We stock the good stuff so you can stuff the good stockings! This week we’ll taste four fancy-schmancy gift-worthy brews that will leave any beer lover jolly. Join us Friday night from 5-7 to a get a nice little tasty preview for yourself as well!
Maine Beer Company Lunch IPA
Lunch is a special whale that has been spotted off the Maine coast since 1982. She has what looks like a bite taken out of her fin, which adds to her unique character. We dedicate this beer to her determination and persistence. Keep on swimming! Aromas of orange, grapefruit, and lemon with pine and herbal undertones. Tropical notes of guava and papaya with subtle caramel and malt sweetness.
Crooked Stave Dark Sour Raspberry
Big fluffy fizzy head fades semi slowly tons of lacing, dark mahogany almost black like color. Nose brings tons of raspberry, raspberry syrup and mild cocoa, powdered dark choc, nice tart sour rasp, hint of lactic acid but not really funk, little tannic seed. Taste starts very sour, super sour, decent raspberry, more syrup, with tart funk and sour raspberry. Then mild cocoa dark choc, little flemmy sour, tangy, nice acidic bite. Finish is flemmy tangy sour, light raspberry syrup and syrupy sour masts.
Unibroue Trois Pistoles Belgian (French for Delish)
Trois Pistoles has a dark brown color topped with a rich foam mousse. Its slightly sweet taste is enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port wine. Brewed with four selected malts and four exotic spices, Trois Pistoles beckons with a subtle sweetness that makes it surprisingly smooth and satisfying for a beer of such strength and complexity.
Russian River Supplication
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.
Appetizers- Saint Andrieu L’Oratoire Rosé 2020
While cleansing your palate and creating a festive atmosphere, this Provençal Rosé greets with a lively nose of strawberries and citrus. The expressive mouth reminds of pink grapefruit and red berries. The finish is crisp and clean; the perfect companion with creamy brie or fruit.
Turkey- Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2019
Whether it’s roasted, deep-fried, or smoked this white will frame the delicate flavors of the bird. The aromas of toasty oak aromas lead into hazelnut, pecan and marzipan expressions on the nose of this bottling. The palate is loaded with roasted nuts and oak, showing flavors of butterscotch, seared marshmallow and ripe apple baked in brown spices.
Ham or Pork Roast- Margerum M5 White 2019
Pork tends to have a salty characteristic and some body with a touch of residual sugar frames the meal and offsets the salt. Wine Enthusiast listed Margerum as one of the top 100 wines of the year, garnering a 94 point rating. This is a true people-pleaser- even if they don’t drink wine. This is complex and yet utterly refreshing, this estate blend of 45% Grenache Blanc, 21% Marsanne, 14% Viognier, 13% Roussanne and 7% Picpoul Blanc. Opening with Rainier cherry and creamed pear on the crisp nose, the palate sizzles with acidity. This is truly memorable.
Lamb- Cune Rioja Crianza 2017
The delicate herbal qualities of roast Lamb make it one of the most wine-friendly of meats. When the meat is medium to well-done with garlic or rosemary, this fruit–driven Tempranillo blend is a lively red combining depth with energy. Bright berry and cherry flavors mingle with notes of fresh herb, cocoa and toast, supported by light tannins and crisp acidity. Focused and harmonious, Cune will make your meal exquisite.
Beef- Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma County Mountain Cuvée 2019
Most beef recipes are filling and hearty, very few beef dishes can be considered light, which is why red wines go so well with beef. This Bordeaux-style blend will enhance roasts and steaks. This is delicious and dangerously easy-drinking, Mostly Merlot with a Cabernet Sauvignon back and a little Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cab Franc thrown in for good measure.
Celebrating- Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Brut Cava 2012
Whether it’s New Years or a weeknight dinner, sparklers are always a good idea. This one will WOW everyone that gets a glass. Long aged Cavas are the specialty of Roger Goulart. This 10 year old Cava was aged for 3 years in cellar before being bottled in March 2012. Vinous and full of ripe stone fruit notes with a fine bead and creamy, velvety texture.
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