Wine World is proud to be the only major beverage store in our area to afford you the opportunity to sample several of our products before you make your purchases each week.
We invite you to take advantage of these free tasting opportunities so you may learn about new products, discover how your taste buds will react to the experiences, and to develop new favorites.
The following is this week's tasting schedule.
Wednesday, August 5th at 4:00:
Celebrate "Craft Beer Week" with Wine World!
That's right, it's Craft Beer Week!
Not to be confused with Baltimore Beer Week, this is more of a regional event where bars, restaurants and retailers around Harford County will be highlighting the great flavors that are available as a direct result of the craft beer revolution!
Sometimes it's hard to remember the old days where ale was all but impossible to find. Just about every beer on the market was a lager, and they all tasted pretty much the same... bland! Better than water, but bland!
Then one day someone screamed in horror "I can't taste my beer!" and the beer world took off in a whole new direction!
While some stayed with the familiar flavor of their favorite lager, many jumped on the Craft Beer bandwagon and never looked back!
To us, it's certainly something to celebrate, and this week Wine World is doing just that. We're starting earlier than usual this week, and we've got the goods!
Whether you're one who has never quite gotten with the craft beer program, or if you have become a connoisseur of the myriad styles of beers now available, we've got something on our table this week that we'd like you to try!
So get ready beer drinkers... this is your week!
EVOlutionary Beers Tonight!
This week, we're starting with the return of a good friend, Jen Whiskeyman. She's a Wine World alumnus who has gone on to bigger and better things!
Jen is returning to help us kick off Craft Beer Week with some of the great tasting beers made right here in Maryland by...
Evolution Craft Brewing Co.
Brothers Tom and John Knorr took over an old grocery store in Delmar (just north of Salisbury) and converted it into an adventure of beer evolution! That's how their brewery got its name!
These guys take a different approach to the beers they brew. Evolution doesn't just make top-rated beers; they make top-rated beers that pair well with great food!
Whether you like to eat out at restaurants or your favorite recipes to make at home, these beers are brewed for food!
Sure, they're also delicious on their own, but if you want to elevate the experience, gather a few friends and crack open some Evolution to go with your finest culinary creations.
Ever-better beer for ever-better food... an excellent recipe for ever-better times!
"Exile" Red Ale - 9.49/6-pack: Inspired by the pale ales of England, this beer is light amber in color, assertively hopped but well balanced. Fruity on the palate, it is generously dry-hopped with Cascades and East Kent Goldings great aromatics! ABV: 5.9%, IBU: 48
"Primal" Pale Ale - 9.49/6-pack: A golden, dry, slightly hoppy pale ale that is refreshing and balanced. You will find notes of pine and citrus in the aroma, a lightly malty middle, and a clean finish. ABV: 5%, IBU: 30
"Lot 3" India Pale Ale - 10.49/6-pack: This American style IPA is aggressively hopped at a rate of over 2 pounds per barrel. Big notes of citrus and pine complement a reserved but firm malt backbone. ABV: 6.8%, IBU: 65
"Lot 6" Double IPA - 9.49/4-pack: Think of this as Lot 3 on performance-enhancing malt and hops! This beer is loaded with tropical fruit and citrus notes. Deep gold in color, massive additions of American varietals of hops generate assertive bitterness and big hop flavors and aromas. ABV: 8.5%, IBU: 75
"Lucky 7" Porter - 9.49/6-pack: Black with garnet highlights, this porter is rich and full flavored with notes of chocolate, coffee and smoke playing off the sweeter toffee and dark dried fruit tones. ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 24
"Nouveau Rouge" Barrel Aged Flanders-Style Red Ale - 18.99/750 ml: Almost two years in the making, this tangy red ale is an ongoing project that pays tribute to the sour ales of Flanders. Tart and earthy with notes of vanilla and tannin from EVO's oak aging process, this complex ale is layered with unique character. ABV: 6.3%, IBU: 15
Thursday, Starting at 5:00:
"Growler Station All-Stars!"
