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Samantha Torrance
 
March 4, 2017 | Samantha Torrance

Delicious Alternatives to Classic Favourites

Many people have a go-to spirit when making a drink. Whether it is rum, vodka, whisky, or a liqueur, everyone has something they use more than anything else in their cupboard, and usually it’s always the same brand. I’m going to highlight some spirits that are fantastic alternatives to the mainstream spirits everyone uses, which also stay within the same price range.

Rum

Rum and Coke is one of the most iconic drinks in North America. Everyone has heard of it, whether in a bar, from friends, or in a movie or TV show. Chances are if you have ever had a rum and coke it was with Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum ($26.99/750ml). Captain Morgan’s has aromas heavy with vanilla notes and baking spice. Overall it is smooth and sweet.

A brand that I highly recommend as an alternative is the El Dorado Spiced Rum ($28.99/750ml). Their use of natural spices; cinnamon, vanilla and hints of citrus created a complex and well-rounded rum. It is not overly sweet and it is so delightful that you could sip it neat or on ice if you wished.

Whisky

The most common whisky that moves through our store is Crown Royal ($28.99/750ml). Everyone knows the name, it’s popular with the bar scene, and it’s advertised everywhere. Crown Royal has a rich nose with hints of vanilla and orchard fruit. The flavours show more vanilla and hints of oak with a long finish.

Instead of Crown Royal I highly recommend trying Forty Creek ($28.99/750ml). The nose is similar to Crown, aromas of vanilla and apricot fill your nose, followed by honey, toasted oak, walnut, and spice. Overall it is a more complex aroma. The palate follows through with that of baking spice, vanilla, and an incredibly smooth bold finish. Forty Creek is also a whisky that you can drink neat or on the rocks.

Amaretto

To most people Disaronno ($32.99/750ml) is the only Amaretto! It is sweet on both the nose and palate, has a wonderful almond aroma, with softer almond and some marzipan on the palate.

However, if you are someone who drinks Blueberry Tea, or would prefer a stronger nut flavour in your drink, I recommend Luxardo Amaretto ($28.99/750ml). Luxardo’s Amaretto has a delightful almond aroma, much stronger than that of Disaronno. As well there are some sweet fruits and a hint of zest on the nose. The palate is softly sweet with an intense almond flavour. It moves into candied almonds and has a smooth, long finish. This amaretto is perfect for those who want a more natural nut flavour to their drinks or recipes. Also it is $4.00 cheaper than Disaronno, which will make you and your wallet happy.

Overall all of these are all great products and we always strive to find the best product for you. At Everything Wine and More we are always happy to assist you with any questions you may have about any of our products. Next time you visit, please ask any of our associates about any one of these products that I have recommended.

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2017 at 5:19 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
July 6, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

How to Make Trying New Wines a Fun Game!

My boyfriend Alex and I have an agreement when it comes to wine. I buy a wine I think he will enjoy and  if I’m right he pays me back in full, but if he doesn’t like the wine I only get half back. I enjoy it because it’s like a game for me; I get to use my knowledge of wine to pick out products I think he will like and Alex gets to try delicious wine. Win-Win. His preferred flavour is big, bold, juicy full bodied reds, below are my most recent selections for him.

Jost Vineyards Marechal Foch - $16.99/750mL (Nova Scotia)
Wine from Nova Scotia, who knew? The cooler climate terroir of NS is the perfect growing grounds for Marechal Foch. The nose of this wine is savoury with aromas of leather, cigars, chocolate, with hints of anise and fruits such as figs, dates, and even more subtle hints of strawberry and raspberry. The palate is medium bodied with smooth tannins. This wine has big flavours of rustic earth, dried red fruits (that strawberry and raspberry from the nose), and finishes with a slightly spiced, chocolate covered raisin flavour.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 9/10, he loved how savoury this wine was. It still had the fruit, but with more meaty, savory characteristics than he’s used to. His favourite so far.

