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12 Beers To Try This Fall

The leaves are changing colors, football is here, and we’re contemplating our Halloween costume. To us these things can only mean two things: 1) fall is back and 2) so are some of our favorite beers that only make an appearance once a year! With the help of our Molly’s Beer Team, we gathered a few of their fall favorites, and boy do we have quite the selection. From pumpkin ales to beers that give you all the fall feels, to Oktoberfest brews fit for pretzels and Lederhosen, our top choices are perfect for all of your fall festivities. Be sure to swing in soon – these seasonals will be gone in a flash!

Pumpkin Beers

Pumpkin Beers

Four Noses Brewing Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Broomfield, Colorado

Football season has arrived, pie is in the oven, and the aspens have turned. Time to lock and load your pallet full of cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar and cloves in in this pumpkin behemoth. Packed with over 10 pounds of pumpkin per barrel and a hefty helping of pumpkin pie spices, there is no shortage of fall flavors in this spiced ale. Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale took home Gold at both Great American Beer Festival & World Beer in 2016. – Four Noses Brewing

Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Fall Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte

Breckenridge, Colorado

Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte is a stout made with dark roasted malts and carefully roasted, cold pressed coffee beans. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves delicately complement the taste of rich pumpkin. These well-balanced fall flavors presented with the velvety texture of nitrogen create a truly distinctive and delicious beer. – Breckenridge Brewery

Anderson Valley Brewing Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale

Boonville, California

With a brilliant, deep copper hue and creamy beige-colored head, our Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale has inviting aromas of caramelized malt and baking bread with highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and seasonal spices. The pleasantly creamy mouthfeel and silky body embrace the sweet caramel flavors and tang of spices (with just hint of hops) that ends in a smooth, round finish. – Anderson Valley

Upslope Brewing Pumpkin Ale

Boulder, Colorado

Adding organic baby bear pumpkins to malt and hops makes this truly a local farm to brewhouse collaboration. A custom blend of six spices rounds out the flavors in this highly anticipated beer. – Upslope Brewing

 

Fall Beers

Fall Beers

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company Southern Pecan

Kiln, Mississippi

Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is the first beer in the world, to our knowledge, made with whole roasted pecans. The pecans are used just like grain and provide a nutty characteristic and a delightful depth to the flavor profile. This beer is very lightly hopped to allow the malty, caramel, and nutty flavors shine through. The color is dark mahogany. Southern Pecan won a Bronze Medal in the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Specialty Beer category. – Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Wasatch Brewery Devastator Double Bock

Park City, Utah

If you’re going to sin, sin big. With 8% alc/vol and a creamy richness, this brew has developed a serious cult following. Imagine that – a cult following in Utah?! – Wasatch Brewery

Diebolt Brewing Anton Francois French Ale

Denver, Colorado

A clean, refreshing French Ale with a light malt and fruity arome, crisp malt saveur that makes its way to a slightly earthy, hop bitterness and bready malt fin. – Diebolt Brewing

Vindication Brewing Co. American Bold Ale

Boulder, Colorado

A bold new beer featuring a wide spectrum of caramel malts balanced against a huge load of American Hops. – Vindication Brewing Co.

Oktoberfest Beers

Oktoberfest Beers

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Bavaria, Germany

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is a full-bodied, flavorful March (Märzen) beer brewed and lagered to celebrate Bavaria’s famous Oktoberfest. Served at German beer festivals in September and October with roasted chicken, pork, and sauerkraut. Rich golden color. Slightly sweet, malty nose. Medium-to-big body and alcohol, and a soft dryness from long maturation – Ayinger Brewery

Santa Fe Brewing Co. Oktoberfest

Santa Fe, New Mexico

This classic German lager showcases the crisp maltiness of Munich malts compounded with the delicious notes of Bavarian hops giving this clean-finishing beer just the right flavor for the end of summer. – Santa Fe Brewing C0.

Dry Dock Brewing Docktoberfest

Aurora, Colorado

Fill your stein with this delicious lager. Our classic annual Märzen features elegantly rich, toasty German malt flavors, a modest hop bitterness, and creamy mouthfeel all giving way to a crisp, dry finish. Every year it’s here and it’s gone just as quick so grab a liter and toast to the biggest party in the world! – Dry Dock Brewing

Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest Lager

San Diego, California

A fresh take on a traditional festival beer. Our Dead Ringer Oktoberfest lager is inspired by old-style Märzen brews customarily enjoyed during Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle; no lederhosen required. – Ballast Point

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rum picks for national rum day

Let’s Get Ready To Rum-ble!

In preparation for National Rum Day (Wednesday, August 16th), we asked our Assistant Liquor Manager, Andrew Kaczmarek, to narrow down our rum section to his top 5 picks. While these can be enjoyed neat, we’ve also included a few cocktail recipes (no tiki cocktails – although we do love those too) for those wanting to try something new this holiday.

