This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about last Sunday's power problem at the store
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
Well we've certainly had our fair share of nice weather in west Michigan lately but last Sunday was flat out miserable. The heavy rain and strong winds made the trip home from the cottage down M37 a tad interesting. It wasn't exactly a white knuckle drive but I had to keep the windshield wipers on high the whole time and the occasional strong gusts had enough oomph to push around my 5500 lb Chevy Avalanche.
When we got home I turned on the Lions game and was pleased and a little surprised to see that Detroit had a 24 - 3 third quarter lead. Of course Matt Patricia's team has an irritating habit of wilting under pressure and this game was no exception. The Lions did end up winning, this time on a Matt Prater 59-yard field goal at the buzzer, but unfortunately I wasn't able to witness the last second heroics. With less than a minute left in the game I got a call from the store.
"Hello," I said keeping my eyes glued to the screen.
"Sorry to bother you Steve," Kati said, "but there's something weird going on with the electricity."
"What do you mean by weird," I asked while the Lions lined up on their own twenty-five yard line with sixteen seconds left on the clock.
"There's blue sparks coming from a power pole across the street," Kati said. "And all the lights in the store are strobing."
"Strobing?" I asked as Stafford completed a 10-yard pass up the left seam.
"Yes, strobing," Kati said while I watched Number 9 rifle a long pass to a streaking wide receiver. "It's quite irritating."
"Grrrr!" I yelled when the pass fell incomplete.
"Are you growling at me?" Kati asked.
"No, sorry," I said. "I'll be right there."
A few minutes later I was standing in the strobing store watching the sparks emanating from the top section of the power pole across the street. Kati had already contacted Consumers but there was no way of knowing how long it would take for a repair truck to show up. I had only been there for a few minutes and already my eyes were crossing and my head was hurting. I hadn't felt that discombobulated since that time I ingested psychedelic mushrooms back when I was a freshman at Michigan State. "Shut it down guys," I said. "You can't work in these conditions."
Thankfully whatever had caused the sparking and strobing was fixed before we opened the doors the next morning.
Featured Wines of the Week
Ayala, Champagne, Brut Majeur, France, $54.29/750ml- Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House and is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance. Brut Majeur is a blend of Pinot Noir (40%), Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot Meunier (20%). Pinot Noir and Chardonnay bring vinosity and delicacy together in a very harmoniously balanced blend. The complement of Pinot Meunier adds a touch of fruitiness and liveliness.“Pale gold in color. Very aromatic on the nose with a well-balanced palate showing great finesse and complexity. Delicately fresh and fruity notes with green apple, honey, biscuit and an elegant texture.” – Cellar Master Caroline Latrive. (Source)
Conte Brandolini D'adda, 2018, Pinot Grigio, $12.69/750ml- Delicate feminine nuances of acacia blossoms and dried rose petals beguile the nose initially, yielding to riper notes of melon, white peach, Golden Delicious apple and subtle banana, lifted by whiffs of pungent wild herbs. (Source)
Mon Frere Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017, $15.59/750ml-
Rich garnet color with deep, purple layers with Aromas of plum and blackberry, layered with elegant floral tones of lavender and sage that enhance underlying vanilla tones.
A fruity palate with bold texture and a juicy mouthfeel. (Source)
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Four Roses, Single Barrel Bourbon, Kentucky, $46.29/750ml-
Nose: Dried spice, pear, cocoa, vanilla and maple syrup.
Palate: Hints of ripe plum and cherries, robust, full body, mellow.
Finish: Smooth and delicately long.
Ann Arbor Distilling, Water Hill Misco, Grape Brandy, Michigan, $42.09/750ml- A Michigan grape brandy distilled from locally grown grapes
New Riff Siciliano's Market private single barrel, Kentucky, $57.89/750ml- Our exclusive barrel pick from New Riff Distilling contains notes of Toffee, juiced orange, plum with a mild earthiness. The palate is full of dark berries and floral tones, it is forward with vanilla and some toasted rye on the finish. 102.4 proof.
