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Friday, September 22, 2017

New Beer Friday, Raw Apple Cider Edition (Sept 22)

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.

This year two local cideries will be selling fresh juice on two separate Saturdays in the parking lot behind Siciliano's. We will be selling both Klein's and Vander Mill's cider for $3.50 per gallon. Please bring your own containers or feel free to purchase containers from us. Dates and times for the cider days at Siciliano's Market are as follows:

    • Klein Cider Mill, Saturday, October 7. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Vander Mill Cider, Saturday, November 4. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Go here for a good article on the process of making hard cider.

New and Returning Beer

  • Brewery Vivant Velvet Stud, $3.49/16oz - "Full-bodied stout with a kiss of oak from its brief time in the barrel" (source).
  • Grimm Sumi Cacao, $11.99/22oz - "Imperial Stout brewed with vanilla and cacao" (source).
  • Mahr's Hell Lager, $5.79/500ml - "The beer that most people who come to Mahr’s love best is the basic Hell, a light-golden lager. A Hell, or Hellesbier, is a Bavarian specialty, not to be confused with the omnipresent Pils that nearly every brewery, from the far North to the Alpine South, has on offer. The Helles bier is squarely focused on malt – rich, sweet, Munich malt with an impossibly fresh new-mown hay flavor — and doesn’t have a whole lot to do with hops. (There are hops in there, but you don’t taste them much.) This is a deep and faceted beer, but not a challenging one. It is welcoming, satifying, and perfectly refreshing. The stuff in the bottle (which is unpasteurized, keeping flavor alive) will transport you straight to Germany. This Hell is pure heaven" (source).
  • Pohjala Banger, $5.99/12oz - "A banging Imperial Stout brewed with prunes, vanilla and Habanero chillies" (source).
  • Greenbush He Bee GB, $1.99/12oz - "English Pale Ale" (source).
  • Odd Side Dank Frank, $2.59/12oz - "Imperial version of Dirty Dank Juice. Hazy NE style IPA" (source).
  • Odd Side P.O.G., $2.19/12oz - "Passion fruit. Orange juice. Guava" (source).
  • Odd Side Nut Bandit, $2.69/12oz - "Imperial Brown Ale with Hazelnut" (source).
  • Alaskan Mocha Milk Stout, $8.99/22oz - "Inspired by the coffee culture of the Pacific Northwest,this sweet stout has an added chocolaty creaminess. Sweet Stouts have lactose added to provide residual sweetness and body because beer yeasts cannot ferment lactose. The cacao nibs added to this beer bring a hint of chocolate. The Guatemalan Huehuetenango was chosen for its mellow and earthy roast character" (source).
  • Bells Hell Hath No Fury, $2.79/12oz - "Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Brewed with Belgian abbey-style yeast, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale is more akin to a roasty stout, offering warm, roasted notes of coffee & dark chocolate with fruity and clove-like aromas" (source).
  • Bells Third Coast Old Ale, $2.79/12oz - "Third Coast Old Ale starts with a rich, caramel base, and finishes with a heavy hop bitterness. Sharply intense at first, it will age gracefully, adding complexity and subtlety in your cellar. Go ahead, test your patience" (source).
  • North Peak Anniversary Barley Wine, $10.69/22oz - "American-style barleywine, brewed with lots of Michigan malts & hops" (source).
  • Saugatuck Stout Variety Pack, $19.69/12pk - "It’s good to be stout with the new Saugatuck Brewing Company Stout Pack! 3 bottles each of Beam Me Up Stouty, Darker Than Your Soul Stout, Neapolitan Milk Stout, and Blueberry Maple Stout" (source).
  • Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti, $10.79/22oz - "Much like its legendary predecessors, this Yeti is big, bold and dark.  The addition of rolled oats softens Yeti’s notoriously roasty backbone and the small amount of raisins added in the brew kettle create a unique dark fruit character.  Just as admired as those that came before it, Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout is a gentle beast" (source).
  • Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, $2.59/12oz - "Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale is our take on a classic American style of beer. We took a cold-conditioned cream ale, brewed with a hint of flaked corn and bourbon vanilla beans, and aged it in freshly decanted bourbon barrels for a minimum of two months. Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale's medium body and 5.5% ABV make it the perfect barrel-aged beer for an all day event" (source).
  • Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, $3.49/12oz - "Our Kentucky Ale® is aged for up to six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Launched in 2006, it has grown to become the flagship beer of the premier name in barrel-aged beers: Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company" (source).
  • Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, $3.79/12oz - "Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout® builds on the success of its barrel-aged brother, the beloved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is brewed and aged with Alltech® Café Citadelle Haitian coffee and aged in world-famous Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is a complex stout with dark-roasted malts, hints of caramel and vanilla and a lightly roasted coffee finish" (source).
  • Nowhere in Particular Peachy Pants, $2.69/12oz - "It just wouldn't seem like summer without seeing people walking around in goofy colored pants. In deference of this time honored and strange tradition we decided to make a nice funky and sour peach beer. The use of Lactobacillus and Pediococcus invite a gentle pucker with a nice complex aroma. Come grab one of these bangin cans and enjoy it during a picnic or on a yacht or where ever it is that people wear peach pants" (source).
  • Shorts Barrel Aged Black Cherry Porter, $10.99/22oz - "Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Cherry Porter is Short’s Black Cherry Porter aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months. This Short’s brew is fermented with Northern Michigan sweet black cherries and eight different malts. Combined, the ingredients provide the deep radiant flavor profile and create the dark opaque color. A slight purple lace from the fruit puree enticingly leads into smooth soft hints of roasted chocolate and pleasurable black cherry and bourbon flavors" (source).
  • Victory Storm King, $2.59/12oz - "A thundering hop presence collides with massive espresso and dark chocolate flavors in our dense and full-bodied imperial" (source).
  • Boulevard Barrel Aged Stout, $3.99/12oz - "Like India Pale Ale, the classic Imperial Stouts were originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. Our version is an over-the-top riff on the style, with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. Robust grain and coffee flavors are counterbalanced by date and plum notes from the Scottish yeast. To add extra complexity and depth, this Imperial Stout is made up of a blend of freshly brewed beer and several barrel-aged beers, carefully balanced" (source).
  • Boulevard Collaboration Number 7, $3.99/12oz - "Built on a base of two-row pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, honey malt and corn grits, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager showcases Riesling grape juice, peaches and lemon zest in a crisp lager hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blancs. Following fermentation with the Ayinger lager strain, Collaboration No. 7 was briefly aged on Cuvee No. 5 Tank Staves, French oak staves that impart fruit, spice, toast and tannins similar to aging in a fresh/virgin French oak barrel" (source).
  • Avery Ginger Sour, $13.79/22oz - "Verdant fresh ginger is artfully rooted in radiant tartness, peaking in the unmistakable burst and bite of this bright barrel-aged sour ale" (source).
  • Lagunitas Sakitumi, $9.29/32oz - "Ale Punched with Sake Yeast and Rice" (source).
  • Clown Shoes Pecan Porter, $11.79/22oz - "The sun begins to set in Mongolia. Genghis Pecan leads a group of wild turkeys with blindfolded juggling skills as he maneuvers atop a barrel floating down a river. Why? Who knows, but he’s not smuggling hobbits. This year’s version of Pecan Pie Porter might be the most impressive yet, at 10.5% ABV and aged in 100% bourbon barrels" (source).