5 picks for national rum day

 

1) Plantation O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) Overproof Rum

Why he picked it…
Master distiller Alexandre Gabriel joined forces with some of the world’s foremost rum experts and historians to create Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum. A blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbado and clocking in at 69% ABV/138 proof, Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof is the group’s way of throwing it back to the Age of Sail when rum was rich, flavorful and strong.

How to enjoy…
With a flavor profile that includes notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla, we’re using Plantation O.F.T.D. for our rum and coffee (it’s also an overcast Thursday morning, and we could use another cup of coffee)! Proceed with caution – this is quite a boozy rum, so you’ll find a little bit goes a long way!

Simply fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add 1 ounce of Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum, 2 ounces of cold brew coffee, and 1/2 an ounce of simple syrup. Shake until well-chilled and the drink gets a bit frothy. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a few drops of Angostura bitters.

2) Parce Rum 12-Year Aged

Why he picked it…
This award winning rum produced and bottled in Colombia has flavors of crème brûlée, toffee, dried tropical fruits, and pipe tobacco. It has been considered to be a great rum to transition the whiskey lover to the category/brand. Also, with each bottle purchased, Parce plants a native species tree in Colombia to protect biodiversity and prevent deforestation.

How to enjoy…
We plan to sip this one neat or on the rocks with a lime if we feel like getting a little crazy. In Colombia, Parce (pronounced PAR-say) is casual for “good friend” so enjoy with a friend!

3)Lucky-Oh Horchata Specialty Spirit

Why he picked it…
Lucky-Oh Horchata Specialty Spirit is the result of a unique and quite tasty collaboration between Stoneyard Distillery of Dotsero, Colorado and Lucky-Oh, a Denver based start up that manufactures a liquid concentrate used to make instant Horchata. The two teamed up to give Horchata an adult makeover with a little kick of Stoneyard Distillery’s authentic Colorado Silver Rum. Fun fact – unlike traditional rum made with molasses and sugar cane, Stoneyard uses Colorado-grown beet sugar sourced from the Eastern plains of the state and Colorado spring water from the Eagle River filtered through ancient volcanic rock!

How to enjoy…
Oh we’re making an adult Lucky-Oh’s Horchata! Fill a glass of your choice with ice, add Lucky Oh Horchata Specialty Spirit, top with milk, and stir. Garnish with shaved nutmeg, cinnamon, or cardamom. Enjoy immediately. Lucky-Oh Tip: Tastes great with soy, rice, or almond milk.

4) Bear Creek Distillery Cask Strength Rum

Why he picked it…
Each batch of Bear Creek Distillery‘s Award Winning Cask Strength Rum is carefully distilled from a wash of evaporated cane juice one batch at a time using a copper hybrid pot still. It is then aged in once used American Oak bourbon barrels at 120 proof. Once matured and out of the cask, it is immediately bottled resulting in a drinkable high proof rum with bourbon character and a smooth finish. The hand-signed and batch numbered 750ML bottle in front of me is 61.15% ABV/122.3 Proof. Located in the heart of Denver, Bear Creek Distillery uses ingredients grown by local farmers and materials sourced from Colorado companies.

How to enjoy…
We’re going to enjoy this one neat too.

5) Ski Bum Rum Distillery Local Legend Spiced Rum

Why he picked it…
Made with yummy Colorado wildflower honey, cinnamon stick, allspice, black peppercorn, and other spices, Local Legend Spiced Rum won the Golden distillery the Silver Medal at the 2017 Denver International Spirits Competition.

How to enjoy…
Ski Bum suggests a Spicy Blackberry Bramble! You’ll need 2 ounces of Local Legend Spiced Rum, 5 blackberries, 1 ounce of lime juice, 6 ounces of sparkling water, 1.5 ounces sage syrup, and 5 ice cubes.

Start by making the sage syrup – simmer fresh sage in equal parts water and raw sugar.

Put blackberries in tall glass. Add syrup and muddle blackberries in it. Add rum and lime juice and stir. Fill glass with ice then add sparkling water. Stir again and enjoy!

 

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9 Beers to take on a hike

9 Beers To Take On Your Summer Hike

Summer is in full force and the trails are calling! With all of the outdoor activities to chose from, we also need beverage options. Insert our list of top 9 beers to take on a hike this summer. Thanks to the help of Molly’s Beer Manager, we gathered 9 beers that won’t bog you down during your favorite summer activities. Quite a few of these are seasonal releases so get them while you can! And after you partake in one of these refreshing brews, please remember to dispose of your waste properly – pack it in, pack it out!

1) Upslope Brewing Craft Lager

Boulder, Colorado
Available year round
4.8% ABV

Upslope Craft Lager

Why we love it…
It’s the perfect beer for when you reach the apex of your hike. It’s crisp, refreshing, and at 4.8% ABV won’t blur your vision for the road back. And 1% of every Upslope Craft Lager sold goes to Trout Unlimited.

