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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 this week in Jo’s Beer Corner

~ Happy New Year ~

January’s craft beer feature is all about new brews!  Take 10% Off any four or six pack on our “New Year, New Brew” list.  This list has been hand selected by our maestro beer here at the shop!

Jo, our maestro of beer, has also selected her TOP 5 FAVORITE COFFEE BREWS for to feature for this week:

Top 5 Favorite Coffee Brews:

#1 Oak & Dagger Coole Beans – Brown Ale: 6.3% ABV – No IBU
Out of all the coffee brews I sampled, this one took the venti-iced-double-espresso-soy-macchiato-with-an-extra-pump-of-vanilla cup. This brew has an identity crisis, and I am not saying that because I drank beer that tasted like iced coffee from a wine glass when I first sampled this. No. I am saying this because if I were to do a blind taste test between this and a nitro iced coffee I truly am not sure if I could know the difference. If I were still in college and wanted to misbehave I would probably sneak this into a football game disguised as coffee in a mug. This binary brew is a cold brew in both senses of the term (but only if you pull it out of the fridge).

#2 Aviator Mezzanote – Porter: 5.4% ABV – No IBU
This brew takes me back to my time in the succulent and delectable cities of Italy. The Italian lifestyle is one I wish to emulate as I age in this world. In Italy they have a saying that each Italian lives their days by, “La dolce far niente,” which translates to “the sweetness of doing nothing.” I decided to try this while indulging myself on brews of a sweet nature and fell in love. This brew immediately transported me back to sitting in the Piazza del Campo in Siena on a warm June day with that crisp tuscan breeze that always seems to blow cooling my fresh pressed cappuccino while I placated my hunger with a slice of tiramisu. It was at this moment when I realized that this motto of living life the Italians so cherished was essentially a form a meditation. So when you take a sip of this brew I advise you lean back, prop your feet up and close your eyes while you take your first sip enjoying the sweetness of doing nothing.

#3 Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mocha Mint – Stout: 11% ABV – 31 IBU
I went into sampling this brew with no intentions of liking it. The brew touts flavors of mocha and peppermint, however, all I can bring myself to think when I hear the word “peppermint” is that one time in second grade I choked on one of those round peppermints and the teacher thought I was messing around and didn’t help me… sorry, I was reliving that childhood terror. Anyhoo, needless to say I was surprised when (rather than confronting my pallet with that familiar nightmare peppermint flavor) I was pleasantly swooped up on a boat of chocolate roasted mocha coffee with a hint of mint. This brew gives me more the cute and comforting Girl Scout Thin Mint vibe than the choking to death on a $.10 mint terror.

#4 Ballast Point Victory at Sea – Porter: 10% ABV – 60 IBU
This brew combines two of my favorite scents: fresh pressed coffee and whole, natural vanilla beans. Ballast Point is native to California, the sunshine state where everything is so overdone it sometimes is just the right amount of done (take Hollywood for example). They used Caffe Calabria Coffee Beans and whole vanilla beans to create a smooth, rich and velvety flavor akin to an iced coffee with vanilla syrup. The malt of the porter also brings out the bitterness of the beans, which offsets that alluring vanilla that washes over your palette. I’m sure many Hollywood men would agree, the flavor is similar to the attitude of their first wife. And probably their second too.

#5 Hi-Wire Strongman Coffee Milk Stout – Stout: 5.3 % ABV – No IBU
This brew like strong Russian man with hairy moustache. If you didn’t read that with a terrible Russian accent then this brew isn’t for you. Hi-Wire is like the new brew on the block. They have grown exponentially over the past year since their inception in 2013. Now, they are a common taste on North Carolinian tongues and the good brews just keep coming. This one in particular is aptly named for its heavy, strong coffee flavors that pack a punch. This, like heavy weight lifting, is not for the faint of heart. This brew is so strong it can turn a pre-pubescent young man’s stash into a moustache of such fantastical proportions it could even rival the monopoly man.

~ January’s Beer Sale ~

New Year, New Brews! Take 10% Off select new brews on our list.

Just look for the marked bottles with the colored dots and save!

Some featured January (New) Brews:

Last week in Jo’s Beer Corner…

~ Thanks to Great Brews ~

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you as a customer and hope your Thanksgiving holiday is special. We can officially say the holidays have begun, and with that being said, it is time for those delicious brews you can drink with the bird or relax with after the big meal and share with your family & friends. This week, Jo (our Maestro of Beer) has carefully selected some seasonal favorites to get you in the mood for whatever your plans may be! Now is the time to grab those last minute brews for your Thanksgiving feast!

Triple c white blaze

Triple C Brewing White Blaze

Winter Warmer: 6% ABV – 25 IBU

This brew was created to pay homage to the White Blazes that mark the entirety of the Appalachian Trail serving as direction markers. This Winter Ale is brewed with a purpose and that is to provide us with a respite from our chaotic lives in the flavors of nature. Ceylon Cinnamon and Vanilla beans shine through in this decadent ale. This brew makes me feel like I am snuggled up in a cabin in the woods and enjoying the company of family. Which makes this brew perfect for the Thanksgiving Season.

deschutes hopzeit ipa

Deschutes Autumn Hopzeit IPA

IPA: 7% ABV – 60 IBU

This brew takes the bitterness common to IPAs and adds in classic malt styles. The Märzenbier flavors of this brew and the German hop varietals used to ferment this create a smooth, crisp, clean feel on the palate, not unlike that first breath of fresh autumn air. Tasting this beer you can envision yourself outside with leaves falling around you as you taste the herbs and malts of this modern IPA.

AMB Sinful Plum

Cider: 5% ABV – No IBU

Sinful plum makes you feel like you are indulging in something you normally forbid yourself from having. This Cider is brewed with apples, cinnamon and plums to create the feeling of sipping a nice apple pie with a tart plum glaze on top. Appalachian Mountain Brewery has tried their hand at ciders and did not disappoint. It is sweet, decadent, and sinfully delicious.

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