Friday, August 29, 2014

Thiriez Amber Farmhouse Ale

Thiriez Amber French Farmhouse Ale...$9.99 / 750ml
Amber waves of grain . . .
The label says it all: amber waves of grain under a full, blue sky. This is the only beer from the little French farmhouse brewery, Thiriez, that isn’t pungent with the aroma of hop bitterness. Instead, Thiriez Amber is a celebration of wholesome, freshly harvested barley malt, and that is what you get in the nose. The barley that grows in the fields of French Flanders (quite close to the border with Belgium) is some of the best in the world. Meanwhile, along with all that pure malt goodness you’ll detect a few spicy, earthy notes – just what you want in a real farmhouse brew – that derive from a very special yeast that is exclusive to the Thiriez brewery. Some of the malt is lightly roasted, which lends a mild, nutty flavor, and gives the beer a reddish tinge. It’s more of a red beer than an amber one, truth be told.

Daniel Thiriez painstakingly crafts his rustic farmhouse ales in a rustic farmhouse brewery in the beautiful countryside of French Flanders. This brisk Amber Ale is really a luminous golden-red. It is perfectly balanced, with a soft, fresh hop bitterness playing off a hearty whole-grain maltiness, and accented by an entrancing nose of earth and spice that is typical of French farm-country brewing.

Jim Beam Quarter Cask

Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask Finished....$32.99
New release from Jim Beam in their Signature Craft Series.
The 2014 edition is finished with bourbon aged in quarter sized casks for four to five years.  The addition of bourbon from smaller, newly charred oak barrels heightens the deep caramel and vanilla flavors and adds a hint of smoke.

Herman Story Nuts and Bolts scores big!

2012 Herman Story Nuts and Bolts Syrah....$46.99
Even better, his 2012 Nuts & Bolts is a smoking 100% Syrah that spent 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Full-bodied and decadent, yet never over-the-top, heady or cumbersome, it’s loaded with ripe blackberry, cassis, new leather, white pepper and hints of smoked duck. Drink this hedonistic beauty over the coming 4-6 years, although I see no reason to delay gratification either.

I loved these latest releases from winemaker Russell From. His 2011s are excellent in the vintage, with slightly toned down, elegant profiles that stay focused and tight on the palate. His 2012s are even better, with hedonistic, textured profiles and fantastic purity of fruit. They’re all worth checking out.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Stoli Ginger beer

New Ginger beer from Stoli....

Stoli Ginger Beer...$4.99 / 4pk
Stoli® celebrates the revival of the legendary Moscow Mule cocktail by introducing Stoli® Ginger Beer. This mixer's bold taste, made with pure cane sugar and real ginger extract, is expertly blended to complement the smooth and robust flavor of Stoli® vodka, delivering the perfect Moscow Mule. 

Great edition to our already stellar Ginger Beer collection...

In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth
Twine Old Kentucky Moscow Mule Mug...$24.99
Copper Clad Stainless Steal

A Moscow Mule is Vodka and Ginger Beer. We have plenty of both in stock.

This is what our Forsyth location has in stock now, call other locations for availability...
Ginger Beers in stock now include....

  • Goya Ginger Beer
  • Fentimans Ginger Beer
  • Goslings Ginger Beer
  • Goslings Diet Ginger Beer
  • Reeds Premium Ginger Beer
  • Reeds Original Ginger Beer Extra
  • Reeds Extra Ginger Brew
  • Regatta Ginger Beer
  • Vess Ginger Ale
  • Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • Fever Tree Ginger Ale

Also Ginger beers with alcohol already...

  • Crabbies Alocoholic Ginger Beer
  • Crabbies Spiced Orange Alcoholig Ginger Beer
  • Lewis Osterweiss Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Pumpkin Ales 2014

Plus so many Pumpkin ales have arrived
  • New Holland Ichabod
  • Sam Adams Fat Jack
  • Schlafly Pumpkin
  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Southern Tier Warlock
  • O'Fallon Pumpkin
  • Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin
  • Lakefront Pumpkin
  • Red Hook Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin
  • Crown Valley Pumpkin Smash
  • Shipyard Pumpkin
  • plus more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Get Radical Train to Mars

Get radical is a brewing project revolving around the concept of experimentation and collaboration. Founded in 2013, get radical is based in Paris, France and is the project of Brandon Evans & Simon Thillou of the world famous la cave a bulles. We are brewing artisinal, experimental beers inspired by music. With our eclectic tastes, we set out to produce hand crafted beers that don't find themselves fitting into a particular style, just as most of our favorite musicians don't fit into a particular genre. Collaborating with our friends (who have breweries) our goals for get radical are to encourage new ideas to the brewing culture of France while bringing our community closer together. Sante !

