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Introducing Tilted Shed Ciderworks
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 30 October 2015 23:53

Introducing Tilted Shed Ciderworks

We're just going to come right out and say it: Tilted Shed Ciderworks makes California's best ciders. This Sonoma-based mom 'n' pop operation creates distinguished drinks that showcase its commitment to quality apple sourcing and reflect the whimsical personalities of the people behind it.

Ellen and Scott are passionate advocates for the cider industry in general, and for the resurrection, proliferation, and fermented use of rare, under-planted, and organically-grown cider-specific apple varieties (Ellen, a copy editor in another life, probably would not approve of me using so many adjectives. Sorry, Ellen!).

Making cider the way these people do is extraordinarily difficult and expensive, but the result is a collection of standout products of obvious quality. You will love them.

Now available:

2014 Graviva!
Made from a blend of organic Sonoma County Gravenstein apples and tannic bittersweet heirloom apple varieties, Graviva! is a crowd-pleasing study in balance. Lively and bright with fresh aromatics.
Now available in 375 and 750ml bottles.

January Barbecue Smoked Cider
Infused with apples smoked over apple, pear, and oak wood, January Barbecue is unlike anything else you'll encounter. It's a dry and bracing cider that Tilted Shed describes as "like drinking Brut Champagne near a bonfire." Dead on. 
Now available in 375 and 750ml bottles.

2014 Barred Rock Barrel-Aged Cider
A truly spectacular fully-dry cider made from a blend of late-season Sonoma County heirloom and cider apple varieties and aged for 3 months in Tennessee bourbon barrels. A dry and punchy treat with marshmallow, almond, and clove-like aromatics.
Now available in a limited number of 750ml bottles.

When Pumpkin Beer Meets IPA
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 30 October 2015 23:52

When Pumpkin Beer Meets IPA

The pumpkin beer category isn't exactly known for being an innovative one. Brewers make malty beers, maybe with some actual pumpkin in them, and throw a boatload of tasty warming spices in there to keep drinkers satisfied amidst the yearly transition into Fall. That's enough for a lot of brewers and for a lot of drinkers too.

But North Peak Brewing Company wasn't satisfied with that. They've gone and created a new type of pumpkin beer--one for those that prefer their beer have a little hoppy zing to it, regardless of season. Hooligan is the revelatory product of North Peak's dissatisfaction: an earthy, spicy pumpkin ale set apart by the floral, pine-like, and fruity aroma of Citra, Centennial, and Chinook hops. It's great stuff, available now in 12oz bottles and 1/6bbl kegs.

Also available from North Peak:

Dauntless - Smooth Oktoberfest perfection, available in 12oz bottles and 1/6bbl kegs.
Diabolical - A floral and pine-like IPA, currently available in 1/6bbl kegs.
Dubious - A rich stout brewed with chocolate, available in 12oz bottles.
Majestic - A balanced, wheaty crusher, available in 12oz bottles and 1/6bbl kegs.
Maylem - A heavy-duty English-ish strong ale built for sipping, available in 12oz bottles.
Sinuous - A malty Celtic ale, smooth, clean, and available in 12oz bottles.
Siren - Earthy and well-hopped, this is an amber ale with style, available in 12oz bottles.
Vicious - Fruity hop character sits refreshingly atop a tangy wheat base in this IPA, available in 12oz bottles.
Wanderer - A balanced, easy-drinking session IPA available in 12oz bottles and 1/6bbl kegs.
Blitzen - A rich Festivus ale for the rest of us. Malty and smooth, available in 12oz bottles and 1/6bbl kegs.

It's Time for Oktoberfest
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 25 September 2015 20:53

It's Time for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest started 6 days ago--how many liters of lager have you drunk this year? if your answer is anything like mine, that number is disappointingly small. It's time to break out the bratwurst and start getting in the spirit of this legendary beer holiday. But why settle for the dusty, travel-worn bottles of last year's imported Oktoberfest at your grocery store? Michigan's North Peak Brewing Company makes a beautiful example, and we've got cases of it ready for your festive enjoyment right now.