Video of the Week | Hops!


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Friday, September 15, 2017

New Beer Friday, Sam's Famous Kapusta Edition (Sept 15)

Customers enjoy kapusta
Preamble by Steve Siciliano

It's tradition here at Siciliano's to treat our customers to German wieners and draft root beer on the Saturdays of our annual, week-long Customer Appreciation sales. There are many who would agree that nothing goes better with German wieners than homemade kapusta and for many years the kapusta that we served as a garnish for the locally sourced dogs was made by my late father Sam Siciliano.

Kapusta is the Polish word for cabbage and my father's version of this traditional Polish dish garnered universal praise. I'd like to think he came up with the kapusta recipe on his own but the more likely scenario was that he sweet-talked some lady who cooked in one of the Polish halls here in town into sharing it with him. I do know that he continually tweaked the recipe over the years and that his version of kapusta was decidedly unique.

Sam has been gone four years and there hasn’t been kapusta at our Customer Appreciation Days since his passing. This year my wife Barb and I decided it was time we revived that part of the tradition.

When I got home from the store last Friday Barb was already in the kitchen chopping onions and celery. I grabbed a big knife and a big wooden cutting board and began shredding the three big heads of fresh cabbage. I thought of my dad while I chopped. I could see him shredding the cabbage at the table in his small kitchen. I imagined him getting up every so often from his naps to stir and taste and tweak the seasonings. I remembered all the times I lugged the big roasting pan to my truck and how he would smile when I asked him how much of the kapusta he had eaten.

Barb and I got a lot of compliments for the kapusta last Saturday and more than a few customers asked if they could have the recipe. We made sure we told them whose recipe it was and that we were sure that Sam would would have been more than happy to share it with them. Here it is.

SAM SICILIANO'S HOMEMADE KAPUSTA

    • 2 lbs sauerkraut, drained
    • ¾ head of cabbage, shredded
    • 1 ½ cup onion, diced
    • 1 ½ cup celery, diced
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 15-oz cans chicken broth
    • pork steak, pork roast or spare ribs
    • 3 tsp brown sugar
    • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

    • Saute onions, celery, garlic and pork in oil
    • Add drained sauerkraut
    • Add chicken broth, simmer 15 minutes
    • Add bay leaves, salt and pepper
    • Add shredded cabbage, simmer 1 hour
    • Add additional brown sugar to taste
    • Serve to friends with beer, brats, wieners, sausages and/or kielbasa

