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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Wednesday
May292013

Brick's Beer News: Amazing New Arrivals and Freigest Tasting June 12th

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Beer Buyer

Hey All,

It has been a while since my last e-mail but I’m going to try to make that up to you with a bunch of good news. First off on Wednesday, June 12th at 5pm we will be holding a special beer tasting with Sebastian Sauer from Freigest in Germany. We’ve been a huge fan of this breweries beers for the last year or so and we couldn’t be happier to host this special tasting. Cost will be $5 and reservations are not needed.

Now on to all the amazing beer we have been receiving recently:

Alaskan Brewing Company "Freeride" Pale Ale, Alaska 12oz $1.49

Almanac Beer Company "Farmer's Reserve No.3" Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Strawberries and Nectarines, California 375ml $9.99

Almanac Beer Company "Farmer's Reserve No.4" Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons and Buddha's Hand Citrons, California 375ml $9.99

2013 Avery Brewing Company "20th Anniversary" Double IPA, Colorado 22oz $8.49

Avery Brewing Company "Karma" Pale Ale, Colorado 12oz $1.79

2013 Avery Brewing Company "Samael's" Oak Aged Ale, Colorado 12oz $8.99

Black Market Brewing Co. "1945" Berliner Weisse, California 22oz $5.49

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Love Child #3" Wild Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels, Missouri 750ml $20.99 (This is one of the best Wild Ales I’ve seen in a long time!)

Boulevard Brewing Co./The Roasterie "Coffee Ale" Strong Ale, Missouri 750ml $9.99

Brasserie Artisanale Du Flo "Cuveé Saint Antoine" Blonde Strong Ale, Belgium 750ml $10.99

Brasserie De La Senne "Gray Jacket" Belgian Ale, Belgium 11.5oz $4.99

Brasserie De La Senne "Kuro Oni" Black IPA, Belgium 330ml $4.99

Brasserie De La Senne "Zinnebir" Blonde Ale, Belgium 330ml $4.49 (Always one of the best warm weather Belgian beers) 

Brasserie Fantome "Chocolat" Saison, Belgium 750ml $14.99

Brasserie Fantome "Printemps" Saison Ale, Belgium 750ml $15.99 (These new batches are almost gone and are really “Fantome Weird”)

Brasserie Fantome Saison, Belgium 750ml $14.99

Brewery Ommegang "Fleur De Houblon" Belgian Pale Ale, New York 12oz $2.99

Brouwerij De Molen "Chinook" Rye IPA, Netherlands 330ml $3.99

Brouwerij De Molen "Legacy" Rye IPA, Netherlands 330ml $3.99

Brouwerij West "Dog Ate My Homework" Blackberry Saison, California 500ml $6.99 (Surprisingly delicious)

Cambridge Brewing Co. "Tripel Threat" Tripel, Massachusetts 22oz $7.99

Clown Shoes "Hoppy Feet 1.5" Black IPA, Massachusetts 22oz $6.49

Clown Shoes "Hoppy Feet" Black IPA, Massachusetts 12oz $2.79

Clown Shoes "Muffin Top" Tripel, Massachusetts 22oz $9.49

Clown Shoes "Tramp Stamp" Belgian IPA, Massachusetts 12oz $2.79

Clown Shoes "Vampire Slayer" Smoked Stout, Massachusetts 22oz $9.49

Coniston Brewing Company "Special" Oatmeal Stout, England 500 ml $5.49

De Struise Brouwers "Pannepot Reserva" Old Fishermans Ale Aged in Oak Casks, Belgium 11.2 oz (6 bottle limit) $7.99

Deschutes Brewery "Twilight Ale" American Pale Ale, Oregon 12oz (One of my all time favorite Pale Ales)

