Saturday, June 21, 2008

Orkney Brewery

Dark Island
"Dark Island, Is a traditional Orkney Beer from the brewer of SkullSplitter. It is a dark and mysterious beer with a uniquely distinctive taste. Dark Island is a ruby port wine color and has been described as having a distinctly chocolate, nutty malt taste. Dark Island, unlike SkullSplitter is only 4.6% ABV. The Dark Island label depicts the mysterious Ring of Brogar which resides in the Orkney Islands and dates from about 2,000 B.C. It is a ring of 27 standing stones which are inscribed with runes and ogham. It is not known how or why it came to be there.
Many people have returned from Scotland after tasting Dark Island and were disappointed to learn it was not available here. Now’s your chance to experience why they have asked for it by name." -- Importer

Dragonhead Stout
"DRAGONHEAD STOUT is from the brewer of SkullSplitter.
It is truly a classic black stout, absolutely brimming over with roast malt flavours, yet balanced with a complex hop blend. It finishes with a smooth roasted aftertaste - an excellent example of a dry 'session' stout!

The Orkney Brewery
Orkney Brewery was founded in April 1988 by Roger and Irene White. It is housed in a Victorian Schoolhouse in the remote, but magical Island of Orkney off the tip of northern Scotland. In 1995 the Brewery was extended and new equipment introduced in order to meet the demand for the Brewery's line of beers.Roger White is a descendant of the renowned clan MacGregor.
Complements to Dragonhead Stout:DRAGONHEAD tastes delicious with any type of food but especially farmhouse cheese, oysters, a light supper, or pour one out to drink before bed." -- importer
Importer's website

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


What is Kellerbier?

Kellerbier translates as Cellar beer.

"Kellerbier or Zwickelbier (sometimes Zoigl(bier)) is an unfiltered beer, often a lager which is not clarified or pasterurised probably originated from Germany. In comparison with most of the today's beer sorts, this kind of beer contains more of its original yeast and more of the valuable nutritional substances. It is often served directly from the barrel or bottled. In Germany this beer is described by manufacturers as naturtrĂ¼b (naturally cloudy).
Originally Zwickelbier was a sample amount of beer taken by a brewery boss from the barrel with a help of a special pipe, so-called Zwickelhahn. Nowadays (2007) in Germany it is commercially available in big amounts, usually as a bottom-fermented, but often also as a top-fermented (Kellerweizen)." --

Kellerbiers in stock now.

Moosbacher Kellerbier...$2.99 pint

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Perfect Wine 100/100


2005 Chateau Pavie
St. Emilion....$449.99 net

"I love the purity of fruit in this wine, with perfectly ripe blackberry, blueberry and raspberry on the nose. Complex and full-bodied, with hints of new oak and wonderfully polished tannins that caress the palate. Long, long finish. This is not the blockbuster it was from barrel, but rather a complete, balanced and gorgeous red. Best after 2015. 7,100 cases made. –JS"

---100/100 The Wine Spectator

---98/100 The Wine Advocate