Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer

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Behold, the Wine-Beer
Noble Rot

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Read below to find out about some incredible beers on tap, and some brand new bottled beer that you won’t want to miss.  Trust me.

Fresh Beverages and Events at Enoteca!

You can always see What’s On Tap? and New Beers In Stock!

Thursday, July 19th at 5pm and 7pm we’re hosting Tom Handy from Paradise Creek Brewing of Pullman, Washington for a beer tasting. Full details will be emailed soon, but you can pick up tickets now! Hint: The Upcoming Beer Tastings page is always a good one to check to be in the loop. We know Sierra Nevada is coming… and Laughing Dog….  we have dates and we’ll be posting details soon!

Is there really a wine-beer on tap?  A hybrid freak cross-over beverage?  Read below to find out!

What’s on Tap? How Do I Find Out Instantly?

We now have 7 tap handles to put great beer on, mostly for your Growler-filling needs, but also flights and pints. You can always visit our website at www.corkjoy.com and go to Craft Beer > What’s On Tap? to see what your next growler full of beer will be.

Enoteca is implementing a new Text Message (SMS) system to be used only for one purpose: Notifying you when a new beer is tapped. So many people ask us to call them when something special gets tapped, and we simply don’t have the manpower to do it. With an automated system, however, we can tell the computer to do it, and badda-bing-badda-boom, you will be the first to know! Click here to sign up.

Build your own beer flight sampler!

At Enoteca, now you can you build your own custom beer flight.  Pick from our fantastic beers on tap and taste a 4 oz sampler of each, individually priced so you can try as many or as few as you like.

What’s On Tap right now?

Sam Adams Chocolate BockFine BeerSamuel Adams Chocolate Bock
(Boston, Massachusetts)

Putting this on tap today was a treat. First, I didn’t close the handle and got to take a little chocolate shower. Smelled good. The beer is a medium bodied German bock (strong) style beer, flavored with cocoa nibs. The chocolate sneaks up on you, it’s there, it’s clear, but by no means is it a sledgehammer. Well balanced, refreshing body and the wonderful chocolate flavor.

The best part of having this on tap is how freaking RARE it is! The only way to get this beer in bottles is in the WINTER sampler pack, and you get 2 bottles when you buy 10 others. It’s ON TAP folks, get a growler fill up ASAP, and have a pint while we’re filling it.

Here’s what the brewery says:

Smooth, rich, and dark, with the robust flavor and creamy texture of chocolate.

To create Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, we wanted to take the flavor beyond the taste of dark roasted malt. For this year’s brew we worked with a blend of cocoa nibs including Ecuador nibs from TCHO®, an artisanal chocolate maker in San Francisco. We started with hand selected Noble hops from Bavaria and combined them with a complex selection of carefully roasted malts. This dark beer has a big, malty character with the added sweetness of chocolate. We slowly age the beer on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs, the primary ingredient in chocolate. Known for their quality, these cocoa nibs harvested in Ecuador, impart complex aromas and flavors from chocolaty to fruity, nutty, earthy, and citrusy.

5.8% ABV, 30 IBUs

RateBeer: 95

Growler: [Member: $22.49 / Retail: $24.99]

Firestone Walker

Fine BeerFirestone Walker Pale 31
(Paso Robles, California)

We’re THRILLED to have Firestone Walker distributed in north Idaho. The first keg from FW we’re putting on tap is a great compliment for the summer. Biscuity, grassy, and flora aromas, medium bodied mouth feel, with a crisp sharp hop bite.  Finish is floral and dry.

Here’s what the brewery says:

Pale 31 is an ode to our home California, the 31st state to be added to the union. Beer may not be associated with terroir the way wine is, but we believe that where we’re from impacts how our beers taste. This dry-hopped California Pale Ale represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state.

RateBeer: 94
Growler: [Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99]

Fine BeerSelkirk Abbey White
(Post Falls, Idaho)

First Keg out of the newest Post Falls brewery! Come taste it now! Served with fruit, per the brewery’s instructions.  Come and get it!  The Belgian White style has been popularized by Blue Moon, so if you’ve had that beer, you’ll have an idea what this is like, only this is hand crafted right here in Post Falls and very fresh and delicious.

Growler: [Member: $16.19 / Retail: $17.99]

Fine BeerSamuel Adams Tasman Red IPA
(Boston, Massachusetts)

Massively floral aroma, distinctive hop oil pungency. Full bodied, mouth coating IPA. Pours dark copper, much darker than a standard IPA. Very satisfying.

Here’s what the brewery says:

Bold, lively, and a bit rugged This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish.