El Segundo Brewing Co. "Citra" Pale Ale, California 22 oz. $6.49

El Segundo Brewing Co. "Standard Crude" Imperial Stout, California 22 oz. $8.99

El Segundo Brewing Co. "Two 5 Left" Double IPA, California 22 oz. $8.99

Finnriver Artisan Dry-Hopped Cider, Washington 500ml $8.49

Goose Island "Summertime" Kölsch, Illinois 12oz $1.59

Great Divide Brewing "19h Anniversary' Oak Aged IPA, Colorado 22oz $8.49

Great Divide Brewing "Hey Day" Witbier, Colorado 12oz $1.89

Haandbryggeriet "Blabic" Wild Ale With Blueberries, Norway 500ml $12.99

Haandbryggeriet "Odin's Tipple-Barrel Aged" Dark Norse Ale, Norway 500ml $12.99

Hair of the Dog "Blue Dot" DIPA, Oregon 22oz $7.49

Hair of the Dog "Michael" Flanders Red Ale, Oregon 12oz $24.99

Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest "Turnhoutse Patriot" Belgian Pale Ale, Belgium 330ml $4.49

Maui Brewing Company/Lost Abbey Lemongrass Saison, Hawaii 12oz Cans $2.79

Mikkeller "Crooked Moon Tattoo" Double IPA, Denmark 750ml $15.99

Mikkeller "George (Calvados Barrel)" Russian Imperial Stout, Denmark 250ml $15.99

Mikkeller "George (Cognac Barrel)" Russian Imperial Stout, Denmark 250ml $15.99

Mikkeller "It's Alive!-Chardonnay Barrel With Mango Edition" Wild Ale, Denmark 375ml $16.99

Mikkeller "It's Alive!-Grand Marnier Edition" Wild Ale, Denmark 375ml $14.99

Mikkeller Milk Stout, Denmark 11.2oz $5.99

New Belgium/Brouwerij Boon "Lips of Faith-Transatlantic Kreik" Wild Ale, Colorado 22oz $13.99

New Belgium/Dieu de Ciel "Lips of Faith-Heavenly Feijoa" Triple, Colorado 22oz $8.49

Noble Ale Works "Pistol Whip'd" Plisner, California 22 oz. $5.99

Panil "Divina" Wild Ale, Italy 750ml $17.99

Peak Organic Brewery "Summer" Session Ale, Maine 12oz $1.79

Peckham's Moutere Cider, New Zealand 500ml $9.99

Peckham's Moutere Perry, New Zealand 500ml $9.99

Picobrouwerij Alvinne "Cuvee de Mortagne" Quadrupel Aged in Pomerol Barrels, Belgium 500ml $12.99

Pivovar Konrad "11 Degrees" Plisner, Czech Republic 500ml $3.49 (This is incredible Czech Pils!)

Port Brewing Company "7th Anniversary" Imperial Pale Ale, California 22oz $6.49

Prairie Artisan Ales "'Merica" Saison, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99 (There are not enough good things to say about how awesome these Prairie beers truly are)

Prairie Artisan Ales "Funky Galaxy" Black Saison, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Prairie Artisan Ales "Okie" Strong Ale, Oklahoma 750ml $14.99

Prairie Artisan Ales "Prairie Ale" Saison, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Prairie Artisan Ales "Prairie Hop" Dry-Hopped Belgian-Style Ale, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Prairie Artisan Ales/St. Somewhere "Plus tot L'etat" Saison with Persimmon and Elderflower, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Prairie Artisan Ales/St. Somewhere "Prairie Somewhere" Saison, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Pretty Things "Fluffy White Rabbits" Hoppy Tripel, Massachusetts 22oz $8.99

Pretty Things "Jack d'Or" Saison, Massachusetts 22oz $8.49

Sainte-Helene "Antipode" Barleywine, Belgium 375ml $8.49

Sierra Nevada "Hoptimum" Whole-Cone Imperial IPA, California 12oz $2.49

The Bruery "Lokal Red" Red Ale, California 750ml $8.99 (This beer is finally available outside of Orange County)

The Bruery "White Oak" Wheatwine, California 750ml $15.99

The Bruery/Beechwood Brewing "Mrs. Stoutfire" Imperial Smoked Stout Aged on Wood Chips, California 750ml $15.49

Upright Brewing Company Gose, Oregon 750ml $10.99

Victory Brewing "Swing" Saison, Pennsylvania 12oz $1.79 (Gives Colette a run for its money for best Saison in a 12oz bottle)

Wadworth "Old Timer" Old Ale, England 500ml $5.99

Zeffer "Slack Ma Girdle" Cider, New Zealand 750ml $15.99

You can place orders in-store or online at KLWines.com.

