Beer

We have a huge and ever changing selection of craft, micro and import beers and offer them all at some of the lowest prices around. We’ll list some faves here but labels come and go VERY quickly, you really should come by and see what’s in the cooler today…

What’s pouring at the Bar this Week

Aperitif: Canals Canals Reserva Especial Brut, Barcelona Spain  $8 glass Whites     1) Casual but delicious whites  $12 per flight A) Ikella Torrontes 2010, Mendoza Argentina  $6 glass Light and dry with wonderful aromatics, kills boring Chardonnay on contact! B) Nico Dry Moscato Giallo 2012, Sierra Foothills California  $6 glass Complex with intense citrus aromas and a bone dry finish. Amazing with Thai food. C) Stone Fruit Riesling 2011, Pfalz Germany  $6 glass Fresh, ripe & quaffable fruit with a...

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Too Hot! Must! Have!! BEER!!!

You want Beer? We’ve got it and at GREAT pricing…   Brewer of the Week: Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City These guys are ambitious: they make nearly FORTY very diverse beer styles and they really pull it off. We were first totally knocked out by their Straight Up Saison ($6.49 / 22oz), the first American beer labeled “Saison” we’ve tasted that really made us think of classics like Saison Dupont. then we sampled a few more and brought you these:   Epic Hop Syndrome Lager 22oz ...

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What the hell is a RADLER?

What the hell is a RADLER? Perhaps the most refreshing thing you will drink this year! Many of you from the east coast or those who have visited the Caribbean will be familiar with Shandies from various breweries: lager beer bottled with a good shot of lemonade. These are the same concept but made with better beer from one of Austria’s best breweries and with little to no sweetness PLUS, at just 2.5% ABV, you can pound them with impunity with Thai, Oaxacan, Fried Chicken, Fruit & Cheese, you name it. Even...

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Sour Beer?

Sour Beer? It’s becoming a thing… After you’ve cooled your Summer heat with Hefeweizen and Wits, blown your hop receptors with Double Imperial IPAs and lulled yourself to sleep with hearty Porters and Stouts what’s next? From classic Belgian Flemish Reds and Gueze to loving homages made in the US, beers with a decidedly sour TWANG! due to fermentation with Lactobacillus (used to make yoghurt) or Brettanomyces (or both) in addition to normal brewing yeasts are achieving critical mass of mind share...

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German Beers

Up in Smoke! Unlike the horribly misguided but influential Italian wine critic Luca Maroni (who criticizes some truly amazing wines as being “contaminated” with smoky, brambly, earthy flavors when, in fact, that is what makes them A, great and B, unique), we first try to figure out what a producer is TRYING to do before trashing them for not making a standardized “product” just like everyone else. Well, what THESE guys are trying to do is push the envelope of the food friendly whiff of...

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Czech Beer

Hailing from the Czech Republic where they like their beer flavorful, their maidens tall and fair and their Presidents literate: Czechvar Czech Lager! Direct from Cescke Budejovice, this is GREAT beer, the sort that fueled the Velvet Revolution of 1989 (and the Prague Spring of 1968): clean, crisp, hoppy but not overpowering, everything the ersatz Budweiser made here is not! Enjoy it with everything from grilled sausages to pizza to the groovy Ryko-Disk Frank Zappa collections: he was Vaclav Havels favorite...

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Beer-a-torials

Hey Boys and Girls, do you know the difference between price and value? Take the Wine Expo Challenge! Compare the Brewing Specs…   Coordweiser Lite Ice Draft: Raw Materials Rice!?!?!?!? Barley, Water (from the local municipal system), Corn Syrup, Hops (but not enough to really bother anyone), single-strain genetically engineered yeasts Brewery Industrial complexes that look like the love child of a dairy and an oil refinery. Process Quick brew for low alcohol (3.4%) and sweetness, age for 21 days then...

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Austrian Beer

Hard day? You deserve a Stift one… Stift Schlägl Brewery, Muhlvierte Austria This historic brewery dates to 1580 but is located in a Cistercian abbey with roots back to 1203. The beers are noted for their fresh hoppy flavors that come from the famous Muhlviertel hops grown in the district. There are 6 diverse offerings in just the right size 500ml bottles, all just $2.89. Stift Schlägl Abtei Pils A nearly perfect Pils with citrus and grain on the palate and just a hint of hops on the nose. Fresh, clean and...

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Canadian Beer

It’s not all Molson Ice and LaBatt’s Lite in the Great White North. There are some outstanding craft brewers making inroads in the lower 48:   Howe Sound, Squamish, British Columbia These are all outstanding, quite different one from another and come in groovy 1 LITER growlers  with a resealable top: Howe Sound Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale Golden Ale brewed with all natural Lillooet Honey (5% ABV), Howe Sound Rail Ale Nut Brown Ale Round and smooth and comforting with hints of Chocolate &...

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