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Dépanneur Peluso

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Dépanneur PelusoDépanneur Peluso
BA SCORE
98
world-class

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

2500 Rachel St E
Montréal, Quebec, H2H 1S1
Canada
phone: (514) 525-1203

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @depanneurpeluso

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(Place added by: papat444 on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of aaudette
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Saw this mentioned on Beerfly as the place for beer selection in Montreal and was not dissapointed. We were there for the Jazz Festival and the store was a short 10-15 minute drive from our hotel downtown, located on a easy to reach interstection. The store owner was great and was very interested in our questions about Canadian beer and what US beers might be available to him to sell.

The selection was outstanding and included more than I could choose in one stop. Certainly grabbed some DDC as well as other tasty options. Prices were on most bottles and containers and were consistent with prices we saw in Montreal. The store looks newly painted and the owner showed off his tasting room that is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Will certainly include a stop here on susbsequent trips to Montreal to stock up on lots of fine beers.

Photo of 2_Shaynez
5/5  rDev +10.6%

I make the 20 minute drive every second weekend and stock up. You would never realize from the outside, it looks like a ghetto boni-soir, but its actually very well-maintained inside. Keep walking and you'll come to a nice little shop in the back. So many choices and so well organized, by type, and by brewer. Well worth the trip!!! I know theres a few other good places in the city but I havent bothered to check them out because this place is top notch!

Photo of mfunk9786
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of eat
5/5  rDev +10.6%

This is the best beer store I've come across in Montreal. The last review mentioned that it's a bit ugly (which it did used to be) but they have recently renovated, adding a beautiful new back room. Hardwood flooring, freshly-painted, full of shelves lined with beer. They also bought a few more beer coolers and have a better cold selection than before.

Every time I've been there since they renovated there has been a "beer guy" hanging around to help with any questions. He has sampled a good number of the beers in stock there and has made some great recommendations. He told me the exact number of beers they stock, I think it was in the 340-360 range; definitely well over 300. The vast majority are Quebec brewed beers, stocking almost all Quebec bottles I've ever seen in stores (with the exception of Unibroue 17 for some reason). The import selection isn't very good as you tend to find with depanneurs.

I'm not sure which days this happens but they've started doing free tastings once or twice a week. Last time I was there I sampled Unibroue's Ephemere Cassis. They also clip an article from a local paper of a weekly beer review and always display the beer-of-the-week in the same place.

It's a little pricey but it's more than worth it to pay for the great selection and great sevice.

Photo of madrivervt
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

I never saw the word Peluso on the front of the building and drove right past the first time because it looked like just another inner city liquor store with bars on the windows.

Once I got inside, however, I was immediately pleased. The entire back room is dedicated to Quebec craft brews. I had no idea how much the craft brewing scene has improved up there before this visit. The beer guy spoke decent English and enthusiastically gave me a run-down of the Quebec offerings. He even told me NOT to buy one beer because, "It used to be good but this batch I don't like."

I liked the organization of beers by style. It's the first time I've seen it done that way, but it makes sense. It makes it much easier to find something that I'll like, especially since I don't know many of these brewers and my French is a bit shaky.

After picking out eleven different bottles of beer, I asked him to pick out one last bottle for me so I could say at the border, "I have twelve bottles of beer." He was a little hesitant to recommend ONE bottle, but I coaxed it out of him, "A l'abri de la tempete, Terre Ferme".

I'll definitely be stopping here again on my next visit!

Photo of johncoates
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

I was so glad to find this place. It looked just like any depanneur until you get back to the back - follow the fridges and the selection just keep getting better and better.

Everything is broken up by style and it's easy to find anything. Or just ask for help. If you're lucky, Alain will be there (a beer's lover beer lover). He knows everything, knows all the brewers, and he might have something special for you in the back if you ask nicely (old vintages, new arrivals). This place is excellent for Quebec more standard craft and very special beers. They also have growlers and bottles from the most up and coming breweries. There are not many imports - but you don't need them with this Quebec selection.

Bottomline: If you are looking for Quebec beer, go here!

Photo of CliffBrake
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

This must be the beer Mecca of Quebec! The store is bright, well lit and clean. The selection in the coolers on the left of the store as you enter beats the total selection of most any other beer store. But then there is the display in the room out back, which is organized by general style, and must include most anything available from Quebec breweries in bottle.

The service is friendly, knowledgeable and bilingual. And if you are looking for something you don't see - ask. They may go downstairs and find it for you. My large order was carried to my car for me and delivered with a handshake and a smile. Incredible!

Photo of Philby11111
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of edugasmtl
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Wow. If you're going to Montreal, this place is a must-visit. A very unassuming store with unparalleled selection..completely mind-melting. Kid-in-a-candystore type of stuff we're talking about here.

Hundreds of beers..all of your Quebec microbrewers and a large number of the province's top 50. Nice selection of glassware, as well. Everything is in French which makes things take a little longer when browsing but the staff are friendly and helpful.

