Together with Rapscallion, Aquitaine, and Colonial Spirits of Stow, we are inviting all to join us for our 3rd Wine Dinner this year.
Rapscallion is one of the kings of local, fresh food. Aquitane is one of the best-known importers of Bordeaux. These are NOT your average food and wine pairings, folks. Don’t miss out on this huge opportunity.
When & Where: Monday, October 2nd, 2017. Rapscallion Table and Tap will be opening up their doors to host a Bordeaux-centric wine dinner. 5 courses, 6 glasses of wine, and all for the fair price of $75 per person (Tax and Gratuity not included). If you would like to RSVP call Rapscallion at 978.429.8161.
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Colonial Spirits has the best fall seasonal beer selection in your local area!
Whether you’re looking for a malty amber ale, your favorite German Oktoberfest from Munich or even something that might resemble liquid pumpkin pie, Colonial Spirits has you covered for fall seasonal beers! We have these and so much more to choose from, don’t be shy to ask one of our personable store associates!
**Swing by on Saturday between 1-5 p.m. to sample many of these at our own personal Oktoberfest! Food and beer samples are Free!
Spanish wines have been on the forefront of the wine industry for the last two decades.
However, it wasn’t until the last 5 years that Spanish wines have truly flourished. Once only known for Rioja or Tempranillo, Spain has become so much more than that. With regions like Ribera del Duero, Priorat, and Rias Baixas and grape varieties like Albariño, Garnacha, and Mencia seen splattered on wine lists across the nation, Spanish wines are making a comeback in a big way.
Most wine enthusiasts know and recognize Rioja and its wines. They also know that Tempranillo is the preferred varietal in the region. But did you know that Tempranillo’s reach extends outside of Rioja and into regions like Ribera del Duero and Toro? More importantly, did you know these other regions existed? With around 79 D.O.s (Denominacion de Origen) and 2 D.O.C.s (Denominacion de Origen Controlada), Spain is almost in a category all to its own.
Due to Spain’s numerous of wine producing regions we will focus on a few select regions to expand our knowledge of one of the leading wine countries in the world.
Navarra: Rioja’s little brother that offers so much.
Navarra abuts Rioja, and much like Rioja its focus is on red wines. That, however, is where the similarities end. A once thriving wine region, Navarra saw its spotlight fade due to phylloxera. Fortunately, this unwelcomed event allowed Navarran wineries to think past Tempranillo and replant vineyards with other vinis vinifera varieties. Now a leader in the production of Garnacha (Grenache), Navarra has diversified and leads the way in the production of international grapes.
Navarra’s success is due to the many influences that surround the region. To the northwest, there is the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic), to the north the Pyrenees, and through it the Ebro River. These key features not only play a role in the regions topography, they also contribute to the growing season. With warmer summers and mild winters, Navarra enjoys the benefits of one of the most sought after climate types, Mediterranean. The Mediterranean climate benefits red wine production more so than it does white wine production. Nonetheless, there are small pockets of vineyards within Navarra that do have the right climate for white wine varietals.
Navarra still has a long way to go before it is as recognizable as Rioja. While it waits, Navarra wineries have the window to fine-tune wines that could possibly even overshadow Rioja some day. Only time will tell.
Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero: From Douro to Duero the wines are unquestionably top-tier.
If Rioja is to Spain what Tuscany is to Italy, then Ribera del Duero is the Piedmont. As well recognized within the wine community as Rioja, Ribera del Duero is a mystery to the general consumer. Even though Ribera del Duero utilizes Tempranillo and follows a quality system similar to that of Rioja’s, the region is mostly unknown. That hasn’t deterred producers like Vega Sicilia, Alejandro Fernandez, and Dominio de Pingus. In fact, it has done the opposite. Wineries feel compelled to create wines that are exceptional in order to prove their worth.
Surrounded by the Sierra de la Demanda and Sierra de Guadarrama mountain ranges and at an altitude of 2800ft, Ribera del Duero is a desert. Hot days, cold nights, scorching summers, and frigid winters make the region a vineyard manager’s nightmare. Work through the struggles and overcome the conditions and the rewards are abundant. Dense, ripe fruits that produce structured and long-lived wines.
