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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 ( 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).

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