This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about spring chores at the cottage
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
The weather wasn’t all that good but Barb and I still managed to get the jump on some outdoor projects at the cottage last week. On one cold and blustery day I pulled my repaired waders up over my waterproof Orvis fishing jacket and power washed the deck and the garage. Cleaning the deck is a tedious but necessary spring chore and the garage will be getting a new coat of paint as soon as the weather warms up. While I was getting wet and muddy Barb worked on tearing down the old lattice fence and then took a wire brush to the pig.
Before anyone gets the notion that we’re abusing a porcine ungulate, “pig” is a universally accepted moniker for the large, squat, metal propane tanks that are ubiquitous in rural areas that don’t have access to natural gas. Our pig was an eyesore and in dire need of a facelift. I've kidded Barb when she laid colored masking tape on the ripped seats of our old pontoon, telling her that she’s putting lipstick on a pig, but I was totally on board with her efforts to make our porky propane tank look pretty.
One afternoon during a monsoon we sat in the garage and ripped up the brittle lattice from that old fence. We probably now have enough kindling for the wood stove for the next two years. When I went into the cottage to make a sandwich I noticed a large pool of water on the kitchen counter. The rain had stopped so I hauled the rickety old wooden extension ladder out of the pole barn and while Barb steadied the ladder I shimmied up on the roof and found a crack in the boot on one of the vent stacks. After letting out a stream of expletives I shimmied back down, went into the garage for a five gallon brew bucket, then shimmied back up and covered the pipe with the pail.
The next day after picking up a new boot and a gallon of roofing tar I (hopefully) took care of the leak. Another spring project done and a few more to go. Next up on the agenda is tearing down the fence poles and cutting them up for fire wood and then getting the docks in and the pontoon and the fishing boat out. By then trout season will be open and it will be time to go fly fishing.
Featured Wines of the Week
Mythic Mountain, Malbec Rose, Argentina, 2020, $11.69/750ml-Elegant Provence pink color. The nose has intense fresh red strawberry fruits, along with refreshing citrus notes. In the mouth it is a wine with bright acidity, balanced with plenty ripe fruit. It is a very fresh and clean wine. (Source)
Lago, 2020, Rose, Portugal, $10.99/750ml- This wine presents a lightpink colour and a slight effervescence that favours the release of its fruityaroma. Aromasof cherry flower, fuchsia, anda palate dominated by wild strawberries, with hints of Bing Cherry and wild Raspberry. (Source)
Teliani Valley, Tsolikouri white, Georgia, $16.99/750ml- Tsolikouri, roughly translates as “my wife’s wine”, and is an expression of love. Made with Tsolikouri grapes sourced from the Lechkhumi region high in the Caucasus Mountains of the country of Georgia, this wine has a bright, crisp acidity, notes of green apple and pear and a clean finish. Perfect for a wide range of food from salads to pork. (Source)
Menade Verdejo Rueda, 2019, Spain, $15.59Organically farmed 25-35-year-old vines on clay-limestone soil at 750 meters with yields of 7000kg/ha. Night harvested grapes go through spontaneous fermentation with wild yeast in stainless steel, followed by three weeks on the lees. Brimming with concentrated varietal and mineral aromas; its pronounced white fruits vie with attractive herbaceous elements such as laurel, thyme and fennel. (Source)
Azul Y Garanza, Rose, Spain, $14.79/1000ml-A lively pink color with aromas of red fruits and floral notes. On the palate, you will find strawberry and rose hip flavors with a hint of blood orange. Clean, and crisp with excellent acidity - harmonious and persistent. (Source)
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New and Returning Products
Bells Incessant, $3.29/12oz-We were asked… incessantly. So, here we are; a New England IPA from Bell’s. Our twist? We doubled it. This beer comes directly from our innovation pipeline starting at our original brewery then moving to our Comstock Brewery for larger distribution. It is juicy (tropical, mango and pineapple hop aromas) with a full body and soft bitterness. (Source)
Brewery Vivant Straw Barb, $5.29/16oz-Stuffed full of fresh fruit, Straw Barb is a blend of our house sour, wood aged foeder and fresh beer with copious amounts sweet strawberry and tart rhubarb. (Source)
Dark Horse Scotty Karate, $2.09/12oz-Aroma: Smells like A fresh caramel apple with a hint of cinnamon inside of cranberry shortbread. Or maybe fresh home made hard candy (from home economics class-7th grade).
Flavor: Tastes like a smokey chocolate chip cookie, wild roadside cherry-asparagus, woody, crispy leaf on a fall day. (Source)
Fair State Dream Universe no.755, $4.19/16oz-A three-way collaboration with our buds at Blackstack and Modist, mashing up our three favorite hazy IPAs—Mirror Universe, Dreamyard, and Local 755. We used our Mirror Universe grain bill, and smashed a whole ton of hops from our friends on top of it. Citra Cryo, Mosaic Cryo, Sultana, Azacca, El Dorado, and Amarillo. Drippy pineapple, mango, nebulous fruits, with a hint of dankness to tie it all together. (Source)
Fair State Hefeweizen, $3.29/16oz-Hefeweizen
Fair State/Modern Times Crankin' Foamers, $1.79/12oz-Lager - American
Haymarket, Relief Peacher, $2.09/12oz-American IPA with Fresh Peach juice.
Kasztelan Pilsner, $1.99/16oz-Brewed on the basis of Sierpc Brewery's brewmasters' proficiency and know-how, Kasztelan Premium Light is a treasure from the Sierpc region. The beer has a harmonious flavour bouquet with a subtle bitterness and a pleasant hint of malt grain. (Source)
Mikkeller/Game of Thrones Iron Anniversary, $4.69/16oz-Brewed in collaboration with Game of Thrones.