Comoloco Monastrell - $16.99/750mL (Spain)
Comoloco, the bottle with the zany label to match the wine inside. Monastrell is the same grape as Mourvedre, which you may have seen on French wine labels. The nose on this wine is robust with deep, ripe fruits, and exotic spices.  The palate is medium bodied with soft tannins. There are flavours of deep, red fruits such as raspberry, cherries, and plum, with savoury notes and a soft acidity on the finish. This wine is best paired with steak and barbeque.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 7/10, he thought it was really easy drinking, great spice and smooth tannins.

California Square Red Blend - $19.99/750mL (USA)
This was one of the first bottles I had bought for him. I like the funky rectangular prism shape and I knew it would be a good wine to use to get to know his palate better. This blend is made up of five different grapes: Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Syrah. Each varietal was harvested, crushed, and fermented separately to get maximum flavour and texture from each of the grapes. The Petite Sirah and Syrah give notes of blueberries, cherries, chocolate, and spice to the blend. The Sangiovese and Zinfandel give way for big blackberry and raspberry jam and the Merlot fills the palate with ripe plum and a juicy finish. Medium in body with soft tannins this wine is really easy drinking and a great starting point for people wanting to get into red wine.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 7/10 he enjoyed how it was smooth and fruity.

Finca las Moras Paz Malbec - $18.99/750mL (Argentina)
This one is my favourite Malbecs that I’ve ever tried. This wine has an intense violet colour and aromas of blackberry, black cherries, plums, and baking spice. The palate is intense with flavours of those dark blackberries and plums with a lingering finish of warm spice on the end. The tannins are evenly balanced with the acidity and the flavours of the wine linger on the tongue for a very long time. I cannot stress enough how crazy the flavours are in this wine. I personally have never tried a wine that was so juicy and fruity while still having so much complexity. I would pair this wine with grilled red meats and barbeque.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 8/10, He thoroughly enjoyed how intense and flavourful it was. 

Time Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 4:53 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
May 19, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

Summer and Sangria Part 1!

With Summer knocking at our door my coworker Jarrod and I have made some delicious sangrias for the hot May weather. Check out his blog post to see his White and Rosé sangrias.

Sparkling Watermelon Sangria
You will need:
•    1 mini seedless watermelon, not too ripe
•    1 750mL bottle of sparkling wine (I used Cavicchioli Spumante Demi-Sec - $12.99)
•    1-2 cups of hard liquor (I used Dr. McGillicuddy’s Lemon Drop Schnapps - $26.99)
•    5-15 mint leaves, depending on preference (I used around 10-12 leaves and I found it TO be a bit too minty)

I started this recipe in hopes of balling my watermelon, however I bought one that was a bit too ripe and it was falling apart as I balled it. You can either start the recipe as I did or ball up your melon depending on ripeness.
I cut my watermelon in half and pressed the insides of one half into a pitcher. I cubed the other half without the rind and added around 10-12 mint leaves to the pitcher with the juiced watermelon. I then added roughly 1.5 cups of the lemon drop schnapps, so that all the juice and schnapps topped the watermelon cubes. I then let this sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, because my melon was overripe I ended up pureeing the cubed melon, if you choose to do this I highly recommend cheesecloth. Otherwise you may leave the cubes/balls if it’s to your fancy. Add the bottle of sparkling just before serving. 
Overall I really enjoyed this sangria. It smelled delightfully of watermelon and was really refreshing. It wasn’t too sweet as my wine was an off-dry style and the schnapps only added a bit of sweetness. It was intensely watermelon with a big hit of mint on the finish. 

