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Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Deveron 12 Year Old


Deveron 12 Year Highland Single Malt Scotch...$37.99
Glasgow, Scotland, 3rd September 2015 – John Dewar & Sons Ltd. has announced the release of The Deveron single malt which hails from MacDuff distillery, located on the northern edge of Aberdeenshire.

Located where the river meets the sea, Macduff distillery sits near the mouth of the River Deveron, shortly before its cool waters join the restless surge of the North Sea. Sheltered from the worst of the seaboard storms and winter winds, this tranquil spot has seen the creation of The Deveron malt whisky for many a decade.

A comparatively modern distillery – its spirit first began to flow in 1960 – Macduff was brought into being mainly for the purpose of supplying malt whisky to the blending industry. It was commissioned by a consortium of four businessmen, who called themselves Glen Deveron Distillers Ltd.

Emanating from five small copper pot stills, and unusual horizontal condensers that gently coax extra character from the spirit, The Deveron is an approachable dram which has a tang of coastal air about it. The distillery is set up for a light, fruity spirit that’s replete with apple tones and nutty notes.

Stephen Marshall, Bacardi’s Global Marketing Manager – Single Malts remarks: “The final one. We’ve done it and it tastes great. People underestimate the quality of whisky that can be made at a comparatively modern distillery, this is really top notch stuff. Get yourself up to Macduff, or if you can’t then stick Local Hero on the telly and pour yourself a dram”.

Tasting Notes: The Deveron 12 Years Old, 40% ABV
When billows break and haar ghosts in, then haste ye home or some bit warm, Unwind with toasted grain and apples, seaborne spice; calm from the storm.

About THE DEVERON Single Malt Scotch Whisky
THE DEVERON hails from Macduff distillery, found beside the River Deveron just before it meets the North Sea. Sheltered from those restless waters and the worst winter winds, this tranquil spot offers calm from the storm; the perfect place to craft a mellow fireside malt.

Distillation employs five small copper pot stills and unusual horizontal condensers which are arranged for a light and fruity spirit. The result is a rare coastal whisky which holds the tang of shoreline air alongside sturdy apple notes, dried fruits and nutty warmth.

The brand new portfolio comprises of three expressions of THE DEVERON single malt: the 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old and 18 Years Old.

The single malt brand of THE DEVERON is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.TheDeveron.com

Friday, January 1, 2016

Newton Chardonnay Unfiltered - 94 Points





2013 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay...$35.98
John Kongsgaard told me that when the unfiltered Chardonnay from Newton was first launched in the early 1980s, the fruit came entirely from what is now the Judge Vineyard of Kongsgaard. No wonder that wine was so spectacular in those days. It also had an incredible aging curve as well. This wine continues to be a strong effort. The 2013 Chardonnay Unfiltered exhibits notes of white peach, honeysuckle and some brioche in a medium to full-bodied, lusciously fruity, rich, complex and full style. It doesn’t have the minerality of the old days of the early 1980s, but this is a brilliant Chardonnay, representing one of Napa’s finest efforts.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Caymus scores big in the new Wine Advocate by Robert Parker!!




2012 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon...$149.98
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection has a dense blackish/purple color and creamy, sweet crème de cassis fruit, blackberries, a touch of graphite and vanilla, This exuberant, boisterous, in-your-face style of Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly a fruit bomb, so be warned. Full-bodied and opulent with stunning concentration and richness, the wine has no hard edges and is much in the Caymus style of terrific fruit intensity (most of it black and blue), voluptuous texture, and a stunning finish with plenty of glycerin, wood and spice. The alcohol on the label is listed at 14.8%, which seems about accurate. I have Caymus Special Selection in my cellar back to some of the historic wines made by Chuck Wagner’s father in the early 1970s, and while the style’s gotten more precocious and consumer-friendly, these wines, even the more latter-day styles, have a tendency to age beautifully. This can be drunk now, or cellared for 20+ years.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator



2013 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon....$65.98
A beautiful ripe, plump, fat and opulent style of Cabernet Sauvignon that Caymus has pioneered, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense purple color, loads of juicy blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, low acidity and no real evidence of oak, but a nice, plush, full-bodied opulence. This is irresistible, especially for a Cabernet Sauvignon coming in at 14.9% natural alcohol. Drink it over the next decade or more.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate



Samaroli New - Very Limited releases.....








