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Old 04-18-2018, 12:52 AM   #41
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Try the private liquor stores. They tend to have better selection than the government stores, and there's certainly a lot of good beer being made around BC.

And some great ciders as well...
Certainly agree as to the ciders from the Okanogan!! Still looking for a medium hoppy red ale.
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Bedwell Harbor--I had no problem with alcohol--more than the required individual allotment. I did have about a 30 minute inspection by two customs officials--we had to be off the boat.

They found two apples. Gave me two choices
1-throw the apples away right there
2-keep the apples, fill out some papers and upon my return to Canada from Alaska I would have to produce those two apple cores.

Thought that was a little funny but apples stayed at Bedwell.
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:42 PM   #43
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Still looking for a medium hoppy red ale.
Try to find some Hop Yard Red by Persephone, out of Gibsons. Their operation there is worth a visit too.
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Certainly agree as to the ciders from the Okanogan!! Still looking for a medium hoppy red ale.

Depends on the size of the store you find.

Some venues, like Refuge Cove, can run short of your favourite and you will need to go elsewhere or wait till the next shipment arrives. They still may not have your particular favourite, though they try hard to stock some of everything that their customers tell them they want.

Other venues, like Ganges, have lots of selection. You need to look past the bulk beers stacked on the floor. Find the shelf of specialties. Enough there to keep you interested all year long.
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Try to find some Hop Yard Red by Persephone, out of Gibsons. Their operation there is worth a visit too.
Thanks,

Ive always passed Gibsons, but this must be the year.
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Bar stock, open bottles

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Let me rephrase the post, Has anyone brought in more liquor than the allowed amount but declared it at the border check and paid the tax, or has anyone waited to purchase liquor at a duty-free liquor store in BC?
We had 4 open bottles of "bar stock", rum, vodka, gin,whiskey. We declared and were sent on through. No fine, no fees. We were very clear to say "open bottles"
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Has anyone used a duty free store to purchase liquor for the boat? If so where, and how did you do it?
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Ok I have had first hand experience with the "Ship Stores" thing. First year we crossed into Canada, I gave them a listing of every drop of adult beverages and cigars.

Based on the advice from a very good Canadian I now do this and have not had any issues (Kind of).

I am a NEXUS card holder.

When I call in to Canadian customs I tell them what I have on board. Last year it was five 5ths of scotch, 5 gallon jugs of scotch, 3 bottles of Pendleton (so my buddy Crusty would have something to drink), 18 bottles of wine and 100 cigars.

Then I state this is ALL SHIP STORES AND FOR PRIVATE USE ONLY!!

Most of the time I pass through customs with no issues, unless you get a customs person from Ottawa. The don't know where the west coast of BC is let alone anything else.

Last summer, as I was crossing Dixon entrance heading south, I got a very young customs official. I think he was still on a sippy cup.

I told him the above and he started the "drill" with me. So here is how it went down:

CC: Sir, where was the wine made and the cost of each bottle?
Me: Most of the wine is from Oregon and Washington and cost on average about $12.
CC: Really $12? It wasn't more?
Me: OK, $20
CC: You have how much scotch?
Me: Enough to get through Canada. five-5ths and 5 gal jugs.
CC: Where was the scotch made?
Me: Huh, where was it made?
CC: Yes sir.
Me: (in my scotchish voice) It was made in Scotland lass. No one else knows how to make scotch!!
CC: Excuse me sir? You do know you will have to pay duty, right?

I then asked: You are aware this is ALL SHIP STORES AND FOR PRIVATE USE ONLY?

CC: Please hold

A few minutes later:

CC: I apologize sir, here is your customs number. Have a great day!!
Thanks for the advice, since i still have a dozen bottles of scotch from my Scotland trip.
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Thanks for the advice, since i still have a dozen bottles of scotch from my Scotland trip.
You are most welcome!!! LOL

To bad you are not on the west coast!!!
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I would like to thank all you good folks as well.
Thanks JD
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Some venues, like Refuge Cove, can run short of your favourite and you will need to go elsewhere or wait till the next shipment arrives. ....
Fortunately, I'm not that particular/discriminating.
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Has anyone used a duty free store to purchase liquor for the boat? If so where, and how did you do it?
Thanks JD
I haven't. They're only going to be found at land border crossings. Of course, they're at YVR, too, but you'd have to be a ticketed passenger going someplace.

I guess you could pull into White Rock and take a taxi over to the Peace Arch. Would it be worth it? Maybe if you were to buy a case or something....

We do regularly buy booze at the duty free. Some real savings available.
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Persephone is a hop farm that makes beer. If you like hops, that’s your brew. It is also readily available in the government rip stores.
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