Like the best Baroli that seem to age forever, so do the wines from Ribera del Duero. Its silkiness, spices notes, round tannins, and fruit flavors make Ribera del Duero a region to contend with the rest.
Catalunya, Montsant: An alternative to Priorat for less and without the wait.
To say that Montsant is a baby Priorat is not giving Montsant enough credit. But from a retailers perspective, it is much easier to define it as such than describe the wines. Montsant D.O. surrounds Priorat so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the wines are similar. From the steep slopes that are plastered with old vines to their affinity for Garnacha (Grenache). In a contrast to the Rhone, the steep slopes, longer exposure to sunlight, and cooler night create the perfect condition for ripening Garnacha.
Garnacha, traditionally, requires a lot of sunlight and warmth in order to fully ripen. In the Rhone Valley, it is the southern part that has the perfect environment, while the northern Rhone emphasizes Syrah. Alongside the topography and climate, there is also the surrounding landscape that plays a part in making Montsant a winemaking haven. Surrounding, and in some places incorporated, are the Montsant and Monsalt Mountains. The formation of these mountains brought up granite and slate, two soil types known for their great drainage that also make up the majority of the vineyard sites in the region.
Spain isn’t just Rioja and it won’t be long before the other DOs are household names.
How well-known? One can only hope that regions like Montsant and Navarra are spoken about with as much admiration as Burgundy. Or their wines are as highly sought-after as those from Tuscany or the Piedmont. Spain may have a winemaking tradition that dates back centuries, but the recent undertaking of creating DOs and DOCs demonstrate they are still learning. Long ways from being France and Italy, Spanish wineries will produce many good wines over the years. Most at prices neither of the other two countries can come close to.
Colonial Spirits proudly announces our very first single malt private barrel selection…
Introducing Colonial Spirits’ first Single Malt Whisky private barrel… The independent barrel for independent retailers is a unique collaboration between like-minded retailers, who also happen to be Scotch enthusiasts.
Choosing special barrels to be bottled for Colonial Spirits is a privilege we’ve had before with several Bourbon distillers. Selecting a Scotch whisky cask is a little more involved however. By working with Scotland’s smallest independent distillery (also one of the best) as well as a few qualified independent retailers, we had the opportunity to purchase an extremely valuable sherry cask – to be bottled for our stores.
Kilchoman has made its mark in the world of Scotch by carefully crafting whisky from a high-quality mash and sourcing the best barrels that they can find. They proudly compete against well known whiskies with bottlings much younger than what larger distilleries would have you think is necessary.
Our selection embodies the depth and quality that Kilchoman is known for and brings a unique sherry cask aged, peated whisky to life. The color is astounding (a testament to the quality of the barrel) and the flavor leaves no wants. Cooked fruits and cinnamon lead the nose towards layers of richness, sweetness and peat smoke.
Being able to select such an amazing whiskey from one of my favorite distilleries was a treat and I hope that you will enjoy the whisky as much as I do.
Selected from an Oloroso Sherry Hogshead, Bottled at 57.8% abv
$125/btl – while supplies last
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 third year in a row, we will be hosting the Goose Island Bourbon County Black Friday release. This was a huge success last year and the year before so why change something that ain’t broke.
Here is how the release will work for the Goose Island Bourbon County. We will be opening our doors at 9am on Friday, November 24th. Once the doors open, we will be funneling people into our tasting room. We will have a one bottle limit on the variants and a 3 case limit on the Brand Stout. There will be plenty of the Brand Stout to go around, but the variants will be in short supply per usual. So, if you are looking to get your hands on some of the variants arrive early. That is the basic breakdown.
Additionally, three lucky customers will be fortunate enough to not have to wait in line. You read that right. By purchasing a raffle ticket(s) your name will be entered in the raffle for the chance to win the opportunity to purchase the full allotment without having to wait in line. The allotment will be reserved and may be purchased at a later time within 30 days of Friday, Nov 24, 2017, if not the allotment will be placed in open inventory. No limits on the number of tickets and all proceeds will go to the Acton Food Pantry. Tickets may be purchased HERE or in-store at the register.
This has become an annual event and each year has seen the interest and reception of these beers grow. If you haven’t tried them you should.
See everyone there.
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!