It's a copper-colored, malty lager that is exceedingly food-friendly, as comfortable alongside those mustard and sauerkraut-covered sausages as it is with the roasted turkey and stuffing of your Thanksgiving dinner. It's got a wonderful balance of lightly-toasted, softly-caramelly malt richness and just enough hoppy bitterness to keep that malt character from overwhelming the drinker. It's a great example of the style.

BYO lederhosen.

Now available in 12 ounce bottles ($48.75/24x12oz).

Also available from North Peak:

Diabolical - An assertively hoppy, floral and pine-like IPA. Available in 12oz bottles.
Hooligan - An unusually-hoppy pumpkin ale with an underlying spiciness. Available in 12oz bottles and 1/6bbl kegs.
Majestic - A refreshing wheat ale built for the last sunny days of summer. Available in 12oz bottles  and 1/6bbl kegs.
Maylem - A sturdy, malt-driven English-style strong ale. Available in 12oz bottles.
Sinuous - A crisp, malty "Celtic ale" unlike anything else we carry. Available in 12oz bottles.
Siren - An extremely aromatic toasty and citrusy hoppy amber ale. Available in 12oz bottles  and 1/6bbl kegs.
Vicious - A pungent IPA built on a tangy and smooth wheat malt base. Available in 12oz bottles  and 1/6bbl kegs.
Wanderer - A rare balanced session IPA! Available in 12oz bottles  and 1/6bbl kegs.

Crushable Ciders of Character
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 25 September 2015 20:45

Crushable Ciders of Character

Austin, Texas' Argus Cidery makes bracing, intriguing ciders with in-your-face character derived from the cidery's choice of expressive fruit, ambient-yeast fermentations, and aging on oak. They are delicious ciders worthy of long, deep contemplations--not what we'd usually call "crushable."

Their new line, sold as Argus Fermentables, are absolutely crushable. Each at 4.5% ABV, their Ciderkin and Ginger Perry are built for affordable, sessionable satisfaction.

Ciderkin is a dry cider made from the reconstituted ground apples used to make Argus' bigger, stronger ciders. It retains the delicate aromatics and tannic bite of the fruit in a lighter, lower-alcohol package. Citric, stonefruity, and food-friendly.

Ginger Perry
An intensely-gingery pear cider inspired by spicy ginger beers. Wonderfully invigorating on its own, but also great as a mixing ingredient for your favorite gingery cocktails. Floral, spicy, dry, and drinkable.

Now available in 12 ounce bottles ($56.20/24x12oz).

Also available from our friends at Argus:

Perennial 2013 - A tart and aggressive, but well-balanced oaked dry cider made from Blaze, Cameo, Gala, Mutsu, and Jonathan apples. Now available in 750ml bottles.

Two New Ones from Gigantic
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 25 September 2015 20:35

Two New Ones from Gigantic

Setting up an order with Gigantic Brewing Company is always an exciting experience. They rarely make the same beer twice, and their explorations into the untrodden corners of the beer universe are always intriguing, if not totally revelatory.

Receiving an email with the subject line "Current Product Availability" always gets me a bit giddy with the anticipation of reading about the tasty new creations that await. Last week, my inbox was graced with information about two new beers, SOLID! and Ume Umai, each paired with eye-catching label art from two Japanese artists, Tsuyoshi Nigamushi and Yu Suda. These are lovely beers--perfect for this late-summer heat--and they're here in California for the first time.

Now available in 22oz bottles and 1/6bbl kegs:

SOLID! is a juicy wheat beer with insanely citrusy aromatics. Rumor has it, it was inspired by the cult-classic beer Gumballhead from Three Floyds. Whatever the inspiration, this stuff is bright, smooth, and packed with refreshment.

Ume Umai
Looking to elevate your sushi beer game? Look no further than Ume Umai. Taking cues from the "Japanese flavor palette," it's brewed with black rice and ume plums and fermented to full dryness. Don't expect a cloying sugar bomb--this is crisp and light in body, with a bright fruitiness from the plums and a subtle black rice earthiness.

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