GREATER HOUSTON AREA HOMEBREW CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY DATE SET
Our annual holiday party with all area homebrew clubs is set for December 7th from noon to 5:00. The setting will once again be the Odd Fellow's Lodge at 115 E 14th St. (near Heights Blvd. at 14th), Houston, Texas 77008. This will be our fourth consecutive year at the Oddfellows Lodge after a dozen or so years at the old St. Arnold's Brewery. This is a really fun family event, with everybody invited to join in. It is a pot luck meal and bottle/homebrew share, so bring anything you would like to share with friends new and old. We've been soliciting canned/dried food goods and/or unwrapped children's gift for Toys For Tots drive (more info to come on this).
NATIONAL LEARN TO HOMEBREW DAY & CLEAR LAKE STORE GRAND OPENING PARTY A SUCCESS!
A special "Thanks!" goes out to everyone that showed up at both locations to celebrate National Learn To Homebrew Day & our Clear Lake Grand Opening Party! altogether over 60 gallons of beer was brewed. Special pricing was offered on everything in the stores, which was well received. Proprietor Scott Birdwell was pressed into action on the bar-be-que grill. And, the weather was simply amazing! We're definitely going to do this, again! "Thanks, again, folks!"
FEATURED RECIPES FOR NOVEMBER
Now that autumn has finally arrived on the Gulf Coast, we've decided to go with Scottish Ales for our Features Recipes of the Month. "If it's nae Scottish, it's crap!"
NOW WE ARE TWO! CLEAR LAKE STORE IS OPEN!
After over a year of searching, purchasing, building out and outfitting, we are finally open! The address is: 16532 Sea Lark, Houston TX 77062. Phone (281) 486-1141. Our hours will be:
Tuesday - Friday: 11 - 7
Saturday: 10 - 5
Sunday: 12 - 4
We're very proud of our new shop. Drop by and say "Hi!"
ARRIVED! FALL DESSERT WINES!
Every fall Winexpert releases their very popular dessert wine kits. These releases produce spectacular dessert wines with a minimum of effort. Here's what this year's line-up offers:
Island Mist Merlot-Ho-Ho - $74.99
Round, fruit forward Merlot with notes of orange, cranberry, spice and cloves. Sure to warm you on even the coldest days, enjoy this wine at room temperature or slightly warmed garnished with a cinnamon stick. Makes 6 gallons.
We are limited to the inventory on hand, as these are pre-order only kits. We have a few extras, so if these sound appetizing, we suggest you act now!
Also new in the shop are Winexpert's latest offerings: Island Mist Skinny Mist Wine Kits. What's that you say? These wine kits are fruit infused and anything but skinny on flavor! We've paired the refreshing notes of fresh fruit with crisp and juicy varietals for an incredible taste that's less than 80 calories per serving. So go ahead and enjoy, these Mists are skinny jeans approved!
SLIGHT WHITE TROPICAL RIESLING
Slight on calories, bursting with flavors of sweet, juicy pineapple and mango paired with the refreshing citrus notes of Riesling.
LEANER TRAMINER PEACH GEWURZTRAMINER
Flavors of freshly picked peaches against a backdrop of crisp and subtly floral Gewurztraminer. Lean on calories, mean on taste.
MERLITTLE MERLOT BLACKBERRY MERLOT
Merlittle calories, merlots of flavor. Round, fruit-forward Merlot gets a juicy infusion of succulent blackberry.
P.S. By the way, the sign on the photo has been "photoshop-ed". Any signage must comply with local civic association deed restrictions, so we're flying under the radar now with an indoor banner by one of our windows. One more hurdle to clear!
NEW 2014 WINEXPERT SELECTION LIMITED EDITION LINEUP ANNOUNCED!
This year marks Winexpert's 25th Anniversary of their Limited Edition progarm! This milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. In honor of the 25th Anniversary, Winexpert is reintroducing four of your favorite wines plus a special anniversary blend, aptly named Triumph. Triumph is a blend created especially for our consumers and is a celebration of the achievement which defines this Limited Edition program. We hope you'll enjoy celebrating this milestone with us. And, oh, yes. . . Each kit comes with coordinating labels. The only way to insure that you can get in on these wonderful wine kits is to pre-order the kits. We will not be able to order any more of these kits after December 6! As the expression goes, "Act now to avoid disappointment and future regret!"
Australian Shiraz Viognier - $139.99
Riverland, South Australia - This sun-kissed agricultural haven of South Australia boasts ripe examples of Shiraz and Viognier. The cool waters of the Murray River act as an irrigator for this declared reserve, which lies about 225 km north east of Adelaide.
German Riesling - $135.99
Mosel Valley,Germany - Like scenes from a postcard, the Mosel river winds its way at the bottom of a valley with 700ft slopes draped in vineyards. These steep slopes are treacherous even for the bravest of grape growers, where the Riesling grape is grown in abundance and is hailed as the great grape of Germany. At 49° latitude north, grapes are at their northernmost limit in terms of cultivation, but the warm sunny southern-facing slopes of this magnificent valley bring the Riesling to its full potential.
Washington State Triumph - $139.99
Yakima Valley, Washington - Overlooked by Mount Adams and moderated by the Yakima River, this valley is Washington's coolest and oldest wine region. Despite this honor, its macroclimate allows Bordeaux's (or "Meritage" in North America) three big star grapes to ripen well here. The Yakima Valley is known for its agricultural abundance, and grapes are quickly becoming recognized as the powerhouses.
California Trio Blanca - $135.99
Lake County, California - Northern California has some of the oldest vineyards on the west coast, with Spanish Missionaries planting back in the 18th century. Today, the sunny rolling hills of the Lake County are moderated by the cool waters of Clear Lake, the oldest lake in North America. With all of this history, the land is ideally suited for growing a variety of grapes.
Italian Super Tuscan with Grape Skins - $163.99
Tuscany - There's a reason artists and lovers flock to this area of the world. Yes, its landscape is arguably among the most beautiful in the world, but more importantly the wine is legendary. Located at the same latitude as Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, this area of Italy sees warm, sunny summer days and nights where the Mediterranean provides a fresh cooling breeze. Winemakers have been making wine here since the 8th century BC and have decided to dedicate roughly 80% of the vineyards to red grape varietals.
FRESH GREEN HOPS STILL AVAILABLE!
Our regular supplier for fresh, green, undried hops is MIA this year, so after a considerable amount of scrounging, we have come up with a back-up plan. This year we have Cascades, Centennial, Glacier, & Crystal. The price is the same as last year: $9.99 for 6 oz. Obviously, quantities are extremely limited. Interested? Click here!
NEW T-SHIRTS ARE HERE!
We decided we wanted a new t-shirt to celebrate our new location, so we've come up with a rather simple, yet elegant, design: monochrome white ink on fabric. These feature our logo along with the shop addresses and phone numbers. Choose from: Navy Blue, Green, Maroon.
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