At a special time this Thursday - 5PM to 7PM only - we're going to offer a taste of some of the finest draught beers to ever pass through our...
...30 tap Growler Refill Station!
Thirsty Thursday's have always been near and dear to the hearts of beer drinkers, so this Thursday we're laying it on thick!
There tasting is not for the faint of heart. You'll find nothing but big hops, big malt and big flavor from our
Hops and Malts All-Stars!
We are tapping some extremely rare kegs in celebration of beer week, and filling growlers of these beers while they last!
What? You don't have a growler yet? No worries!!
Wine World is still offering growlers at the ridiculously low price of just $2.99/32 oz and $3.99/64 oz size. You might find yourself picking up an extra tonight!
And if you want to play for keeps, we also have the big 2-Liter size swing-top growler for just $19.99 (refills for the 64 oz price, making it a great value long term!).
Come in this Thursday with your growler in tow, and have a free taste of these rarely seen big beers:
Clown Shoes "Space Cake" Double IPA - A fairly new addition to Your Beer World, "Space Cake" is on a plane of its own! The guys at Clown Shoes claim "...with a few brains cells remaining we managed to craft Space Cake double IPA, utilizing citrusy Mosaic hops and an immaculate West Coast style malt backbone..."! We thought it was good in the 22 oz bottle, but wait until you taste it on draught! ABV: 9% IBU: TMTC (too many to count!)
Dogfish "120 Minute" IPA - Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it's easy to see why Dogfish calls this beer "THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads"! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops. If you're a fan of big hop flavor and aroma, well all we can say is... "Top of the world, Ma!"
New Belgium "Hop Tart" American Sour Pale Ale - What's hoppy, sour and tropical all in the same sip? New Belgium's surprisingly sessionable Hop Tart! This easy drinker is only available on tap! It blends Belgian Pale malt from the Colorado Malting Company with biting lactobacillus for a slight hint at sourness that propels bursts of passion fruit, guava and pineapple courtesy of hefty Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and experimental hop #522 dry-hopping. This Hop Kitchen release delivers a new spin on the American sour ale. ABV: 5%, IBU: 30.
Terrapin "French Toasted W-n-B" Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Part of Terrapin's "Monster Beer Tour", Wake-n-Bake is celebrating 10 years of real coffee flavor in a thick, rich coffee stout, but the special Reserve Series' "French Toasted" version is an extremely rare treat! Only brewed once, this singular iteration is a complete breakfast in a bottle! It has all of our favorite morning time treats, combining big maple syrup notes, fresh coffee, and hints of vanilla and cinnamon to stand out among ordinary Imperial Stouts. With this much decadence packed into one bottle, this beer will get you back to the table for another round. ABV: 9.4%, IBU: 50
Duclaw "Devil's Milk" Oak Aged Barleywine, 2010 - Devil's Milk epitomizes the American style of Barleywine: medium bodied, amber ale with a thin, persistent, off-white head and a complex flavor profile with an assertive hop bill. In the rarely seen 2010 vintage, mesmerizing citrus flavors and aromas of the palate-dominating hop finish and warming alcohol presence are all made more complex by its oak barrel aging. Devil's Milk is best served in a snifter, both to accommodate its alcohol content and allow the complex flavors inherent in the beer to emerge as it warms in the glass. ABV: 10.5%, IBU: 66.6
And remember to check in frequently with...
...to see what's on tap this week!
Only at Wine World!
Also this Friday at 4:00:
* Remember, when you purchase any of the featured wines during our tasting events, you will receive a 10% discount or the super-discounted sale price, whichever saves you more!
A Wild New Taste for Wine!
Get ready for a totally new experience with this unique new taste in flavored wines from...
Birthday Cake Vineyards
Birthday Cake flavored wines are the product of an extensive research and development project, spearheaded by two visionary entrepreneurs and friends, Raphael Yakoby (creator of Hpnotiq and Nuvo) and David Kanbar (co-creator of Skinnygirl).