Enjoy all these new beers, I know I have!

Cheers,

 

Bryan Brick

K&L Wine Merchants

Redwood City

(650) 556-2758

bryanbrick@klwines.com

Wednesday
Sep122012

Sonoma Road Trip Stories, Part II: Russian River Brewing Co.

Russian River Brewing CompanyBy: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member

A Visit to Russian River Brewing Co.

When our domestic buyer Bryan Brick sent us a list of places we would like to see on our first Sonoma Valley work trip, my immediate response was “Russian River Brewing"! After all, when serious fans of adult beverages--beer, wine, or the hard stuff-- are anywhere near Santa Rosa, making a stop at Russian River Brewing Co for a beer, some snacks, and growler fills is an absolute priority. Russian River was originally owned by Korbel Cellars until they offered the brand to brewmaster Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo in 2003. The Cilurzos opened the brewpub in Santa Rosa in 2004, and it didn't take long for them to build a huge local following. In 2008, they opened a production brewery nearby, allowing them to triple production and distribute to new crowds. The pub is now a destination (beer) tourist attraction and continues to produce plenty of delicious beers without compromising an iota of quality. As they state on their website, demand continues to grow “but they prefer to grow their business organically while focusing on efficiencies and quality.”

At K&L we are asked every day if we carry Russian River's Pliny the Elder, one of the most popular beers in the world. Ninety-nine percent of the time that answer is “sorry, we’re sold out.” We receive a generous allocation of five cases a week, but we still sell out within an hour of receiving them, and that happens despite our efforts to keep it fair for all beer lovers by enforcing a three bottle per person sale limit. This should give you a sense of how loved and sought after this beer truly is.

For many traditional “American clear beer” drinkers, Pliny the Elder was the gateway beer that launched them into the world of craft brews. Anyone who is new to the craft beer scene or unfamiliar with Russian River Brewing should absolutely hunt a bottle of Pliny down. At K&L, we have a system of notifying our customers when a specific product becomes available, and it is through this system that our Pliny customers get their beer. Simply go to KLWines.com, create an account (if you don't already have one), and click on the Waiting List link in My Account Center. Use the key word option to and enter "Pliny" and save. Now, you will receive email from K&L when we receive Pliny into stock, at which point you can make your online purchase. Online or calling in your order immediately after receiving the email notification is recommended. Since the bottles sell out within the hour you will likely be disappointed if you plan to drive to the store to pick some up! You can place your order as a Will-Call pick up in an any of our three retail locations (we transfer to all stores for free) or for shipment to any place where we can legally ship beer.  

While Pliny is a great beer, I personally think the majority of Russian River's beers are even better! At the store, we currently carry Damnation Golden Ale and Salvation Belgian Dark Strong Ale with the newer Row 2, Hill 56 Pale Ale hopped with Simcoe hops soon to return. At Russian River, there are about fifteen beers on tap. One of my favorites is Perdition, their “Biere de Sonoma,” which comes home with me in a growler every time. At this last visit, we grabbed a round of Gaffers, their English Pale Ale. The fruity malts and biscuity hops made for a great brew to wash down the Pliny Bites, pizza dough bites topped with mozzarella, garlic, cheddar, and jalapenos. As they brought out the Clipper (dipped in savage sauce is a hell of a combo) and Mikey pizzas we ordered a round of Erudition Saison, which is a favorite style of mine. Bright citrus, floral notes and spicy pepper make this beer quite refreshing.

Long story short: visit the brewery if/when possible, taste as many beers as you can muster, and take in the atmosphere. The bartenders are great and the pub food is solid. Russian River Brewing Co. is a gem of north-west California, don’t miss it!

 

Thursday
Aug232012

Brick's Beer News: Beer Sale and Upcoming Tastings in LA and Redwood City

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Beer Buyer

Get excited! This Saturday, August 25th we are hosting Artisan Beer Tastings in Redwood City (1-4pm) and Hollywood (3pm-5:30pm).  Both stores will feature great new craft brews handpicked by yours truly. To see the full lineups, follow this link: Artisan Beer Tastings - Saturday August 25th 

Beer Sale!

