I've spent a lot of time (and money!) perusing our large beer selection. This is one I found that is a true gem, memorable and always around. 


Barrel & Bean starts its life as our Tripel—a Belgian-style golden ale. This is aged in bourbon barrels for just shy of two months, before it is blended with cold-brewed coffee from Speckled Ax, a Maine coffee roaster. The sun-dried Ethiopian beans in the coffee are known for their stone fruit and dark berry flavors. The finished beer features rich, balanced notes of caramel, bourbon, and coffee.


Since coffee is one of my favorite things, this beer is a no brainer for me and the coffee / beer lover.

       Michael's Pick: Firesteed 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 

A very fruit driven wine that is juicy on the palate,  with cranberry, raspberry and cherry notes, that bring you to hints of spice with herbs notes and a touch of white pepper. The finish is rounded by a hint of vanilla and strawberry and a.nice crisp acidity that would make this wine a perfect food pair with a wide of array of choices, basically you can't go wrong pairing this wine with just about any dish.


High in the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy sits a quiet Vineyard Vigento Di Popoli. With one of the highest populations of wolves in the country, vineyard workers carry rifles to protect themselves. 


Its not hard to believe that they take every action possible to protect these grapes. They are hand harvested, lightly pressed then mascerated on the skins for 10 days, which adds to the flavor and structure. Then the wine is put in a new French oak barrel for 24 months. 


With silky tannins and layers of dark berry fruit and spices, this is a rich and aromatic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Full-bodied and firm, yet supple. Complex and daring. Enjoy with chicken mushroom risotto or on a cool evening.


 

       Rachel's Pick: Vigneto Di Popoli Montepulciano

Staff Picks

RAR's newest addition to their line-up of 12 ounce cans 6 packs, is a long- anticipated Country Ride Pale Ale. Make no mistake, this is an American Pale Ale. Hops lead the way through out this straw-colored brew. The first thing you notice is the juicy aroma. From first sip til the last, the hops and malt balance very nicely, maintaining a crisp light flavor throughout this beer. Coming in at 5.8% ABV this beer is perfect for any situation where you may be having more than one. I see these blue cans in a cooler, at a tailgate, a cookout, or poolside. This is an IPA drinkers pale ale; However, its light flavor and moderate/light bitterness make it a great beer for someone not quite ready for a high IBU IPA. So, grab a sixer, your favorite koozie, and enjoy!

At Wine World, we're proud to offer you a tremendous selection of beer, wine, and spirits. We're also happy to provide expert recommendations on products based on your taste and budget. Check back here regularly for new favorites, selected by our very own Wine World Team!

       Alex's Pick:  Allagash Brewing Barrel and Bean  

I have been a fan of Catena wines for a long while… even before they started receiving high points from the “experts”.  After meeting with the winemaker Nicolas Catena who brought us the wines under the Catena Zapatas Malbecs and sensing his pride when he talked about the wines he makes, I just had a feeling they were all going to be winners. His son Ernesto is the winemaker of the Alma Negra M blend so he has been well taught. Alma Negra M blend is something special - it went straight to the top of my list!

The color of this wine is so intense it almost stains the glass, and the fragrance jumps right out as you begin to pour.  It has a full-bodied texture, the taste is jammy and delicious, and it is so well-structured that layers of flavors continue to build with every new sip. It’s a powerful wine, yet it has such a silky mouthfeel to it, it’s hard to describe.  The tannins are so very soft and ripe, just at the peak of perfection - it is truly love at first sip!

I recently served this wine with a special dinner of veal Osso Buco, and it was just as perfect as I knew it would be. After all that work, I wasn’t taking any chances! I also enjoy Alma Negra M with roasted lamb, but you know, I’d recommend it for just about any high quality red meat – the heartier, the better! This is one of those wines that you always wish you could have just one more glassful after the bottle’s empty.  The next time I see anyone from the Catena family, I’m going to tell him he should package an 800 ml bottle, just for me!

       Colin's Pick: Country Ride Pale Ale  RaR Brewing

       Elizabeth's Pick:  Alma Negra M blend