This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about the Lions
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
We've been a little short staffed lately so I've been putting a little more time in at the store. One morning I even flew solo for a few hours which was a bit unnerving. Thankfully I didn't have to deal with any questions I didn't know how to answer. I'm not around enough to know where a certain beer is or if we stock a particular wine or liquor. It was a good reminder how much Barb and I are relying on our employees during our semi-retirement.
There isn't a wood burner in the garage at home so we warm up the space with our Dyna-Glo tank top propane heater whenever we go out for an after dinner smoke and a tumbler of bourbon. The other day I went to a gas station for a new propane tank and when I told the clerk I had a CO2 tank to exchange he looked at me like I was speaking in tongues. "Do you mean propane?" he asked rather snarkily. I'm sure he thought I was just an old dotard. I didn't feel like explaining that we do CO2 exchanges at the place where I (infrequently) work.
lf you're a Lions fan you had to love the game between Detroit and Atlanta last Sunday. With just 64 seconds left in the 4th quarter and his team trailing by 6, Matt Stafford engineered another game winning drive, the 36th of his professional career.
With a record of 3 - 3 the Lions are back in the hunt for a playoff spot. I'm tempted to hop on the bandwagon again but I've learned to temper my enthusiasm. Detroit is one of four NFL teams that have not been to a Super Bowl. Cleveland has been around almost as long as Detroit but the other two teams, Jacksonville and Houston, have only been in the league since 1995 and 2002 respectively.
It's an understatement to say that Detroit's pigskin performance has been pathetic over the years. The team hasn't won a championship of any kind since 1957. That was back when quarterback Bobby Layne was tossing touchdown passes and linebacker Joe Schmidt was steamrolling ball carriers. The two Hall of Famers famously were quite the bar flies. After Cleveland blew away Detroit in the 1954 championship game, Layne said his atypically poor gridiron play that day was due to the fact that he had gotten too much sleep on the night before the game.
Featured Wines of the Week
Poggio Anima, Lilith, 2017, Primitivo, Italy, $15.59/750ml- Opaque ruby. Smoked meat, dried cherry, cracked pepper, and cassis on the deeply scented nose. Medium to full-bodied with berry cobbler flavors showing a liqueur-like intensity with an anise note coming up with air. The smoke and cassis notes carry through on the finish, which features dusty tannins. A wine of real intensity and concentration given the price point. (Source)
Poggio Anima, Asmodeus, 2018, Nero D'Avola, Italy, $15.59/750ml- Dark garnet. Notes of ripe plums, leather, garrigue and pepper on the nose, with ripe black cherry and a touch of candied berry on the palate. Finishes with fruit sweetness and a licorice note with soft gripping tannins to hold it all together. (Source)
Kin & Cascadia, 2017, Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $15/59/750ml- Dark red in color, the bouquet of this beautiful wine has aromas of dark red fruits and even hints of chocolate. On the palate, it is elegant and balanced with lingering flavors of mocha and black cherry. (Source)
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Dry Fly, Port Barrel Finish Straight Wheat Whiskey, Washington, $47.39/750ml- Dry Fly Port Finish Wheat Whiskey is the same whiskey as our Washington Wheat, aged 3+ years in American Oak and then moved to a Port Wine barrel for an average of 6-12 months. It has a soft port finish and a slightly higher tannin level from the port barrel. (Source)
Dry Fly, Straight Triticale Whiskey, Washington, $42.09/750ml- Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey is made from one specific seed variety of triticale, grown on the same 117 year-old homesteaded family farm as our wheat. Triticale is a hybrid of wheat and rye, developed in Scotland in the 1800’s. It is the world’s only straight triticale whiskey that drinks a little like a rye with peppery overtones, but finishes like a soft wheat whiskey. (Source)
Smokehead, Islay Single Malt, Scotland, $52.59/750ml- Smokehead Islay single malt scotch whisky is intensely rich yet subtly sweet. With immense smoke and notes of sea salt and spice. (Source)