I bought so much beer they ended up throwing in some posters and a Blanche du Chambly glass.

Photo of papat444
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

UPDATED REVIEW: My first stop on the Journée québécoise de la bière.

Took a chance to re-review because lots has changed and i adjusted my score higher because of it. The beer section has more than tripled in size with it's own room. Every beer available in Quebec is here. He just received beer from Le Corsaire & Pub Broadway which, to my knowledge, he is the only one in the Montreal area who has those.
Also, big props to the beer guy Alain as he clearly knows his stuff and likes talking about it. On the special day yesterday, there was free samplings of all the beers available from A L'abri De La Tempête (4 of them, i tried Corne de Brume and Corps Mort, a barleywine), some tastings of sauerkraut from Naked Lunch and a drawing for some prizes.
Pelsuso is now, IMO, THE place for beer shopping in Montreal, period.

ORIGINAL REVIEW (AUG. 2008): Coming here, you won't see any mention of Peluso on the outside. It's a Boni-Soir depanneur. Immediately after the store, there's a small parking area where you can park your car.

Going in, i see coolers on the left side with macros. As i walk towards the back (where the craft brews always seem to be in Quebec beer stores), i notice a nice display around the cashier with assorted beers & wines.

Massive selection of beers with almost every beer available on about a dozen of shelves and stands. Most are at room temp, with a small portion in the cooler. There's AMB, Bieropholie, Brasseurs & Freres, d'Orleans, Trois Mouquetaires and many others. What i like is that if they have a brewer, they pretty much have all their beers and not just a select few. They also had some information pamphlets of a couple of brewers.

Only issue is i saw some old d'Ham beers as i know there are fresher batches with a new label.

There's a pretty solid selection of wines also if you're so inclined.

All in all, a solid, can't miss store with great selection if you're in the area (as it is a bit removed from downtown).

Photo of Weebay
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Store was easy enough to drive to and had a small parking lot next to it.

The front looks very much like any convenience store. Unsurprisingly there is an amazing selection of Quebec microbreweries. The beers are all broken up by style, and the day I went I was lucky enough to meet Alain, the resident beer guy. Alain is a beer lover's beer lover. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about various styles of beer, what was happening in the beer scene in Quebec, and even the history and production cycles of the breweries.

Once I had talked to Alain for a few minutes and I had expressed some interest in a few of the Les Trois Mousquetaires beers he mentioned that he had some beers that they had been keeping to the side that he saved for real beer lovers. The cost was the same as the non-aged beers on the shelves. For those worried about a language barrier, Alain's English was perfect.

I will be going back again for sure.

Photo of kwjd
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

I went here for the first time on Saturday and loved it. I speak a little french and the first person I talked to got the beer guy that spoke English to help me out. I showed him the list of beers I wanted to buy and he got me bottles of all of them that were there and told me which ones they didn't have. They had a small stock of Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus and Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus in the back that they limit to one a customer and brought these out for me.

Once I got my list, he helped me choose through the many Quebec beers that I've never heard of, going through the styles giving me suggestions of his favourites. Any bottle I asked about he was able to give me a description and his opinion of. Excellent service!

The selection of Quebec beers was tremendous, but don't expect to get anything here other than Quebec beers.

Photo of HopBacchus
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The best place to get Quebec craft beer. I'd been living in Montreal for a year when I decided to make the drive out east to this store. Absolutely fantastic. I find in Quebec its very hard to get American imports and Quebec brewers although masters at producing Belgian styles, show much less interest in Hop Heads. My desire for bitterness was more than satisfied in this amazing store. The guys know exactly what they're talking about and what's more they are on BA! If you are in montreal, go here.

Photo of dmgnyc
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Wowsers.

This place was a five minute drive from my lodging on a recent Montreal bachelor weekend/beer extravaganza, and I made a point to go based upon the positive reviews herein.

Doesn't look too special from the outside, and even once you're in the front door, just looks like a basic convenience store with cases of Molson and Labatt's and whatnot. But when you keep walking towards the back, you eventually realize you're in a one of a kind beer emporium. My knowledge of Canadian microbrews not from Dieu Du Ciel is minimal, but suffice it to say, if they brew it in Canada, chances are it's here.

And they've got tall boys of PBR Dry! I can't get that in NYC.

Photo of cbutova
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in here on Monday around 11AM. This was like the Julio's/Foodery/Deciccos/Olive Tree Market of Montreal to me, awesome selection.

In the front it looks like a regular convenience store but a small walk to the back and there is a pretty big room (Montreal terms) dedicated to micobrews.

The atmosphere was nice. Clean presentation, bottles lined up on shelves neatly organized by style. Big cooler selection, seemed to be sorted by brewery in there. I liked how I could pick a style and just grab a few bottles from different breweries, I grabbed 4-5 big stouts.