Below is a listing of the latest inventory clearance items with discounted prices that have just gotten updated within our inventory. Please note - in order to view the new (hidden) prices you need to be a member of our Insider's Advantage email list, and be logged into our website. '

For real-time inventory information on all of these items, view the full listing of Insider's Advantage hidden price beers on our site.  

 Adnams "Broadside" ESB, England 500ml (Previously $5)

Abbaye de St. Amand Blonde Ale, Belgium 330ml (Previously $4)

 

Adnams Brewery has been under the same family ownership since 1872. The tradition of brewing dates back six centuries in Southwold, England. Adnams Broadside contains two malts (Maris Otter Pale and Caramel) and two hops (Goldings and Fuggles). 7.3 percent by weight, 42 IBUs

2012 Almanac Beer Company "Winter" Witbier Brewed With Oranges and Ginger, California 750ml (Previously $16)

 

2008 Amager Bryghus "Julebryg" Danish Holiday Ale, Denmark 500ml (Previously $10)

This noble winter beer winter offers complex aromas of fruit, alcohol and hops. In the mouth it is slightly sweet with a hint of burnt caramel. It is also quite bitter, amazingly, and finishes with a persistent note of spicy hops. A brew for all seasons, but especially those cooler months when 9% abv is called for in a brew! 

Brouwerij De Dochter Van De Korenaar "Bravoure" Smoked Ale, Belgium 11.2 oz (Previously $5.49) - limited

De Dochter Van De Korenaar translates to "the daughter of the corn ear is an old Flemish synonym for beer dating back to the 16th century. Now reincarnated as the moniker of a new, tiny craft brewery from the Belgian enclave of Baarle-Hertog (actually located about 10 kilometers across the Dutch border). And when De Dochter opened its doors in 2007, folks immediately started taking notice. Despite its newness, the beers turned out by this little gem suffer from no lack of experience. Brewer/owner Ronald Mengerink has been brewing beer since he was 16. His Bravoure is incredibly complex but still designed to be easy-drinking; perhaps the most subtle and balanced smoked beer we've ever come across.

Brouwerij De Dolle "Oerbier" Strong Dark Ale, Belgium 11.2oz (Previously $6)  

Chouffe "McChouffe" Belgian Ale 750ml (Previously $12) - limited

This is an unfiltered dark beer, which is re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg. Behind its fruity flavour a slight hint of bitterness may be found. Great with mussels and fries!

Coedo Shikkoku Schwarzbier, Japan 11.2 oz. (Previously $4.49)

De Ryck Arend Triple, Belgium 330ml (Previously $4)

De Struise Brouwers "Tsjeeses Reserva" Belgian X-Mas Ale, Beligum 330ml (Previously $9.49)

Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeriet "Hiphiphooray!" Pale Ale, Sweden 500ml (Previously $8.49)

Evil Twin Brewing "Disco Beer" IPA Aged in Chardonnay Barrels, Denmark 11.2oz (Previously $10)

Evil Twin Brewing "Soft XMas" Imperial Stout aged on Sour Cherries, Denmark 500ml (Previously $15) - limited

Evil Twin Brewing "Xmas Eve in a New York City Hotel Room" Imperial Stout, Denmark 11.2oz (Previously $9) - limited

Grado Plato "Cantus Caeli" Ale Brewed with Honey and Grapes, Italy 500ml (Previously $20) - limited

HaandBryggeriet "Bestefar" Norwegian Winter Ale, Norway 500ml (Previously $10) - limited 

A rare, spiced Norwegian beer for a cold winter's night. Complex undertones of fennel seed, juniper, cocoa powder and toasty malt.

HaandBryggeriet "Nissefar" Norwegian Holiday Ale, Norway 500ml (Previously $9)

Hakusekikan Natural Honey Yeast Lambic, Japan 11.2 oz. (Previously $6.49)

Hantverksbryggeriet "Kosacken" Russian Imperial Stout, Sweden 330ml (Previously $7) - limted

High Water Brewing "Aphotic" Baltic Porter, California 22oz (Previously $15)

Seasonal release. Vintage: 2011. Released: January 10, 2012. Brewmaster's Notes: "This beer is one of my favorites. It was a blast to brew it and was really an evolving process. One third of the beer was barrel aged in 18 Year old Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, another third was aged in premium Brandy barrels and the final third was aged in stainless. After 4 months of aging the three different variations were combined back together resulting in the blend you have in front of you. Copious amounts of Carafa 1,2 and 3 as well as chocolate malts and Midnight Wheat malts were used. Deep, dark and delicious!!!!"

