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Woodchuck Cider Tasting on Wed August 14, 2013, 
It's been a while since we had Woodchuck in for a tasting. Now sadly Lauren moved to the Portland market, but we are lucky enough to have Tom be here in Seattle. Luckily he told me about all the new ciders coming in (to find out about them you have to come to the tasting!) but unfortunately, he has a prior commitment so will not be able to attend our tasting. But I think we can handle it...

Have no fear, I will be here! Yup, Michael & I will be your fearless leaders and show you the way of the Woodchuck. The best news I heard all year? Yup, Raspberry Woodchuck will now be permanently coming to Washington! I guess our pleas were heard, so we'll be tasting through not only a couple of their regular seasonals, but also tasting one of their special limited edition ciders. Come taste the Woodchucks & let me tell you about a new cider coming from them.... Oh, and yes, we'll do a pint glass giveaway with every 6 pack or equivalent purchase!

Erika & Crew
Tastings are from 5-7pm & only $3 or bring your own glass (not disposable plastic or paper folks!) to be GREEN and save $1!
And here's the requisite fine print for the tastings: Due to licensing laws in the state of Washington, we are limited to serving no more than 2oz per varietal/flavor and no more than a grand total of 8oz. You must be over the age of 21 to imbibe. (And I don't mean dog years...)
In This Issue
Woodchuck Cider Tasting
We Got the Goods!
Featured Cidery
Upcoming FTB Events
Upcoming Local Beer Events
Recipe of the Week
Trivia, Links & Fun Stuff!
Woodchuck Cider Tasting Event August 14, 2013 
Raspberry (Core Style): It's a small batch of Woodchuck goodness with a little extra zip as it takes everything great about hard cider and kicks it up a notch with a sweet, refreshing, raspberry finish.

Belgian White (Private Reserve): A handcrafted treasure, the ultra-limited edition Private Reserve Belgian White, is crafted with a classic Belgian beer yeast. Cloudy, with a rich, golden hue, it presents a delicate aroma and taste, with coriander and orange notes. It pairs excellently with seafood fare, mixed greens or sharp cheeses. Join the select few who get an exclusive taste of the fruits of our labor.

Fall (Limited Release): There are few things as spectacular as fall in the Green Mountains that surround our cidery. When you add cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of American white oak, you either have yourself some mighty fine cider or your standard Vermont tourism cliche.
Original 91 (Farmhouse Select): The attention to detail coupled with fresh Vermont apples and premium Belgian beer yeast give Original '91 a unique local flavor with a natural cloudiness and pleasing feel on the palate in every expertly crafted small batch.
New/Returning Items in stock NOW! 



Rare Beer/Wine Alert! PAY ATTENTION!!

Some of these have VERY low inventory or are one shipment items. Don't forget, unless otherwise specified, all items can be held for 24 hours (longer only with Erika's approval)! So when I send a special email saying something is rare (or it's on this list) ...don't wait!


  • Ace Pumpkin***Order cases early!! Selling quickly
  • Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge Sour (no limit but rare!)
  • Boulevard/Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita
  • Bruery Bois - 2013 Anniversary Barrel Aged - 2 left
  • Bruery Tart of Darkness - limit lifted 3 left
  • Caduceus Wines (from Maynard Keenan of TOOL-all limit 1)
  • Cascade Brewing Kriek
  • Deschutes Black Butte XXV 
  • Deschutes Class of '88 Barleywine 
  • Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine
  • Firestone Double DBA  - limit lifted
  • Honeymoon CiderHead Cider 
  • Justice Imperial Stout (we got his last case!)
  • Merkin Vineyards Wines (from Maynard Keenan of TOOL-all limit 1)
  • N. Coast Class of '88 Barleywine 
  • Port Brewing Bourbon Santa's Little Helper (2 left)
  • Propolis Beltane Golden with Elderflower  
  • Propolis Fructus Berry Pale
  • Propolis Ostara Herbal Saison 
  • Sam Smith Stingo 
  • Stone/Evil Twin/Stillwater Perfect Crime Black Saison (surprise return!)
  • Tieton Cidermaker's Reserve Barrel Aged Cider 


