This Week’s Staff Picks – August 17

We are only half way through August so, we can still enjoy some great beer, wine and spirits before the Fall season arrives. This week we are featuring a special anniversary beer, a great new wine and an amazing deal on a whiskey. We are featuring Paul & Al’s Hoppy 25th Anniversary Pilsner beer, Dark Horse Pinot Noir and Raven’s Lace PeachBerry Whiskey.

Paul & Al’s Hoppy 25th Anniversary Pilsner Beer

This special brew is available in limited quantity and was made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the long-tenured D.J.s of 94HJY, the popular commercial radio station in Providence, Rhode Island. Paul and Al have been providing radio entertainment to Rhode Islanders since the late 1980s and have become synonymous with the state. Their comedic bits and commentary on pop culture has made them the most important part of 94HJY which earned them this special brew from Pawtucket based brewery, Bucket Brewery. Creating this beer Bucket brewery started with the classic Pilsner recipe, using purely Pilsner Malt and Czech Saaz hops. They added some light crystal malts to make it smooth and give it some body. Some of the typically used Czech Saaz hops were replaced with American hops which gave it some subtle spice and floral notes. This all resulted in a Pilsner with a clean Golden light color that is also complex, smooth and very drinkable.

IMG_0096Dark Horse Pinot Noir

The newest wine added to the the great Dark Horse winery, from California, the Pinot Noir is a real treat. The grapes were picked during 2014 a particularly dry and warm year that allowed just the right amount of sunlight creating a balance of flavor and acidity in the wine. The grapes were harvested at the perfect moment of ripeness creating a beautiful rich color and velvety tannins. This wine is filled with flavors of strawberry and red cherry. The aroma is quite pleasant with hints of rose, lavender and light notes and molasses. This all creates a balanced and velvety mouthfeel and subtle sweetness.

IMG_0101Raven’s Lace PeachBerry Whiskey $4.49 (after $10 mail-in rebate)

This new and exciting from Heaven Hill Brands in Kentucky is a whiskey that has both a  wild and sweet side. Produced for the ever growing female whiskey drinker market this is a very interesting flavored whiskey. This whiskey is infused with delicious sweet strawberry and peach flavors while retaining the smoothness of bourbon whiskey all at 60 proof. Great for someone who is not a whiskey drinker, it is very smooth, sweet and great for both men and women. A great drink to share with friends over conversation.




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