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November 2016 Wine Club Selections

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November Wine Club   Selections

Oconee Wine Club

This month we chose two wines from Chateau Clinet, one of the best Chateaus in all of Bordeaux.  Their Ronan line is meant for everyday drinking.  Ronan by Clinet is an approachable wine that reflects the style and savoir-faire of a prestigious Pomerol winery. It is a fresh, fruit-forward and delicately spiced wine, ready to drink now or age for several years.  It also comes in these great wooden boxes!

The red is a 100% Merlot from Bordeaux France.  The nose, very aromatic, has aromas of cherries, raspberries and black currants, decorated with pepper. Of great fruity freshness, bouquet also complemented by floral notes (blueberry flowers).  Retail $13.99ronan-by-clinet

The white is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon.  This is a friendly wine with a pale golden color and bright reflections. On the nose, fresh scents, elderflower, lemon and white fruit are delicately coated.  Its delicious texture reveals flavors of ripe pears and citrus, embellished with spices such as cardamom and saffron. Retail $13.99
The Connoisuer Club
We chose two Italian wines for this month.  The red wine is called Il Bruciato from Tenuta Guado al Tasso.  This blend of 65% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, and 15% Syrah comes from the village of Bolgheri near the Tuscan coastline.   The Guado al Tasso estate, owned by Antinori,  is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of Florence near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri. The property, approximately 2500 acres (1000 hectares) in size, extends from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the inland hills and includes, in addition to 750 acres (300 hectares) of vineyards, wheat, barley, and oat fields and olive groves in addition to woods which are utilized to raise Cinta Senese pigs, a prized local breed.  A rich and pleasurable wine on the nose with notes of sweet spices, toasted coffee, and ripe red berry fruit. The wine is elegant and balanced on the palate with good length and a highly  pleasurable fruity finish and aftertaste. Retail $31.99
The white is a Pinot Grigio made by Terlato in the famous Friuli region of Northern Italy.  This delicious white is a light gold color with aromas of ripe peach, apricot, citrus fruits and honeysuckle. The palate is lively and fresh with flavors of granny smith apple, stone fruits, and a core of minerality. It displays a mouthfilling texture and a mouthwatering crisp, clean finish.  This is our newest favorite Pinot Grigio and is the house PG for the Augusta National!  Retail $19.99

New Location for Oconee Cellar Now Open!

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The Oconee Cellar has finally made the move to their new location, which will ensure that they continue their ranking as “The Best Wine & Spirits Store in Georgia’s Lake Country”. 15 years to the day, The Oconee Cellar moved to their new location on the other side of the Publix Supermarket next to Subway. As soon as you walk into the store, you will notice a much more user friendly, wide open floor plan, beautiful LED lighting, new tiled floors, highly visible glassed in wine cellar, walk-in beer cave, and much more!

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“We have been talking with Publix for over 2 years trying to make this move happen, and on November 1st it finally became a reality. I believe it is a real positive for The Oconee Cellar and my customers. We were able to fix all the things that troubled us in the old location and really use my 18 years of experience to create an improved consumer-friendly shopping experience. I am so happy and proud of the new store.”, says owner Matt Garofalo.
“It took a lot of great people to make this project a reality. From my realtor Ted Baker, my builder
Ed Blume, interior decorator Maryln Alea, the entire Oconee Cellar staff, my wife Daniela, my parents, my architect Steve Kippels, and so many more, I am eternally grateful for all their contributions.”, states Matt.
Stop by their new store and see why The Oconee Cellar seems to be well on their way to 20 more years of continued success in The Lake Oconee area.

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April Wine Club 2016

Oconee Wine Club Selections

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Both wines this month come from the Alamos winery located in the Mendoza region of Argentina.  The renowned Catena family began making Alamos in 1993. Its name is derived from the poplar trees that line the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina (Alamos means “poplar” in Spanish) and protect the vineyards from the mountain winds. Alamos notes that it is among “The Wines of Catena.” This is significant, because the Catena family is considered the “first family” of vintners in Argentina. The vineyards of Mendoza, where this wine comes from, are among the highest elevations in the world planted with vines, as they stretch up the foothills of the Andes Mountains and enjoy the temperate climate that comes along with this location.

