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.”

 


From Chris, Beer Manager 

BEERs, ciders & hard sodas

Bell’s Octoberfest - “Crafted as a flavorful session beer and perfect for autumn, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks fermenting. With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Minnesota autumn.”

5.5% ABV

Brooklyn Oktoberfest - “When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would – he threw a beer festival. Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, full-bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.“

5.5% ABV

Schell Oktoberfest - “With its bright copper-orange color, it is quite symbolic of the autumnal shift of the season.  A slightly higher strength and warm malt body make it the perfect companion for the crisp fall weather in Minnesota.  The use of Munich and Vienna malts give the beer its toasty malt backbone, and melanoidin-rich flavor and aroma.  It has a soft malt sweetness, pleasant mouthfeel and a slight spiciness.  Hop character is subdued, as the malt takes center stage with this beer.”

5.5%ABV


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!