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Sparkling Wine for the Holidays!

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We’ve selected some of our favorite sparkling wines to feature this holiday season. Celebrate the new year in style with any of these wonderful bottles of bubbles.

Masottina Prosecco Brut – This one earned a whopping 96 pts from Decanter magazine, described by the Washington Post as “steps above the pardigm of simply bubbles to add an appealing layer of red berries and other tart fruits.”

Lanson 1760 Rosé Champagne – Despite the name, Lanson Rosé Champagne, was created in the 1950’s. Still, that gives weight to the winemakers claim that this is the first Rosé champagne ever made. This french treat is a blend of 53% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier.

Oudinot Cuvee Brut Champagne – This is one the more popular champagnes worldwide. Oudinot champagnes are often considered the best deal when searching for a bottle of true champagne. Oudinot Cuvee Brut is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Critics note a very sophisticated citrus flavor.

 

Ommegang Quadrupel Conundrum & Troegs Mad Elf Grand Cru

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We’ve got two exciting craft beer features for the holiday season!

First up is a beautiful and tasty gift set from Brewery Ommegang. The “Quadrupel Conundrum” comes with three special variations on Ommegang’s unique quadrupel ale. This four pack includes:

Original Quadruple Ale – for those unfamiliar, Ommegang blends quadruple ale and Belgian kriek for a unique malty and sweet take on the style.

Wine Barrel – The original quadruple aged for three months in red wine casks, imparting “subtle flavors of oak and dark fruit.”

Bourbon Barrel – For this variation, the quadruple is aged for six months in bourbon barrels, for added falvors of “chocolate, bourbon and oak.”

Blueberry Coffee – The most extreme of the bunch, the quadruple mingles with blueberries and roasted Ethipoian coffee beans. Ommegang assures us there’s nothing subtle about the taste of this one.

If you’re looking something a bit more festive, consider a bottle of Troegs Mad Elf Grand Cru, This brew has become a holiday tradition, and is synonymous with the season for Troegs fans. Never one to disappoint their fans, Troegs calls this years Mad Elf Grand Cru the “Director’s Cut”. This year’s Grand Cru was brewed with “Tart Balaton cherries”, with tasting notes that include cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and pepper.

Troges Mad Elf Grand Cru is bottle conditioned, and available in corked 22oz bottles. Not sure which is right for the beer lover in your family? Please ask our knowledgeable and friendly staff for advice.

Craft Beer Arrivals for December 2019

New or returning to our shelves for December…

  • Anchor Christmas Ale 2019 6pk Bt
  • Anchor Variety Pack 12pk Bt
  • Bells Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout 6pk Bt
  • Bells O Captain! My Captian! Black India Pale Lager 6pk Bt
  • Blue Point Winter Ale 6pk Bt
  • Breckenridge Christmas Ale 6pk Bt
  • Brooklyn Winter Lager 6pk Bt
  • Coast to Coast Craft Ipa Mixed Pack 12pk Can
  • Devils Backbone Danzig Baltic Porter 6pk Bt
  • Dogfish Head American Beauty Hazy Ripple Ipa 6pk Can
  • Duclaw Spruce Wills Double Ipa 4pk Can
  • Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale 6pk Bt
  • Firestone Merlin’s Mixed Pack 12pk Can
  • Flying Dog Family Drama Imperial Pilsner 6pk Bt
  • Flying Dog Family Drama Survival Pack 12pk Bt
  • Flying Dog K-9 Winter Warmer 6pk Can
  • Flying Dog Operation Breakfast All You Can Eat Coffee Vanilla Stout 6pk Bt
  • Flying Dog Sunday Best Lager 6pk Can
  • Goose Island Christmas Ipa 6pk Can
  • Jailbreak White Russian Cream Ale 6pk Can
  • Left Hand Mixed Pack 12pk Can
  • New Belgium Hop Avenger Ipa 6pk Can
  • New Belgium Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale 6pk Can
  • New Belgium Winter Variety 12pk Bt
  • Oliver Creator Destroyer Espresso Brown Ale 6pk Can
  • Oskar Blue Canundrum Mixed 15pk Can
  • Otter Creek Drip Drop Coffee Stout 6pk Can
  • Otter Creek Head Charge Double Ipa 4pk Can
  • Peak Organic Winter Ipa 6pk Can
  • Sam Adams White Christmas White Ale 6pk Bt
  • Sam Adams Winter Classics Varitey 12pk Bt
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop Ipa 6/12pk Bt
  • Sixpoint Puff Puff Ddh Cloudy Iipa 4pk Can
  • Southern Tier 2xmas Spiced Double Ale 6pk Bt
  • Stone Enjoy by 01.01.20 Unfilitered Ipa 6pk Can
  • Stone Ghost Hammer Ipa 6pk Can
  • Stone Ipa Mix Pack 12pk Bt
  • Troegs Java Head Stout 6pk Bt
  • Troegs Mad Elf Grand Cru 2019 Single Bt
  • True Respite Boss Double New England -style Ipa 4pk Can
  • True Respite It’s Too Foggy Hazy Double Ipa 4pk Can
  • Two Roads Hoppy Beer Bus 12pk Can
  • Unibroue Sommelier Selection 6pk Bt

December 2019 Beer & Wine Tastings

We’ve got a great schedule of tastings for December, stop by and see us!
  • Friday December 6 from 4-7 pm. Jailbreak brewery.
  • Saturday December 7 from 4:30-7:30 pm. RAR Brewery.
  • Friday December 13 from 4-7 pm. Tara will be sampling holiday Wines.
  • Saturday December 14 from 5-8 pm. Rob from Global wines will be tasting Sparkling Wines.
  • Friday December 20 from 4-7 pm.  Patrick from Republic will have the best choices for your holiday parties and events!