There are many levels of vineyards in the vast Mendoza region, which happens to be the world’s largest wine region. This wine comes from some of the highest planted vineyards, above 3,000 feet, giving the wine a dry, exotic touch, whereas malbec from the valley floor can be more fruity and less complex.

This is an interesting wine that, based on its concentration and flavor profile, is an excellent alternative to more traditional cabernets and merlots normally found in the area. It might need about an hour out of the bottle before consumption, but should then provide immense drinking pleasure and will be good for the next five years or so.

Alamos Torrontes 2015   $10.99    90 Rated by Robert Parker!

A delightful expression of the high elevation Salta region, our Alamos Torrontés has bright floral aromas of orange and jasmine blossom. On the palate, this wine offers citrus and peach flavors that lead to a crisp finish.

Although Malbec and Mendoza are the best known names in Argentine winemaking, Torrontés is taking center stage a few hundred miles to the northwest, in the Cafayate region of Salta. It is believed that Argentina’s flagship white varietal was brought to the country by Spanish Jesuits in the 18th century. Torrontés is found in the world’s highest vineyards, resting at 5,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level in Argentina. The high altitude growing conditions translate beautifully to bright floral aromas and delightfully crisp acidity in our Alamos Torrontés wine.

In 2013, the Salta region had an excellent vintage. Cooler temperatures allowed for steady ripening and maturation, creating a great balance between acidity and sugar with great aromatic complexity. These conditions enhanced the fruity and floral aromas in our Torrontes, offering an ideal complement to the crisp acidity.

2014 was a good vintage for Torrontés in Salta, and the 2014 Torrontés from Alamos feels a little like a dry Riesling from Germany as it offers that mixture of lime and white flowers with subtle minerality and pungent, fresh flavors plus spiciness in the palate (curry). This would be ideal for Asian food that is not too hot. It would be interesting to see how this wine behaves with a couple of years in bottle as this has very good stuffing and acidity. Very good value for this quality Torrontés. Some 250,000 bottles produced.–Robert Parker 90 Rating!

 

Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2014

The pinnacle of our portfolio, the Alamos Selección Malbec has enticing ripe black fruit characteristics of plum and blackberry. Intense aromas of violet and dark berry jump right out of the glass and extend to the palate, where they are complemented by hints of brown spice and pepper from oak aging. This full-bodied Malbec culminates in a deep, luscious finish.

Tucked under the massive shoulders of the Andes Mountains in west central Argentina, the province of Mendoza is renowned for housing some of the best winegrowing regions of Argentina. The character of Mendoza wines is forged in high altitude desert vineyards irrigated by mineral-rich snowmelt from glaciers and snowfields. Altitudes range from 1,000 feet to around 5,000 feet, where the foothills rise steeply toward the Andes’ peaks. High altitude means cool temperatures and clear air, and clear air means more sunlight for building flavor in the grapes, helping to make Mendoza the source of Argentina’s well-earned reputation for top quality, unique wines.

Connoisseur Club

With encyclopedic knowledge of the wines and terroirs of the Rhône as well as his native Costieres de Nîmes, Michel Gassier is a restless and innovative vigneron. Usually inquisitive personalities like Michel start as outsiders. Such is not the case with Michel, whose family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Costieres de Nîmes for four generations. Together with his wife Tina, they are helping to establish a new level of quality for Costieres de Nîmes without forsaking the uniqueness of their terroir.

They have achieved this through nurturing their land, farming organically, promoting biodiversity, and respecting their employees as much as their vines. They are proponents of indigenous varieties and taking advantage of the diversity of climates to make wines that are dense and pure but elegantly balanced. Cercius is made in partnership with Eric Solomon and Philippe Cambie from several sites throughout the Rhône valley. Nostre Païs is the epitome of the terroir of the Costieres de Nîmes while Lou Coucardié represents the aspirations of Michel and Tina through conversation with the land and its history.