From the brewery…
Our Craft Lager is a premium American lager brewed entirely of malted barley. Snowmelt-infused and river-ready, this Colorado-style session beer stands side-by-side with our family of premium ales to bring you a clean, easy, light-bodied lager for the ages. – Upslope Brewing Company

 

2) 14er Brewing Mt Massive IPA

Denver, Colorado
Available year round
6.5% ABV

14er brewing mt. massive ipa

Why we love it…
It’s a hoppy yet crushable IPA for your hike. Plus 14er Brewing donates 1% of sales to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Plus with a name like 14er Brewing, it’d be a shame not to include in this list! #HowWeClimb

From the brewery…
The Mt Massive IPA is hop forward, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and juicy hops on the nose. The taste is hoppy with bright drinkable citrus, grapefruit, and guava, rounded by a solid but not overwhelming bitterness. Incredibly smooth, bright, and drinkable. – 14er Brewing

 

3) Montucky Cold Snacks

Bozeman, Montana
Available year round
4.1% ABV

Montucky Cold Snacks

Why we love it…
It’s a thirst-quenching, light, sessionable beer and money goes to good causes – Montucky Cold Snacks has pledged to give 8% of their profits back to local charities and non-profits that support the lands, people, wildlife, art, and ways of life we’ve all come to love.

From the brewery…
…our beer has been specifically formulated to refresh after skiing, fishing, hiking, boating, watching the big game, or just about anything else that happens to be awesome, when you drink MCS you get the best of both worlds… giving back to the communities in your area while getting the satisfaction obtained from cold, light, refreshing beer. – Montucky Cold Snacks

 

4) Wibby Brewing Lightshine Radler

Longmont, Colorado
Seasonal release
4.5% ABV

Wibby Brewing Lightshine Radler

Why we love it…
The Lightshine Radler is quite the easy sipper with a nice sweet/tart combo yet still light and refreshing for that active lifestyle.

From the brewery…
Enjoy this refreshing beverage all Summer long! This is our Lightshine Helles with a splash of raspberry lemonade. The perfect combination of sweet and tart. – Wibby Brewing

 

5) Denver Beer Co. Maui Express Coconut IPA

Denver, Colorado
Seasonal release
6.6% ABV

Denver Beer Co Maui Express

Why we love it…
If you’re not already in that summertime state of mind, this will take you there. The coconut, tropical flavors, and that bright aqua can will add some major beach vibes to your hike.

From the brewery…
Maui Express features a distinct blend of hops and coconut to create a delightful tropical flavor explosion! Citra and Mosaic hops form a juicy fruit hop character that is enhanced by shredded coconut for a truly unique flavor combination. Easy drinking and refreshing, this IPA will transport your mind to memories of the beach, sunny days, and laughs among friends. – Denver Beer Co.

 

6) Station 26 Brewing Lemon Drop Wheat

Denver, Colorado
Seasonal release
4.5% ABV

station 26 lemon drop wheat

Why we love it…
Lemondrop Wheat is Station 26’s first seasonal can and actually crafted to reduced gluten! Lemon zest aromas and flavors make this a refreshing hoppy wheat you can take anywhere this summer.

From the brewery…
A bright and summery American wheat beer brewed with Lemondrop hops and lemon. Refreshing with crisp citrus and bready wheat character. – Station 26 Brewing

 

7) Crystal Springs Brewing Summertime Anytime

Boulder, Colorado
Seasonal release
4.9% ABV

Summertime Anytime Kolsch

Why we love it…
The name says it all. This is a light, crisp, easy drinking Kölsch style beer. Thirst quenching with mild bitterness and subtle dry finish.

From the brewery…
Summertime Anytime Ale is a Kölsch-style ale, light, crisp and refreshing – perfect during the hot summer, yet great on a brisk fall afternoon or a sunny winter’s day – Summertime all the time! With a subtle fruit aroma, a hint of hops, a soft malt character and a slight dryness with a delicate pucker in the finish, this beer brings hints of summer all year around. – Crystal Springs Brewing Company

 

8) Liquid Mechanics Brewing Hop Nectar American Ale

Lafayette, Colorado
Available year round
5.3% ABV

Liquid Mechanics Hop Nectar

Why we love it…
Bright, juicy, sweet-citrusy hop notes. American style pale that is medium body with mild haziness.

From the brewery…
Loads of juicy hops play with a dose of flaked malt to push the envelope for this deliciously fresh new take on an IPA. – Liquid Mechanics Brewing

9) Molly’s Tarts & Crafts Sour Series by Big Choice Brewing

Brighton, Colorado
Limited release series

Mollys Tarts and Crafts

Why we love it…
This one is for your for your sour fix. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Big Choice Brewing to bring a new rotating sour beer series! Volume One of our series was a Sour Brown Ale with vanilla, oranges, and cranberries. It is complex, balanced tartness, and quite approachable. Subtle chocolate malt notes complimented with a light vanilla finish which blends seamlessly with a balanced sour profile that is accented by tart cranberry notes. Volume Two (pictured here) was a dry hopped session Sour Ale with strawberries. Unfortunately, both Volume One and Volume Two are sold out, but be on the lookout for Volume Three later this summer! This limited release series is brewed and canned exclusively for Molly’s.

