This week's list of new and returning products follow a few words about some tasty Indian cuisine and fly fishing from a horse
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
We're probably a little late to the game but one evening this past week Barb and I ordered from a local restaurant and had the meals delivered right to our door. Of course we've had gazillions of pizzas delivered over the years and we've ordered food and picked it up curbside a few times but this was the first time we perused a menu on line and had the grub brought to the house. The friendly DoorDash driver delivered the order hot and on time.
We were in the mood for Indian food so we ordered from Pind Indian Cuisine--Chicken Jhalfrazie ("chicken juliennes stir fried with fresh vegetables in a zesty glaze and ginger") for Barb while I opted for the Baingan Bhartha ("eggplant cooked in a zesty tomato glaze"). Both dishes were excellent although Barb's was a little too "zesty"for my wimpy taste buds. In addition to the entrees we ordered Garlic Naan, Keema Naan, an appetizer of Lasooni Gobhi ( sauteed cauliflower), a side of Raita and just for kicks another entree of Vegetable Fried Rice. It was a boatload of food so we had Indian again the next evening.
Barb and I have many fond memories of our fishing trips out in Big Sky Country so when a friend told us about Yellowstone, the made for TV drama starring Kevin Costner set in modern day Montana, we knew we would have to give it a look. This was the week that we did. The first four episodes are under our belts and they didn't disappoint. I got a real kick out of the scene in Episode 1 where a bunch of cowboys went fly fishing. Now my wife is pretty adventurous but I can say with a high degree of certainty that fishing in a fast moving river while straddling a horse is something she would never do. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I would either.
Featured Wines of the Week
Syltbar, Prosecco 2 pack, Italy, $61.99/2x750ml-
Prosecco:Flavors of pear, golden apple, white peach and lemon. Bubbles are delightful, well-balanced, clean, clear, crisp and refreshing.
Sparkling Rose: Elegant, complex, fresh and fruity, with slight notes of pomegranate and petals of dog rose, with fresh citrus and lychee. Light, rich in personality, reminiscent of cherries and lychees.
Ferrari, Brut, Italy, $30.99/750ml-
Nose: A fresh and intense bouquet, with a broad fruity note of ripe Golden Delicious apples, white flowers and a delicate scent of yeast, deriving from 20 months’ ageing in bottle.
Taste: Harmonious and well-balanced, with a faint suggestion of ripe fruit and attractive hints of crusty bread.
Famille Moutard, Blanc de Blancs, France, $18.69/750ml- Nose: aromas of citrus, white flowers and minerality. Mouth: well balanced and versatile.
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Tapatio, Tequila, Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Mexico-
Nose:Green and spicy up front, with crunchy runner beans, white pepper, clove and cinnamon, followed up with black tea and apples. Floral notes develop in the glass, along with a new potato earthiness and a touch of creaminess.
Palate:Huge and peppery, with a rush of spice followed by a refreshing agave sweetness. The green vegetal notes from the nose hide at the back, making sure you get a full-spectrum agave hit.
Finish: Long and spicy with gentle sweetness appearing as the pepper fades.
Nose:Led by Tapatio’s trademark pepperiness, this is more mellow than you might expect. Fruity apple and an undercurrent of roasted agave are joined by sweet cream and a hint of wood smoke.
Palate: Again, the pepper leads the way, but doesn’t get in the way of the fruit and cream from the nose. The time spent in wood has added more spice to the already spicy spirit, although it has also rounded off some of the edges.
Finish: Spicy, but not spiky. Fades very slowly.
Nose: Rich and spicy, but rounded. The time in a cask has sanded the sharper edges off the agave, leaving fruit and a more subtle and refined flavour. It’s also picked up creamy notes as well as a hint of vanilla sweetness.Palate: Comparatively weighty, but still elegant. It’s soft, with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove balanced against the agave pepperiness, and complemented by sweet fruit and cocoa richness. Finish: Long and spicy, with herbal notes developing and fading to a chocolate-led end. (Source)
The King of Scots, blended scotch whisky, Scotland, $25.59/ml- Nose: Toffee and spices, developing to a fresh and citrusy quality before a liquorice character appears. Palate: sweet, ripe fruit quality runs to toffee and a distinct vanilla. Finish: vanilla carries through to a well-balanced sweet and spicy finish. (Source)
New and Returning Products
18th Street Chasing Paper, $3.79/16oz - Coming in at 6.2%, this Citra packed Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale is just what you need to get the weekend started! (Source)
18th Street Deal with the Devil, $3.79/16oz - Brewed as a salute to our brothers at Spiteful Brewing, Deal With the Devil is a beer that comes with a price: our souls. After securing a box of foolproof, sought after hops, we came up with a juicy pale ale that’s low in bitterness and huge in tropical flavors. This beer is unfiltered. Sediment may form. (Source)
18th Street Here Comes the Reaper, $3.29/16oz - This IPA comes in at 6.2%, and is brewed with Mosaic and Chinook hops giving it tons of citrus character and a spicy edge. (Source)
18th Street Hunter, $3.79/16oz - Here is a father’s toast to his son. Brewed with cocoa nibs and lactose, Hunter boasts a creamy texture and rich chocolate flavor. Vanilla, roast, and caramel sweetness are met with a bright hop bitterness. Complex enough to pair with dinner or dessert. Suave enough to skip the meal altogether. A chip off the old block, alright. (Source)
18th Street Rubicon, $3.29/16oz - West Coast IPA brewed with Amarillo and Centennial Hops.
