What's Buzz-worthy in our Beer & Wine Dept? July 17th

Summer Water Rose

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 The grapes for this Central Coast Grenache and Syrah blend are sourced from cool climate areas like Monterey and Santa Barbara County in California. They’re picked at just the right moment for a high natural acidity which makes the wine ideal for summer drinking. To ensure as little extraction from the skins as possible, this wine is made with a direct press method, retaining the delicate fruit aromas and pale color rosé is known for. The final blend is a composition of many small fermentations, each treated individually with care; the result is a sustainably-produced, lean and refreshing rosé with notes of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white peach.

S.C. Pannell Field Street Shiraz

This Shiraz is made from fruit sourced from a single nine hectare vineyard. The grapes are hand-harvested and crushed, spending 9 days on the skins then they’re naturally fermented. The nose is intoxicating —violets, with the beautiful perfume of fresh berries—be it raspberry, blueberry, cherry, or mulberry.  It’s all about the purity of the fruit. This is a medium to full bodied wine with an even, long, and sometimes ethereal juice feel.

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About Hermit Thrush Brewery

Friendship, big ideas, and just a pinch of brewing skills (okay, more like a barrelful) all lead to the sour-specific brainchild of Christophe Gagné and Avery Schwenk. At Hermit Thrush Brewery, they’re dedicated to concocting the best New American Sours they can dream up — and they aren’t afraid to go old-school with their style. They combine environmentally sustainable practices (like wood pellet boilers) with age-old brewing processes and a harvest of locally grown ingredients. The end result? A pucker-inducing punch to the tastebuds, and barely a dent on the planet.. 

Brattlebeer
foudre aged sour ale with local apples

Inspired by the town of Brattleboro, this unique sour ale captures the best of local flavors. Brattlebeer is slightly tart, light bodied and dry with both fruity and malty undertones, and a rocky, champagne-like head.  Fermented spontaneously with a blend of local apple cider, malt, and hops, this delicate pale ale pairs well with soft cheeses and herbal entrees, and often compliments seasonal fruit desserts.

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Party Guy

Kettle Soured  Session Ale

At Hermit Thrush Brewery, they encourage the reduction of waste in any way they can. In looking at historical brewing processes, they were intrigued by the Parti-gyle style of brewing where the mash from a strong beer is used a second time to make the wort for a lower-alcohol small beer. Party Guy, is the small beer brewed from their sour barleywine Jolly Abbot. Sour mashing brings out a bright lemony tartness that is supported by herbal aged hops and a dry malt finish. This is the refreshing, sour beer that you didn’t even know you were missing.

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