Andi’s Beer Corner – 7/5/17

Andi’s Beer Corner – 7/5/17

THE CRAFT/MICRO -BREW WORLD IS ALWAYS CHANGING. KEEP AN EYE ON THIS SECTION SO SEE ANDI’S MOST EXCITING AND NEWEST ADDITIONS. 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...
Andi’s Beer Corner – 6/13/17

Andi’s Beer Corner – 6/13/17

ANDI’S BEER CORNER Reminder: Now through June 30th – All craft wheat beers will be an additional 20% off including singles! Check out what is brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner this week at Taylor’s Wine Shop! Rogue Ales & Spirits, Newport OR 6 Hop IPA – ABV 6.66% Available in 6 pack 12oz cans $12.99 Following a “ground to glass” philosophy, Rogue is one of a small handful of American breweries that grow all of their own ingredients. Following a global hop shortage crisis in 2008, they built a 42-acre hopyard in the Willamette Valley, the historic hop capital of the world. Fueled by a need to be self-reliant and understanding of the ingredients needed to produce great beer, they expanded their farms to include everything the brewery could ever need including grains, fruits, vegetables, and even honey. Their 6 Hop IPA uses 6 of the 10 varieties of hops from Rogue Farms, some of their own malts, rye, and their famous Pacman yeast strain. Rogue released 6 Hop in cans for the first time back in February, however, to get the full aroma of those fresh hops, it should definitely be enjoyed in a pint or tulip glass. Expect a fluffy white head and big piney hop aromas. There’s a little bit of citrus rind bitterness on the nose and this translates on the tongue as well. The earthy grass notes are balanced by a nice malt profile. A classic IPA for any hop lover. Gizmo Brew Works, Raleigh NC Deep Blue Saison – ABV 6.4% Available in 220z bottles $6.99 We’re happy to announce that we have...
Andi’s Beer Corner – May 30th

Andi’s Beer Corner – May 30th

There’s still a few more days to get 20% off those ciders! The end of the month is just around the corner but we’ll still cool you off with our next craft beer sale! Starting June 1st all craft wheat beers will be an additional 20% off including singles! Wheat beers have maintained their popularity through their versatility and easy drinking characteristics. Although the category of wheat beer is broad, many styles that use more wheat than any other grain share a lot of similarities. Wheat beers are very light and refreshing with a nice smooth and silky mouthfeel that makes them great for warmer months. They have a mild aroma and flavor easily enhanced by spices and fruits to give them interesting complexity and depth without compromising that refreshing and clean nature. The varieties of wheat beers are rooted in German and Belgian styles. A standard Belgian wheat beer will contain orange peel and coriander. Expect a spicy citrusy aroma and flavor. German wheat beers are a little more complex with sour and tart variations. Expect those same refreshing characteristics but aromas can vary between banana and clove to other fruits. Tart flavors result from the addition of lactic acid. This is true for the Gose style. Salt is often added to give a bite and heighten that thirst quenching aspect. There are many styles that fall under the umbrella of wheat beers and we have a fair amount in stock at Taylor’s! A few examples of German style wheat beers currently in stock: Lonerider Brewing, Raleigh NC Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Available in 6 pack cans $11.99 Destihl...
Andi’s Beer Corner May 9th

Andi’s Beer Corner May 9th

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. 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! Ciders have been exploding in the craft world for a while now. With a fruit foundation like wine but with a lower ABV like beer and created in a similar process, it’s a style of beverage that is almost a hybrid of the two. Ciders are naturally gluten free and often vegan which makes them a highly accessible drink to anyone. With roots in many different countries and cultures, ciders have evolved to be very complex. In the United States, a “cider” must be made from at least 50% apples. The addition of different fruits and spices make ciders unique and give people a variety when selecting the best one for them. Now check out whats brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner this Week: Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton DE Romantic Chemistry India Pale Ale ABV 7.2% Available in 6 pack bottles $15.99 A pioneer in the crafting of fruit-centric IPAs, Dogfish Head is no stranger to using real ingredients in their beers. The use of fruit has been a driving focus of theirs since the beginning. Experimenting with blueberries and cherries, their main goal was to make beers that were complex and not overly sweetened. A fruit beer for people who thought they hated fruit beers. In 1998 they brewed Aprihop,...
Andi’s Beer Corner May 2

Andi’s Beer Corner May 2

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. 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! Ciders have been exploding in the craft world for a while now. With a fruit foundation like wine but with a lower ABV like beer and created in a similar process, it’s a style of beverage that is almost a hybrid of the two. Ciders are naturally gluten free and often vegan which makes them a highly accessible drink to anyone. With roots in many different countries and cultures, ciders have evolved to be very complex. In the United States, a “cider” must be made from at least 50% apples. The addition of different fruits and spices make ciders unique and give people a variety when selecting the best one for them. Here are some of the ones we are excited about in Andi’s Beer Corner this week: Noble Cider, Asheville NC The Village Tart (6.9% ABV), The Golden Arrow (6.9% ABV), & The Spice Merchant (6% ABV) All available in 12oz bottle 4 packs $12.99 In a city bursting with craft beer, Noble takes the spot of first ever cidery in Asheville. Noble attributes part of their success to the rise in demand for gluten free and local consumption options. Beginning in 2012 with a handmade apple press, these guys have come a long way in just a few...
Andi’s Beer Corner 4/25/17

Andi’s Beer Corner 4/25/17

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...