Frozen Pineapple Mango Sangria
You will need:
•    1 750mL bottle of White Wine (I used Gallo Summer White for $8.99 which is a sweeter wine, but you can use any white wine you want depending on how sweet you want your sangria to taste)
•    1 bag each of frozen pineapple and mango chunks
•    White rum (optional)
•    Blender

This recipe is pretty simple to do. Take that bottle of wine, dump it in the blender, add both bags of fruit, and add some white rum if you wish to kick it up a notch. My wine was only 5% so I threw some Malibu Rum in there, it also added more liquid to even out the texture, but if you don’t want to add more alcohol you can use any type of fruit juice. Blend together and voila! Ready to drink sangria in minutes.
I really liked this one because it was  ready in less than 15 minutes. It was tropical and fruity with a good amount of sweetness on the palate. The pineapple gave a tartness to balance out the sweet wine and rum. You can mix and match your fruits as well, just make sure to not make it too tart with your fruit.

Time Posted: May 19, 2016 at 1:05 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
April 11, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

Visit Alberta's Best Little Brewery: Bench Creek

I recently visited Bench Creek brewery located just outside of Edson, Alberta. Bench Creek only hit the market this past November and is a small operation that will soon outgrow their current brewing grounds. The brewery resides in the backyard of owner Andrew Kulynych. With just enough space in the warehouse for creating new batches of beer and selling their beer by the pint or growler, the area feels like a home.

Currently only available in kegs, their four different brews are something special. We carry the Naked Woodsman Pale Ale on our growler bar. Check out their website to find out where else you can purchase the White Raven IPA, Black Spruce Porter, and Flint and Steel ISA.

The Naked Woodsman sits at 5.2% ABV with an IBU of 40. It’s complex and distinct with aromas of bright grapefruit, orange hops and home baked bread. Flavours of apricot and peach with subtle citrus coat the mouth with a slight spice on the finish.

The White Raven, my favourite of the Bench Creek brews has an IBU of 72 and ABV of 6.5%. It’s hoppy with intense aromatics of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange and some tropical mango. The fruit follows onto the palate with added toffee flavours that cut the bitterness of the beer to make an amazingly refreshing beer with an off dry finish that lingers.

Flint and Steel ISA is Bench Creek’s newest beer to hit the market. At 4.7% it’s smooth and bright. Tropical fruits, melon and caramel fill the air as grapefruit, lemon, malt, and caramel coat the palate. There is just the right amount of bitterness from the hops to give balance and structure to this beer.

The Black Spruce Porter is a classic porter with 5.8% ABV and 40 IBU. Aromas and flavours of coffee, chocolate, and molasses burst through first with sweet hints of raisin easing in on the finish. Herbaceous and floral notes help balance the sweet notes of the beer. Dried fruit and peach finish into a full bodied porter that is perfect for the erratic Alberta weather.

Brewmaster Warren Misik showed my boyfriend and I around the brewery, explaining the different processes and uses of the machinery. We also saw the three original pots used to create the original IPA, Pale Ale, and Porter. No bigger than an industrial pot seen in kitchens, Warren crafted the beers and sent them out to get the Bench Creek name and flavour out there and heard.

This little hole in the wall brewery won’t stay that way for long as these beers gain more and more momentum every day. I suggest visiting them yourself! Purchase a growler, sit and enjoy a pint of what I think is the finest beer Alberta has to offer.

Time Posted: Apr 11, 2016 at 1:10 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
March 4, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

Whiskey 101

Welcome to the wonderful world of whiskies. I will be going over my favorites whiskies from around the world that range between $45 -$60 to keep you and your wallets happy.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon - $47.99

What is the difference between a Bourbon and every other whisky? For a whisky to be labeled as Bourbon the mash of grains used for distilling must contain at least 51% corn, it must be aged in new charred white oak barrels and hold an alcohol content of no more than 80% abv.

Woodford is my pick of all the Bourbons we carry. It has a brilliant amber colour and the nose has rich dried fruits, with hints of orange and cocoa and a touch of tobacco and vanilla. It’s wonderfully complex with notes of citrus, cinnamon, cocoa, toffee and spice on the palate resulting in a smooth rounded Bourbon. Finishing with a creamy silkiness that warms throughout, I highly recommend this Bourbon to anyone wanting to try something new or wanting to indulge in a fantastic drink.

