Photo cred - Beau's
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.
Photo Cred - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
5. Beau’s Beer
An all natural, Ontario based based beer. Their Lug-Tread Lagered Ale is literally award-winning and needs to be put in the SAQ.
6. Blue Moon Beer
Technically you can find their Belgian White being sold in Quebec under the guise of Rickard’s Original White, but Blue Moon’s IPA is something we’re still lacking and seriously need.
7. Three Olives Vodka
They have more than 25 flavours of vodka - ‘nuff said. And yes, the cake flavour gets pretty disgusting if you have more than one drink, but it’s the absolute best go-to birthday present.
8. Bellini Canella
What could be better than fruity and delicious pre-made cocktails? Pretty much nothing.
9. Amaretto Ciroc
Once again, SAQ is slacking on its vodka flavours. Amaretto is delicious and it’s a travesty that we don’t have it already.
Photo Cred - Crown Wine and Spirits
10. Mango Malibu
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.
Photo Cred - Brickworks Ciderhouse
15. Brickworks Cider
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.