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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
Oct172012

Brick's Beer News: Design Your Own Beer Club! Plus Tons of New Arrivals and Our Upcoming Fall Tasting

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Beer Buyer

Too long...

...is exactly how long it has been since my last Beer update. Sure, there are plenty of excuses, but I won’t bore you with them. We have tons of new beers in stock that I’ll get to in a minute but first I need to take care of some bookkeeping. First of all there is a Beer Tasting coming up in Redwood City on Friday, October 26th from 5-6:30pm. I hope all of you local folks can make it. I’ll be focusing on new releases with an emphasis on Fall Seasonal and the new Fresh Hop beers that have been hitting the shelves recently.

Secondly, I wanted to alert many of you to a cool feature we have available to you. Through our Personal Sommelier Service, we can get you or your loved ones interesting beers on a monthly basis. You pick how many bottles you’d like, what styles you like, how much you want to spend and for how long and we’ll do the rest. Or if you’re the beer guy/gal that has everything why don’t you spread the wealth; this could nail down a big chunk of your Holiday shopping with just a few key strokes.

Now on to the meat of this postl. Look at all of these fun, delicious new beers:

Adnams "Explorer" Blonde Ale, England 500ml $4.49

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lager, Germany 500ml $4.49

Ægir Bryggeri "Lynchburg Natt" Barrel Aged Stout, Norway 500ml $14.99

AleSmith "Nut Brown" English Brown Ale, California 22oz $4.99

2012 Allagash "Fluxus" Saison Brewed With Spelt and Green and Pink Peppercorns, Maine 750ml $19.99

Anchorage Brewing Company "Love Buzz" Saison, Alaska 750ml $13.99

Baird Beer "The Carpenter's Mikan Ale," Japan 633ml $9.99

Ballast Point Brewing Company "Dorado" Double IPA, California 22oz $8.99

Beer Here "Kremlin Crude Oil" Russian Imperial Stout, Denmark 500ml $10.99

Beer Here "Lupulus" Pale Ale, Denmark 500ml $7.99

Birra Del Borgo "Duchessic" Saison with Lambic Added, Italy 12.7oz  $11.99

Birra Del Borgo "L'Equilibrista" Bière de Champagne, Italy 750ml $24.99

Birra Del Borgo/Dogfish Head "My Antonia" Imperial Pilsner, Italy 750ml $18.99

Black Market Brewing Co. "Quadrophenia" Belgian Quadrupel, California 22oz $7.49

Black Market Brewing Co. Rye IPA, California 22oz $5.29

Brasserie De La Senne "Jambe-de-Bois" Tripel, Belgium 330ml $4.99

Brauerei Spezial Rauchbier Lager, Germany 500ml $6.99

Brouwerij De Molen "Kopi Loewak" Imperial Stout with Coffee, Netherlands 330ml $8.99

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

Brouwerij De Molen "Tsarina Esra" Imperial Porter, Netherlands 330ml $9.99

Brouwerij De Molen "Zomerhop" IPA, Netherlands 750ml $15.99

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen "Beersel" Blond Ale, Belgium 330ml $4.99

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen "Golden Blend" Oude Gueuze, Belgium 375ml $22.99

Brunehaut Brewery Blond Gluten Free Beer, Belgium 11.2oz $3.99

Burrow Hill "Somerset" Cider, England 500ml $6.99

De Proef "Surly Bird #3" Flemish Primitive Ale, Belgium 750ml $13.99

Deschutes Brewery "Black Butte XXIV" Porter, Oregon 22oz (3 bottle limit per customer) $13.99

Deschutes Brewery "Chainbreaker" White IPA, Oregon 12oz $1.49

Deschutes Brewery "Chasin' Freshies" Fresh Hop IPA, Oregon 22oz $5.49

Deschutes Brewery "Hop Trip" Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Oregon 12oz $1.59

Devil's Canyon "Belle" Bière Brut, California 750ml $11.99

Divine Brewing "Engelen Tarwe" Tripel, California 750ml $14.99

Einstok Icelandic Pale Ale, Norway 12oz. $1.89

Evil Twin Brewing "DEVFFC, MQAL9,.8 (Melvin Brew)" Imperial IPA, Denmark 11.2oz $8.99

Evil Twin Brewing "Disco Beer-Red Cap" Imperial IPA Aged in Red Wine Barrels, Denmark 11.2oz $9.99

