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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Crown Royal new Honey!



CROWN ROYAL® HONEY
Crown Royal Honey Flavored Whisky...$22.99

To create this extraordinary blend, Crown Royal whiskies are carefully selected by our master blender and infused with the subtly sweet taste of honey. The harmonious notes of wild clover and sunflower honeys complement the richness of Crown Royal Blended Whisky. The result is a vibrantly delicious whisky with the sophisticated and distinct smoothness of Crown Royal. Enjoy straight, on the rocks or in a cocktail for a uniquely smooth experience.

Le Grand Clos Pinot Noir - new Pinot Noir




2014 Le Grand Clos Pinot Noir....$13.99
New Pinot Noir that is rich and full.  Great Value.
Facing the Pyranees, surrounded by vines, speckled with trees and flowers, this privately owned vineyard is delicately nestled among a large pine forest.  Le Grand Clos is located on a hillside village, nearby the world famous walled city of Carcassonne, and is gifted with exceptional climatic conditions and earth with great soil, to produce top quality wines.  Le Grand Clos - Pinot Noir captures senses with immense floral scents including violet and flowering wild thyme.  Raspberry liquorish entices further along with wild strawberry, dark cherries, tobacco and spice.  The palate is juicy but balanced by rich forest floor, clove and savory flavors.  Good tension between acid and fine tannins offers a well rounded palate with appealing length.

New Godello - must try!






Was $18.99
Great Value!
2013 Terra do Castelo Ribeiro Godello...$13.99

Tasting Notes: This expressive Godello is packed with flavor, offering intense citrus aromas (lemon, grapefruit) with hints of anise and light grassy and floral notes. It is rich and round on the palate, with a crisp acidity and a long, elegant finish.
Serve With: Enjoyable on its own, it is also an ideal pairing with seafood, white meats, and light cheeses.
Terra do Castelo wines are produced by the San Roque de Beade cooperative, which is comprised of 104 members who actively farm around 500 acres of Ribeiro’s most traditional grape varietals. The wines are produced in an impressive, state of art the winery where terroir, tradition and technology come together beautifully!
"More conventional in its aromatic and flavor profiles is the 2013 Godello. This cuvee reveals lots of honeysuckle, buttery citrus, tropical fruit and pear notes as well as decent acidity, a naked, unmanipulated, natural style, and a fresh, medium-bodied finish" 
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Whiskey Reward Club - Limited releases coming


These will be the first releases that we will use our Whiskey Reward Club. The sign ups for the Whiskey Reward Club have slowed down, so I believe the regulars that want to be in the club have mostly signed up. If you have not signed up - click here for details 

We will hold these until May 31 in order to let customers accumulate purchases for a month and release them through the WRC the first week of June.  


Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon 
2001 Limited Edition
  • Distilled 2001
  • Bottled 2016
  • 100 proof
  • Batch #1



Makers Mark Pharoah Bottle
American Pharoah Bottle
In 2015, American Pharoah captivated the hearts of fans worldwide by becoming the first-ever winner of horse racing’s fabled Grand Slam. By sweeping the Kentucky Derby®, the Preakness Stakes®, the Belmont Stakes® and the Breeders’ Cup® Classic, American Pharoah established himself as one of the greatest racehorses in history. That’s something we can really relate to around here. After all, no one thought you could make a bourbon both full-flavored and easy to drink. Until we did it. In honor of American Pharoah’s inspiring and exhilarating achievement, we’re proud to introduce a limited-edition American Pharoah commemorative bottle. To further mark the occasion, Maker’s Mark and the Zayat family will make a donation benefitting the Kentucky Derby Museum, a nonprofit organization with an impassioned commitment to engage, educate and excite.

BRC - release FW Parabola


BRC emails sent out for this release based on overall support.  Thank you very much.  
Sorry, it was very limited - if you are coming to our Beer Fest on May 21 - you will get to taste it



2016 Parabola Russian Imperial Stout...$14.99 / 22oz
Parabola is a beer of darkness and immensity, a barrel-­aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world. This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in a blend of bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace, developing flavors of rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbony vanilla. Parabola bares its teeth with its impenetrable black hue and soaring alcohol, yet its bite remains refined with a silky, balanced finish.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Excel Brewing Stay Gold



Excel Brewing Stay Gold American IPA...$7.49 / 22oz
Light on malt, heavy on hops, this American IPA features intense tropical fruit characteristics like passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and guava.

