With so many activities going on around town for Graduation Weekend, and with a nod towards American Craft Beer Week (which we celebrate EVERY week here) we decided to pull out all the stops to get all the townies and soon-to-be transplants out our way/ What better reason than a 'Wild' blowout, featuring a selection of funky, tart, and Bretty beers from some of the finest breweries available. On deck are The Bruery: Terreux 'Sour In The Rye', Cascade Strawberry Sour Ale, Alvinne 'Omega' (made from their Morpheus Brett strain),The Wild Beer Co. 'The Blend Summer 2016', Uinta 'Hopscursion Brett IPA, and Potter's 'Peaches & Brett' cider. A lot of creative beers that you usually wouldn't be able to taste on before taking the plunge and buying them. Come on by and give them a try!
Rainy day blues got you down? We have a diverse bunch of new arrivals that are certain to turn away the gloom in the room this weekend. On deck for this evening are the Sierra Nevada/Ovila Abbey Style White Ale, Ommegang 'Brunetta' Oud Bruin Ale (thanks to several requests off our email yesterday), Urban Family 'Aristocratic Fantasy' Four Grain Farmhouse Ale, South Street 'Hop Grove' Tropical IPA, Lagunitas 'Davey Murray's Best' Scotch Ale, and Founders Sumatra Mountain Imperial Coffee Brown Ale. Something for pretty much every taste imaginable. Hope to see you here!
An abundance of great new IPA arrivals over the last few days make a focused tasting absolutely necessary. The main event is the Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin (info in the New Arrivals) to go along with soon-to-arrive Three Notch'd G-IV West Coast IPA (not pictured, arriving this afternoon). Two brand new IPA packages just begging to go mano-a-mano (hoppo-a-hoppo?) to see what's your brand new favorite. But every good fight needs an undercard, so we will have a fresh selection of several other favorites; Southern Tier 2X Oak'd IPA, New Holland 'Hoptronix' DIPA, Avery 'Raja' DIPA (brand spanking new!) and Capt. Lawrence 'Seeking Alpha' Triple IPA to finish it off. Come on by and give them a try!
An abundance of great new IPA arrivals over the last few days make a focused tasting absolutely necessary. The main event is the Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin (info in the New Arrivals) to go along with soon-to-arrive Three Notch'd G-IV West Coast IPA. Two brand new IPA packages just begging to go mano-a-mano (hoppo-a-hoppo?) to see what's your brand new favorite. But every good fight needs an undercard, so we will have a fresh selection of 4-5 'old' favorites, the final selection of which we will post on our Facebook page tomorrow. We will see if the Old School is better than the New School; who knows, we may even be tasting the Southern Tier Nu Skool! Stay tuned!
We had a lovely little surprise arrive on our doorstep when two new canned offerings from BadWolf materialized. What better reason to have a tasting? The 'Kaiju' IPA and 'Mother Pucker' Raspberry Sour are both slated to be regular offerings in their new packaged lineup, so it will be interesting to see how they measure up. Along with these two we are also featuring their 'Jesse's Girl' American Amber (hoppy and nicely balanced), along with a new arrival from VA Beach area brewery O'Connor ('Shipwreck Bay' Nelson Sauvin Saison) and the Knee Deep 'Stout-ella' Chocolate Hazelnut Stout (because you are just as curious as I am, aren't you...). All these will be available for tasting through closing time tonight. Hope to see you here!
The weather is making it very clear (even if the calendar isn't ready to admit it yet) that Rose drinking season is back upon us in Central Virginia. Every year early Spring brings us a fresh crop of new releases, giving us the first look at the previous year's harvest quality. Most famous are the wines from Provence and the Rhone, but pretty much every wine growing region across Europe and now the world produce a traditional dry Rose. Fresh releases are great to try new every year, and you certainly don't need to have 4-5 vintages kept in your cellar, but they are not the fragile hothouse flowers most people believe them to be, at least not the good quality ones. Roses from last year should still have plenty of vibrancy and life if they were properly stored, and some great deals can be had.
Like these, for example: While supplies last, ALL our remaining 2015 Rose wines in inventory will receive an extra 5% discount on your purchase. The wines can be part of mixed 6packs or mixed cases with other non-rose to receive the extra discounts. This deal does not extend to special orders or the 2016 versions once they arrive. First come/first served.
A selection of recent arrivals will be available for tasting today, hitting a broad range of styles so everyone should find something to take home. On deck are the BRAND NEW Stone 'Give Me IPA Or Give Me Death' (Collaboration w/Ardent and Hardywood Park, aged on locally sourced raspberries and blackberries) Three Notch'd 'Brother Barnabas' Belgian Tripel, Brothers 'Smooth Sailor' Barrel Aged Vanilla Porter (made with used barrels from their Resolute Imperial Stout), Adroit Theory 'All I See I Carrion' Belgian Quad (aged on cherries), and Uinta 'Cockeyed Cooper' Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Come on by and give them a try!
All beers being tasted get a 10% discount
Several new releases from area cider and mead producers came out over the holidays, so we figured we would give you all an opportunity to try them out for yourselves this Friday. Of particular interest is a new source from Maine that we featured in an email several weeks back called Oyster River Winegrowers whose naturalistic stylings make for some very dry, almost Basque-like product. Along with their regular bottling we will be trying their limited 'Wildman Cuvee', created by foraging wild grown apples from surrounding forests. All ciders use native yeasts and are unfiltered/unfined. Lots of fun new stuff to enjoy, hope to see you here!
Will have another email going out later this week with all the usual newly arrived goodies, but wanted to give everyone an early heads-up on our tasting this Friday with new-to-our-area BadWolf Brewing Co. from Manassas. Often when a brewery is just getting themselves started in an area they just give us the basics, but we're getting the opportunity to dip a little deeper into their lineup, so we want to get your opinion as we welcome them to Charlottesville. In addition to the Aces High Pale Ale and Jesse's Girl Amber Ale (both in 12oz cans) and the Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Porter (mistakenly named it their 'regular' Claire's Va. Porter in the last email; the proper name is 'Radegast), we also have three new releases, all IPAs. Bizarro Mango IPA is a juicy, tropical mouthfull aged in Gin barrels; Virginia Hooligan is a richer and stronger wet hopped IPA base, and we have the choice of both Gin and Bourbon barrel aged versions to pick from (be sure to read the labels!). We will have a selection of these to taste Friday from 4-7pm, so come on by and give them a try!
Also, be on the lookout for two new canned releases from them in the very near future (hopefully before April) of their 'Mother Pucker' Sour Raspberry Wit and 'Kaiju' IPA.