CRAFT BEERS & MICRO BREWS

We pride ourselves in seeking out those hard to get, limited, seasonal and special releases of the best craft beers and microbrews! Although we do carry several brews from local breweries, we also stock up on the tastiest beers from all over! We still carry domestics and imports for those of you who rather kick back with ol’ trusty. Don’t forget to browse our events for any upcoming beer tastings!

OCTOBER IS ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS AT TAYLOR’S!

We’re are taking 20% off all Pumpkin Beers for the entire month of October!

Here are a few pumpkin brews to check out:

Renaissance Man Pumpkin Coffee Ale

Gizmo Brew Works, Raleigh NC

Renaissance Man Pumpkin Coffee Ale ABV 8.5%

Available in 22oz. bottle $11.99
If you missed out on the beer tasting with Gizmo we had last Saturday there are still a few bottles of their highly limited pumpkin seasonal, Renaissance Man. Gizmo relies on the clean and mild flavor of pumpkin paired with coffee to give you a toasted caramel experience. The aromas of coffee soaked pumpkin are dominant on the nose. And when I say “pumpkin,” I don’t mean the bouquet of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg aromas. This is more reminiscent of baked pumpkin chunks. You get plenty of roasted notes but none of the spicy which lends itself to that coffee aroma. The coffee notes are also roasted with an extra layer of earthy spice. This is the pumpkin beer for pumpkin spice haters!

Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale

Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego CA

Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale ABV 5.8%

Available in 6 pack bottles $13.99
The pumpkiny version of Ballast Point’s Scottish ale, “Piper Down!” This beer is unique because you don’t often see a Scottish ale as a backdrop for pumpkin beers. This is a little silly because the caramel malt Scottish beers are so well known for are a perfect compliment to the flavors of real pumpkin. Ballast Point uses roasted pumpkin meat to really add to these warm and nutty malts. Very light and sessionable, this beer would pair well with these early Fall days when it’s not quite cold out yet. The mild pumpkin flavor is enhanced only a little bit by the addition of some spice. The roasted pumpkin still shines through in both the aroma and flavor. Overall a really smooth and easy drinking ale.

Sour Pumpkin Ale

Birds Fly South Ale Project, Greenville SC

Sour Pumpkin Ale ABV 7.5%

Available in 750mL bottle $13.99
Many customers come in and don’t recognize Birds Fly South. If you’re a fan of complex and dynamic farmhouse ales and sours, they’re definitely a brewery to follow. And if you happen to be a sour head in search of a funky pumpkin option, this farmhouse ale will not disappoint. Made with both mashed and toasted pumpkin chunks, the star ingredient shines through a complex and well developed flavor profile. There’s some tartness here that transforms into warm and smooth pumpkin pie flavor. A little bit of funk is sensed in the aroma and flavor profile but it’s more of an earthiness that comes from the hearty amounts of pumpkin. A firm malt backbone gives a bready flavor that anchors those sour notes. Definitely impressive.

JUST ARRIVED!

Here are some of the newest releases and craft beer arrivals to hit the shelves at Taylor’s Wine Shop!

Pacific Wonderland Lager

Dechutes Brewery

Pacific Wonderland Lager 5.5% ABV

We’ve always believed the best way to respect tradition is to brew the unexpected. So when we set out to create a sessionable lager befitting of the Pacific Northwest, our sense of exploration led us to this dry-hopped wonder befitting of everyday adventure. Citrusy Tettnang Mandarina hops combine with the crisp, bright character of a traditional lager to deliver a beer that is truly refreshing, and undoubtedly worth sharing.

Fresh Squeezed IPA

Dechutes Brewery

Fresh Squeezed IPA 6.4% ABV

A juicy citrus and grapefruit flavor profile. As if fresh Citra and Mosaic hops were squeezed straight into the bottle. This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.

Black Butte Porter

Dechutes Brewery

Black Butte Porter 5.2% ABV

This is the beer that started it all. A rich, creamy mouthfeel complements a layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes. Full of flavor, yet easy to drink. Notes of rich chocolate and coffee, a luscious creaminess and a roasted finish.

