Halloween is just around the corner and the Co-op always tries to get in that Haunted spirit. In that vein, one of our favorite breweries, Allagash, has come out with a Haunted House Porter, darker than any ghoulish soul could imagine. Doomed by a love of pitch-black Porters and their Allagash House Beer, they summoned the recipe for Haunted House. Roasted Barley and Blackprinz malt curse this beer with a gravely dark hue. Hopped with Crystal, Chinook, and Saaz hops, this beer ends with a ghost of coffee-flavored bitterness and hauntingly complex malty palate. Is it a coincidence that the ABV is 6.66%? I think not. So get in that Halloween Spirit and pick up a 4 pack of Allagash Haunted House at the Co-op today.
White stouts are something we’re seeing more and more of in the beer world. Instead of lots of dark roasted malts, Left Hand Brewing White Russian Nitro Stout (that’s a mouthful!) gets its creaminess from oats and lactose. Then they add a little coffee and vanilla, and you’ve got dessert in a glass!
If you like White Russians and Milk Stouts, this is a must try. This brew has 8.9% alcohol so it will give you that warm feeling we all need on a chilly fall evening, too.
This is brand new to the Co-op and it is one of Left Hand’s seasonal offerings, so make sure you get some before it goes into hibernation.
In our last week of Eat (and drink) Local Month, I’m reviewing Bluet Charmat from Maine. Made entirely from Wild Maine Blueberries, Bluet Charmat is vinted in Jefferson, Maine. Thoreau called wild blueberries “bluets” and wrote of their “innocent ambrosial taste, as if made of the ether itself”. Bluet wild blueberry sparkling wine captures summer in Maine with the purity of a single ingredient: native Maine wild blueberries. Using the Charmat Method (the same method that produces Prosecco) Bluet is brightly and bubbly with vivid fresh berry aroma. A chilled glass of Bluet makes a fine dry apéritif on its own, but also as the foundation of a sparkling cocktail, Bluet has an affinity for a variety of ingredients. Try Bluet with a splash of triple sec over crushed ice and a sprig of mint, or give it an old-fashioned treatment with rye whiskey, simple syrup and bitters. If you can get your hands on some mead, pour over ice, squash a lemon and float Bluet on top for a perfect peak-of-summer drink.This is truly a Northern New England original, now available at the Littleton Food Co-op.
Read more about Bluet Charmat here.
The first Thursday of August has been designated National IPA Day (we thought it was every day!). Let us help you celebrate “National IPA Day” properly today – just stop by the Co-op where you’ll have over 100 different IPA’s to choose from.
Sometimes it is hard to choose, but we are here to help. Here’s just one recommendation from our staff: Mayflower New World American IPA. After all, who could possibly know more about creating a “New World IPA” than our friends at Mayflower Brewing, descendants of the original (European) New Worlders? New World IPA is a 6% unfiltered IPA, which means plenty of Haze. This IPA is built on pale malt with wheat malt added for head retention and a smooth mouthfeel. The beer is loaded with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Citra hops creating big aromas of pineapple and mango.
Try this or one of the other 99 IPA’s in stock at the Co-op to celebrate National IPA Day right!
With some summer weather upon us more and more beer drinkers are looking for fruity sour beers. Prairie Artisan Ales from Oklahoma makes a Pink Guava Funk that definitely qualifies as a fruity summer sour. Technically an American Wild Ale, this wild-yeast fermented kettle sour pours a hazy copper with a fine white foam head. The aroma has guava, acidic tropical fruits…… and quite a lot of funk! The flavor is very sour with tart lemon and guava shining through in the finish. It has mild carbonation and a light body, but a respectable 6.3% ABV. Definitely something that every sour lover should give a try, now available at the Co-op.
New to the Co-op this week – we’re featuring two new beers from Foundation Brewing Company of Portland Maine!
One of their offerings is Dreamboat, which is a New England IPA featuring Columbus and Eureka! hops and their first IPA brewed with an American Ale yeast. Dreamboat pours a golden yellow with a pronounced haze. The soft mouthfeel is like floating on clouds, with no bitterness and flavors of pineapple and resin, with a dank backbone.
We’re also carrying Zuurzing, which is a farmhouse ale soured with Lactobacillus, and provides a delightfully tart, tangy and crisp, citrusy flavor. Foundation uses a proprietary Belgian yeast to ferment this beer, and uses a blend of American hops to enhance the citrus notes.
Look for these new 4 packs in our warm section at the Co-op!
From the brewers of Sip of Sunshine comes a new limited release, Lawson’s Finest Liquids Maple Nipple Amber Ale (say that ten times fast!!).
This big and rich maple ale is loaded with Vermont’s finest maple syrup from start to finish. Smooth yet strong, with a 9% ABV – so watch out. This was one of the original homebrew recipes the Lawson’s founders made, before the brewery itself was even started. The syrup is sourced from a local maple farm in Huntington Vermont, which is then painstakingly boiled over wood fires for the perfect consistency and flavor, and then used to make this marvelous ale. Until now Maple Nipple was only served at personal homebrew parties, but it’s now available in very limited distribution in New England.
Maple Nipple is available for a limited time right here at the Littleton Food Co-op, so come down and get your maple on! 😁 🍁 🍻 You can also check out Lawson’s website to learn more about how it’s produced right here.
One of our lesser known sparkling Italian wines is Mionetto Organic Prosecco. What Mionetto lacks in a marketing campaign they make up for with their quality wines.
Mionetto’s home is in picturesque Northeast Italy between the sunny Adriatic Coast to the East, romantic Venice in the South and the breathtaking Dolomite Mountains to the North. Tourists flock to this welcoming area where Italians have summer homes dotting the hills. True to its home, Prosecco is known throughout Italy as “The Welcome Wine.” The range of wines are refreshing, with a food-friendly low alcohol content (around 11%). For hundreds of years, the wines from the hills have commanded a premium, prized for their combination of refreshing lightness, yet complexity of flavor. Mionetto’s wines all reflect their hilly heritage.
So whether you are looking to pop a cork for NYE or making mimosas for your morning brunch, try Mionetto Organic Prosecco.