Great Lakes Brewing Now Available


Two new beers now available from Great Lakes Brewing, a craft beer brewer new to our area. Click the links below to find out more about these refreshing new libations.

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Foothills Brewing

Try one of our brand new  beer variety’s from Foothills Brewing, from  Winston-Salem, NC. They have year round favorites such as Hoppyum IPA & People’s Porter as well as seasonals such as Sexual Chocolate to keep you interested. From the graphics to the intriguing names, this is a brand that stands out.FoothillsBrewing_FeaturedIM

Henry Weinhard’s

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CHICAGO – Henry Weinhard spent considerable time and effort exploring the Pacific Northwest and searching for the perfect location for his brewery. More than 150 years later, beer drinkers across the country have the chance to explore the taste of the Pacific Northwest. This month, Henry Weinhard’s is launching three beers nationally: Private Reserve, Redwood Flats Amber Ale and Woodland Pass IPA.

The affordable, uncomplicated craft beers pair well with easy-going foods, such as nachos, burgers and steak.

  • Woodland Pass India Pale Ale:  Originally developed for British sailors stationed in India, IPAs were aggressively hopped to help prevent spoilage on long ocean voyages. Henry’s has eased up on the hoppiness just a bit to let the caramel malts shine through and let beer drinkers appreciate the hops in all their glory.
  • Redwood Flats Amber Ale:  With its beautiful copper color and subtle hop aroma, Redwood Flats Amber is our traditional take on a modern American classic. Featuring a unique blend of American hops and malts, this beer is bold and assertive, with a smooth, hoppy flavor that’s easy to drink.
  • Private Reserve:  A crisp, clean, American Pale Lager, Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve blends Henry’s German heritage with the natural ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. It’s brewed with 100 percent Cascade hops from Oregon.

“Today, we swim in an ocean of beer options, from ultra hoppy IPAs to stouts aged with kiwis in whiskey barrels,” said Katie Cowan, brand manager for Henry Weinhard’s.  “While we respect these breweries for pushing the boundaries of beer, Henry’s is serving up rock-solid, uncomplicated beers that are textbook examples of Henry’s original motto:  craft good ingredients into quality products.”

There’s never been a guy who cared more about making good beer easy to enjoy than Henry Weinhard.  He left Germany in 1856 with nothing but a recipe, a copper kettle and a thirst to share his beers with the people of America.  He was a savvy businessman, a straight shooter and generous to a fault. Legend has it, he even offered to pump free beer through a public fountain so people could enjoy it at will.

The three Henry Weinhard’s beers are now available in bottles, priced around $6.49 per six-pack.   Woodland Pass IPA and Redwood Flats Amber are also available on draft.

About Henry Weinhard’s:

In the spring of 1856, a young brew master from Germany traveled months aboard a cargo ship to America and arrived in Oregon Territory.  Young Henry established his brewery outside of Ft. Vancouver and had a steady stream of thirsty trappers, soldiers and loggers to enjoy his high quality brews.  Demand quickly increased for Henry’s fine brews and he continued to share them with the people by purchasing saloons, delivering beer to neighboring cities via horse-drawn carriages and even shipping beer aboard barges to San Francisco.  By the end of the century, Henry became a leading citizen of Portland and was revered for his craft of brewing.  He passed away in 1904 and left behind a wealth of friends and a tradition of high quality, authentic beers, brewed with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, including Woodland Pass India Pale Ale, Redwood Flats Amber Ale, Private Reserve, Blue Boar, Northwest Wheat and Blonde Lager.

Batch 19

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“Batch 19” Offers Boston a Taste of Pre-Prohibition Style Beer

Lager based on authentic recipe banned in 1919 now on draft


BOSTON, MA – Boston beer drinkers curious about what beer tasted like before Prohibition now have their chance to find out thanks to a recent discovery of a 91-year-old, authentic pre-Prohibition recipe. Batch 19 is derived from a recipe found in an old logbook discovered in brewery archives dating back before 1919, when Prohibition banned beer. The pre-Prohibition style lager delivers a bold, hoppy flavor that is surprisingly well balanced. It was introduced in Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Washington, DC last year and Denver last month.


“When Prohibition banned beer in 1919, many great breweries went under and recipes were lost,” said Brewmaster Manny Manuele. “We uncovered this unique recipe, perfected it and introduced Batch 19 to select markets last year. Due to a great response from beer drinkers, we are now ready to share it with more consumers, including the great beer drinking city of Boston.”


“We had this authentic recipe that matched beer drinkers’ interest in exploring pre-Prohibition style beers,” said Batch 19 Brand Manager, Brad Johnson. “And ever since our four-market rollout last year, people across the country have been demanding Batch 19. We are excited to introduce this bold beer to the greater Boston area.”


