STAFF SELECTION


FROM CHRIS, BEER MANAGER
& BLAKE, LIQUOR MANAGER

SPIRITS

Jeffersons Very Small Batch - “This ridiculously small batch bourbon" with barrels that range in age from 8-12 years is a contract bourbon for Castle Brands. Jefferson's is the 'entry' level of the Jefferson's line, but don't let that stop you. This is a nicely priced, well rounded whiskey. Nose is light with vanilla, yeast & sweet corn. Palate is smooth with a nice, slightly oily mouth feel, with notes of butter, pepper corn and some caramel.” The finish is quick with honey and oak to round out this very approachable bourbon.

 

1792 Ridgemont Reserve - “1792 Ridgemont Reserve is the flagship bourbon produced by Sazerac’s Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY. It is a Small Batch bourbon, and formerly was bottled with an 8 year age statement on the bottle.  Like so many other bourbons in this current “Boom,” that age statement is no longer on the bottle. Big, weighty-rye with attitude on the nose, along with caramel & vanilla. The taste is puckering and mouthwatering and the rye goes ballistic on the palate with notes of custard cream & apples. The oak finish kicks in at the death with a shot of anise and black coffee, while the rye sticks around to the end.”

 

Eagle Rare - “Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. The rareness of this great breed of bourbon is evident in its complex aroma, as well as the smooth and lingering taste. Complex aromas of toffee, hints of orange peel, herbs, honey, leather and oak. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.”

 

Yellow Spot 12 Year Irish whiskey - “The Yellow Spot is a single pot still Irish whiskey which has been matured in three types of cask: American Bourbon cask, Spanish Sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks for a sweeter flavor. There are masses of fleshy stone fruit on the nose, especially peach and apricot with hints of sherried dried fruit and Bourbon cask vanilla. The palate is equally fruity with a substantial body and a velvety texture. The finish is long and sweet with notes of marzipan and dried apricots.” Very limited and hard to find Irish whiskey, so get it fast because it won’t be around for long.

 

Lagavulin 12 Year Scotch - Lagavulin has become a Special Releases stalwart – and for good reason. The classic Islay distillery is beloved by peat fans (and everyone's favourite Parks director, Ron Swanson). This year's 12 year old candidate brings together the characteristic island smoke with the sweetness of American hogsheads, all wrapped up in a natural cask strength bottling. It's meaty and robust – Ron would certainly approve. On the nose alty, briny, cereal notes, phenolic, smoke, iodine, with some citrus notes. Along the palate sweet biscuit, smoke; honey, pepper, with heat from the ABV, plus a bit of caramel comes through with water added. Nice mouthfeel, with lingering smoke, not overpowering, medium-long finish w/ a medium length finish. My favorite all time Islay scotch from Lagavulin Co.!

 

Infuse Spirits Cinnamon Apple Vodka - “The nose is pure apple, with touches of cinnamon, just like grandma used to bake. Smooth as silk on the body — the vodka is really only evident on the finish, as the sweet, dessert-like character of the product takes center stage... a fun change of pace to be sure." 'A' Rated Vodka.
-Christopher Null, Drinkhacker.co- "Double Gold & Best-In-Show 'Flavored' Vodka 2014"

San Francisco World Spirits Comp


Fair State IPA - IPA brewed with malted wheat and six varieties of hops. Dry, pale, and aroma-forward American IPA brewed with wheat malt and Horizon, Chinook, Crystal, Cascade, Simcoe, and Centennial hops.

96 Point rating on RateBeer.com (Abv: %6.2 IBU’s: 60)

 

Surly Abrasive - Hazy gold in color, this Oatmeal Double IPA has aggressive aromas of candied grapefruit/tangerine and tropical fruit. Malted oats greatly enhance the body and the high level of bitterness is balanced by this sweetness. Citra hops are used for aroma & flavor additions and for dry-hopping, while Warrior hops are used primarily for bitterness.

4.5 Out of 5 on Beer Advocate, Abv: %9.0

 

Enki Cacao Porter - Like Grandma’s semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies hot from the oven, CACAO’s aroma is irresistibly tempting. The tightly-laced tan head and dark brown color invites your palate to experience CACAO’s richly smooth texture and creamy dark chocolate flavor, giving way to a clean, earthy hop ending. One taste and you too will be saying CACAO is the best porter to ever touch your lips.