Pike Creek Double Barrel Rye - $47.99

Rye is very similar to Bourbon. It is also aged in new charred white oak barrels and cannot exceed 80% alcohol by volume. The only difference in what makes a Rye a Rye, is that it must contain at minimum 51% Rye grain. Rye tends to give the whisky a spicier, dry finish whereas corn gives Bourbon a sweeter finish.

Pike Creek is hands-down my favourite Rye to recommend people. The double barrel the use of both charred white barrels and old Port wine barrels that give it some added characteristics. Its colour is amber with tinges of ruby red (thanks to the Port barrels). The nose presents with dried fruit and an underlying peppery spiciness with toffee notes. On the palate you taste dried dark fruits, vanilla and toffee that finish with a smooth, warm Port finish. The combination of Rye and Port create a memorable whisky that lingers.

Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch - $49.99

Most Scotch’s have age statements such as 10 year, 12 year, 15 and so forth. This Scotch was produced when the distillery was running low on reserves of their age stamped Scotches. They created this blend with no age statement to bide time until the aged ones were ready. Now what makes a Scotch a Scotch? Scotch must be made from a mash of malted barley, aged a minimum of three years in oak casks, and distilled with a minimum of 40% alcohol by volume and a maximum of 94.8% alcohol by volume.

Glenlivet is my go-to for people just learning about Scotch’s. It’s unpeated, doesn’t break the bank and it’s really easy drinking! (Even if you’ve always said you don’t like Scotch). The Founder’s Reserve is a honey gold colour with zesty lemon and sweet orange on the nose. The sweet, fruity notes follow into the palate which has notes of pear, sweet orange, toffee & apple leading into a long, creamy, smooth finish.

Bowmore Islay 12 Year Single Malt Scotch - $57.99

This is a classic peated beauty. Scotch gets its ‘peaty’ characteristics when the barley is being dried over fires that have been fed by the local peat moss surrounding the distilleries. The burning of the peat moss gives that distinct smoky aroma and flavour. The smokier a Scotch, the more it dried overtop a peat fire.

This Scotch is a 12 year old and single malt. With blended Scotch’s that have age statements the age on the bottle is only that of the youngest batch of Scotch in the batch. Since this is a single malt scotch, the spirit comes from the same single batch and is aged for the same amount of time.

Bowmore is a fine example of a peated Scotch. It shows off a warm amber colouring that perfectly matches the subtle lemon and honey on the nose followed by classic campfire notes from the peat. Flavours of honey and gentle smoke fill and coat the mouth to provide a smooth, mellow finish. The peat fire gives a soft mineral, earthy aroma and flavour that can only be found in Scotch. I recommend this one for all the Cigar lovers out there. Give it a try today and open up the doors to a splendid world of fantastic whisky!

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2016 at 8:38 AM
Samantha Torrance
 
February 8, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

New This Week on the Growler Bar

In the last couple weeks we’ve added some new additions to our Growler Bar. We have a new Bench Creek beer replacing their IPA, a new Alley Kat replacing their Coffee Porter, and Anchor Brewing replacing Fuller’s Black Stout.

Alley Kat Ginger Beer - $8.49/L

The Alley Kat Ginger beer is different than most ginger beers; the ginger doesn’t overpower the senses. On the nose you notice the balance between the ginger and malt aromas with an amazing follow through on the palate. Only a hint of sweetness is present with a nice zesty finish. Crisp and refreshing at 5.1% ABV, this beer is perfect for pairing with cashew chicken stir fry and jasmine rice.

Anchor Brekle’s Brown Ale - $9.99/L

Brekle’s Brown is the epitome of classic brown ale. It starts with roasted malt on the nose and a hint of citrus and sweet caramel. The hint of citrus is also apparent on the palate with the citra hops creating a unique texture on the finish. Only 6% ABV this beer is the adult version of an Ice Cream Truck on a hot day.

