Thursday: Staff Beer Tasting

Like New England beers? We’ve got you covered! We have something from Maine, Mass, Vermont and Connecticut as we taste through classic styles and a fun seasonal as well! Come on in and try something different, you might just have a new favorite!

We will be tasting:

Allagash Brewing Company, White Belgian-Style Wheat - Portland, ME
Allagash Brewing Company started in 1995 as a one-man operation in a small corner of a warehouse in Portland, Maine. Founder Rob Tod had worked in a brewery setting before and recognized a void within the craft brewing movement: the ever-creative Belgian styles were difficult to find. He assembled a small 15-barrel brewhouse from used equipment and began his quest towards the production of traditional Belgian-style ales. Though brewed in Maine, the White’s recipe sticks to its Belgian roots with oats, malted wheat and unmalted raw wheat for a hazy, “white” appearance. Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curacao orange peel, it upholds the Belgian tradition of beers that are both complex and refreshing.

Notch Brewing, Left of the Dial IPA - Salem, MA
Notch Brewing was launched in 2010, named for an old tradition of creating a notch for each drink to keep record when you’re having more than one. Notch wanted to explore how session beer could fit in the United States’ strong hoppy beer landscape and was the first brewing company in the U.S. to focus exclusively on session beer styles from the Czech Republic, England and Belgium. Nine years later they have proved that consumers like options! Celebrating the modest ABV of British IPAs, yet embracing the passion and stone fruit aromas of U.S. hop varieties, Left of the Dial uses British malt, hard water and a new wave hop profile.

Harpoon Brewery, The Craic Irish Red IPA - Boston, MA
Harpoon was started in 1986 by Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle and George Ligeti. They were three friends who loved beer and loved drinking beer together, but found the beer choices at the time to be limited. They decided to build a brewery so that they could brew the beers that they wanted to drink and invite their friends to the brewery to drink with them. In summer of 1987, a warehouse space on the Boston waterfront was transformed into a brewery and the first Harpoon Ale was brewed! The Craic is a hybrid ale that combines two classic styles - IPA and Irish Red Ale - to create a unique and flavorful beer. The malt combination commonly used in Irish Red Ales brings a toasted, malty flavor that balances the citrus and fruity character of the hops.

Two Roads Brewing Company, Road 2 Ruin Double IPA - Stratford, CT
Two Roads Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by four friends who dreamed for years of starting a craft brewery. They foster a “road less traveled” philosophy in the beers they make and how they craft them. Under the direction of award-winning Brewmaster Phil Markowski, Two Roads has created an extensive lineup that takes a unique twist on classic beer styles. This assertive, hop-centric Double IPA has a lean malt backbone and is brewed with four American hop varieties - Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum. Piney, citrus, floral, big and hoppy - it’s not for the timid!

Citizen Cider, Wit’s Up Dry Ale-Style Cider - Burlington, VT
Citizen Cider was created by three best friends in 2012 after a formal partnership with Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, Vermont was created. Virtually an immediate hit, Citizen Cider has had to continuously upscale their facility size and production level to meet demand since they first started selling their ciders. They started at Fort Ethan Allen in Essex, but eventually settled in Burlington and expanded from there. Wit’s Up is a classic cider maker’s cider. Drawing on the old and new traditions of cider making, it starts like an ale and finishes like the dry, sessionable craft cider that it is.

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Friday: Berkshire Mountain Distillers

Reveler is excited to welcome Berkshire Mountain Distillers back to the tasting bar! Established in Sheffield, MA in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) was the Berkshire’s first craft distillery since prohibition. BMD uses regional materials in many of their products, creating a line of award-winning, truly authentic artisanal spirits. Their products have received numerous high accolades including Gold Medal Wards from the Beverage Tasting Institute and San Francisco Spirits Competition. Come on in and try some for yourself!

We will be tasting:

Ice Glen Vodka - Handcrafted in small batches, they blend their finest quadruple distilled grain-based spirit with their celebrated water, known for its purity. BMD then uses a proprietary charcoal filtering process to create a vodka of exceptional sipping quality.

Greylock Gin - Handcrafted in small batches, their proprietary blend of seven botanicals, packed into a gin head suspended over a pot still, infuses the distillate with its unique essence bringing a London Dry style gin of excellent quality.

Ethereal Gin - Handcrafted in small batches, Ethereal is a true gin-lovers gin. Brimming with 14 botanicals and balanced flavors, it is bold yet sublime. Ethereal is a limited edition gin, its recipe and label color changing with each batch.

Ragged Mountain Rum - Made from molasses in the traditional pot style. It is triple distilled and aged in once-used bourbon barrels. BMD’s small batch method allows them to utilize only the finest fraction of spirit creating a full-bodied rum of great sophistication and complexity.

Berkshire Bourbon - Handcrafted in small batches using local corn sourced from a farmer two miles from the distillery. After meticulous fermentation and distillation, only the finest cut of spirit is selected to be aged in virgin American white oak barrels.

