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Beer Spotlight: Southern Tier 2XMAS Ale

 

 

Swedish flags are a fairly common sight in our part of the country. Holiday parties often have warm concoctions of spices and booze at the ready to knock the ice off of toes while raising spirits. We were inspired by a “Glogg” party, deciding on the spot to brew a beer that pays tribute to this Nordic tradition. 2xMas Ale combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. It’s a holiday addition to the 2X line and another reason to toast to the season, but unlike Glogg, we recommend serving this one chilled.

 

FOOD PAIRINGS:  Particularly tasty when paired with sausages, korv, fish, pickled herring, rich cheeses, holiday cookies & cake.

 

AVAILABILITY: Release begins in late Autumn / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg

 

 

About the company:

Southern Tier Brewing Company is committed to providing delicious, accessible and unique products. In doing so, we aim to change the way people drink beer.

Our mission is to provide our customers with consistently fresh, clean, American craft ales and lagers that stand on their own merit.

A close look at our logo reveals a brewers star. It may be just one diminutive graphic, but it plays a huge role in our brewery. The star represents purity in six crucial facets of our work; water, hops, grain, malt, yeast and brewer. We believe that by maintaining the highest quality possible in these areas, we will produce world-class beverages.

 

 

Company: Southern Tier Brewing Company
Brand: Southern Tier
Origin: USA
Category: Beer
Packaging: 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg
Variants: View Range Here
Where to Buy: Beer Finder
Website: www.stbcbeer.com

 

 

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Vodka Spotlight: Wodqa 100ml

 

 

Wodqa® is distilled seven times and never(!) filtered.

The wheat comes from Austria and was harvested with respect for nature in a small farm. The particularly soft water is freshly drawn from a spring in a nature reserve. It is rich in minerals thanks to the primary rock, and is always processed within 24 hours.

Thanks to the finest basic elements, utmost diligence in the distillation process and no filtering whatsoever, the fine grain aromas are preserved in our distillate – the result is an extremely soft and aromatic spirit.

We have made this elementary understanding of quality the trademark of our Wodqa®. »W« – flavored by nature.

Wodqa® was awarded a gold medal at the World Spirits Awards 2014 in the Vodka category and a gold medal at the Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb 2014 (IWS). Furthermore it was awarded a silver medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 (IWSC).

 

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Company: Wodqa
Brand: Wodqa
Origin: Austria
Category: Vodka
Packaging: 100ml
Alcohol per Volume: 40%
Claims: Extremely Pure
Variants: View Range Here
Price: 8.90€
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: www.qonzern.com

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Zipz Wine

 

 

Zipz Wine is the answer to the portable single-serve wine category. Our high-quality plastic vessel looks and feels like glassware…and it’s 100% recyclable! Our patented CleanWrap™ technology keeps your wine fresh and protected, along with a resealable screw-top that pulls double duty as a coaster. But why’s that cool? Well, you can take it anywhere.

The flexibility Zipz Wine brings to the life of wine drinkers is nothing short of astonishing. Are you ready for a revolution?

 

 
The Zipz Packaging
The black dress: Sexy and sleek, our high quality-PET plastic looks and feels like glassware, with a rescrewable top that pulls double duty as a highly protective coaster. But why’s that cool? Well, you can take it anywhere. We’ve excused wine from the dinner table.

The Zipz Practicality
Your new best friend: If you only want a glass, why open a bottle? If you want red and your friend wants white, why open two bottles? Let’s do away with the waste. No corkscrew? No need. Unzip your wine in a moment’s time. Your wine glass has never been this versatile or mobile. Let’s take the wine experience to places it has never been before, to places traditional glassware doesn’t stand a chance. Let’s unzip the possibilities.

The Zipz Premium
The cat’s meow: All of our wines are personally selected by industry professionals after long rounds of taste testing. Sourced from Mendocino, Sonoma and Lodi, our wines have lived the high life. First selections include Chardonnay 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Pinot Grigio 2013 & Merlot 2012. Elevate any moment. Bring Zipz.

The Zipz Difference
Do the right thing: Drink Zipz. 100% recyclable, 100% your new best friend. Going green has never tasted so good.

The Zipz Lifestyle
All walks of life: Zipz is all about luxury. It’s about enhancing experiences. It’s about rolling with the flexibilities of life. It’s about catering to you. Treat yourself right. Prefer Zipz.

 

 

 

OUR STORY – CHANGING THE GAME
Ever been to a baseball stadium?
Ever gone to the beach?
Ever enjoyed a picnic?
Ever had fun at a festival?
Ever gone out in public?

J Henry Scott noticed a fundamental issue in our everyday experiences and set out on a mission to fix that issue: wine isn’t offered everywhere. So, what did J do? J excused wine from the dinner table. Enter Zipz Wine.

CEO of Zipz Wine, J Henry Scott wanted to create a product that could suit the lives of the active, modern day individual. He knew that more and more people were starting to prefer wine as their adult beverage of choice, and he knew that these same people would appreciate premium quality; so J decided to make premium wine portable, and he decided his product would be different than the rest…and better. The world just deserved a little more luxury.