Mostre Pais 2013 $ 32.99

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A blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Bourboulenc planted in red clay, gravel, & sand.  The vines are hand harvested organically and the wine is aged in 50% stainless steel tanks and 50% French Oak barrels for 6 months before released.  The past two vintages have been rated 92 and 93 respectively by Robert Parker.

 

 

Lou Coucardie 2011  $21.99

It’s dark color, almost black, announces a wine of great concentration. Powerful and extremely complex, the nose displays a wide array of aromas such as dark berries, spices, eucalyptus and vanilla welded in great harmony. Rich and velvety, without being heavy, this wine pulls its finish in a aerial display of fresh fruits and ripe tannins.

Blend: 48% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache and 22% Syrah

The Wine Advocate – “The richest and most concentrated cuvee, the 2011 Costieres De Nimes Lou Coucardie, which was bottled earlier in the year, offers up aromas and flavors of ripe black fruits, chocolate, graphite, licorice and hints of smoked herbs. A blend of 48% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache and 22% Syrah that spent 12-18 months in French oak, it is a serious, layered and textured effort that was hard to spit. While hard to resist now, it should have a broad drink window as well. “

Drawing for Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year set for December 21, 2015!

A drawing will be held on Monday December 21, 2015 for a chance to purchase a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old for $150.   This bottle is being sold on the internet anywhere from $300 to $600 a bottle!  Two lucky participants will be given the opportunity to purchase one of the most coveted, highly sought after bourbons of all time!

You may put your name “In The Hat” by filling out a drawing form at The Oconee Cellar.  You may only enter one time per person and there is not purchase necessary to enter.  Winners will be notified by email and by phone and have one day to respond.  Another name will be drawn if we do not here from the lucky winner.

Good luck and we hope you have a Pappy Holiday!

 

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Menu and Wine Pairing for January Wine Dinner at Corrado’s

Menu & Wine Pairing

 

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                        Scharffenberger Brut Rose                               $ 28.99

1st Course   Fresh Apalachicola Oysters w/ black lump caviar     

Wine A           2013 Kruger-Rumph Trocken Riesling             $ 23.99

Wine B           2013 Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio                      $ 15.99

2nd Course   Arugula speck pear salad in a roasted garlic ranch     

Wine A           2012 Terredora di Paolo Fiano di Avelino      $ 23.99

3rd Course   Sicilian Sea Bass w/ a Beurre Blanc Sauce on top of spaghetti squash with grilled asparagus                 

Wine A           2012 Four Graces Pinot Noir                          $ 25.99

Wine B           2012 Ceretto “Blange” Langhe Arneis            $ 20.99

4th Course  Garganelli in a roasted veal ragu w/ porcini mushroom    

Wine A           2012 Zenato Alanara                                           $ 20.99

Wine B           2012 Kuleto India Ink Red Blend                         $ 39.99

5th Course  Sacher Torte 

Wine A           Ramos Pinto 10 Year Tawny Port                      $ 39.99

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November Wine Club Selections 2014

November 2014

Bodegas Bula Montsant red blend 2012

Bodegas Bula 2012 Bula is produced by the Can Blau estate. The D.O. Montsant, where Can Blau is located, is a horse shoe shaped appellation that surrounds the D.O. Priorat on three sides. It should have been included on the Priorat appellation but was excluded. Can Blau is composed of 60 acres of vineyards with an average age of 35 years. The soils are similar to Priorat with Montsant being a bit more complex with a mixture of slate (llicorella), sandy clay and chalk. Bula Montsant is made by blending Mazuelo, Grenache and Syrah. These three varieties are very well acclimated to the historical region that today covers the DO of Monsant. The soil is clay and sandy slate ideal for the cultivation of the previously mentioned varietals blended in this wine. Aromas of roasted coffee, casis liqueur, and mineral open up and intense and attractive nose. Full-bodied with a silky mouth-feel and good concentration and weight. The flavors are lasting and very satisfying. The finish is long with notes of dark fruit and minerals.