Smoke and Peat Bourbon Whiskey - BMD starts with their gold medal award-winning Berkshire Bourbon, once it has been aged to perfection, then transfer it to casks that have been freshly emptied of an Islay single malt Scotch. They let their bourbon finish in these heavily peated and smoked casks for just the right amount of time. The resultant whiskey is sure to please, perhaps even bring together, two typically different types of whiskey drinkers.

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Friday: Signature Wine Tasting

TGIF! If you geek-out over interesting wines, small-production and artisan producers, you’re in luck! We will be tasing a German Pinot Noir, a Tempranillo from the Father of Tempranillo, and a flavorful Mendoza blend. Kick of your weekend right!

We will be tasting:

Wasem Spätburgunder Ingelheimer Sonnenhang 2015 - Rheinhessen, Germany
Winemaking has been apart of the town of Ingelheim in Rheinhessen for almost 2000 years. Pinot Noir has been planted since the Middle Ages, when Charlemagne brought over vines from Burgundy. At the Wasem Estate, grapes have been harvested since 1726. When Julius Wasem bought the 300 year-old estate in 1912, he laid the foundation for the winery as it exists today, particularly in his passion for the complicated and finicky Pinot family. Today, the winery and vineyards are managed by third generation Wasems, Julius Wasem’s grandsons Holger and Burkhard. Although it is the world’s third-biggest producer of the variety, Germany may not spring to mind when choosing a Pinot Noir. But Spätburgunders (German Pinot Noir) now compete with the world’s best. This 2015 Spätburgunder has rich garnet hues with full berry, plum and lavender aromas. Soft and well-balanced, the velvety, silky smooth mouthfeel leads to a finish that shows a hint of soft tannins. Pairs well with hearty meat dishes!

El Vínculo La Mancha Crianza 2013 - Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
El Vínculo is one of the four wineries of Grupo Pesquera, led by renowned winemaker Alejandro Fernández. Fernández is considered by many to be the King of Tempranillo and he continues to supervise his vineyards daily, despite being over 80 years-old. At El Vínculo, once the Tempranillo grapes are harvested manually, they are taken to the winery and destemmed before they are transferred to stainless steel deposits. Here, they undergo maceration and fermentation. Then, the wine spends 18 months in American oak barrels and rests another six months in the bottle. On the nose, El Vinculo offers an intense aromatic balanced bouquet of ripe fruit, blackberries, leather, tobacco, fragrant herbs and sweet spices. The palate is powerful with a meaty structure and silky tannins supporting flavors of earth, chocolate and a hint of honeycomb. Enjoy with meat casseroles, poultry, lamb, Manchego cheese and grilled black pudding.

Achaval Ferrer Mendoza Quimera 2014 - Mendoza, Argentina
Since its founding by a team of friends in 1998, Achaval-Ferrer’s cellar has pursued a path strongly marked by its philosophy and its vision of wine. With a focus on how Malbec expresses its terroir, they use as little intervention as possible during growing and production. The cellar leaves an unmistakable seal on each one of its wines; this is a result of years of coherence, obsession and respect for nature. The 2014 Quimera is a blend of 50% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot and 8% and matures in French oak barrels (80% new) for 13 months. The blend is a deep ruby color and is elegantly perfumed with earthy aromas and notes of dark fruits, rosemary and oaky spices. The iron-fisted palate with rubbery tannins shows notes of savory berry fruits and plums before a spicy finish that delivers lushness and beefy weight.

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Saturday: Triple Eight Distillery

Reveler is thrilled to welcome Nantucket’s Triple Eight Distillery to the tasting bar! After the founding of Nantucket Vineyard in 1981 by Dean and Melissa Long and Cisco Brewers in 1995 by Randy and Wendy Hudson, the idea of establishing a distillery on the island seemed the next logical step. In 1997 Nantucket Vineyard purchased a copper pot still and began distilling spirit! Dean Long became the lead distiller at Triple Eight Distillery and after 11 successful years in 2008, Dean returned his main focus to winemaking and Randy Hudson took over as lead distiller. Triple Eight Distillery has been awarded top honors in national and international competitions, such as the International Spirit Challenge, San Francisco World Spirit Competition, American Craft Spirit Association and more. The name is an homage to the distillery water source, well number 888. Come on in and get your spirit on!

We will be tasting:

Triple 8 Blueberry Vodka - Made with low-bush blueberries from Maine, infused into our organic spirit. Plain and simple, “real fruit, real people, really good!’

Gale Force Gin - The first entry in Triple Eight’s “Storm” series. Named after the winds preceding storm conditions, a gale is signaled by two red pennants in the coastal warning display program. Gale Force Gin uses nine different botanicals and is made in a classic London Dry style, with the presence of angelica and orris root to give it a slightly sweet twist.

