Second tasting of the month, still pouring great beers from the chocolate country brewers. While the pride of Hershey, PA is their cocoa processing plant, Troegs is definitely second. It’s always nice to have someone come and pour from them, but it makes it just a little bit special when we can offer up their newest and most popular seasonals. We will be pouring Nugget Nectar for the second time, as well as some other core and limited releases. It’s a good month when we can have a great brewery like Troegs bookend the tastings.
Sierra Nevada is having a recall on most of their packages due to a bottle flaw that might lead to glass in the beer. We are checking all our cases, but please look at dates on any Sierra Nevada you might have at home. If you find that you have beer that is part of the recall window, please bring your beer back to the store and we will swap it out for you.
Bad batches are bottled from 12/5/16-1/13/17 and have an “M” after the date.
Following is the statement from Sierra Nevada.
“SIERRA NEVADA UNDERSCORES ITS COMMITMENT TO QUALITY – REPLACES SELECT BEER ON STORE SHELVES
Voluntary recall for select Sierra Nevada beer including Beer Camp Golden IPA, Pale Ale, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, Nooner, Hop Hunter, Otra Vez and Torpedo Extra IPA in 12-ounce bottles
Chico, CA—January 22, 2017—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. today announced a voluntary recall of select 12-ounce bottles that may contain a glass packaging flaw. This recall comes after quality inspections at the company’s Mills River, North Carolina, brewery detected a very limited number of bottles with a flaw that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, creating a risk for injury. The recall applies to product purchased in the Midwest, Southern and East Coast states listed below.
“While we believe this concern impacts roughly 1 in every 10,000 (0.01%) of our bottles packaged during this time,” says Mike Bennett, Chief Supply Chain Officer, “Sierra Nevada has set the standard for quality in the craft brewing industry since 1980 and we have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our consumers. To date, we have not received any consumer reports of injuries resulting from the potentially affected bottles and we are working with our supplier to determine the root cause of the issue.”
The beer affected by this recall includes those brands listed below with a packaging date that falls within the range with a code of “M” (Mills River) and not “C” (Chico), which is all information that can be found printed on the packaging or shoulder of the bottle:
- Pale Ale 12-ounce bottles in 6-, 12- and 24-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/8/17
- Beer Camp Golden IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
- Sidecar Orange Pale Ale 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
- Torpedo Extra IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
- Tropical Torpedo 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
- Nooner 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
- Hop Hunter 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
- Otra Vez 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
The recall applies to product purchased in the following Midwest, Southern and East Coast states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Sierra Nevada has stopped distributing all affected beer. The company is actively working with distributor and retail partners to remove this beer from retail shelves and hold any further shipments. Consumers who have purchased beer within the scope of this recall will be eligible for full compensation of the purchase price and are advised not to drink it and to dispose of the beer. A website has been set up for updates on the recall and to report purchase at sierranevada.com/qualitymatters.
No other Sierra Nevada products are affected by this recall.”
Bourbons are all the rage these days, especially Single Barrel Bourbon. These unique offerings are hyper-focused on nuances that barrels impart. Each barrel has its own unique characteristic that is conveyed in the Bourbon which is why most bottles have batch and barrel numbers printed on them. Barrels are a great tool as they can mask flaws, soften “hot” mashes, and sweeten when necessary. That is why in the right hands, Single Barrel Bourbon can be unforgettable.
We take joy and pride in picking out Single Barrel Bourbon because it gives us an opportunity to showcase our palate. Picking a single barrel allows us to develop a house style. What is our house style? Balance. Looking to strike a balance between flavor, body, and ABV all of our picks do just that in their own right.
1) Colonial Spirits’ Single Barrel Bourbon – Weller Antique 107*
-SOLD OUT- This high wheat mash Bourbon is an under-the-radar favorite among Bourbon enthusiasts. Having a similar DNA to its cousin (PVW), this gem has the body and flavor to compete with the best. Some may call this too hot (107 proof), but if anything we think it is just right. Our pick tends to put emphasize on the oak influence as it helps dampen some of the heat it carries.
2) Colonial Spirits’ Single Barrel Bourbon – Journeyman ‘Featherbone’
-Limited Availability- A mash consisted of corn, wheat, barley, and rye, the Featherbone Bourbon is balanced from the get-go. Journeyman is said to be too balanced, soft even, this is why our single barrel has a hint more barrel influence. This adds additional depth through added layers of flavors. If that wasn’t enough, we ask Journeyman to bottle our Bourbon at barrel proof. Just one more step we take to create a multifaceted and beautiful bottle.
3) Colonial Spirits’ Single Barrel Bourbon – Eagle Rare 10yr
Eagle Rare 10yr is unique because every bottle is from a single barrel instead of being blended. This sets them apart because with each new barrel the whiskey changes. Some like this concept, others, however, have had a hard time wrapping their minds around it. Luckily for everyone, you can count on our selection to be consistent barrel after barrel. Our Eagle Rare 10yr barrel arrived a week ago, but that doesn’t mean you should put off getting a bottle.