‘Iron Anniversary IPA’ is a New Essos IPA - also called NEIPA, hazy or juicy IPA due to its unfiltered appearance and significant amounts of hops that give it a fruity aroma, bringing back memories of the warm days in the Summer Isles. The beer is expressive without being too extreme, highly drinkable and empties out way too quicky from your drinking horn. (Source)
Off Color Beer for Ballgames, $2.79/16oz-As one of the first styles of beer actually conceived in the United States, our cream ale is designed to make America’s pastime proud using only American produced malt and corn with classical American hops (Cascade and Willamette). We even use American water (sorry Fiji). No matter what local team you cheer for, this is a perfect accompaniment to the game. (Source)
Off Color Cherry Beer for Pizza, $2.99/16oz-Cola inspired malt beverage with cherry.
Old Nation Green Stone, $4.09/16oz-This lighter entry into the New Orthodox Series features a hint of pepper and earth from rye in the grain bill as well as citrus and stone fruit flavors and aroma from the all Michigan hops. (Source)
Ottakringer Radler, $3.29/16oz-Shandy / Radler
Ottakringer Vienna Lager, $3.29/16oz-Lager - Vienna
Perrin Sunny Getaway, $2.49/16oz-Brewed using lemon peel and hibiscus, this Saison was blended with a Wild Ale that aged for 24 months to bring you a Sunny Getaway. (Source)
Pigeon Hill Catalina, $1.99/12oz-Lager - Pale
Rochester Mills Gypsy Goddess, $2.79/16oz-This 4% ABV refreshing Radler is a crisp, light-bodied American Amber Ale with fresh pink lemonade and raspberry puree added. Expect bright, juicy, citrus aromas and flavors of fresh lemon and berries with a subtly sweet & tart finish. This brew pours a hazy rose color and can be described as “totally crushable." (Source)
Rochester Mills Mango Kiss, $2.79/16oz-A refreshing breeze of tropical hops. This IPA combines the citrusy flavors of Citra® & Mosaic® hops with a big wet kiss of ripe mangos, subtly sweet lactose and a hint of vanilla. (Source)
Rockford Eddie Van Hazy, $2.79/12oz-West coast hazy IPA brewed with oats and pale malt, Citra, Mosaic hops then dry-hopped. (Source)
Shorts Big Bird Blood, $2.59/12oz-Big Bird Blood is a Milkshake IPA brewed with lactose, banana, coconut flavor, and vanilla. This golden brew has tropical aromas of coconut, banana, and citrus. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel, the coconut and banana flavors are complemented by the tropical flavors from the Motueka and Sabro hops. Big Bird Blood finishes slightly dry. (Source)
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, $2.59/12oz-IPA - Triple
Sierra Nevada Summer Break, $1.79/12oz-Drop into summertime, stocked with a Session Hazy IPA brewed for long days of play. Go anywhere with hoppy notes of mango and passion fruit, backed by smooth malt flavor. (Source)
Ska Mexican Logger, $1.99/12oz-The perfect Mexican lager. Light and refreshing, it really hits the spot after a long day of brutal chainsaw work. Brewed with the finest malt, Saaz hops, yeast, water, and love. (Source)
Ska Modus Hoperandi, $2.19/12oz- An American-style India Pale Ale with a deep golden-orange color. Bitter and hoppy, with a surprisingly smooth finish. (Source)
Ska Pink Vapor Stew, $2.39/12oz-Sour
Ska Rue B Soho, $1.99/12oz-At first, your nose is treated to the aroma of bright and crisp citrus. Then your tongue is tickled by the carbonation that delivers flavors of tart and light grapefruit juice. Lightly acidulated, Rue B. Soho is a refreshing lager brewed w/ cascade hops and grapefruit. (Source)
Ska Tropical Hazy, $2.19/12oz-IPA - New England
Transient Flightless, $3.79/16oz-Double dry-hopped APA with Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo hops. (Source)
Transient Ultramoist, $4.89/16oz-IPA - Imperial / Double New England
Two K Farms Barrel Aged Cider, $2.99/12oz-French and American oak Barrel-aged cider with a blend of heritage crabapples and American apple varieties. (Source)
Untitled Art Double Strawberry Imperial Smoothie, $5.19/16oz-Kettle sour brewed with 10,000 pounds of fruit with strawberry, then a dash of lemon juice for a citric blast and passionfruit to round the whole thing out. (Source)
Untitled Art Hazy 11.0/ $5.19/16oz-Double India Pale Ale with Mosaic, Citra, Ella and Cashmere hops.
Untitled Art Peach Melba Sour, $5.19/16oz-Berliner style weiss ale brewed with Peach, Raspberry, Red Currants and Cinnamon. (Source)
Untitled Art Pixie Pinkberry, $4.69/16oz-The brainchild of an in-house competition to see who could blow the biggest bubble gum bubble. Exploding pink spheres and loud smacks harkened us back to the days of our youth chomping on wads of gum… and we wanted to replicate that nostalgia in beverage form! (Source)
Upland Bad Elmers, $2.29/12oz-Bad Elmer’s Porter is a medium-bodied beer, brewed with lot of roasted malt, giving it flavors of coffee, liquorice, and chocolate. This porter is characteristically dark but extremely smooth. (Source)
Upland Two of Tarts, $2.19/12oz-Two of Tarts is a tropical gose that delivers vibrant flavors and aromas of passion fruit and mango with hints of zesty lemon. Its refreshing acidity is rounded out by a hint of salt. The result? A dry, crisp finish that’s sure to make a doubly pleasant citrus impression. (Source)
Urban Artifact Hobnail Blueberry MWFT, $4.49/12oz
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