Épicerie des Halles
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.48/5 rDev -0.2%
Otherwise ordinary dépanneur in a corner of an upscale food market with an outstanding selection of microbrews from across the province of Quebec (who really have been killing it for years). Most of their beers are refrigerated, and many can be purchased in their own packs (usually 4 or 6 bottles), but most are sold as singles -- customers grab an empty six-pack and fill it up with whatever mix they want.
Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and are happy to make suggestions.
I encourage any curious American visitors heading to Montreal via the US-89 through Vermont to jump off the highway at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for a few minutes to pick up a few bottles of fun Quebec brews they'll have a hard time finding anywhere else...
06-25-2013 16:40:18 | More by DaveR514
4.78/5 rDev +6.5%
One of the best place on Montreal Southshore. Over 400 different beer, most of it refrigerated. Service is great and they know a thing or two about beer. Prices are fair.
Only negative, you have to wait a bit longer to get your hands on limited/exclusive releases.
05-13-2013 18:53:34 | More by Whatup14
4.3/5 rDev -4.2%
St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, that strange little town out in the southern suburbs where I spent my high school years drinking six dollar pitchers at biker bars...Good times!
As mentionned by everybody else, these guys are the only game in town - and possibly in a 30 mile radius - if you want the smaller craft Beers. Located in a boutique/market style indoor mall, they fit in real nicely next to the cheese shops, health food stores and other foodie goodies.
There seems to always be at least two employees on the floor, greeting you and asking if you need help finding something. I chatted a while with the guys and they were great, knew how to serve both newbies and full-on geeks such as yours truely.
They had just about every brewery in Quebec well represented, had a few harder to find seasonals and nice gift packs.
Prices were slightly higher than in the city, but not enough to prompt a local to drive out to Montreal to get his/her Beer.
Highly recommended place, these guys are true craft Beer ambassadors.
12-14-2010 16:15:09 | More by Goldorak
4.35/5 rDev -3.1%
Situated in a marché in St-Jean. What its nice about this place is if you get there, you will have all things that you need for making a nice supper with family and friends.
Neighbour to the store, there is a fromagerie, boucherie and boulangerie!ihihhi
Very nice products of terroir around the store.
This is a beer paradise for beer lover. They have a very nice selection, all the Québec brewery are represented, the staff are not dumb and it might be your everyday store if you live in this town, and want a specific Quebec brew.
Prices are reasonable, try the beer brew for the store..
02-02-2009 06:40:58 | More by Otterburn
4.2/5 rDev -6.5%
It's been a little over a year since I have moved to St-Jean and this place has been my refuge in an otherwise barren brewing landscape. Steadily, over the course of about 15 months this place has shown improvement. They recently revamped their floor and renovated the store. When you shop there now, you no longer feel cramped and the beers are given a PROMINENT place in the newly made display window.
Selection has also gotten better. Last year you couldn't buy Biéropholie products at La Grande Réserve and now you can purchase all of their offerings. In fact, selection rivals that of famed Metro Joanette and so do the prices. DDC beers, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Au Maitre Brasseur, Microbrasserie Charlevoix... the list is quite exhaustive. In the past year, I haven't been wanting of anything on the local market with these guys.
Hope this keeps up for many years to come.
merci les gars de la grande réserve
10-02-2008 23:06:14 | More by Beersignal
4.65/5 rDev +3.6%
HUGE thanks to my fellow BAer papat444; his review led me to this oasis in a Labett's Blue desert.
Qual: Clean neat and man were they nice.
Serv: Okay, their english was WAY BETTER than my french. They took the time to show me around, recommend a few local gems, and even brought me a secret bottle from the back: a 2005 Gueze La Spontanee by Schone. Beer Karma! Super polite and professional.
Sel: Quality not Quantity!!! They didn't have thousands of brews in multiple isles, BUT the brews they had were uber appreciated. I really enjoyed the variety of "local" Canadian craft brews.
Val: Peche Mortal at around $3 per 12oz bottle...nuff said.
And I did break down and buy a Labette's Blue Pils glass.
08-11-2008 15:50:49 | More by gkatsoris
4.65/5 rDev +3.6%
Growing up in St-Jean, this is the place i would go to get my Unibroue, the only craft beer i drank in my youth. Having fully entered the craft beer world, i decided to revisit this old haunt.
The beer store is inside a mini-mall/market. The picture i took is the entrance from the back which leads directly into the store. Otherwise, you enter through the front of the mall to access it (which is what i did).
First thing i noticed is the renovations they did. A mahogany display shows the newest additions behind glass, very nice! As i entered, more mahogany shelves with recent beers released. As i continued, beer in refrigerators are there. Most beer is refrigerated (75%), with some at room temp. I did most of my CanBIF shopping here, they have Charlevoix, Barberie, DDC, Trois Mousquetaires, some Brasseurs & Freres and much more. Especially happy to see Bieropholie! They also sell lots & lots of glassware, all shapes and sizes.
Prices are reasonable & if you buy 6 beers, you get one free, which is a deal that no true BA can pass up.
Service is courteous and knowledgable, depending on who you talk to.
They don't sell much food other than snacks and stuff, but if you contine further in the mall, there's a stores for fresh seafood, cheese, fresh bread, fruits & vegetables, etc...
It's the only place to buy local craft beer within 30 minutes of the area. It's about 5 minutes away from Autoroute 35 for those heading to and from the border.
In conclusion, if you're in the area, this place definitely is worth the detour IMHO. Everytime i come visit my parents, i try to make a stop here.
07-04-2008 13:00:47 | More by papat444
Épicerie des Halles in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.