90 Rating International Wine Cellar“(40% carinena, 40% garnacha and 20% syrah, from vines that range from about 25 to 75 years of age; fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak for four months): Brilliant ruby-red. Smoky, mineral-laced scents of dark berries and licorice. Chewy and focused, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors enlivened by a note of black pepper. Dusty tannins give shape to the finish, which lingers with very good energy and sneaky sweetness.”

Pazo de Monterrey Godello 2012

Perhaps inspired by the commercial success of albariño in the western Galician region Rías Baixas, researchers in the late 1970s began working with godello in Valdeorras, in eastern Galicia. One of the earliest and best of the modern godello producers, Godeval, was founded in 1986.  Since then, godello has grown steadily more popular. Now, many producers make the wine, largely in Valdeorras but also in other regions of eastern Galicia, including Monterrei and Ribeira Sacra, and the adjacent region Bierzo in Castilla y Léon.

Pazos del Rei boasts the singularity of its origin, Monterrei, the denomination which is least well-known amongst the Galician wine regions. Monterrei shares the cultivation of the varieties with the neighboring regions: Godello with Valdeorras, Treixadura with Ribeiro, and Mencia with Ribeira Sacra, and is the only one of the Galician regions whose territory lies along the Duero riverbank, although it does not forsake the oceanic influence of the rest, a reason that serves to warrant the cultivation of the red varieties.

90 Rating International Wine Cellar“Pale gold. Complex scents of citrus zest, pear, flowers and smoky minerals. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and gain depth and spiciness with air. A ripe melon note comes up on the smooth, spicy, very persistent finish. “

 

October Wine Club Selections 2014

October 2014       The Oconee Wine Club

Hayes Valley Winery

Located in the northern Central Coast of California, the lore of Hayes Valley extends back to the days of missionaries and the historic El Camino Real. The land was planted with wine grapes in the late 1800’s, but the vineyards eventually succumbed to Prohibition.

Hayes Valley Today

Agriculture was restored to the Valley in the late 1990’s with the planting of new vines. The Hayes Valley is an ideal climate for growing grapes—cool, foggy nights followed by warm sunny days.

Sustainability

sustainabilityHayes Valley Wines are grown and produced at Clos LaChance Estate Vineyards and Winery in California’s Northern Central Coast, which was one of the first  17 certified sustainable wineries in California.

The winery is committed to producing the best quality wine possible while protecting the environment and conserving natural resources. As a family-owned and operated winery, it is important for Clos LaChance to maintain the long-term viability of the land for future generations.

Hayes Valley Chardonnay 2013  $ 13.99

Tasting Notes

Hayes Valley Chardonnay opens up with aromas of tropical fruits—pineapples and bananas. Pears and apples are also prevalent, with a hint of toasty oak. Flavors of baked apples, banana and vanilla carry through the palate, along with a creamy mouth feel and a hint of butter. Solid acidity makes this a great wine to pair with many dishes or to drink on its own.

Food Pairings

Chicken dishes (Chicken Piccata, Roasted or Grilled Chicken with a light sauce), Seafood (Steamed Lobster with Butter, Baked Shrimp, Roasted Halibut with a light sauce) and soft, mild cheeses (Brie and Camembert).

Winemaking

  • Handpicked and hand-sorted
  • Whole-cluster pressed; settled in tank for 48 hours
  • Racked to stainless steel tank; fermented at 55 degrees F
  • Post fermentation: 20% racked to French Oak barrels,
  • 20% malolactic fermentation
  • 80% Aged in stainless steel tanks – filtered and bottled

Ageing and Blending

  • 20% New French Oak – 80% stainless steel tanks
  • Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Hayes Valley Meritage 2012 $ 13.99

Tasting Notes

A beautiful dark ruby purple. Lots of fruit on the nose; currants, huckleberries, blueberries and dark cherry. A hint of vanilla and green pepper. On the mouth, the huckleberries stand out along with a beautiful spice. Medium tannins and acidity. A nice smooth finish with a hint of vanilla.

Food Pairings

BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, grilled onion chicken, beef stew, shrimp tacos, beef stroganoff with mushrooms, Montreal-seasoned tri-tip.