If you would like to make a purchase Click Here. In the “Notes Section” specify you want the Colonial Spirits Single Barrel.
4) Colonial Spirits’ Single Barrel Boubon – 1792 Small Batch
The “high rye” 1792 can seem a bit light and spicy for some, but taste is personal. For those that find it a bit light, come and try our barrel because we got it right. The balance of spicy and sweet notes, alongside a medium frame and a drier finish makes this a Bourbon for the Scotch Whisky drinker. Or if you are looking for a break from the over-oaked Bourbons that are flooding the shelves, this is it.
As the days get shorter and colder and as Thanksgiving and Christmas near us, we find ourselves looking to stay warm both inside and outside. There are few drinks that do that as well as Bourbon. And if you are planning on purchasing one, why not guarantee yourself a knockout. All of these are just that.
For the second year in a row, we will be hosting the Goose Island Bourbon County Black Friday release. This was a huge success last year and we don’t see why it won’t be again.
Here is how the release will work for the Goose Island Bourbon County. We will be opening our doors at 9am on Friday, November 25th. Once the doors open, we will be funneling people into our tasting room. There we will have the Barleywine, Coffee, and whatever else they bring into Massachusetts. We will have a bottle limit on the variants due to the limited inventory that comes into the state. It will be first come, first serve, so I would recommend getting here early. Last year the first people showed up around 5:30am. We will have a limit on the Brand Stout that will more than likely, be over a case.
While waiting in line and walking around the store, we will be pouring samples of the Brand Stout as well as be handing out free pastries. Hopefully, everyone will not eat so much the day before that they cannot wolf down a few sweet treats. Keep an eye out for more information as the release gets closer.
One of the most sought after beers, Goose Island Bourbon County year after year proves to us why it’s on top. Drink it now and enjoy a licorice, coffee, and caramel infused port-like drink. Age it and the flavors mature. – Don’t believe us, come try it for yourself at the Goose Island Bourbon County Vintage Tasting – Additionally, we will also be hosting Goose Island here on Friday, December 2 for their Wild Ales Tasting.
Click on the Image Below for Technical Info and Tasting Notes on the 2016 Bourbon County
We were so thrilled with the response to the Santa Maria La Palma Monica from a few months ago, that we thought we would bring another extraordinary value from the winery to your attention… 2015 Cantina Santa Maria La Palma Aragosta Vermentino di Sardegna!
ATTENTION WINE LOVERS! Mark your calendar (paper or electronic), hire a babysitter (or just bring the kids along), spit out your gum and throw away your mints, and join us for an event that is not to be missed… OUR 7TH ANNUAL SPRING GRAND WINE TASTING, APRIL 9TH & 16TH, 2PM-5PM! Read More about Special Seasonal Event: 7th Annual Spring Grand Wine Tasting
2014 Tire Bouchon by Domaine D’Ouréa Vin de France
We always harp on about buying the most affordable wines from the best producers. It makes a lot of sense. The grapes often come from the exact same vineyards as the top cuvées, and are farmed, harvested, and vinified using the same methods. Usually, the only differences are in the ages of the vines, the yields, and the aging regime. Granted, these are important contrasts, but there is no question you can get the gist of an estate’s style from the entry level.
This time, we have a bonus. Not only do we have the entry level from a top grower, but we think we are far enough out in front of this one that a year or two from now, this wine will seem like an absolute steal. Read More about 2014 Tire Bouchon by Domaine D’Ouréa Vin de France
The first exclusive Colonial Spirits single barrel bourbon barrels of the year are queued up and ready for tasting, and we’re excited to soon be selecting from a set of barrels of Weller 107 Single Barrel Bourbon and Journeyman 120 Single Barrel Bourbon!
This weekend, we’d like to invite you to help us make the selection! So come on down to the store… SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH @ 2PM – WELLER 107 & JOURNEYMAN 120 SINGLE BARREL BOURBON SELECTION TASTING! Read More about Weller 107 Single Barrel Bourbon and Journeyman 120 Single Barrel Bourbon Selection Tasting!
Aberlour 18 Year Old, Glenlivet 18 Year Old & Glenlivet’s Nàdurra Oloroso Sherry Cask Whisky…
JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24TH FROM 6:15-7:15PM FOR A SPECIAL SCOTCH TASTING WITH A GENUINE SCOTCH AMBASSADOR, PETER KARRAS!
Read More about Scotch Tasting & Seminar with Scotch Master Peter Karras
Copos Nature by Cellers Unio: An Organic Red that Puts Shame to Many
It’s no secret that Catalonia has got it going on. A roughly triangular region in Spain’s far north-east corner, Catalonia is separated by the Pyrenean Mountains from southern France, with which it has close historical ties. With a distinct history stretching back to the 11th century, many Catalans think of themselves as a separate nation from the rest of Spain. In fact, the Catalonian language is entrenched in the laws enacted by the local Parliament. Read More about Copos Nature by Cellers Unio: An Organic Red that Puts Shame to Many