    • 21st Amendment Brew Free! Or Die IPA
    • 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon
    • Abita Amber
    • Anchor Steam 
    • Anderson Valley Boont Amber
    • ANderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout (Wild Turkey!)
    • Anderson Valley Oatmeal 
    • Augustiner Edelstoff Dortmunder
    • Blanche de Namuer Belgian Wit
    • Bockor Cuvee des Jacobin Rouge Sour
    • Boulevard Single Wide IPA
    • Boulevard Tank 7 Saison
    • Brouwerij West Saison
    • Carlsberg Elephant
    • Crabbies Ginger Beer
    • Dogfish Head Chicory Stout
    • Dogfish Head Festina Peche
    • Elysian Men's Room Red
    • Fort George 3 Way IPA
    • Fremont Interurban IPA
    • Gigantic High Fidelity Pale
    • Goodlife Descender Cans
    • Great Divide Titan IPA
    • Harmon Puget Sound Porter
    • He'Brew Bittersweet RIPA
    • Hofbrau Munchen Original
    • Hopworks IPA
    • Hopworks Pig War White IPA
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Leavenworth Boulder Ben Dunkel Weizen 
    • Lucky Buddha Beer
    • Lindeman's Framboise Lambic 
    • Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
    • Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA
    • Odin Freya's Gold Kolsch
    • Ommegang Duvel Rustica
    • PBR Tall Boys
    • Questsche Tilquin Lambic w/ Plums (sorry, it SOLD OUT!!)
    • Rainier Long Necks
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
    • Schoferhoffer Grapefruit Hefeweizen
    • Shipyard Old Thumper
    • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
    • Stiegl Radler (blend of Goldbrau & Grapefruit juice!)
    • Stone/Evil Twin/Stillwater Perfect Crime Black Saison
    • St. Peter's Dark Gluten Free 
    • Uinta Baba Black Lager
    • Uinta Hop Notch IPA
    • Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest (can you believe it??)) 
    • Zywiec Cans
    • Alsace Crustaces Dopff & Irion White
    • Caduceus Dos Ladrones (by Maynard Keenan of TOOL)
    • Caduceus Le Cortigiane Oneste (by Maynard Keenan of TOOL)
    • Caduceus Nagual de al Naga (by Maynard Keenan of TOOL) 
    • Fabre Montmayou Cabernet
    • Heartland Stickleback White
    • Jones Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Merkin Chupacabra Blanca (by Maynard Keenan of TOOL)
    • Merkin The Diddler (by Maynard Keenan of TOOL)
    • Miradou Rose Cotes de Provence
    Hard Cider
    • 2 Towns Rhubarbarian
    • Ace Pumpkin *** Order your cases EARLY!!
    • Angry Orchard (all of them - including Iceman & Strawman)
    • Angry Orchard Cinnful (seasonal to replace Elderflower)
    • Aspall Demi Sec (Medium) Cider
    • Crispin Browns Lane Cans
    • Dragon's Head Cider
    • Dragon's Head Pippin Cider
    • Dragon's Head Wild Fermented Cider
    • Eaglemount Boot Brawl - new batch!
    • Eaglemount Ginger
    • Eaglemount Homestead Dry 
    • Eaglemount Rhubarb 
    • Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear
    • Sam Smith Organic Cider
    • Strongbow Cans
    • Tieton Cidermaker's Reserve (yes I am stockpiling this)
    • Whitewood Northland Tradtional Medium Dry NEW!!
    • Whitewood Old Fangled
    • Whitewood South Sounder
    • Woodchuck Amber Cans 