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fathers day gift ideas

Father’s Day gift ideas that will make pops proud!

Not sure what to get dad this Father’s Day? Our Spirits Department has a few ideas! And you know what else – many of the items on the list are DEEPLY discounted! Hurry on in because (1) these discounts won’t last forever (2) Father’s Day is Sunday!

Scotch Whisky Gifts for Dad

Father's Day Gift_Scotch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Macallan Edition No. 2 750ML: On sale for $79.99 through 6/20 (reg. $129.99)
Glenmorangie 10 Year 750ML: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $41.99)
Glencairn Whisky Glasses: $15.99 each
Gift Bag: $1.99

Kentucky & Colorado Whisk(e)y Gifts for Dad

Father's Day Gift Whiskey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 750ML: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $43.99)
E. H. Taylor Small Batch 750ML: On sale for $33.99 through 6/20 ($39.99)
Maker’s Mark 1.75L: On sale for $39.99 through 6/20 (reg. $55.99)
Crystal Tumblers (set of 2): $13.99
Stainless Steel Glacier Rocks: $21.99
Gift Bag: $1.99

Elkins Whiskey Father's Day Gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elkins Colorado Whisky 750ML (Elkins Distilling is Estes Park’s first legal distillery): $30.99
American Flag Flask: $14.99
Gift Bag: $1.99

Father's Day Gift_A.D. Laws

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Whiskey, Molly’s Single Barrel 750ML: $69.99
Stainless Steel Glacier Rocks: $21.99
Gift Bag: $1.99

Vodka Gifts for Dad

Father's Day_Absolute Vodka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolut Vodka (80 Proof) 1.75L: On Sale for $22.99 through 6/20 (reg. 32.99)
Host Martini Freeze Cooling Cups (set of 2): $18.99
Party Swords (50 count): $1.49

Ketel One Arnold Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ketel One Vodka, Arnold Palmer Collector’s Edition, 750ML: $22.99
Golf Ball Ice Mold: $6.99
Gift Bag: $1.99

Tequila Gifts for Dad

Casa Noble all 3 tequilas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa Noble Crystal 750ML: On sale for $25.99 through 6/20 (reg. $35.99)
Casa Noble Reposado: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $49.99)
Casa Noble Anejo: On sale for $39.99 through 6/20 (reg. $59.99)
Gift Bag: $1.99

All prices limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change.

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gluten free hard seltzer comparison

Hard Seltzers Made Easy

gluten free hard seltzer comparison

These bubbly beverages seem to be everywhere these days and with summer on its way, they aren’t going away anytime soon. But what makes a hard seltzer a hard seltzer?

There is a difference between hard seltzers and malt beverages. Hard seltzer is made like beer but cane sugar is fermented instead of malted barely, and the flavoring comes from real fruit.  As frequent hard seltzer consumers, the Molly’s Marketing Department decided to look into the options we have at the store, and it was during our exploration that we discovered what’s NOT in hard seltzers is just as important as what’s in them.  Our top three picks contain no artificial flavors and no gluten. We’re also digging the 12 oz cans they come in, making them perfect companions for summer activities whether you’re planning to hit the trail or park a seat on the patio. Mix with your favorite spirit to create a fruity, bubbly cocktail! You can find our hard seltzer collection chilling (literally, they are chilled and ready to go) in Cooler #7.

Here’s a breakdown of our top 3 hard seltzer picks:

1) Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a gluten free spiked sparkling water and does not contain any liquor or spirits. The alcohol comes from fermented cane sugar and a hint of fruit. No artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, and Pomegranate
Packaging: 6pk and 12pk 12oz. cans & bottles. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s
Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV (we reached out to Truly for the sodium content, but haven’t received a response)
Price: $8.49/6pk | $15.99/12pk

2) White Claw Hard Seltzer

White Claw Hard Seltzer delivers a fresh surge of refreshment using what they call a proprietary BrewPure™ process. This gives White Claw the cleanest, gluten-free alcohol base possible. To keep it pure, no crystalline fructose, dietary fiber or preservatives are added; only natural flavors, nothing artificial.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Black Cherry, Grapefruit, and Lime
Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s
Nutritional facts per 12oz: 110 calories, 4 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 4 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV
Price: $8.99/6pk | $16.99/12pk

3) SpikedSeltzer

SpikedSeltzer is a non-malt beer made from purified water and all natural ingredients. The fresh fruit flavors are derived from cold-pressed citrus essence from a variety of fruits. Fermentation of this citrus essence and sugar naturally produces 6% alcohol (the highest ABV in our hard seltzer group). With no wheat or barley, SpikedSetlzer is gluten free.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Cape Cod Cranberry, Valencia Orange, West Indies Lime, and Indian River Grapefruit
Packaging: 12oz. cans. Molly’s currently only carries the canned SpikedSeltzer variety 12pk
Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 140 calories, 25mg of sodium, 5 grams of carbs, 5 grams of sugar, gluten free, 6% ABV
Price: $18.49/variety 12pk

