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Firestone Walker Sucaba 2016

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Sucaba

Barley Wine

January 16, 2016 Release

Confoundingly unpronounceable yet eminently drinkable—welcome to §ucaba, an epic barrel-­aged English barley wine whose original name was undone by a two­‐bit legal challenge. Big, boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combine with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors are framed in oak with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry.  §ucaba is built to last and can age for years to come (we recommend counting the years with an abacus).

Macallan Rare Cask

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RARE CASK has been crafted from only handpicked sherry seasoned oak casks, some of the most precious and scarce in Single Malt Whisky, with an exceptionally high proportion of them being first fill.  The Macallan’s wood policy is unrivalled and it is this commitment to sourcing the industry’s finest, most expensive and exclusive casks that has given rise to RARE CASK, an exquisite whisky with a splendidly rich and resonant hue.

Each cask responsible for creating this naturally vibrant whisky has been hand selected by The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno.  Using his in-depth knowledge of the thousands of casks we have maturing at our distillery, he has taken time to distinguish the chosen few that can deliver this intensity of character;  these chosen few represent less than 1% of the casks maturing at The Macallan.  Coupled with The Macallan’s commitment to natural colour we have created a tantalising single malt which sees Spanish oak pique the nose before admitting rich dried fruits and an edgy trickle of treacle.

 

  • SPICY
  • CHOCOLATE
  • RAISIN
  • VANILLA
  • OAK
  • CITRUS
Mahogany
43.0%
Opulent, yet soft and slightly meandering, picture an orchestra setting up: quiet vanilla with deep notes, already in tune; raisin bold and booming, though only in spells; chocolate a star performer, but not a standout; a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon and orange, beautifully balanced with a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Then oak conducts, mature and elegant, with patience only time delivers. 
The spicy quartet leads, loud and full, unwavering in their performance. Raisin dares to temper – and succeeds!! – but oak takes control; timeless, polished, rich and resonating. Vanilla and chocolate compliment each other in the background
Light citrus zest, yet full and warming

Firestone Walker XIX 2015 Vintage

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 The Aging Cellar – The Components: We blended together 235 oak barrels containing four different beers to create something rich, complex and 100% original.

 

Following are descriptions of key components with their names:

Final Blend

Parabola (13% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels

(33.33% of the final blend)

Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout                                                                                            

OG=30P FG=7.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Magnum, Styrian Golding and Hallertau Tradition

 

Stickee Monkee (12.3% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels

(33.33% of the final blend)

Central Coast Quad

OG=27P FG=5.4P IBU=45 Color=34 / Brewed with Belgian Candi Sugar and Mexican Turbinado (Brown) sugar

 

Bravo (12.9% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels

(16.66% of the final blend)

Imperial Brown Ale

OG=26.5 FG=3.7 IBU=35 Color=32 / Hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings

 

Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels

(16.66% of the final blend)

Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout 

OG=15+P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color=Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Willamette

Distinguished winemakers who came together for the 2015 blend:

Sherman Thacher and Daniel Callan – Thacher Winery (Winning Blend

 

A Note from Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Our 19th Year!

2015 was another exciting year for the Firestone Walker Brewery and our amazing team!  We came out of the gates screaming and pushed our little brewery into maximum overdrive trying to keep up with orders while maintaining our trademark quality and ever-growing lineup of beers. A big shout out to our fans for keeping the fire lit and pushing us to new heights! Just three years ago we installed our beautiful new German-built brewhouse and by March we were running it to the top of its capacity, brewing up to 16 brews per day and operating 24 hours, seven days a week! Brewing at this pace requires a lot of concentration, malt, hops and teamwork. When you drink a Firestone Walker beer, always remember that amazing beer is made by amazing people and we are blessed with some of the very best folks in the business. Our brewery family continues to grow while the core of our staff remains the original employees who have grown this brewery brick by brick – brew by brew.

 

As busy as we have been, we have continued to innovate and create. Part of the innovation piece comes from our continued travels, exploration and connections with other brewers. 2015 marks the year of a very important international alliance born out of these relationships. We partnered up with the Moortgat Brewery family from Belgium who are the brewers of Duvel – the world’s most famous Belgian Golden Ale. For a brewer, this is a dream come true. To have the opportunity to collaborate at this level with our brewing idols is something I thought would never happen. This is the kind of thing that will create mind-blowing beer of unparalleled quality! One word to sum that all up – stoked!

 

I have always said that a busy brewery is a happy brewery and a happy brewery brews the very best beer. When a healthy brewery is busy, the team is in top shape, the brewhouse and cellar are in perfect sync, the yeast is fermenting well, the packaging crews are one with their machines, the maintenance crew is in the zone and the logistics center becomes a buzzing brew traffic control bee hive. My theory is that the beer always tastes the best in these moments. That theory was once again tested at the Great American Beer Festival this year. As busy as we were, we got our beers off to the big dance and they performed pretty darn well. We managed to pull down 5 medals – three for our beers brewed in Paso Robles and two for our Barrelworks operation in Buellton, CA. Having scored the most points, we were awarded the Mid-Sized Brewery of The Year for the fourth time in 10 years!! Wow – we are truly blessed.

 

It has been a good year and this barrel-aged, blended beer is a perfect way to celebrate it!