They wanted to create a totally new wine experience, so they took their inspiration from the tastes that are often associated with wine - cinnamon, chocolate, cherry, etc. They thought that by blending these beautiful flavors with fine wine, they could elevate the experience. Then they decided to develop those tastes around a Birthday Cake theme to create something totally unique!
Imagine a wine intensified with the flavors of various styles of cake... two of the greatest gifts to your senses!
But achieving the right balance of Birthday Cake flavor with wines would be no easy task. The delicious flavors would have to be blended in perfect harmony. Wines are very complex and have depth to their flavors, and they didn't want to lose the wine experience.
It took almost two years of exploration with a master blender, but they finally achieved perfection. And the results speak for themselves.
Birthday Cake Vineyards flavored wines are simply delicious, yet none of the blends are cloying, rich or overly sweet, so they can be consumed anytime, for virtually any occasion, with or without a meal, and preferably served chilled.
Today we will taste four different Birthday Cake wines, and we hope you will enjoy this unique tasting experience.
"Cake Batter" - 14.99: With the flavors of decadent cake batter, Birthday Cake Vineyards flavored wine is a true gift to your senses. Whether at a party, at home or at the beach, Birthday Cake Batter could be the most delicious wine you have ever tasted!
"Cheese Cake" - 14.99: With the flavors you'd expect from a classic New York Cheesecake, this is the perfect white wine specialty for any occasion where you may have a craving for something a little indulgent, yet still want that wine experience.
"Strawberry Shortcake" - 14.99: With the flavors of decadent strawberry shortcake, this white wine is a party for your taste buds, and a personal favorite!
"Coffee Cake" - 14.99: This one combines the delicate sweetness and cinnamon notes of Coffee Cake with a delicious red wine to truly create one of the most unique wine experiences you have ever tasted!
Also this Friday:
Beer from Our Nation's Capital
Direct from Washington, D.C., we proudly offer you a taste of...
D.C. Brau Brewing Co.
Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock, two Washington, D.C. residents, decided to join forces to do something that hasn't been done there in 60 years - create a brewery whose products would be available in local stores and taps outside of its site of production.
Brewed within the city limits, D.C. Brau is a brand that represents a delicious and uniquely American blend of North American and European brewing techniques and ingredients.
It's a beer that looks just as inviting in a pint glass as in its handsomely designed can; a beer that pairs just as well with summer's barbecued bounty as with a hearty winter stew.
This is a beer crafted in our nation's capital that reflects the great state of brewing in the United States today, and we are proud to be able to present it to you on this free tasting.
It takes place this Friday evening at 4PM! We'll see you here!
"The Public" Pale Ale - 11.49/6-pack: Brewed in the classic American Pale Ale style, "The Public" offers assertive bitterness backed by C-60 and Vienna malts which lend notes of rich, yet semi-dry caramel. This flavor is followed up with a nice white grapefruit and citrus aroma that begs for a follow up sip.
"The Corruption" IPA - 11.49/6-pack: Brewed with Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey and Victory malts, "The Corruption" is D.C. Brau's take on a Pacific Northwest IPA. This beer straddles the line between IPA and Imperial IPA and has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive hop presence that smacks your mouth with a pure, resinous bitter note followed by pleasant aromas of pine sap and burnt spruce. Exclusively hopped with 40 pounds of Columbus hops per brew! ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 80
"The Citizen" - 11.49/6-pack: One of the original flagships brewed at D.C. Brau, "The Citizen" draws its inspiration from the stronger ales made famous over the centuries by the Trappist and Abbey brewers of Belgium. It starts with a distinctively aromatic note reminiscent of apricot on a lively sweet yet grainy, malt backbone. Earthy hops and a spicy yeast character support a smooth, fruit-like sweetness on the palate, yet it finishes crisp and dry. A very enjoyable complex brew! ABV: 7%, IBU 19
Bonus: D.C. Brau Available Only on Draught!
