September 13, 2012
Well, it’s nearly fall now, school is back in session, the days are getting shorter, and the threat of frost is looming in the night air. Hopefully we have a few more days like today so we can enjoy a good beer or two on the patio.
I would to thank everyone who purchased the Westvleteren gift packs from our store. This may well be the only release of this beer we ever see in North America. The beer is usually only available at the abbey in Belgium, and then only after making an appointment. The gift packs, which contained six Westvleteren XII bottles and two glasses, arrived in the store July 20 and sold much faster than anticipated. At the time of writing, there are only two of these packs left for sale in the store. These final two packs are available on a first come first serve basis, 1 per person, to the first two individuals to reply to me by email.
We’ve had a lot of new beers come in over the last couple of months, including some from new breweries. There have been so many new beers this summer I can’t list them all, so here are some of the highlights. Many of these beers are very limited and won’t last long.With fall and Halloween in our near future there are several Oktoberfest and Pumpkin themed beers which have arrived or are expected very shortly.
Alley Kat: We have several new seasonal releases from this Edmonton brewery in stock in the store:
Ein Prosit! Oktoberfest - $15.19 (6 x 341 ml) – This is an Oktoberfest Marzen beer with higher strength and stronger flavour than is usual for a lager. Available only for the next 6 weeks or so.
Indigo Dragon – $6.39 (650 ml) – This 70+ IBU double IPA is bittered with Warrior hops and dry-hopped with Cascade. Available for about one month longer until the next Dragon edition.
Pumpkin Pie - After a two year absence, this pumpkin ale has returned in the 650 ml format for your enjoyment. Available for the next two months.
Orkney : This brewery is located near Skara Brae in the Orkneys in northern Scotland.
Red MacGregor Premium Bitter – $6.69 (500 ml) – a mid-gravity ruby red with good floral character and a generous hoppy nose.
3 Fonteinen: Two geuzes from this well known lambic blender are now available.
Oude Geuze – $10.69 (375 ml) – a 100% lambic blended from 1, 2 and 3 year old lambic from four different lambic brewers.
Golden Blend – $19.39 (375 ml) – a mix of 4 year old barrel aged lambic and 1,2, and 3 year old lambic.
Brew Dog: These Scottish lads have made quite a name for themselves by consistently brewing great beers that tend to push the envelope on beer styles.
Tactical Nuclear Penguin – $91.99 (375 ml) – I recently received 6 bottles of the massively alcoholic Tactical Nuclear Penguin (or TNP), but none of the Sink The Bismark this time. There should be future deliveries as well, so hopefully this is not a one time opportunity. If you want to know more about these beers, check outÂ www.brewdog.com/beer. At the time of writing of this newsletter, there are 2 bottles left in the store of this 32% alcohol beer. It is created by barrel aging the Brewdog Paradox, then freezing it to drain off the high alcohol unfrozen portion- $91.99
Samuel Adams: Brewed by the Boston Beer Company, Samuel Adams does a series of seasonal products.
Octoberfest – $13.49 (6 x 355 ml) – brewed in the traditional Oktoberfest style, this is a rich, malty lager.
Village Brewery: The three products – Wit, Blonde and Blacksmith – are now sold in a 4 pack of 330 ml bottles.
8 Wired: A small craft brewing enterprise brewed at Renaissance Brewery in New Zealand. No. 8 wire is the 8th type of wire in a standard New Zealand catalogue.
Saison Sauvin – $9.29 (500 ml) – A Saison made with Nelson Sauvin hops
iStout – $10.59 (500 ml) – A dark, silky Imperial Stout with great chocolate and coffee notes.
Samuel Smith : Known for brewing in their cement Yorkshire square fermenting containers.
Stingo – $13.99 (550 ml) – This English strong ale is available in small quantities once a year. It is barrel aged for at least a year before being bottle conditioned. Only two cases received this year.
Charlevoix: This brewery in Baie-St-Paul Quebec makes the Dominus Vobiscum and Vache Folle product lines.
Rye IPA – $5.89 (500 ml) – This IPA is brewed with the addition of rye to add some spicy characters to the fruit of the hops.
Our fall tasting schedule for the store is now available, with an assortment of beer, whisky and wine event to choose from. These events are always a good way to spend an evening in the store and taste an assortment of great products. For beer tasting, we have the following events scheduled:
What’s Next? Beer and Cheese – $30 -Â Think wine and cheese make the perfect match? Think again! Beer is the true soul mate of cheese. Thursday September 27 or Tuesday November 6 – 7pm
Holy Smokes BBQ and Beer – $35 -Â Old fashioned pulled pork and beef brisket sliders meet our fabulous selection of IPAs, Stouts, Porters and more. We’ll have ribs and chips on the side. Stand up format. Thursday October 18 – 7pm
Craft Beer – $35 -Â The craft brewing movement has been exploding in the United States which now boasts more than 1,700 microbreweries that are changing the industry’s landscape. We’ll showcase 7 exceptional beers to highlight this change in direction. Thursday November 22 – 7pm
To register, call the store at 403-283-8000, pop by the shop or register online:
There are always new products expected to arrive in the store at some point in the near (or not so near) future. Here is just some of what is coming. Pricing is not yet determined for some of these products.
Beer Advent Calendar: This interesting gift choice will be available in the store by late September. The advent calendar will give the beer fan a delicious alternative to the usual chocolate or trinket calendar. The calendar contains one completely different beer for each day during advent, with all of these products not currently otherwise available in Alberta. You can pre-order your calendar in the store or over the phone. $102.99
Moor, Fyne, Adnams, etc.: Nineteen limited availability beers from these brewers and others will be arriving shortly. At least seven of these are products that we have not previously carried.
Beer Club :
Some of you may be aware that Kensington Wine Market has a beer gift club, much like our Wine gift club. The most popular gift level has been $25 a month. Once a month, the recipient gets a collection of beers to sample.Â In September, club members received the 8 Wired Saison Sauvin, Orkney Red MacGregor Premium Bitter and Charlevoix Vache Folle Rye IPA.Â I will often try to put in some limited availability beers into the gift club. If you are interested in giving a club membership – either to yourself or someone else – check out our websiteÂ www.kensingtonwinemarket.com and look under the gift section.
I hope that you have found this newsletter interesting to read. If you have looking for particular products, please send me an e-mail, and I will see what I can do for you. Keep in mind that we do not bring in every available product, subject to space limitations, and our opinion of the quality and expected demand of a product.
Kensington Wine Market