Here’s how our favorite sparklers stack up against each other:

gluten free hard seltzer comparison chart

If you are looking for a low calorie malt beverage…

Henry’s Hard Sparkling

Not to be confused with Henry’s Hard Soda, Henry’s Hard Sparkling is a low-carb spiked sparkling water malt beverage with natural flavor.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Lemon Lime and Passion Fruit
Packaging:  6pk bottles
Nutritional facts per 12 oz.:
Lemon Lime: 93 calories, 2.9 grams of carbs, 4.2% ABV
Passion Fruit: 92 calories, 2.6 grams of carbs, 4.2% ABV
Price: $8.99/6pk

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is a premium malt beverage crafted to remove the gluten, and made only with natural flavors.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime, and Watermelon
Packaging:  6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s.
Nutritional facts per 12 oz.: All flavors: 90 calories, 1 gram of carbs, 0 sugar, 4.5% ABV
Price: $7.99/6pk | $15.49/12pk

And there you have it folks! We hope this helps you and your quest for your go-to summer 2017 beverage!

All prices are limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change.

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Laven-berry prosecco cocktail

Top 7 Easy Summer Wedding Cocktails

Summer wedding season is quickly approaching! For those with impending nuptials, are all your ducks in a row? If one of your last boxes to check is finalize your signature cocktail or your entire bar menu, then this blog post is for you. If you’re newly engaged or know someone tying the knot, the following cocktails are also perfect for bridal luncheons, engagement parties, or even a night of wedding planning.  But the most important takeaway is this – Molly’s delivers to special events!  Our event planning team has over 30 combined years of experience! We’ll help you accurately estimate how much alcohol you’ll need and assist you in picking out the right wines, spirits and beers for your event all while keeping you within your budget! We will also work directly with your venue (if you have one) to ensure a pain free delivery process for you! Click here to get started!

But now back to the cocktails. As always, we’re following the trends over here and floral, herb-inspired cocktails are in! Not only will they look pretty in pictures, but these refreshing cocktails will have your guests drinking like royalty! We’ve included a little something for everyone in our top 7 summer wedding cocktail list. We’ve got bubbly, tequila, bourbon, vodka, and more! And make sure to check out #7. It’s a Molly’s original that’s already made its way into 5280 Magazine!

Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa

Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa

2 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
A sweet sparkling wine (we used Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé)
A few fresh sage leaves
A wedge of grapefruit for garnish

Directions:
Tear a few sage leaves and place at the bottom of the glass. Add about 2 ounces of grapefruit juice and top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with additional sage leaves and grapefruit wedge.

Berry Happy together Sangria

Berry Elderflower Sangria

1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or dry white wine
3/4 cup Elderflower liqueur
2 fresh peaches, sliced
5-6 fresh strawberries
6 fresh raspberries
1 small bunch of fresh white grapes

Directions:
Stir ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Allow fruit to soak in mixture for 15 minutes– or longer if desired. Serve in an ice-filled glass. Garnish with micro marigolds.

Peach Basil Moscow Mule

Peach Basil Moscow Mule

A few pieces of fresh basil
1/4 lime
2 oz peach vodka
6 oz ginger beer

Directions:
Fill glasses with ice. If you have copper mugs that’s awesome, but any cocktail glass will work! Add 2 oz of peach vodka and 6 oz ginger beer. Squeeze in 1/4 of a lime and then add a couple pieces of fresh basil. Stir all of the ingredients together.

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz limoncello
8 0z (1 cup) lemonade
4-5 fresh mint leaves

Directions:
Muddle mint leaves in glass and add a couple of ice cubes to release their flavor. Mix in bourbon, limoncello, lemonade and stir. Garnish with a few mint leaves.

Elderflower Mojito Cocktail

Elderflower Mojito Cocktail

1 oz Elderflower liqueur
1 oz rum, white
10 fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz simple syrup

Directions:
Add the rum and mint leaves to a mixing glass. Muddle the mint leaves lightly. Pour the elderflower liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup into the mixing glass and stir. Pour into an ice-filled glass and garnish with edible flowers if desired.

Cucumber Margarita

Cucumber Margarita

4 slices of fresh cucumber
1 lime wedge
1 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
Tajin seasoning to rim the glass – chile peppers, lime, and sea salt

Directions:
Place 3 cucumber slices (skin removed) in glassware and muddle. Add 1 ounce of lime juice, 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, and 1 ounce triple sec and stir. Add tajin to the rim and garish with a cucumber slice and lime wedge

Laven-berry prosecco cocktail

Molly’s Laven-berry Prosecco Cocktail

1 lemon slice
1 rosemary sprig
A few fresh blackberries
1 1/2 oz lavender gin (we used Colorado’s Lee Spirits Lavender Gin)
1 oz blackberry liqueur (we used Leopold Bros’ Rocky Mountain Blackberry Liqueur)
Prosecco to top off

Directions:
Combine lavender gin and blackberry liqueur and stir. Top off with prosecco. Garish with a lemon slice, blackberries, and a rosemary sprig.

