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Beer & Wine Tasting Schedule for November 2012

Our beer and wine tasting schedule for November 2012:

Saturday, Nov. 3 from 4-7 pm: Lynette will be sampling Backstory Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from California

Saturday, Nov. 10 from 4-7 pm: Gallo presents Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4-7 pm: Legends Craft Beers will sample Lagunitas and Weyerbacher Autumnfest  Beers

New Craft Beer Arrivals for October

New or returning to our craft beer shelves this month:

  • Southern Tier Imperial Pumking
  • Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit & Strawberry Harvest Lager
  • Longtrail Harvest
  • All natural Red Nectar
  • Weyerbacher Merry Monks
  • Uinta Punk’n
  • Uinta Anniversary Barely Wine Ale
  • Schlafy Pumpkin Ale
  • Heavy Seas Marzen
  • Woodchuck Fall Hard Cider

In 12 packs:

  • Flying Dog Shock and Awe Variety
  • Heavy Seas Sunken Sampler
  • Sam Adams Harvest Collection
  • Sam Adams Octoberfest
  • New Castle Werewolf

Stone Brewing Co. – Russian Imperial Stout

Imperial Stout has its origins in 18th century London, where this strong dark beer was brewed for export the courts of Russian Czars. Since 2000, Stone Brewery Co. in California has been brewing an Imperial Russian Stout in this “authentic historical style.” The brewery describes the beer as “Intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate.” They say this Imperial Russian Stout, ” goes where few can – and fewer dare even try. The style originated from Czarist Russia’s demand for ever thicker English stouts. Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!”

Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout is a customer favorite at Village Beer and Fine Wine. We do our best to keep it in stock, along with a selection of other beers from Stone Brewing Co. If  you enjoyed the Pesto Crusted Salmon from Cakebread Cellars we posted in September, this month we bring you Sam the Cooking Guy at Stone Brewery, courtesy of Stone’s YouTube Channel. The video opens with a brief summary of the brewing process, from Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Company CEO.

Beer & Wine Specials for October 2012

Wine Specials:
Double Decker Red, California – Reg. $12.99 Sale $11.99
McManis Viognier, California – Reg. $ 17.99 Sale $16.99
Le Lapin Speed Bump Red, California – Reg. $12.99 Sale $11.99
Boordy Shiraz, Maryland – Reg. $14.99 Sale $13.99

Beer Specials:
Starr Hill Stout, Virginia, 6 pk bt – Reg. $9.99 Sale $8.99
Dogfish Head Festina Peche, 4  pk bt – Reg. $9.99 Sale $8.99
Shiner 102, 6pk bt – Reg. $8.99 Sale $7.99

Click here to download a PDF of this month’s beer and wine specials and a coupon for your next visit.

Wine Tasting Schedule for October 2012

Friday, October 5, 4-7 pm: Chocolate & Wine Tasting

Saturday, October 13, 4-7 pm: Winebow sampling of Wines of New Zealand and Spain

Friday, October 19, 4-7 pm: Country Vintners presents 90pt Wines of Spain!

Saturday, October 27, 4-7 pm: R.W. Seig presents Wicked Good Red, Backstory Chardonnay & Backstory Red

Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc

Jack Cakebread founded his first vineyard in 1973, producing 157 cases of Chardonnay. Today Cakebread Cellars owns 982 acres spread over 13 sites throughout the Napa Valley and more recently, a site in Anderson Valley.

Village Beer & Fine Wine is proud to carry Cakebread Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine maker feels that the Napa Valley is “ideal for cultivating Chardonnay.” Cakebread feels the varied terrain of southern Napa allows them to “craft a rich, elegantly structured Chardonnay that drinks beautifully on release, but ages well in bottle.”

The winemaker notes: “Our 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay opens with fresh, creamy aromas of ripe pear, apple and citrus, with light butter, yeast and spicy oak tones adding complexity.  The wine’s rich, focused, green apple, melon and guava flavors are nicely balanced by fresh acidity and a piquant mineral tone.”

Cakebread describes their  2011 Sauvignon Blanc as “wonderfully fresh and aromatic, with bright scents of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, melon and green apple.  On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with rich, vibrant citrus (grapefruit and kiwi), honeydew melon, spice and mineral flavors balanced by excellent acidity and a long, refreshing, mineral/chalky finish reminiscent of a fine White Bordeaux. ”

Cakebread Cellars posts recipes on their You Tube channel regularly that they feel are good pairings for their wines. This month Cakebread features a Pesto Crusted Salmon by Chef Philippe Boulot of the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

New Craft Beer arrivals include fall seasonals

Summer is winding down and Village Beer & Fine Wine is prepared. Our shelves are already stocked with fall seasonal craft beers. If you’re a fan of the pumpkin beers we’ve got Shocktop Pumpkin Wheat, Post Road Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale. If pumpkin is not you’re style, try Flying Dog Octoberfest Marzen, Brooklyn Octoberfest, Shiner Octoberfest or Becks Octoberfest.

New this month, we have Fat Tire Amber Ale in cans. Also from New Belgium we have Shift, a lightly-hopped pale lager and in a 12 pack we have Red Hoptober. Other 12 packs currently in stock include: Sam Adams Harvest Collection and Octoberfest, New Castle Werewolf, Magic Hat Autumn Sampler, and Sierra Nevada Tumbler.

Widmer Brothers Gluten-Free Omission Beer

Omission gluten-free Pale AleAfter years of experimentation Widmer Brothers Brewing co. has released a gluten-free craft brew called Omission Beer. According to the brewery, these “handcrafted beers are made from barley, hops, water and yeast…using a proprietary process to remove gluten.

Widmer Brothers offers two Omission Beers. The first, in bold yellow bottles, is a traditional lager they describe as “light and approachable” with an “aromatic hop profile”. Omission Lager weighs in at 4.6% ABV.

For something with a bit more kick, Widmer Brothers also offers a Pale Ale, “amber in color” with a “floral aroma…complimented by caramel malt body.” Omission Pale Ale contains 5.8% ABV.

If you’ve got a gluten sensitivity, or just looking to try something new, stop by Village Beer and Fine Wine and pick up a six pack of Omission Beer.

While each batch is tested please keep in mind that the brewer does offer this disclaimer:
Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten.

If you’re concerned, the Omission website offers Test Results page on their website where you can see the gluten content of the specific batch you’ve purchased.

For more information on Omission beers here’s a video from Widmer Brothers: