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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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Entries from May 1, 2012 - May 31, 2012


Brick's Beer Roundup 05/31/12: "An obscenely long list of cool new beers..."

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Beer Buyer

Hey All,

Things have been crazy busy around here and I sort of lost track of when I did my last inventory re-cap e-mail. So below you will find an obscenely long list of cool new beers. Also coming up soon is our next beer tasting which will be held on Friday, July 6th in Redwood City, hold that date. I know, I know it is July but it will be here sooner than you expect plus you really are not going to want to miss this tasting. I can’t say more than that right now but trust me on this one.

So here you go with the list:

21st Amendment Brewery "Bitter American" IPA, California 12oz Cans $1.59

Abbaye De Leffe Brune Ale, Belgium 11.2oz Bottles $1.79

2012 Almanac Beer Company "Spring" Bière de Mars with Fennel, California 750ml $15.99

Anchor Brewing Summer Beer, California 12oz $1.35

Baird Brewing "Rising Sun" Pale Ale, Japan 12oz $4.99

Ballast Point Brewing Company "Tounge Buckler" Imperial Red Ale, California 22oz $8.99

Birra Amiata "Contessa" IPA, Italy 750ml $15.99

Bootlegger's Brewery "Mountain Meadow" Herbed Blonde Ale, California 22oz $4.99

Bootlegger's Brewery "Rustic Rye" Rye IPA, California 22oz $5.99

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Imperial Porter by Stone Brewery, California 22 oz $6.49

Brasserie Artisanale Du Flo "Cuveé Du Flo" Blonde Ale, Belgium 750ml $10.49

Brasserie Bourganel "Biere au Miel de Chataignier" France 330ml $4.49

Brasserie de Blaugies "Darbyste" Saison  Brewed With Figs, Belgium 750ml $11.99

Brasserie De La Senne "Brussels Calling" Belgian Pale Ale, Belgium 11.5oz $4.49

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Aphrodite" Stout Brewed With Real Cocoa and Vanilla Beans, Canada 11.5oz $5.49

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Péché Mortél" Imperial Coffee Stout, Canada 11.5oz $5.99

Brouwerij De Graal "Gember" Blond Ale Spiced with Ginger, Belgium 330ml $4.49

Brouwerij De Graal "Quest" Triple, Belgium 330ml $4.49

Brouwerij De Molen "Mooi & Meedogenloos" Dark Strong Ale, Netherlands 330ml $5.99

Brouwerij De Molen "Op & Top" IPA, Netherlands 330ml $3.99

Brouwerij De Ranke "Cuvee de Ranke," Belgium 750ml $15.99

Brouwerij De Ranke "Kriek De Ranke," Belgium 750ml $15.99

Brouwerij Van Viven Imperial IPA, Belgium 330ml $5.49

Brouwerij Van Viven Smoked Porter, Belgium 750ml $13.99

Brouwerij West Blonde, California 16.9oz $5.49

Buxton Brewery "Downfall" Golden Ale, England 500ml $5.99

Buxton Brewery "Kinder" Stout, England 500ml $6.99

Buxton Brewery "Sunset" ESB, England 500ml $6.99

Crabbies Ginger Beer $2.49

De Struise/Mikkeller "Elliot Brew" DIPA, Belgium 330ml $6.99

Dogfish Head "Aprihop," Delaware 12oz $2.75

Dogfish Head "Urkontinent" Dubbel, Delaware 750ml $12.99

Eagle Rock Brewery "Solidarity" Engligh Black Mild Ale, California 22oz $5.49

Firestone Walker "Wookey Jack" Black IPA, California 22oz $5.99

Frederic Gouison "Heritage 1900" Pays d'Othe Apple Cider, France 750ml $14.99

Golden Road Brewing "Point the Way", IPA Los Angeles 16oz Cans $1.99

2012 Goose Island "Sofie" Belgian Style Ale, Illinois 22oz $7.99

Grassroots Brewing "Wachu Saison" Saison Brewed With Spices and Brett, Denmark 11.2oz $10.99

Great Divide Brewing "Colette" Farmhouse Ale, Colorado 12oz $2.19

Gueuzerie Tilquin "à L'Ancienne" Oude Gueuze, Belgium, 750ml $22.99

HaandBryggeriet "Dark Force Reserva" Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout Aged In Akevitt Barrels, Norway 500ml $11.99

HaandBryggeriet "Sur Megge (Sour Bitch)" Wild Ale, Norway 500ml $11.99

HaandBryggeriet "Sweet & Sour," Norway 500ml $11.99

Hopfenstark Brewery "Ostalgia" Blonde Ale, Canada 11.2 oz $5.99

Jester King "Mad Meg" Farmhouse Provision Ale, Texas 750ml $11.99

Jolly Pumpkin "Baudelaire IO" Ale Brewed With Rose Hips, Rose Petals and Hibiscus, Michigan 750ml $15.99

Kulmbacher Brauerei "Edelherb" Pilsner, Germany 5L Mini-Kegs $27.99

Kulmbacher Brauerei "EKU" Pilsner, Germany 5L Mini-Kegs $27.99

Maui Brewing Company "La Perouse" Witbier, Hawaii 12oz Can $2.19

Mikkeller "Funky E*Star" Belgian Wild Ale, Denmark 750ml $14.99

Mikkeller "It's Alright" Wild Ale, Denmark 330ml $4.99

Mikkeller/Grassroots "Wheat Is The New Hops" White IPA, Belgium 330ml $5.99

New Belgian Brewery "Ranger" IPA, Colorado 16oz Cans $2.19

Ölvisholt Brugghús "Lava" Smoked Imperial Stout, Iceland 500ml $9.99

Oskar Blues "Deviant Dale's" IPA, Colorado 16oz $3.79

Port Brewing Company "6th Anniversary" DIPA, California 22oz $6.99

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

Pretty Things "X Ale February 22nd, 1945" English Mild, Massachusetts 22oz $7.99

Pretty Things "X Ale November 22nd, 1838" English Mild Ale, Massachusetts 22oz $8.99

Rogue Brewing "Voodoo Doughnut" Bacon Maple Ale, Oregon 750ml $12.99

Russian River Brewing Company "Salvation" Belgian Dark Strong Ale, California 375ml $8.99

2012 Sierra Nevada "Southern Hemisphere Harvest" Fresh Hop Ale, California 24oz $4.99

Timothy Taylor "Landlord" Strong Pale Ale, England 500ml $4.99

To Øl "Sleep Over" Coffee Imperial IPA, Denmark 330ml $6.99

Uinta Brewing "Birthday Suit" Sour Cherry Ale, Utah 750ml $14.99

Victory/Stone Brewing Company/Dogfish Head "Saison du Buff" Spiced Saison, California 12oz $2.99

Shop these and hundreds more on!

Happy hunting and until next time, which I promise will not be so long, keep them cold!

Bryan Brick

K&L Wine Merchants

Redwood City

(650) 556-2758



Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 5/29/12: Miguel Merino is Coming to Town! 

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings Iberiophiles,

Very exciting news:  On Tuesday June 19th and Wednesday June 20th, we will be hosting Mr. Miguel Merino, of the eponymously named bodega in Briones, La Rioja, Spain.  Many of you may know that Miguel Merino represents our first official foray into directly imported wines from Spain.  If you have tried these wines, then you should know that they are absolutely a reflection of the man:  gregarious and loads of fun, yet well informed and just old school enough to know that you are certainly dealing with The Real Deal.  Whether you want to enhance your knowledge of Rioja, discuss the minutiae of converting a 15th century farmhouse into a functioning bodega, or simply would like to sample some first rate wines with one of the friendliest and most entertaining folks I've ever met in the business, you really ought to come  to one (or both) of these events.  We will be hosting an in-store tasting in Redwood City and a very small, intimate dinner at Contigo in San Francisco.  Details below:

In-store tasting with Miguel Merino in Redwood City, Tuesday June 19th (5-6:30pm) Come and taste our full line-up of Miguel Merino wines with the owner himself.  Learn about the various terroirs of Briones, the origin of Merino's graciano plants, Miguel's very thorough, three tiered selection process, where to find the best foie gras tapa in Haro, amongst many other topics to be sure. $5 to taste.  invite friends!

Very intimate wine dinner with Miguel Merino at Contigo in SF, Wednesday June 20th at 8:30pm Join Miguel and me and enjoy his wines with Brett Emerson's wonderful Catalan inspired cuisine at Contigo in Noe Valley.  We will be pouring the following wines (as well as a few special surprises): 

2008 Miguel Merino "Viñas Jovenes" Crianza Rioja

2009 Miguel Merino Mazuelo de Quinta Cruz Rioja

2005 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja

2004 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja

2008 Miguel Merino "Unnum" Rioja

When I say intimate, I do mean intimate. Only 15 spots are available, first come, first served. We have reserved the outdoor (heated) patio, which is perfect for this amount of people.  There will be five courses served.  Please respond to this email if you are interested, or feel free to call us at 650.364-8544 to order your ticket.  Cost is $100 (wine, gratuity and tax all included)

Un saludo,



Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


Wine with a Cause: JT Snow's THIRST Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

On Saturday May 26th, K&L Redwood City had the pleasure of hosting a tasting of the 2008 Thirst Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Former SF Giant J.T. Snow and winemaker Katie Hamilton Shaffer were on hand to explain the charity that this wine supports and all the facts about the wine.

2008 Thirst Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($44.99) K&L is proud to carry "Thirst", a new line from Toolbox Wine Co. A portion of proceeds of sales of the 2008 "Thirst" Napa Cabernet will be donated to the Jack and J.T. Snow Fund to support Wolfram Syndrome research at Washington University in St. Louis. Composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 % Petit Verdot, 2 % Petit Sirah, and 1 % Zinfandel, this rich, juicy Cabernet offers aromas of ripe blackberry and plum, with hints of toasty vanilla, dark chocolate and baking spices. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with layers of fruit and spice framed by fine tannins and and lifted acidity. "For 13 years I gave back to baseball," remarks former SF Giants first baseman J.T. Snow, "today I am giving back beyond the field. In 2010 my niece Raquel was diagnosed with a rare disease - Wolfram syndrome...Please join us by raising a glass, thank you for your support."