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Baltimore’s Raven Beer – Four Poes in One Box

The founder of Raven Beer set out to bring authentic European style beer to the US. While the company was registered in Baltimore, the original Raven Special Lager was brewed Nagold, Germany. Today Raven Beer is brewed in Baltimore, thanks to a partnership with Peabody Heights Brewery.

The Peabody Heights Brewery consortium consists of Raven beer, Full Tilt Brewing and Public Ale Works. The facility was once Beverage Capital, makers of drinks such as Canada Dry and Snapple. The facility is ideal for craft beer brewing, with plenty of room for expansion.

Not tried Raven Beer yet? Pick up a variety 12 pack of this local favorite to sample the “Fab Four” Poes.

Raven describes their beers:

Pendulum Pilsner – “Not overly bitter but just enough of the hop to enjoy their subtle complexities while still enjoying the smooth, and almost sweet taste of the malt.”

Raven Special Lager – “The rich golden colored beer is an exceptionally smooth Southern German lager, somewhat malty but well balanced between the hops and malt. ”

Tell Tale Heart IPA – “Your first experience with this IPA is the citrus bouquet from its rocky white head. The initial taste is subdued but gradually becomes intense without any harsh bitterness.”

The Cask Dopplebock – “A dark, smooth, sweet, full-bodied & robust beer that warms the insides from its 8% alcohol.”

Manager’s Choice: Shoofly Pinot Noir 2013

We are proud to add the 2013 Shoofly Pinot Noir to our shelves. We were so impressed with this new wine, we’ve made it this month’s manager’s Choice. Shoofly comes to us from the Coombe Farm vineyard in Australia’s Yarra Valley. The wine industry in the Yarra Valley is booming, with a moderate climate perfect for  producing chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines.

Shoofly Pinot Noir is aged for 9 months in seasoned second-use oak. The wine is fermented at a tightly controlled 75 degree temperature to help preserve fruit flavors.

The wine maker describes Shoofly Pinot Pinot Noir:

“The aromas and flavors mirror one another with cloves, light cherry, subtle cola notes and hints of vanilla. The silky texture envelops the palate while the balanced flavors welcomingly linger on the finish.”

The 2012 vintage of Shoofly Pinot Noir was awarded 90 pts by Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar and 93 points from James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.

New Craft Beer Arrivals for April 2014

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA, Exit 4, Golden Monkey Victory, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion, Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager, Kona Big Wave, Palm, Ramshead IPA, Widmer Columbia Common, Sierra Nevada Ruthless, La Fin du Monde, New Planet Blonde Ale, Boulevard Tank 7 and Dark truth Stout, Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA, and Positive Contact, Ommegang Rare VOS, Heavy Seas Big Dipa, Allagash Curieux, Lancaster Milk Stout, Fullers London Porter, Mendocino Red Tail Ale, St. Feullien Triple, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Delirium Tremens, Lindemans Framboise, Widmer Upheaval, Sam Adams Summer Ale, San Miguel Lager, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, and many more..

Beer & Wine Tasting Schedule for April 2014

  • Saturday, April 12 from 4-7pm.  Boordy Vineyards of Md. will present a wine tasting on their “Icons of Md.” Wine Series.
  • Saturday, April 19 from 4-7pm.  Legends Distributors will offer a craft beer sampling of Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout and more.
  • Saturday, April 26 from 4-7pm.  Baying Hound Aleworks of Rockville, Md. will sample craft beer to include Taj Mahound India Style Brown Ale, Hopshot IPA and “Rockville” Kolsch Style Ale.


Beer & Wine Specials for April 2014

Wine Specials:

  • Cupcake Wines-all varietals-$1.00 Off
  • Bogle Vineyard Wines-all varietals-$1.00 Off
  • Mad Housewife Wines-all varietals-$1.00 Off
  • Barefoot Wines-1.5 lt.-all varietals-$1.00 Off

Beer Specials:

  • Sale Beer:Schlafly Oktoberfest-6pk bt.-Sale price $16.99
  • Leinkugel Oktoberfest-6 pk bt-Sale price $8.09
  • Paardebloem-New Belgium-Single beer-Sale price $8.99
  • Miller High Life 18 pk. bt.-Special Value $12.99
  • Rolling Rock 18 pk bt.-Special Value $15.99

Ridge Vineyards 1990 Monte Bello

Our featured wine for March is for our vintage collectors. A 1990 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello.

Ridge Vineyards is a California winemaker with multiple locations in northern California. The Monte Bello vineyard dates back to 1892. After a period of inactivity during prohibition, the vineyard was replanted in 1949. The first Ridge Monte Bello was produced in 1962. This Monte Bello that we are proud to feature this month, is a 1990.

In 1993 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated the the 1990 Monte Bello 93 points, recognizing “considerable promise” that would require “considerable patience.” Nine years later Wine Spectator awarded the vintage 97 points.

“An immense wine of uncommon depth, richness, concentration and complexity. Beautifully structured, tightly focused, with layers of currant, tar, earth, anise, mineral and sage, finishing in long, lingering aftertaste.” -Wine Spectator

But you don’t have to choose a collector vintage to pick up a highly rated bottle of wine. Our shelves are stocked with wines scoring 90 points and above, including: Albe Barolo, Volver Tempranillo, Seghesio Zinfandel, Beronia Rioja, Juan Gil, Ridge Three Valley, Rio Madre Rioja and many more.

Schlafly Beer Tasmanian IPA

Schlafly Beer is made by the Saint Louis Brewery, which claims to be the largest locally owned independent brewer in the state of Missouri. The Schlafly Taproom, the origin of Schlafly Beer, claims to be the first new brewpub to open in the state since Prohibition. But enough brewery background, how’s the beer?

This month we are excited to feature Schlafly Beer’s Tasmanian IPA. True to its name, this IPA is based entirely around a particular Australian hop. The beer maker notes:

“Our Tasmanian IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. The Tasmanian hop, Galaxy, is a strong, aromatic variety…Our brewers developed a recipe that showcases the hop’s unique flavors of citrus and pineapple.”

The beer scores incredibly well in the online beer community, with an average score of 95 out of over 800 ratings on BeerAdvocate, and a whopping 99 from the folks at RateBeer.

Craft Beer Arrivals for March 2014

New or returning to our shelves:

  • Southern Tier Creme Brulee
  • Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu & Aprihop
  • Ouila Quad
  • Weyerbacher Double Simcoe Double IPA
  • Baying Hound Aleworks Hopshot IPA
    Rockville, MD – down the street off Gude Dr!
  • Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale
  • Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
  • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
  •  Samuel Smith Taddy Porter
  • Lot no. 6 Double IPA
  • Estrella Daura
  • Tuppers Hop Pocket Ale
  • Arrogant Bastard Oaked Ale
  • Sam Adams Escape Route, Rebel IPA and Hop Tour
  • Kona Koko Brown
  • Fullers London Porter
  • DAB Germany
  • Pub Dog Hoppy Dog, Bitburger
  • Hop Nosh IPA
  • Stone IPA
  • Atlantic Blueberry Ale
  • Dominion 12 pk. Pin Up Variety

…and many more arriving weekly!

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