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Jo's Beer Corner

Welcome to Jo’s Beer Corner!

Meet Jo – Our Craft Beer Manager at Taylor’s Wine Shop! A twenty-three-year-old graduate student with a penchant for oxford shoes, brussel sprouts, her golden retriever, books, eating, and the wilderness (unless there are mosquitos).
She is a transplant from the great frozen tundra of the north, relocating so she may one day do more with her life than read books, pet her dog, and sample various alcohols for fun. She hopes to be accepted into the thesis program at NC State where she will attempt to use her love of books and old things to gain a degree permitting her to work somewhere where they let her touch the things you see under glass in museums (however, she is a hazard so most likely the non breakable things). She was pleased her “alcoholasm” (alcohol enthusiasm, not a typo) was finally beneficial by securing her a position as our new Maestro of Beer.

Jo loves craft beer and brings that love to Taylor’s Wine Shop to share with you! Every week she 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 Jo’s Beer Corner.

Here is what’s brewing in Jo’s Beer Corner this week!

~ It’s a Beach(y) Party ~

In being new to the south I am entirely unfamiliar with this seventy and sunny weather that has been gracing me with it’s presence. In Ohio it is customary around this time of year to wallow indoors surrounded by oversized blankets, fuzzy socks, and thick sweaters. Last week it even snowed in Ohio. While I understand it is “technically” winter here, it certainly does not feel so. My paper-thin vampire skin was unprepared to receive this much sun so late in the year, and all my melanin has retreated into the depths of my person resulting in random bouts of sunburn. Due to this entirely uncustomary weather I find myself thinking tropical thoughts: the sand and waves, fruity drinks, pink lemonade while we sit by the pool (it also helps that my last name is Beachy so I feel connected by blood to the beach).

I decided to hunt down some flavors that are both refreshing and timeless. Remember pink lemonade, all that tart and sugary goodness? I’ve got tart lemon ginger, coconut, and cucumber lime too. So grab your shades peeps… It’s a Beach(y) party! I’ll even play luau music and put little umbrellas out.

New Belgium Tartastic

New Belgium Tartastic

Sour: 4.5% ABV – No IBU

Brace yourself for a refreshingly tart snap. Tartastic’s lacto sour profile and fruity, spicy undertones enliven the taste buds with each bright, sessionable sip. A refreshing sour ale with the lip-tingling sweet and sour flavors of juicy lemon and ginger.

Evil Twin Pink Lemonade

Evil Twin Pink Lemonade

IPA: 7% ABV – 70 IBU

A refreshing drink often associated with childhood nostalgia to others a pop-cultural symbol of emancipation. Whatever the association we teamed up with good old Swedes, Henok and Karl of the fashionable Omnipollo to squeeze out a tasty, tempting and deceivingly well balanced IPA with sweet and sour notes of old-fashioned memories. Perhaps you can taste the dishonesty, it’s all over your breath – it’s Lemonade.

Blanco Diablo

Big Boss Blanco Diablo Lime

Fruit Beer: 4.3% ABV – 20 IBU

Light Belgian Style Ale made with fresh cucumber and limes. Light, crisp and refreshing, we boosted the white devil with some clean-cut flavors.

Oskar Blues Death By Coconut

Oskar Blues Death By Coconut

Porter: 6.5% ABV – 45 IBU

Death By Coconut is an Irish porter aged on dessicated coconut and dark chocolate from Robin Chocolates in Longmont. Others may be featured as well but quantity may be limited. For questions or to special order please see our Maestro of Beer, Jo (she is short though so you may have to look a little harder).

~ November’s Beer Sale ~

BOMBER BLOWOUT SALE! Take 20% Off any Bombers.

Take 20% Off Select Craft Beers too! Just look for the marked bottles with the colored dots and save!

Last Week in Jo’s Beer Corner…

~ The Spice of Life ~

It’s getting cold out so I decided to heat up your taste buds with some spicy favorites.

In the past few years I have really been trying to grow my palate in the areas of spices. Of course I must pay homage to the “spicy” spices of the world and their native regions: India, the orient, Thailand and even some Hispanic regions. I want you all to know I officially can handle a level 2 spice at an Indian restaurant, I know, I impress myself too. With that in mind I wanted to bring a little spice to everyone’s lives by bringing you my favorite brews influenced by worldly spices.

I have Thai influence lending some brews a heat while also adding creamy coconut. Some reflect the spicy peppers of our south of the equator neighbors. I even bring in herbal spices from Japan to tickle your spice-buds. So if your beer collection in your fridge is looking a bit dull and you want to spice up your beer life stop in and try one of this weeks featured brews.

Southern Pines Suit & Thai

Southern Pines Brewing

Suit & Thai

IPA: 6.4% ABV – 60 IBU
A marriage of Thai chillies, milky-sweet coconut, and Man of Law IPA. A selective blend of hops used in brewing lends a pineapple undertone.

Westbrook Brewing White Thai

Westbrook Brewing

White Thai

Wit: 5% ABV – 16 IBU
This beer is a twist on the classic style witbier. Brewed with fresh lemongrass, ginger root, and a dash of Sorachi Ace hops the result is a refreshing spiced citrus wit.

wicked weed aicha

Wicked Weed Brewing


Sour: 6.4% ABV – No IBU
Aicha is Japanese for “love tea,” and represents is the merging of traditions from the Old World and the Orient. This barrel-aged sour is fermented with green tea, toasted oolong tea, and jasmine. This blend truly merges together Old World brewing traditions with Oriental spices.

Joey Pepper

Evil Twin Brewing

Joey Pepper

Blonde Ale: 7% ABV – No IBU
Belgian blonde ale brewed with white peppercorns and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces. Collaboration with Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (Capitola, CA)

Winter is right around the corner and we have picked out some winter weather brews to get you in the mood!

Starting November 1st, stop in the shop and look for these “Seasonal Selections” or ask our new Craft Beer Manager, Johanna, and she will help you find them.

Winter Weather Seasonal Selections

A selection of craft beers that will get you and your taste buds into the holiday spirit. Our selection features brews from Deschutes Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, Boulevard, Shiner, Victory Brewing, Southern Pines, Bells and more. We are bringing you the seasons hottest (or coldest, if you know what I mean) flavors in Wheats, Belgians, Lagers, Stouts and even IPAs. 

Winter Weather Seasonal Selections Singles

We understand wanting to have your Christmas cookies and eat them too. We also understand not wanting to eat the whole plate, but maybe just a nibble. That’s why we decided to give you the gift of choice this Christmas season. Build your own six pack of any of our Winter Seasonal Selections and get the nibble you need, without the sugar rush.

Check out Jo’s Beer Blog!

The Beer Corner – May 2nd

We’ve been bringing in some really great new ciders that will cool you down on those warm sunny days! So for the month of May, all ciders and meads (including singles!) are an additional 20% off!

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Andi’s Beer Corner April 18

We’ve got some New Craft Brews in Andi’s Beer Corner this week from Cigar City Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Terrapin Beer Co. and Stone Brewing!

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We’re on UNTAPP’D!

We’re excited to announce that we are now an Untapp’d Verified Venue where you can view our full beer menu, rate beers and connect with beer lovers! Here is more info…

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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! Plus see whats brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner this week!

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