    • Sky River Blackberry Mead
    • Sky River Semi-Sweet Mead 
    • Cheerwine (it's BACK!)
    • Cock N Bull Ginger Beer
    • Frosty Root Beer 
    • Rachel's Ginger Beer (always fresh every week!)
    • Reeds Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer
    • Sprecher Cream Soda
    Food/snacks usually in stock
    • Beer Flats - Pilsner Crackers
    • Beer Flats - Porter Crackers
    • B-Hoppy Candy: Made with Cascade, East Kent Golding, or Saaz Hops. PERFECT for stuffing in the toes of stockings!
    • Boujie Baking Co Beer Kissed Treats! NEW!!
      • Porter Coffee Brittle
      • IPA Peanut Brittle
      • Spicy IPA Pralined Almonds
      • Chili Ale Chocolate Brownie
      • Two Brew Caramel Brownie
    • Captain Thom's Bacon Ketchup
    • Doug's Nuts - made with Ninkasi Oatis Stout  
    • Euphoria Chocolate hearts (white,milk, dark or peanutbutter)
    • Euphoria dark chocolate salted caramel bites.
    • Stone Burning Hot Sauces
    • Stone Barbecue Sauces
    • Stone Mustards: Cali-Belgique IPA, Pale, & Sublimely Self Righteous
    • Tease Chocolates Bars: Salty Mermaid (Back in stock! Again!), Spicy Mayan, and Geishas Pleasure (ALL fresh!)
    • Uncle Bud's Peanuts re-stocked (you eat the shell too!!) Garlic, Salted, Cajun, or Hot 
    • Underberg Bitters - Back in stock, check out the new rack!
    • VooDoo Hot Sauce (with free VooDoo doll!) 


     Cool merchandise always in stock:
    • FTB Beer koozies - keep your cans cold this summer!
    • TWO different kinds of wine openers!
    • Beer Savers are BACK! Beer Savers silicone caps to keep your open beer FRESH!! 
    • Sam Hamrick cards re-stocked! 9 designs now!
    • Cool "Beer Paper" gift cards!
    • 6 bottle FTB carriers - Black or Red!
    • 20+ styles of Glassware!! 40+ kinds of Pint Glasses
    • NEW Lost Abbey Stem Glasses
    • Glass 1L Steins (3 varieties)
    • Glass 2L Boots
    • Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head Spiegelau IPA Glasses
    • Hand made Pop Top Can purses (only 1 left!)

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    Featured Cidery

    When did Woodchuck Cider start? Who started it? Why is it so delicious? Questions like these come up all the time, find out your answers here. 


    Upcoming FTB Events
    August 21st
    Bartholomew Winery w/ Tease Chocolates!

    August 28th

    September 4th
    TBA (you know it will be a cider...)

    September 11th
    Tieton Cider 
    Upcoming Local Beer or Wine Events
    Thursday August 15, 2013
    Washington's Wine Party of the Year! An amazing evening at Chateau Ste Michelle to benefit Seattle's Children's Hospital and Viticulture & Enology at WSU. Tell them you heard about it from us & maybe I'll see you there! 
    Wednesday Sept 4 - Sunday Sept 14th
    Washington Cider Week Get your livers back in training!
    Recipe of the week 

    • � cup dried apples
    • � cup dried apricots
    • � cup dark raisins
    • � cup golden raisins
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 2 and � bottles Woodchuck Hard Cider
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cups mixed fresh fruit (in season strawberries, grapes, plums, blueberries etc.)

    Put apples, apricots, raisins and the cinnamon stick in a sauce pan with water and cook slowly for � an hour, or until soft. Place half of mixture in a blender and puree. Return to saucepan, add Woodchuck Draft Cider and reheat. When hot, add fresh fruits and cook for 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat. This nectar can be served hot as a sauce, or chilled as an appetizer. (perfect as a chilled summer soup!)

    Courtesy of Woodchuck Cider
    Trivia, Links, & Fun Stuff!  

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    Brittney from Operation Ward 57 dropped by some goodies. My personal favorite is the .50 Caliber Bottle Opener. So I decided to see how much we can fund raise before the  Rock & Rally For The Troops on August 3rd. We raised $500+!!!
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