And at least 2 others I forget just now (ha). Then all around that, in the cold case, against the walls, in center bits, things are arranged by brewery or as specials (when it arrived, whatever). There's a glass aisle (mostly locals, some European) and some tshirts, too.
What makes this place stand out:
- it's nice, clean, airy, well-designed, organized.
- the selection of locals is phenomenal
What could make it better for me:
- maybe... Maybe the place is designed specifically for locals but as someone from somewhere else I'm utterly at a loss when confronted with hundreds of beers I've never heard of! Shelf talkers of any kind would have been so appreciated! That's maybe complicated for them in that the BA shelf talkers are in English but, dang it, if I have to look up every single beer to have any idea what it's about then it makes being there take a really long time!
- I want an itemized receipt, please, and not just the cash ticket!
- having help that seeks out customers and asks if they want/need help would work for me. Maybe that's not the style of Montreal, I dunno...
12-30-2011 16:17:23 | More by charlesw
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4.14/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Right off the bat, I'll come right out and say that I think the reason why the ratings for this place are so high are from all the Americans that visit and see a huge amount of beers they've never tried and can't normally get.
The atmosphere of this place is...well...it's a depanneur. It's a corner store that figured out that craft beer is a good game to be in. If you just look at the craft beer section in the back of the store, it comes off as any other cool craft beer store. It also has the 'let's get some chips while we're here' thing goin' on too though. The aisles in the beer section are a bit narrow, but who cares. Big fridge space, well lit, nothing wrong.
I guess you'd have to drink the beer to figure this one out. But ya, in terms of quality, the store was good. Lot's of beers were refrigerated, which is always a good sign.
Service seemed good. Nobody approached me, but staff were constantly talking to customers, helping them, and answering questions. Seemed like they knew their stuff.
Selection is pretty great. Albeit no better than the two better beer stores just across the river in Gatineau. Apparently it's the best in Montreal though, so then it must be pretty damn good.
Prices were a bit high, but I think the LCBO spoils Ontario shoppers in this regard. I noticed a few beers that were more expensive than Ontario. And $3.99 for small singles of Trois Mousquetaires seems a bit odd
Overall this place is a good beer store, and definitely the place to go in Montreal, but I felt a bit jipped knowing I could probably do just as good with a 20 minute drive to Gatineau.
09-18-2013 15:55:21 | More by tbeckett
Dépanneur Peluso in Montréal, QC, Canada
98 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.