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Friday, October 3, 2014

New Beer Friday, Limited Edition Edition (October 3)

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

If you’re a home winemaker you know how rewarding it is to share the fruits of your fermented labor with others. Garnering kudos from a life enriching hobby is certainly gratifying. When that hobby saves you barrels of cash it’s definitely a bonus.

There’s no denying that stocking a cellar with commercial offerings from prestigious wine regions can get a tad pricey. Fortunately the industry’s leading concentrated kit manufacturer is continuing to provide us home winemakers with some unique and highly affordable options.

Each year Winexpert releases five super-premium kits from the world’s great wine regions that are not part of the company's regular portfolio. These kits are available only on a pre-order basis and are released during the first four months of the year.

We are now taking orders for the 2014 Limited Edition offerings. The following are the individual varieties along with the respective pricing and release dates. Complete descriptions are available here.

    • Australian Shiraz Viognier, $139.95 – Available January
    • German Riesling, $135.95 – Available January
    • Washington Triumph, $139.95 – Available February
    • California Trio Blanca, $135.95 – Available March
    • Super Tuscan with grape skins, $163.95 – Available April 
All these kits yield six gallons of wine which translates into thirty 750-ml bottles. When you do the math, that’s a pretty good price for two and a half cases of great wine!

Please note that we must receive pre-orders by Sunday, December 7, 2014 either by phone (616-453-9674), email ( or, of course, in person at the store.

New and Returning Beer

  • Brewery Vivant Pumpkin Tart, $3.39/16oz - "This rustic beer is fermented with real pumpkin and a hint of fall spices. Our Farmhouse yeast yields a delightful tartness that really sets this pumpkin beer apart" (source).
  • Odd Side Mayan Mocha Stout, $2.19/12oz - "Mayan Mocha Stout isn’t for the faint of heart. This brew is spicy — and by all means, is one of the spiciest drinks I’ve ever had. If you can get past the initial shock of the spice contained in Mayan Mocha Stout, you get to experience some wonderful chocolate and coffee flavors. But the bartender warned me that this was very spicy — and she certainly wasn’t kidding" (source).
  • Summit Unchained Series Hurkulean Woods, $2.09/12oz - "Herkulean Woods, Batch #16 in the Summit Unchained Series, is very much a product of its environment. With malts developed and grown in Minnesota. Maple syrup from Wild Country in Lutsen, MN. Spruce tips from Iowa. And a Lager yeast from the frontier days. All yielding a complex, hearty beer that lives large in both malt body and hop character with piney, earthy, spicy notes. This beer from Summit brewer Christian Dixon is only available for a short while, so get it while the getting is good" (source).
  • Frankenmuth Brown Hound, $1.69/12oz - "This traditional Munich-style Dunkel lager has a distinguished dark appearance and creamy off-white head highlighted by a smooth, nutty-sweet toasted flavor of malt and chocolate notes" (source).
  • Shiner Cheer, $1.59/12oz - "This holiday dunkelweizen practically unwraps itself with hints of Texas peaches and pecans. Caramelized malts give it a uniquely rich malt body that's perfect for the holidays" (source).
  • Atwater Cherry Stout, $1.79/12oz - "Cherry Stout is a blend of 6 malts combined with Montmorency Cherry concentrate from our home state of Michigan. A stout to be cherished" (source).
  • Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, $1.69/12oz - "Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is our homage to the craft and heritage of America’s brewers. Recipes calling for the use of pumpkins in beer date back to early colonial times, when brewers sought to extend their supply of costly imported malt with locally grown ingredients, such as squash and "pompions." In that spirit, we brew our ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original" (source).

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