Not Your Father’s Root Beer

image_20_4_904The concept of hard root beer isn’t a new one. It was hugely popular in the 18th century and as trends tend to be cyclical, it was just a matter of time before someone tried to bring it back. That someone was Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer. With a spiced vanilla taste that perfectly mimics traditional root beer and a 5.9 % alcohol content that’s nearly undetectable,  it’s easy to understand it’s quick cult following. Some even speculate, because if it’s popularity, it will generate yet another category in adult beverages much like teas and ciders that have steadily gained ground since their reintroduction to retail.  Boston Beer, a pioneer in “malternatives”such as Angry Orchard and Twisted Tea, is gearing up to launch it’s own version of hard root beer.

This stuff is so popular, no one can keep it on the shelves. And now it’s coming to Martinsburg. Who’s ready to test the hype? I know I am.

Limited Edition Farmhouse Red Ale

farmhouseredTwo Styles. One Work of Art.
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


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 or and follow @SmithandForge on Twitter.

Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple



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


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.


Veramar Vineyards


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


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.