Evil Twin Brewing "Mission Hipster" Pale Ale, Denmark 11.2oz $7.99

Evil Twin Brewing "Wag & Wisdom" Witbier, Denmark 500ml $13.99

Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle "Freigeist Abraxxxas" Berliner Weisse, Germany 500ml $5.49

Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle "Freigeist Hoppeditz" Altbier, Germany 500ml $6.49

Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle "Freigeist Ottekolong" Unfiltered Kölsch, Germany 500ml $5.49

Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle "Freigeist Pimock" Hefeweisen, Germany 500ml $5.49

Gosebrauerei Bayrischer Bahnhof "Goseator" Gose Doppelbock aged in Tequila Barrels, Germany 375ml $14.99

Gosebrauerei Bayrischer Bahnhof "Holzbock" Oak Aged Bockbier, Germany 750ml $15.99

Great Divide Brewing "Wolfgang" Doppelbock Lager, Colorado 22oz $7.99

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

Hanssens "Oudbeitje" Strawberry Lambic, Belgium 12.7oz $10.99

Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery "Samurai" Barley Wine Aged in Earthen Flasks, Japan 330ml $6.99

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales "Luciernaga" Belgian Pale Ale, Michigan 750ml $15.99

KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren "Saison D'erpe Mere" Saison, Belgium 750ml $14.99

Lagunitas "Day Time" IPA, California 12oz $1.99

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Cerasus" Flemish Red Ale With Cherries, Oregon 750ml (1 bottle limit per customer) $19.99

Mikkeller "Black Hole" Russian Imperial Stout, Denmark 375ml $10.99

Mikkeller "Farmhouse Invasion" IPA, Alaska 750ml $13.99

Mikkeller "It's Alive!-White Wine Edition" Wild Ale, Denmark 375ml $13.99

Mikkeller "It's Alive!-White Wine Lychee Edition" Wild Ale, Denmark 375ml $14.99

Mikkeller "Monk's Brew-Bourbon Barrel Aged" Dark Ale, Denmark 375ml $13.99

Mikkeller "Monk's Brew-Red Wine Barrel with Raspberries" Dark Ale, Denmark 375ml $13.99

Mikkeller "Sort Gul" Black Ale, Denmark 11.2oz $5.49

Mikkeller "Spontanale" Gueuze, Denmark 375ml $12.99

Mikkeller "Spontanframboos" Wild Ale with Raspberries, Denmark 375ml $13.99

Mikkeller "Spontankoppi" Wild Ale with Coffee, Denmark 375ml $13.99

Mikkeller "Spontankriek" Wild Ale with Cherries, Denmark 375ml $13.99

Mikkeller "Spontanwildstrawberry" Wild Ale with Wild Strawberries, Denmark 375ml $13.99

Ninkasi "Lady of Avalon" Schwarzbier, Oregon 12oz $1.79

Noble Ale Works "Golden State" Lager, California 22 oz. $5.29

Nøgne-Ø Imperial Stout, Norway 500ml $8.99

Picobrouwerij Alvinne "Cuvee Freddy" Oud Bruin, Belgium 11.2oz $5.99

Picobrouwerij Alvinne "Morpheus-Wild Undressed" Wild Ale, Belgium 11.2oz $5.99

Pretty Things "Meadowlark" IPA, Massachusetts 22oz $8.99

Sarasola Sagardoa Basque Cider, Spain $9.99

Stillwater Artisanal Ales "As Follows" Belgian Pale Ale, Maryland 750ml $12.99

Stoke "Bohemian Ale" Pale Ale, New Zealand 650ml $10.99

Stoke IPA, New Zealand 330ml $3.99

Stoke Oatmeal Stout, New Zealand 650ml $10.99

2012 Stone Brewing Company "16th Anniversary" DIPA, California 22oz $6.49

Telegraph Brewing Company "Cerveza de Fiesta" Pilsner, California 750 ml $9.49

The Bruery "Autumn Maple" Brown Ale With Spices, California 750ml $10.99

To Øl "Mine is Bigger Than Yours" English Barleywine, Denmark 330ml $9.99

To Øl/Mikkeller "Walk on Water" Strong Ale, Denmark 330ml $5.49

Yo-Ho Brewery "Tokyo Black" Porter, Japan 12oz Cans $4.49

Zeffer Dry Apple Cider, New Zealand 330ml $4.99

You can shop them all now online at KLWines.com or inquire in-store - we'll transfer beers to any K&L location for free will-call pick up.

I think you are now caught up! Any questions?

Cheers,

Bryan

 

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!