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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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Wine Wednesday: Franck Bonville "Brut Selection" Blanc de Blancs

Whether or not you're celebrating Rosh Hoshanna tonight, or just the fact that it's already Wednesday (thank you, shortened holiday work week), you'll want to do it with a bottle of Franck Bonville "Brut Selection" Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($29.99) (assuming that you drink non-Kosher wine). This is my favorite Champagne in the store for a couple of reasons.

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New Beer, Part 2

I told you it was coming. After I recovered from my all-American Memorial Day, which involved a city-wide garage sale, chicken-fried bacon, betting on the horses and a BBQ, I’m finally ready to tackle the next installment of Beer.

Stone Brewing Co. has dropped some new releases on us over the last week or so. Well, to be exact, these have both been released but hard to come by and I finally wrangled a few cases of each. Both the Stone "Sublimely Self-Righteous" Ale (22oz $5.99) and the Stone Brewery "Cali-Belgique" IPA( 22oz $5.99) have made it to the shelf. These are both very limited, especially the Self-Righteous, so get in touch soon if you want a few bottles.

Another recent arrival that has got Beer Fans around the Bay buzzing is the Brooklyn Brewery "Blue Apron Ale" Dubbel (750ml $9.99). This beer was made by Brooklyn specifically for Thomas Keller at French Laundry. The only problem was the batch was too large for Keller to handle in a timely fashion. So the distributor needed to dump some and BINGO! We have the first Brooklyn Brewery beer, that I know of, to be distributed in CA.

The major part of this latest installment, however, will be composed of the last Shelton Brothers special order that just arrived. I’ve had to take over a bit more space in my cold box just to make it all fit, but I’m sure you’re all happy to hear that. Here goes….

Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre "Gavroche" Bière de Garde, France (4-pk $14.99) A rock solid Biere de Garde rarely seen here in the states. When you absolutely, positively need to get your funk on.

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Rigor Mortis Abt" Quadrupel, Canada (11.2oz $5.99) These beers are quickly gaining a following with not only our customers but also our staff

Brasserie La Choulette Framboise, France (750ml $12.99) An adult raspberry beverage.

BrasserieThiriez "Xxtra" Saison, France (750ml $11.99) One of my favorite French producers, if you are a fan of anthing and everything Saison this will rock you

Brouwerij De Ranke "Cuvee de Ranke," Belgium (750ml $14.99) Easily one of my favorite producers, this is there version of Lambic and it is a perfect summer refresher

Brouwerij De Ranke "Kriek De Ranke," Belgium (750ml $16.99) If I actually have any of this left by the time this e-mail goes out it will be a miracle. I had my first of many bottles to come the other night and it is easily one of the best Krieks I've ever had.

Brouwerij De Ranke "Noir de Dottignies," Belgium (750ml $14.99) The newest beer from De Ranke to hit the US market, somewhere between a Dubbel and a Belgian Strong Ale; dark, malty and mysterious.

Brouwerij der St.Benedictusabdij de Achelse "Achel 8° Blonde" Tripel, Belgium (330ml $5.99) The smallest of all the Trappist breweries and one of two where the monks still brew, this is a rare treat that is getting gobbled up quickly. We actually had the Brune as well, but it all sold the day we did our last tasting. More will come soon...

Brouwerij Kerkom "Bink" Tripel, Belgium (750ml $14.99) A pure triple, earthy, bright, tropical and full of character rather that simple alcoholic heat

Hook Norton Brewery Co. "Hooky Bitter" Bitter Ale, England (500ml $5.49) A perfect everyday beer in every way.

Inveralmond Brewery Ltd. "Blackfriar" Scotch Ale, Scotland (500ml $5.99) Malty with a creaminess like chocolate and toffee pudding.

Ise Kadoya "Genmai Ale," Japan (500ml $7.99) From a brewer that also made soy sauce and Mochi. Genmai rice is used in the brewing process here adding malt like complexity to this one of a kind beer.

Ise Kadoya "Triple Hop Ale" IPA, Japan (500ml $7.99) A Japanese version of a "West Coast" hop bomb, who knew?

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Biere de Mars, Michigan (750ml $14.99) Anyone that has ever drank beer with me knows my affinity for this brewery. Their latest seasonal release and a perfect puckering sour aspect that makes this wholly refreshing.

Mahr’s "Der Weisse Bock" Weizenbock, Germany (500ml $6.99) Think Aventinus rather than Vitus and you will head down the right track with this one.

Mikkeller "Draft Bear" Imperial Pilsner, Denmark (750ml $14.99) My go to beer when you have to absolutely, positively have the most refreshing Pilsner out there.

Mikkeller "Not Just Another Wit," Witbier Denmark (750ml $14.99) The boys from Denmark have another hit on their hands with their Wit. Brewed with an unusual amount of Hops (goldings, amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (orange peel and coriander seeds) and flaked oats.

Mikkeller "USAlive" Belgian Wild Ale, Denmark (750ml $19.99) A version of their "It’s Alive" bottling with a more pronounced US hop profile.

Nøgne-Ø Brown Ale, Norway (500ml $8.49) There is something about a well-crafted Brown that really does it for me. And yes it is worth $9.

Oppigårds "Well-Hopped Lager" Plisner, Sweden (500ml $5.99) Do I really need to say more?

The Nils Oscar Company "India Ale" IPA, Sweden (330ml $5.49) With a strong malt base and a ton of Amarillo hops this is like a DIPA without all the alcohol.

Farnum Hill Ciders Extra-Dry Cider, New Hampshire (750ml $14.99) First the Henny’s and now these guys. Cider is the new lager. Crisp and full of kick-you-in-the-shins acid, this better than a cool glass of water on a hot day.

Farnum Hill Ciders Summer Cider, New Hampshire (750ml $13.99) Seasonal and maybe even a bit more refreshing than the Extra Dry above, this has a pinch more sweetness and a broader texture.

Oliver's Cider & Perry "Blakeney Red Varietal" Perry, England (750ml $14.99) True English Perry. Dry, no bubbles and with as much pear fruit as any sane human being can handle.

So there it is. Part 2. In the can. The great part is I’m already composing our next email, where you may find new, and old, bottlings from AleSmith, Port Brewing Co, Avery, Stone, Cantillon and Fantome. Keep in touch.


Bryan Brick