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!
AUGUST IS ALL ABOUT CIDERS & MEADS AT TAYLOR’S!
We’re still taking 20% off all ciders and meads through the end of August!
Here are some of the newest releases and craft beer arrivals to hit the shelves at Taylor’s Wine Shop!
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.
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 – 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. Hopped at a ratio of about 3.4 pounds of hops per barrel, the recipe for Mars was developed from a trial batch called Larry’s Latest Double IPA brewed in our original brewery located adjacent to the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.
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 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.
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 – 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 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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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:
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!VIEW US ON UPTAPP’D
OTHER RECENT ARRIVALS!
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 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!
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.
BLAKE'S HARD CIDER CO.
THE TONIC, CUCUMBER & GINGER – 6.5% ABV
Refinement gets a refresh! The Tonic is our spring/summer seasonal that paris well with warm weather, sunshine, and everything outdoors. The crisp cucumber notes meld well with the fresh ginger we juiced and added in at the end of fermentation. The Tonic is being realeased this 2017 season for the first time in cans due to a high volume of requests.
Tröegs INDEPENDENT BREWING
JAVAHEAD STOUT – 7.5% ABV
JavaHead is like a day at Tröegs; it’s hard to tell where the coffee ends and the beer begins. This creamy oatmeal stout is infused with locally roasted, cold steeped coffee through our HopBack vessel releasing subtle hints of cocoa, roasted nuts and dark mocha.
CONSECRATOR DOPPELBOCK ABV 8%
A traditional Doppelbock fermented with an old world yeast. Reddish brown in color with a mild hop profile, Consecrator is a well-balanced, full-bodied lager with hints of caramel and molasses in its smooth, malty finish after spending 3 months maturing in our fermentation tanks.
Highland Brewing Co.
Daycation IPA AVB 4.9%
Sit back and relax or grab your pack and go – this IPA is up for anything. Lively and light-bodied, Daycation celebrates Mosaic®’s stone fruit and herbal notes, while El Dorado®, and Azacca®™ dry hop adds layers of bright citrus. Balanced by a varied malt profile, with enough bitterness to satisfy hop enthusiasts, this beer is crafted to bring you back for more.
21st Amendment Brewery
Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA ABV 7%
Because sometimes, real fruit just makes things even more delicious. Blood Orange Brew Free! is brewed like our original west coast style Brew Free! or Die IPA, but with an abundance of fresh blood orange puree and a twist of citrusy dry hops. Refreshingly different. As Abe would say, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Tröegs Independent Brewing
First Cut Mango IPA – 6.2% ABV
Each spring, hop growers dust off their pruning shears and trim the first shoots, bolstering the bines for a rich growing season. First Cut – a mouthful of silky Simcoe and a touch of mango – is a nod to this ritual, without which the world would be a less hoppy place.
ANDI’S BEER CORNER
The craft/micro -brew world is always changing. Keep an eye on this section so see Andi’s most exciting and newest additions.
Don’t forget we’re still taking 20% off all ciders and meads through the end of August!
For those of you not as familiar with mead, we brought in some different styles accessible to anyone! Mead, commonly referred to as “honey wine,” is created through the fermentation of honey with water. This ancient drink really exists in its own category somewhere between wine and beer. It’s not dependent upon a fruit like wine and it’s often flavored with ingredients used in brewing beer. Because of the breadth of ingredients used in mead production, different styles have evolved to create three core categories for most meads to fall into: traditional, herbal, and fruit.
Now check out what’s brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner this Week:
Traditional meads are made only through honey with water fermentation without the addition of any other ingredient. Different sources of honey determine how flavors and aromas will be imparted on the finished mead. A good example of this style:
Honeygirl Meadery, Durham NC
Orange Blossom Mead
750mL bottle $6.99
Herbal meads involve infusing herbs into the fermenting honey for the purpose of adding healing or medicinal properties to the mead, imparting an extra layer of aroma, and creating a unique flavor. These meads are multipurpose. A good example of this style:
Honeygirl Meadery, Durham NC
750mL bottle $6.99
Fruit mead has become the contemporary and popular style of mead. These kinds of meads are one of the core reasons many people have the misconception that meads are heavy and overly sweet with a sticky mouthfeel. This is rarely the case! In fact, many of the meads we have in stock are dry or semi sweet. Although fruit meads use fruit to enhance the flavors of the honey being fermented, they don’t always add that sugary sticky component many people think meads have. The fruit is there to add a complexity to the flavor and aroma of the mead and ultimately enhance that honey.
We have a lot of great fruit meads in stock including:
Starrlight Meadery, Pittsboro NC : Honeyed Pineapple Mead 750mL bottle $20.99
B. Nektar Meadery, Ferndale MI : Cherry Chipotle Mead 375mL $15.99
HERE IS A LIST OF THE BRANDS THAT YOU CAN ALMOST ALWAYS FIND IN OUR STORE:
Anderson Valley Brewing
Ace Cider House
Dog Fish Head
Triangle Brewing Co.
Lagunitas Sierra Nevada
Innis & Gunn
Mad River Brewing
Wicked Weed Brewing