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Featured Beer

Coney Island Brewing Co. – Mermaid Pilsner and Hard Root Beer

coney-islandConey Island Brewing Co. started as an east coast location for the Shmaltz Brewing Co., makers of the ever popular, award-winning He’Brew line of craft beers. In 2013, the Boston Brewing Company acquired Coney Island Brewing Co., but with a two year contract for Shmaltz to continue brewing the line.

So what do the good folks from Shmaltz have for us this September? How about a nice Mermaid Pilsner to wind down the summer with? The brewers describe Mermaid Pilsner:

“Mermaid Pilsner is a light-bodied, crisp-drinking, nicely hopped lager. A heavy-handed addition of rye malt adds a mild spiciness, which is balanced by a light, fruity, floral hop aroma.”

We also have a supply of Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer. The brewer says this addition to the hard root beer craze has “hints of vanilla, licorice and birch, this root beer.” And a nice hefty 5.8% ABV too.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer

not-dads-rootbeer-webNot Your Father’s Root Beer from Small Town Brewery is sweeping the country, with people going to great lengths to find it. We’ve got you covered at Village Beer and Fine Wine, we’ve stocked up in an attempt to meet the demand.

Just as the name suggests, this is Root Beer with a 5.9% alcohol kick. While this isn’t the first alcoholic root beer to hit the market, its the first to find such wide rapid success. So what has Small Town Brewery done differently?

Tim Kovac founded Small Town Brewery after twenty years exploring his family’s tradition of gruit brewing. Kovac’s ancestor’s brewed beer with certain herbs and spices added for flavor and bittering. He uses this concept to create Not Your Father’s Root Beer, with a combination of “wintergreen, sassafras bark, oak, vanilla, anise, and a host of other spices”.

With demand so high, Pabst Brewing Company has entered into an agreement with Small Town Brewery to distribute Not Your Father’s Root Beer across the country.

Stop by and pick up a six-pack today. We’ll try to keep some on the shelves for you.

Ballast Point Habanero Sculipn India Pale Ale

balast-point-habenero-webMaybe you’ve tried Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale. Many of our customers have. But have you tried it brewed with Habanero Peppers? We’ve got a supply of Habenero Sculpin, ready for your summer barbeques.

Ballast Point has this to say about Habanero Sculpin:

“While its bright fruit notes and hoppy bite has made the original one of our favorites, this version takes that balance of flavors to the next level with the citrusy, floral heat of habaneros.”

Our customers tell us this one is hot, but not too hot.

You’ve been warned.

Also great for summer, we’re now offering Ballast Point’s original Sculpin India Pale Ale in six-packs of cans. Think how surprised your guests will be to see those in the cooler next to the Budweiser.

Flying Dog – Single Hop Warrior Imperial IPA

flying-dog-imperial-ipa-hop-warrior-web-3Americans are quite fond of Pale Ales these days, and brewers have responded with all sorts of exciting beers. Most of these IPAs feature a variety of hops, as many as five or six. Flying Dog has come out with a Single Hop Series, to give their brewers a chance to highlight the unique characteristics of individual hop varieties.

This month we are excited to offer Single Hop Warrior Imperial IPA. Brewed entirely with Warrior hops, Flying Dog says this brew is great for your summer barbeques.

“Warrior packs an in-your-face bitterness punch, but subtle notes of cinnamon and spice make it stand up to and complement big, grilled proteins.”

aAre you familiar with the clean crisp bittering of freshness of Warrior hops? Pick up a six pack of this limited release while you can. Later this summer Flying Dog will be replacing this with Single Hop Columbus.

Elysian Space Dust IPA

elsyian-space-dustFrom Seattle Washington’s Elysian Brewing, we have Space Dust IPA. The brewer describes this as a light to medium bodied India Pale Ale. Space Dust is brewed with Chinook hops for bitterness, with dry Citra and Amarillo hops added later. Space Dust weighs in at 8.2% ABV and 73 IBU.

Elysian Space Dust IPA is holding strong with a 92 point rating on Beer Advocate, of well over 800 reviews. Common tasting notes include a malty sweetness and citrus flavors, with the strong hops you expect in an IPA. Space Dust is looking even better over at Rate Beer, with a whopping average score of 97 of over 200 reviews.

Game of Thrones – Three Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale

ommegang-three-eyed-ravensBrewery Ommegang has graced our shelves with 25.4 0z bottles of Three Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale, just in time for season 5 of Game of Thrones. The Ommegang brewers were inspired by Bran’s storyline as season 4 of the HBO series wound down. The dark sense of foreboding led them to concoct a craft beer not quite a true saison, but not exactly a typical dark beer either. Brewery Ommegang describes this exciting and unique brew:

“Three-Eyed Raven is brewed with a carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts, including malted rye, midnight wheat, and dark candi sugar. It’s hopped with Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettnang, and Bravo hops, which give the beer a spicy, fruity character. Three-Eyed Raven is fermented and bottle-conditioned with Ommegang’s signature house yeast.”

This is the fifth in the series of Game of Thrones inspired beers that Ommegang has created in partnership with HBO. Each of these beers has a limited availability. Stop in a get your Three Eyed Raven, while you still can!

Time to get Sour! (Beer & Cider)

sour-bottlesFor March we’re featuring an interesting selection of sour craft brews. The intentionally acidic and tart taste of a sour brew comes from allowing wild yeast strains or bacteria to develop. A sour beer can take months to ferment and can years to mature.

La Folie Sour Brown Ale 2015 from New Belgium Brewing Co is one of those beers, spending three years in oak barrels. According to the brewer the beer “is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes.”

New Belgium warns, this is “not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.” The folks at Beer Advocate approve, with well over 3,000 votes resulting in a score of 95.

From Spain we have Sidra Urbitarte, a Basque Cider. This is a non-sparkling cider, made by Urbitarte, a traditional family owned cider house in the Aralar Mountains of Basque Country. The cider makers describe Urbitarte as having a “fresh acidity with complex tart and musty flavors,” that will appeal to fans of Belgian sour beers and lambics.

And from Woodchuck Hard Cider Cellar Series, we’re featuring Sour Cherry. Woodchuck says this product has been 4 years in the making, as they experimented with as many as 10 blends. The cider is made with sweet tart dried cherries from Michigan, and cherry juice from Belgium. Woodchuck says this is a one of a kind concoction, that a different crop of cherries would have different results.

Check out this video from Woodchuck for a look at the making of Sour Cherry:



Maui Brewing Co comes to Rockville

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Maui Brewing Co has been handcrafting ales and lagers in Lahaina, HI since 2005. Maui Brewing Co is both a brew pub and brewery. They release their beers in cans for better preservation, quick chilling, light weight and eco-friendliness.

We are excited to add a selection of Maui Brewing Co’s flagship beers to our shelves:

Big Swell IPA
Maui Brewing’s India Pale Ale is brewed with four types of hops and malted barley. According to the brewer the flavor “begins smooth and malty and is followed with a big burst of hop flavor.” ABV 6.8 IBU 82

Mana Wheat
This unfiltered wheat ale is infused with Maui Gold Pineapple. Maui Brewing lightly hops this one “to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine through”. ABV 5.5  IBU18

CoCoNut PorTeR
Maui’s approach to Porter involves “six varieties of malted barley, hops and hand-toasted coconut.” Expect the “tastes of dark malt, chocolate and hints of coffee.” The finish is balanced out with “toasted coconut and hoppy spice.”

Bikini Blonde Lager
Bikini Blonde is a filtered “Munich Helles Lager with floral hops and Pilsner and Munch malts.” Maui says if you’re looking for something similar to an American Lager, this their brew for you.

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