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Tap Social: Full Tilt Brewery

Friday, July 12th  4-6pm

$5, No reservations needed,  Beers, Souvenir Brewery Glass

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The Beers of Summer

Thursday, July 16th  7-9pm

$8, No reservations needed, 15 beers, pretzels & cheeses

We’ll feature a selection of fine malt beverages to compliment your Summer endeavors.

Styles included: Session Beers, Gose, various Weiss Styles & more!

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Tap Social: Flying Fish Brewery

Friday, July 19th  4-6pm

$5, No reservations needed,  Beers, Souvenir Brewery Glass

 

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Gin Tasting!   Friday July 10th, 7-9 pm    $10

Join us for a walk around tasting of the different styles of gin.  We’ll have samples for each of the 5 main categories.  

Also featured will be Fever Tree Tonics!

No Reservations Necessary.


Scotch Tasting!  Thursday, July 23rd,  7-9pm   $20

Jared Card is coming back!  Join us as we taste through the latest shipments from Scotland, presented by Jared of Impex Beverage.

Pre-Paid Reservations will be required, as seating and samples are limited.  1-800-466-WINE

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WINE OF THE WEEK: 15 June 2015

Jean Paul Champagnon 2010 “les Moriers” Fleurie

Full Price $19.99 — Club Card Special $13.99 

Sometimes mistakes work against us and sometimes they work in our favor. The mistake in question, and in our favor, here comes down to a simple label design. A winery will often work with multiple importers, sometimes altering their label design slightly to suit an importer’s aesthetic preference.

When a winery accidentally sends Importer X’s label to Importer Y, Importer Y finds themself in a position of needing to move through inventory to get back on track with the right label (or send it back which is an arduous process). And when Importer Y needs to fix problems like this, they will often cut prices dramatically. And you had better believe I love when that happens.

Champagnon’s Fleurie is great example of just how good simple, hand harvested, non-manipulated Gamay makes for great everyday wine. Clean, pure fruit structure of black and blue berries with an overlay of the classic violet and lavender aromas I associate with Fleurie. I’ll take advantage of a winery mistake like this any day.


 

WINE OF THE WEEK: 3 June 2015

Chateau Arnaud Bordeaux Superiore

$14.99 ($12.74 @ mixed case discount)

When one thinks Bordeaux, an image often conjured is that of classed growth wine selling for obscene amounts of money at international wine auctions. Let us not forget the delightful wines simply referred to as “petit chateau.” These wines are everyday reds made from Merlot, Cabernet, and the other classic grapes of the region, which will do just as well on your table this week as they will if cellared properly for five to ten years.

Chateau Arnaud is a mid-weight red with earthy red fruits, dried herbs, balanced with savory notes so often eschewed by bulk brand wines. After all, it’s not just about the fruit flavors in wine.


 

WINE OF THE WEEK: 19 May 2015

Envinate 2013 “Albahra” Garnacha Tintorera
$19.99 ($16.99 @ mixed case discount)

Envinate is a wine making venture of four co-conspirators who came together at enology school in Alicante, Spain. Finding alliance through wine making philosophy, they graduated and took to consulting with a goal of expressing grape and place before winemaker.

To achieve this they are using old barrels or concrete instead of new oak, wild yeast for spontaneous fermentation, minimal sulfite additions, and often without fining or filtering which sometimes leaves natural, totally safe sediment.

Their wine “Albahra” is made with the grape Garnacha Tintorera which is the local name for what is actually Alicante Bouschet. If you’re already a fan of red Burgundy, earthier styles of Pinot Noir, or lighter weight Nebbiolo then this is a must try. If you fancy yourself a true fan of authentic Spanish wines, then you should also consider this a must try.


 

WINE OF THE WEEK: 5 March 2015

Chateau d’Orschwihr 2012 Bollenberg Riesling
$17.99 ($15.29 @ mixed case discount)

The eponymous chateau from the town of Orschwihr in Alsace produces some excellent wine, this Riesling being merely one of them. Hubert Hartmann, proprietor extraordinaire, quietly but meticulously makes his wines without the use of pesticides and is philosophically opposed to the idea of chaptalization because he believes wine should be able to express its appellation without the use of sugar.

The result of the standards he holds all of his wines to is that of balance and true varietal expression; this example is made very clear in this dry Riesling that comes from the hills of Bollenberg.

If precise, citrus zest loaded, and mineral driven wines are your thing, then this just might be for you. Pair with a whole roast chicken, sushi, and Nicolas Cage movies.

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FEATURED WINE:  Magali Metenier Val du Loire Sauvignon Blanc

Full Price $19.99 — Club Card Special $14.99

Magali Metenier’s Sauvignon Blanc goes by the unassuming and not terribly glorious Vins de Pays de Val de Loire appellation, but talk about the edge of glory.

Metenier’s vineyards are mere meters from, and share the same soils as, the far more famous (and expensive) Pouilly Fume . This famous Sauv Blanc town is found across the Loire river from the other famous Sauvignon Blanc producing village : Sancerre.

But if we hadn’t discovered all of that and had simply tasted the wine, we’d still be thrilled to have it. The wine is so pure, like honeyed lemon rind initially, but with such minerality and focus on the finish. This is the best Sauvignon Blanc we’ve had so far this year; so hurry, when the 2013 vintage arrives it will be back at $19.99.

