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Join us for our first Beer and Brats of the season down on our Veranda tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Check out the latest blog post from our Beer Expert, JR on what he has in store for tonight's tasting:
I’m excited. Another season on the veranda is starting tonight. For this first flight tasting I’ve picked 8 Ohio-made beers that are in some way shape or form new to us here at The Hills Market. The first on the list is Jackie-O’s Razz Wheat. It’s not necessarily a new beer, they’ve been making it for a long time, but it is new to the award winning brewery’s year-round line up in cans. You’re going to like this beer.
Jackie-O’s | Razz Wheat (ABV: 5.0%)
40% white wheat and 60% malted two row create a nice, subtle wheat ale. 420lbs of all natural raspberry puree is added during fermentation giving this beer a unique and playful personality. The rosy haze and sticky head embody a continuum of sour sweetness held together by a wheat back bone. ($2.25/12 oz can | $0.75/3 oz sample)
Next is a product from a relatively new cidery here in the Columbus area. This hopped cider is a refreshing treat on a warm spring day. Don’t believe me? Come and try it.
Mad Moon | Hop Wired (6.0% ABV)
Hoppin’ Frog | Turbo Shandy (ABV: 7.0%)
The Brew Kettle | Awesome IPL (ABV: 4.7%)
Light, crisp, refreshing. Brewed with awesome hops, awesome barley, awesome H2O, and awesome yeast. ($2/12 oz can | $0.50/3 oz sample)
The second half starts with one of my favorite new additions from one of my favorite Ohio brewery.
Fat Head’s | Bonehead Red (ABV: 8.2%)
Granville Brewing | The Betrayer Tripel (ABV: 9.5%)
Sales of the beers offered by Buckeye Lake Brewing Company have been doing really well since adding them over the winter. If you haven’t tried anything from them you need to and if you haven’t had a really good scotch ale in a while you should definitely give this selection a try.
Buckeye Lake | Strong Scotch Ale (ABV: 10.0%)
This strong scotch ale pours a deep mahogany color. A strong aroma of dark fruit with notes of toffee. The taste is just as wonderful as the aroma. A complex malt flavor of toasted malt, a touch of honey and hints of roast. This sipper is smooth, rich, full bodied and finishes so smooth, its easy to forget how strong it is. ($10.75/22 oz bottle | $1.50/3 oz sample)
Seventh Son | Chester Copperpot (ABV: 8.7%)
If it seems to you that some of our Rosés are arriving a little later than usual, you are correct. Dockworker strikes in the South of France have delayed, if not halted, shipments of some French Rosés to the American market. While we would argue that Rosé is a great option year round, there is no question that the majority of Rosé consumed in the US is done so during the Spring and Summer months. Never Fear! I have faith that our French Rosés will eventually get here, but in the meantime, this gives us a chance to explore Rosé from other parts of the world.
Here are three to try:
People often ask about Orin Swift when they are in the store, so with the release of the 2013 Machete California Red we thought this might be a good time to clear up any confusion about changes made to this iconic brand over the last few years.
The history is this: A gentleman named David Phinney started a wine company in 1998 called Orin Swift (not a person), Orin being his father's middle name and Swift being his mother's maiden name. He started out by making a little wine you may have heard of, The Prisoner. In the years that followed, Mr. Phinney released other Orin Swift wines: Abstract, Saldo, Palermo, Cuttings, Mercurey Head, Blindfold, Veladora, etc..., some only released in certain vintages. In 2009, some of the Orin Swift brands were sold to a new company called 'The Prisoner Wine Company'.
So what's the story now? The Prisoner Wine Company now produces 5 wines, under the guidance of winemaker Jen Beloz: The Prisoner, Saldo, Blindfold, Cuttings, and Thorn. No David Phinney, no Orin Swift (not a person).
Mr. Phinney still owns Orin Swift Cellars and produces a bevy of wines, including Abstract, Palermo, Mannequin, Papillon, and, of course, today's featured wine, Machete.
The 2013 Machete is big, dark, and brooding, with aromas of mountain fruits and floral notes. The palate has concentrated berry, black cherry, and mocha flavors with notes of earth and bramble, and finishes soft and lush with supple tannins and a slight minerality. There are 12 different labels for each vintage of Machete, so you never know which wine you might get, which adds a fun twist.
Machete is available right now in our wine department for $49.99/bottle, but supplies are limited.
Since we are talking about David Phinney, it is at least worth a mention that he makes some other great wines in conjunction with growers from around the world. The Locations wines (E, F, I, AR, CA) are definitely worth a try if you like Mr. Phinney's style of winemaking.
We're thrilled to now offer a Hills Own Specialty Pizza menu at The Hills Market Worthington. Chef Nate and his team have worked through dozens of recipes to find the next best pizzas and we think we've cooked up something good! We're now offering a variety of pizzas from the classic Marghertia to a Pesto Herbed Chicken to a Low-Country BBQ pizza. We've even gone as far as to offering a Hot pizza with Sriracha pizza sauce. It's truly too hot to not try! Check out the menu on our blog consisting of 10 new Hills Own Pizzas and then go ahead, order one tonight!
Click here to check out our menu.
Check out their review in The Columbus Dispatch.
Is your love a wine lover? We've got plenty of great gifts in our wine department, sure to please any palate (and budget). Here are three new and unique bottles to try.