Samaroli Caol Ila Islay Single Malt Scotch 1983....$619.99

  • Distilled: 1983
  • Bottled: 2015
  • Age: 32 Years Old
  • Only 60 bottles produced
  • Very Limited Edition
  • Cask No. 1461

What a spirit…it has to be faced with a bit of melancholy, as the emigrant looking back trying to bear in mind the image of the native land that is leaving. It is deep and harmonious as the indecipherable horizon, “It is not understandable where the sky and the earth end” . It fascinates just by looking at it, do not spoil it by drinking. Once you overcome the hesitation, drink it with a bit of regret. At the nose a whirlwind of harbor scents, it is like walking in the Venice of the eighteenth century. Beautiful, perfumed and powdered ladies walking in the alley brackishon the lagoon. Powder, iodine, peat, firewood burning… is the overture of the symphony that is unleashed in mouth. Hints of mint freshly roasted coffee, marjoram and spices. Lasting and pungent, the little extra alcohol helps with elegance the complex structure of this spirits. Please don’t drink too hastily. 


Samaroli Miltonduff Speyside Single Malt Scotch 1995...$248.99
  • Distilled: 1995
  • Bottled: 2015
  • Age: 20 Years Old
  • Only 220 bottles produced
  • Very Limited Edition
  • Cask No. 2844
Takes part in all the races. He is there, ready to go… with a smile. The bike shining. Race after race without thinking about the victory. He is there… to greatly sweat and toil only for the infinite pleasure of running. A mixture of suffering and lightness. Fatigue and joy. This Miltonduff made me immediately think a cyclist that with his elegant and proud pace hits the road thinking only the wind that caresses his face. Thoughtful, serious and intriguing.Its large bouquet opens in mineral, fruity and vegetal notes with licorice ending. Great character with an intense flavor and graceful.



Samaroli by Samaroli Blended Scotch Whisky...$94.99
  • Distilled: 2008
  • Bottled: 2015
  • Age: 7 Years Old
  • Only 600 bottles produced
Younger brother of the two Speyside assemblies bottled in 2015. A 7 years old boy restless, who escapes into the glass with a frenetic pace like the child who screams loudly “special edition” standing out among the bustle of the city. The first scents and perfumes sting the nostrils. Seaweed, iodine and especially fresh ink… just thrown on paper as did the newspapers printing once when the presses were printing thousands of copies all night. In the mouth balsamic, spicy, smoked herring stimulate the pungent. All this is repeated with metal rhythm, precise and provocative.




Samaroli Tomintoul Single Malt Scotch Whiskey 1967....$629.99
  • Distilled: 1967
  • Bottled: 2013
  • Age: 46 Years Old
  • Only 342 bottles produced
  • Very Limited Edition
What more can we say?  With this selection, anybody who has not had the pleasure of tasting Silvano Samaroli’s first bottlings will be able to experience otherwise incomparable emotions. Very elegant pear extract backed up by a vein of pleasant smooth alcohol that prolongs the multidimensional sensation endlessly. This spirit is a promenade that transports you mind and soul to heights of Absolute Quality that are very hard to find. Reputedly the highest village in Highlands, standing at 345 metres (1,132 feet) above sea level. In Gaelic Tom an t-Sabhail means hillock of the barn and is a village in the Moray Council zone; in 1975 it became part of Banffshire and its population has dropped from approximately 1,700 (in 1841) to just 322 inhabitants in the 2001 census. In spit of being very small, the charming village is included in the Whisky Trail, along with Dufftown, Keith, Tomnavoulin and Marypark. The surrounding countryside is the Glenlivet Estate The Tomintoul distillery was the result of the fusion of two Glasgow whisky broking firms. The distillery, launched in the early sixties, is obviously modern and its design won the approval of the Royal Fine Art Commission. It is located on a plateau in the hills below the village. Tomintoul was the third “new” distillery to be built in the 20th century. In 1974 its stills were increased to two pairs. Whisky stocks are estimated at approximately 80,000 casks, of which some date back to the first year of production (1965).

