Five for Friday: St. Patrick's Edition
Friday, March 17th 2017 / 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
This Friday, March 17th we'll discover that St. Paddy's Day isn't all about green beer, cheap whiskey, and repressed emotions. Our tasting will feature Glendalough Distillery, started by five friends whose goal it is to make innovative spirits within the bounds of the traditions and heritage of their ancestors. The results are delicious and St. Kevin approves.
Glendalough Wild Seasonal Gin (Ireland / Glendalough) $40.99 – small batch gin, which is juicy, herbaceous, earthy, and every bit as complex as any hipster gin we've come across yet. The botanicals are harvested by hand a day prior to use from the mountains surrounding the beautiful valley in which the distillery sits. Its unique flavor shines brightest in a minimalist cocktail or simply in a glass with an ice cube.
Wexford Irish Creme Ale (England / Bury St. Edmunds) $8.99 / 4-Pack – This Irish Crème Ale dates back to an original family recipe in 1810 in County Wexford, and today is brewed by Greene King in Suffolk using Irish malts and hops. Its mellow flavors and smooth texture pair very well with comfort food, family gatherings, and other times when light and smooth, but tasty is just the thing you are looking for.
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale (Ohio / Cleveland) $11.99 / 6-Pack – This staple of Great Lakes' seasonal lineup almost rivals their Christmas Ale for how quickly it sells out. If I had waited until last week to order it, we'd be drinking something else tonight. Dark, roasted and bready malts combine with a smooth texture to produce this fuller bodied malty ale. Just enough hops to lighten the finish and keep it from being too sweet, this is an easy drinker that almost always has you staring at the bottom of your glass before you anticipated.
Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout (California / Boonville) $11.99 / 6-Pack – Even more than Guinness, which certainly has a soft spot in my heart, I love dry stouts. This beer is big, dark, and rich, but its heavy carbonation and careful balance keep it from going too far. Dark, roasty flavors tied to a deep-bodied and flavorful beverage that nonetheless leaves your palate clean and light, rather than syrupy. A favorite any time of year, but hits the mark for deliciousness and drinkability this weekend particularly.
Glendalough Double Barrel Whiskey (Ireland / Glendalough) $36.99 - A distillery rep randomly stopped into the store a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to find their 7 year Single Malt on our shelf. I was even more pleasantly surprised to taste this whole new style of Irish whiskey. Brewed in small batches in a Coffey still, this single-grain whiskey is aged in fresh-used American Bourbon barrels for deep and rich earthy tones, then finished for 6 months in Oloroso Sherry barrels for a lightly fruity and nutty finish that accentuate the vanilla and oak flavors.