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!
APRIL BEER SALE!
TAKE 10% OFF CRAFT BEER SINGLES & BOMBERS ALL APRIL!
MIX & MATCH SINGLES, MAKE YOUR OWN 6-PACK AND TAKE 15% OFF!
CHECK OUT THESE NEW ARRIVALS:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Terrapin Brewing, Athens GA
The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA – ABV 6.7%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
So excited about the latest arrival from Terrapin! This blood orange IPA is the official beer of The Walking Dead released just in time for the start of season 7. It’s been known that the guys making The Walking Dead really appreciate local craft beer. Case stacks from Terrapin and other breweries in Georgia, the same place The Walking Dead was filmed, have made appearances in previous episodes of the show. Showing even more appreciation for the craft, Terrapin and the show’s creator Robert Kirkman partnered together to brew a beer TWD fans would love. With a ton of fresh hops and blood orange peel, this IPA is juicy and fresh. A great and easy to drink IPA, this beer was made to be enjoyed while watching the show. Pair it with braaaains!
Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids MI
All Day IPA Session IPA – ABV 4.7%
Available in 15 pack cans $22.99 and 19.2 0z cans $2.00
Well known for being huge players in the extreme beer game, Founder’s has produced beers with some of the biggest flavors and the highest ABV’s craft beer culture has seen. So it’s a little surprising to see them brew a light session ale. Session beers are beers that have ABV’s that will never exceed 5% so you can enjoy multiple in one “session.” Staying true to their “brewed for us” mantra, the guys at Founder’s wanted to make a beer that fit their busy lifestyles. They created their first and only session IPA to pack in as much flavor and complexity as any of their other beers but with more drinkability. All Day has big floral aromas and a clean citrus taste with a slight bitter finish that lingers on the tongue. Not heavy on the malts so it’s pretty thin bodied but that makes this IPA that much more easy to drink.
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
Hell or High Watermelon American Wheat Ale – ABV 4.9%
Available in 6 pack cans $10.99 and 15 pack cans $28.99
The famous seasonal from 21st Amendment is back at Taylor’s! It started out as a traditional wheat beer and then underwent a second fermentation process using fresh watermelons. You can smell the sweet watermelon when you open the can! It may seem like the fruit would be the star here, but don’t forget this is a wheat beer first. The watermelon dances underneath those warm malty flavors and lingers on your tongue rather than dominates the entire experience. Definitely a must have Spring and Summer beer.
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
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.
Celebrate North Carolina Craft Beer month by taking 10% off any size single and 15% off make-your-own 6 packs for the entire month of April!
This is the LAST WEEK to take an extra 10% off singles! Here are some singles that
we are really excited about! Now check out what in Andi’s Beer Corner this week:
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins CO
Dayblazer Easygoing Ale ABV 4.8%
Available in 24oz cans $3.50
The latest addition to New Belgium’s year-round lineup is also their first 24oz can offering. Dayblazer is the brewery’s attempt at reaching a wider range of beer
drinkers. With craft beer culture growing and developing at such a rapid rate, craft beer can sometimes be inaccessible to people who just want a lighter option. This was also New Belgium’s way of taking on a style of beer that’s popular with larger domestic breweries and making it complex and flavorful so it can be enjoyed by anyone. The packaging is also something to note, being very different than anything New Belgium has ever released. The beer inside is no different. This golden ale is smooth and flavorful but not so intense that you need to be a huge craft connoisseur to enjoy what this beer has to offer. Very light bodied and refreshing, aromas of honey and cereal are coupled with some herbal notes. The flavor is honey and a little bit of vanilla. Finishing with light hops to counter that sweetness, it’s a very balanced beer.
Devil’s Backbone Brewing, Rosalind VA
Vienna Lager ABV 5.2%
Available in 16oz cans $1.99
Devil’s Backbone was opened after Steve and Heidi Crandall went on a skiing trip and tasted their first true German style beers. They were so inspired by this traditional style of beer making that they devoted their lives to it. Their main goal in operation is to stay true to European brewing traditions while honoring the ingenuity of modern craft brewing. They’ve won a ridiculous amount of awards for their beers. Vienna Lager has won gold two years in the category of Vienna style Lager at the Great American Beer Festival. It was named one of the 50 best American lagers by “Food & Wine,” and one of the top 100 beers in the world by “Men’s Journal.” We can’t vouch for this lager enough. Of course this beer has a healthy dose of Vienna malts, staying true to the style. It also has Pilsner, Dark Munich, and Caramel malts giving it a toasty caramel flavor profile. Northern Brewer and Saaz are the only two hops used here so little to no bitterness. Both contribute a mild earthy aroma. Overall a very crisp and clean lager.