Hurricane Rum - The next of the “Storm” series, produced from a fermented mix of raw organic sugar (sucanat), evaporated cane juice and molasses. After pitching with yeast, fermentation can take as long as three weeks. Triple Eight also purchases rum from various distilleries in Central America and the Caribbean which they bring to Nantucket to mature.

Nor’Easter Bourbon - The last in the “Storm” series. When Triple Eight mill, mash, ferment and distill bourbon whiskey, the mashbill is 60% corn, 23% barley and 17% rye. Bourbon from other distilleries in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri is also purchased and brought to Nantucket to mature.

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Saturday: Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting

Come on in and spice up your Saturday afternoon by sampling some European wines! We will be tasting from the classic wine regions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tuscany, Piedmont and Catalonia. Whether you need something for dinner or something fun for an Oscar-viewing-party, we will be tasting delicious wines that will deliver.

We will be tasting:

Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Les Olivets” 2016 - Rhône Valley, France
The Sabon family is an ancient and well-regarded name in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, first mentioned in documents dating back to 1540. Seraphin Sabon first bottled wine in the appellation under the family’s name in 1921, with three of his sons following suit and eventually establishing their own domaines: Joseph Sabon at Clos du Mont Olivet, Noel Sabon at Chante Cigale and Roger Sabon. Domaine Roger Sabon was founded in 1952 and is currently run by Roger’s sons Denis and Gilbert. Les Olivets is made from the youngest vines on the property with an average age of 50 years. This Grenache-dominant cuveé has about 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault, and is aged entirely in foudrés and concrete tanks. The 2016 vintage is bright violet and boasts aromas of ripe red berries, musky earth, and a hint of white pepper. Full-bodied, juicy and even a bit chewy, it picks up hints of mocha, licorice and leafy herbs along with more red fruit currant on the palate. Supple tannins add shape and a gentle grip on the long finish. Can drink now or age into 2030.

Le Farnete Carmignano 2016 - Tuscany, Italy
La Farnete Estate has been owned by the Pierazzuoli family since 1990 and is located in the town of Carmignano, the smallest DOCG of Tuscany, located just northwest of Florence. Carmignano is a selection of the best Sangiovese grapes (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). It is the only DOCG in Italy where one is obliged to use Cabernet Sauvignon, because thanks to the Medici family, the Carmignano is made by the blend between Sangiovese and “French Grapes,” which was Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are fermented separately in stainless steel tins at a controlled temperature, because they have different maturing periods. After malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon are assembled together and set to ripen in French fumas tonneaux for a minimum period of eight months before resting in bottle for another eight months. The result is an intense ruby red wine with aromas of plum, black cherry, bell pepper, licorice, tobacco before hints of toasted wood and vanilla. Full-bodied with intense flavors of black cherry and plum that marry well with minerality and meaty tannins.

Paolo Scavino Barolo 2014 - Piedmont, Italy
Paolo Scavino is a historical winery in Castiglione Falletto, one of the eleven communes of the Barolo appellation. The winery was founded in 1921 by Lorenzo Scavino and his son Paolo. Enrico Scavino together with his daughters Enrica and Elisa (fourth generation), run the family Estate. Farming has always been a family tradition and passion. The Scavino winery is rare in their possession of grand cru vineyards in townships throughout the region. This diversity of terroir gives the Scavinos a unique opportunity to produce wines of extraordinary quality. Their work is inspired by the love and respect they have for their territory and they pursue purity of expression, complexity and elegance for their wines from the three local grapes Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo. The 2014 Barolo has aromas of dark berry, balsamic and oak-driven spice. Medium-to-full bodied with a round, rich, solid center palate of ripe fruit, orange peel, eucalyptus and tobacco accents. The finish is rustic with chewy tannins.

Mas Doix Priorat Salanques 2015 - Catalonia, Spain
The Cellar Mas Doix was created by the Doix and Llagostera families in 1998. It is the initiation of a tradition that began in 1850 by Juan Extrems Doix, who made wines in Poboleda which won prestigious awards from Barcelona and Paris. The phylloxera outbreak did not mean the end of the family’s vineyards. They were replanted with the Garnacha and Cariñena varieties, native to the Priorat region, thereby maintaining the growth of the vineyards while the production was sent to the cooperative in Poboleda until it was able to be produced in Mas Doix’s winery. Currently, the family labors with love and passion for the fruit grown in their hundred-year-old vineyards. The 2015 Salanques is a blend of 65% Granacha, 25% Cariñena and 10% Syrah and is a deep ruby and purple color. The bouquet is full of blueberries, raspberries, violets and hints of resinous herbs and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, with a light, graceful, elegant texture that glides across the palate.

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Grand Beer Tasting!

Mark your calendars: Saturday March 2nd, 2019 from 2pm - 5pm is our Winter Grand Beer Tasting, with 10 local breweries (including Lamplighter, Fort Hill, Aeronaut, Exhibit 'A', and may more!), 40+ beers and New England Charcuterie! Hope to see you there!

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