Siciliano's Market News, September 9, 2021 Edition

This week's list of new and returning products follows info on how to procure fresh grapes and raw cider, when we will be offering the free on-site use of our wine making equipment and a reminder about our annual beer & winemaking sale



Preamble by Steve Siciliano


September is apple harvesting time here in West Michigan and that means there will soon be plenty of fresh juice available for beer- and winemaking hobbyists looking to whip up a batch or two of hard cider.


On Saturday, October 23, Klein Cider Mill will be selling fresh-squeezed juice in our back parking lot between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. The price for Klein’s award-winning cider is $5.00 per gallon and you must supply your own containers. Of course, as always, we will have containers available for purchase along with yeast, pectic enzyme and anything else you might need for making hard cider.


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If you live in the environs of Beer City USA and are thinking about making wine from fresh grapes this fall, there are options available for home vintners looking to source locally grown fruit. Here is the contact information for Taylor Ridge Vineyards in Allegan, Morgan Vineyard in Coopersville and C & C Ranch in Stevensville. All are good sources for fresh wine grapes:


Taylor Ridge Vineyards

  • 3843 105th Ave. Allegan, MI 49010

  • Email: bctaylor@btc-bci.com

  • Cell: 269-491-1512

  • Home: 269-521-4047

Morgan Vineyard

  • 15775 40th Avenue, Coopersville, MI 49404

  • Email: morgangrapes@gmail.com

  • Phone: 616-648-3025

C & C Ranch

  • 1791 W Rockey Weed Rd. Stevensville, MI 49127

  • Email: ccsranch@gmail.com

  • Phone: 269-470-7043

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We will be offering the free on-site use of our fruit crushers and basket presses from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the next three Sundays in the parking lot behind Siciliano's. Dates for the free use of the equipment are as follows:


  • Sunday, September 12

  • Sunday, September 19

  • Sunday, September 26

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Finally, just a reminder that 2021 edition of the Siciliano’s Homebrewing & Winemaking Customer Appreciation Sale is in full swing and will continue through the close of business on Sunday, September 12.


During this week-long sale most equipment, supplies and ingredients are 15% off the everyday retail price. Items that are already discounted (carboys, 50/55-lb. bags of grain, Blichmann Engineering products) are not eligible for additional discounts, nor will the 15% be combined with other existing discounts (like club discounts). We will honor the discount that is greater.


Featured Wines of the Week


Woolpack, 2020, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, $12.99/750ml- The nose is bright with dried herbs, ripe citrus and a twist of minerality. In the mouth, the flavor comes alive. A fresh and zingy sensation is balanced by a rich, lightly spiced, aromatic lemon tart. The mid palate brings tropical fruit the segues into a beautifully balanced, juicy and very long finish. (Source)

Ferratus A0, 2016, Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain, $21.99/750ml- 100% Tempranillo from 20 to 25-year-old vines.Cherry, violet and black fruit aromas with notes of dark chocolate and mild spices. Mineral, complex and well-rounded. Gentle gripping tannic structure and a long finish. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels with a small percentage of American oak barrels. (Source)


Buy three or more bottles of wine get 10 % off.


"It's our mission at Siciliano's to sell quality wine at affordable prices"


Featured Spirits of the Week


Old Soul, High Rye Straight Bourbon, Mississippi, $47.29/750ml- Sweet notes of vanilla, reminiscent of bakery goods and sugar cookies, with hints of fresh leather. Elegant and balanced mouthfeel showing notes of rose and dried cherry followed by toffee and baking spices. Rye spice and herbaceous notes appear mid-palate and into the finish. Rich earthy finish led by a lingering rye spice. (Source)

Bristow Gin, Mississippi, $36.79/750ml- Juniper, Angelica Root, Cardamon, Cassia bark, Clove, Coriander, Hyssop, Licorice Root, Lemon Verbena and Sweet Orange. Enjoy on the rocks or in your favorite gin forward cocktail. (Source)


New and Returning Products


Blackrocks Frood Noops, $2.19/12oz-Juicy, creamy, hazy IPA with bright grapefruit, pineapple & passionfruit aromas and flavors. (Source)

Fairstate Art and Agriculture, $4.19/16oz-Hazy IPA collaboration with Pinthouse Pizza (Austin, TX) that celebrates Mosaic hops. We happened to select the same lot of Mosaic from the Yakima valley for our 2020 crop year Mosaics as our friends at Pinthouse, and we thought we’d celebrate by brewing a beer with them. Art & Agriculture celebrates the connection between farmer and brewer, and also the dankest hops out there. We brewed this beer with tons of oats, wheat, spelt, Mosaic, Mosaic Cryo, Simcoe, and Idaho 7. Bright, tropical, citrus pith, and a hint of dankness. (Source)

Fairstate Festbier, $3.29/16oz-Our Festbier is modeled after the modern German interpretation of the oktoberfest classic - paler, less heavy, but still delightfully malty and not super bitter. Ranked #2 in The Growler's Blind-tasting in October, 2016. (Source)

Fairstate Stranger in the Alps, $3.29/16oz-Stranger in the Alps is something we're calling an Alpine lager--a pale lager brewed with lemon balm and fresh foraged spruce tips from Duluth. (Source)

Foundation Bocce, $3.59/16oz-Italian-style Pilsner – delicately dry hopped, refreshingly light, and incredibly crispy. (Source)

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. (Source)

Foundation Epiphany, $4.69/16oz-Epiphany was first brewed in 2014 to highlight the glorious flavors and aromas of hops, with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and pine combining for a rich, juicy experience. At the time, there was no real name for what became known as New England IPA, so we called it our Maine IPA. (Source)

Foundation Raspberry Limeade, $5.19/16oz-A kettle-soured ale brewed with milk sugar and fermented with raspberries and limes. A sweet tart bomb. (Source)

Foundation Rivertown Flyer, $3.29/16oz-Strikes the perfect balance of grassy and bready malts combined with spicy and herbal hops. (Source)

Founders Mosiac Promise, $1.99/12oz-This clean, rich, golden beer showcases Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malts proving there truly is beauty in simplicity. (Source)

Rake Bad Acid, $5.99/16oz-Tart Farmhouse ale, conditioned on loads of pineapple and mango puree. (Source)

Rake Reanimate, $4.89/16oz-Raw Sour Ale with Pink Guava & Vanilla.

Revolution Oktoberfest, $1.99/12oz-A stein full of traditional Märzen offered in anticipation of those days filled with sausage, pretzels, and a table full of friends. Our brewers put all the time and care into this long-lagered beauty using traditional German ingredients and methods. Smooth, toasty flavor and the inviting aromas of hearth-baked bread, finishing with just enough Noble hop character to keep you coming back for another round. One of our most popular food-pairing beers, or worthy of a hearty "prost!" on its own. (Source)

Transient Incandescent, $3.29/16oz-It’s light and hoppy. Crisp, but with a rounded edge. Citrus and sunshine and everything good. (Source)

Transient It Is What It Is, $3.29/16oz-IPA - American

Transient Topwise, $5.49/16oz-Double IPA with orange juice.