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...
Andi’s Beer Corner April 18

Andi’s Beer Corner April 18

ANDI’S BEER CORNER – APRIL 18TH 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! Now check out what in Andi’s Beer Corner this week: 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...
We’re on UNTAPP’D!

We’re on UNTAPP’D!

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...
ANDI’S BEER CORNER – APRIL 4

ANDI’S BEER CORNER – APRIL 4

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! Now check out what in Andi’s Beer Corner this week: Blake’s Hard Cider, Armada MI Cyser ABV 6.9% Available in 22 oz. bomber $12.99 One of the biggest misunderstandings in the cider world is the definition of a “cyser.” Cidermakers understand it to be the combination of apple juice (cider), honey, and yeast. It’s very similar to a mead which is commonly referred to as honey wine. There’s a lot of gray area here because a cyser really does fall into the category of a mead but there are some differences. Mead is produced in a very similar way to wine and even uses the same yeast as wine during the fermentation process. Cysers, despite the added honey ingredient, stay true to the cider making process. You can think of cyser’s as variants of both a cider and a mead. This one from Blake’s showcases the bee crisis on our planet by donating a portion of sales from each bottle to the Honeybee Conservancy. The Conservancy offers Sponsor-A-Hive projects to organizations such as schools and community centers to educate people on bees and allow them to connect with them in a way that highlights their importance to the earth. This Cyser is made with apple blossom honey and has hints of bergamot and jasmine. A very unique take on a...