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Join Us to Celebrate – Friday, December 16

Please join our celebration at  Village Beer and Fine Wine on Friday December 16. We will celebrate the completion of our store renovations with free samples from our beer taps and growler section, finger foods and fun guaranteed!

We will have different beers rotating through on a regular basis. You’ll be able to sample each, and purchase a growler full of your choice to take home.

With a variety of beers offered throughout the year, you’ll have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with a wide range of craft beers, breweries and styles.

Argiano Brunello Di Montalcino – 2011

argiano-brunelloOur featured wine for December, Argiano Brunello Di Montalcino, comes from one of Tuscany’s top wine producers. A region, which itself, is one of the top wine producers in Italy. Tuscany is known for Sangiovese. Argiano is confident that any fan of Sangiovese will love Brunello Di Montalcino.

This impressive wine goes through a meticulous aging process, spending one year in French oak barrels, and another in Slavonian oak barrels. After maturing in wood, the wine is then aged in concrete tanks at specifically controlled temperatures.

Robert Palmer’s Wine Advocate, and James Suckling, both rate Brunello Di Montalcino a score of 93 pts.

Wine Advocate notes the obvious care put into the production:

“This is a balanced and forthcoming wine that puts equal emphasis on primary aromas of fresh berry and secondary aromas of oak spice and smoke. The two components suggest careful work in both the vineyard and the winery in what was not always an easy vintage.

The winemaker and critics agree, Brunello Di Montalcino is an excellent wine to drink now, or hold on to for many years to come.

 

Christmas Craft Beer 2016

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We’ve got some holiday themed craft beers in stock to help get you in a festive mood.

Breckenridge Christmas Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Brewer’s tasting notes:  “a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate.”

ABV: 7%

Samuel Adams White Christmas

Style: Unfiltered White Ale

Brewer’s tasting notes: “Its crisp wheat character combines with warming holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel…”

ABV: 5.8%

Schlafly Christmas Ale

Style: American Ale

Brewer’s tasting notes: “a warming winter ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt.  Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added for spiciness.”

ABV: 8%

Craft Beer Arrivals for December 2016

  • Clown Shoes Galactica Ipa 4Pk Bt
  • Wells Banana Bread Beer 4Pk Bt
  • Shipyard XXXX Ipa 4Pk Bt
  • Terrapin Hi-5 Ipa 6Pk Bt
  • Ninkasi Total Domination Ipa 6Pk Bt
  • Ninkasi Dawn Of The Red Ipa 6Pk Bt
  • Blue Point Winter Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Troegs The Mad Elf 6Pk Bt
  • Troegs Hopback Amber 6Pk Bt
  • Firestone Double Jack Ipa 6Pk Bt
  • Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Breckinridge Christmas Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Victory Hopdevil Ipa 6Pk Bt
  • Smuttynose Single Digit Dubbel Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Smuttynose Variety Pack
  • Evolution Rise Up Coffee Stout 4Pk Bt
  • Evolution Secret Spot Alt Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Evolution Southern Pecan Pie Imperial Brown Ale Single Bt
  • Duclaw Guilty Filthy Soul Porter 6Pk Bt
  • Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher 6Pk Bt
  • Saranac Caramel Porter 6Pk Bt
  • Founders Harvest Ale 4Pk Bt
  • Ommegang Oatmeal Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Ommegang Abbey Ale 4Pk Bt
  • Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout 4Pk Bt
  • Harpoon Winter Warmer 6Pk Bt
  • Harpoon Ufo Winter Blonde 6Pk Bt
  • Dogfish Head Beer For Breakfast Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Flyingdog Jalapeño White Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Flyingdog Sea Salt Caramel Brown 6Pk Bt
  • Flyingdog Nice Holiday Milk Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Flyingdog Naughty Egg Nog Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Flyingdog Holiday Collection 12Pk Bt
  • Sierra Nevada Snowpack 12Pk Bt
  • Goose Island Winter Variety
  • Schlafly Christmas Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Sam Adams White Christmas 6Pk Bt
  • Southern Tier 2Xmas 6Pk B

Beer and Wine Tasting Schedule for December2016

  • Saturday Dec. 10 from 4-7 pm.  Jailbreak of Laurel, Md. will be sampling their Brews!
  • Sunday Dec. 11 from 3-6 pm.  Mindy of DuClaw, from Baltimore, will be tasting their new winter seasonals.
  • Friday Dec. 16 from 4-7 pm.  Eric will be poring the perfect wines for the upcoming Holiday season!
  • Saturday  Dec. 17 from 4-7 pm.  Ali will be tasting from her 90t Cellars portfolio.

Volte Face Vinho Branco and Reserva

nov-wine-webOur featured wines for November, the mysterious Volte Face, comes from the Alentejano region of Portugal.

The first of this pair, Volte Face Vinho Branco, was featured in the Washington Post. Vinho Branco is made from Antaõ Vaz, one of the most sought after grapes in the region.
The Washington Post rates Vote Face Vinho Branco “Excellent”, with tasting notes that include:

“Flavors of white flowers and talc are backed up by rich textures of lanolin and beeswax. Delicious. There is also an excellent red at the same price.”

That “excellent red” is Volte Face Reserva, our second featured wine for the month. Volte Face Reserva is what’s known as a rare red blend.

Either of these wines will pair well with your Thanksgiving turkey or ham.

Ommegang and Lindemans Gift Sets

thrones-lindemans-gifts-webWe have two attractive craft beer gift sets just in for the holiday season.

From Brewery Ommegang we have a new Game of Thrones inspired box set. These Game of Thrones gift sets can be tough to get a hold of. Ommegang has even launched a beer finder on their website to help fans locate them!

This year’s Game of Thrones box set contains the all new Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale.

Ommegang says this belgian style tripel:

“pays homage to Arya’s season-long struggles within and around the House of Black and White.”

The brewer explains the names of these brews,  “Valar Dohaeris,” High Valyrian for “All Men Must Die,” the traditional response to “Valar Morghulis” meaning “All Men Must Die”.

Which brings us to the second beer of the set, a re-release of Valar Morghulis Dubble Ale. The set comes with a beautiful glass, and each bottle design includes Arya’s two-headed coin.

If the beer lover in your family isn’t a Game of Thrones fan, but like beer with a fruit twist, consider the Lindemans gift set.

These two low-alcohol (2.5%) Lambics are brewed with fruit, cutting the sour lambics with just enough sweetness.

Lindemans Framboise

Brewery tasting notes: “Powerful raspberry aromas with a hint of caramel and a slightly sour finish characteristic of lambic beers.

Lindemans Pêche

Brewery tasting notes: A fresh fruit beer that is golden in colour. It has a bright and full-bodied flavour as well as a nice balance between the sweet taste of the peach and the sourness of the lambic.

 

Cider and Wine Tasting for November 2016

  • Saturday November 12 from 4-7 pm.  Masha of Dionysis Wines will be sampling the exotic Volteface red and white wines.
  • Friday November 18 from 4-7 pm.  Eric will be pouring wines from his distinguished  portfolio,  such as Souverain Chardonnay, La Marka Prosecco and the Prophecy wines.
    **With the purchase of 2 La Marka Proseccos 750 ml, get one FREE La Marka wine box! Quantities are limited.**
  • Saturday November 19 from 4-7 pm.  Bold Rock Cider Tasting!
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