J.W. Lees "Manchester Star" Porter, England 16.9oz (Previously $7.49) - limited

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales "Noel de Calabaza" Special Ale, Michigan 750ml (Previously $15)

L'Hermitiere "Demi-Sec" Cidre, France 750ml (Previously $16) - limited

2010 LoverBeer "DuvaBeer" Ale Brewed with Grape Juice, Italy 330ml (Previously $18) - limited 

Marble Brewery Double, England 750ml (Previously $20) - limited

Microbrasserie Charlevoix "Dominus Vobiscum" Double, Canada 500ml (Previously $8) - limited

The Belgian-style dubbel has a complex aroma of anise, candied fruit, and raisins. A subtle bitterness blends with licorice, mocha, and sarsaparilla, revealing Madeira wine, caramel, and peppery spice in the finish. This is the most difficult-to-make beer that Charlevoix brews, it is unfiltered, allowing the beer's complexity to evolve and change over time. 8.5% ABV

Midtfyns Bryghus Imperial Stout, Denmark 500ml (Previously $10)

Mikkeller "Bourbon Barrel Aged From Via To" Holiday Ale, Denmark 375ml (Previously $15)

Mikkeller "From/Via To" Christmas Porter, Denmark 750ml (Previously $15)

The newest Mikeller Christmas Porter with sweet spice and a texture like crushed velvet. Plus, it's got a nifty little gift label, so you don't even need to wrap it!

Mikkeller Porter, Denmark 500ml (Previously $10) - limited

2010 Mikkeller "Santa's Little Helper" Belgian Ale Brewed With Spices and Aged in Rum Barrels, Denmark 375ml (Previously $14)

Mikkeller "Sur Munk" Wild Ale, Denmark 500ml (Previously $14)

Mikkeller "To/From" Christmas Porter, Denmark 750ml (Previously $15)

The second Christmas porter from Mikkeller. A spiced porter with fine malt background and lovely hop aroma and flavor. The label is designed as a 'From To' card ... fill in the names and put the bottle under the Christmas tree. The perfect Christmas gift for the lazy man/woman! Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, smoked, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), roasted barley, dark cassonade, hops (amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (star anise, clove, cinnamon and coriander seeds) and yeast. 8% abv

Nethergate "Dirty Dick's Audit Ale" English Strong Ale, England 500ml (Previously $5)

Pausa Cafe "Navidad" Holiday Ale, Italy 750ml (Previously $25) - limited

Picobrouwerij Alvinne "Podge" Imperial Belgian Stout, Belgium 11.2oz (Previously $5.49)

This fascinating Stout shows an amazing red wine character, licorice, dark fruits, molasses and coffee with pronounced roasted/coffee/rich chocolate flavors with a touch of sourness [Stout character] combined with dark fruity flavors [Belgian influence].

Teufelweizen Weizenbock, California 750ml (Previously $14)

Thornbridge Brewery/Dark Star "Coalition" Old Ale, England 16.9oz (Previously $15) - limited

Thornbridge Brewery "St. Petersburg" Imperial Russian Stout, England 16.9oz (Previously $8.49)

Dark brown with a creamy tan head, almost latte like in appearance. Lemony, minty hop nose with underlying chocolate-caramel. Big, sweet roasted malt in the mouth with hints of chicory and bitter coffee. Some dark chocolate and wisps of peaty smoke. Boozy, bitter finish with some roasted hazelnut and maple syrup characters. Nice, slightly dry, bitter ending. 7.7% abv

To Øl "Black Ball" Porter, Denmark 330ml (Previously $5.49)

Yeastie Boys "Pot Kettle Blackl" Black IPA, New Zealand 330ml (Previously $6) - limited 

 

For real-time inventory information on all of these items, view the full listing of Insider's Advantage hidden price beers on our site.

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