"Brau Pils" German Style Pilsner - This is a straight forward Pilsner with a light body, moderate carbonation and an assertive yet restrained hop character. Aromas of earthy, spicy noble hops are chased by a rich, cracker-like note backed up with clean malt sweetness and a neutral lager yeast profile. This beer is made to help refresh on these hot summer dog days. ABV: 4.6, IBU: 28
"Citrocity" - Available only on draught, "Citrocity" was a bit of an experiment based on "The Citizen". It was allowed to ferment at high temperatures to allow the yeast to produce some amazingly fruity esters. They then dry-hopped with 3 different varieties to create a unique hop-forward Belgian ale. It leads in with a heavy herbal aroma with hints of pith and orange zest. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with a strong grassy, herbal taste and low bitterness that doesn't tax the taste buds. Then it finishes with a light blueberry note. ABV: 7%, IBU: 20
"Cimmerian" Schwarzbier - Schwarzbier is a German-style dark lager. Light bodied and very smooth, it has an opaque black color with more subtle flavors of chocolate and coffee than many stouts or porters. The nose is roasted malt, toasted bread, cocoa, dark malt and bitter hops. The flavor is more dry than sweet, with notes of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, bitter hops, bread crust, and just a touch of dark fruit. Cimmerian is available exclusively on draught, so have your growler ready! ABV: 5%
Wine World's Got It!
This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ!!
As we close out "Beer Week", we are leading off today's special events with a very special tasting from a brand new "Farm Brewery" right here in Maryland...
Manor Hill Brewing Co.
Ellicott City, MD
In 2007, Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, Maryland redefined the pub experience by creating an inviting atmosphere where people could go for high quality, yet unpretentious food.
Now Randy and Mary Marriner, the owners of Victoria's, have started Howard County's first "Farm Brewery" on the family's 54-acre farm in Howard County!
Manor Hill Brewing was created with that same focus on high quality, seasonal ingredients that includes hops they grow themselves on the farm!
Their head brewer crafts hand-made beers from original and unique recipes in the barn they converted into a 15-barrel brewhouse.
The result is aromatic, hop forward farmhouse style beers that we are pleased to offer to you this Saturday afternoon as part of our Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Bash!
Remember to bring your growlers with you... these farm fresh brews are only available on tap!
"Farm Fuzz" Peach Witbier - This is a traditional Belgian-Style witbier with a subtle taste of refreshing white peach. It is brewed with a healthy portion of white and torrified wheats, along with flaked oats for a smooth and inviting mouthfeel. Mandarina Bavaria hops are then introduced to provide a tangy, citrus forward flavor profile that compliments the white peach nicely.
India Pale Ale - This aroma forward IPA showcases the versatile Mosaic hop. Tropical fruit and pine aromas completely dominate the nose. El Dorado and Centennial combine to round out the hop bill and provide a firm hoppy flavor profile accompanied by American 2-Row and Belgian special aromatic malts for balance. A heavy dose of Mosaic in the dry-hopping provides a juicy hop punch that finishes slightly dry.
"Citra Splendor" Double IPA - Welcome to the world of bright, citrus, and tropical fruit forward IPA's. This divinely hoppy brew clocks in at 83 IBUs and pours a hazy golden color with a big white head. Aromas of lemon peel, tangerine, and passion fruit come through the nose with some tangy undertones. The flavor profile begins with an intense hop bitterness that is complimented by a slightly sweet caramel malt in the finish.
"Four-Grain" Saison - This exceedingly dry and crisp Saison uses a special French yeast strain that adds new layers of complexity to an age-old style. A healthy addition of Hallertau Blanc hops were added to provide an incredibly floral and fruity flavor profile with passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemongrass overtones.
Now for Some Bourbon!
Let's get this party started with some great tasting bourbon from...
Four Roses Bourbon
With production and sales dating back to the 1860's, lasting through Prohibition and into the 1940's, Four Roses Bourbon was one of the more iconic brands to ever be trademarked. It must have been good to have received one of only six permits to produce "medicinal" spirits throughout the 1920's!