6.75% ABV
RateBeer: 95, BeerAdvocate: 90
Growler: [Member: $16.19 / Retail: $17.99]

Fine BeerStone IRS Russian Imperial Stout
(Escondido, California)

Smoke, chocolate, coffee. Full bodied and luscious. It’s summer time, but some of us still crave a big ole’ stout, and this one really delivers.

Here’s what the brewery says:

Brewed in the authentic historical style of an Imperial Russian Stout, this beer is massive. Intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate, this brew goes where few can – and fewer dare even try. The style originated from Czarist Russia’s demand for ever thicker English stouts. Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!

10.5% ABV
RateBeer: 100, BeerAdvocate: 97
Growler: [Member: $24.29 / Retail: $26.99]

Fine BeerDogfish Head Noble Rot
(Milton, Delaware)

It’s Wine-Beer. Unusual aromas, something I believe comes from the Viognier and Pinot Gris in the blend. Reminiscent of viscous floral aromas of Washington State Viognier, with hints of hops rolled in. On the palate it’s unique, both teasing the tongue with beer crispness and effervescence, and simultaneously coating the tongue with the body of a white wine. There’s a tangy sensation from the wine side.

A true cross-over beverage for both wine and beer lovers.

Here’s what the brewery says:

Hmmm. We wonder if anyone will buy a beer with the word “rot” in the name?

This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from two unique wine grapes sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash.

The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.

“This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially,” says Dogfish’s Sam Calagione.

Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.

9% ABV
RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 89
Growler: [Member: $44.99 / Retail: $49.99]

Fine BeerElysian Immortal IPA
(Seattle, Washington)

Here’s what the brewery says:

A Northwest interpretation of a classic English style, golden copper in color and loaded with New World hop flavor and aroma. Extremely drinkable.

6.21% ABV, 54 IBUs
RateBeer: 91, BeerAdvocate: 92
Growler: [Member: $11.69 / Retail: $12.99]

 

New Bottled Beers that I should know about

Hoptimum Head

If you’re a “hop head” and enjoy great big hoppy IPA’s, you should know about Sierra Nevada Hoptimum. This is a unique beer made with several hop varieties, including 2 new experimental varieties. Supplies of these hops have not kept up with demand, and there is a shortage of the Hoptimum, which was expected to be available through August.  Beer Club members got one 4 pack per membership in July, and there are only a few cases left.

We also have some four-packs available, which are $9.99 each, or $8.99 for members. If a member buys a whole case (6 four packs) it’s only $8.49 per four pack! Click to order right now, or come on in to pick up!

Here’s what Sierra Nevada has to say:

A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put – Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Resinous “new-school” and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

alcohol content 10.4% by volume BITTERING hops German Magnum
beginning gravity 22.8 Plato AROMA hops Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
ending gravity 4.5 Plato DRY hops Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
bitterness units 100 TORPEDO hops Citra & Chinook
yeast Ale malts Two-row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich & Wheat

Just Arrived Today: Super Ruination

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary

Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA was created as an homage to the almighty hop. As the celebrated Stone Ruination IPA approached its 10th birthday this June, we knew we had to do something special, so we cranked it up from 7.7% to 10.8% and used twice as much hops–a whopping 5 pounds per barrel, including a pound each of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop. The results were GLORIOUS, but don’t take our word for it. The only people more bitter than those who don’t get any… will be those who do.

 

Appearance

Deep gold with an off-white creamy head of foam.

Aroma

Intense, dank and fruity hop notes. Lemon oil infused with nectarine, pineapple and tropical fruit, with hints of mint and spice.

Taste

An abundance of tropical fruity hop flavors upfront, and carrying throughout the palate. A pleasant maltiness balances the hops about mid-palate. Finishes with a long, lingering clean bitterness.

Stone Ruination 10th AnniversaryPalate

Full bodied but dry, with an alcohol fullness and sweetness. Very bitter!

Overall

In our Brewers’ Tasting Panel, we all get excited every time we sample one of our new beers for the first time. When we absolutely nail a beer, and get exactly what we were hoping for on the first swing, we call it a homerun. This morning’s (hey, we’re professionals!) taste panel was definitely a homerun. Or, as Brewing Supervisor Mike Richmond commented, “this one has got the love.”

We brewed this beer using the same ingredients as in our classic Stone Ruination IPA, but bumped up the malt to achieve its elevated 10.8% abv. And of course we jacked up the hops as well–Not just in the boil, but we doubled the dry-hop amount, using a 50/50 blend of Centennial and Citra. The combination is, dare I say, magic.

Lock up your bottles today here. [Member: $7.19 / Retail: $7.99 / Member Case Each: $6.79]

Categories: Craft Beer

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