Bravus N/A IPA, $2.19/12oz
Bravus N/A Oatmeal Stout, $2.19/12oz
Bravus N/A Raspberry Gose, $2.19/12oz
Equilibrium Baby Roo Dream Field Shoes, $5.19/16oz - Baby Roo Dream Field Shoes Pale Ale has Equilibrium’s biggest pale ale hopping rate yet. Starting off with a heavy oat base we hopped it aggressively with Citra, Enigma, and Galaxy. It pours hazy yellow with big aromas of fresh OJ and pineapple. The flavors are BIG for a pale ale and offer notes of juicy orange, papaya, passionfruit, berries and melon wrapped up in a juicy finish. This beer has all the flavor of a DIPA in Pale Ale form. (Source)
Equilibrium Data Points, $5.99/16oz - A data point or observation is a set of one or more measurements on a single member of unit of observation. All our beers across all our styles are based on data points. We felt it was the perfect name to test our newly hand selected Mosaic Hops. Starting off with a big base of oats and wheat, we aggressively hopped this beer with our 2020 hand selected mosaic lot in both the whirlpool and the dry hop. Data Points pours a hazy electric yellow with a sweet aroma of citrus and berry with flavors of navel orange, mango, herbal blueberry, earthy lime peel, and the Devil’s Lettuce. The #EQjuice builds up into a creamy and complex finish with a pop of juiciness lending data that shows we truly do love our new Mosaic. (Source)
Equilibrium Fractal Strata/Galaxy, $6.29/16oz - IPA - New England
Equilibrium Photon, $5.19/16oz - Photon is our light and crushable American Pale Ale loaded with pacific northwest hops. It pours a very hazy orange, releasing well-blended notes of apricot, tangerine, peach, mango, and pineapple. It tastes of soft juicy tropical fruits, hop resins, and a hint of biscuit. A smooth rounded bitterness with a touch of dryness ensures you’re ready for the next sip. This drinking experience is further enhanced with a soft and billowy mouth-feel that has made this the go to ale for the Equilibrium crew, especially when a productive day needs to follow a fun night. (Source)
Equilibrium Wavelength, $5.49/16oz - We started with oats and white wheat for a base before adding Simcoe and Mosaic to the whirlpool. To get some berry medley notes going we dry hopped with Mosaic and Citra at a 2:1 ratio. Wavelength pours bright yellow with aromas of citrus and stone fruit with crushable flavors of mango and berry with a light refreshing finish. (Source)
Founders Red's Rye, $1.99/12oz - Grapefruit notes from the Amarillo dry hop balances four Belgian caramel malts. Crimson with a tan head. Rye malt lends a spicy, crisp finish. (Source)
Hoof Hearted Hot Probs, $4.39/16oz - Pale Ale - American
Left Hand Chia Nitro, $2.99/16oz - Stout - Milk / Sweet
Left Hand Peanut Butter Milk Stout, $2.59/12oz - Rich milk chocolate notes team up with peanut buttery perfection for a deliciously deliciously dark duo. (Source)
Middle Coast Hessian Revelry, $3.29/16oz - A Classic Dunkel brewed with Toasted Pecans
Nightmare Blood Eagle, $5.19/16oz - Scandinavian Sour Ale Soured on Lingonberries, Hawthorn Berries, Cloudberries & Comice Pears with Strawberries, Plums and Tart Cherries. (Source)
Off Color Critters, $2.49/12oz - Funky wit beer brewed with coriander and tangerine peel, fermented with native yeast mixed cultures. Liberal doses of grungiest hops lends a peach note and helps keep acidity in check. Floral funk notes on the nose, with slight hints of blueberry pie, white grape juice, subtle acidity and a pillowy soft mouthfeel. (Source)
Off Color Dino S'mores, $5.49/16oz - Imperial stout brewed w/ graham flour, marshmallow, molasses, cocoa nibs & vanilla bean. (Source)
Off Color Known Gnome, $2.99/16oz - A throwback to when old timey porter brewers tried to avoid paying hop taxes by (illegally) using quassia bark as a hop substitute. (Source)
Off Color Socks, $4.69/250ml - Wild-fermented saison aged in Barolo foedre with African dried lemons and black limes. Bright, citrusy, and a little funky. (Source)
