This week's list of new and returning products follow a few wine suggestions for Thanksgiving
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
Like most Americans I look forward to a traditional Thanksgiving Day roast turkey and its accompaniment of tasty side dishes. When choosing the wine for this annual feast, the star of the show should, of course, be given the primary focus, but the supporting cast—the wine, for example—also warrants some consideration. I like Thanksgiving wines that not only compliment the subtle flavors of the fowl but also pair well with the smorgasbord of flavors that are presented by the sauces, spuds, and veggies. A nice pinot noir, with its balanced acidity, bright fruit and low tannins is always my first choice. But when I'm in the mood for a white vino on Turkey Day, I'll always opt for a gewurztraminer. While certainly not as popular as chardonnays, sauvignon blancs and rieslings, I feel that gewurztraminers, with their spicy flavors and floral aromas, are like side dishes in a glass. The following offerings from Siciliano's wine room would make nice additions to Thursday's tummy-busting feast.
Featured Wines of the Week
Chateau Fontaine, 2019, Gewurztraminer, Michigan, $13.99/750ml-A wonderful aromatic varietal, rose petal nose, lychee and white pepper on the palate. A great pairing with American holiday.
Jidvei, 2019, Gewurztraminer, Romania, $10.39/750ml- Aromas of tropical fruit, apple, pear, and elderflower. Off-dry with a medium acidity and medium bodied. Nice and fresh.
Straight Shooter, 2019, Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20.19/750ml-Hand-picked, unadulterated Pinot Noir from pristine vineyard blocks across Willamette Valley. The whole cluster component accentuates the intense aromatics of dark cherry and blue fruits alongside subtle earth and elegant floral notes. The palate mirrors the nose and is full of freshness with a touch of oak for texture and balance. Vibrant acidity and soft tannins support the flavors through a long, satisfying finish.
Boen, 2019, Pinot Noir, California, $36.49/750ml- This Russian river pinot noir is rich in ripe fruit flavors and balanced by bright acidity and judicious hints of toasty oak.
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New and Returning Products
Alsin Blue Starfish, $4.69/16oz-For this iteration of the classic easy drinking IPA, we substituted a portion of the Citra and Galaxy hops for a healthy dash of Sabro. Blue Starfish has a distinct citrus zest and coconut flavor in addition to the typical orange, pineapple, & grapefruit notes present. Juicy, smooth & guaranteed to win you over.
Aslin a Small Town in Ontario, $3.79/16oz-This beer clocks in at 6.0% and packs a ton of flavor. As soon as we pour this beer we can smell the juice! Nose is full of Orange, Pine, Pineapple, Mango, & Blueberry. We generously hopped this batch with Simcoe, Mosaic, & Citra. This beer has a huge mouthfeel, the taste is full of tropical fruits with a piney sap, light bitterness.
Aslin Dead Inside, $3.79/16oz-An insanely crushable golden-hued IPA. It's dry-hopped with Citra & Sabro giving it huge notes of tropical fruit and citrus with a slight coconut vibe. Scary smooth and ready for sippin'.
Aslin Mind the Hop, $4.69/16oz-This beer really hits home for us. One of the first beers we ever made and it is one of our favorites. This is a Double India Pale Ale with Citra. On first taste you will get a citrus fruit salad followed by some dankness and light bitterness to round the flavor out. The neckbeards can't deny.
Bells Best Brown, $2.09/12oz-A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall & winter lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.
Brewdog Light Speed, $1.99/12oz-Light Speed is a super session hazy IPA coming in at 4% ABV and only 95 calories. This beer packs a hoppy punch and depth of flavour that belies its modest stature. Packed with new wave hops from the Pacific north west of America this pocket rocket of a beer hits you hard with a fruity, citrussy and piney onslaught.
Foundatioin Casco Gold, $3.59/16oz-Our helles lager. Pilsner and Munich malts deliver rich, sweet cereal grains that are balanced by traditional, German Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops.
Foundation Burnside, $3.59/16oz-Deeply roasted flavors are tempered with malty sweetness to provide a smooth but dry finish. Notes of coffee, burnt sugar, and chocolate.
Little Saints Espressa Martini, $5.49/12oz
Little Saints Ginger Mule, $5.49/12oz
Little Saints Old Fashioned, $5.49/12oz
Little Saints Paloma, $5.49/12oz
New Belgium Transatlantique, $10.89/375ml-A blend of Oud Beersel’s Kriek and New Belgium’s Golden Sour.
Oddside Bourbob Baller Stout, $7.09/12oz-Imperial stout aged in hand selected Knob Creek Bourbon barrels with cocoa, vanilla and pecans added. Brewed in collaboration with Binny’s Beverage Depot.
Oddside Chocolate Eclair Rye Hipster Brunch, $7.09/12oz-Imperial Stout brewed with rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels with maple syrup, coffee, bacon and natural flavors.
Oddside Cinnamon Roll Rye Hipster Brunch, $7.09/12oz-Imperial Stout brewed with Rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels with maple syrup, coffee, bacon and natural flavors.
Partake Dark, $2.09/12oz-Non-Alcoholic Beer
Perrin Malted Milkball, $12.69/22oz-Malted Milk Ball 2021 pays homage to one of our favorites treats, we deconstructed the flavor profile of a malted milk ball to create a malt beverage brewed with lactose and spiced with vanilla and cacao nibs. We then laid it down to age for months in Oak Bourbon Barrels.
Pigeon Hills Imperial SCP, $2.39/12oz-The high gravity version of Salted Caramel Porter. The alcohol warmth is present yet enjoyable in this medium bodied porter that taste like a salted caramel. Not overly sweet.
Rochester Mills 12 Days of Milkshake, $27.99/12pk
Smooj Apple Pie, $4.89/12oz-Apple Pie Hard Seltzer Smoothie
Three Floyds Aggromaster, $2.29/12oz-As coffee and dark ales collide on the battlefield of flavor, a new hero emerges victorious! Combining a malty, Scottish-style ale with hand-selected roast coffee, the Aggromaster is your champion of full-bodied beers . . . Destined for and greatness and enjoyment.
Transient Kamugoye, $20.69/500ml-Old Fitzgerald Bourbon barrell aged Imperial Stout.
Untitled Art Blackberry Cobbler Al a Mode, $5.19/16oz-
Untitled Art Cinnamon Roll, $4.89/12oz-Stout brewed with cinnamon and other natural flavors.
Untitled Art NA S'mores, $2.89/12oz
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