Ageing and Blending

  • 25% New French 10% New American, 65% Neutral French
  • Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec

Connoisseur Club

Mauritson Wines

With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout Sonoma County, they are able to source and manage our favorite blocks from each vineyard throughout the growing season and select the most premium fruit during harvest.

Each vineyard and appellation they source from carry particular qualities in either the terroir or the farming style that they look for when considering a Mauritson wine release.

2012 Sauvignon Blanc $ 21.99
Dry Creek Valley
The 2012 vintage of Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc, is our best to date! The nearly perfect weather conditions throughout the growing season naturally controlled the vines’ vigor, allowing steady sugar accumulation and beautiful flavor and aroma development. In September we sampled the ripening Sauvignon Blanc every day, leading us to harvest our Hardie Ranch Vineyard in two separate blocks in order to achieve the complex flavor profile our Sauvignon Blanc is known for. The first pick retained high natural acidity and citrus flavors and the second pick revealed rich tropical flavors. All lots are hand harvested, whole cluster pressed and fermented separately to achieve immense concentration and depth.

The 2012 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc is bright and fresh. Guava and hints of key lime pie jump out of the glass. The entry is vibrant, yet maintains elegance. On the palette, there is a harmonious dance of peach, passion fruit and crushed rock. As you would expect from a wine that sees no oak and no malo-lactic fermentation, it finishes clean and smooth with perfectly balanced acidity. Enjoy this wine with light appetizers, salads, seafood dishes or on its own on a warm summer evening. Around the winery, we fondly refer to our Sauvignon Blanc as our porch wine.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon  $ 34.99
Sonoma County
One of the greatest things about this wine is the diversity of fruit that we have to work with. Pulling from some of the best places to grow Bordeaux varietals in Sonoma County: Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Rockpile, gives us a distinct advantage in blending. The fruit was harvested between the middle of September and the last week of October.

The 2010 Mauritson Sonoma County Cabernet exudes both elegance and approachability. Sweet red fruit is complemented by undertones of chocolate, wild mint, mineral, and hints of dried garden rose. On the front palate, the wine exhibits polished juicy tannins and lush red fruit, giving way to roasted coffee beans and sweet oak in the mid palate. With ample Merlot, the wine has refined tannins and soft edges. The small crop yielded wines with balanced tannins and acidity, making them extremely food friendly and ageable for the next 5-7 years.

Wines Poured at The Grand Tasting September 29th 2014

The Grand Tasting  Monday September 29th

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Table 1 Savannah Distributors                Price   # Bottles