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Group Rose Wine Bottle Photo

The Best Wines for Summer – It’s Rosé Season

Suns Out, Rosés Out! It’s time to rejoice in the official wine of summer – the rosé!  This trendy pink drink comes with its own catchphrases like “Rosé All Day” and “Yes Way, Rosé” and even recently made headlines for its availability in 40 ounce bottles!

And there’s a reason for the hype, the hashtags, and the memes so we’re going to dive into the pink world of rosé. Your guide to a rosé-filled summer is here, and it’ll have you saying “New Day, New Rosé”.

Rosé basics (although rosé is anything but basic)

Rosé is a category of wine – just as white and red are categories. Its name comes from the French word for pink.

Rosé happens when the skins of red grapes touch wine for only a short time (anywhere from 2 hours to 20 hours). The longer the grapes’ skins are left sitting in the wine, the darker the color of the finished rosé.

There are three ways to make rosé: maceration, saignée and blending. The maceration method is when red wine grapes are let to rest, or macerate, in the juice for a period of time and afterward the entire batch of juice is finished into a rosé wine. The Saignée (“San-yay”) method is when some of the juice is bled off during the first few hours of making a red wine and put into a new vat to make rosé. This method is very common in wine regions that make fine red wines such as Napa and Sonoma. And the blending method is when a little bit of red wine is added to a vat of white wine to make rosé. It doesn’t take much red wine to dye a white wine pink, so usually these wines will have up to 5% or so, of a red wine added. This method is very uncommon with still rosé wines but happens much more in sparkling wine regions such as Champagne.

The primary flavors of rosé wine are red fruit, flowers, citrus, and melon, with a pleasant crunchy green flavor on the finish similar to celery or rhubarb. Of course, depending on the type of grape the rosé wine is made with will greatly vary the flavor.

Rosés range in taste from dry (not sweet) to sweet depending on grape. Pink doesn’t always equal sweet!

The suggested serving temperature:45 – 55 degrees F / 7 – 10 degrees C.

Rosé pairs well with SO MANY foods – fin fish, shellfish, white meat, cured meat, hard cheese, soft cheese, greens, and exotic spices like turmeric, ginger, saffron, and cumin.

Just like summer can’t last forever, the vast majority of rosés are made to be consumed within 1-2 years which is why the rosés you’ll see below are from 2015 and 2016.

Rosé is produced in every major country and is made of nearly every grape variety – both red and white. The Molly’s Wine Team has chosen a few favorites out of our ENTIRE section of rosés for our guide. These hail from France, Spain, Austria, the good ol’ U.S. of A., Chile, and South Africa. Let’s travel through the various regions together!

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France

Rosé wines of France mainly come from Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both located in Southern France. French rosés are dry and the blend usually includes Grenache (fruity) and Syrah (savory). Fun facts: Provence is the world’s largest wine region specializing in dry rosé! The Center for Rosé Research, located in Provence, is the only scientific organization dedicated to studying rosé wine and supporting improvements in rosé quality and diversity. Wine Folly has dubbed rosés from Provence the “little black dress of pink wines”.

Saint Roch les Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

“This blend of Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%) has everything a Provençal rosé should: delicacy, dryness and drinkability. It smells of bright red berries, and the palate is lively and full of crisp, food-friendly acidity.” — Importer

Region/Appellation: Côtes de Provence
Country Hierarchy: Provence, France
Grape/Blend: 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault
Price: $14.98 | ON SALE: $12.98
Enjoy: With fresh berries while soaking in a hot spring

Château Montfaucon ‘Les Gardettes’ Rosé 2016

“Refreshing and crisp with hints of peaches, raspberries and violets, this easy drinking dry rosé is meant to be enjoyed casually in a jovial spirit.” – Rodolphe de Pins, Château de Montfaucon

Region/Appellation: Montfaucon
Country Hierarchy: Rhône Valley, France
Grape/Blend: Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache
Price: $12.98 | ON SALE: $10.98
Enjoy: While getting your daily dose of green vegetables (who said that can’t be fun?!)

