Cheers - September, 2015

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Page 9 of 51 10 • September 2015 DRINK CULTURE PRODUCTS NorthStar Brands has launched Goral Vodka. Goral Vodka is made from a select variety of Durum wheat and Tatra mountain spring water in a 12th-century Slovakian village. The vodka's formula is inspired by an ancient recipe discovered in the preserved distillery beneath L'ubovna Castle. The term "goral" means a mountain ranger who lives in the Tatra Mountains. The vodka's suggested retail price is $24.99 to $29.99 for a 750-ml. bottle. Honeymaker is a "dry" style mead from NorthStar Brands. Made from all-natural ingredients and gluten-free, Honeymaker has a 12% ABV. The mead's suggested retail price is $14.99 to $17.99 for a 750-ml. bottle. Sutter Home Family Vineyards has launched a California-style Sangria. This Sangria brings together the flavors of fresh oranges, berries, lemons, limes with a fruity California wine. Sutter Home Sangria is inspired by traditional Spanish Sangria, but this wine is lighter and juicier, the company says, with subtle hints of citrus and spice. The Sutter Home Sangria is available nationwide for a suggested retail price is $5.99 for the 750-ml. bottle and $5.99 for a 4-pack of 187-ml. bottles. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has finalized its inau- gural partner, Augsburg's Brauhaus Riegele, for a brand new Oktoberfest beer series. Released each fall starting in 2015, the collaborative seasonal will feature a different German brewery every year. The first Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is a traditional German beer with a modern spirit, the company says. Crafted with conventional techniques and ingredients, this lager has a deep golden color, a delicate hop note and rich malt complexity from the use of traditional German Steffi barley. The beer's suggested retail price is $8.99 for 6-packs and $15.99 for 12-packs. 35 Maple Street Spirits of Sonoma, CA, has added two new aged rums to its portfolio: the Kirk & Sweeney 18-Year Dominican Rum ($49 per 750-ml. bottle) and Kirk & Sweeney 23-Year Dominican Rum ($59 per 750-ml. bottle). These rums, available nation- ally, were distilled using traditionally harvested sugar cane before lengthy aging in American oak barrels. Both present deep colors, and scents of vanilla, sherry and molasses, according to the company, along with bold, layered and complex flavors. Campo de Encanto Pisco has announced the nationwide launch of its Original Bank Exchange Pineapple Cordial. This pineapple gomme syrup is a quintessential component of Pisco Punch, the company says, a cocktail first created at San Francisco's bygone Bank Exchange Saloon in the mid 19th century. Made with all-natural ingredients, the cordial's suggested retail price is $14.99. McWilliam's Wine Group has released Wildling premium red wine, sourced in large part from 40-year-old, untrellised vines, the company says. Wildling is a blend of shiraz, petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon grapes sourced from the warm climate region of Griffith in South Eastern Australia, according to the com- pany. The inclusion of premium grape varieties, such as petit verdot, allows the winemakers to compose a unique flavor profile, the company says. The wine's ABV is 13.5%, and the suggested retail price is $14.99. Rogue Ales and Spirits has announced Rogue Chipotle Whiskey, a small-batch whiskey distilled with Rogue Farms chipotle peppers. Once harvested by hand, the jalapeños are dried and slowly smoked over cherry and alder woods, the company says. The smoky chipotles are then used to brew the Rogue Chipotle Whiskey wash; more freshly smoked chipotles are added during the distillation process. After distillation, the Chipotle Whiskey is aged in Oregon Oak barrels along with one final addition of chipotles. The suggested retail price is $47.

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