New and Returning Products
Austin Brothers Raspberry Vanilla Porter, $1.99/12oz - Pours a dark Brown with Raspberry and dark chocolate aromas hitting the nose. The caramel and chocolate malts gives this beer a rich and roasted taste, that is then balanced with just a touch of vanilla beans. A great well balanced porter leading into the fall weather. (Source)
Bells Lampshade, $2.99/12oz - This Double IPA is dry-hopped with Australia’s Galaxy and the Pacific Northwest’s new-school IPA hop, Idaho 7. The hop character jumps out at you with juicy aromas of fruit punch, red berry and pineapple. Bitterness is there, but balanced with a nice malt character. (Source)
Big Lake Superior Eh-aze, $4.39/16oz - A Hazy Double IPA best enjoyed in Michigan's Beautiful Upper Peninsula. (Source)
Boulevard/3 Floyds Deep Flux, $4.59/12oz - A while back, we took the brewers from 3 Floyds on a long walk past thousands of our bourbon, rum, tequila, and red wine barrels. We stopped to rest next to a collection of rye whiskey and Madeira wine casks. After a few beers we agreed that yes, these were the chosen ones. A couple more beers and we heard them tell us they wanted to be filled with barleywine – and when barrels speak, we listen. But when collaborating with 3 Floyds, predictable just won’t do, so we made this barleywine different, lighter in color than you might expect. It’s a rich, malty brew that beautifully complements the resplendent flavors of rye, Madeira, and oak lurking in the barrels. (Source)
Brewdog 12 Beers of Christmas, $24.99/12pk - Featuring 12 premium craft beers
Collective Art OOD Civil Society, $6.79/12oz - Our pals from Civil Society spend most of their time in the muggy Florida heat. So we wanted to give them a taste of a Canadian winter! We collaborated on a beer inspired by the perfect cold-weather cocktail: Fireball and hot chocolate. This imperial stout is brewed with a huge amount of cinnamon, marshmallows, cacao powder and lactose sugar. After getting aged in Canadian Rye Whiskey barrels for 9 months, this Florida/Canada lovechild is ready to drink! (Source)
Collective Art OOD Mikerphone, $6.79/12oz - IMPERIAL STOUT AGED IN MAPLE SYRUP BOURBON BARRELS W/ WALNUT These barrels have been through the ringer! They started with bourbon, moved on to maple syrup, and finally they’re finishing off with our delicious Imperial Stout base, brewed in collaboration with the Chicago-based brewery Mikerphone. All those layers are the perfect blend of Americana and Canadiana, finished with an additional dose of that sweet syrup we all love, and toasted walnuts for a classic pairing. (Source)
Collective Art OOD Mikkeller, $6.79/12oz - When you’re brewing with international beer legends like Mikkeller from Denmark, you’ve got to make something outside of the box! In an homage to their iconic Beer Geek Breakfast series, we brewed a vegan-latte inspired imperial stout. Aged in freshly emptied Kentucky Bourbon Barrels, this brew gets a jolt of caffeine from roasted coffee beans from Detour Coffee, and some smoothness from Almond Milk from Earth’s Own plant based beverage company. (Source)
Collective Art OOD Pohjala, $6.79/12oz - About 7,000 KM and the Atlantic Ocean separate us from our friends at Põhjala Brewery from Estonia. But geography doesn't mean a thing when kindred brewing spirits come together! We put a Baltic Porter base into freshly emptied XO Cognac barrels from France to age for 9 months. After that we added plums to elevate the sweet stone fruit character. This beer exemplifies the beautifully deep, sweet, and rich cognac flavours. Pour a glass and curl up in front of a roaring fire, you fancy f*ck. (Source)
Genny Schwartzbier, $.89/12oz - This medium-bodied, German-style Schwarzbier, also known as a Dark Lager, has subtle, roasted malt flavors and aromas of dark chocolate, but without the bitterness. Lightly hopped for incredible balance, it ends light, crisp and refreshing. (Source)
Great Divide BA Yeti, $12.79/16oz - This unique version of our monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least twelve months in whiskey barrels. The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish. (Source)
Great Divide Pack of Yetis with Glass, $26.99
Old Nation Electron Brown, $3.39/16oz - This aggressive Double Brown ale is fresh ground coffee beans for a huge espresso aroma and flavor. Lightly sweet. (Source)
Ore Dock Six Pointer, $1.99/12oz - Lager - Munich Dunkel
Oskar Blues Can O Bliss Resinous, $2.19/12oz - An extra special spin on a Can O’Bliss hop profile – Resinous features a bit of the old and the new. Old school Pine and Grapefruit with new school amplitude of hop aroma and flavor. The hop bill features an experimental variety HBC 692 alongside an unlikely trio of Meridien, Saphir, and Bravo. (Source)
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, $4.59/12oz - This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 65 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. (Source)
Revolution Deth's Tar, $7.69/12oz - Witness the firepower of this fully operational Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Brewed with English specialty malts and the addition of flaked and malted oats to create a rich, chocolaty profile and silky mouthfeel that cloaks its considerable strength. The American oak barrels continue to build layers of complexity, reminiscent of vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel candy after aging this dark menace a full 12 months. (Source)
Revolution Fistmas, $1.99/12oz - Winter Ale
Shorts Little Huma, $1.49/12oz - IPA - Session / India Session Ale
Shorts Super Fluid, $2.09/12oz - An American Double IPA with a large, but basic malt bill, that explodes with a perfume of resiny hop aromas! The lack of sweet specialty grains allows the hops to seize the flavor focus contributing bright tasty qualities of citrus fruit and berries. The perfect piney bitterness resonates across the palate complimenting the awesome hop intensity within. (Source)
Untitled Art French Toast Imperial Stout, $5.19/16oz - Brewed with Cinnamon & Maple Syrup & Milk Sugar (Source)
Untitled Art Sweet and Sour Grapefruit IPA, $4.69/16oz - IPA - Sour
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