“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”
― S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

Stag's Leap Cabernet scores 94 points


2013 Stag's Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon....$35.98 
A wine with purity and definition. Ultra-fine tannins hold together a red with subtle berry, walnut, forest floor and mushroom character. Very fine indeed. Better in 2020 but so beautiful now.
Rates 94/100 James Suckling

Goose Island Halia





2016 Goose Island Halia with Peaches...$19.99 / 765ml
BREWER'S NOTES
Halia is a farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with whole peaches, resulting in bright, effervescent fruit notes in a soft, hazy body that finishes slightly tart and sweet with the pleasant character of ripe, juicy peaches. Literally meaning “remembrance of a loved one” in Hawaiian, Halia was brewed in memory of the dear friend of one of our brewers who loved peaches.

Tallgrass Raspberry Jam Berliner Weiss







Tallgrass Raspberry Jam Berliner Weiss....$13.99 / 4pk cans

Raspberry Jam is our ode to the groundbreaking sights and sounds of 1960s and 1970s rock music.
Light and refreshing, with its crisp natural tartness balanced by the addition of raspberries, this Berliner Weisse was initially developed at our brewpub, the Tallgrass Tap House. In the traditional German fashion, the brewpub version was served with a sampling of 1 oz. shots of flavored syrup which impart additional flavors into the beer. When the raspberry version became a huge hit, we decided it should “go on tour” as part of the Explorer Series. Pucker up and rock on!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

2015 Virgile Rose is here!




2015 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Rose...$11.99
Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%
Technical Notes: The grapes are hand-harvested at night to preserve their freshness, and then 100% de-stemmed before undergoing a short 12-hour maceration in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Beginning in 2009 Serge and Thierry have progressively increased the percentage of Grenache from 60% to 80%.  The result is dramatic. Though they have always made elegant, balanced rosés, the wines have become increasingly perfumed and silky.
Tasting Notes: Delicate aromas of wild strawberry and red cherry dominate the nose of this beautiful rosé. The wine is bright pink with a tinge of fuchsia in the glass. The strawberry and cherry notes carry through to the mouth, where they are complemented with hints of red raspberry and refreshing minerality. Château Virgile produces a very versatile rosé, crisp enough to drink on its own, but flavorful enough for a meal

92 Point St. Joseph from Semaska







2013 Semaska Saint Joseph Malleval....$29.99
  • Suggested retail of $50
  • 100% Syrah
  • Only 166 cases made for the world.
  • We were able to score 10 of those cases!!
  • The wine is delicous
A much smaller production than the classic Saint Joseph, the 2013 Saint Joseph Malleval is a bigger, richer and more serious wine. Charcoal, blackberry, pepper and a touch of graphite all emerge from this medium-bodied, beautifully textured, polished and layered Syrah. It expands on the palate, has terrific purity of fruit and will drink nicely for 5-8 years at a minimum.

Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate




2012 Chateau Rigaud Faugeres....$15.99
The 2012 Faugeres Chateau Rigaud is a superb effort that does everything right. Layered, rich and textured, with medium to full-bodied weight on the palate, it gives up impressive dark fruits, licorice, toasted bread and spice on the nose. A blend of 55% Syrah, 26% Mourvedre and 19% Grenache aged 12 months in demi-muid (Syrah) and concrete tank (Grenache and Mourvedre), it should continue to impress through 2022.

These solid efforts are made by Claude Gros, who also consults at Chateau de la Negly, and is one of the leading oenologists in the region.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Faugeres is an appellation in the Langeudoc region of France

Great new Fitou - 90 Points




2013 Domaine Galaman AOP Fitou...$14.99
The 2013 Fitou Domaine Galaman (Carignan, Grenache and Syrah) is a fruity, forward effort that has loads of texture and richness. Offering plenty of mineral-tinged fruit, licorice and toast, it is medium to full-bodied, pure, up-front and already hard to resist. I don’t think it will make old bones, but it will certainly be a crowd-pleaser over the coming 3-4 years.
These solid efforts are made by Claude Gros, who also consults at Chateau de la Negly, and is one of the leading oenologists in the region

Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate



What is AOP?