Bench Creek Naked Woodsman Pale Ale - $6.99/L

Bench Creek is a fairly new brewery (not even open for a whole year yet) that has been making big waves, especially at our growler bar! Our first Bench Creek beer was their White Raven IPA, which was a huge hit and now we’ve brought in their Naked Woodsman Pale Ale. This beer starts off refreshingly fruity with grapefruit and orange filling the air followed by hints of malt and sweetness. The palate is just as intricate with peach and apricot flavours coating the mouth. This beer finishes with a light crispness that has a punch of star of anise spice to leave you with a lingering flavour. At the moment Bench Creek is only available in growlers, but keep an eye out as the brewery is making plans on releasing their amazing selection in cans! 

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2016 at 9:49 AM
Samantha Torrance
 
November 12, 2015 | Samantha Torrance

Creative Warm Winter Cocktail Recipes

As the winter months start to set in you may be thinking of having a warm drink inside. Most people turn to Bailey’s or Kahlua in coffee, but I’ve got recipes for some new and old favourite warm winter drinks to put a spark back into this chilly season. You can use anything to make a delectable winter beverage, you can even use wine!

Honey Bourbon Toddy
For this recipe you can use any bourbon, but I highly recommend Woodford Reserve Bourbon ($46.99/750ml) as it is very smooth and enjoyable. It has notes of dried fruits, hints of mint and oranges with cocoa, and a faint vanilla on the nose. The palate reveals citrus, cinnamon, cocoa, toffee, caramel, chocolate and spices. Nothing better to go with a honey toddy. You can also try this bourbon at our Sherwood Park tasting bar!

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon
  • 2 strips of lemon peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Stir honey and water in a 2-cup measuring cup until honey dissolves. Add bourbon (or better yet, Apple Bourbon, in which case you'll use 1 Tbsp. honey). Divide between 2 Toddy glasses. Twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, and then add to glass. Stir each with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Salted Maple Butter Cider
In this recipe you will need dark rum; my recommendation is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum ($29.99/750ml). This rum is balanced with aromas of sweet, dark cooked fruits and a spiced herbal fruitcake, and intricate flavours of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel. This rum is perfect for this drink as its natural aromas and flavours compliment the flavours of this beverage. You will also need some apple cider, I recommend Pommies Farmhouse Cider ($4.49/437ml) as it is dry so we don’t add too much sweetness to the cocktail because it will already be sweet from the maple syrup.

  • Maldon salt
  • Half of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped out
  • 4 ounces dark rum
  • 8 ounces apple cider

Scatter Maldon salt* on a small plate. Rub the rim of two heatproof glasses or mugs with the lemon half, then dip in salt. Combine the butter, maple syrup, and vanilla bean seeds in small bowl. Set aside. Combine rum and cider in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Pour into prepared glasses, and then top each with half of the butter. Serve immediately.
*I highly recommend getting Maldon salt instead of regular table salt as the texture and flavour is fantastic compared to its regular counterpart. You can find it at the Italian Center or online.

Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate
This recipe does not call for a specific tequila, but I would recommend an Añejo as it pairs with chocolate the best, but if you’re looking for something lower in price a Reposado works well too. For an Añejo I recommend Cazadores A ejo ($51.99/750ml) for this hot chocolate recipe for the citrus, cinnamon, and caramel on the nose and citrus, caramel, honey and floral notes on the palate to compliment the beverage. If that is a bit more than you’re wanting to spend we also have Camarena Reposado ($36.99/750ml) with a nose and palate of raw apple, butter and vanilla. Last but not least you also need some peppermint schnapps. Phillips Peppermint Schnapps will do the trick ($23.99/750ml).

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces peppermint schnapps
  • Whipped cream and mint leaf garnish

In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture. Add tequila and peppermint schnapps. Divide into serving cups and top with whipped cream and mint.

