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Toppers Cellar Christmas Hours!

Saturday December 23 Open 10:00 Close 4:00

Sunday December 24 Open 10:00 close 3:00

Monday December 25 Closed

Merry Christmas from Topper and Mickey

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Friday arrival at the Cellar door!

Alaskan Brewing Baltic Porter

Alaskan Baltic Porter:

(JUNEAU, AK) – Alaskan Baltic Porter is a fan favorite from previous years, and it’s back as the latest addition to Alaskan Brewing’s limited Pilot Series. Baltic Porter is an expression of the inky darkness of the winter season in Alaska, a deep, dense beer with an intricate array of aromas and flavors.

“We get asked about this beer all the time, and it’s a great one for the winter and holiday season, with a lot of specialty malts, dark black cherries, and gourmet vanilla beans,” said Alaskan Head Brewer Rob Day. “We’ve always brewed it to be something that people can drink right away, or if you’re patient, it can be aged for several years.”

Aging allows it to develop rich, new flavors, highlighting some notes while others mellow. First brewed in 2008, and again in 2009 and 2012, fans have aged every vintage of Alaskan Baltic Porter, enjoying this rare beer on special occasions and in vertical tastings.

Smooth, deep maltiness abounds in every sip, with a rich mouthfeel and vanilla intensity, and an undeniable warming from this 9.8% alcohol-by-volume porter. The jet-black color comes from the deeply roasted malts, with hints of cherry and dried fruit, and notes of bourbon and toffee present from start to finish.

“Baltic Porters are known for their strong, flavorful characteristics – they were originally brewed stronger and more hoppy than many other beers to endure the trip to remote communities along the Baltic Sea,” remarked Day. “This beer is intended to be robust, with toasted French oak, and dried fruit notes and a warmth that can be very welcome on dark and cold winter nights even today!”

The name and label of Baltic Porter pay tribute to the Russian period of Alaska history, with the copula of a Russian Orthodox church featured prominently. These traditional onion-domed copulas are still present in many communities in Alaska, as well as other settlements along the Baltic Sea.

Toppers Note: This is always one of my most anticipated brews of the year and I am impressed with the quality and layered flavors in this year’s batch. Smooth and rich loaded with flavors. Prost!

Arrival at the Cellar door Thursday!

Lolita

Commercial Description:

BREWER’S NOTES

Lolita is a pink rose colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors and crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian Framboise.

RECIPE INFORMATION
Style: Belgian Style Wild Ale
ABV: 8.7%
IBU: 32
Color: Pink Rose
Hops: Golding Celeia, Pilgrim, Saaz
, Styrian
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel, Sugar
We have a very limited amount so first come first served! Prost

Arrival at the Cellar Door Thursday!

Goose Island Sofie:

Commercial Description:

What the brewers say

Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian saisons.

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Fruity character is complex and dances alongside spicy pepper. Very white wine-like with nuances of pears and apples. Moderate malt aroma.”

Flavor: “Sweet fruity notes of lemon citrus blend with white wine character. Mild spices balance to keep from finishing too sweet. Low hop bitterness. Slightly dry finish with a little lingering sweetness. A touch of acidity and a little oak round it out. Good carbonation but low head retention.”

Overall: “A refreshing, interesting, unique take on saison. Tasty and layered. Sweet, but not too sweet. A very lively beer. Wine character is excellent. If you told someone this was wine, they might believe you: a great crossover beer for
pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc drinkers!”

Goose Island Beer Company Sofie

New Wine at Toppers Cellar Door!

LOS AMIGOS RANCH ESTATE “THE TILLERMAN” RED BLEND;

Sonoma County Russian River Valley, this is a blend o Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Merlot. The nose displays aromas of ripe berry, black cherry, spice and pepper. the body has layers of rich lush flavors that are smooth and show a good viscosity on the palate. The has lingering flavors notes that are full-bodied and rich.

Toppers Cellar Door new arrival!

 

Winemaker's RedMARYHILL WINEMAKERS RED 2013

Grape varietals harvested in the Columbia Valley; the blend is aged for 11 months in tank with 40% of it aged in French oak. The blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. The nose has aromas of soft  black fruits of blueberry, cherry and plum, the body is well-rounded with ample lush flavors and a backbone of fine acidity and tannin in the structure. Finish is flush with lush berry fruit flavors that linger on the palate. A good every day drinking table red, both food friendly and socially pleasing.