2009 Doppelbock


2009 Vintage Just relased!!
2009 Ettaler Curator Doppelbock...$5.69 / pint
From one of the last authentic German monastic breweries Klosterbrauerei Ettal, Bavaria comes its famous Doppelbock Curator.  As over the past years many of the classic bottom-fermenting Doppelbocks have been "adjusted" to make them "easier to drink", we have begged the monastery to re-brew for our U.S. customers its authentic recipe which was created in the years after 1330 when the monastery was established.
While its "everyday home version" is about 7% ABV, its historic brew goes back up to over 9%!

Holiday hours...



Happy Holidays!!!!!


  • January 1st - Closed - Happy New Year 
  • January 2nd - Saturday Open 9am-7pm 
  • January 3rd - Sunday Closed 
  • January 4th - Monday Closed for Inventory 
  • January 4th - Tuesday Open 9am-7pm 


Back to normal 9am-7pm Mon-Sat 9am-7pm Closed Sundays

Schlafly Irish Style Extra Stout - new package this year!





Schlafly Irish Style Extra Stout...$9.99 / 6pk
Our Irish-Style Extra Stout amplifies the traditional drier versions from Ireland for a bolder, black brew. The addition of both roasted barley and Dark Crystal malted barley give Extra Stout undertones of chocolate, molasses and dried fruit. The beer is generously hopped with East Kent Goldings to balance the sweetness from the malted barley.
Extra Stout is a descendent of the British and Irish porters of the 18th Century. These strong porters eventually became known as strong stout, then Foreign Stout or Extra Stout, depending on origin. Extra Stouts were exported world-wide, gaining popularity in the West Indies, Africa and parts of Asia.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Kona Koko Brown NUT BROWN ALE


Koko Brown Bottle





Kona Koko Brown NUT BROWN ALE...$7.49 / 6pk
A Nut Brown Worth Cracking
Is there anything more iconic of the lush tropics than the coconut? The delicious heart of this island treasure has a nutty, toffee flavor and aroma that sends you straight to the beaches of Paradise. Kick back with a Koko Brown, brewed with real toasted coconut, and savor the mahogany color and smooth, roasty malt taste.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

BRC - Releases - very limted


Emails sent to BRC for these 3 great beers!!
These three will only be sold through our Beer Reward Club.





4 Hands Madagascar....$15.99



Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter...$10.99 / 4pk






Firestone Walker Nineteen...$19.99
During the dog days of the autumn grape harvest, thirsty overworked winemakers are fond of saying, “It takes a lot of beer to make great wine.” But at Firestone Walker Brewing Company, the opposite is also true. Each August, we invite close local winemaker friends to help us blend our next Anniversary Ale from as many as eight separate barrel-­‐aged component beers. Their input is invaluable, as this project is all about creating cohesion and complexity from an array of diverse beers. The result is a masterful blend, the sum being greater than the parts.

Final Blend:
Parabola (13% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels: 33.33% of the final blend
Stickee Monkee (12.3% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels: 33.33% of the final blend
Bravo (12.9% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels: 16.66% of the final blend
Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels: 16.66% of the final blend

The Finished Piece
As a finished beer, XIX is a rich, chocolaty, chewy brew with brandy-soaked raisin and holiday fruitcake flavors. The blend is anchored by equal parts Stickee Monkee and Parabola, which combine to create a dense chocolate truffle-like base. Velvet Merkin and Bravo lend their spicy oak, leather and fruity accents to complete the brew. The beer is unfiltered and unfined so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XIX is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas.

#1 Champagne in the NY Times!!!!

Rated #1 Champagne under $40 in the New York Times

This is an impressive feat - since they have no advertising budget!
This is based purely on TASTE!!!


A fresh load of the blue label just arrived!

Our regulars are really starting to switch to this GROWER Champagne!  
Hand made with care!





Joel Falmet Champagne Tradition....$39.99 / 750ml
Grower Champagne "RM" Récoltant-Manipulant
Only produces 1200 cases per year
Rated #1 Champagne under $40 in the New York Times

Plus, we tasted it blind with five big name Champagnes including the yellow box and Joel Falmet came out #1


The New York Times
Champagnes Below $40 Regain Pop
By ERIC ASIMOV
BETTER BUBBLES Champagnes under $40 show new finesse.


