Preamble by Steve Siciliano
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 edition of the Siciliano’s Beer & Wine Making Customer Appreciation Sale will begin on Tuesday, September 3, and will continue through the close of business on Sunday, September 8.
Our annual Customer Appreciation Sale is a great time for beer- and winemaking enthusiasts to stock up on supplies and upgrade equipment. This year we are offering incredible deals on beginners equipment kits, so if anyone has been thinking about taking the plunge into one these life-enriching hobbies, this would be the ideal time to do so.
Attention Wine Makers: If you plan on stocking up on winemaking kits please email your orders to me (email@example.com) by Sunday, August 25, and the orders will be put aside for you.
During the week-long sale, most equipment, supplies and ingredients will be 15% off the retail price. Items that are already discounted (carboys, 50/55-lb. bags of grain, Blichmann Engineering products) will not be eligible for additional discounts, nor will the 15% be combined with other existing discounts (like club discounts). We will honor the discount that is greater. Equipment and supplies on the following list are discounted deeper than 15%:
BEER EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $122.00, Sale $98.00
WINEMAKING EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $125.00, Sale $100.00
BREWERS BEAST EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $153.00, Sale $123.00
KEGGING SYSTEM/NEW KEG: Regular $299.00, Sale $249.00
KEGGING SYSTEM/RECONDITIONED KEG: Regular $259.00, Sale $215.00
ANALOG REFRIGERATION THERMOSTAT: Regular $87.79, Sale $70.00
DIGITAL REFRIGERATION THERMOSTAT: Regular $115.49, Sale $92.00
ITALIAN FLOOR CORKER: Regular $143.00, Sale $109.00
PORTUGUESE FLOOR CORKER: Regular $68.00, Sale $55.00
CHAMPAGNE FLOOR CORKER: Regular $153.00, Sale $119.00
MILWAUKEE PH METER: Regular $85.00, Sale $64.00
BARLEY CRUSHER, 7LB HOPPER: Regular $169.00, Sale $139.00
BARLEY CRUSHER, 15LB HOPPER: Regular $189.00, Sale $159.00
REFRACTOMETER: Regular, $52.00, Sale $42.00
8-GALLON BREWERS BEAST BREW POT, PORTED: Regular $123.00, Sale $98.00
16-GALLON BREWERS BEAST BREW POT, PORTED: Regular $187.00, Sale $150.00
MASH/LAUTER TUN: Regular $125, Sale $100.00
5 GALLON WOOD BARRELS: Regular $199.00, Sale $129.00 (While supplies last, no rain checks)
Finally, be sure to stop by the store on Saturday, September 7, for free German wieners, homemade sauerkraut and draft root beer.
New and Returning Beer
Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb, $2.89/12oz - "A gift for the senses. Strawberry is the yin to rhubarb’s yang—the sweet to the tart. This beautiful partnership creates a beer that glows ruby in the glass, bursts with strawberry aroma, and bites with every sip. Bright and effervescent, this sour is a fun and refreshing, lip-puckering treat perfect for every occasion, any time of the year" (source).
Short's Hello Tasty, $2.39/12oz - "Hello Tasty is a refreshing Grapefruit Radler Ale for summer. With big grapefruit flavors and aromas upfront and additional citrus notes from the hops, this beer is medium-bodied and well balanced. Hello Tasty finishes smooth with a blast of grapefruit" (source).
Short's Sticky Icky Icky, $2.39/12oz - "Sticky Icky Icky is a radiantly dank, clear copper-colored American India Pale Ale loaded with citrusy hop aromas. This light, yet full-bodied, ale seems perfectly balanced by equal parts sweet malt and fruity juicy hops. A medium bitterness lingers in the finish with a subtle earthiness" (source).
Against the Grain Rico Sauvin, $4.69/16oz - "An India Pale Ale featuring Nelson Sauvin hops. Named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape, is a variety of hop developed and grown in New Zealand. It has a strong fruity flavor and aroma that is described as resembling white wine, or fresh crushed grapes or gooseberries. Some reviewers of this hop perceive the fruitiness as being very tropical with descriptions including passion fruit, tangerines, and grapefruit" (source).
Schilling Alexandr 10, $3.29/16oz - "Alexandr 10 is a sessionable pale lager inspired by similar beers enjoyed in the Czech republic. Like all of our beers, it features premium authentic raw materials, including Moravian pilsner malt-foundational to the substantial but rounded hop flavor and aroma" (source).