Orchard Boulevardier
In this recipe we use a Rye Whisky, Campari ($27.99/750ml), Sweet Vermouth, and apple cider. For the Vermouth I recommend using Martini Rosso ($13.49/1L or $8.49/500ml), but you can also use Martini Bianco ($13.49/1L). For the apple cider I would recommend either a dry or off dry variety. For the dry we can use the Pommies Farmhouse Cider ($4.49/437ml), or for an off dry you can use Angry Orchard ($15.99/6 Pack). Now with the Rye I highly recommend Forty Creek Rye Whisky ($27.99/750ml) with its aromas of honey, vanilla, apricot, toasty oak, black walnut, and spice. On the palate you’ll find sweet fruits followed by a zesty pepper and spice.

  • 8 ounces apple cider
  • 4 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 ounce Campari
  • 2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Garnish: 2 orange twists

Bring apple cider to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add rye, Campari, and vermouth, stir until warm. Divide between two heatproof mugs or glass serving glasses, garnish with orange twist and serve immediately.

Riesling Hot Toddy
Now for a twist this recipe calls for a white wine base instead of a spirit. The Riesling I recommend using is Relax Riesling ($14.99/750ml). On the nose you find apples, and floral notes following with apples and peaches with a hint of citrus on the palate. This recipe also calls for a bit of brandy. My favorite is Torres 10 Year Brandy ($29.99/750ml). It has a distinct raisin aroma on the nose with spice and vanilla on the palate.

  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle Riesling
  • 2 teaspoons brandy
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 bay leaves   
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 strips lemon zest

Toast cardamom pods in a dry skillet over high heat, tossing often, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Gently crush with a mortar and pestle. In a medium saucepan combine Riesling, brandy, honey, cardamom pods, and bay leaves. Squeeze lemon halves over liquid and add rinds to the pot. Bring to a gentle simmer then reduce heat to lowest setting and steep for 45 minutes. Strain and divide between 4 cups. Garnish with lemon zest.

Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate
Last but not least we have another hot chocolate, but in the traditional Aztec style. It uses Mezcal which is similar to tequila. Tequila is Mezcal, but made with blue agave, whereas Mezcal is made from the maguey plant which is a form of agave.  I recommend the Oro De Oaxaca Mezcal ($39.99/750ml). On the nose it is intensely smoky with more smoke, green peppers and a touch of sweetness on the palate. It also comes with a bag of “spices” that include chile pepper, salt and ground up, roasted maguey worms. Fear not, if you don’t want to use this spice bag you don’t need to.

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole dried ancho chile pod, split
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 5 ounces Mezcal
  • Chile powder, cocoa nib, and/or dark chocolate shavings for garnish

In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, 2 cinnamon sticks, ancho chile, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture. Simmer over low heat, whisking occasionally, until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Carefully drain and discard chile and cinnamon sticks. Return to pot and add Mezcal. Heat through. Using a hand blender, a milk frother, or a whisk, beat chocolate until foamy, then divide into four glasses. Garnish with chile powder, cocoa nib (or chocolate shavings), and a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.

Time Posted: Nov 12, 2015 at 8:22 AM
Samantha Torrance
 
October 13, 2015 | Samantha Torrance

For All the Beer Lovers!

Did you know that Everything Wine and More has a Growler bar? Not sure what a Growler bar is? Our Growler bar is a specialized system where you can get draft beer in a bottle to take home for later enjoyment. We also pressurize our bottles so they last up to 3 months unopened. Growlers come in one and two liter bottles that cost $4.99 and $8.99 respectively. It is a onetime purchase of the bottles themselves. Every time you come in after the first purchase you simply pay for the liter refills. 

We keep 11 beers and 1 cider on tap with a rotational selection. We also offer tastings of our taps before you choose which beer to fill your growler with. I will highlight some of my favorites from our bar in Sherwood Park and include ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and IBU (International Bittering Units) for determining which beers you may like.

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider - $8.99/1L Fill
Angry Orchard is our only cider on tap and is certified Gluten Free for all those who want draft, but don’t want gluten. With a crisp apple aroma and flavour this cider is hard to resist. It sits at 5% ABV so you can enjoy a growler to yourself or with friends. This cider is medium sweet and it will be hard to share a growler of this with anyone other than yourself.

