Anyone that's ever been outside of Quebec knows that our liquor selection pales in comparison to pretty much anywhere else. For one reason or another, the SAQ doesn't stock a lot of the products that almost every other province has.
So, we've made a list of 18 drinks that we think the SAQ should get to not only match the level of other provinces, but epically surpass them.
1. Peach Schnapps
It’s as if the SAQ doesn’t want you to enjoy the deliciousness that is a fuzzy navel. And no, they’re not just for teenage girls.
2. Bakon Vodka
Yes, it’s a thing, and it’s glorious. Just imagine how much better your Caesars would be if you could make them with bacon flavoured vodka.
3. The Seasonal Palm Bays
SAQ’s never been great at stocking even the normal flavours of Palm Bay, so, naturally the seasonal flavours are nowhere in sight, and that needs to change.
4. All of the Smirnoff flavours, in all of the stores
For some reason SAQ only likes to stock maybe two or three flavours of Smirnoff vodka in their stores. If you aren’t even given the chance to decide between green apple, whip cream, or watermelon, then what’s the point.
The mango flavour is a necessity that we’re sadly missing out on, because, let’s be real, the original coconut flavour kind of tastes like sunscreen.
11. Belhaven Beer
This Scottish gem needs to make it’s way over to Canada and into the SAQ ASAP. We can’t let the Europeans keep all the good beer for themselves.
12. Girls' Night Out
Sometimes you just really need an extremely girly bottle wine, and Girls Night Out knows how to make them.
13. Alberta Premium Whiskey
The SAQ needs to start selling this immediately so that you can drink a decent amount of actually good whiskey without having to pull a bank job.
14. Hell or High Watermelon
This Philly brewed beer is found nowhere in Canada and that fact is a travesty. It's a craft beer with a watermelon twang, but surprisingly isn't very sweet. Even the manliest beer drinker out there will enjoy it.
This Toronto-made cider is the bomb. It’s the perfect amount of apple-y, but not super sweet like a lot of ciders tend to be. Right now it’s only being sold in LCBO’s, so you have to make the trek to Ontario if you want to get your hands on some.
Despite not being sold at the SAQ, Growers is still the most popular cider in Canada. We need this nectar of the Gods STAT.
17. Kopparberg Cider
Probably the best thing to come out of Sweden, after Ikea of course. This pear-based goodness is hard to find outside of the Eastern hemisphere, so SAQ needs to get on importing it.
18. Somersby Cider
Another cider classic that the SAQ is lacking. Basically, we just need to get all of the ciders.
Éduc'alcool, an independent organization that encourages moderate drinking, found that Mauricie had the highest rate of excessive drinking in 2021 while Outaouais had the lowest rate of excessive drinking in the province this year. Nord-du-Québec was not included in the survey.
This means the mayor of Gatineau gets to keep "The Éduc'alcool Moderation Trophy" at City Hall until the next survey takes place in two years.
Here's the full list going from most moderate drinkers to most excessive drinkers:
Laval and Centre-du-Québec
Gaspésie-Iles–de-la-Madeleine and Chaudière-Appalaches
Estrie and Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Lanaudière, Laurentides, Capitale-Nationale and Montérégie
SaguenayLac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord
"This survey, which we have been conducting every two years since 2015, is not intended as a competition. It is designed to take a snapshot of drinking across Quebec and highlight the situation in each region," said Hubert Sacy, Éduc'alcool's director general, in a statement.
"We hope it will lead all Quebecers, wherever they live, to reflect upon their drinking habits and modify them, as needed."
In Montreal, people drink most in bars or while gambling, according to the survey. The survey also found that Montreal has the highest percentage of Quebecers whose drinking has had a negative impact on their friendships, social lives and family lives.
Montrealers are also most likely to mix alcohol with weed, along with folks in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and Chaudière-Appalaches.
The Weather Network's traditional definition is "the third Full Moon in a season with four Full Moons," which is what we will see on August 22.
While seasons typically have three full moons, some seasons, like summer 2021, have four: June 24, July 24, August 22 and September 20.
The moon won't actually appear blue — that's just the name used to describe its rarity since the moon doesn't often appear blue.
When we see the moon change colour, The Weather Network says it's usually orange or red due to a lunar eclipse or when there are smoke and ash particles in the air.
According to NASA, the moon can look blue when the air has lots of "particles slightly wider than the wavelength of red light (0.7 micron)--and no other sizes present. This is rare, but volcanoes sometimes spit out such clouds, as do forest fires."
Regardless of its colour, this weekend's full blue moon is going to be beautiful so don't miss it!
This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
For countless years, well-known spirits brand, Bombay Sapphire, has taken even the pickiest gin lovers on a delightful taste and sensory journey.
Recently, they set their sights on creating a diverse range of premium gins, the newest addition to which is Bombay Bramble — an eye-catching, crimson-coloured gin created with 100% natural fruit flavours.
Rather than using artificial flavours, colours and added sugar after distillation, Bombay Bramble is instead made with freshly harvested blackberries and raspberries for a rich fruit infusion and a bold new gin.
A versatile, ruby-hued gin with fruity summer flavours obviously sounds delicious, but does it live up to the hype? I decided to try Bombay Bramble for myself and share my thoughts.
First up, it's good to know that a 750 ml bottle of Bombay Bramble is widely available around Montreal. You can get it at the SAQ for $29.95, and it has an alcohol level of 43%.
I decided to try it by itself over ice first so that I could taste all of its subtle flavours. After my first sip, I noticed how dry Bombay Bramble is compared to the overly sweet (in my opinion) flavoured gins I'm used to. So on that front, I was pleasantly surprised.
As for its aroma, Bombay Bramble smells quite strongly of blackberries and raspberries, with subtle notes of juniper berry, coriander and a hint of lemon zest. The natural botanicals are expertly captured, giving this well-balanced gin a fresh, crisp taste.
The Ciel en Fête hot air balloon festival in Quebec is floating its way through Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu next month, accompanied by a host of activities, including yoga, a Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) picnic and an illuminated night show.
In the event of good weather, the hot air balloon festival will take place every weekend during the month of August.
The festival will host two free yoga sessions at dawn, where you can practice your downward-facing dog surrounded by breathtaking floating hot air balloons.
The SAQ'scinq à sept style Pique-nique découverte allows you to picnic beneath the balloon-dotted sky. Tickets include a basket with a selection of wines or bubbles from Quebec, paired with agrifood products from the region.
Night Glow on August 7 will create a hot air balloon spectacle under the stars, illuminated in the likeness of Chinese lanterns, which you can view through your car.
On several dates, two professional acrobatic divers will perform extreme dives from a hot air balloon in mid-flight — they'll be jumping 20 to 25 metres, equivalent to an 8-storey building, and diving into the water below.
Food trucks and beer will be available at the free Budweiser tailgate on August 14, where you'll be able to watch the Volaria aerial festival.
Reservations for each activity are required, but entrance is free for most events.
Ciel en Fête Festival
Price: Mostly free entry, but prices vary
When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary