Friday January 6th
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Join us for our first tasting of 2017 as we feature two of our favorite local adult beverage makers. To start off the evening, we’ll be hosting the fantastic local TORN LABEL BREWING CO. from the Crossroads Arts District who’ll be bringing a few beers (one of which is a great treat) for you to taste:
HOUSE BREW – a robust wheat stout brewed with over 50% malted wheat and a touch of oats for a silky smooth mouth-feel. Roasted wheat and chocolate malt give this beer a nice roasty profile that pairs nicely with the earthy tones of Sumatran coffee
MONK & HONEY – Brewed with barley, Belgian yeast, and local honey this beer is simple yet complex. A light floral quality and hint of sweetness remain from the honey nicely complementing the simple grain bill and earthy/spicy Belgian yeast.
ALPHA PALE ALE – Packed full of juicy pacific northwest hops this is the perfect session beer for hopheads.
For the liquors, we’ll be sampling the full line-up of liquors from our new local distillery RESTLESS SPIRITS (located in the Crossroads area). Their production is small batch and hand-crafted for quality. Come in and “support local” by tasting their:
BUILDERS GIN – a 92-proof gin crafted with 11 botanicals. Rosemary and juniper are in there, to give it that underpinning. The citrus and floral elements, the lavender, rose and meadowsweet, balance the combination.
DUFFY’S RUN VODKA – an all-corn, 90-proof with a whisker of sweetness.
SONS OF ERIN IRISH WHISKEY – imported Irish Whiskey hand-selected from the private reserves of Teeling in Ireland. Aged 4 years, then re-finished with short-term aging in freshly emptied Breckenridge Bourbon barrels to give it a light, sweet smooth flavor.
STONE BREAKER WHISKEY – 100-percent barley with a Scottish ale yeast to give it a floral note, this blended Irish-American Whiskey has a “soft palate” that’s a touch sweeter, like bourbon.
And for the wines, our sterling rep from Appellations will be bringing will be bringing these five wines for you to try:
LAMBERT DE SEYSSEL “PETIT ROYAL” – from the village of Seyssel in the French Alps, this delicious sparkling wine is made from the grapes Molette and Altesse (which dates back to at least 1363 in this area). Offering delightful flavors of alpine flowers, dried fruit, wildflower honey, and a toasty, yeasty note that gives this sparkler an aromatic richness and complexity.
LA GARNACHA SALVAJE – from the Moncayo district of Spain, this fresh and fruity Garnacha wine possesses a sweet tannin structure that features flavors of spice and wild berries along with mineral qualities from its being aged in French oak barrels.
WINERY ARTS #9 RED BLEND – mostly consisting of Cabernet Franc, this integrated and balanced wine offers deep flavors of tobacco, herb, molasses and toasty oak flavors blended with ripe, forest berries.
HACIENDA LOPEZ RIOJA CRIANZA – earning a score of 91 points from Robert Parker, this classic red wine is a blend of 93% Tempranillo and 7% Garnacha aged for 18 months in French and American oak. It offers fine tannins backing tart red berried fruit, laced with tobacco and dried herbs on the dry, crisp finish.
HOOPES FAMILY “HOOPLA” CHARDONNAY – earning a score of 89 points from Wine Enthusiast, this wine is bright and crisp with flavors of tropical fruits, guava and crisp bright citrus notes, with a rich warm malted element that derives from their use of 10% barrel fermentation.