Batch 19 derives its bold taste by using a rare combination of hops, including Hersbrucker and Strisslespalt and those last batches destroyed in 1919 are what inspired the name.  Beer fans can find out more about the unique Batch 19 story at, and, where the brand will share more details about the beer and its limited availability.

Third Shift Lager

Third Shift 16oz 4Pack Can BFYou’ve probably never heard of Third Shift Lager.  If it sounds like some fly by night, fancy dancy craft beer that sells for it’s weight in gold, you’d be wrong. You might be surprised to know it’s made by the brewing behemoth  MillerCoors.    It started out as a side project but it’s anything but an after thought. The idea was to create a beer to introduce the masses to a lower cost (under $8.99 a six pack) craft style beer.  They must have been onto something as it’s already a 2012 World Beer Cup award winner.  Originally sold exclusively on tap, it’s now available in handy take home bottles distributed with love from your friendly neighborhood distributors, Martins Distributing Co.


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Alcoholic Strength: 5.3 percent by volume

Calories: 182 per 12 oz. serving

Third Shift Amber Lager pours to a golden amber hue with a nose that is sweet with light spice. A moderate pour results in a nice head of foam that manages to stick around, maintaining a thin, white layer as you consume.

Third Shift Amber Lager has a pleasant, malty flavor that combines some toasted notes, pale malt, caramel, grains, and a dash of nutty character, with a clean hop bitterness that is mild and agreeable. The beer is light to medium in body and its overall flavor leans toward the sweet side. It is a very agreeable beer with a taste that will appeal to traditional beer drinkers as well as those who consume craft beer exclusively.

Third Shift Amber Lager has some craft beer quality, but according to the beer blog Great Beer Now, Third Shift Amber Lager is not going to be promoted as a craft beer, but rather as an invitation beer. What this supposedly means is that the beer is intended more as a warm- up to craft beer; a product that has some qualities of a craft brewed product, but with less intense flavors and a lower price to widen its appeal. After sampling it, I can see what MillerCoors means. The beer doesn’t sport the forceful personality common to many craft beers, but it is definitely more flavorful and unique than the typical mass- produced American lager. In other words, it is like a training wheel beer for those who want to make the transition to craft beer but are not quite ready to take the leap.

Third Shift Amber Lager has only been around for a short time and is only available in a few markets, but the beer has already enjoyed its share of positive press. The product won a Gold Medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup and it has received good reviews from beer critics and others who appreciate the moderate yet enjoyable flavor profile.


Mons Abbey Ales

The Story of Mons Abbey Ales

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MonsAbbeyTrio.337x444Mons Abbey Ales are a passionate endeavor to brew the finest beer in the world. That is not a claim—only people with empty glasses before them will be able to judge. However, our intentions are good…so give Mons Abbey Ales a try and you decide!

The Water

Beer is mostly water, so in order to make world-class beer, the water from which it is brewed must be outstanding. It was on that premise that the vision by Brewmaster Jean-Louis Marcoux was formed. Jean-Louis relocated from Belgium, where he had lived his entire life, to a remote part of Northwestern Quebec, where the Abitibi esker is located. The benefits of esker water are tremendous—the water is naturally filtered by glacial rocks and sand, and also naturally refrigerated to temperatures below which bacteria can survive. This coveted water is also bottled and sold for drinking, but most of it never makes it out of Northern Quebec due to its regional popularity.

The Ingredients and the Process

Along with superb water, Mons Abbey Ales are brewed with superb ingredients and genuine Belgian Trappist yeast. It’s logical that the path towards excellence would continue, and Jean-Louis would have it no other way! However, to make it really special, it’s equally important that those resources be expertly used, and that’s how all of Jean-Louis’s hard work, training and experience contribute to the making of a world-class beer.

Choosing a Name for Our Beer

Belgium is known for its palate-pleasing specialties—most notably waffles, chocolate, and beer. Belgian-style beers, whether brewed in Belgium or elsewhere, are subject to tradition and exacting standards, as well as brewing methods and process specifications.


The Belgian city of Mons was originally named Montes after the hills where Roman buildings and fortifications had stood. Many an invader and occupant came and went. However the city of Mons grew and its population flourished. Today its people continue to enjoy a tradition for beers inspired by generations of monks and devoted brewers who developed complex and flavorful beers.


Jean-Louis Marcoux was born in Mons and studied the art of brewing in Belgium. The heritage of our brewmaster and the simplicity of the name yielded a very obvious choice…Mons Abbey Ales!
“I hope you will try all of my Abbey Ales, and enjoy them with friends and good company!”

Jean-Louis Marcoux