The new quality stairstep in France:

  1. Appellation d'Origine Protégée (AoP - top step)
  2. Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (VDQS)
  3. Indication Geographique Protegée (IGP - replacing VdP)
  4. Vin de Table (VdT)


The quality stairstep in France until December of last year, was:

  1. Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AoC - top step)
  2. Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (VDQS)
  3. Vin de Pays (VdP)
  4. Vin de Table (VdT)

Orin Swift Machete 2014





2014 Orin Swift Machete...$49.99
2014 Orin Swift Machete Generous and expressive, big and brawny, offering a mouthful of tannins but also brimming with flavors and aromas, including Earl Grey tea, dark chocolate, dried violet and toasted gingerbread. Rich notes of plum and black cherry are balanced by forest floor and earthy accents, lingering on the long finish. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2030
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

**Bottled with 12 Different Labels

Hermitage Brewing Limited Release Pilsner


Hermitage Brewing Limited Release Pilsner No.3....$4.99 / pint
A traditional Czech-style lager. Smooth and crisp

Arrogant Bastard in CANS







Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard...$11.99 / 6pk 16oz Cans
ARROGANT BASTARD ALE YOU'RE NOT WORTHY
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory—may something with a multimillion-dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multimillion-dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

At Arrogant Bastard Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny—a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. Since the very beginning, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale...even outright attempts to copy it…but only one can ever embody the true nature of Liquid Arrogance!

Crane Brewing releases



More great beers from Missouri

Crane Brewing Grapefruit Gose...$9.99
GRAPEFRUIT GOSE (4.1% ABV)
Possibly the most rustic and obscure beer of Germany, the salty, sour gose of Leipzig needed an American touch. How about grapefruit zest? The result is probably the only beer that goes just as well by the pool as it does with Thanksgiving dinner.
Malt: Pilsner and Wheat
Hops: Magnum
Yeast: Three Strain of Lactobacillus and Saison Yeast




Crane Brewing Kumquat Berliner Style Weiss...$9.99 
Like origami, bonsai is an ancient tradition of Japan that promotes careful contemplation.  Through gradual growth and cultivation of a small branching tree, such as the native kumquat, reflection may take place.  We view our small craft brewery the same way, aimed at careful cultivation of craft beer flavor and culture.  We will always be willing to trim back branches that may reach too far and too fast to preserve the quality of what grows.  Please take a moment, while you drink this citursy tart beer, to quietly reflect on growth, preservations and life.


Crane Brewing Amber + Brett 4Ever...$10.99
It started with an innocent flirtation, but now it is totally serious.  Amber and Brett are the hottest couple in craft beer, and everybody knows it.  Amber was such a little goody-goody-two-shoes before, but brett is , like, this super wild rebel, who is always getting her into trouble.  Lucky for you Brett hast totally rubbed off on amber, and now she's a little wild too.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

High Water Brewing






High Water Brewing Ramble on Rose...$16.99 / pint
6.0% ABV
Ramble on Rose was aged in used wine barrels for 12 months with locally grown blueberries, rose buds, rosehips and pink peppercorns. Refreshingly tart and crisp with flavors of berries and the aroma of the American Beauty rose.


High Water Brewing Boom Boom Out Gose the Lights....$7.49 / 22oz
Ale brewed with apple juice, galangal root and pink Himalayan sea salt.
7.3% ABV
A traditional sour mash with some not so traditional ingredients. We hope you enjoy a celebratory creation that we offer for the curious palate.






High Water collab with Uncommon Brewers Flamenco Roja...$21.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
High Water collab with Uncommon Brewers Flamenco Roja...$5.59 / 6oz Can
Collaboration with Uncommon Brewers now released. Flamenco Roja, Flanders Red brewed with pomegranates and raspberries. Aged in Oak for a year and available now.

Saugatuck Brewing - more releases





Saugatuck Brewing Blueberry Maple Stout...$9.49 / 6 pack
A sweet milk stout with all the malt characteristics you love but with a bold, unique twist- this beer tastes like a glass full of blueberry pancakes smothered in maple syrup.