AIX Rosé 2016

“An elegant rosé with layers of complexity and a fresh personality. Beautifully balanced with bright fruit flavors, delicate floral notes, and a long finish reminiscent of a clear, warm day in Provence, this delicious rose is as captivating as a gentle refreshing summer breeze – it seduces you like a bright sunny day. Sublime happiness in every sip. Enjoy chilled.” – Maison Saint AIX

Region/Appellation: Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence
Country Hierarchy: Provence, France
Grape/Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault
Price: $16.98 | ON SALE: $13.98
Enjoy: Overlooking the water with a glass of AIX Rosé in one hand and a good book in the other

Domaine de Beaurenard Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2016

“Fruity with ‘pep’, class and a nice mineral support. A frank attack with pleasing roundness, present fruit balanced by a delicate structure found by the mineral presence.” – Domaine de Beaurenard

Region/Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Country Hierarchy: Rhône, France
Grape/Blend: Grenache, Syrah Juice, and Cinsault
Price: $18.98 | ON SALE: $16.98
Enjoy: At a backyard BBQ

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé 2016

“A pleasant, intense, floral and mineral nose and well balanced palate with freshness combining red currants and berries. This rosé is ready to drink now, and should be consumed within a year to enjoy its fresh fruitiness to the full. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a meal.” – Mas de Daumas Gassac

Region/Appellation: Pays d’Herault
Country Hierarchy: Languedoc, France
Grape/Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Carignan
Price: $12.98 | ON SALE: $10.98
Enjoy: While enjoying a late lunch after tackling your weekend to-do list

Chãteau du Rouët Côtes de Provence Cuvée Réservée Tradition Rosé 2015

“A refreshing blast of rose petal aromas give way to crisp minerality loaded with notes of cherry blossom, raspberry and strawberries. This classically dry Provençal rosé has a fruity palate and a long, rich aftertaste.” – Chãteau du Rouët

Region/Appellation: Côtes de Provence
Country Hierarchy: Provence, France
Grape/Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 20% Syrah
Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $15.98
Enjoy: While sharing a cured meat plate with your bestie

Château de Paraza Cuvée Spéciale Rosé 2016

“A pleasing nose with notes of strawberry and redcurrant. On the palate the wine is wild, round, and well-balanced, with a lot of crisp. Pure freshness.” – Château de Paraza

Region/Appellation: Minervois
Country Hierarchy: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Grape/Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Price: $13.98 | ON SALE: $11.98
Enjoy: With takeout from your go-to sushi place and a little Netflix binge

Spain

The most popular Spanish rosés are Tempranillo (savory) and Garnacha (fruity)-based rosado wines from Rioja, but Spain hosts a range of rosé wines. Jumilla is located on the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern of Spain and produces quality rosés from the Monastrell (savory) grape variety.

Ostatu Rosado 2016

“Pale salmon, bright color with pinks reflections. Aromas of fresh fruits (strawberries), with a fine and elegant expression. Very fresh and balanced in the mouth, slightly oily and with dimension. Great balance of flavors, fruitiness and warmth.” – Ostatu

Region/Appellation: Rioja Alavesa
Country Hierarchy:  Spain
Grape/Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 27% Garnacha and 3% Viura
Price: $17.98 | ON SALE: $15.98
Enjoy: With a make your own pizza date night

Bodegas Muga Rosado 2016

“Aromas of red currant and strawberry, and flavors of bright red fruit, orange and flowers. A very easy wine to drink” – Bodegas Muga

Region/Appellation: Rioja Alta
Country Hierarchy: Rioja, Spain
Grape/Blend: 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo
Price: $18.98 | ON SALE: $15.98
Enjoy: Poolside with a plate of sliced mango

Bodegas Olivares Rosado 2016

“The blend of Monastrell and Grenache gives richness and structure to this fresh, fruity rosé. You’ll find floral and red fruits on the nose and in the mouth. It is fruity, fresh and balanced.” – Bodegas Olivares 

Region/Appellation: Jumilla
Country Hierarchy: Murcia, Spain
Grape/Blend: 70% Grenache, 30% Monastrell
Price: $10.98 | ON SALE: $8.98
Enjoy:
By the campfire, although you might want to transfer into a different vessel before you set out on your adventure (should you decide to brave it and bring the glass bottle, it is a twist off so no need to worry about a cork screw)

Austria

Rosé wine is produced in all of Austria´s wine-growing regions, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt are two significant grape varieties used in Austrian rosés.  Zweigelt is characterized by bold cherry flavors and a slight herbaceous bitter note on the finish making rosé wines fruity while Blaufränkisch typically produces wines rich in tannin and sometimes exhibiting a pronounced spicy character. Niederosterreich (Lower Austria) is the largest wine region in Austria followed by Burgenland.

Meinklang Frizzante Pinot Noir Rosé 2015

“This light frizzante made from Pinot Noir shows a lot of fruitness and aromatics. Strawberries, cherries and minerality lead to long slightly bubbly finish. Organic and biodynamic!” – kwselection.com

Region/Appellation: Burgenland
Country Hierarchy: Austria
Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir, Zweigelt & Blaufränkisch
Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $17.98
Enjoy: With Sunday brunch

Pratsch Rosé 2016

“Made from several varieties of organically-grown estate grapes, this Austrian rosé is delicate and dry featuring aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, peach, and pear, backed by crisp, refreshing acidity.” – Winesellers, Ltd

Region/Appellation: Niederosterreich (Lower Austria)
Country Hierarchy: Austria
Grape/Blend: Zweigelt
Price: $14.98 | ON SALE: $10.98
Enjoy: With paella after a day spent on the water

United States

As of August 2016, The United States is currently ranked as the world’s third largest producer of rosé wine (after France and Spain respectively) and is gaining ground as the trend shows its longevity year after year!

