Wine and Beer of the Moment

Good morning! We are happy to unveil new featured “Wine and Beer of the Moment” selections today to kick off the first official week of summer! Many thanks to our resident wine and beer experts, Eric and Andy, for sharing their selections and knowledge with us.

Wine of the Moment, as selected by Eric:

2012 Campagnola Pinot Grigio IGT

Region: Veneto
Grapes: 100% Pinot Grigio
Price: Glass – $6.50   Bottle – $28
Color: Light straw
Taste: Crisp and dry with a pleasant green apple aftertaste
Aroma: Elegant lemon and clean

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Beer of the Moment, as selected by Andy:

Shift Pale Lager

Brewery: New Belgium
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Style: American Pale Lager
Size: 16oz Can
ABV: 5%
Price: $5.50

American Pale Lagers, also known as “all-malts”, are offshoots of their cousin the American Adjunct Lagers which were popularized under the brands of Budweiser, Miller and Coors after the end of prohibition. Unlike the latter (which use adjunct grains – predominately rice and corn), American Pale Lagers are brewed entirely with barley malt and therefore often have a greater depth of flavor and complexity to the beer. American Pale Lagers are a relatively recent development in the American Craft Beer scene, particularly in Colorado, where breweries such as New Belgium and Upslope have begun brewing Pale Lagers for widespread distribution.

Shift Lager, from New Belgium, has an interesting personal history. Having been brewed for years by the brewery exclusively for employees at the end of their shift (hence the name), in early 2012, after lobbying by New Belgium employees, the brewery began selling the beer in all of their distribution markets. Despite the simplicity of the style, Shift achieves a level of complexity that would surprise any beer snob. Sweet notes of tropical fruit are balanced by citrusy hops combining with a light, medium carbonated mouth feel perfect for any summer adventure.

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