6.5% ABV, 24 IBUs
 

From Chris, Beer Manager 


managers' wine consensus

WINE

Replica - Pinot Noir - Misbehaved - “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That's why they created a proprietary methodology to analyze taste and aroma profiles of thousands of wines. While impossible to produce an identical copy, they use data and skilled winemaker to create a masterful Replica of Meiomi Pinot Noir. Dark red with some purple tones, this Pinot displays rich plummy, black fruit aromas and flavors which are elegantly framed by slightly smoky, caramel scented oak. This is a full bodied and full flavored wine that bespeaks of a very ripe and a richly extracted style of Pinot Noir not often found among California Pinots.”

 

Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon - "This High Elevation Collection is a careful blend of three appellations within Lake County. The clusters from High Valley bring red fruit and tannin, the Red Hills Appellation contributes lush fruit and ripe characteristics, and Big Valley grapes add complexity and texture to this wine. This is a classic, everyday drinking Cabernet. Great fruit upfront, balanced complexity mid palate and a kiss of oak on the lingering, yet soft finish.”

 

Diora Three Crowns Estate Red Wine - “Winemaker James Ewart's powerful bottling shows blueberry, vanilla, dark spice and scarlet-red roses on the nose, followed by an intriguing complexity on the palate. Flavors of blackberry jam and black pepper run through the sip, as does a touch of roasted beef, framed by bursting acidity.” 93 Points Wine Enthusiast!

 

Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon - At elevations ranging from 1,400 to 3,000 feet and located at the base of Mount Konocti, once an active volcano, the Red Hills AVA features rolling hills, red volcanic soils, and a cooling effect from Clear Lake, one of North America’s oldest natural lakes. Harvested in October, grapes were picked at the peak of henolic ripeness and aged on French and American oak for 18 months. Crafted from our Vigilance Vineyards in the Red Hills of Lake County to create a multi-layered, well balanced wine. Notes of black cherry and ripe current; earthy, with hints of coffee bean and tobacco. Silky and lush with excellent layers, richness and a long, satisfying finish.

 

Justin Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon - “Dark ruby purple core lightening to medium intensity at the rim with moderate staining on the glass. Aromatic black fruit of cherry and blackcurrant jam, baking spice, dried leaf and sweet tobacco. Full bodied with bright black cherry, blackcurrant and berry fruit with an underpinning of oak barrel accents on entry. The mid palate shows continued fruit with savory herbal notes, mint and a hint of violet. The finish is clean, long and layered with lingering dark fruit surrounded by soft chewy tannins balanced by crisp acidity and subtle floral notes.”

 

Diora Three Crowns Estate Red Wine - Diora (French term meaning "golden”) is the culmination of a 25 year high touch vineyard to bottle journey starting at Monterey’s San Bernabe Vineyard and the winery within it. Powered by the precision of viticulturist-winemaker James Ewart’s timing in the vineyard and touch in the cellar, Diora is a statement wine overflowing with flavor, depth and personality. The bottling shows blueberry, vanilla, dark spice and scarlet-red roses on the nose, followed by an intriguing complexity on the palate. Flavors of blackberry jam and black pepper run through the sip, as does a touch of roasted beef, framed by bursting acidity.”

 

Baron de Seillac Sparkling Rose’ - “This sparkling rose, from the region of Provence in France, is made entirely of Grenache which results in a fresh, floral fragrance and a dry palate with subtle notes of berry and perfect acidity.  At 11.5% alcohol, this wine is perfect as an aperitif, served with brunch, or paired with simply prepared seafood dishes.  Extremely affordable, this wine proves that high quality sparkling wine can truly be a daily affair.”

 

Baron de Seillac Sparkling Wine - “The Breban Company is one of the last family owned company producing artisanal sparkling wines in the South of France. The grand-father, Raymond, started elaborating sparkling wine in his garage in 1942. He has then decided to add a full range of wines from Provence. Since that time, two generation have been managing the company with the same passion and philosophy for quality. Today, they are famous in France and all over the world for the quality of the wines of Provence and for their premium hand crafted sparkling wines. Very pale yellow color with green glints; complex nose with delicious bouquets of citrus fruits (lemon and grapefruit), of fruits (peaches) and, small white flowers.”