Fruli Strawberry Belgian White - $12.99/1L Fill
Fruli is one of our sweet beers so if you’re not a huge beer fan or want somewhere to start the night with, Fruli is your beer!  At 4.1% ABV and 15 IBU this wheat beer is sweet and juicy. There is loads of strawberry on the nose and in the flavours of the beer. Made with real strawberry juice, this beer is smooth and easy drinking. Think Hubba Bubba Gum!

Pyramid Apricot Fruit Ale - $9.99/1L Fill
This Apricot ale combines the refreshing taste of fresh apricots and smooth wheat beer. Unfiltered, this beer is 5.1% ABV and has 11 IBU. This beer has 3 gold medals with the latest being in 2014 for the Fruit Wheat Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival. Grab it before it’s gone! When this beer is done we will be replacing it with fall seasonal flavour. 

Phillips Electric Unicorn IPA - $7.99/1L Fill
This beer is a white ale that starts with banana notes and moves into citrusy hops with a spiced, dry finish. I found a lot of grapefruit flavours and aromas in this beer on the palate. This beer is 65 IBU and has an ABV of 6.5% giving it more of a bitter finish. This beer is great for drinking with friends or enjoying while watching the big game. This hoppy seasonal beer will only be around for a limited time so fill up your growler today!

Alley Kat Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale - $7.99/1L Fill
Alley Kat’s seasonal Pumpkin Pie beer is back just in time for fall! This beer is the closest thing you can get to a pumpkin pie in a bottle. It has wonderful spices of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg on the nose and raw pumpkin pie on the tongue. With a 5.4% ABV and 20 IBU this beer is slightly sweet and perfect for sharing at family dinners. As suggested by one of our customers, try rimming your pint glass with brown sugar before pouring your beer for an added dessert essence.

Brewsters Hawaiian Coconut Porter - $7.99/1L Fill
Last, but not least, is Brewsters new Coconut Porter. This creamy British style porter is aged with fresh coconut for a flavourful trip to the islands. You will get a lot of chocolate and toasted coconut on the nose with more smooth, toasty chocolate coconut on the finish. At 5% ABV and 32 IBU this beer is delectable shared with friends and family. Try it with Coconut Cream pie for dessert.

Time Posted: Oct 13, 2015 at 1:46 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
September 28, 2015 | Samantha Torrance

Whisky Liqueurs

Whisky is a liquor everyone is familiar with, but it isn’t one people think of when liqueurs are in the mix. Some people find whisky has a harsh burn on the finish which comes from the alcohol content.  If we bring down that alcohol and add in some additional flavours and sweetness we find a new way to enjoy whisky!  Whisky Liqueurs are between 30% and 35% which cuts down on that burn we know all too well. Sample one of these Whisky Liqueurs today at our Sherwood Park location or buy a bottle and try at it home!

Irish Mist Honey Liqueur - $37.99/750ml
This liqueur is made from genuine Irish Whisky and is the only liqueur worldwide to have Irish in its registered name. Made with a blend of Irish whisky, honey, herbs and other spirits this liqueur has been around since 1947. It’s called a honey whisky for a reason. On the nose and on the palate honey is prevalent.  The palate starts with classic Irish whisky flavours then smoothly rolls into the sweet honey on the mid palate and finishes with a bit of heat and lingering sweetness. This liqueur can be enjoyed over ice, straight up, or mixed in a cocktail. The most popular is Irish Mist, Cola, and a wedge of lime.

Sortilege Maple Whisky - $32.99/750ml
This liqueur is a special blend of real Canadian maple syrup and Canadian whisky. At only 30% alcohol this liqueur is smooth with a little heat on the end. The aromas of maple syrup are gentle and sweet. Once you taste it the palate presents a slow embrace of maple syrup that envelops the whole mouth. It’s silky and not overpowering. The finish is a bit more traditional whisky with a soft mouth feel. This whisky is meant to be had over ice or straight up, but also is delicious in coffee or tea. If you love maple this is a must have! 