Bodegas Bula Monstant                          $14.99

Cuvelier Collection Red                           $23.99

Roque Colombe Chateaunef-du-Pape    $39.99

Ojai Chardonnay                                      $27.99

Bodegas Obalo Rioja                               $15.99

Left Coast Cellars Cali’s Cuvee               $23.99

The Royal Chenin Blanc (S. Africa)         $11.99

Chassenay d’Arce Brut Champange NV  $46.99

Table 2 United Distributors                   Price   # Bottles

Von Strasser Estate Cabernet                $74.99

Von Strasser Diamond Mnt. Cab            $49.99

Antinori Marchese Chianti Reserve         $36.99

Kendall Jackson Grand Res Chard         $18.99

Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Res.       $24.99

Cambria Chardonnay                              $20.99

Table 3  Empire                                      Price   # Bottles

Elk Cove Pinot Gris                                $19.99

Meiomi Chardonnay                               $19.99

Hess Select Pinot Noir                           $19.99

Hess Block 19                                        $40.99

Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem                 $29.99

Colome Estate Red                                $29.99

Table 4    Prime Wine                                Price   # Bottles

Chateau Teyssier St. Emillion Grand Cru  $39.99

Patient Cottat Sancerre                             $25.99

The Pairing Chardonnay by Jonata          $24.99

Castello di Ama ‘AMA’ Chianti                 $26.99

Neyers Sage Canyon Red                       $22.99

Livon Pinot Grigio                                    $16.99

Fluer de California Pinot Noir                  $16.99

Star Lane Cabernet                                 $29.99

Table 5  Quality Wines                          Price   # Bottles

Hiedler Gruner Ventliner “Losess”           $23.99

Novellum Chardonnay                              $14.99

Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chard         $22.99

Cristom Jefferson Rsv Pinot Noir            $37.99

Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico           $20.99

Saint Cosme “Les Duex Albions”           $23.99

Tikal “Ptriota” Malbec/Bondra                 $20.99

Tournon Lady’s Lane Shiraz                  $49.99

Table 6 Northeast Sales                       Price   # Bottles

Brancai Tre                                            $ 24.99

San Felice Il Grigio Reserva                  $ 36.99

Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre                 $ 19.99

Viticcio Bere                                           $ 11.99

Tommasi Ripasso                                   $ 21.99

Table 7 Ultimate                                  Price   # Bottles

Cadaretta Sauvignon Blanc                 $17.99

Wild South Chardonnay                       $16.99

Tapiz Malbec                                        $19.99

Formation Pinot Noir                          $18.99

Lamadrid Single Vine Reserve Cab   $22.99

Table 8    Eagle Rock                         Price   # Bottles

Molet Prosecco                                  $13.99

Estampa Estate Malbec                       $13.99

Chozas Carrascal Tinto                       $13.99

Levendi Sweeny Rnch Chardonnay    $30.99

Levendi Sweetwater Ranch Cab.       $45.99

Tenute Costa Barolo                            $54.99

Table 9   National Distributing             Price   # Bottles

Domaine Charvin Cote du Rhone          $22.99

Ridge 3 Valleys Zinfandel                      $25.99

Charles Smith Cabernet                       $19.99

Sanford Pinot Noir                               $22.99

Pierre Sparr Riesling                            $16.99

Talley Aroyo Chardonnay                  $16.99

Table 10  Georgia Crown              Price   # Bottles

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel            $24.99

Ermisch Erendira Pinot Noir             $34.99

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec     $24.99

August 2014 The Oconee Beer Club

August 2014     The Oconee Beer Club

For the inaugural month of The Oconee Beer Club we chose The Dogfish Head Namaste.

The Story of Dogfish Head

The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when we opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the first state’s first brewpub opened in the resort beach community of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The plan was to bring original beer, original food, and original music to the area.

Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Our very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12–gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, we brewed three times a day, five days a week! The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. We quickly got bored brewing the same things over and over – that’s when we started adding all sorts of weird ingredients and getting kind of crazy with the beers!

The beer wasn’t the brewpub’s only draw. The pub’s menu centered on a wood-burning grill. We soon became known as the place to enjoy fresh grilled seafood, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. The wood–burning grill imparts a unique flavor to everything on the menu, whether it’s a hearty sandwich, a delicate piece of fish or our signature pizza dough.

With the popularity of the pub growing, it was quickly apparent that the 12–gallon brewery would not keep up with demand. We built a new brewery and underwent a thirty-fold expansion of the brew house!

The reputation of Dogfish Head ales quickly grew beyond Delaware’s borders. Calls from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and beyond poured in, as thirsty restaurant patrons demanded their favorite beach beer at home. We began bottling our Shelter Pale Ale in 1996 and just 1 year later we expanded again – this time we separated the packaging operation from the restaurant, and kept on brewing! By 1999, we were up to five year–round bottled brands in about a dozen states.

We outgrew our distributing brewery in a couple years and in the summer of 2002, we moved our entire production brewery up the road to Milton, Del., into a 100,000-square-foot converted cannery. Around the same time (just to keep thing interesting), we built a distillery on the second floor of our Rehoboth Beach brewpub, so we could make vodka, rum and gin.

A witbier bursting with good karma. Made with dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander, this Belgian-style white beer is a great thirst quencher.  Namaste was originally brewed at their pub in Rehoboth Beach with their Italian friend Leo from Birra del Borgo. It was a tribute to their friends at 3 Fonteinen brewery in Belgium, who had devastating production loss (1/3 of their annual production) in 2009.

If would like to watch a youtube video about this beer click here .