New and Returning Beer

  • Arcadia Jaw-Jacker, $1.79/12oz - "This spiced amber ale is our celebration of the arrival of Autumn. Brewed with cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg (a riff on Grandma Davies’ pumpkin pie recipe), and additions of Caramel and Crystal malt for balanced flavor, drinkability, and a brilliant orange-amber color, despite the absence of pumpkin in the recipe. A refreshingly spicy, season brew" (source).
  • Bell's Expedition Stout, $3.09/12oz - "One of the earliest examples of Russian Imperial Stouts in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with aging in mind. A huge malt body is matched with a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruit and other aromas. The flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages in your cellar" (source).
  • Bell's Roundhouse, $1.89/12oz - "Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry-hopping yields a heady blend of fruity aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus. Those aromas continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted and caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate. Locally sourced Michigan honey creates a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together" (source).
  • Port Brewing Mongo, $7.19/22oz - "Our flagship Double IPA, Mongo harnesses the flavor of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. Massive resinous aroma leads to citrus notes with a piney bitterness on the finish" (source).
  • Port Brewing Whipeout, $4.79/22oz - "Brewed to celebrate anyone and everyone who has ever paddled out into the best wave of the day, only to blow it and Wipeout in a blaze of glory" (source).
  • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, $1.69/12oz - "Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer is a lively, refreshing ale with a natural citrusy flavor and distinctive cloudy appearance. This easy drinking American-style wheat beer has become our most popular offering, and the best-selling craft beer in the Midwest" (source).
  • Czechvar Dark, $1.69/12oz - "Czechvar uses the noble Saaz hop variety, which contributes spicy and herbal aromas and flavours. Deep brown in appearance, with a thick, long-lasting head. Malt aromas are in the foreground, with notes of toasted nut, molasses, mocha and a hint of smoke. On the palate, it is full-bodied, with chocolate and coffee flavours" (source).
  • Czechvar, $1.69/12oz - "The result of our careful selection of ingredients, our traditional brewing process and the care we take during production is Czechvar’s irreplaceable and inimitable flavour" (source).
  • Lost Abbey Lost and Found, $8.39/750ml - "Lost and Found- Modeled after the great Trappist and Monastic beers that inspired the founding of our brewery. A richly deep garnet colored ale created from a blend of Domestic and imported malts. As part of our commitment to interesting brewing endeavors, Chef Vince created a special raisin puree for this beer. Malts, raisins and a fantastic yeast strain working in harmony produce a beer of amazing complexity and depth. Available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select inspired locations" (source).
  • Lost Abbey Devotion, $8.39/750ml - "A lighter bodied beer that immediately makes an initial hop impression followed by a brief thinning layer of malt which is swallowed in the driest finish by a driven hop expression" (source).
  • Southern Tier Rum Barrel Aged Pumking, $15.99/22oz - "rum barrel aged imperial pumpkin ale with notes of pumpkin pie spice" (source).
  • Beards Deez Nutz, $2.89/12oz - "Smooth and chewy with nutty caramel flavors and a medium body" (source).
  • High Water Campfire Stout, $10.19/22oz - "Stout brewed with graham crackers, molasses with natural flavor added. Campfire Stout evokes fond memories of wilderness and camping adventures. Notes of chocolate and graham cracker topped with a hint of marshmallow will leave you wanting s’more. Like any campfire experience, this beer is best shared with a warm circle of family and friends" (source).
  • High Water Aphotic Imperial Porter with Coffee, $10.19/12oz - "Formally defined as the depths in water beyond which less than one percent of sunlight penetrates. Aphotic is a beer with a very dark side. Just one sip and you will understand the true depths of its darkness as the deep, luxurious layers of malt rich-ness tantalize and tease your taste buds. Cold pressed coffee adds a slight citrusy, earthy flavor with floral aromas" (source).
  • High Water Breakfast Sour, $15.39/500ml - "Central Valley Breakfast Sour is aged in used wine barrels for one year with the finest fruit from the Central Valley of California. It is a bright and beautiful golden sour with an abundance of fresh pressed white grapefruit juice. The tart beginnings are rounded by the lusciousness from the pears and the delicate, exotic perfume of the lychee fruit. A pleasurable ale to enjoy with brunch or anytime of the day" (source).
  • Stillwater Shoegaze, $2.89/16oz - "Distorted farmhouse pale ale" (source).
  • Stillwater/Dugges Tropical Punch, $4.99/12oz - "Tropic Punch Ale is a joint effort with nomadic brewer Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal. We brewed this sour ale with lactobacillus and let it ferment with plentiful mango, passion fruit and peach" (source).
  • Stillwater/Dugges Cocoa Cacao, $7.19/12oz - "In collaborating with Stillwater Artisanal we always focus on distinct, clear, punchy flavors. This beer is no exception. Inspired by everyone’s favorite candy, this is a chocolate bar in a bottle" (source).
  • Evil Twin/Jackie O's You're in the Jungle Baby, $4.99/12oz - "Imperial stout with Pasilla chili, honey, tangerine peel and cocoa nibs added" (source).

Video of the Week | Jaw-Jacker


Now available at Siciliano's.

Cheers!

Friday, September 8, 2017

New Beer Friday, Big Sale Reminder Edition (September 8)

Homebrew on home kegging system
Preamble by Steve Siciliano

I’d like to remind everyone that our annual Homebrew and Winemaking Customer Appreciation Sale is currently in full swing and will continue through the close of business on Sunday, September 10.

If you are already a homebrewer or winemaker, you're going to want to take advantage of the 15% discount on most equipment and supplies. You'll also want to check out the items on the deeply discounted list (see below). If you've been thinking about taking the plunge into these life-enriching hobbies, now's the time to do it as the beer and winemaking equipment kits are both heavily discounted.

Don't forget that we will be offering free German wieners, sauerkraut and draft root beer to all our great customers on Saturday, September 9. See you then.

    • BEER EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $105.00, Sale $75.00
    • WINEMAKING EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $95.00, Sale $79.00
    • BREWERS BEAST EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $135.00, Sale $95.00
    • KEGGING SYSTEM/NEW KEG: Regular $289.00, Sale $225.00
    • KEGGING SYSTEM/RECONDITIONED KEG: Regular $239.00, Sale $180.00
    • ANALOG REFRIGERATION THERMOSTAT: Regular $75.00, Sale $65.00
    • DIGITAL REFRIGERATION THERMOSTAT: Regular $115.49, Sale $89.00
    • MASH/LAUTER TUN: Regular $125.00, Sale $100.00
    • ITALIAN FLOOR CORKER: Regular $142.00, Sale $109.00
    • PORTUGUESE FLOOR CORKER: Regular $63.00, Sale $50.00
    • CHAMPAGNE FLOOR CORKER: Regular $152.00, Sale $119.00
    • MILWAUKEE PH METER: Regular $85.00, Sale $64.00
    • BARLEY CRUSHER, 7LB HOPPER: Regular $169.00, Sale $139.00
    • BARLEY CRUSHER, 15LB HOPPER: Regular $189.00, Sale $159.00
    • REFRACTOMETER: Regular, $49.00, Sale $40.00
    • 8-GALLON BREWERS BEAST BREW POT: Regular $115.00, Sale $79.00
    • 16-GALLON BREWERS BEAST BREW POT, Regular $175.00, Sale $129.00

