Featured Beer

Samuel Adams Utopia

Our distributor has blessed us with a bottle of Sam Adams Utopia. Each distributor only receives a handful of these. The limited release of this highly unique brew has made it one of the most sought after beers on the market.

Utopia is an uncarbonated blend of past Sam Adams brews aged in various types of barrels. This process creates an astoundingly high ABV, and a flavor profile that the brewer claims includes: “molasses, earthy wood, dates, light smoke, nuts and toffee.”

At 28% ABV, Sam Adams recommends drinking Utopia in a snifter at room temperature, similar to a cognac or port. Enjoy it or stick it on a shelf, each vintage of Utopia has gone on to become a collector’s item.

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Unibroue Sommelier Selection

la-resolution-sommelier-selectionUnibroue began brewing beer in Canada in the early 1990s. Within a few years, they had opened subsidiaries in the United States and Europe. In 2006 Japan’s Sapporro International purchased Unibroue, bringing their unique craft brews to an even wider international audience.

The Sommelier Selection includes one bottle 12 oz bottle of six different beers from Unibroue, including one limited release.

La Résolution
This is the limited release of the pack. La Résolution is a spiced ale weighing in at 10%ABV, described by the brewer as have tasting notes of “spicy, toffee caramel and roasted malt”.

La Fin Du Monde
A classic of the Unibrou line, brewed since 1994, La Fin Du Monde is a triple-style golden ale, 9% ABV. Unibrou describes it as “mildly yeasty with a complex palate of malt, fruit and spice notes followed by a smooth, dry finish.

Blanche de Chambly
The lighter selection of the pack, a Belgian white ale, 5% ABV. Consistent with many witbiers, described as tasting of “wheat and subtle spices blanketed in citrus flavors reminiscent of orange and lemon.”

Trois Pistoles
Another high gravity 9% brew, this one in the abbey strong dark ale style. Described as “slightly sweet. Enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port.”

Don De Dieu
A unique triple wheat ale, 9% ABV, which the brewer describes as having “smooth, complex flavor that is slightly fruity, malty nutty and yeasty with a  hint of unfiltered sake.”

Maudite
Rounding out the pack we have an 8% ABV strong amber-red ale, another classic Unibroue brew. Tasting notes include “robuts maltiness and spiciness that is counterbalanced by an assertive crisp hop finish.”

Truly a special selection of unique and interesting craft brews!

 

 

Jacques Au Lantern – Evolution Craft Brewing Company

jacques-au-lantern-webFor our October beer feature we’ve chosen one of the many Pumpkin brews currently gracing our shelves – Jacques Au Lantern, from Evolution Craft Brewing Company, based in Salisbury, MD. If you ever find yourself on the eastern shore, Evolution is not just a brewery, it’s also a top rated restaurant.

Jacques Au Lantern is an unfiltered amber ale. While it’s brewed with traditional pumpkin pie spices, Evolution adds their own twist, fermenting with a Belgian yeast.

Evolution describes Jacques Au Lantern:

“Our Belgian-inspired pumpkin ale…6.3% abv, unfiltered and a whirlwind of spicy flavors and aromatics. It would take me a while to describe this one…”

If a Belgian style pumpkin beer doesn’t sound like your style, rest assured we’ve got many others to choose from. But don’t wait too long, this year’s crop of pumpkin beers are as popular as ever.

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.

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