 

Back to the basics

For this blend we decided to go back to the basics. We offered the winemakers a smaller number of barrel-aged beers to work with and eliminated the option of blending in our hoppy stainless steel finished beers. It resulted in a rich and complex beer that is centered on barrel-aged flavors. In many ways this beer reflects more of what a typical wine blend would be in terms of the number of components and how those components can work together and I believe it truly embodies what this project is all about. I don’t believe that it was chance that Sherman Thacher and his assistant Daniel Callan’s blend won the blending competition this year. Sherman brewed beer for many years for Los Gatos Brewing here in California and understands beer flavors well. He left brewing to follow his passion for wine and he and his wife Michelle own and operate a beautiful small winery on the west side of Paso on the site of the historic Kentucky Ranch. Sherman has a love for a hoppy Pilsner much like myself – that’s why we get along so well.

 

The Final Blend

As a finished beer, XIX is a rich, chocolaty, chewy brew with brandy-soaked raisin and holiday fruitcake flavors. The blend is anchored by equal parts Stickee Monkee and Parabola, which combine to create a dense chocolate truffle-like base. Velvet Merkin and Bravo lend their spicy oak, leather and fruity accents to complete the brew. The beer is unfiltered and unfined so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XIX is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. As the beer sits and breathes in the glass the true complexity of this blend is revealed, so take your time. If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect, like our other Anniversary offerings, that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our 10th oak-aged blend! The journey continues and it continues to be just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.

 

This beer is dedicated to Michel Moortgat and Duvel Moortgat family of breweries! We are very proud to be brewing with you!

Matt

brew notes

  • style
    Barrel Aged Blend
  • abv
    13.8%
  • ibu
    30

Skyy Vodka 750 ml. $12.99

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Moscow Mule

  • Ingredients:
  • -2 oz SKYY Vodka
  • -3 oz Ginger Beer
  • -1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • Directions:
  • Build in a rocks glass, filled with ice, garnish with lime wedge.

Citrus Collins

  • Ingredients:
  • -1 ½ oz SKYY Infusions® Citrus Vodka
  • -1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • -¾ oz Simple Syrup or Sugar
  • -1 oz Club Soda
  • Directions:
  • Prepare SKYY Infusions® Citrus, lemon juice and simple syrup in a tall mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into a collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary

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Crown Royal has just released Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend, a limited time offering created by Master Blender Andrew MacKay. It’s meant to commemorate the 75 years that Crown Royal has been producing Canadian Whisky.

It all started in 1939, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth became the first reigning monarchs to journey across North America, traveling from coast to coast via train. An enterprising Canadian man decided to craft a whisky for the occasion, with the result being Crown Royal cloaked in that trademark purple bag.

Now, 75 years later, Crown has created a limited edition whisky to honor the anniversary. Dubbed Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend, this expression joins hand-picked whiskies from the brand’s extensive stock. The result is a whisky flush with vanilla, caramel, dried fruits and rich toffee, plus some soft spices.

And here, they’re eschewing the traditional purple bag for one that’s silver and gold. The bottle itself is taller than the original, with some unique etchings and a gold crown cap, and each bottle is individually numbered. It’s a handsome package.

Square One Vodka $29.99

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Here at Square One, we are joining the many mixologists that are working to raise the bar (so to speak) in the cocktail arena. Inspired by the garden and the art of mixology, we offer a selection of organic spirits crafted with 100% organic American rye and pristine water originating in the Teton Mountains.
Sweet and Savory by Nature . . .
Fresh basil has a rich history in folklore (it’s sweet and savory qualities given both light a dark powers in mythology) and in cuisine from around the globe. More recently, many mixologists have discovered the flavor range and taste complexity that fresh basil brings to cocktails.

With cocktail creativity in mind, we take the herbal taste experience of basil a step further. Square One Basil is infused with the organic essences of four basil varieties — Genovese, Thai, Lemon and Sweet — plus we add a touch of coriander, honeysuckle and lemongrass to round out the spirit and soften the finish. Try Square One Basil in Mediterranean or Asian cuisine inspired elixirs. And in the classic Bloody Mary, replace vodka with Square One Basil and never look back.

Square One Botanical is a bold (90 proof) organic rye spirit infused with the organic essence of eight botanicals: pear, rose, chamomile, lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, coriander and citrus peel. This enticing composition of organic fruit, floral and herbs creates a captivating fragrance and offers a seductive taste experience in cocktails.

On tasting Square One Botanical, the floral and fruit aromas immediately capture the senses. On the palate, the supple floral qualities are followed by herbal botanicals that offer backbone, yet stay gently in the background. Square One Botanical is delicate and balanced, and offers the cocktail enthusiast a chance to advance their cocktail repertoire beyond straight vodka or singularly flavored vodka.

Square One Cucumber is a deliciously aromatic spirit with the delicate and fresh taste of cucumber.

We crafted Square One Cucumber by combining the essence of organic cucumber with our original certified organic American rye vodka. To keep cucumber’s fresh aroma, we applied the same skills used to capture the aromatics of flowers and plants in natural fragrances.

This spirit gives a contemporary spin to familiar cocktails like the Tom Collins or Gimlet and is a natural choice for refreshing new cocktails. For a cool, light yet effortless indulgence, try Square One Cucumber with tonic and a twist of lime.
It all began at Square One with the purest ingredients we could find. Very few vodkas are hand-crafted as meticulously as ours is: created in one place, to the exacting standards of our Master Distiller.

We craft our distinctive, limited-production single grain vodka using certified organic American rye. Our water, drawn from deep aquifers, imparts unparalleled smoothness, reflecting its origin in the pristine Teton Range of Wyoming.

Our unique organic fermentation technique combines with a classic four-column distillation and filtration method to create Square One: an incredibly silky, high-quality vodka with a natural richness on the palate.