When Seagrams purchase the Frankfort Distilling Co. in 1943, the brand was transferred to them. In a bold move, they abruptly discontinued the sale of Four Roses in the U.S, moving it instead to expanding markets abroad, and replacing the shelf space it formerly held with their own blended Canadian Whiskies.
From a business perspective it was a brilliant move, and it served Seagrams quite well, promoting the growth of their core products at home while fueling emerging markets halfway around the world with this "best in class" Bourbon, insuring business for decades to come.
The only loser in this scenario was the American Bourbon consumer! When people complained, Seagrams put the 4 Roses label on an inferior blended whiskey, presumably to appease the masses while still eroding its stature against the Seagrams name. Until recently, it was feared the brand would never regain its reputation as one of the finest Bourbon Whiskies to ever remerge from Kentucky.
Thankfully, in 2002 the Kirin Brewery Company purchased the Four Roses brand. By restoring the devotion for product quality with which Paul Jones Jr. created his original Bourbon, the Distillery has rekindled the popularity of Four Roses. (As a side note, the "new" Four Roses refuses to make a blended whiskey!)
Now back in the U.S. after a lengthy absence, Four Roses is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest names in the Bourbon world.
This Saturday, during our Beer, Bourbon and BBQ event, we can offer you a taste of any 2 of the three whiskies we will place on our table (in accordance with the rules of the Harford County Liquor Board).
So read the following descriptions of the products, and decide which two you'd like to try with us this Saturday afternoon. We're sure you will agree that high quality Four Roses Straight Kentucky Bourbon is back in the saddle again!
"Yellow Label" Straight Kentucky Bourbon - 18.99/750 ml, 32.99/1.75 L: This original icon is a worldwide favorite, especially when creating mixed drinks with a sophisticated, contemporary flair.
Hints of pear and apple compliment floral aromas and mix with a taste of honey and spice with hints of fresh pear and apple. The finish is smooth and mellow with a unique, long and soft finish. 80 proof.
Small Batch Bourbon - 29.99: Marrying, or mingling, various Bourbon recipes is an art form perfected over years by a Master Distiller. In Four Roses Small Batch, four original and limited Bourbons have been expertly selected at the peak of maturation to create a perfectly balanced small batch Bourbon.
The nose presents a symphony of rich, spicy and fruity aromas with hints of sweet oak and caramel. The palate is creamy, rich and mellow offering ripened red berries. It is well-balanced and moderately sweet, finishing soft, smooth and pleasantly long. 90 proof.
Single Barrel Bourbon - 37.99: This premium Single Barrel Bourbon is one you'll want to savor again and again. The nose is moderately woody and spicy yielding aromas of cocoa, maple syrup with fruity and floral undertones. The taste is complex and surprisingly smooth with hints of ripe plum and cherry. The texture is full bodied and robust, yet it finishes smooth, mellow and delicately long. 100 proof.
And Don't Forget the Barbecue!
We're going hog wild with...
We first met Brian Olthoff of Lazy River Barbecue earlier this year during an event featuring Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine. It seems Brian is a big fan - he made the trip in from New Jersey to meet Tim, and made some new friends along the way!
While talking with Brian, Elizabeth discovered that he is an award winning Barbecue chef who does both catering and competition! Based in New Jersey, his home base is South and Central Jersey, but he ventures out to other portions of the Delaware Valley, and Elizabeth was able to convince him to come back to Wine World for this week's Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Bash!
He does authentic southern style, on-site, BBQ catering: ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket and more. He even does pig roasts if you ask him nicely!
So Brian will be here this Saturday, and the smell of wood smoked pork cooked low-and-slow over a mixture of apple, hickory and oak will pervade the entire neighborhood!
We're serving up some pulled pork and a suckling pig this Saturday, so don't miss it!
Then when you see what a great job he does, keep him in mind for your next big event. Remember: If you hire a professional to tend the pit, you'll get to enjoy your own party and even get to eat some of the 'cue!
To get more information just email Brian at...