Samuel Adams Utopias 2019

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It’s that time of year, the annual super limited release of Samuel Adams Utopias. We last featured Utopias in November 2017. This year’s Utopias is every bit as interesting, from the beautiful bottle, to the curious liquid inside. The process begins unassuming enough, with a variety of malts and german hops. Also listed among the ingredients is Vermont maple syrup. As a part of the proprietary brewing process, a variety of yeasts are used, including champagne yeast, and a variety selected for it’s ability to thrive at such a high alcohol content.

From there the brew is aged in a variety of barrels, for various lengths of time. The 2019 Utopias is made from beers aged up to 24 years, including a new addition this year, a final round of aging in Moscat barrels.

Weighing in at an extremely hefty 28% ABV, Sam Adams compares Utopias once again to a fine sherry, cognac or port.

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Bodega’s Muriel Rioja Reserva 2014

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We featured Bodegas Muriel’s Rioja Reserva 2008 as our monthly wine feature way back in December 2014. For this November, we’re excited to feature the 2014 vintage of Bodega’s Muriel’s Rioja Reserva. The 2008 variety scored very well, and this vintage carries on in that tradition.

Decanter magazine awards Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2014 a scoure of 90 points, with tasting notes that include:

“ripe red and black fruit aromas and spicy oak notes. Rich fruity concentration, long and fresh finish.”

Like many wines produced in Spain’s Rioja Alvaesa region, Muriel Reserva is made entirely of tempranillo. Muriel Reserva is a great choice for fans of Spanish wine, or anyone looking for an introduction to the region.

Craft Beer Tasting Schedule for November 2019

  • Friday November 8, from 4-7 pm  Devil’s Backebone Brewing Company, Lexington, VA
  • Saturday  November 9,  from 4-7 pm.  A Sam Adams sampling of White Christmas Ale, Winter Lager and Sam 76.
  • Friday November 15 from 4-7 pm.  Brawling Bear Brewing, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Friday November 22 from 4-7 pm.  7 Locks Brewing, Rockville, MD
  • Saturday November 23 from 4-7 pm.  Troegs Independent Brewing, Hershey, PA

Craft Beer Arrivals for November 2019

New or re-stocked for November…

  • 3 Stars Boyzen Da Hood Boyzenberry Gose 4Pk Can
  • Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad 4Pk Bt
  • Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Cigar City Margarita Gose 6Pk Can
  • Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Dogfish Head IPA’s For The Holidays Variety 12Pk Bt
  • Evolution Rise Up Coffee Stout 4Pk Bt
  • Firestone Coconut Merlin Milk Stout 6Pk Can
  • Flying Dog Ain’t Nothing But A G Thing Hazy Pale Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Flying Dog Me Llamo Mole Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Founders Cbs Imperial Stout W/Chocolate And Coffee Aged In Maple Syrup- Bourbon Barrel 4Pk Bt
  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter 6Pk Bt
  • Harpoon Tis The Seasonal 12Pk Bt
  • Harpoon Winter Warmer Holiday Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Jailbreak Cafe In Brussels Belgian Strong Golden Ale With Coffee 4Pk Can
  • Jailbreak Fall Funk Apple Cinnamon Berliner Weisse 4Pk Can
  • Jailbreak Flavor Of The Month Hazy IPA 4Pk Can
  • Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Maine Lunch IPA Single Bt
  • Maine Mean Old Tom Stout Aged W/Vanilla Beans Single Bt
  • Ommegang Game Of Thrones Collector’s Edition 2019
  • Ommegang Quadrupel Conundrum Gift Pack 4Pk Bt W/Glass
  • Oskar Blue One-y IPA 6Pk Can
  • Tall Tales Got S’mores? Chocolate Marshmallow & Graham Cracker Porter 6Pk Can
  • Tall Tales My Boy Blue Raspberry & Lemonade Kettle Sour 4Pk Can
  • Tall Tales Soft Serve Orange Creamside IPA 6Pk Can
  • True Respite Chocolate Hazelnut S’mores Imperial Dessert Stout 4Pk Can
  • Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout 4Pk Bt
  • Sam Adams Winter Lager 6/12Pk Bt
  • Shiner Holiday Cheer Ale W/Peaches And Pecan 6Pk Bt
  • Southern Tier 2Xstout Double Milk Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Stone Xocoveza Imperial Stout W/Mexico Hot Chocolate 6Pk Can
  • Troegs The Mad Elf Ale W/Honey And Cherries 6Pk Bt
  • True Respite Hey Bud Hazy Double IPA 4Pk Can
  • True Respite Nightingale Hazy IPA 4Pk Can
  • True Respite Redroast Imperial Coffee Red Ale 4Pk Can
  • Two Roads Espressway Cold Brew Coffee Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Victory Hopdevil Ipa 6Pk Bt
  • Victory Winter Cheers Hazy Wheat Ale 6Pk Bt
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