(Seattle, WA) – Winter seasonals from Merchant du Vin are now in stock. Look for them starting in October.
Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome – 24th annual release.
The first imported winter seasonal beer to be sold in America is still the benchmark – now in its 24th annual release. Rich, full-bodied, malty and deeply satisfying, this classic English winter warmer is fermented in open-topped ‘Yorkshire Squares’ made of slate. The 2013-2014 label features a Shire horse stabled at the brewery, still earning his oats by making local beer deliveries in the village of Tadcaster.
Lindemans Gift Box
Lambic ales come from a region in Belgium only about 15 by 75 miles in size. They are fermented only by multiple strains of wild, airborne yeast – brewers add no yeast at all – resulting in demanding, complex, and surprising flavors. The family-owned Lindemans Brewery has been making lambics since 1822, and over the years, we’ve had thousands of comments from folks who become fans after their first taste: the dry complexity of lambic melds beautifully with aromatic, sweet fruit. The Lindemans Gift Box is the perfect way to introduce these amazing beers to someone: the full-color, die-cut box contains a 12 oz. bottle of Lindemans Framboise (raspberry), a 12 oz. Pomme (apple) and a gold-rimmed, footed Lindemans glass.
Samuel Smith’s Gift Box
Three classic English ales from this independent brewer – Oatmeal Stout, Nut Brown Ale, and India Ale – are packed in a bright blue, die-cut box with an authentic brewery glass, two coasters, and an information-packed brochure: this “Selection Box” is a hands-on example of how this brewery helped inspire the American craft beer revolution.
Although this bold, strong Bavarian weissebier will now stay available all year long, it’s the best wheat beer for winter that we have ever tasted: at 7.2% ABV, it is a hefe-weizen brewed to the strength of a bock. The flavors are firm, powerful and exciting but the beer retains signature Ayinger elegance.
Merchant du Vin imports Samuel Smith from England; Traquair House from Scotland; Ayinger and the organic beers of Pinkus from Germany. Our offerings from Belgium include Lindemans lambics, Du Bocq, and Green’s gluten-free beers as well as the Trappist breweries of Orval, Westmalle, and Rochefort.