New and Returning Products
18th St. #2 Pencil, $5.49/16oz - IPA - Imperial / Double
18th St. Bait & Click, $4.39/16oz - IPA - American
18th St. Best Patio Pils, $2.79/16oz - Take a step outside the patio and take a breath of fresh air. Then crack open this Pilsner Style Lager because the best day deserves the best beer. (Source)
18th St. Temporal Purgatory, $2.99/16oz - Chinook and Mosaic hops hold your tongue accountable for your worldly sins in our fiendishly vengeful session pale ale. The moment between each sip may be temporary, but feels like its own brief purgatory. (Source)
18th St. Under Crown, $4.39/16oz - Imperial IPA
Austin Brotheres/Ascention A Team, $5.19/16oz - Triple New England Style IPA with Citra, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin hops. We brewed this one in collaboration with our friends over at Austin Brothers Beer Co in Alpena, MI. (Source)
Austin Brothers Murkenstein, $3.99/16oz - New England style IPA with Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops. (Source)
Austin Brothers Pog Sorbet, $3.99/16oz - POG Sourbet is a kettle sour with Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava. A silky smooth balance of tart and fruit! (Source)
Brewery Vivant Ski Patrol, $3.79/16oz - Winter wheat beer brewed with cardamom and orange peel. (Source)
Fairstate Can Phone, $4.99/16oz - DDH Hazy DIPA with Idaho 7, Mosaic, Mosaic Cryo, Columbus Cryo & HBC 692 hops. (Source)
Founders BA Imperial Stout, $15.59/750ml - Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels
Founders KBS Espresso, $6.49/12oz - KBS gets its coffee fix in the very first variant to come from our beloved bourbon barrel-aged stout. Yes, KBS may already be brewed with coffee, but it gets some extra oomph when it’s aged on espresso beans after being removed from barrels. The result is a fresh and snappy coffee twist on our classic barrel-aged beer. Who says you can’t start your day with a barrel-aged stout? (Source)
Founders KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge, $6.49/12oz - Michigan didn't invent old-fashioned fudge, but it was perfected here. We pay tribute to this time-honored tradition with KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge. By amplifying the rich chocolate notes of KBS using Mackinac Fudge coffee, then adding maple syrup and aging it in oak bourbon barrels, we've created a bold new take on our barrel-aged classic - one that could only have originated in Michigan. (Source)
Great Lakes Christmas, $2.49/12oz - A holiday ale brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon. (Source)
Hopewell Fun Punch, $3.29/12oz - Fruited with pineapple, mango, dragon fruit and passion fruit, Fun Punch is a Sour Ale that bursts waves of palate-pleasing tropical vibes and a snappy tart finish. This beer will put you on island time at a tiki bar with your phone set to "Do Not Disturb." Get into it. (Source)
Hopewell Ya Filthy Animal, $3.29/12oz - Inspired by our favorite mulled holiday drinks, Ya Filthy Animal is a Sour Red Ale brewed with spices, black currants and plums. Festive and fruity with a tart, warming finish. Keep the change. (Source)
Illuminated Brony, $5.19/16oz - Double Dry Hopped IPA. Huell Melon, Motueka, Citra & Rakau hops swim together in rainbows of citrus, strawberry & orchard fruits. (Source)
Illuminated Fruit Creep, $5.19/16oz - Double dry hopped with a wasteful amount of Motueka, Citra, & Mandarina Bavaria hops to make you think it's full of tropical delights. (Source)
Illuminated Memory in Reverse, $5.19/16oz - Made with Sabro, Pacifica, and El Dorado, Memory in Reverse will position you perfection to live outside of time. Expect big tropical notes of pineapple, tangerine, and mango with undercurrents of coconut cream and pulpy OJ. (Source)
Lo Rez Daemon, $3.89/16oz - This devilishly smooth golden strong clocks in at 8.5% but drinks like 6.0%. Aroma and flavor of ripe pear balanced with white pepper. Effervescence from high carbonation lightens up the rich Czech pils malt backbone. (Source)
Lo Rez Mango Chili Shortcut, $4.09/16oz - The Lo Rez Berliner Weisse is back! This time with mango and chile. The heat is low and hits quickly and does not build. The mango balances on the backend. Berliner Weisse funk and tart wheatiness all the way through. Delicious spring/summer quencher. (Source)
Lo Rez Raster, $4.09/16oz - Spicy rye malt and German hops are balanced by a light fruitiness from our saison yeast strain - perfect for warming up on a cold winter's evening. (Source)
