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The growing field of Pumpkin Beers

Pumpkin beer season is upon us, and we’ve already got a dozen different varieties to choose from. Some exciting new brews, and some returning favorites.

SpookyBlue Mountain Brewery – 8.2% ABV
An Imperial pumpkin ale with chocolate flavor from cocoa nibs, and aged a few months in bourbon barrels.

Smashed PumpkinShipyard Brewing Co. – 9.0% ABV
Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munch malts combined with pumpkin, hops and nutmeg to create a “big-bodied beer”.

Blue PointPumpkin AleBlue Point Brewing Company – 6.0% ABV
Brewed with pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Post Road Pumpkin AleBrooklyn Brewery – 5.0% ABV
In the tradition of early American colonialists, barley malt and hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are go into each bach of this pumpkin ale.

PumpkinheadShipyard Brewing Co. – 4.5% ABV
A spiced pumpkin wheat ale the brewery recommends trying ” with a shot of spiced rum or in a pint glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.”

Monster Mash Pumpkin AlePub Dog Brewing – 6.7% ABV
A pumpkin ale micro-brewed right here in Maryland.

Sarnac Pumpkin AleSarnac – 5.1% ABV
A pumpkin ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and ginger.

Punkin AleDogfish Head Brewery – 7.0% ABV
A brown ale with hints of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices.

Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Beer – 8.0% ABV
A Pumpkin Ale blending fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, with a sweetness that makes it all “taste like pumpkin pie.”

Punk’nUinta Brewing – 5% ABV
This “sessionable” pumpkin ale is brewed with roasted pumpkin and seasonal spices, offers up “a subtle hint of vanilla and honey. ”

Fat Jack -Samuel Adams – 8.5% ABV
Brewed with “over 28 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel”, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and roasty smoked malts for a beer “full of enveloping layers of flavor and spice”.

PumkingSouther Tier Brewing Company – 8.6% ABV
The brewers tasting notes for Pumking include “malty sweetness, vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and pie crust.”

So which pumpkin beer is the best of 2014? So far Schlafly Pumpkin Ale seems to be most popular with our customers, but its still far too early to call a winner. Especially with the field of pumpkin beers constantly growing.

Bodegas Breca Garnacha

Bodegas Breca was founded in 2005  in the town of Mundobriga, Spain. The winery boasts 654 acres of old-vie Garnacha vineyards, planted between 1925 and 1968.

The winemakers notes:

“Breca consists of 100% Grenache…The wine opens to flavors of strawberries and black cherries as well earthy, dusty notes which display the character of the Calatayud region from which this medium bodied wine comes from.”

Wine Spectator awarded Brecca 90 points, their notes included:
“This dense red shows a savory character, with tar, ink and licorice notes framing the core of plum and meat flavors. Features firm, well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Distinctive. Drink now through 2018. “

If you’re already a fan of Garnacha, Brecca is not to be missed. If you’re not familiar with this wonderful varietal, Brecca is a great place to start.

New Craft Beer Arrivals for September 2014

Craft Beer Arrivals

  • Dominion Octoberfest
  • Leinenkugel Oktoberfest
  • UFO Pumpkin Ale
  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and Octoberfest
  • Yuenglinh Oktoberfest
  • Stillwater Artisian Cellar Door
  • Pub Dog Pumpkin Ale
  • Lagunitas Maximus and Day Time Ale
  • Erdinger Oktoberfest
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest
  • Saranac Pumpkin Ale
  • Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
  • Dominion Candi
  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
  • Blue Mountain Barrel House Spooky

……….Etc………more than we can list!

Beer & Wine Specials for September 2014


  • Cupcake- all varietals-750 ml-  Sale $1.00 Off
  • Fontana Candida Frascati -750 ml–Reg. $10.99   Sale $9.99
  • Rudera De Tradisie Chenin Blanc 2010- 750 ml. -Reg. $15.99   Sale $14.99
  • De Meye Shiraz Rose 2012 -750 ml-  Reg. $14.99  Sale $13.99


  • Tecate 12 pk. cans  Reg. $12.99  Sale $11.99
  • Sol 6 pk. bt.  Reg. $8.09  Sale $ 7.09
  • Hoopla Pale ale in 6 pk. cans Reg. $14.99  Sale $13.99
  • He Said She Said  6 pk. cans  Reg $15.99  Sale $13.99
  • Flashback India Brown Ale 6pk. bt.  Reg. $13.99 Sale $12.99

Beer & Wine Tasting Schedule for September 2014

  • Sat., Sept. 6 from 3-6 pm. Wines will be poured by B.J. of Opeci  Distributors.  To include Heritages Cotes du Rhone and Collegiata Wines of Italy.
  • Fri., Sept. 12 from 4:30-7 pm. Masha of Dioynesis will sample Villa San Pinot Grigio and Siete Fincas Malbec of Argentina.
  • Sat., Sept. 13 from 4-7 pm.  Jon from Republic will sample  a new line of Wines called “Chloe”.
  • Sat., Sept. 20 from 4-7 pm. Josh will be sampling the Beers of Widmer Brothers.
  • Sat., Sept. 27 from 4-7 pm.  Nicole from J Lohr Vineyards will be pouring some of the Wines from their portfolio.

Left Hand Brewing – Mountain Mixer Variety 12 pack

Colorado’s Left Hand Brewery has grown from humble beginnings in the mid 90’s, to a popular multi-million dollar brewery, one of the Brewer’s Association’s Top 50 Craft Brewers (2012). Not sure what all the fuss is about? Pick up a Mountain Mixer variety pack, a perfect introduction to the brewery.

Start off with Sawtooth Ale, the first beer the brewers released, way back in 1994. The brewer describes this American Style ESB as “Unpretentious. Sessionable.”

The brewer describes Polestar Pilsner as a “zest german-style pilsner with great biscuity malt flavor and a dry, crisp finish.”

For something a bit heavier try the Milk Stout, weighing in at 6% ABV, the brewer boasts “roasted malt and coffee flavor build the foundation of this creamy sweet stout. ”

And the true heavyweight of the variety pack, 400 Pound Monky IPA is “an english-style IPA with earthy, herbal hop notes, well-balanced by bready malt.” Or so says the brewer. Our customers seem to agree. We put these variety packs out recently, and they’ve been steadily moving off the shelves.


Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2012

Rob Griffin and his wife Deborah Barnard have been making wine in South Central Washington’s wine country, for over 30 years.

Chardonnay has been a focus of Barnard Griffin from the beginning. So its no surprise Barnard Griffin Chardonnay rates so well.

Wine Enthusiast named Barnard Griffin Chadonnay 2012 a “Best Buy”, awarding it 90 pts. Some tasting notes from Wine Enthusiast:

“Opening scents of cracker and Asian pear roll into a concentrated, sophisticated effort that was half barrel fermented. Tart citrus, apple and pear fruit is touched lightly with pretty spice.”

According to the winemaker Barnard Griffin Chardonnay pairs well with a wide variety of foods, and is perfect for entertaining. This is definitely one to consider for your next dinner party.

New Craft Beer Arrivals for August 2014

  • Dominion Candi (Belgian Tripel)
  • Double-Wide IPA
  • Classique Stillwater in cans
  • Du Claw Sweet Baby Jesus
  • Innis and Gunn oak aged beer
  • Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA
  • Weyerbacher Merry Monks tripel ale
  • Tupper’s Hop Pocker ale
  • Gubna Imperial ale in cans
  • Beer Camp 12 pk. variety
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing “Brothers Best” variety pack
  • New Belgium Folly variety 12 pk

…more new arrivals weekly!

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