New and Returning Beer

  • Pux Cider Hornswoggle, $2.99/12oz - "Hard cider hopped with Mosaic and Jarrylo" (source).
  • Pux Cider Luck, $2.99/12oz - "Barrel aged cider with tart cherry" (source).
  • Pux Cider Ballyhoo, $2.99/12oz - No commercial description.
  • Pux Cider Boondoggle, $2.99/12oz - No commercial description.
  • Pux Cider Whippersnapper, $2.99/12oz - "Cider with ginger, cinnamon and pear" (source).
  • MobCraft Bat$hit Crazy, $2.69/16oz - "Bat$h!t Crazy is a Coffee Brown Ale. Balanced milk sugar sweetness gives way to robust coffee flavors, sure to drive you Bat$h!t Crazy" (source).
  • MobCraft Don't Worry Beer Hoppy, $2.69/16oz - "Beer Hoppy is a Session IPA with Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo hops that will have you wailin' for clear waters and sunny skies as the sweet melodies of reggae grace your ears" (source).
  • MobCraft Hoppy Hoppy Pants Pants, $4.19/16oz - "Hoppy Hoppy Pants Pants is a dank, juicy Double IPA featuring some far out hops - Dr. Rudi, Jarrylo, Idaho 7 and Amarillo. This well balanced double will have you hoppin in your pants" (source).
  • MobCraft Crimson Commander, $8.19/22oz - "Crimson Commander pours a foxy caramel hue and features a citrus and pine hop aroma followed by a clean bright pallet with a bitter and increasingly viscous mouthfeel. Its boozy character hides under malty hop forward tones making this beer a smooth 8.5%" (source).
  • MobCraft Helles Ginger Bock, $8.19/22oz - "Imperial Helles Bock with ginger. Malty on the front end with a crisp ginger finish, moderate body with a smoothness unbecoming of its alcohol content" (source).
  • MobCraft Mystique, $12.89/22oz - "Aromas of strong citrus and pine assault the nostrils followed by a nice bouquet from bourbon barrel. Flavor is noticeably malty with a slight sweetness that melds perfectly with the bitterness and strong dry hop flavors, finishing dry and oaky with not too much but enough bourbon on the backend. Although this beer is aged in barrels, it was dry-hopped post aging so drink fresh" (source).
  • Goose Island Fest Bier, $1.79/12oz - "Brimming with notes of toasted malt and freshly baked rye bread. This light bodied German lager is clean and crisp with a fine noble hop character and mild earthy bitterness that is the hallmark of Hallertau hops" (source).
  • Bell's Best Brown, $1.99/16oz - "A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown is a mainstay in our fall 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" (source).
  • Brewery Vivant Velvet Stud, $3.49/16oz - "Full-bodied stout with a kiss of oak from its brief time in the barrel" (source).
  • Dark Horse Scotty Karate, $2.09/12oz - "For those of you who don’t know who “Scotty Karate” is… He is a local one man band who plays an amazing slurry of honky-tonk influenced, punk-country songs. (Check him out at www.scottykaratetime.com) A big bold musician deserves a big bold beer, that's why Scotty and our Scotch Ale are a perfect tribute to one another. Scotty Karate is brewed with cherry wood smoked malt instead of the traditional peat smoked malt offering up warming notes of coffee, caramel and sweet caramelized brown sugar. Scotty finishes earthy giving this beer a character all it's own, just like the man himself" (source).
  • Green Flash GFB Blonde, $1.99/19.2oz - "GFB is a light, refreshing, crushable blonde ale with hints of honey and orange peel complemented by a mellow malt character" (source).
  • Mountain Town Peach Gruit, $1.99/12oz - "This is a twist on our popular Sacred Gruit herbal ale. We added 100% pure Peach and Apricot juice for a unique, refreshing beer" (source).
  • New Holland Baltic Anomaly, $2.59/12oz - "Much like the alien mystery found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, this Baltic Porter boasts an anomaly of its own. Honey lends an extraterrestrial dimension to this earthly porter, balancing out the sweetness with a slightly dry finish" (source).
  • Pigeon Hill Oktoberfest, $2.09/12oz - "This lightly hopped beer has a semi-dry finish that nicely complements its light to medium body. A light caramel and malty sweetness provide a pleasing smooth flavor" (source).
  • Uinta Pit Stop, $9.49/22oz - "Brewed with apricots and an abundance of hops, this kettle-soured Apricot IPA entertains even the most sophisticated palates" (source).
  • Uinta Cahoots, $13.79/750ml - "Aged for 18 months in Port Barrels, our Cahoots Flanders Red is ready to take flight. Brewed with rich caramel malt and fermented with a blend of wild yeast and bacteria, this brew has a complex finish with bright notes of cherries and raspberries" (source).

Video of the Week | Scotty Karate


Now available at Siciliano's.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

New Beer Friday, Special Recognition Edition (Sept 1)

Sarah, General Manager
Preamble by Steve Siciliano

Whenever my wife and I get positive feedback about our business we acknowledge the kind words but quickly point out that it's really our employees who deserve recognition. Barb and I have been very fortunate to have had many dedicated and passionate people working for us over the years, and each in their own has been instrumental in helping us make Siciliano's the store it is today.

We feel that three of our long term employees deserve special recognition and for that reason we are giving promotions to Kati, John and Sarah. Effective September 11 Sarah will be our GM and Kati and John are being promoted to Assistant Managers.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Sarah, Kati and John for their years of dedication and service. Throw some kudos their way the next time you're in Siciliano's.

