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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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K&L's Super Bowl Picks

I always love listening to the sports pundits when they announce their Super Bowl picks. Not everyone, of course, is as enthusiastic as the guys on PTI (Pardon the Interruption, or the "ding ding show" as I like to call it), but they're all nearly as opinionated. I, on the other hand, generally choose who I'm rooting for (if the Pats aren't playing) by the more sportsmanlike team--who's got more heart and team spirit--rather than who's more capable. But today I'm going to ask YOU to pick the winner of the Super Bowl based on something that has NOTHING to do with athletic skill, heart or, well, football. We're going to pit two spirits, one from Wisconsin, one from Pennsylvania (sort of), in a head-to-head match, and you'll all vote. The winner, at the end of the day, will be K&L's unofficial pick for the Super Bowl.

From Wisconsin: Death's Door Gin

Death's Door Spirits, named for a menacing strait between Lake Michigan and good ol' Green Bay Wisconsin, hails from the tiny, 22-square mile Washington Island. And while the island only boasts 700 year-round residents, a school, a rec center, a grocery and a gas station, and not much more, they also happen to produce one of the finest gins in the in the United States. Death's Door Gin uses herbicide- and pesticide-free wheat grown on Washington Island to produce an exceptionally pure base spirit for this London Dry gin, then they combine it with locally-grown juniper berries and coriander, and work diligently to develop a clean citrusy character with a hint of licorice-y spice. This gin is wonderfully crisp and clean, perfect for drinking in a martini to savor its classic gin flavor, but not too assertive, so as to make it a friendly mixing gin, too.

From Pennsylvania (originally): Rittenhouse Rye

Okay, the Rittenhouse isn't actually made in Pennsylvania anymore, but they deserve the credit for this original Colonial American whiskey, which is considered a "Pennsylvania-style Rye" and still carries its famous Philly name. (Yes, I know that the Steelers are from Pittsburgh and NOT Philly, relax.) If you've never had rye, this affordable bottle is a great introduction. And if you already love rye, then there's no excuse you shouldn't have a bottle of this on your bar. Perfect for Manhattans, Sazeracs and any other cocktail that calls for a real, spicy rye. From a single producer, stored at least four years in wood barrels. 90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intensely woody aromas and succulent marshmallow, bakery and lanolin scents spring forth. The fat palate entry oozes butter cream, dark caramel, and brown sugar tastes; the midpalate focuses more on the grain aspect as the flavor becomes toasty, fruity and honeyed. Ends honey sweet, decadent and maple-like. An unbelievable bargain."

So cast your votes by leaving a comment below. And in the meantime, here's our last Super Bowl-related recipe, an awesome Hefeweisen Beer Cheese Dip by Bridgette Jackson posted to Craftbeer. A pure dish of gooey awesomeness that would be delicious with this week's beer of the week, the Victory Brewing "Prima Pils."

Leah Greenstein

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Reader Comments (5)

For every season, there is a drink. And this season, it's rye. For my metaphysically perfect Manhattans, I switch back and forth between venerable favorite Rittenhouse and newfound joy Redemption. I love martinis as much as the next fellow, but my vote must -- MUST -- be for Rittenhouse. Cheers!
February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen Boychuk
This is tough. I'm a cocktail gal and while the Negroni is my absolute favorite and the first drink I order when visiting a new bar, the Manhattan is probably second.

Okay, fine, I'm going to go gin... but knowing the K&L crowd this poll will lean towards rye. And that's fine. Can the Super Bowl be a tie? :)
February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa W.
Easy: go for the (awesomely flavoricious) gin. Your martini will thank you. Whether or not the Pack wins, you (s)will have made the right choice.
February 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjbaudhuin
Tough one. "Death's Door" is one of the best, most imposing names for a drink that I've ever heard. I wouldn't want to meet Death's Door at the 50 yard line. However, nothing kicks my ass like a glass of rye.

I'm voting Rye, but my heart is with Gin. Same goes for the Steelers and Packers.
February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNeal
There is no spirit bottle that I have emptied and restocked with the regularity of the Rittenhouse Rye. I love gin, and like Melissa, can hardly wait for the Negroni that is only 1 hour and 29 minutes away as I type, but the super bowl calls for brown liquor. If we are drinking brown liquor, why not the best deal on the planet? Rittenhouse!!! Who is playing again?
February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary Westby

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