Lo Rez Voxel, $3.89/16oz - This beer has the bones of a classic saison but the dry hopping makes the complete package really pop. Belgian yeast brings fruity esters while El Dorado hops and Lemondrop hops give off aromas and tastes of lemon grass, bubble gum, mango, and musk mellon. Combined with a wheat-forward malt bill creates an easy drinking and lightly creamy saison. (Source)
Lo Rez White Space, $3.89/16oz - Belgian-style wheat beer is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat, orange peel, and Indian coriander resulting a refreshingly delicious beer. (Source)
New Holland Golden Sails, $1.79/12oz - Lager - American
Oskar Blues Death by Coconut, $3.39/12oz - Intense pure liquid cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of our dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. This limited release specialty comes around once a year to satisfy that sweet tooth, so get ’em while you can before they disappear. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBUs, this choconut goodness will have you yellin’ “Pass. Dash. Hit.” all winter long. (Source)
Pigeon Hill Mikey's Little Weiner, $1.99/12oz - Beautiful reddish copper color and a malty, slightly toasty aroma. A rich malt complexity and slight toasty/nutty character are balanced out with just enough hop bitterness to avoid becoming overly sweet. (Source)
Roak Little Saint Nick, $3.19/16oz - The tart intensity of this beer submits to a light edition of pink Himalayan sea salt. This gose subtly presents the complexity of the cranberry and offers a crisp sensation of malted white wheat to the palate. (Source)
Sierra Nevada Celebration, $1.79/12oz - The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada. (Source)
Surly Darkness, $23.79/750ml - Our massive Russian Imperial Stout contains waves of chocolate, coffee, cherry, raisin, and toffee, plus a non-traditional dose of aromatic hops. (Source)
Terrapin Dispensary Pack, $18.69/12pk - This 12 “Can Dispensary Pack” will feature three heady beer styles that will include Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA, Magic Brownie Ale Chocolate Brown Ale and Dancing Gummy Beer Cherry Berliner Weisse. To complement our original Hemp IPA Jazz Cabbage, the Magic Brownie Ale is brewed with all the hempy dankiness you’d expect plus a big hit of chocolaty goodness. (Source)
Terrapin Mango Dreamsicle, $3.09/12oz - Mouthwatering mango flavors collide into a dense creamy sweetness that helps create our Mango Dreamsicle IPA. This luscious fruit-forward beer will have you dreaming of your very own tropical paradise. (Source)
Terrapin Moo Hoo, $1.79/12oz - The Terrapin “Moo-Hoo” Chocolate Milk Stout proudly uses cocoa nibs and shells from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company to give this beer its great taste! (Source)
Transient Czech Yourself, $3.29/16oz - Honey colored with a white head fitting for television. (Source)
Transient Foeder Lager, $3.59/16oz - Helles lager aged in an oak foeder.
Transient Full Turbo #4, $4.89/16oz - Loaded beyond measure with motueka, citra, topaz, and southern passion, this bad boy smells like nearly everything good. All the things! All the time! (Source)
Transient Get My Things, $4.89/16oz - Citra and MI Cascade DDH DIPA
Transient Honeystone, $4.89/16oz - Honeystone, our Double IPA with local Honey from Panos Farms stuffed to the brim with Mosaic and El Dorado hops. (Source)
Transient Junie, $14.19/500ml - Imperial stout with chocolate and salted caramel
Transient Lagger, $3.29/16oz - Lager - Helles
Transient Mind to Devour, $5.49/16oz - Citra and Mosaic hopped with rye and wheat.
Transient On Delay, $2.79/16oz - Mexican-style lager
Transient Space Time Foam, $5.49/16oz - Space Time Foam is DIPA and 8.5% ABV. Double dry hopped twice with Enigma and Citra hops, then finished off with Strata and Zappa to make this beer truly out of this world. (Source)
Transient Spring Lager, $3.29/16oz - Dry hopped lager
Transient State Change, $5.49/16oz - Our newest offering, State Change, just somehow found its way into cans, and at 8.5% and loaded to the rafter with Motueka, Mosaic, Michigan Chinook and Michigan Cascade, this is exactly the thing that can unite us, a shared love of good and simple things. (Source)
Transient Zohombay, $3.79/16oz - Sour - Fruited Berliner Weisse
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