Off Color Toot and Claw, $2.99/16oz - John likes bees. John's like of bees led him to hanging out with other people who like bees. Some of the other people who like bees work at The Field Museum. The Field Museum was opening a bistro and bar. John was opening a brewery. And that is pretty much the story of how Off Color and The Field Museum collaborated to make this crisp, clean pilsner with a dry-hopped bite far inferior to Sue's. (Source)
Perrin Call Me Hazy Citrus, $2.19/12oz - Some call me citrus twist, lemon spark, the zest of the party - instead just Call Me Hazy. A hazy IPA packed with flavors of fresh citrus fruits and succulent lemons. (Source)
Prairie Seasick Crocodile, $3.29/12oz - Sour ale with cranberries, ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg. (Source)
Rockford Galena Wild Sour, $13.79/22oz
Rogue Chocolate Nitro Stout, $3.59/16oz - Our twist on a classic chocolate stout is brewed with imported Dutch chocolate for a colossal chocolate flavor. The addition of a nitro charge blends the flavors up creating a smooth creamy chocolate experience that you’ll never want to end. Chocolate Stout Nitro is ebony in color, pours a velvety smooth and creamy head that cascades into a robust, earthy body giving way to a rich chocolate truffle finish. (Source)
Rogue Yellow Snow, $2.99/12oz - Winter-inspired pilsner brewed with Oregon spruce tips which add sweetness and slight piney, citrusy nuances. (Source)
Saugatuck Double Dipped, $5.29/12oz - Double Barrel aged Imperial Milk Stout. Aged on Bourbon and Brandy. (Source)
Short Throw Code of the Streets, $4.89/16oz - Code Of The Streets is our juicy DIPA brewed with Vic Secret, El Dorado, and Mosaic hops. Generously dry hopped with the same varietals. (Source)
Sibling Revelry Pecan Brown, $1.99/12oz - An American brown ale brewed with candied pecans and brown sugar. Like a pecan pie, this sweet holiday brew has a rich, nutty finish that will warm your spirit this winter. (Source)
Sibling Revelry Third Wheel, $1.99/12oz - A deep golden Belgian style tripel brewed with a lot of malt, a little bit of Belgian candy sugar and an authentic Trappist yeast. This beer starts with a fresh yeast aroma followed by a full malt body and a balanced bitter sweet finish. (Source)
Sierra Nevada Dankful, $1.79/12oz - We celebrate #IPADay every year, but this is no ordinary year. Today, we're proud to announce Dankful IPA, a hop-forward West Coast IPA that supports nonprofits working in our communities. The beer has a resinous kick with notes of pine and tropical fruit. Through our Dankful program, we've committed at least $1 million in donations this year, and are kicking things off with a $250,000 donation to @wckitchen. World Central Kitchen has served more than 25 million meals to families facing food insecurity during the COVID crisis through its #ChefsForAmerica program, while also providing jobs for restaurant workers. We're Dankful for that.
Malts:Two-row Pale, Caramelized malts & Rye. Hops:Columbus, Chinook, Mosaic, Ekuanot, Nelson Sauvin, Zappa, Idaho 7. (Source)
Stillwater New Sensation, $4.69/16oz - a DDH IPA, but translated "International Pale Ale" for the range of ingredients & techniques used. European malts, domestic flaked grains and Scandinavian ale yeast (Kveik) come together in a glowing haze of lush malt - double dry-hopped with US Citra & Sabro, German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Galaxy. Bursting with citrus, coconut & white grape with a floral bouquet - an elegantly elevated IPA experience. (Source)
Victory Java Latte, $3.29/16oz - Roasty malts, oats, and special ingredients come together in a milk stout that is cold brewed with a bounty of local coffee for 48 hours to serve up a luscious mix of sweet and robust comforts. (Source)
Watermark Brown Bag Special, $4.39/16oz - Double Dry-hopped w/ Michigan Copper, Southern Cross, Chinook, Centennial.
Watermark Bunk Bed Confessions, $9.99/16oz - Stout - Imperial / Double w/ cacao, vanilla & orange peel.
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