John, Assistant Manager
Kati, Assistant Manager

New and Returning Beer

  • Vivant No Whistling, $9.99/500ml - A Belgian golden strong ale aged in a 1792 Bourbon barrel. Exclusive to Siciliano's.
  • Vivant Pumpkin Tart, $3.49/16oz - "Traditionally Belgian brewers have been inspired by their local agriculture. Living in the midst of Michigan’s rich agricultural heritage our Vivant brewers find it quite natural to be inspired in this same way. This rustic beer is brewed with real pumpkin and a hint of spice, perfect for the anticipated crispness of Autumn. Using a kettle souring technique, our brewers blend just the right amount of tartness into this farmhouse pumpkin ale. Raise a glass to the bounty of the harvest" (source).
  • Austin Brothers Milk Route Stout, $1.79/12oz - "Chocolate and roasted caramel coffee taste create the perfect balance in this milk stout" (source).
  • Argus Apple Bomb, $2.79/12oz - "Apple Bomb is a demi-sec, or slightly sweet, full bodied cider that delivers a blast of fruit and finishes big with a tannic, fruity pucker. This is not a subtle cider, but a fresh apple explosion derived from a collection of fermentation techniques and patience. Cans and draft offerings available" (source).
  • Freigeist Geisterzug Quince Gose, $8.19/500ml - "Based on Freigeist’s ancient spruced Gose recipe, Geisterzug Quince & Geisterzug Rhubarb feature all the complexity, funkiness, and body of the of the original but go one step further by adding tart & flavorful real fruit & vegetable during fermentation.  The resultant brews are incredibly lively, characterful, and thirst-quenching" (source).
  • Prairie Vape Tricks, $2.89/12oz - "Sour ale aged on cherries" (source).
  • Destihl Synchopathic Apricot, $2.79/12oz - "Dry-hopped sour ale with apricot" (source).
  • Ballast Point Dead Ringer, $1.89/12oz - "Our Dead Ringer Oktoberfest lager is inspired by old-style Märzen brews customarily enjoyed during Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle; no lederhosen required" (source).
  • Dinkelacker Oktoberfest, $1.99/12oz - "A distinctive spicy, drinkable Märzen. Full salary and full-bodied in flavor, golden yellow in color. Original beer tastes just as before" (source).
  • Avery Nuttiest Professor, $13.99/12oz - "This creamy and colossal peanut stout is nuts. But, our resident archaeologist, historian, brewer, and professor...he’s really nuts. Mad peanut science" (source).
  • Short's Autumn Ale, $1.99/12oz - "Autumn Ale is an English-style Extra Special Bitter (ESB). It has a medium body, amber colour, and full flavor. This beer exhibits a wonderful balance of malty sweetness and earthy, herbal hop bitterness. Autumn Ale won a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival" (source).
  • Southern Tier Salted Caramel, $4.99/12oz - "Dessert beer brewed with Himalayan sea salt and notes of caramel" (source).
  • Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking, $4.19/12oz - "Imperial pumpkin ale with cold pressed light roast coffee" (source).
  • Epic Oak and Orchard Plum, $13.59/375ml - "Started in Foeders then aged in whiskey barrels with plum" (source).
  • Epic Oak and Orchard Pinot, $13.59/375ml - "As a sister beer to the Syrah, is a Pinot inspired sour that features blueberry, boysenberry, cranberry, strawberry and plum. The fruity bouquet pops with red berries, French Oak and light cellar notes from the Brettanomyces. The beer is crisp and puckering with the tartness of unripe fruit and a complex vinous finish that any wine lover would admire" (source).
  • Arbor Mackinac Island Fudge, $2.89/12oz - "Each small batch is brewed with 5 different malts , real fudge, milk sugar, and a light dose of hops for a deliciously rich and complex chocolate flavor that’s not too sweet or too heavy" (source).
  • Arbor Violin Monster, $2.89/12oz - "A geographical approach to the werewolf legends results in the identification of a major werewolf area stretching from mid-Germany into the Netherlands and Belgium.  With this in mind, we have created a strong, dark, spiced using ingredients from those regions. Brewed with Midnight Wheat, warming spices, and a hint of brown sugar, the Violin Monster is black as night and packs a punch at 9.5%" (source).
  • Black Rocks Honey Lavender Wheat, $1.79/12oz - "A great combination creating a delicious creamy easy drinker" (source).
  • Revolution League of Heroes, $22.49/12pk - "The League of Heroes pack contains Anti-Hero IPA and a rotating selection of three Hero-Series IPAs. Each new iteration of the pack will contain one featured Hero-Series IPA that is debuting through the League of Heroes pack. Available at the tap room and retailers" (source).
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal, $2.29/12oz - "Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come" (source).
  • Stone Fruitallica, $8.99/22oz - "A tropical double IPA with a death metal kick to the codpiece" (source).

Video of the Week | Bell's Octoberfest


Now available at Siciliano's.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

New Beer Friday, Get Your Grapes Edition (August 25)

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

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 who are looking to source locally grown fruit. Here is the contact information for Taylor Ridge Vineyards in Allegan and Morgan Vineyard in Coopersville, both 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
We will be offering the free on-site use of our fruit crushers and basket presses from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on four consecutive Sundays in the parking lot behind the store. Dates for the free use of the equipment are as follows:

    • Sunday, September 10
    • Sunday, September 17
    • Sunday, September 24
    • Sunday, October 1
Bryan Taylor, Taylor Ridge

