Limited Edition Farmhouse Red Ale

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Blue Moon® Farmhouse Red Ale, much like our Blue Moon® Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale, was inspired by our brewmaster’s travels across Belgium.

His journey started in the southern region of Wallonia. If you ask him today, he’ll tell you stories about walking through the small town of Pipaix, discovering local Farmhouse Ales. The spicy yet refreshing character of these handcrafted ales piqued his curiosity. From there, he headed north to Flanders, a region well-known for its sour Belgian Red Ales. These refreshingly tart, deep red ales have an unmistakable taste that you have to experience for yourself.
Over the next 20 years, whenever he returned to Belgium, our brewmaster found himself drawn to these two styles. After sharing a couple of ales with old friends, he got the idea to blend the spice character of a Farmhouse Ale with the tartness of a Belgian Red Ale to create our Farmhouse Red Ale. His interpretation blends grains and specialty malts for a pleasantly tart finish.
Limited availability in 12-oz. bottles, 6-pack, 12-pack, Draft

Smith & Forge Cider

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Presenting Smith & Forge Hard Cider: A Sturdy Drink for the Hardy Gent

Launching nationally this month, Smith & Forge is a hard cider fermented in the tradition of days gone by.  With a rich amber color, 6% alcohol by volume (ABV), a distinct, not-too-sweet taste and a fantastically crisp finish, Smith & Forge is built to refresh.

“There was a time when more hard cider was consumed in America than beer.  Now hard cider is exploding again, but the sweetness of many current ciders can be a turn off to beer drinkers, and some of them are looking instead to spirits and crafts for variety,” said David Kroll, MillerCoors vice president of insights and innovation. “Smith & Forge is a strong, just-sweet-enough hard cider that encourages guys to discover — or rediscover — the world of hard cider.”

The Smith & Forge packaging features a black, bold orange, and antique white design and a distinctive blacksmith’s hammer icon that delivers a timeless message of a past era – an homage to simpler times when toughness and hard work were celebrated values.

“Once upon a time, barrel-chested men proudly drank tankards of hard cider,” continued Kroll. “Smith & Forge is honoring those times by bringing back the sturdy side of hard cider.”

MillerCoors will support Smith & Forge with a national marketing campaign kicking off in March and includes multi-channel activations with media partners such as ESPN, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Thrillist and SB Nation.

Smith & Forge Hard Cider is available in 16-ounce single-serve and 4-pack cans as well as 12-pack 12-ounce cans. 

For more information about this hard cider, visit www.SmithandForgeHardCider.com or Facebook.com/SmithandForgeHardCider and follow @SmithandForge on Twitter.

Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple

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Cider fans rejoice! Cinnful Apple is Angry Orchard’s answer for your winter cider cravings. This new recipe is tart and sweet just like you’d expect but offers notes of coco and cinnamon to keep you saying “Nom Nom Nom…yummy!”. It’s the first Angry Orchard variety that’s made with apples from the good ol’ US of A, which will keep you feeling all warm and fuzzy and patriotic. It’s seasonal, which means you’ll be sad when winter is over. But don’t worry. I’m sure they’ll come out with something new and wondrous for spring. 

Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

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It might look like a bunch of random letters thrown together but it isn’t.  It’s actually the name of a harvest wine that is released the 3rd Thursday of each November. Beaujolais Nouveau is not just a name but a type of red wine that is under-aged, meaning the fermentation is typically only around 6-8 weeks after harvest. Most fascinating to me is the fact that this rushed fermentation leads to drastically reduced tannin. Happy news if the tannin in red wines gives you a nasty headache like it does me.  It’s made from gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais area of France, hence the name. The French have a huge harvest wine festival to celebrate.  The more I research about it, the more intriguing it is to me. Each year is a bit different. Here’s what the winery has to say about the 2013 variety.

We are grateful for a lovely “Indian Summer,” which amongst other things, helped to produce a harvest that is wonderfully mature and rich in sugar, reaching the same standards as the 2011 and 2012 vintages. The quality of the vintage is promising and the colors are gorgeous with lovely purple reds and violet hued glints. The aromas are sublime with wild strawberries, redcurrants and, in particular, exquisite scents of raspberries. Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 will be a joy to drink!

Indeed, it sounds like it would be. I look forward to trying it.

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Veramar Vineyards

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We now carry a host of wines from local Berryville, VA winery Veramar Vineyards. It boasts 100 acres and 12 wine varieties priced at around $20 a bottle. They host several events throughout the year including a wine tasting twice a month. If you’re a wine lover, you might want to check it out. If you like the wine, it’s always nice to know you can pick it up right here in town courtesy of your favorite local distributor MDC.

Click here to learn more.

Eppa SupraFruta

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I’m pretty excited about this new Eppa sangria we now carry. It appears to have everything you want and lots of other things you didn’t yet know you wanted in a wine. It’s packed with super fruits like pomegranates, blueberries and acai berry’s.  Move over Pom Wonderful, you’re not so exciting anymore. All the fruit and fruit juices used are organic and it offers nearly twice the antioxidants of regular wine. Score!  But what does it taste like? According to the Eppa website:

Light bodied and refreshing, Eppa introduces itself with crisp citrus notes that meld into pomegranate and berry overtones. Its natural, subtle sweetness is a result of its blend of real fruit juices, which bring a brightness of flavor.

 

Sold me. When I try it, I’ll be sure to post a review.

