Interesting place that’s only a short distance from Dieu du Ciel. The selection is similar to that of other good beer stores in Montreal but they do have some nice older beers to fill in the gaps of what you couldn’t find elsewhere. I bought a bottle of St. Ambroise Vintage 2001, it was $8 but you can’t find it anywhere else these days...the proprietor was able to assist and seemed fairly knowledgeable about what he had and didn’t have. It was cool to see those big bottles of La Fin du Monde and Don du Dieu, among others.
Small and crowded, but a decent if small selection of Quebec micros. Was able to pick up a few beers I didn’t see at Joanette, like Bieropholie Cascade and a 2002 bottle of unflavoured Ephemere. Also cool was the 6L bottle of Eau Benite and the 3L Maudite.
service, friendly, not pushy. Would be pretty mediocre US store, but he makes do with what he can sell. Prices about average for all four stores I visited on this trip. Easy to find parking in front. Not far from subway if you want to shlep. Mr. Rahman is knowledgeable and honest about what brews he carries and are available elsewhere that he can’t supply.
Cluttered and crowded, the focus of this little depanneur is the beer. They sell very little else. Service is friendly and helpful with some knowledge of their products. Generally excellent selection of Quebec micros including some vintage, rare or oversize selections. One block West of DdC makes this a very convenient place to shop.
As Barry said, this store has the huge advantage of being a tiny walk from DDC. The selection is pretty solid though, possibly as good as anywhere else in Montreal and there are quite a few older bottles, so you should watch out for those (or seek)
The most remarkable aspect of this store is not its collection, which is matched by quite a few stores in the Montreal area, but its location: a block from Dieu du Ciel. If you’re pressed for time, you can get most of the more interesting common micros from Quebec at this store and then drink to your heart’s content in the Northeast’s best brewpub, a stone’s throw away.