Quality was great as well. Like I said, the beer looked clean, ie lacked dust and the dates I saw on cases or singles were all within reasonable limits for a store with such a huge amount of different beers.

I didn't really ask any questions but there were several people working in the store and from what I gathered they knew enough about beer. He told me about specials they had and was nice. Didn't run out to offer advice, which I personally don't care about.

Mostly carried Quebec/Candian micorbrews, which is what I was looking for. I didn't bother to notice if there was any macros or import beer. Huge amount of singles on the top few shelves of each aisle with respective 4/6/12 packs below, I really liked the layout. I went up and down the aisle and there seemed to be 20-30 different examples of each style. Saisons, fruit beers, stouts, browns, IPAs and Belgian adaptations. I can't imagine another store in Montreal with a bigger selection of beer. They also had a great glassware selection, better than any store I can currently think of in the USA.

Prices were the same as any other store I looked for beer in. Montreal tax is a killer but that applies to all stores obviously. $2-3 per 12oz, $3-6 per 500ml, $6-15 per 750ml, etc etc. Reasonable.

The front of the store carried some snacks, wine, soda and whatever else the common Depanneur carries.

If you go to Montreal, this is a must visit. They also had a small PARKING LOT right next door where you don't have to pay, not too common in that city. That being said it was probably 1-2 miles from St. Laurent/busy areas of Downtown. Anyways, get here if you want to feel like a kid in a candy shop of Quebec micros.

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

also known as Depanneur Bonisoir, pretty easy to get here from the Downtown, there are a couple metro stops within reasonable walking distance and the 24 bus stops just a block south

head straight to the back of the store, past a few coolers of beers on the left and up a flight of just a couple stairs, an overwhelming amount of what seems to be predominantly Quebecois breweries are represented here, others have made a stab at listing so I won't even try, everything is arranged by style and easy to navigate, following prior research I left with a bottle from Tres Mousquetaires and a few from the La Vache Folle of Charlevoix

the gentleman working the beer room that day was a non-drinker, so while he wasn't able to offer specific recommendations, he did point me towards the breweries he most often heard pushed by the beer guy (Alan, sp?), there were at least a few English speaking employees in the store that day

everything was clean and no quality issues are expected, traffic was pretty steady during my visit so rotation should be fine

Photo of djoucy
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

This is my place to get local beers in Montreal. They have a selection that no other store can match. In fact, they have all the Quebec based breweries I know. They even have some more "rare" Brewers like La Tour à Bière, Multi-Brasses or Bièropholie.

The alcohol section takes up to half of the store. Most of the beers are at room temperature.

I never really asked for service but there seems to be a guy always hanging around, moving cases or placing beers. I guess he's the beer expert and might be of some help.

The place is quite ugly and far from the town center. But it is worth the trip. There is a cycling strip passing by, if you feel like burning some calories before drinking them.

Photo of davegray
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of groleau
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of kylesobrien
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Definitely my favourite bottle shop in the city. When you enter the front door, it largely resembles any other well-maintained dépanneur. After walking past the selection of industrial lagers and walking up a step or two, you're greeted by a vast assortment of fine Québec microbrews in the back room. Every month it seems there are new choices I've not yet tried. Some have lamented the price of the bottles here. Being a dep, it's not the cheapest place, but I've yet to see a location in town with as many options on the shelf.

IMHO, a real gem.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Very nice store, if a little out of the way (a lot for me). But well worth passing by if ever in the area.

As others have said, upon entry the place seems like any other dep, but in the back the entire area is dedicated to beers. There is warm beer on shelves and cold in coolers. The majority seems to be in single bottles, but there are some six packs as well as macros, beer-based products, glassware, etc.

The selection is top notch and not only features new and special releases not found elsewhere in MTL, but also has breweries not found elsewhere and less common brews from some breweries that are.

The shelves are arranged by style which is not my favorite way to go about it, but it is an excellent idea for anyone visiting or not well-versed in the beers and breweries of QC. And actually, it just takes a little getting used to and it becomes a very logical set-up.

The freshness of stuff was about what you would find elsewhere, although I found some Moralité on the shelves that was considerably older than in the coolers, so be aware.

Excellent store all-in-all, the only downside is that it is so far from me : (
The best thing about it, though is that since it is a depanneur it stays open till 23h which is really nice, as elsewhere in town late at night your selection is more limited.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

This place was recommended for bottles in Montreal and it didn't disappoint. Coolers along the side of the shop have a wide selection (beyond, say, Rahman) ready to go and then the whole back space is a room of Quebec beer, most of which you will no doubt never heard of and will not even be on BA.

Truly fantastic selection. Prices were the same as Rahman so nothing exorbitant. Lady at the counter spoke English, no problem there. Definitely worth going slightly out of your way (as I did) to make this your bottle stop in Montreal.

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Dépanneur Peluso in Montréal, QC, Canada
98 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.