El Sully Mexican Style Lager

21st Amendment Brewery

El Sully Mexican Style Lager 4.8% ABV

The sun was in our eyes and we did not get a good look, but you are closer to him right now than most will ever have the good fortune to be. Who is El Sully? Grab a can of this Mexican-Style lager, head to the nearest beach, even if it’s imagined, and perhaps he’ll come to you.

Lager of the Lakes

Bell's Brewery

Lager of the Lakes 5% ABV

Following in the tradition of Czech Pilsners by offering a combination of firm malt and herbal hop bitterness, Bell’s Lager Beer is as refreshing and crisp as a swim in the Great Lakes.

Hot Tub Scholarship Lager

Rogue Ales

Hot Tub Scholarship Lager 

A refreshing German-style helles lager, perfect for pairing with hot tub soaks. And 10% of the lager’s sales go to funding that same Jack Joyce Scholarship

Hop Madness Double IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

HOP MADNESS® DOUBLE IPA – 8% ABV

Beware, drinker! Hop hysteria could happen to you! Especially after indulging in our dry-hopped Double IPA’s shockingly intense tropical aromas and hair-raising bitterness.

LAKE ERIE MONSTER® IMPERIAL IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

LAKE ERIE MONSTER® IMPERIAL IPA – 9.1% ABV

Issue a small craft advisory: this South Bay Bessie-inspired brew launches an intense hop attack amid torrid tropical fruit flavors. Astonishingly full-bodied, with a leviathan load of American hops.

Mars Double India Pale Ale

Bell's Brewery

Mars Double India Pale Ale – 10.10% ABV

Released initially in August, 2014 as the first beer in the Bell’s Planets Series, Mars (The Bringer of War) is a double IPA with a complex hop character and a malty backbone. Notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, lemon, lime and pineapple are all present in both the aroma and flavor.

stone ghosthammer ipa

Stone Brewing Co.

Ghosthammer IPA – 6.7% ABV

A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility falls to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing soloists brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. This IPA, liberally hopped with Loral, honors their intrepid overnight team.

oskar blues fugli

Oskar Blues Brewery

Fugli – 5.8% ABV

Yuzu and Ugli fruit infusions twisted together with the blueberry, tangerine notes of Mosaic make for a tangy, juicy, zesty array of aroma and flavor. Salivation will instantly ensue with one sniff of this crushable brew (5.8% ABV, 60 IBUs) that was inspired by a Yuzu brew we made with some brewing friends in Japan.

coastwise session ipa

Coronado Brewing & Surfside Foundation

CoastWise Session IPA – ABV 5%

A collaboration between Coronado brewing Company and the Surfrider Foundation, CoastWise is inspired by a shared love of the coastal lifestyle and a desire to protect the natural environment that inspires it.

oarsman ale

Bell's Brewing

Oarsman Ale – ABV 4%

Tart and refreshing, this sessionable, bright Wheat Ale exudes citrus and lemony aromas from Cascade hops and trades sour intensity for finesse. A perfect companion for any occasion, Oarsman Ale is a beer based in tradition, but with that distinctive Bell’s twist.

coronado orange ave wit

Coronado Brewing Co.

Orange Ave. Wit- ABV 5.2%

This So-Cal take on a traditional witbier honors Coronado’s main street, which is home to our brewpub and was once lined with orange trees. Bolstered by orange zest, coriander and orange blossom honey, it’s Belgium by way of Coronado. Expect a refreshing, light-bodied brew rife with citrus zing and a hint of earthy spice.

 

Stiegl Radler Zitrone

Stiegl

Radler Zitrone Lemon

This Zitrone Lemon is pale, yellow gold with an average white head with Pale citrus and lemon on the nose. This brew is zesty, light and definitely different with a bit of sweet lemon and honey in the background. This is a malt beverage specialty that pair perfectly with summer!