J had the vision, now it was time to have some fun. Not only would he present premium wines in highly quality durable plastic with the look and feel of a glass, he would also incorporate a rescrewable top that doubled as a coaster, perfect for any occasion or setting. The inclusion of 100% recyclable, BPA-free materials wasn’t an option, it was a responsibility.

J wanted increased flexibility to enjoy the finer things in life. People deserved the opportunity to stop wasting so much wine and money. They deserved Zipz. So J built the Zipz team, quickly designing and creating a patented single-serve wine that ensures the wine stays fresh and protected until the perfect moment of consumption. It was time for Zipz to bring the people together and showcase a new world of possible settings and experiences to be enjoyed amongst friends and good company.

In just 10 months, Zipz went from concept idea to reality, with the first Zipz products delivered nationally in time for opening day of the baseball season. And now, Zipz is available anywhere you are. Unzip the experience.
 

 

 

 

Company: Zipz Wine
Brand: Zipz Wine
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 187ml
Claims: Ready to Drink
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $35.88  (12 pack)
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: zipzwine.com

 

 

 

 

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Company Spotlight: Walled City Brewery

 

 

A Craft Brewery creating uniquely local, fabulously flavoursome small batches of artisan beer. Great people drink great beer. Opening winter 2014.

This city has an exceptional brewing & distilling heritage spanning from the brewery in Sir Henry Dowcra’s Fort in 1607, to the closure of the world-famous Watts & Company distillery in 1925.
That day in 1925 spelt the beginning of a barren period for local beers and spirits.
The beer market in particular has been consolidated and controlled by large overseas multinationals, with marketeers brewing fizzy insipid lagers.

Until now.

The Walled City Brewery will make uniquely local, premium quality, fabulously flavoursome craft beers in small artisan batches, using recipes that Masterbrewer James has been painstakingly perfecting over the last 12 years.

 

 

Company: Walled City Brewing Company Limited
Brand: Walled City Brewery
Slogan: A Great City deserves Great Beer
Origin: UK
Category: Beer
Claims: uniquely local, premium quality, fabulously flavoursome craft beers
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: www.walledcitybrewery.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Coco Vodka

 

WHO IS COCO?

Coco is from Melbourne, a different kind of paradise. We have more restaurants than coconut trees and spend more time in bars than on the sand. Our nights are a little longer and our hearts beat a little faster, it's our appetite for adventure, it's the lifestyle we live. This is our culture in a can. It’s a little bit of bad, for those who want something good.

 

Is natural coconut water used in Coco Vodka?

Yes unlike other vodka drinks on the market we do not use artificial coconut flavouring. Each Coco Vodka contains 100% pure coconut water mixed with premium triple distilled vodka for a refreshing, natural and high quality taste.

 

Nutritional Information p. 100ml

Energy - 275.3kJ
Protein - 1.0g
Fat, Total - <1.0g
Saturated - <0.00g
Carbohydrate - 8.0g
Sugars - 6.0g
Sodium - 99.8mg

 

Ingredients: Coconut Water, Carbonated Water, Vodka (4.8% alc v/v), Sugar, Citric Acid (330), Nature Flavours, Preservative (211), Natural Sweetener (960).

 

 

Company: Coco Vodka
Brand: Coco Vodka
Origin: Australia
Category: Vodka
Packaging: 250 ML
Alcohol per Volume: 4.8%
Claims: contains 100% pure coconut water
Variants: Pineapple, Original, Guava
Price: A 4 pack of Coco Vodka is $17.95 ($4.48 a can) and a slab of 24 cans is $90 ($3.75 a can)
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: coco-vodka.myshopify.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Pocket Shot Defrost Peppermint Schnapps

 

Bold peppermint candy aromas and flavors with a supple, lightly syrupy full body and a long, warming and spicy pure peppermint finish. Very clean and very pure peppermint flavor. Pocket Shot Defrost Peppermint Schnapps is 100 Proof.

International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal

 

 

About Pocket Shot

Pocket Shot created the "Shot In The Pouch" spirits beverage category in 2000 with the introduction of a line of Pocket Shot top shelf spirits. Now adults with an active lifestyle have a brand new way to enjoy their favorite hard liquor, in a safe, environmentally-friendly way. Consumer's no longer have to carry full size bottles, or small, breakable glass miniature bottles when they go out. Now you can have it one shot at a time, any place, anywhere. Read More

 

 

Company: Pocket Shot
Brand: Pocket Shot
Origin: USA
Category: Schnapps Liqueur, Liqueur
Packaging: 50ml
Alcohol by Volume: 50.0%
Claims: warming and spicy
Variants: View Range Here
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: www.pocketshot.com

 

 

 

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Beer Spotlight: New Belgium Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

 

 

This collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales pairs two favorites: chocolate and beer. Dessert is best poured. And the brewers at Perennial agree. So for our next Lips of Faith release we dreamt up a beer that would bring together chocolate sweetness, Belgian yeast, deeply roasted malts and just the right shake of salt to pour a creamy stout worthy of a cherry on top.