Tasting Report
In a tasting of 20 Champagnes, priced under $40 each, the wine panel was pleasantly surprised by the elegance that we found among our favorites.
1. JOËL FALMET Brut Tradition NV
2. LOUIS ROEDERER
3. AGRAPART AND FILS
4. HENRIOT
5. CHRISTIAN ETIENNE
6. GEORGES GARDET
7. TAITTINGER
8. MOUTARD
9. NICOLAS FEUILLATTE
10. POL ROGER

"So, here it is. If you can afford to spend $30 to $40 a bottle on Champagne, more or less the entry-level price nowadays, you may find yourself with some seriously good wine.
The Falmet Brut Tradition was our top-rated wine. We found it full of lively energy, with complex flavors of flowers, minerals, citrus and herbs, and with more finesse than you generally find in Champagnes dominated by the pinot noir grape." - New York Times


Monday, December 28, 2015

Henry's Hard Orange ALCOHOLIC Soda



Henry's Hard Orange ALCOHOLIC  Soda....$7.99 / 6pk

4.2% ABV
Made with Can Sugar - Alcoholic Orange Soda

New limited Rum Cask Aged Cider


Crispin 15 Men Blended Hard Cider Rum Cask Aged....$7.99 / 22oz
Wildflower Honey and Dark Candi Syrup

Avery Joe's Pilsner





We have not seen this one in awhile...
Fresh Batch - canned 12/6
Avery Joe's Pilsner...$8.49 / 6pk CANS
Beer Style: Premium American Pilsner
Hop Variety: Bravo, Hersbrucker
Malt Variety: Two-row barley
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: 50
A contemporary rendition of a classic style, Joe’s is hopped with purpose: beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops.
Über sessionable. Utterly American. This is Premium American Pilsner.
Food pairing: The hersbrucker hops in Joe’s Pilsner are a cleansing counterpoint to mild, creamy cheeses like havarti or herb covered chevre.

Excel Brewing Hop Heist Equinox




Excel Brewing Hop Heist Equinox....$4.49 / 22oz
Sing Malt, Single Hop, Pale Ale
Equinox Hop

Sudwerk Brewing - limited releases





Sudwerk Brewing Best Friends Coffee Vanilla Lager....$6.99 / 22oz
ABV: 7.0%
Coffee, Vanilla, Chocolate. A match made in brewing heaven. Born in Sudwerk’s tasting room, 3BF is an expermental blend of 3 simple ingredients creating a unique burst of mouthwatering flavor. Roasted coffee mixed with sweet cacao nibs and hints of vanilla bean, this brew is your new best friend




Sudwerk Rye of the Lager Imperial Lager...$6.99 / 22oz

ABV: 7.0%
With craft beer shelves dominated by IPAs, some consumers are looking for something different. That’s why Sudwerk Brewing Co. created Rye of the Lager, an IPL it calls “a needle in the shelf stack.”

“It’s the first rye India Pale Lager available at stores on the West Coast that I’m aware of,” said Trent Yackzan, co-owner of the 25-year-old brewery that is redefining the American lager.

With ales, naturally occurring esters can at times compete against other ingredients, especially in the finish. That’s not the case here. In contrast, lager yeast provides a platform to let the other ingredients shine through. Stone fruit aromatics combine with lemon and pepper flavors, a pleasant blend of spice, and a bold finish. The fruity, subtle flavor from Simcoe and Amarillo hops balances with the dry spiciness of the rye. (7.0 ABV, 70 IBU)

Rye of the Lager is the culmination of more than a year of trial batches, in search of the perfect balance. Last fall’s small batch released at the Sudwerk taproom, The Dock, was so well received, “we knew this was the beer that should become our next year-round West Coast lager,” Yackzan said.

Ace Space Blood Orange Cider




Ace SPACE Bloody Orange Craft Cider...$5.99 / 22oz
“Longtime ACE fans may know that my wife Angela was in the cantina scene of the original Star Wars movie. She
 and a friend were the cast as the Tonnika Sisters. Angela was Brea Tonnika, a beautiful hookah-pipe-smoking siren and a spy in the bar. We’ve put her picture on the neck label of our new brand, SPACE.

We researched our fan base and learned they want Blood Orange, so SPACE Bloody Orange it is. Released in fall 2015, this limited release variety is sold in 22-ounce clear bottles and kegs. Pure, unfiltered blood orange puree gives SPACE a beautiful orange hue and tart citrus finish at 6.9% ABV. Angela enjoys SPACE like a cocktail in a fluted glass and has pronounced it her current favorite. SPACE Bloody Orange is out of this world!”
–ACE Founder, Jeffrey House