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.
Meet Andi Thurston, our Craft Beer Manager.
Andi loves craft beer and brings that love to Taylor’s Wine Shop to share with you! Every week Andi will be featuring new arrivals, special release brews, along with her favorite craft beers, so make sure to visit often and see whats brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner. Every month, Andi will also be featuring a specific craft beer, brewery or type every month and mark these items on sale all month. To make sure you get the best experience, she will also feature a brewery every month and host a free beer tasting to give you the opportunity to taste great new beers and meet the local breweries too! Make sure you say hello to Andi next time you visit us!
Cool Off with July’s Craft Beer Sale!
Now through July 31st, all Craft IPA’s will be an Additional 20% Off!
JULY IS ALL ABOUT HOPS AT TAYLOR’S WINE SHOP!
The craft beer industry is saturated with hops! The most popular and representative style in American craft beer, the India Pale Ale is something that keeps craft drinkers coming back for more. Most breweries in the US offer at least one year round IPA. There are even breweries so dedicated to the style that they offer a variety of IPAs suited for every beer drinker. It’s important to note that while IPAs are known for their fruity and floral flavor profile as well as their biting bitterness, not all IPAs are like this! IPAs are much more versatile than a lot of beer lovers think! There’s truly an IPA for everyone.
IPAs derive their versatility from the core ingredient used in making them… hops! Hops are the flower that impart flavoring and aroma to an IPA. Because many hop varieties have bittering properties, they are used to balance out malt sweetness in other beers as well. Hops also have microbial and preservative properties which is one of the reasons why the style exists today. In the 1700s, Britain was exporting beer to different parts of the world to accommodate troops, emigrants, and anyone else with ties to the British Empire. A common place that the British exported beer to was India which meant the beer had to travel about six months. This meant the pale ales that were being shipped were at risk of spoiling on the trip or shortly after arriving to India. And beer could not be brewed in India because of the hot climate. A way to combat these issues was to add even more of those naturally preservative hops to their pale ales to ensure they would last the long voyage and stay fresher for longer!
Despite the IPA having “India” in its name, at the time the style was brewed exclusively in Britain. The IPA has since gained recognition in other parts of the world particularly in the United States. The style is always changing but for the most part an IPA can be fit into four major categories: English, American, Imperial, and Session.
Here is what’s brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner this week at Taylor’s.
Southern Pines Brewing, Southern Pines NC
Texas Rig Imperial IPA ABV 8.5%
Available in 4 pack cans $15.99
Recently, Southern Pines has completely changed their whole image. Despite the new packaging and new look, they’re still putting out the same great beer. They’ve released Texas Rig in the past but now it’s a part of their core lineup of beers and we couldn’t be happier. For an Imperial, this beer is pretty impressive. First of all, when most people think of an Imperial IPA, they think high bitterness that obliterates your palate. But the hops used in Texas Rig combine to create a different kind of IPA, one that doesn’t rely so much on bitterness. The hearty dose of hops include Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic, and Crystal. These hops are pretty versatile and work together to impart a lot of flavor and aroma to this beer. Expect aromas of tropical fruit and citrus combined with an earthy spice that entices you to take a sip. Texas Rig goes down smooth and will quench your thirst. With its big and bold juicy flavor and aroma, this is a perfect Summer beer. Remember there’s still a couple more weeks to take an extra 20% off IPAs!
Bell’s Brewery, Galesburg MI
Quinannan Falls Special Lager ABV 6.3%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
We’re very familiar with how Bell’s delivers great beer through their broad range of styles. Quinannan Falls, or commonly referred to as “Q Falls,” is a special beer only released in June and we were lucky enough to get some in the shop! It’s a little different but once you get past the odd hybridization of styles, this beer is worth it. The inspiration for this beer came not from an actual geographical location but from an imaginary place founder Larry Bell dreamt he went to. Like something from a dream, this beer combines two different styles of beer into one. Q Falls is a lager that thinks and acts like an IPA. The lager is dry hopped with Simcoe hops producing big bold aromas of earth and pine that would probably be pretty similar to the forests surrounding Q Falls. The hops are balanced with sweet honey malts you can expect from a traditional lager. This beer is great for lager and hop lovers alike.
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego CA
IPA ABV 7.25%
Available in 6 pack cans $15.99
If you’ve ever been to the west coast you know how much of a presence IPAs have in the beer communities there. Take a trip to San Diego and you’ll see how important AleSmith’s IPA is. Similar to their Speedway Stout, this IPA has made itself a classic for beer lovers. It’s a great example of a true west coast IPA featuring a variety of American hops that give off piney and citrus aromas. Nice sweet malts linger in the background of the nose. The flavor is big tropical hops. Tons of grapefruit and tons of resin giving this IPA a medium body. The finish is bitter and resiny and lingers on the tongue. This is a must try for IPA fans. And with our monthly sale going on AleSmith’s IPA is 20% off through the rest of July!
