This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about a Lake County ghost town
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
About five miles west of M37 on 4 Mile Road, not far from a north/south running two track that was once the rail bed for the Chicago & Western Michigan Railroad, an old log cabin with a warped and rusted metal roof sits on the edge of an overgrown field. I often wonder about the folks who built and lived in that cabin. Perhaps they were among the Lithuanian immigrants who made their way to Chicago in the early 1900's. Maybe they fell for the line of a fast talking real estate agent named Swigart who promised open fields and fertile soil in the northwest section of Lake County. What they found instead was acres of white pine stumps, a scattering of hard woods and sandy soil suitable only for cultivating pickles and potatoes.
Maybe the folks who built and lived in that cabin boarded the train in Chicago with their meager belongings, traveled north through Grand Rapids, Grant, White Cloud and Baldwin and finally disembarked in Peacock. The little village had a livery stable, hotel, post office and general store back then. It had begun as a lumber camp. After the white pines were gone the railroad kept it alive. After the tracks were pulled up in the mid 1950's there was no longer a reason for it to be there so it died.
There's nothing much left of Peacock now but a scattering of buildings, a cemetery and that old railroad bed. Not even a bullet pocked-marked road sign. About ten years ago while driving past that old cabin late at night I could have sworn I saw a light flickering through the cracks in the logs. And just last week while driving in a thunderstorm through what used to be the heart of the village I thought I could hear the far off wail of a steam locomotive. It was probably just the wind.
Featured Wines of the Week
Pullus, Pinot Grigio, 2018, Slovenia, $16.99/750ml- This is a skin contact white that is fresh and fruit forward. Aromas of pear, green melon and nectarine lead to an oily palate with depth and complexity. Perfectly ripe grapes deliver a luscious wine that is balanced by bright acidity and inviting minerality.
Enjoy chilled, with vegetable dishes, pasta, creamy sauces, poultry, fish and charcuterie.
Goru Gold, Red Blend, Spain, $13.99/750ml- Intense cherry-red colour with violet shades. Delicate black fruit aroma with high roast and smoky features. Structured, subtle and smart palate, ripe appetising and a sweet tannins marked by elegance. (Source)
Frederiksdal Vin af Kirsebaer, Sur Lie, Cherry wine, Denmark, $29.79/500ml-Our Sur Lie is aged in French oak casks, between 225 and 450 litres in volume, and is the result of an amalgamation of 2-3 different vintages. The amalgamation of mature and young vintages lends this wine a further degree of complexity: the younger vintages provide fresh and subtle fruity notes, while the mature ones provide more complex tones. This really is a nuanced wine and one that is a perfect companion to plain chocolate, marinated berries, cakes and, not least, dessert dishes such as risalamande. Sur Lie benefits from a period of decanting before serving. You can leave the wine open in a cool place for a few months. (Source)
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Elijah Craig, Straight Rye, Kentucky, $33.69/750ml- This extraordinary extra-aged Rye Whiskey is the first to carry the name of Elijah Craig: the entrepreneur and distiller who is credited with being the first to age his American Whiskey in charred oak barrels to make Bourbon. Elijah’s pioneering spirit and commitment to craft is on full display with this Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, which is produced from barrels specifically selected by our distillers. In the glass, Elijah Craig Rye reveals the imbuing spice of rye grains, perfectly balanced with corn for distinct smoothness and character. (Source)
Flor do Cana, Oro, 4yr gold rum, Nicaragua, $30.49/1750ml-Body: Medium-bodied
Color: Golden amber
Aroma: Aroma with notes of fresh vanilla bouquet.
Palate: Notes of toasted coconut and wood, with a dry finish.
How to drink: With soda or sparkling water, or in punches and tropical cocktails.