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego CA
Speedway Stout Imperial Stout ABV 12%
Available in 16oz cans $7.99
Despite being first brewed in 2003, Speedway Stout has set a standard for Imperial Stouts. This highly coveted beer is now available in 16oz cans and with a whopping 12% ABV it’s the perfect serving size to be enjoyed alone! Each batch of Speedway Stout is brewed with a hearty dose of locally roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. The chocolate and roasted malt bill compliments this coffee addition. Immediately aromas of dark fruit and toffee dominate the nose. There are huge chocolate and caramel notes as well. As the name indicates, this stout pours like motor oil. Thick and milky mouthfeel, very little carbonation makes this super smooth and easy to drink. As the beer warms a little bit of vanilla comes through. Not much booze flavor going on here but it works really well. The stout is warming without that astringent alcohol flavor.
The Orkney Brewery, Orkney Scotland
Dark Island Reserve (2013) Wee Heavy Scotch Ale ABV 10%
Available in 750mL bottle $44.99
The Orkney Brewery resides on the historical Orkney Islands in Scotland. Known for its rich farmland and pure water, The Orkney Brewery has access to a lot of the finest ingredients. These ingredients elevate their beers and make them unique. They also use brewing processes that have been passed down through history and tradition, giving them a lot of pride in what they do. Their Dark Island Reserve series involves maturing their Dark Island ale in aged malt oak whiskey casks for three months. Each batch is very small, yielding only a couple hundred bottles each. The bottles are hand bottled and finished with the signature of Andrew Fulton, the head brewer. Expect a lot of toasty malts and big chocolate aroma and flavor. The barrel aging gives this ale a nice smokey flavor. The whiskey is present but the booze is not and with a lot more aging you can expect to get a lot more complex layers of flavor. This beer ages really well and can be enjoyed at anytime past the bottling date. We have a few left here at Taylor’s. Perfect for a beer lover’s cellar!
OTHER RECENT ARRIVALS!
TRIPLE C BREWING CO.
CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL STOUT (W/ MINT)
New Release! Brewed with German Pilsner, Special B, Chocolate Wheat and White Wheat for the grain bill and also added cacao nibs and salt at various times of the brew process along with MINT and beer then aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. So Yummy!
TRIPLE C BREWING CO.
CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL STOUT
It Back! Brewed with German Pilsner, Special B, Chocolate Wheat and White Wheat for the grain bill and also added cacao nibs and salt at various times of the brew process, and then aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. This one will not last!
TRIPLE C BREWING CO.
CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL STOUT W/ COCONUT
This will make you go Coconuts! Brewed with German Pilsner, Special B, Chocolate Wheat and White Wheat for the grain bill and also added cacao nibs and salt at various times of the brew process along with COCONUT and beer then aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.
BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING CO.
CAFE RACER 15 DOUBLE IPA – ABV 9.75%
Café Racer 15™ features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops which are complimented by a dry malt finish. The result is a high revving Double IPA that is loud and assertive, much like the rebellious street racers who inspired it. Never ride alone…
ALE SMITH BREWING
SPEEDWAY STOUT W/ COFFEE – ABV 12%
(Rated 100 Points – RateBeer) Speedway Stout is a HUGE Imperial Stout, with pounds and pounds of coffee added during conditioning for a little extra kick! This will definitely get you racing! Jet Black, with a toast-brown head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Finishes with a nice fullness but dry enough not to be cloying. Velvety smooth texture. Clean and crisp, full-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel a bit. Still, you won’t fool your taste buds — this beer is HUGE!
WICKED WEED BREWING CO.
TROPICMOST PASSIONFRUIT GOSE – ABV 3.4%
“Pronounced “GOH-zuh”, this style of beer is traditionally brewed with the heavy use of wheat and spiced with salt and coriander. The second rendition of our ‘Most Gose’ series incorporates these traditional ingredients with the addition of passionfruit for a fruity aroma and refreshingly salty finish.”