Saugatuck Brewing Daze On Saison...$9.49 / 6 pack
Go to a whole new dimension with this off the wall Farmhouse Ale. Dry hopped with copious amounts of Mandarina & Mosaic hops for an interesting twist.


Saugatuck Brewing Serrano Pepper Ale...$9.49 / 6 pack
An amber ale spiced with fresh Serrano Peppers, pleasing to both the nose and palate. A great beer for casual enjoyment and perfect for food pairing.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Glenlivet Founders Reserve



Back in stock
Glenlivet Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch...$41.99
Cask: Traditional oak and American first fill
Flavour: Creamy sweetness and zesty fruits
Boasting the classic flavours of The Glenlivet bound up in a creamy, smooth texture, this expression is our tribute to the one who started it all.
George Smith, our founder, was a trailblazer with an irrepressible spirit. In creating a whisky in his honour we were understandably keen to do him justice. The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve captures the distinct, smooth, fruity taste that he first envisioned in 1824 and for which we are still renowned today. And because we remain as dedicated to innovation as our founder ever was, we’ve given this classic single malt a contemporary twist.

North Peak Mighty Melon Ale


North Peak Mighty Melon Ale...$9.99




Michigan-based North Peak Brewing Company introduces its latest craft beer—a summer seasonal calledMighty. According to brew master Ron Jeffries, this sessionable melon ale (4.8% ABV | 22 IBUs) boasts aromas of watermelon, berry and guava. This exceptionally drinkable beer is the perfect balance of malts, melons and gently-hopped Vanguard, crystal and Michigan chinook hops.

Like all of the North Peak beverages, Mighty is born out of Northern lore.

“The Mighty Melonheads of Michigan have been described as mischievous and playful, yet many takes of kindness have been passed down for years,” recounts Tony Grant, COO of Northern United Brewing Company. “They were even said to forage in the melon patches, stealing the sweetest and ripest of the fruits.”

Mighty will be available in April 15 through August 31 on draft and in six-pack 12-ounce stubby bottles throughout Michigan, California, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas–wherever your favorite North Peak beers are sold.

North Peak is part of Northern United Brewing Co., which also encompasses the Grizzly Peak and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales craft beer brands, as well as the Civilized line of spirits and Bonafide Wines. NUBC’s philosophy focuses on a dedication to conservation, inspiration and locally-sustainable practices. -- Promote Michigan

Jolly Pumpkin Saison Z



Jolly Pumpkin continues their letter series..
Jolly Pumpkin Saison Z...$11.99
Ale brewed with chocolate, amaranth, orange peel and kumquats

Huitzilopochtli - yes, I named a beer after an Aztec deity. Not after the zombie apocalypse? Well, you can believe what you want to believe.
In zombie apocalypse, I will wiield Xiuhboatl, fire serpent, weapon of the sun, and ride upon Gilgamesh, valiant fire pig, eternal friend of the bat people. And I shall be unstoppable in my hunger and fury.
Wonderful deep rich color, sharp aroma of citrus and sugar, flavors of mouth coating chocolate, mixed citrus, sweet orange, and kumquat lending a delicious sweet, tart, sour, contrasting note. Finishing long and lingering, rich baking chocolate....
A drink suitable for an Aztec deity, no?

2014 Arrumaco Verdejo




2014 Gallegas Arrumaco Verdejo...$9.99 
From 7 to 20 year old vines planted in calcareous, limestone soils in northwestern Spain. Planting density ranges from 800 to 1200 vines per acre.   Great aperitif to any meal!
100% Verdejo.
Offers aromas of stone fruit, with hints of almonds and citrus rind. Crisp and fresh on the palate, with a touch of glycerin and a long, clean finish. SERVE WITH Light and enjoyable on its own, it also an ideal pairing for a wide range of fish and shellfish.  Great with cheese, great with grilled fish, goes well with salty foods, and Chinese take out.  So versatile, it is just great on its own!



Ask any wine person what a wine needs to be “food-friendly” and and the answer will be good acidity.     This Verdejo has acidity along with great flavor, very good balance and plenty of good fruit.   This wine has become our go to everyday white wine. Perfect for people that drink Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or even Chardonnay can all agree this is a great wine!