Untitled Art/Ascension Brut Rose IPA, $4.69/16oz - "Contains hibiscus and strawberry" (source).
Untitled Art/Weldwerks 3x Dry Hopped Hazy IPA, $5.49/16oz - "New England style double IPA with 3 stages of dry hopping" (source).
Urban Artifact The Gadget, $3.59/12oz - "Sour Berry Bomb - Ale brewed with raspberries and blackberries" (source).
Urban Artifact Fire Iron, $3.59/12oz - "This Midwest Fruit Tart Ale is brewed with 1,500lbs of Pink Guava, 500lbs of Banana, and 400lbs of passion fruit per 30bbl batch" (source).
Urban Artifact Paperweight, $3.59/12oz - "Apricot Midwest Fruit Tart. 3,000lbs of apricots per 30bbl batch" (source).
Single Cut Tell Fats and Washboard Sam, $6.39/16oz - "KIN TO TELL SHAKY & BOXCAR JOE, this is the 7.7% version using the same unique new-varietal PNW as well as a healthy amount of NZ hops for a super smooth, yet intense succession of tropics, bright citrus and dank bud. Automatic Slim is pushing hard for his own version, we’re on it" (source).
Singlecut Hop Sounds, $3.69/16oz - "A bright and refreshing dry ale, dry-hopped with a blend of classic US and nouveau European buds. Sunny and lemony, with aroma of citrus rind, fresh cut grassy flowers, and a crisp and clean finish- equally at home on the bar or the lawnmower. You can have all the hop you want without having to say those three little letters" (source).
Singlecut Kim, $4.49/16oz - "Refreshingly tart and infused with hibiscus for a pleasing round herbal flavor and gorgeous pink hue. Blackcurrants are also added to give a complementary deep fruit flavor and aroma. Wheat malt provides a sweet and dry template and finally we ferment using our house lager yeast for an exceptional clean and dry finish" (source).
Singlecut Billy 18-Watt IPA, $3.89/16oz - "Hopheads Rejoice! Want more than just one highly-hopped pint, but don’t want the high ABV? Behold! A sessional IPA with all the lupulin crunch you demand" (source).
Arbor Oktoberfest, $2.19/12oz - "A beautiful reddish orange lager with a nice foamy white head. Perfectly balanced, with a complex and spicy hop character that is delicately balanced with sweet malts, so that both flavors shine through but neither dominates the other. This Mrzen style lager is the traditional beer of Munich’s Oktoberfest. Literally translated it means "March Beer" and the name stems from the time before refrigeration when the last batch of the spring was brewed in March and then stored (or lagered) in Alpine cellars throughout the warm Bavarian summer to be brought back out and served during Oktoberfest and the rest of the fall harvest celebrations" (source).
Bell's Oktoberfest, $2.09/12oz - "With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn" (source).
Dark Horse JAA Raspberry Black Ale, $3.49/12oz - "Tart aromas of raspberries intermingled with sweet chocolate malts and a slight roastiness from the dark malts employed in the brewing process lead to smooth" (source).
Griffin Claw Screaming Pumpkin, $2.39/16oz - "A spicy and refreshing Amber Ale brewed with roasted pumpkin in the mash, then spiced with ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves" (source).
New Holland Sour Inc. White Mango, $3.49/12oz - "Our signature white sour base beer, aged on mangos for a refreshing, tropical taste" (source).
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest, $2.19/12oz - "Germany- Märzen / Oktoberfest- This is a full, rich-bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager that is especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor" (source).
Wolverine Oktoberfest, $2.99/16oz - "This festive German lager is traditionally brewed at the end of the winter brewing season and then lagered/stored cold during the summer months, to be released to adoring fans in September just in time for the season’s festivities. Our take our this classic style spends months fermenting until it finally adopts the soft, complex, and elegant character it is known for" (source).
Warsteiner Oktoberfest, $1.79/12oz - "A truly German import brewed according to the German Purity Law, as are all Warsteiner beers, in limited quantities especially for Oktoberfest celebrations. This special edition has a well-balanced, mild and smooth taste with a uniquely soft, hoppy aftertaste and 5.9% alcohol. So bring a bit of Germany with you to your next Oktoberfest celebration and bring a Warsteiner Oktoberfest Special Edition" (source).