New and Returning Beer

  • Bell's Oktoberfest, $1.89/12oz - "Crafted as a flavorful session beer and perfect for autumn, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks fermenting. With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn" (source).
  • Founders Mosaic Promise, $1.29/12oz - "Mosaic Promise showcases two unique ingredients: Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. The versatility of the hop’s pleasing aroma and flavor characteristics and the traditional barley’s depth of flavor comprise this clean, rich, golden beer. We can brew complex beers with the best of them, but we recognize that there is also beauty in simplicity" (source).
  • Latitude 42 Party at the Moon Tower, $2.29/16oz - "Double IPA" (source).
  • Revolution Anti-Hero, $1.79/12oz - "Our flagship IPA is supremely aromatic, crisp, and drinkable. This iconic ale features a blend of Chinook, Centennial, Crystal, and Citra to create a crisp clean bitterness and imparts massive floral and citrus aromas. The Warrior hop is also used to add additional bitterness to the brew" (source).
  • Revolution Mosiac Hero, $2.19/12oz - "This speciality IPA is quite unique with a heavy usage of a rare and sought-after hop, Mosaic. Mosaic Hero is brewed with Pale and CaraFoam malts and Naked Golden Oats to yield a rich copper color and smooth mouthfeel. Finally, we dry hopped this unique IPA with Mosaic and a small amount of Crystal to enhance the aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and fresh pine" (source).
  • Revolution Oktoberfest, $1.79/12oz - "Classic German-style Oktoberfest Lager that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty, malt flavor. 100% German malts establish a supple and flavorful base for this traditional Oktoberfest lager. Brewed with a hop called Hallertau Gold, grown on only one farm in the whole of Bavaria, to deliver a hop profile which is at the same time both classic and unique" (source).
  • Weihenstaphener Oktoberfest, $2.09/12oz - "A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor" (source).
  • Against the Grain Citra Ass Down, $3.89/16oz - "This is a very hop forward American style IPA. Brewed with Pale, Vienna, Munich and wheat malt for a solid base for all American hops, focusing mainly on the variety “Citra.” Citra hops are a relatively new variety introduced in 2008. It was bred as a hybrid of a number of different hops, including Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, U.S. Tettnanger, East Kent Golding, Bavarian, Brewers Gold, and other unknown hops. The resulting hop, Citra, has a distinct citrusy and tropical fruit flavor and aroma. In Citra ass down we used American Columbus for bittering and 11# of Citra at the end of the boil for late kettle addition flavor and aroma. Then we added 6 more pounds Citra and 5# Centennial post fermention for aroma. Rebrewed for your tasting pleasure" (source).
  • Pike 51 Onward and Upward, $5.79/12oz - "Session Wild Ale" (source).
  • Pike 51 Beer City Kolsch, $2.89/22oz - "Beer City Pro-Am collaboration with Jeff Carlson" (source).
  • Pike 51 Satisfied Mind, $10.79/22oz - "Double IPA" (source).
  • Odd Side Blood Orange, $2.19/12oz - "A hop forward IPA that boasts an abundance of hop aroma to go along with a blast of citrus and blood orange flavor" (source).
  • Odd Side Honey Blue Blue, $2.39/12oz - "Honey Ale with blueberries" (source).
  • Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose, $1.99/12oz - "A tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with sea salt and coriander, featuring liberal additions of blood oranges" (source).
  • Anderson Valley Holy Gose, $1.99/12oz - "With a bright, golden color and tight creamy head, the earthy wood undertones in our Gose develop into a light mineral aroma with a hint of lemon zest and tropical fruit. Before boiling, the wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus, imparting an initial refreshing tartness that gives way to a subtle fullness. Flavors of guava and peach are followed by a slight sea salt dryness and lemon sourness that is enhanced by coriander and post-fermentation additions of salt. The finish is dry, effervescent, and lemon tangy, reminiscent of a fresh sea breeze" (source).
  • Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose, $1.99/12oz - "Born from our passion for experimentation, our Briney Melon Gose boasts a thirst-quenching tartness that is perfectly balanced by subtle watermelon flavors and aromas.  Gentle additions of sea salt create a refreshing harmony between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to clean, dry finish" (source).
  • Short's Peachy Pom Pom, $2.39/12oz - "Peachy Pom Pom is a rosy colored American Sour Ale brewed with peaches and pomegranate. Tart berry aromatics accentuate the sweet and sour fruit flavors within this beer. A huge tangy mouth feel with some initial acidic citrus qualities shocks the palate before a clean and lightly dry finish" (source).
  • Weyerbacher Tiny, $3.29/12oz - "TINY is a Belgian inspired Imperial Stout weighing in at 11.8% ABV. You’ll find big chocolate and roasted notes, balanced with the Belgian flavors from the Abbey yeast strain" (source).
  • Avery Coconut Porter, $13.79/22oz - "Copious quantities of coconut coupled with time basking in bourbon barrels complement the chocolaty and sumptuous nature of this delectable porter" (source).
  • Atwater Teufel Bock, $1.99/12oz - "Our Weizen Dopplebock is dominated with 60% wheat that imparts a nutty-bisquit flavour. Ir is complimented with Perle and Hersbrucker hops for a nice sweet finish. Our biggest beer yet" (source).
  • Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot, $4.79/22oz - "Rich, smooth, dangerous, and chocolatey. It's a big ol' hoppy Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slippery slide on into the heat of the night" (source).

Video of the Week | Green Zebra


Green Zebra is now available at Siciliano's.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August Brew of the Month: Paint It Red Pale Ale

By Max Spencer

Brewing is an ancient tradition — one as old as civilization itself. I am often humbled by the fact that we get to take part in a ritual our ancestors have performed for millennia when brewing at home. It’s amazing to think about the effort that went into making beer before the rise of modern malts, yeast labs, hop companies and homebrewing stores. Nevertheless, despite new technologies and suppliers, ingredients and methods haven’t changed much in the last few hundred years. Occasionally, something comes along and drives this point home for me — in this case, it was a yeast.

In 2014, a homebrew enthusiast named Lars Garshol went to the Stranda region of Norway during a trip to learn about Norwegian farmhouse ales, local homebrewing methods, and kveik yeast — you can read about this trip on his incredibly informative Larsblog. Louis Pasteur was the first scientist to show that yeast is the agent of fermentation in 1857, but brewers were unintentionally propagating yeast centuries before this realization. One of the most illustrative examples of traditional yeast propagation is the kveik Lars sought. Most brewers have heard old stories of straw wreaths and wooden logs being soaked in batches of fermenting beer and transferred to future batches — this is the origin of kveik. Good strains of kveik were passed down for generations and traded between families; they are living artifacts.

Lars was successful in his quest for kveik thanks to the generosity of Stranda homebrewer Stein Langlo in the form of two sour cream containers full of gray flakes. Lars sent this yeast to the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) in the UK for analysis. Despite difficulties in propagating the yeast, they managed to recover one strain from the sample. Omega Yeast Labs eventually purchased a culture of the strain from the NCYC and made it commercially available in 2015 as the HotHead Ale OYL-057. It’s an amazing yeast with high attenuation, medium-high flocculation and an insane fermentation temperature range (62-98°F). The large temperature range makes it an ideal house strain for any homebrewers with a lack of temperature control in their home. HotHead produces mild fruity esters, but otherwise has a very clean character that lends itself well to any modern ale styles.