Sugar free, Gluten Free & KOSHER
New and Returning Products
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 Devil's Cup, $2.99/16oz-Devilshy hoppy, this pale ale leaves a balanced bitterness and a blasphemously divine tropical hop flavor on the tongue. (Source)
18th Street Grapefruit Dead, $4.69/16oz-A Double IPA with Amarillo Hops, Grapefruit Juice and Grapefruit Zest brewed in collaboration with Mikkeller. (Source)
18th Street King Reaper, $3.99/16oz-Double Dry Hopped Double India Pale Ale
Bells Lager of the Lakes, $21.99/5L-Following in the tradition of Czech Pilsners by offering a combination of firm malt and herbal hop bitterness, Bell’s Lager Beer is as refreshing and crisp as a swim in the Great Lakes. (Source)
Bells Tessie's Ale, $21.99/5L-This Golden Ale is a hybrid of different light ale styles. taking what we like best about American Blonde/Golden Ales, and combining it with the clean fermentation characteristics of northern German Ales (Kölsch). This beer is both drinkable (low ABV) and flavorful. (Source)
Bells Third Coast Beer, $21.99/5L-Named after our favorite coastline and a tribute to the Great Lakes region, Third Coast Beer is a crisply dry-hopped American Pale Ale. Floral and herbal hop aromas combine with a refreshing bitterness, resulting in a truly quaffable beer. (Source)
Bells Tropical Oberon, $2.99/12oz-Oberon shines vibrant and bright in this limited release. Brewed with real passionfruit, pink guava, and mango, this ale takes your favorite summer need to new shores. (Source)
City Built Werewolves of Michigan, $4.09/16oz-Collab with Founders. West Coast style IPA with Mosaic, Hydra, and Crystal hops. Crisp, slightly bitter with a peachy/dank aroma. (Source)
City Built Dankerton, $5.49/16oz-DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) that smacks you in your senses with danky-ness. Balanced by a smooth body the rice brings and complimented by a citrus and tropical back note the Mosaic hops bring. Michigan Summit provides a massive dank profile that brings this beer to life. (Source)
City Built Look Ma! No Hands, $5.99/16oz-Mosaic, Citra, and Galaxy hops leads to a juice bomb. Fluffy, silky, and aromatic. (Source)
City Built Zion, $6.49/16oz-DDH Triple IPA with Sabro, Cryo Citra, and El Dorado hops. This combo makes this mountian of a beer smell and taste just like coconut and pineapple. Malty sweetness enhances those tropical flavors. (Source)
New Belgium Summer Bliss, $1.79/12oz-Summer Bliss is an easy-drinking wheat beer featuring waves of citrusy-sweet mango and Meyer lemons, and complimented with a touch of coriander and coconut to bring those tropical aromas to life. It won’t be around for long, so get your bliss and raise a glass to the long, sunny days ahead. (Source)
New Holland 2021 Dragon's Milk Reserve #2, $4.89/12oz-Stout - Imperial / Double
Partake Blond, $2.09/12oz-Partake Blonde Lager is an award winning craft brew made using all natural ingredients and balances citrusy hops with a subtle malt backbone. A light, bubbly body and dry finish make it an all-day sipper that packs an incredible amount of flavour. (Source)
Partake IPA, $2.09/12oz-Partake IPA is an award winning craft brew made using all natural ingredients and balances citrusy hops with a subtle malt backbone. A light, bubbly body and dry finish make it an all-day sipper that packs an incredible amount of flavour. (Source)
Partake Pale, $2.09/12oz-Partake Pale Ale is brewed with all natural ingredients and registers 0.3% Alc./Vol. and only 10 calories per can. It has the aroma of our IPA but a reduced bitterness clocking in at 18 IBU. (Source)
Partake Red, $2.09/12oz-Non-Alcoholic Beer
Saugatuck Blood Orange Oval Beach, $1.89/12oz-Imagine squeezing a juicy blood orange directly into a freshly poured pint. That's what you have right here in this beer. An enjoyable, bright, and flavor packed Blonde Ale brewed with blood oranges. (Source)
Untitled Art Crystal Hop, $4.69/16oz-Crystal clear IPA
Untitled Art Espresso Honey, $5.19/16oz-Imperial Stout brewed with Honey, Espresso Beans and Milk Sugar. (Source)
Untitled Art Fruit Medley, $5.19/16oz-Hard Seltzer
Untitled Art Mango Dragon, $5.19/16oz-Berliner Style Weiss Ale brewed with Mango, Dragonfruit & Prickly Pear Purée. (Source)
Untitled Art Raspberry Mango Vanilla, $5.19/16oz-Hard Seltzer
Untitled Art Sweet & Sour Pomegranate IPA, $5.19/16oz- NEW SWEET & SOUR IPA We’re back, back, back again with our well-known and ever popular Sweet & Sour IPA… with the super antioxidant powers of pomegranate! We bring the sweetness AND sour to this 7% kettle-soured IPA with a tantalizing tropical quartet of pomegranate, orange , apple and pineapple juice. Plus some bitterness, to balance it all out ,from sabro hops. Wash, rinse and repeat through every delicious sip of the Sweet & Sour Pomegranate IPA. (Source)
Wellbeing Liquid Rain, $2.99/12oz-Liquid Rain is a juicy, El Dorado-hopped, non-alcoholic IPA has tropical notes of pineapple, peach, and apricot, with all the fruity aroma and none of the bitterness of traditional IPAs. A light and refreshing NA brew perfect to enjoy for the warm days ahead. (Source)