We’re excited to announce that we are now an Untapp’d Verified Venue! For those of you who are not as familiar with or have not used Untapp’d, here’s a little bit of information:

 

untappd verified venue

Untapp’d is is a social community of cider, mead, and beer drinkers with an unlimited amount of information about different kinds of beer from all over the world. Users can check in to different locations, earn badges, and share the beers they are drinking. You can also build a wishlist of beers you’re excited about or simply view information about a beer you want to try. You can see what people around you are enjoying and you can see local events that are coming up that you would be interested in. You can also rate beers and review them through the site and see other ratings as well. As of early 2017, Untapp’d has reached 5 million users! It’s a great tool for people who would like to be more active in the craft beer community.

Right now, our beer menu is on our Untapp’d page as well as on the Ben’s Bottle Shop Facebook page. This list makes up our entire inventory! Beers are organized by style and then listed alphabetically by brewery. You can search within the menu if you are looking for something specific. This is a live list and will be updated consistently to best reflect what we have in stock at any time. The menu will also always have information on the current monthly sale we have going on at the top of the menu page. Separate menus will be posted before our tasting dates so you can see what we will be pouring! You will be able to view all of our Parking Lot Party dates and Beer Tasting events on our Untapp’d page as well. You can subscribe to us on Untapp’d and will be notified of any events, special release beers we have available, or any other important information we need to share with you!

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OTHER RECENT ARRIVALS!

Off She Gose

Southern Pines Brewing Co.

Off She Gose – ABV 5.5%

Off She Gose is a sweet, refreshing wheat beer that is contradicted by a sour, salty finish. Slamming doors, tears in your beers, and passive aggressiveness compliment the sour and salty spirit of this beer. The zesty citrus and silky wheat will remind you of the small victories that lead to the overall defeat. When its been real, and its been fun, but it hasn’t been real fun, the break up in a can you’ve been looking for is Off She Gose.

Coolcumber Golden Ale

Wicked Weed Brewing

COOLCUMBER GOLDEN ALE – ABV 6%

Wicked Weed’s most popular summer beer is back!! Coolcumber Golden Ale! “Summer in Carolina is a time when days grow long, life slows down, and friends draw near. Gardens burst with brisk basil and fresh cucumbers, fireflies illuminate the night sky, and warm days leave us lounging late, our glasses brimming with golden nectar. Summer in the South is best served cool.”

Radler Grapefruit

Stiegl

Stiegl Radler Grapefruit

The Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit is a mix of Stiegl-Goldbräu and fruit juice that is invariably natural and has no artificial sweeteners added to it. The grapefruit juice lends this a naturally cloudy appearance and a tangy fruit flavor, creating a succulent and fruity taste sensation with a refreshing finish.

Vienna Lager

DEVIL'S BACKBONE BREWING

Vienna Lager – ABV 5.2%

Available in 24 pack Tall Boys (16 oz cans)
With its amber chestnut colored good looks and smooth malty finish, Vienna Lager was an obvious choice to put into package. It blends color and flavor without heaviness or bitterness. Just as Vienna Lagers historically inspired Munich’s Oktoberfest beers to evolve, this amber lager has evolved since we opened in 2008 into the award winning beer it is today. Experience the taste and tradition. Mild, Toasted, Caramel.

guayabera pale ale

Cigar City Brewing

Guayabera citra pale ale – ABV 5.5%

Bright berry, lime leaf and tangerine aromas and flavors imparted by our exclusive use of Citra hops are deftly balanced by an assertive bitterness and moderate breadiness from a simple malt bill. Infinitely quaffable but worthy of careful consideration.

Stone IPA Mixed 12 Pack

STONE BREWING CO.

All IPA Mixed 12 Pack

This Special Release includes:
STONE HOP REVOLVER IPA: The aim of this experimental, hop-centric series is to demonstrate just how dramatically a single hop can impact a beer.
STONE DELICIOUS IPA: A citrusy IPA with Lemondrop & El Dorado Hops; Crafted to reduce gluten.
STONE PATASKALA RED X IPA: A massively dry-hopped deep crimson IPA (A redder shade of IPA).
STONE RUINATION DOUBLE IPA 2.0: A liquid peam to the glory of hop!