Get Radical / Thiriez Train to Mars...$9.99 

“A Saison de Mars hopped with Mosaic, Aramis, Simcoe and fermented with the world famouse Thiriez house yeast.”

Inspired by so many things it's hard to believe. While tasting the colab that Brasserie Thiriez and Saint Somewhere brewed & listening to the song "Stars" by Hum on repeat, the idea of Train to Mars finally transpired. A modern, hoppy version of a "Biere de Mars"
While at Chez Thiriez, we scoped out his hop selection and realized we could actually brew with both American & French hops and have the names spell out MARS; Mosaic, ARamis, and Simcoe. Well, they ended up being a perfect blend that provide the delicate yet exotic aromatic quality of Train to Mars, but used with enough restraint to accompany the Thiriez house yeast strain. Train to Mars isn't exactly "Radical" but it is our favorite brew so far and interestingly enough a third of the batch is aging in Cote du Rhone barrels accompanied by locally sourced honey and Brettanomyces; sounds a bit more like Get Radical, doesn't it?
By far our most collaborative effort yet. Brewed with our friends at Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq, France in January 2014.
Photo courtesy of our friend Sean Parker, and imported by our buddies at Shelton Brothers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Very Limited Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout

Only a hand full of cases came into the state.

De Molen and Anchorage Brewing Collab Mud and Funk BA Stout...$20.99
An 11.9% Imperial Stout aged in Wine and Bourbon Barrels 

Gabe Fletcher (Anchorage Brewing Co.) and Menno Olivier (De Molen) met up in Bodegraven to brew what became Mud & Funk. The beer started off as an Oatmeal Imperial Stout. It was then aged in a mixture of bourbon and wine barrels and a brett culture and allowed to take its time to mature.

New limited edition Cutty Sark 100 proof

Very limited!
Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Scotch Whisky...$26.99 
50% ABV (100 US PROOF)
Released 90 years after the end of the era which it celebrates, Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition has been crafted as a salute to the notorious Captain William McCoy, who smuggled Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky into America during the Prohibition era of the 1920s. Captain McCoy’s impeccable reputation for fairness and dealing only in the finest, genuine and unadulterated liquor gave rise to Cutty Sark being referred to as “The Real McCoy”. Prohibition Edition is bottled at 50% ABV (100 Proof – USA Measure), whilst our regular Cutty Sark blend is 40% ABV. This is a “small batch” blend of the finest single malts and top-quality grain whiskies. Hand-selected American oak casks give subtle signature flavours of vanilla and citrus fruits, whilst the overall flavours and finish are extremely smooth and thrillingly complex. The black glass bottle has a cork seal – reflecting the traditions of the time.

WOW - Wine of the Week : Las Valles Red

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 

Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.

Wine of the Week : 
2012 Las Valles Red Blend....$6.99
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday August 30 - from 11am-4pm

2012 Las Valles Red....$6.99
Tempranillo - Garnacha - Syrah

This smooth, well-balanced red blend offers aromas of blackberries, blueberries and cassis, with intense fruit on the palate and a slightly peppery finish. Enjoy on its own, or paired with mild cheeses, simple pizza, pasta or red/white meat dishes, and more.   The red is unoaked and can even be chilled down for 20 minutes in the refrigerator of a great patio red this Summer.  This is a great all purpose red wine.  Finished with screwcap - no opener needed making it great for picnics and out by the pool.

94 points from Robert Parker and under $14 - AMAZING

"It is difficult to find a better value than this incredibly rich effort." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Stock up now! Back in stock

Something like this does not come around very often!

2012 Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica...$12.99
Another baby Priorato, the 2012 Mas Donis, a custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged nine months in both new and used French and American oak. The Grenache comes from 70-year-old vines, and the Syrah from 30-year-old vines. It is difficult to find a better value than this incredibly rich effort. The bouquet offers up a smorgasbord of aromas, including crushed rocks, spring flowers, kirsch liqueur and blacker fruits. Full-bodied with a velvety, voluptuous texture, and admirable opulence, density, purity and texture, it is nearly impossible to believe that something this good could be priced at $12 a bottle."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2012 Bodegas Castano Solanera...$13.99
Even more remarkable is the 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak. A custom cuvee that is only available through importer Eric Solomon, this amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stuise Pannepot 2013

2013 Struisse Pannepot...$5.99 / 11.2oz

"In the early 1900s, the village of De Panne, close to the French border, was famous for two things -- the ‘Pannepots,’ or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fisherman’s Ale is a tribute to these hardy sailors and their rich, flavorful brew. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Bottle-conditioned."
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer