Variety Packs…A Tough Beer Decision Made Easy!

With so many different beer brands, it is difficult to make a decision on which one to try.  Luckily there are a few brands that offer variety packs that give you the chance to taste a range of different beers. It allows you to not only taste a great line up, but to really find out what style of beer you like.  Whether you find the appeal of hops in an IPA (India Pale Ale), the balance of a Pale Ale, or the delicate finish of a Belgian Ale, you would benefit from trying the variety packs produced by the New Belgium and Odell Brewing Companies.

New BelgiumThe New Belgium Brewing Company Folly Pack comes with a lineup of 5 intriguing beers: 2 Fat Tire amber ales, 4 Mighty Arrow pale ale, 2 Ranger IPAs, 2 1554 black lagers, and 2 Trippel Belgian style ales.

Each style is described below by New Belgium:

  • Fat Tire being the most popular and commonly purchased of the 5 is described by New Belgium as being an “amber ale that perfectly balances sweet biscuty and caramel malts, subtle notes of fresh fennel and green apple flavors with hoppy freshness.”
  • The Mighty Arrow is characterized as a “pale ale with pleasant bitterness, subtle peach flavor from Amarillo hops, slightly sweet caramel and honey notes, grapefruit, orange and mango flavors.”
  • The Ranger is a” clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas”, as stated by New Belgium.
  • The 1554 is stated as a “Black Lager that starts as a bitter chocolate with bright acidity, roasty and toasty, sweetness to round it out sweet/spicy, rooty, peppery undertones, with lingering fruit acidity.”
  • The Trippel is described as a “Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain.”

Odell'sThe second variety pack is the Odell’s Brewing Company Montage.  It has  a lineup of 4 intriguing craft brews, including 3 each of the 90 Shilling ale, IPA (India Pale Ale),  Isolation Ale and Wells Spring saison ale. Each style is unique and described below by Odells:

  • The 90 Shilling is characterized by Odell as a lightened up Scottish ale with an irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-body.
  • The IPA is defined by Odell as a “bolder and more flavorful – American Style India Pale Ale with added varieties of highly aromatic American hops to create a distinctive bitterness profile and an incredible hop character.”
  • The Isolation Ale is described by Odell as, “a sweet caramel malty ale that is balanced by a subtle crisp hop finish.”
  • The Wells Spring is said to be “slightly hoppier than the classic Saison, this debut is crisp with notes of lemon pepper, banana, and stone fruit.”

Whether you decide on the 12 pack containing 5 New Belgium beers or the 4 Odell brews, be prepared to taste a wave of unique craft flavors with great balance and incredible aroma.

Cheers!

Jaime Urbina

 

 

 

 

 


Jaime Urbina
Store Manager

Infused Vodka – How to!

Ginger CocktailThe wikiHow website has great information on how to infuse vodka with flavor. There are a few basic steps including choosing a vodka, choosing a flavor, getting the right amount of ingredients, infuse and strain, and enjoy!

Here is a recipe I made recently:

750 mL bottle of your favorite vodka

½ ginger root

Pomegranate juice

Cranberry ginger ale

Fresh orange

Peel the ginger root and cut into chunks. Add to the vodka and infuse for five days, then strain.

In a shaker, muddle a slice of orange and the a few chunks of the leftover ginger.

Add 1-part ginger-infused vodka and 1-part pomegranate juice. Shake.

Strain and pour over ice in a glass. 

Top with a splash of the cranberry ginger ale and garnish with an orange wedge.

Enjoy!

Jessica Tapper Eden Prairie Liquor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Tapper
Liquor Store Manager

Super Bowl Bloody Marys!

Bloody MaryIn Minnesota, it doesn’t matter if you’re cheering for the Broncos or the Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday. However, there is one item you should definitely have on hand for the occasion, and that is Bloody Mary mix! Eden Prairie Liquor has a variety to choose from to please anyone’s palette. 

If you enjoy a spicy Bloody Mary, these are some great options:

  • Kick Ass Thick & Spicy
  • Mr & Mrs T Thick & Spicy
  • Mr & Mrs T Horseradish

If you tend to like a milder Bloody Mary, try these:

  • Mr & Mrs T Original Bloody Mary
  • Kick Ass Classic
  • Taste of Florida Original

We even have an organic option in the Powell & Mahoney brand with no added preservatives or sugars! Make sure you have plenty of rim salts like the Twang Spicy Lemon-Lime salt.

Recipes for Bloody Marys are endless and very personal. This is a favorite recipe of mine:

Duces’ Bloody Mary
2 ounces Absolut Peppar
1 teaspoon fresh horseradish
5 dashes Frank’s Hot Sauce
3 dashes Worchestershire sauce
3 shakes of celery salt
3 shakes pepper
2 ounces clam juice
Twist of fresh lime
Top it off with Kick Ass Thick & Spicy

Shake and serve in a rimmed glass, but don’t forget to add tasty treats on the side. Pickle spears, beef sticks, different cheeses, olives – anything you want, make a meal out of it!

Cheers!

Schellie Duce - cropped 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schellie Duce
Customer Service Representative

New Winter Liqueurs to Try

Eden Prairie LiquorThere are two new interesting liqueurs now available at Eden Prairie LiquorWinter Jack and Jägermeister Spice.

At a sampling I learned that Jägermeister original and Jägermeister Spice are labeled as herbal liqueurs. Ginger root is the most significant ingredient in the original version, while Jägermeister Spice has a delicious blend of vanilla and cinnamon flavors. It is best at room temperature, straight and in a small glass. It is a wonderful sipping drink that warms your insides. Jägermeister original is 35% abv (alcohol by volume), or 70 proof; Jägermeister Spice is 25% abv or 50 proof. Visit the Jägermeister website to learn more.

I bought the other new product without tasting it beforehand, as I love the original. I’m referring to Winter Jack, a seasonal liqueur from Jack Daniels Distillery. Jack and I have been friends for many years. It is my neat drink of choice when out with friends. Winter Jack blends apple cider liqueur and holiday spices with the original Tennessee whiskey. The flavor is outstanding. I first tried it at room temperature and loved it. When I learned that the distillery recommends heating the beverage before drinking. I gave that a try but still prefer it at room temperature. Winter Jack is 30% abv (60 proof), compared to Jack Daniels original, which is 40% ABV (80 proof). Visit the Jack Daniels website for more information.

I heartily recommend both Jägermeister Spice and Winter Jack for a refreshing change of beverage for the winter season, both are available at all three Eden Prairie Liquor locations.

Cheers!

Deb Ruen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deb Ruen
Customer Service Representative

 

Creative Gift-Giving at Eden Prairie Liquor

gift card pos display insert - FINALI love creative gift-giving and while everyone in my family might think a gift of wine or spirits is a bit too obvious coming from me, I pride myself in thinking outside the box.

Our extensive selection at Eden Prairie Liquor makes work the perfect place for me to find the perfect gift. There is always something new on our shelves and the options are endless.

Since my husband and many of our closest friends are avid motorcyclists, Mark Ryan Winery’s Board Track Racer is the perfect gift! The label is a picture of a classic 1952 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle and the wine is an incredible blend of Washington Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has aromas of blackberry, black cherry and spice, with a finish that is firm and brilliantly balanced.

For Aunt Kris, who loves wine almost as much as golf, a bottle of Greg Norman Shiraz Cabernet from Australia and some golf wine glass charms will fit the bill.

My sister is a huge movie lover so for her I am buying a bottle of Coppola Director’s Cut Pinot Noir by Academy Award-winning director, Francis Ford Coppola. That or a bottle of Sofia Rosé dedicated to his daughter, actress and director Sofia Coppola.

For the book club Christmas party, I will bring a bottle of Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon. While I doubt “The Call of the Wild” will make our reading list any time soon, it is likely that could wind up as the theme of the party after a glass of wine or two!

For music fans, we have Dreaming Tree Wines by Dave Matthews or the Save Me San Francisco line of wines by Train. Sean Combs has his Ciroc line of vodkas and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas has been endorsing Voli Light Vodka.

Television fans of “My Three Sons” will love Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Noir. Sports fans might enjoy Coach Mike Ditka’s Bloody Mary mixes.

And this is barely scraping the surface, we have something for everyone! So if you are struggling to find the perfect hostess gift or a gift for someone impossible to shop for, then come in and browse our shelves, you won’t leave disappointed. And if you’re just not sure what to get someone, you can always give them an Eden Prairie Liquor gift card!

Cheers!

TAMMY WANCHENA, Liquor Store Manager, Store #1 (by Kowalski's)

 

 

 

 

 

Tammy Wanchena
Central Buyer
Eden Prairie Liquor