Fille de Ferme

WICKED WEED BREWING

Fille de Ferme – ABV 4.1%

The changing seasons never cease to inspire those who grow, craft, and create. Looking towards spring, we source citrus fruits from the heart of winter and the first flowers after the frosts to herald the extension of the light. Spring stretches out before us, and our days grow longer, lending sunlight and joy to guide the work of our hands. Fille de Ferme is a foeder-rested, brettanomyces farmhouse ale. Fermented with honeysuckle and fresh orange zest, this lightly tart ale is their homage to the rustic spirit of old world Belgian-style farm beers.

Devilwood

WICKED WEED BREWING CO.

Devilwood – ABV 10%

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Ale
The demons of Devilwood strike without warning! Their run on barrel-aged Belgian beers continues. Devilwood is their Bedeviled Golden Ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Warming and complex, Devilwood reveals an enrapturing coconut flavor from bourbon barrels interacting with their Belgian yeast.

Steady Rollin Session IPA

Great Lakes Brewing

Steady Rollin’ Session IPA – ABV 4.8%

Inspired by the Great Lakes region, their single hop Session IPA is brewed for days when you can only guess the time based on where the sun sits in the sky. A vibrant landscape of tropical, fruity Mosaic hop aromas and smooth sailing malt flavors.

STRAIGHT TO ALE MILK STOUT

STRAIGHT TO ALE BREWERY

LILY FLAGG MILK STOUT – 5% ABV

Lily Flagg Milk Stout is named for Huntsville’s most famous quadruped. A prize cow owned by local plantation owner Samuel B. Moore, Lily Flagg was honored as one of the world’s best butterfat producers in 1892 at an exposition in Chicago. This dark, rich beer contains tons of roasted malt goodness, hints of chocolate and coffee and a creamy mouth feel from the addition of milk sugars during the brewing process.

VICTORY BREWING HOPDEVIL

VICTORY BREWING CO.

HOPDEVIL IPA – 6.7% ABV

Bold, spicy and Menacingly Delicious™, this American-hopped IPA offers an aromatic punch and follows through with a lasting, full-bodied finish. Pine and citrus filled nose from the American hops. Malt sweetness in there as well. Drinkable hop juiciness is the key while remaining balanced with ample caramel presence. Pairs perfect with Cheddar cheese, BBQ ribs and grilled meats!

GRIZZLY PEAR CIDER

BLAKE'S HARD CIDER CO.

GRIZZLY PEAR – 5% ABV

Their first pear hard cider, Grizzly melds soft notes of pear & prickly pear cactus balanced with a sharp apple finish with a hint of elderflower. No bears were harmed in the making of this product.

TAYLOR’S BEER CORNER

The craft/micro -brew world is always changing.  Keep an eye on this section so see our most exciting and newest additions.

We’ve been bringing in tons of pumpkin beers in preparation for October! Now through the 31st, take an extra 20% off everything pumpkin!

One of the most controversial seasonal styles, pumpkin beers will spark expressions of either adoration or disgust. Most think of these beers as something fairly new when in actuality brewers have been using pumpkin to make beer for centuries dating back to colonial times. A poor man’s ingredient, the pumpkin provided fermentable sugars when more expensive resources like barley were inaccessible. The style slowly faded away over time, being considered “a thing of the past.” It wasn’t until the 1980s when the pumpkin ale was rediscovered. Since then, the recipe for the traditional pumpkin ale has taken on many different identities and evolved into even more styles. There’s the famous pumpkin pie type beer that relies so heavily on the spices that most people recognize. There are also beers that put their primary focus on the pumpkin meat itself and experiment in different ways to make this Fall staple shine. Now is a great time to experiment with this popular seasonal as there are so many different ways to bring out that pumpkin! And right now we have a lot of different styles in stock so you have a nice range of options when choosing.

