Spaceman Double IPA
The stars have aligned for Boulder Beer Company’s newest year round release, Spaceman Double IPA. A real vortex of bold hops and citrusy, fruity notes, the pull of this well-balanced Double IPA is inescapable. All systems go! One small step for Boulder Beer, one giant leap for beer lovers everywhere.
ABV → 9.0% IBU → 85 Malts → Pale Malt, Caramel Malt, Wheat Malt Hops → Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo, Centennial
Irish Blessing is a dark Stout brewed with an abundance of black and chocolate malts for a bittersweet chocolate finish. We collaborated with our friends and local roasters at OZO Coffee in Boulder to determine the perfect roast to complement our stout, choosing their OZO Blend to use in the brew adding earthy, roasted coffee flavors to the beer. We then age Irish Blessing on Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey soaked oak chips, imparting the finishing touches of whiskey and wood. Slainte!
Toppers notes: There is a good balance between the oak, coffee and caramel flavors. the body shows nice visocity and packs a good punch in the finish.
Idaho- American Double / Imperial Stout- 11% ABV. Nearly pitch black color with a big lacy head. Pleasant aromatic hints of bourbon and oak compliment the roasted bitter chocolate and coffee on the nose. The aromas carry to the taste along with some nutty nuances. Medium-bodied.
Toppers notes: Nicely robust with a nice touch of charcoal, just the right brew for this time of the year.
Famiglia Castellani Chianti Classico produced in Tuscany.
Winery notes: Tasting notes – Colour: Deep ruby red colour with garnet reflection turning orange with prolonged ageing.Bouquet: Intense and characteristic bouquet of strawberry and violet, earthy, with wild red berries, underwood notes, tobacco and licorice.Taste: Harmonious, dry, savory, complex and persistent.
Food pairing: Ideal with roasts and game, pasta with meat sauce and any kind of well flavoured dishes. Serve at room temperature.
Toppers notes: I can envision this wine with a plate of ravioli, because of its unusal composition, made entirely from Sangiovese. A solid no nonsense style of Italian red with plenty of aromas and flavors based on a medium core of tannins, smooth and lush from the nose to the finish.
In La Mancha, Ercavio clearly rules the roost in the production of top quality Tempranillo, known locally as “Cencibel.” In this huge wine production area where volume producers far outnumber quality ones, Ercavio is a notable exception, focusing on careful viticulture and time tested, artisanal methods including ageing in amphora, to produce genuinely interesting, delicious, well priced wines that really immediatley impress for their intensity of flavor and terrific value.
Tommasi “Rafael” Valpolicella, Italian red wine; “Winery notes” ~ Intense ruby-red in colour, on the nose has dried spices perfumes, with accents of leather and cherry flavors. The taste is fairly intense spicy with sweet cherry flavors well-balanced and pleasantly tannic. Comprised of three different grape varietals Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara. Enjoy with winter hearty meals.