 

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About the company:

We believe that our dedication to high involvement culture and a loving, high performing workforce sets us apart. We believe that the collective is stronger than the individual and that informed coworkers will make responsible decisions.

We practice open book management, providing coworkers access to company financials and a clear view into managerial decision making processes. We facilitate an all-staff monthly meeting where coworkers are informed on the latest and greatest New Belgium news. We also meet annually, in the form of a Strategic Planning Retreat. This retreat is a sight to behold: all 570 of our coworkers come together for a few days of serious talks and serious fun. We gather input from ALL coworkers as Employee Owners, to help make decisions about the upcoming year's business plan. It's a wonderful way to celebrate, sustain our culture, reconnect ourselves to our Vision, and give out a heck of a lot of hugs & high fives in the process. Read More

 

 

Company: New Belgium Brewing Company
Brand: New Belgium
Origin: USA
Category: Beer
Packaging: 1 Pint (6 fl oz)
Claims: delicate volatile aromas and flavors
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Beer Finder
Website: newbelgium.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Square One Bergamot – Oranged Flavored Organic Vodka

 

 

Bergamot orange is a hidden gem among citrus fruits. Grown primarily in southern Italy and the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, bergamot is known for the unique tangy and aromatic qualities of the fruit's peel. Bergamot gives Earl Grey tea its signature floral notes and taste; chefs use it for an extra layer of flavor in gourmet desserts; and in aromatherapy, bergamot elevates the essences in designer fragrances.

With Square One Bergamot, the vibrant taste of organic bergamot is layered with the essential oils of pressed organic mandarin, navel and tangerine oranges and finished with the botanical essences of organic ginger, coriander and juniper. Unfiltered, the delicious essential oils stay in the bottle and showcase the exceptional fruit, floral and herbal qualities of the other botanicals. Square One Bergamot is a surprisingly complex, yet approachable expression of an orange-based spirit.

 

Tasting Notes

The aroma is freshly peeled orange varieties with subtle green wild flower. On the palate, floral bergamot is wrapped in juicy tangerine and the pleasant bitterness from mandarin orange. The finish is warm from the spice of ginger and juniper.

 

The Unfiltered Truth

The genuine taste experience of our spirits comes from the organic fruits, herbs and other botanicals that we use. With Square One Bergamot, we go a step further by keeping the delightful citrus oils in the spirit, rather than filter them out. Unfiltered, there's a touch of haze in the spirit and the essential oils will look cloudy when exposed to low temperatures, such as when placed in the freezer or mixed with ice. This is normal and desirable! Once back in room temperature, the spirit will begin to clear.

 

 

Company: Square One Organic Spirits, LLC.
Brand: Square One Organic Spirits
Origin: USA
Category: Vodka
Packaging: 750 mL
Alcohol by Volume: 40%
Claims: comes from the organic fruits, herbs and other botanicals
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Online Retailers
Website: squareoneorganicspirits.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Woodshed Brewing Lazy Jack’s American Style Cloudy Cider

 

 

A delicious American style cloudy cider
Perfectly fermented to 4.7% ABV

Here at the Woodshed Brewing Co., the easy going folk have done all the hard work for you (not that they've done much, really).

But nonetheless, inspired by the searing heat of the Mississippi summer, they've created a delicious American style cloudy cider that oozes carefree character and is crammed full of carefully selected juicy apples. What you get is 355ml of pure refreshment bursting with a wonderful tangy fruit hit.

 

 

About Lazy Jack's:

Lazy Jack's is inspired by the unbearable heat of the Mississippi mid-summer. It's the kind of heat that makes the road turn from tarmac to treacle and makes hot water come out of both taps.

Temperatures like that mean being as lazy as Lazy Jack's takes a whole lot of effort. That's why this American style cider is made with only the finest apple juice and naturally fermented to 4.7% ABV, with no over-processing and absolutely none of the really good stuff taken out. That's why it's so darn cloudy. Read More

 

 

Company: Woodshed Brewing Co.
Brand: Lazy Jack's
Origin: USA
Category: Cider
Packaging: 12 ounce (355ml)
ABV: 4.7%
Claims: Perfectly fermented. Delicious
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: lazyjackscider.com

 

 

 

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Beer Spotlight: Great Divide COLETTE

 

 

COLETTE is our homage to the saisons that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, COLETTE is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats — a beer as refreshing as it is complex.

 

 

About the company:
During the late 80s, Brian Dunn spent 5 years overseas building farms in developing countries.  Having grown up in a family that appreciated good food and drink, Dunn expanded his knowledge and passion for beer during his travels.  Dunn eventually returned to Colorado, started homebrewing and went to graduate school.  Upon graduation in 1993, when Denver’s craft beer scene barely existed, he set out to found what would eventually become one of America’s most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.
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Company: DIVIDE BREWING COMPANY
Brand: Great Divide
Origin: USA
Category: Beer
Availability: Year Round
Packaging: 6 packs, 5 gal and 15.5 gal kegs
ABV.: 7.3%
Claims: Refreshing
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Distributors
Website: greatdivide.com

 

 

 

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