Here are a few of the great pumpkin beers we currently have in stock:

Renaissance Man Pumpkin Coffee Ale

Gizmo Brew Works, Raleigh NC

Renaissance Man Pumpkin Coffee Ale ABV 8.5%

Available in 22oz. bottle $11.99
If you missed out on the beer tasting with Gizmo we had last Saturday there are still a few bottles of their highly limited pumpkin seasonal, Renaissance Man. Gizmo relies on the clean and mild flavor of pumpkin paired with coffee to give you a toasted caramel experience. The aromas of coffee soaked pumpkin are dominant on the nose. And when I say “pumpkin,” I don’t mean the bouquet of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg aromas. This is more reminiscent of baked pumpkin chunks. You get plenty of roasted notes but none of the spicy which lends itself to that coffee aroma. The coffee notes are also roasted with an extra layer of earthy spice. This is the pumpkin beer for pumpkin spice haters!

Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale

Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego CA

Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale ABV 5.8%

Available in 6 pack bottles $13.99
The pumpkiny version of Ballast Point’s Scottish ale, “Piper Down!” This beer is unique because you don’t often see a Scottish ale as a backdrop for pumpkin beers. This is a little silly because the caramel malt Scottish beers are so well known for are a perfect compliment to the flavors of real pumpkin. Ballast Point uses roasted pumpkin meat to really add to these warm and nutty malts. Very light and sessionable, this beer would pair well with these early Fall days when it’s not quite cold out yet. The mild pumpkin flavor is enhanced only a little bit by the addition of some spice. The roasted pumpkin still shines through in both the aroma and flavor. Overall a really smooth and easy drinking ale.

PUMPKIN SMASH IMPERIAL STOUT

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co., Sainte Genevieve, MO

Pumpkin Smash Imperial Stout ABV 10.6%

Available in 6 pack bottles $11.99
Our strongest pumpkin beer in the whole store, Pumpkin Smash pours black. Aromas of dark chocolate and some light coffee laced with sweet pumpkin fill your nose. Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel, this stout is pretty heavy. Flavors of booze, some vanilla, and toffee sit on the tongue. The use of Saaz and Magnum hops creates an earthy bitterness that enhances the pumpkin pie spices, giving them more depth. A perfect balance of sweet and spicy comes together in this stout.

Sour Pumpkin Ale

Birds Fly South Ale Project, Greenville SC

Sour Pumpkin Ale ABV 7.5%

Available in 750mL bottle $13.99
Many customers come in and don’t recognize Birds Fly South. If you’re a fan of complex and dynamic farmhouse ales and sours, they’re definitely a brewery to follow. And if you happen to be a sour head in search of a funky pumpkin option, this farmhouse ale will not disappoint. Made with both mashed and toasted pumpkin chunks, the star ingredient shines through a complex and well developed flavor profile. There’s some tartness here that transforms into warm and smooth pumpkin pie flavor. A little bit of funk is sensed in the aroma and flavor profile but it’s more of an earthiness that comes from the hearty amounts of pumpkin. A firm malt backbone gives a bready flavor that anchors those sour notes. Definitely impressive.

HERE IS A LIST OF THE BRANDS THAT YOU CAN ALMOST ALWAYS FIND IN OUR STORE:

New Holland
Anderson Valley Brewing
Ace Cider House
Founders
Ska Brewing
Saint Bernardus
Aviator
Flying Dog
Crispin
Steigl
Dog Fish Head
21st Amendment

Bison Brewing
Moylans
Bottle Tree
Duck Rabbit
Rogue
New Belgium
Great Divide
Foothills
Coronado
Left Hand
Westbrook Brewing
Green Flash

Fort Collins
Big Boss
Delerium
Bells
Cottonwood
Lucifer
Oskar Blues
Higland Brewing
Thoms Creek
Lone Rider
Triangle Brewing Co.
Great Lakes

Lagunitas Sierra Nevada
Stone Brewing
Bear Republic
Innis & Gunn
Hoppin Frog
Red Oak
B. Nektar
Mad River Brewing
Sam Adams
Wicked Weed Brewing