I decided to use the HotHead in a pale ale — a Norwegian farmhouse ale may be the next experiment on the docket for this yeast. I used Calypso hops which provide aromas and flavors of red apple, pear, tea and earth. I also dry hopped a small amount of my beer (one gallon) for two days with 0.25 oz of rooibos tea — an African tea with flavors of earth and vanilla. I enjoyed both variations of the beer, and the rooibos is unnecessary unless it appeals to you. I would use one ounce of tea for a full 5-gallon batch. My fermentation temperature varied between 70-95°F to push the yeast. The result was a beautifully clean fermentation with slight citrusy esters — this yeast can really take a beating on the temperature front. Try out the HotHead for your next batch — not only is it a great yeast in terms of fermentation, but it’s a living fossil that echoes forth from generations of homebrewers.

All Grain ($26.68)

    • 5.5 lbs. Pale Malt
    • 4 lbs. Munich Malt 10L
    • 0.5 lbs. Melanoiden Malt
    • 0.25 lbs. Honey Malt
    • 0.25 lbs. Golden Naked Oats
    • 15g Gypsum in mash / sparge
    • 0.25 oz. Calypso first wort @ 60 min.
    • 0.25 oz. Calypso @ 30 min.
    • 0.50 oz. Calypso @ 15 min.
    • 1.00 oz. Calypso @ 0 min. 
    • 1 package Omega Yeast Labs HotHead Ale (OYL-057)
    • OG: 1.054 FG: 1.010
    • ABV: 5.9% IBUs: 41.0
    • SRM: 8.2
Mash Schedule: Mash in with 3.3 gallons of water @ 164°F (target temp for mash is 152°F). Drain mashtun, batch sparge with 4.75 gallons of water @ 175-180°F.

Extract ($39.17)

    • (Boil volume: 3.5 gallons; if boiling full volume, use all grain hop additions)
    • 4.25 lbs. Light Liquid Malt Extract
    • 3.3 lbs. Munich Liquid Malt Extract
    • 0.25 lbs. Honey Malt
    • 0.25 lbs. Biscuit Malt
    • 0.25 lbs. Golden Naked Oats
    • 0.25 lbs. Corn Sugar
    • 0.50 oz. Calypso @ 60 min.
    • 0.50 oz Calypso @ 30 min.
    • 1.00 oz Calypso @ 15 min.
    • 1.00 oz Calypso @ 0 min. 
    • 1 package Omega Yeast Labs HotHead Ale (OYL-057)
    • OG: 1.055 FG: 1.010
    • ABV: 5.9% IBUs: 45.5
    • SRM: 8.6

Friday, August 18, 2017

New Beer Friday, Big Sale Edition (August 18)

Sale, sale, sale!
Preamble by Steve Siciliano

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 edition of the Siciliano’s Beer & Wine Making Customer Appreciation Sale will begin on Tuesday, September 5, and will continue through the close of business on Sunday, September 10.

Our annual Customer Appreciation Sale is a great time for beer and winemaking enthusiasts to stock up on supplies and upgrade equipment. This year we are offering incredible deals on beginners equipment kits so if anyone has been thinking about taking the plunge into one these life-enriching hobbies this would be the ideal time to do so.

Attention Wine Makers: If you plan on stocking up on winemaking kits please email your orders to me (steve@sicilianosmkt.com) by Sunday, August 27, and the orders will be put aside for you.

During the week-long sale most equipment, supplies and ingredients will be 15% off the retail price. Items that are already discounted — carboys, 50/55-lb. bags of grain, Blichmann Engineering products — will not be 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. Equipment and supplies on the following list are discounted deeper than 15%:

    • BEER EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $105.00, Sale $75.00
    • WINEMAKING EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $95.00, Sale $79.00
    • BREWERS BEAST EQUIPMENT KIT/GLASS: Regular $135.00, Sale $95.00
    • KEGGING SYSTEM/NEW KEG: Regular $289.00, Sale $225.00
    • KEGGING SYSTEM/RECONDITIONED KEG: Regular $239.00, Sale $180.00
    • ANALOG REFRIGERATION THERMOSTAT: Regular $75.00, Sale $65.00
    • DIGITAL REFRIGERATION THERMOSTAT: Regular $115.49, Sale $89.00
    • MASH/LAUTER TUN: Regular $125.00, Sale $100.00
    • ITALIAN FLOOR CORKER: Regular $142.00, Sale $109.00
    • PORTUGUESE FLOOR CORKER: Regular $63.00, Sale $50.00
    • CHAMPAGNE FLOOR CORKER: Regular $152.00, Sale $119.00
    • MILWAUKEE PH METER: Regular $85.00, Sale $64.00
    • BARLEY CRUSHER, 7LB HOPPER: Regular $169.00, Sale $139.00
    • BARLEY CRUSHER, 15LB HOPPER: Regular $189.00, Sale $159.00
    • REFRACTOMETER: Regular, $49.00, Sale $40.00
    • 8-GALLON BREWERS BEAST BREW POT: Regular $115.00, Sale $79.00
    • 16-GALLON BREWERS BEAST BREW POT, Regular $175.00, Sale $129.00
Finally, be sure to stop by the store on Saturday, September 9, for free German wieners, homemade sauerkraut and draft root beer.

