This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about our old Jeep
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
Rain was the name of the game in the environs of Lake County last week. The swollen rivers put the kabash on fly fishing so I used the time to tackle a project that I've been putting off for the the last five years or so--taking the hard top off and putting the soft top on our 1991 Jeep Wrangler.
Our twenty year old beater has plenty of rust and lots of rattles but Barb really likes it and she had made it clear that she would like it even more if the rag top was on. Now, it's not that I don't do my darnedest to keep my wife happy, I'm a lot smarter than that, but even elementary mechanics is not one of my strong suits.
After consummating the deal on the used Jeep the previous owner handed over the soft top components which included a bewildering assortment of nuts, bolts, clasps, clips and brackets. I promptly put them all in a corner of the pole barn and did my best to ignore them despite my wife's periodic proclamations that we needed to get that rag top on. After the last such proclamation a few weeks ago I made the big mistake of repeating what my old fishing and drinking buddy Pete Hamlin said years ago at the Bear Creek Tavern. "When a man says he'll do something, he'll do it. He doesn't need to be reminded every six months."
Actually with the help of some YouTube videos and a schematic I found on-line the project went relatively smoothly. My wife was a big help too, offering sage advice and pitching in with the physical labor despite being hobbled by a nasty sprained ankle. Now that this five-year weight is finally off my shoulders I'm hoping for good weather next week so I can hit the rivers.
Featured Wines of the Week
Centonze, Frappato, 2018, Italy, $15.29/750ml-
Perfectly pleasant and light on its feet, this informal red has aromas and flavors of strawberry and smoke that follow over to the rather diluted, pliant palate. Crisp acidity keeps it bright and tangy. Drink now. (Source)
Garzon, Albarino Reserva, 2020, Uruguay, $16.99/750ml- This Albariño is of a pale yellow colour with greenish reflections and fruity aromas reminding of peach; balanced with citric notes. It is fresh and mineral with a marked acidity and a long and rounded aftertaste in mouth. Its ripening time takes place between 3 to 6 months on fine lees in stainless-steel tanks. (Source)
Sacred Springs, Oak Barrel Aged Mead, Michigan, $27.99/375ml- Oak Barrel Aged: Redefining small batch. We fill 5 liter American oak barrels full of our Semi-Sweet mead and allow the honey and oak to combine, creating deep caramel notes with a soft vanilla overtone. (Source)
Sacred Springs, Semi-Sweet Mead, Michigan, $17.99/375ml- Semi-Sweet: Our foundational mead. Wildflower honey. Clean water. Pure Michigan mead. A complex flavor produced from simple ingredients. Drink. Taste. Enjoy. (Source)
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Wheel Horse, Straight Rye, Kentucky, $36.89/750ml- Wheel Horse Rye is the first aged rye to come out of the historic Owensboro Distilling Co. This sour mash whiskey is made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley. It's distilled in copper stills then matured in hand-selected, 53-gallon, charred American oak barrels for between two and three years. We use a #4 char. Like all of our small batch whiskeys, Wheel Horse Rye is bottled at 101 proof and without chill filtration. (Source)
Bardstown, fusion series #5, Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, $63.09/750ml- A blend of 3 bourbons ranging from 4 to 11 years old. This bourbon showcases rich bread pudding and caramelized plantains with a touch or orange zest that leads to flavors of dark chocolate and bing cherry on the palate, with a smooth and balanced finish. (Source)
New and Returning Products
Abomination Luscious, $4.69/16oz-Hard Seltzer
Anxo Pride Northern Spy Cider, $3.59/12oz
Big Lake Blackberry Haze, $3.39/16oz-A juicy blackberry New England IPA brewed with loads of citra and mosaic hops. (Source)
Church Street Things We Don't Say, $4.09/16oz-IPA - New England
Church Street Touch of Mango, $4.09/16oz-Hefeweizen
Desthil Dosvidanya, $13.99/16oz
Fat Orange Cat Polydactyl Cat, $4.89/16oz-El Dorado, Mosaic and Citra hops.
Great Lakes Tidal Fury, $3.59/16oz-A tempest of tropical fruit aromas rushes from the cloudy depths in this Imperial Hazy IPA, brewed with an epic blast of Trident™ hops fit for a king. (Source)
Hopewell Open Tab, $3.29/16oz-Open Tab is a Scottish-style 80 Shilling brewed with British malt and hops. Malty, rich and full-bodied, yet remarkably sessionable and clean. Having just the one? Keep it open. (Source)
Hopewell Pop, $3.29/16oz-Pilsner
Japas Gojaira Strata, $4.99/16oz-Meet our monster Gojaira: she is so angry that she won a Dank IPA to make her stop blowing off steam. Distracted people may confuse its aroma with that of a certain much debated herb. This aroma is called “dank”, a combination of resinous, herbal, citrus and tropical fruit aromas of certain varieties of hops. Yes, its just hops, there’s nothing illegal here! Strata, Columbus, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic mix with a smooth malt base for this delicious trip. (Source)
Japas Saws Pink, $4.49/16oz-Sawā is the translation of Sour in Japanese and it’s the chosen name for our series of fruited Sour Ales. In this version we used an absolutely massive amount of Raspberries and Blackberries. A fruit forward take, just the right amount of acidity and tart finish. Sawā Pink, as the name suggests, pours a deep, shiny pink color matching its mouth-watering flavor! (Source)
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja de Kriek, $4.09/16oz-Oak Barrel-Aged with Cherries
North Coast BBA Old Rasputin, $5.19/12oz - Limited-Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.
North Coast Rye BA Old Rasputin, $5.19/12oz - Limited-Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin. This year, two variants of barrel aged Old Rasputin were produced -- one in rye whiskey barrels, and the other in wheat whiskey barrels. (Source)
Prairie Lemon Slice, $3.29/12oz-Fruited sour with lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla.
Prairie Punch, $3.29/12oz-Sour ale with blackberry, cherry, and lime.
Short Fuze We Want the Funk, $3.79/16oz
Smooj Tropical Vacation, $4.89/12oz-heavily fruited hard seltzer, loaded with legit passionfruit, mango, guava, pineapple & coconut. technically a seltzer... but with a thick, smoothie-like, texture. Also, contains tangerine & banana.
*gluten free, dairy free (Source)
Surly Occult Philosophy, $4.89/16oz-Read the tea leaves. Roll the bones. Reveal the final card. Delve into mysteries unknown with this hop-heavy and hazy double dry-hopped double IPA. Featuring Lotus, Mosaic, and Strata hops, this soft and juicy beer help you find fortune and favor deep within the swirling mists. (Source)
Untitled Art Rocket Popscicle, $4.89/16oz-Hard Seltzer
Untitled Art Strawberry Shortcake, $5.19/16oz-Untitled Art's first 'official' pastry seltzer & we did it with our ole time friends in Iowa Pulpit Rock. Imperial Seltzer brewed with strawberry concentrate, strawberry purée, and vanilla beans. (Source)
Untitled Art West Coast IPA, $4.69/16oz-West coast IPA with Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Cashmere hops.
Urban Artifact Epicurean: Hotel Water Cucumber, $4.49/16oz-A refreshing sour ale brewed with cucumbers, lemon and lime slices. (Source)