New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin, $1.79/12oz - "Pumpkin Ale featuring cinnamon and habanero chili peppers for just the right amount of heat" (source)
Breckenridge Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte, $2.79/13.6oz - "Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte is a stout made with dark roasted malts and carefully roasted, cold pressed coffee beans. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves delicately complement the taste of rich pumpkin. These well-balanced fall flavors presented with the velvety texture of nitrogen create a truly distinctive and delicious beer" (source).
Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, $2.09/12oz - "Brewed in true Bavarian fashion, our Oktoberfest Lager is one of our most popular seasonal releases in the fall. This Märzen-style Oktoberfest Lager uses German noble hops and four different malts to create its trademark copper color and flavor" (source).
Rochester Mills Orange Whip, $2.59/16oz - "Another smoothie hop sensation. This IPA combines citrusy hop flavors of Citra & Mosaic hops with fresh oranges,orange zest, subtly sweet lactose and a hint of vanilla" (source).
Rochester Mills Toasted Marshmallow Milk Stout, $2.69/16oz - "Michigan's best bonfire beer. No open flame or pointy sticks required" (source).
Austin Brothers Steve Murkel, $3.79/16oz - "Pours a hazy yellow. Hits the nose with sweet citrus fruits. Flavors of pineapple, apricot, peach round off this smooth medium bodied murky IPA" (source).
Erdinger Oktoberfest, $2.19/12oz - "This seasonal beer offers a synergistic combination of two classic German styles, Oktoberfest and wheat beer; a surprising alliance that works very well together" (source).
Boulevard Chill Vibes, $1.99/12oz - "Chill Vibes Sour Ale with Cucumber was made for the lazy days of summer when self-care and relaxation are the only things on your to-do list" (source).
Epic Citralush, $3.19/12oz - "These juicy, hazy, hop bombs are packed to the brim with flavor. In fact, we’ve been downright irresponsible when it comes to hop utilization. Our brewers have been experimenting with everything from lupulin powder, to massive hop backs, exploring the flavor synergies of fermentation hopping, and literally cramming in more dry hops than our tanks can even hold. Our New England-Style IPA rotates through different recipes and hop charges as we source new and interesting hop verities. See the side of the can for indicators about each new recipe" (source).
Hofbrau Oktoberfest, $2.19/12oz - "The waitress is carrying ten liters and she still has a smile on her face. Celebrating, singing, swaying – Prost! The Hofbräu tent at the Oktoberfest is known for its lively atmosphere. Here is where the world comes to celebrate. Down Under in Lederhosen. Of course, the most popular folk festival in the world wouldn't be complete without a very special beer: Hofbräu Oktoberfest beer is a full-bodied, bottom-fermented specialty beer. With its fine hoppy aroma, it’s perfect alongside a classic Oktoberfest roasted chicken" (source).
Rockford Cactus Pear Weisse, $2.19/12oz - "The perfect summer companion" (source).
Ommegang Dry Cider, $3.79/12oz - "Our first two offerings seek to combine the best of both American and European traditions. Modern ciders, they begin with fresh-pressed culinary varietals McIntosh, Gala, Red Delicious and Pazazz, sourced locally in New York State. We ferment with our house Belgian yeast, to impart a slightly more complex character" (source).
Ommegang Rose Cider, $3.79/12oz - "Our first two offerings seek to combine the best of both American and European traditions. Modern ciders, they begin with fresh-pressed culinary varietals McIntosh, Gala, Red Delicious and Pazazz, sourced locally in New York State. We ferment with our house Belgian yeast, to impart a slightly more complex character. To our Rosé, we also add hibiscus to provide a tart snap. The finished product is clarified and carbonated, to sparkle in the glass" (source).
Southern Tier Cold Press Pumkin, $4.09/12oz - "Cold press coffee is a lengthy process, but it results in a smooth coffee flavor with nutty, cocoa & chocolatey notes. Add these scrumptious tones to Pumking’s biscuity, pumpkin pie spices & you’ve got something extra special for fall" (source).
Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky, $3.09/11.2oz - "Blood Red Sky sets a scene. Warm Caribbean sand, flickering candles, cold beer and anticipation of the night to come. From this place came the inspiration for this brew. Jamaican rum barrels meet Scottish red beer in an explosion of cool, spicy rum notes, vanilla and rich fruit" (source).
Video of the Week | Finding Common Ground
Enjoy this great video from New Belgium Brewing.