New and Returning Beer

  • Rochester Mills Juice Bigalow, $2.19/16oz - "NE style IPA" (source).
  • Right Brain Chubby Squirrel, $1.79/12oz - "Brewed with secret blend of spices, this is a fall beer that keeps the pumpkin out of things" (source).
  • Rogue Cold Brew IPA, $2.09/12oz - "Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee is blended with an IPA made using Rogue Farms hops for a unique interplay of hops and coffee flavors. Opening with a huge hit of rich coffee aroma that is balanced by a not-so-subtle hop punch, the transition is seamless from one bold flavor to the next" (source).
  • Damm Daura Lager, $1.79/12oz - "Daura is the gluten-free beer from Damm. Thanks to Damm's technology and experience, we can now enjoy a real beer suitable for coeliacs" (source).
  • Damm Daura Shandy, $1.79/12oz - "Damm is launching its first lager with lemonade crafted to remove gluten. Daura Shandy has all the characteristics of Daura whilst at the same time offering the character, freshness and taste of a shandy. This refreshing beer is part of Damm’s commitment to innovation and research in the development of new products crafted to remove gluten, specifically for celiac and gluten aware consumers" (source).
  • Maui Pineapple Mana, $2.89/12oz - "Maui Gold pineapple gives sweet aroma to this smooth-bodied, tropical brew" (source).
  • Maui Mango Hefe, $2.09/12oz - "Bavarian-style wheat ale brewed with locally sourced mango" (source).
  • Alaskan Coffee Brown, $1.69/12oz - "Our latest Rough Draft Limited is a collaboration with Heritage Coffee -- a delicious beer we call Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale" (source).
  • Blackrocks Presque Ale, $2.09/12oz - "A nicely hopped summer ale. A beer made for watching sunsets and/or sunrises" (source).
  • Brewery Vivant Plein de Vie Escoffier, $11.99/500ml - "Escoffier is our much heralded collaboration with New Belgium Brewing in Ft. Collins, CO. Coinciding with their entry into Michigan in August 2012, this project began with a friendly meeting at our pub. After a few beers and some food, the idea to brew a beer together started to take shape" (source).
  • Brewery Vivant Love Shadow, $5.39/16oz - "Taking up his (or her) mash paddle on brew day, the brewer has his (or her) eye on the future months when flavors all come together. However, there is always a shadow of mischief that comes in the forms of fermentation, wooden barrels, grain terroir or water pH. Still, guiding this magical elixir from start to finish is the brewer's duty. With Love Shadow, we have guided a powerful Belgian inspired Imperial stout through the bourbon barrel aging process and come out the other side with a full bodied behemoth with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and oak char. Drink Up" (source).
  • Founders Green Zebra, $1.79/12oz - "Subtly sour and a little sweet, this ale is a refreshing take on a nearly extinct German style, gose. Watermelon is the highlight of this lightly-hopped treat and gives it a hint of satisfying juiciness. The soft mouthfeel and dry finish comes courtesy of the addition of sea salt, a traditional gose ingredient" (source).
  • Griffin Claw Screaming Pumpkin, $2.19/16oz - "An Amber Ale brewed with roasted pumpkin in the mash then spiced with ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Spicy and refreshing. A great tailgating beer" (source).
  • Saugatuck Pumpkin Chai, $1.89/12oz - "Our new fall seasonal beer; an ale brewed with herbal chai tea and pumpkin. Aromas of chai tea and subtle pumpkin notes on the nose; Flavors of chai and pumpkin make this fall seasonal stand out from typical fall beers. Perfect for a brisk autumn day" (source).
  • Spencer Trappist Quad, $3.69/12oz - "Spencer Monks’ Reserve Ale is fragrant, robust and full bodied, mahogany in color and crowned with a dense, tan, frothy head. Its malt-forward profile yields to a warm finish, with an ABV of 10.2%" (source).
  • Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief, $8.99/22oz - "The big wide world inspires our imagination and fuels our passions. Anything from music, film, beer, literature, architecture, food, engineering, poetry…all art forms essentially, including more beer. We steal with any and all things that possess the one value that we hold most dear: authenticity. The important thing of course is that ‘It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.’ So, what are we saying about this beer, exactly? We gave it our take. We took all there is to love about the IPA, got creative, dry-hopped it a lot, left it unfiltered and shared it openly in the hopes that in some way it may, in turn, inspire you. Hail to The Hop Thief, an original" (source).
  • Evil Twin Sour Bikini, $2.59/12oz - "Named after atom bomb test grounds, designed by a French car engineer - the bikini was to many a disturbing and degrading creation and fortunately for others a symbol of emancipation. This is attractively light bodied, seductively well balanced and very drinkable Sour Bikini is anything but a sissy beer" (source).
  • Evil Twin Sumo in a Sidecar, $2.89/16oz - "This is our take on a classic cocktail with an Asian twist and a cool name. An IPA with apricot and a slim hint of umami. It’s crisp, fruity and perhaps full-bodied" (source).
  • Evil Twin Unstouttd, $4.79/16oz - "Smoked imperial stout" (source).
  • Moonlight Meadery How 'Bout Them Apples, $4.79/12oz - "Bourbon barrel aged New England hard cider" (source).
  • Tilquin Oude Mûre à l’Ancienne, $29.99/750ml - "Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Oude Mûre Tilquin à l’Ancienne is made from the fermentation of 350 gr of blackberries by liter of lambic. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle" (source).
  • Tilquin Oude Quetsche à l’Ancienne, $29.99/750ml - "The Quetsche Tilquin à l’ancienne (6.4% alc / vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer obtained from the fermentation of destoned fresh purple plums (Quetsche véritable d’Alsace, close to the Damson) in a blend of 1 and 2 years old lambics for a period of 4 months. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, it is re-fermented in the bottle for a minimum period of 3 months. The lambics used were fermented and matured in our own oak barrels at the blendery. They are made from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon. The taste is slightly tart but also fruity and round which makes this Quetsche à l’ancienne may be more accessible for non-experts or less sophisticated palates. It also has a slight dryness from the skin of the plums. The nose perceives a plum brandy perfume" (source).
  • Prairie Twist, $2.89/12oz - "Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale" (source).
  • Prairie Prison Rodeo, $4.09/12oz - "A hoppy coffee ale brewed with Idaho 7, mosaic, summit and simcoe hops as well as Ethiopia Konga Natural coffee sourced from Spaceship Earth Coffee in McAlester, Oklahoma" (source).
  • Traveler Brewing Jacko Traveler, $1.69/12oz - "Representing the darker side of Shandy, Jack-O Traveler is an alluring wheat beer illuminated by the tastes of fall. It strikes a perfect balance between bright refreshment and seasonal spice. Jack-O is made with real pumpkin for a delicious dark–hued, Shandy-inspired beer" (source).

Video of the Week | Glengarry Glenn Mitten


Amazing.

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