Crispin Cider

crispinCrispin Rewrites the Cider House Rules

New Super-Premium Natural Hard Apple Cider. Refreshes the Palate – and Reinvents the Category

It’s crisply satisfying and stylishly refined. Refreshing on its own, and a revelation with food. And it’s delicious when served over ice. Introducing new Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider. The first super-premium hard apple cider comes in three distinctive varietals:

Original: 5.0% ABV. Crisp over ice. A classically styled, but untraditional hard apple cider. Fruit forward, with a fresh, crunchy appley nose and a deliciously creamy, refreshingly crisp mouth feel.

Brut: 5.5 % ABV. European-style extra-dry over ice. The “champagne” of ciders; combining subtlety and sophistication; the epitome of unforced elegance. A crisp fresh apple bouquet with a brisk, refined finish that lingers on the palate.

Light: 3.2% ABV. Bright over ice. America’s first light cider. Refreshingly light. Invigorating and full-flavored. A clean and cool, brisk and modern cider with delicate undertones that’s deliciously bright and refreshing and often served with a lemon slice for a long cold spritzer-style refreshment.

Not your traditional cider.

“Crispin’s flavor is pure, clean and crisp,” says Joe Heron, president and founder of the Crispin Cider Company. “This is not a traditional ‘Riverdance, wet Labradors and smoky pipes’ hard apple cider, the kind that can leave you bloated rather than refreshed.

“Crispin is a modern interpretation of the pure, crisp refreshment of classical cider making. Crispin is not styled as a beer alternative. It’s dry vs. sweet, and crisp not ‘sticky’ on the palate.”

Naturally Superior

Crispin Super-Premium Natural Hard Apple Cider is true to the apple in the way a varietal wine stays true to its grape. It’s naturally fermented using premium apple juice blends not from concentrate, and without added malt, spirit or grape alcohols.

Crispin’s unique flavors, moreover, are smoothed without added sugar, colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives; just pure apple juice.

Crispin Natural Hard Apple Ciders are cold filtered for pure, crisp refreshment and are all Gluten Free for wheat-intolerant drinkers.

Crispin Salutes the Ice Cube.

No one has sacrificed more in the name of refreshment than the humble ice cube, and Crispin – designed to be enjoyed over a glass of fresh ice – recognizes its partner in refreshment and appreciates the willingness to serve.

Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider is in a glass of it’s own. Raising the refreshment bar with a unique Pilsner-style glass designed to accentuate the distinct natural apple bouquet, and ideal for delivering pure crisp refreshment over fresh ice.

Beer, Wine…or Crispin?

Crispin appeals to the discerning consumer – someone looking for uncompromising natural refreshment. Claiming a unique space between wine and imported or craft beers, Crispin offers a much-desired alternative for consumers looking for super-premium quality refreshment.

Crispin & the culinary arts

Crispin elevates even the most refined cooking. It tames spicy food, adds nuance to seafood and crispness to salads, and provides welcome refreshment with your favorite pasta, pizza, brats and burgers. Its brisk freshness also enhances fine cheeses

About the Fox Barrel & Crispin Cider Companies

 

The Crispin Cider Company produces European-style natural hard apple ciders using fermented US West Coast fresh-pressed apple-juice in Original, Light and Brut varietals, and additional unfiltered Artisanal Reserves – Honey Crisp, Lansdowne, The Saint and Cho-tokkyu, and also imports a classic English Dry Cider, Crispin Browns Lane.

The company is based in Minneapolis, MN & Colfax, CA.

www.CrispinCider.com

Fox Barrel Cider

fox-barrel-cidersFox Barrel Authentic Hard Pear Ciders are inspired by the California sun. They are naturally elegant and refreshingly adult. Easy drinking pearsonified. An untraditional American pear cider, naturall fermented using 100% pure pear-juice not from fermented pear-juice concentrate or pear-flavored hard apple cider.  This leads to a deliciously refereshing drink, not too sweet, a big upfront juicy nose, a long clean lingering finish. Pearfection.

Available in 3 unique varieties:

Elegant Pacific Pear has a sparkling clean natural pear finish, and a subtle woody complexity.
Sweet-sharp, fresh  & tangy Blackberry Pear has a mouthwateringly juicy complexity.
Subtley sweet Apricot Pear flourishes with a faint tartness, a velvety mouth-feel, and a slight musky complexity

Naturally supearior. Fox Barrel Super Premium Hard Pear Ciders are filtered cold for extra purity. Apricot Pear and Blackberry Pear varietals are infused with natural apricot & blackberry juice.  They are made with a blend of US West Coast pears, with no added malt, spirit, grape, or apple-cider alcohols, colorants, sugar, sorbate or benzoate preservatives.

The Greatest Cider Adventures

“When we started our cidery we saw ourselves as cider revolutionaries, and we see a cider revolution transforming our industry across the USA, a revolution driven by true American innovation, creativity and quality.And we feel proud to use real American juice from real American farms. Every day. The best is yet to come. ” says  Bruce Nissen, Crispin COO and Head Cider-maker.

 

About the Fox Barrel

 

The Fox Barrel Cider Company is dedicated to the production of superior pear ciders, using fermented fresh-pressed pear-juice. Available in Pacific Pear, Blackberry Pear and Apricot Pear varietals and additional unfiltered Cidery Reserves  – Ginger & Blackcurrant and Rhubarb & Elderberry.

 

The company is based in Minneapolis, MN & Colfax, CA.

www.FoxBarrel.com