LAST WEEK IN ANDI’S BEER CORNER
Stone Brewing, Escondido CA
Tangerine Express IPA ABV 6.7%
Available in 22oz. Bombers $5.99
Stone, known for brewing big bold complex beers, dedicates most of their brew space to IPAs. if you’re familiar with their “Enjoy By” series, you probably know they’re committed to being really transparent about the freshness and quality of every beer they produce. This transparency is rooted in the ingredients they use while brewing. Their IPAs are often loaded with a crazy level of hops and sometimes contain fresh fruit. This particular release features whole tangerines and pineapple. Every part of the tangerine is employed including the bitter pith. Rather than excluding this part of the fruit, the guys at Stone built up the hop bill. Sterling, Citra, Centennial, Azacca, and Mosaic hops are used to transform the fruit and intensify the drinking experience. All of these hops contribute a floral aroma and some citrus. Expect a lot of tangerine, lemon, melon, and just pure tropical bliss. The Sterling and Mosaic hops add a layer of herbal spice that makes this IPA that much more complex. The pineapple lingers in the background and really grounds the tangerine, heightening the fruity tropical notes.
Terrapin Beer Co., Athens GA
Lucille Imperial Stout ABV 9.4%
Available in 500 mL bottle $12.99
If you’ve seen the latest seasons of The Walking Dead (or even read the comics) you have already met one of the most sinister villains that has tormented Rick and his crew. Infamous Negan wields a barbed wire covered baseball bat named “Lucille.” Terrapin brewed a beer inspired by her and packaged it in a baseball shape bottle. This imperial stout is brewed with blackstrap molasses and vanilla and aged on all the wood used to make baseball bats which includes white ash, hickory, and maple. Don’t mistake the molasses as adding a lot of sweetness. Blackstrap imparts a bold and strong flavor. Super buttery and less sweet, it’s more like toffee. This is complimented well by the vanilla which adds an extra layer of smoothness. The malt bill is crazy. it features flaked oats, flaked barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and roast malt. Expect a huge roasted and nutty flavor profile. This would be a great dessert beer paired with something sweet and chocolatey. Despite the booze, it’s very easy to drink. Don’t underestimate Lucille, she’s pretty intense weighing in at a 9.4%. We’ve already seen what kind of damage “Lucille” can do to a head and the beer is no different.
Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville CA
Briney Melon Gose ABV 4.2%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
The explosion of beers featuring sour and tart flavor profiles has translated well to breweries making beers people want to experiment with. Anderson Valley is a great resource for anyone trying to break into sours. This is one of many Goses they havebrewed and they’re all fantastic. A Gose is a German style wheat beer brewed with at least 50% malted wheat. They are typically low in ABV and have a lemony and salty taste to them. Most often brewers showcase fruit in Goses because the style is already so refreshing that the fruit pairs well with them. Britney Melon features watermelon as its fruit substitute. It is also brewed with sea salt, adding to that already salty flavor profile Goses tend to have. Despite the watermelon being the star ingredient, it doesn’t impart any kind of candied or artificial flavors some might expect from a watermelon beer. Remember this is a Gose and the tartness is going to dominate any fruit. The biggest takeaway from the watermelon is the aroma which holds a lot of lemon, pine, and melon. There’s also a bit of spice on the nose probably from the Bravo hops which are super earthy. The watermelon also makes this beer very refreshing. It has a big “thirst-quencher” characteristic making this beer great for the beach.
Cigar City Brewing, Tampa FL
Jai Alai IPA ABV 7.5%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
Cigar City’s most popular beer, Jai Alai is now at Taylor’s and we are so excited! Named after the game native to the Basque region of Spain, there was a huge Jai Alai community in Florida. It still exists in the Miami region but Tampa once housed a very busy Jai Alai fronton, the building where the game is played. The fronton closed in the late 90’s but Cigar City still takes pride in that aspect of their hometown’s culture. This beer, like all of their others, is inspired by Tampa life and community. It won gold in the Best Florida Beer Championship in 2010 and silver in the same championship in 2011. Featuring 6 hop varietals including Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, Motueka, Centennial, and CTZ, there’s a lot of intense flavors and aromas going on in this beer. Right away you get a huge floral aroma laced with citrus fruit especially oranges. There’s a lot of citrus flavors as well and you get the tangerine and orange peel notes again. Despite the lighter body, this IPA has a nice maltiness to it. There’s a subtle caramel flavor dancing in the background of the fruit. It’s a richness that’s really refreshing and makes this IPA pair well with food especially anything hot and spicy!
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