Spicebox Pumpkin Whisky - $28.99/750ml
Spicebox whiskies come in a variety of flavours. Spicebox pumpkin is a flavoured whisky and not a liqueur, but still has a sweeter softer finish than your typical straight whisky. The pumpkin flavours in the whisky remind you of  Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced syrup.  On the nose you get aromas of cinnamon and cloves. On the palate it is less sweet and finishes like a true whisky. There are more spices and pumpkin on the palate and move throughout the mouth to fill it with flavour. This can be a sipping whisky or try adding an ounce into cider for an added festive kick. 

 

Time Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 1:42 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
August 18, 2015 | Samantha Torrance

Gin & Tonic: Simple, Classic, Delicious!

The gin and tonic (G&T) is a classic cocktail that was invented in the 1700’s due to the preventative properties of the quinine in tonic water for malaria. These days however tonic water is sweeter and not used for medical treatment, but for enjoying on hot summer day. Now you may have tried gin and tonic before and not liked it, but there are so many different gins out there that there is a gin for everyone. Below are some of my favourites.

Now what makes gin special? Gin is made from the same base ingredients as vodka, but what makes it different is the botanicals in the gin. Most gins will have a clear juniper flavouring. There are no specifics of what makes a gin universally; however there are regional specifications for the different styles. For instance London Dry Gin has to be distilled at least twice to be named as such. Old Tom Gin is a slightly less dry gin than London Dry, but not as sweet as New American, it sits nicely in the middle. Old Tom has no specifics for making it, but the name comes from the 1800’s when gin was dispensed through tom cat plaque outside pubs. You would slip a coin in through a slot under the cat’s paw and the bartender poured a shot of gin through a tube in the cat’s mouth. New American or International Style Gin is a sweeter style of gin that is prominently infused with flavours other than juniper.

Prairie Organic Gin - $39.99/750ml
This gin is an herbal blend with hints of juniper. This gin most closely resembles the Old Tom gin style. Prairie Organic is also made with corn on a small family owned farm and is certified organic. This gin is delicate and refreshing with just a hint of sweetness. Just as the makers say “Made with respect”, and you can taste the respect in every bottle.

Try this twist on a Prairie G&T
•    2oz Prairie Organic Gin
•    1oz lemon juice
•    1oz lime juice
•    ½ oz. simple syrup
•    Splash of club soda
•    Handful of mint
Muddle mint. Shake Gin, juice, and syrup with ice. Pour into a glass and top with soda water.

Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22 - $43.99/750ml
Dillon’s is made in the London Dry style. This gin is made with 22 botanicals and is unfiltered for the best full flavour possible. This makes the gin cloudy in appearance. Strong on the nose with juniper and a bit heavy on the tongue with peppery notes. As classic and delicious as Gin should be! Dillon’s is also made with wine grapes instead of the usual corn or grain. 

Try the Dillon’s Official G&T
•    1.5oz Dillon’s Unfiltered 22 Gin
•    Few dashes of Lemon Bitters
•    Tonic Water
•    Fresh Lemon or Lime wedge
Fill Glass with ice. Combine gin, bitters and tonic. Garnish with lemon/lime wedge.

Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin - $51.99/750ml
This is my favourite gin, infused with Juniper, cucumber, lemon, sage, and lavender this gin is sweet and smooth. Uncle Val’s is made in the New American style. The scent of cucumber envelopes your nose the moment you open the bottle. This gin is complex yet subtle in its flavours and lingers on the tongue. Complimented by tonic and they work together to make a delightful cocktail.

Have one of my favourite G&T’s today
•    1 ½ oz. Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin
•    ½ Fresh Lime
•    ½ oz. simple syrup
•    Fresh mint
Muddle mint, lime and syrup in shaker. Add gin and ice and shake. Pour over ice and top with tonic.

 

Time Posted: Aug 18, 2015 at 8:44 AM
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