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FEATURED WINE:  Jean Perrier & Fils 2011 Roussette de Savoie

Full Price $14.99 —  Club Card Special $9.99

West of Lake Bourget near the Swiss border in eastern France, vineyards planted to the altesse grapes enjoy an idyllic spot in the rolling hills of Savoie. The wine made from this grape is known as Roussette de Savoie and produces an optimal example of a warm weather white wine; it has more character than your average pinot grigio, lighter on its feet than your run of the mill chardonnay, and more interesting aromas than a similarly priced sauvignon blanc.

Aromatics of dried flower petals and lemon oil mix well with the citrus fruit and slight nuttiness that is found on the palate. Pair with the local cheese Tomme de Savoie, crab cakes, or mushroom risotto.

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WINE OF THE WEEK:  18 February 2015

Rubbia al Colle 2008 Toscana Sangiovese ‘Drumo’
$12.99 ($11.04 @ mixed case discount)

In these cold times of snow and single degree weather, there’s nothing like a little Sangiovese from Tuscany. At least we can imagine sunny rolling Tuscan hillsides while we’re here with layers of robes and blankets keeping us warm.

As good Sangiovese should, a brightness of fruit is backed by a mid-palate and finish of woodsy (“Drumo” is derived from ancient Greek for woods) spice and dried herbs.

It pairs well with hearty soups and stews, veggie and meat frittatas, and short stories by Alice Munro.

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WINE OF THE WEEK: 2 February 2015

Guillemot Michel 2013 Vire Clesse
$34.99 ($27.99 @ mixed case discount)

Oh this wine, let us tell you, this wine is darn delicious. It’s made of 100% Chardonnay sourced from 45 year old vines grown in the appellation of Vire-Clesse (upgraded from Macon Villages in 1999 because they were able to prove superior quality.) As a producer, Guillemot-Michel avoids the use of oak because their bio-dynamically farmed vineyards provide enough richness.

The aromatics are dominated by candied citrus, honey, and pineapple while on the palate the persistent acidity keeps it finishing dry without being flabby and out of balance. Hands down one of the best wines we’ve had all week.

Beer News...

The $5 Growler is back!

Check out the first 2 taps on the Growler Board…WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s right, the $5 Growler (the 64oz size) fills are back! So as long as we can fill those taps with quality beer, we’re going to keep them flowing. Thanks for visiting!

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State Line Liquors Rated #3 Bottle Shop in the WORLD!

Max's Taphouse (J.M. Giordano / February 14, 2015)

Max’s Taphouse (J.M. Giordano / February 14, 2015)

Feb. 17, 2015 –By Steve Fogelman, City Paper. “Last month, just two establishments in Maryland were honored as “Top Places to Have a Beer in the World” by the crowd-sourced RateBeer.com annual survey. Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore and State Line Liquors in Elkton made the cut, which makes sense, as both are hallowed Free State beer grounds for aficionados. I caught up with the owners of both businesses by phone while they were coincidentally on separate and simultaneous vacations in Florida earlier this month. The traits these businesses share, such as family and dedication to the craft scene, are the underpinnings of their success… READ the FULL ARTICLE at:

(Baltimore) City Paper, News, Arts, Culture, Events, Marketplace

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GROWLER BOARD!

The $5 – 64oz Growler Fill is back! Check the Board for current selection(s).

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What is a “Tap Social?”

Well, a Tap Social is similar to a “Rep Tasting”… a casual get-together for sampling beers from a single brewery and are generally held on Friday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm.  Most of the time we charge a nominal fee to “participate” in this 2 hour social. For that fee, you usually get a free glass along with unlimited sampling! The beers are generously discounted and often the reps will have giveaways on top of it!

Check out our upcoming Tap Socials in the Event Schedule below or click for our complete schedule!

Liquor News...

sipsmithFeatured Liquors

Spirit of the Month

Sipsmith London Dry Gin / $39.99 750ml,  Club Card Special $35.99

Finally some warm weather and a reason to buy some gin! This month’s spirit is distilled in a copper pot/column combo in London and it produces a very balanced dry gin with mellow juniper and a citrus finish. This is an outstanding artisanal small batch gin at an affordable price. Pair this with Fever Tree Indian Tonic, sit back and bring on the summer.    — Rick

http://www.sipsmith.com/london-dry-gin

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New Arrivals

Makers Mark Cask Strength Bourbon / $59.99  750mlMakers-Cask-Strength-Hi-Res-1940x1293

We have waited patiently for this whiskey since November, when they released a small amount for bars only. It is a cask strength single cask bottling of Makers and the proof will vary from 108 to 112 proof, depending on the cask.

We look forward to trying this one ourselves. Limited, but we have it in decent supply at this time!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adammorganstern/2014/11/20/makers-mark-goes-cask-strength/ 

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monkey47Monkey 47 Schwartzwald Dry Gin / $41.99  375ml

Yes it is expensive, but you owe it to yourself to try this if you are a gin fan. Monkey 47 is made with 47 botanicals (including Cranberries) and bottled at 47 proof, hence the name.  

This makes the ultimate Negroni.

http://www.ginfoundry.com/gin/monkey-47-gin/

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