Blake’s Hard Cider, Armada MI
Flannel Mouth Cider ABV 6.5%
Available in 6 pack cans $11.99
There has been in an increase in customers asking for sulfite-free ciders and wine. Blake’s is the only cidery we currently have in stock that does not use sulfites as a preservative. They have a lot of great year round ciders available and we have them all in stock! The latest to hit our shelves is Flannel Mouth, a cider using only Michigan’s late season and dessert apples. It’s going to be on the sweeter side but this is still an off dry to semi-sweet cider. Big aromas of honey and sweet apple fill the nose and those aromas are translated into the taste very well. Tart apple skins, vanilla, and honey dominate the taste profile. Although it’s on the sweeter end, the sugars are naturally pulled from those apples so you don’t taste any extra sugar or back sweetener. Very much a clean and crisp cider with a nice dry finish.
July is all about the hops at Taylor’s Wine Shop! We’re taking an additional 20% off all IPA’s through July 31st!
British/English Style IPA
British/English style IPAs are light and smooth. Hops are of the earthy and floral variety while imparting bitterness. Despite this, they have a balanced character that is perfect for someone who doesn’t like a very hop forward beer. A good example of this style currently in stock: Railhouse Brewery, Aberdeen NC : FCA IPA ABV 7.5% available in 6 pack bottles $10.99
American Style IPA
American style IPAs are much more hop forward with a more pronounced bitterness in the finish. Hops are of the tropical and piney variety. Although not as balanced and easy to drink as an English style IPA, hops are intense leading to really complex and innovative big beer. A good example of this style currently in stock: New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins CO : Citradelic Tangerine IPA ABV 6% available in 6 pack bottles $11.99
Imperial IPAs are another variation of the American IPA through their origin and popularity. Taking inspiration from the Russian Imperial Stout, the Imperial IPA is bigger, better, and much more intense that a standard IPA. Malts are higher to balance the high level of hops that are used. Bitterness is very high as well as the ABV. Basally, IPA squared. A good example of this style currently in stock: Destihl Brewery, Normal IL : DeadHead Imperial Red IPA ABV 9.4% available in 500mL bottle $5.99
Session IPAs are 5% or lower in ABV (so you can drink more than one in a single “session”) and have a much more balanced character than a standard American IPA. Hops are still dominant but this style is meant to be easy to drink. A good example of this style currently in stock: Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard NC : Pinner Session IPA ABV 4.9% available in 6 pack cans $10.99
LAST WEEK IN ANDI’S BEER CORNER
Bell’s Brewery, Galesburg MI
Mars – The Bringer of War Double IPA ABV 10.1%
Available in 6 pack bottles $19.99
Originally apart of Bell’s “Planetary Series,” this beer made its one and only debut in 2014. The series was inspired by English composer Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” which was a seven piece orchestral suite dedicated to seven planets and their astrological characteristics. Bell’s mimicked this musical collection and released a beer for each piece of music. The styles of the beers reflected astrological profiles of the planets similar to Holst’s compositions. An Imperial IPA was chosen to represent Mars. It was the most popular beer in the entire series, so popular that the brewery decided to bring it back and re-release it as a special seasonal! Expect big piney and citrusy hops on the nose. The flavor profile is a complex intermingling of sweet caramel malts and earthy hops. Light bitterness on the finish but it fades pretty quickly. Overall an excellent representation of the style.
Lonerider Brewing, Raleigh NC
Addie’s Revenge IPA ABV 6.60%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
An IPA for traditionally non IPA drinkers, Addie’s Revenge delivers the perfect amount of hop to malt ratio with little biting bitterness. Vienna and crystal malts give this IPA a solid malt backbone that makes it easy to drink. The hops are of acitrus variety which imparts a nice aroma and flavor. Remember not all hops are brutal for your palate!! Overall a very balanced and fresh IPA anyone can enjoy.
Rogue Ales & Spirits, Newport OR
4 Hop IPA ABV 4.44%
Available in 6 pack bottles $12.99
Rogue follows a “ground to glass” philosophy, growing all of their own ingredients to make their beers. Rogue farms produces everything the brewery could ever need including grains, fruits, vegetables, and even honey. If you’ve never had a Rogue beer or are unfamiliar with the brewery, this is a great starter beer to try. 4 Hop includes 4 of the 10 hop varieties grown on Rogue Farms. These hops impart big aromas of citrus and pine. The hops are fresh and big complemented by a lingering bitterness. Expect tons of grapefruit, lemon, and orange rind in the flavor balanced by sweet malts. Although it’s technically a session beer because of its low ABV, this IPA is packed with flavor. Truly exceptional.
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