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J.A. Moisan

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Type: Store

699, Rue Saint-Jean
Quebec, Quebec, G1R 1P7

(418) 522-0685 | map

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Added by bobsy on 06-29-2008

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Reviews by bobsy:
Photo of bobsy
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Highly recommended bottle shop, not far outside the walls of Quebec City. The distance is easily walkable from the downtown, taking around 15 minutes maximum. I believe it is considered the oldest grocery store in North America, and has been open since 1878. Makes quite a destination even without the beer, because it has a great nostalgic feel, and lots of delicious food. Check out the tin ceiling.

Easily way over 100 Quebec micros from breweries great and small. All the Dieu du Ciel bottled beers, bieropholie, au maitre brasseur, barberie and more. For its overview of the local beer scene it just blew me away. There is not much in the way of non-Quebec beers, though I don't really consider this to be much of an issue if you are visiting Quebec City from elsewhere.

Large walk in fridge offers more or less the same selection as on the shelves, but mostly in six-pack form. Quite a lot of Unibroue and more. Makes me wish I had driven here instead of flew so I could load up the trunk. The condition of the beer I bought was top-notch, so they obviously look after it well.

If you want a souvenir glass, there is a small glassware section immediately behind you as you look at the beer shelves. Its a bit hard to find at a cursory glance and is on the side of some sort of island thing that has oils and whatnot on it.

The staff are really friendly. I had a great conversation with one about local cheese and received lots of free samples. I'm not sure how much English they speak, but really how much English do you need to speak to buy a few bottles of beer?

Truly awesome. If you're in Quebec City go there.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1%

It's worth a trip to J.A. Moisan to take a step back in time. You'll have to imagine it a bit, as this is a busy, operating store, and not a museum. It's well kept, and offers a good variety of food stuffs. There are better places to get certain items (fromageries, etc.) but you won't de disappointed.

As to beer there are 6 cooler doors worth and 1 section with warm, larger bottles on 4 shelves. 1 cooler is mixed with Gluten Free beres and ciders, but each shelf in the other cooler carries beers from a listed Canadian brewery with the exception of 1 marked "IMPORTS" (Heineken, etc). The breweries available are: Farnham, Boreal, Dieu Du Ciel, Brasseurs Illimite, Le Broaway, Belle Gueule, Le Naufrageur, A L' Abri De La Tepéte, L' Alchimiste, Grimoire, La Tour A Bieres, Tréfle Noir, Le Bilboquet, Les Freres Houblons, Brasseurs RJ, Microbrasserie De Charlevoix, Microbrasserie Lile D'Orleans, La Barbere, Archibald, (2 shelves each for...) Brasseurs Du Monde, Les Trois Mousquetaires, and Trou Du Diable.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This shop is well located in the middle of Quebec City near all the main attractions. This shop has better selection of speciality grocery products than it has of beers. Staffs are not really knowledgeable and you won’t find anything remotely out of the ordinary. I still think people should stop by for the general store and antique feel but not for the beer in particular.

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Photo of papat444
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Came here on a day trip to Quebec City.

This place is huge and packed with anything imaginable. A store that is part confectionery, part market and part general store. really felt like i was stepping back in time to an old timey store with wood everything everywhere. Soaps, teas and anything else you could want is here. I love the vibe.

But the beer? Good selection with all breweries represented though not all beer were there. The prices were a bit more expensive than other places, including Duchesse. Service was not the best as i spent a bit of time there but nobody approached me. Definitely worth a stop but compare prices before buying.

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Photo of jmugg
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I visited this place while visiting Quebec City. They have a large walk-in-refrigerator with plenty of Quebec beer to try. However, don't get too hung up it there, because just outside there is another wall of 341ml bottles too.

I was not impressed with the service, but the place was kind of busy when I was there, and so I did not ask for help.

The other nice feature was that it has all kinds of interesting food and some artisan chocolate. My wife enjoyed the place just as much as I did for that reason! They also have a couple of tables and chairs where you can (I presume) eat a sandwich from the shop.

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Photo of kjyost
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Well, if there is a best beer store in Canada award it may go a grocery store... Of course I have to go to Polsons in Montreal :)

At first I was worried, I saw no beer save the walk-in cooler for 6's. After some searching (and seeing a fantastic array of cured meats, local cheese, terrines, etc... YUM) I found the beer. Singles of more beers than I have a ever heard of. They keep most stock cold, and offer a mixed 6 for $10 (unheard of in the rest of Canada). I dare anyone not from Quebec to stand in front of this wall of beers and not be in awe and wonder why their province sucks so bad on the craft beer department...

Service is wonderful in french, but if you are an anglo, you easily could be on your own... It is so good an overall store, I brought my non-beer loving wife to it solely for the other great stuff!

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Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +1%

Stopped here on my way out of town from Carnaval. Great store, I wish I had had more time to check it out. They don`t seem to speicialize in beer, or in anything for that matter. Lots of cheese, preserves, charcuterie, oils and vinnegars, etc. One of those kinds of places.

Compared to Peluso in Montreal for Quebecois beer selection...well, nothing really compares. They do have all the key players though, and some specific beers that I`ve never seen at Peluso. Like La Barberie`s Imperial Stout, which I`ve been looking for for a long time now. Makes sense though, La Barberie is in Quebec City. They seemed to have a full line up from this brewery here. Also picked up Charlevoix`s Hibernius and Lupulus.

I didn`t run into a beer guy at the store, but all service was friendly and quick. The place was pretty packed. Prices seemed on par with those in Montreal.

This place seems like a good bet if you happen to find yourself in Quebec City.

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J.A. Moisan in Quebec, QC, Canada
Place rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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