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Samuel Adams Utopias 2019


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.


Bodega’s Muriel Rioja Reserva 2014


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

“Mean Old Tom” gets “Right Loose” in “Bourbon County”


We’re featuring three unique limited beers this month…

Right LooseAmerican Wild Ale with Maine blueberries – Dogfishead Brewery
The unique process for Right Loose starts with a blend of dark and blonde beer base, brewed with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. From there the brew is aged for a full year in wine barrels. After aging, Maine blueberries are introduced for a surely fruity finish. 7.2%ABV

Mean Old TomStout aged on natural vanilla beans – Maine Beer Company
Maine Beer Co. brews this delicious stout with two types of hops and a variety of malt, including roasted barley, flaked oats, chocolate and midnight wheat. The brewery tasting notes include “vanilla, coffee, and roasted cereal with dark chocolate.”

Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017 bourbon barrel aged imperial stout – Goose Island Beer Company
We’ve managed to get our hands on several bottles of this 2017 release, known for aging well. This is a serious brew, weighing in at 14.1%. Goose Island promises an “intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke.”

Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


The “Worthy” line of wines is a secondary label of Axios Napa Valley. Our featured wine for October is Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. According to the winemaker, the Worthy line was an instant hit, quickly becoming a common name among wine followers. Critics seem to agree, with Wine Spectator awarding Worthy Cabernet Sauvignon  a score of 93 points, with tasting notes that include:

“…elegant black berry and black cherry, with touches of herb and olive, and pretty toasty oak flavors….”

If you’re a fan of California Cabernets, this one is not to be missed!

Craft Beer Arrivals for October 2019

  • 7 Locks Oktoberfest 6Pk Can
  • Allagash Barrel & Bean Tripel Ale 4Pk Bt
  • Bell’s Best Brown Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Cigar City Humidor Series Ipa 4Pk Can
  • Dogfish Head Right Loose American Wild Ale W/ Blueberries Single Bt
  • Dogfish Head Suddenly Comfy Imperial Cream Ale 4Pk Bt
  • Dogfish Head Wood Aged Bitches Brew Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Duclaw Pastryarchy Tiramisu Imperial Stout 4Pk Can
  • Duclaw Sour Me Double Blueberry Imperial Sour Ale 4Pk Can
  • Duclaw Variety 12Pk Can
  • Evolution Jacques Au Lantern Belgian Pumpkin Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Flying Dog Hidden Pickle Dill Gose 6Pk Bt
  • Flying Dog Kujo Cold Brew Coffee Porter 6Pk Bt
  • Flying Dog Salty Bitch American Tart 6Pk Bt
  • Guinness Milk Stout 6Pk Can
  • Heavy Seas The Great Pumpkin 4Pk Bt
  • Hofbrau Oktoberfest 6Pk Bt
  • Jailbreak Oktoberfest 6Pk Can
  • Lagunitas Super Cluster Ale 6Pk Can
  • New Belgium Peach Kick Sour Ale 6Pk Can
  • Oliver Tell Your Citra I Have A Secret Double Ipa 4Pk Can
  • Ommegang Dubbel Merlau 4Pk Bt
  • Oskar Blues Can-o-bliss Citrus Ipa 6Pk Can
  • Southern Tier Pumking Nitro Imperial Pumpkin Ale 4Pk Can
  • Stone Woot Stout 6Pk Can
  • Tall Tales Salt Water Lime Gose 6Pk Can

Growler Station: Now on Tap!

Now On Tap for all your growler filling needs…

Flying Dog Brewery – Kujo – Imperial Coffee Stout
Stone Brewing – Notorious P.O.G. – Berliner Weisse
7 Locks Brewing – Devil’s Alley IPA
COMING SOON ON TAP- Mad Elf from Troegs Independent Brewing Co