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Here's a list of the tastings we will be hosting at the shop in the upcoming weeks!
6/8 - Thursday
Wines of Italy
6/16 - Friday
6/17 - Saturday
Wines of France
6/22 - Thursday
We try to always keep new and exciting beers coming through our doors, here are just some of the awesome brews that have hit our shelves recently.
This week we're giving some of our Trappist Beers the spotlight!
Brouwerij Westmalle Tripel - the Tripel style originated at Westmalle starting in 1931; it was first sold in 1934. The name “tripel” probably comes from the protocol established by “dubbel” – it was the brewery’s “third beer.” There are hundreds of breweries producing tripels today, but a tripel will always be stronger and lighter-colored than a dubbel from the same brewery.
Trappist Achel Blond 8 - is a pale, strong, citrusy, hoppy ale, flavorful and pleasantly refreshing. It is lightly filtered, but still wholesomely hazy with yeast remaining in the bottle. Medium-bodied and smooth, with soft carbonation, its mild hop bitterness and lemony notes contribute to a dry and lingering finish. (Achel no longer carries the "Authentic Trappist Product" logo because the last two monks moved from Achel to Westmalle Abbey in 2021. This in no way detracts from the fact that it is a quality Trappist beer, made to the same standards as before, but not under the direct supervision of the monks.)
Brasserie de Rochefort 10 - an exemplary Quadrupel Ale brewed by the monks of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, this the strongest offering from the "6", "8", and "10" beers they produce, which follow a traditional method of measuring gravity known as the "Belgian Degrees".
Brasserie D'Orval "Trappist Ale" - The Abbey of Orval is located near Florenville, Belgium in the provence of Luxembourg. The present brewery was completed in 1929, at which time the skittle (pin)-shaped bottle and Orval chalice were introduced. (Brewery, bottle, and chalice were all designed by architect Henry Vaes.) In the middle ages, Orval was famous for producing its iron decoration as well as beer. The abbey was gutted by fire in 1252 & repaired, then was destroyed during the French Revolution. Sunset orange color; a fruity and slightly acidic bouquet, firm body, profound hop bitterness, and long, dry finish. Orval is bottled with Brettanomyces, a yeast strain that leads to superb dry complexity and ageworthiness.
Tynt Meadow Strong Dark Ale - In 2013 the monks of the Saint Bernard Abbey realized farming was no longer viable due to modern mechanized farming and low dairy prices. After research on other monastic communities, building of the brewery began in 2018. Records show that beer was brewed at the abbey before 1900. Although the historic recipe has been lost, current Tynt Meadow is just as delicious and satisfying.
Bières de Chimay "Cinq Cents" - a Belgian Tripel Ale, it is golden in color with a fruity snf spicy taste balanced by the bitterness and aroma of hops. The exceptional yeast isolated by Father Theodore, combined with the purity of the highly protected water of the abbey's wells, gives Chimay its unique richness.
Biéres de Chimay "Grande Réserve" - Grande Réserve was first launched in 1954 as a Christmas ale under the name “Blue Cap.” It’s success and reputation as a strong ale of the highest quality led to it’s year-round production as Chimay Grande Réserve. Today it is the standard bearer of the Chimay range and has become notorious for its amazing cellaring ability. The beer is remarkably dry for the style and the hint of sweetness is derived purely from the highest quality of malts. Flavors of dates, fig and pear are complimented by aromas of dark bread, with a touch of rose. As the beer ages it maintains its elegance while taking on flavors or sherry and tobacco.
Wines of the Week
Each week, we select a few wines from our shop for a 10% discount and some spotlight as to why we think they're so great!
NV Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose, Cave de Bissey, Burgundy, France - Cremant de Bourgogne is the appellation for sparkling white and rose wines from Burgundy, from various terroirs, produced in the Champagne method. Cave de Bissey is a group of growers established since 1928 in Bissey sous Cruchaud, located in the Cote Chalonnaise. The Cremant rose is a blend of 60% Aligote, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Gamay, showing a bouquet of fresh fruits such as strawberry and raspberry, with hints of cinnamon and spice, followed by a fresh palate, with red fruit flavor and bright acidity. It is a great pairing with steamed mussels or pate.
2021 Saint-Veran 'La Grande Bruyere,' Maison Matisco, France - Saint-Veran is an appellation for dry white wines, made exclusively from Chardonnay, produced in the southern half of the Maconnais sub-region of Burgundy. The appellation is split into two sections by the vineyards of Pouilly-Fuisse and is the southernmost appellation of Burgundy, overlapping slightly with the northern edge of Beaujolais. In fact, the Beaujolais commune of Saint-Amour produces white wines labeled as Saint-Veran. The region has limestone bedrock with shallow clay or alluvial rock laying on top, and has a slightly warmer climate than further north, making it less susceptible to late frosts. Richard and Stephane Martin created Maison Matisco, continuing the work of their father, Maurice, fifty years earlier. They work with grape growing partners committed to sustainable and organic vineyard practices. Their Saint-Veran has subtle aromas of orchard fruit such as peach and pear, highlighted by tropical fruit, wildflowers, and a touch of hazelnut, followed by a rich texture that is lifted by bright acidity, giving good structure, with a fresh finish and more orchard fruit coming through. It pairs well with richly textured fish, such as monkfish, goat cheese, and a wide range of poultry dishes.
2018 Nuits-Saint-Georges 'Vieilles Vignes,' Domaine Alain Michelot, Burgundy, France - Nuits-Saint-Georges is a town in eastern Burgundy, in the Cote de Nuits, known for relatively powerful, complex red wines made from Pinot Noir, with 3% of white wines made from Chardonnay. It covers 320 hectares of village and premier cru vineyards, additionally having 315ha of vineyards within its boundaries which produce regional wines. Michelot has 7.5 hectares of vineyards in Nuits-Saint-Georges, and .5ha in Morey Saint Denis (including a nice plot in Clos Vougeot). the domaine was started by Alain's father in 1920, with Alain taking over upon his father's death in 1966 and now being succeeded by his daughter Elodie. The 2018 old vines is sourced from 45 year old vines and shows powerful aromatics of blackberry, blackcurrant, and smoke leading to a rich palate with long, elegant flavors of dark berry and fine, soft tannins. A perfect accompaniment to grilled or roast pork, braised beef, or couscous and tagine.
Simply put: well-crafted beer, wine, and spirits are our passion. We are a "mom and pop" boutique in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts and our focus is to provide our customers with an eclectic and well-curated selection of local, domestic and imported products that are representative of their respective styles or place of origin; all while ensuring the products maintain the same level of quality and value. We are here to provide a quality service for our customers and the community itself, and if there are any questions, comments or concerns we appreciate any feedback our customers are willing to offer. Cheers!
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