Moshin Vineyards 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir

” A dry, refreshing, cool, crisp pink with flavors and aromas of strawberry, melon and hints of spring flowers. 100% Pinot Noir that delivers a juicy and delicious wine – pairing easily with appetizers, fish and good times with friends!” — Moshin Vineyards

Region/Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir
Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $17.98
Enjoy: At happy hour with friends from the office

Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2016

“The ’16 Vin Gris is a bit of a departure from recent vintages, somewhat deeper in color and definitely a bit fruitier than some, though the fruit is perhaps (at least at this stage) more of the dark and brooding variety, particularly suggestive of black currants, Damson plum and rosehips. This wine is all about elegance and restraint. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish ” – Bonny Doon Vineyard

Region/Appellation: Central Coast, California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: 49% Grenache, 19% Grenache Blanc, 13% Mourvèdre, 12% Carignane, 4% Cinsaut, 3% Roussanne
Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $14.98
Enjoy: At a 4th of July crab boil under the fireworks

Chile

Chile’s hot summers, coastal cooling breezes, and moderate rainfall make it an ideal climate for wine grape growing! Most of Chile’s vineyards are located in the Central Valley Region, a large region that contains several smaller valleys like Maule Valley which is where our pick from Chile is produced. Over the past two decades, Chile has seen a massive diversification; wineries, both big and small, new wine regions and plantings of altogether new-to-Chile grapes. The Carménère grape used in the rosé below is now considered the national grape of Chile.

Apaltagua Reserva Carménère Rose

“Rose petal-colored, clear, brilliant and clean, our Apaltagua Carménère Rosé has perfumed aromas of tart red fruit, such as raspberry. With floral notes such as rose, as well as hints of citrus, there is a touch of light balsamic and subtle spice. In the mouth it is fresh and dry, with a medium body and a long finish.” – Apaltagua Vineyards

Region/Appellation: Maule Valley
Country Hierarchy: Chile
Grape/Blend: 85% Carmenere, 15% Syrah
Price: $11.98 | ON SALE: $9.98
Enjoy: On a picnic with a plate of fresh tomato and mozzarella slices

South Africa

Like the United States and Chile, South Africa is classified as a ‘New World’ region. New World wines come from countries that used to be colonies, where winemaking (and Vitis vinifera grapes) were imported. The differences in Old World and New World wines come from winemaking practices (tradition) and from the affect of the land and climate on the grapes (the “terroir”). New World wines are often described as tasting riper, having higher alcohol, having less acidity, and tasting more fruity while Old World wines are often described as tasting lighter, having less alcohol, having higher acidity, and tasting less fruity. The Cabernet Sauvignon is one of South Africa’s most planted grapes and is used to produce the rosé listed below. First released in 1999, Mulderbosch Rosé was one of the very first of its kind from South Africa. This rosé is produced in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s leading wine area with a winemaking tradition that stretches back to the end of the 17th-century.

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2016

“Bracing mineral aromatics and floral notes are found on the nose whilst the well balanced and vibrant palate features freshly sliced watermelon, Turkish rose water and subtly herbaceous Cabernet Sauvignon flavours. Amplifying its fresh, clean acidity and striking length is a burst of succulent Ruby grapefruit that carries the wonderful ensemble to a pleasant, lasting finish.” – Mulderbosch

Region/Appellation: Stellenbosch /Coastal Region
Country Hierarchy: South Africa
Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $13.98 | ON SALE: $11.98
Enjoy: At the annual Labor Day family reunion

All prices limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change. Molly’s has an entire section dedicated to rosés (Lane 2, Aisle B)! Swing by and our wine team will be happy to help you find the perfect one!

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Denver Art Museum’s Uncorked Reserve Wine Pairings

Molly’s Spirits is a proud sponsor of this year’s Uncorked Reserve 2017. Uncorked is the Denver Art Museum’s spring fundraising event benefiting the museum’s exhibitions and programs. It’s a two-tiered event that includes Uncorked Reserve and the after party – Uncorked AFTERGLO. The evening includes a silent auction cocktail reception in the museum’s Duncan Pavilion, followed by a four-course plated dinner designed by Kevin Taylor Catering featuring exquisite wine and drink pairings with each course. After a live auction, guests are invited to join the Uncorked AFTERGLO party featuring live music and creative treats and cocktails! More information and tickets can be found here.

In anticipation of this year’s event, we’ve put together a list of the wines being served throughout the evening with tasting notes and suggested food pairings for you to use as a guide for your own entertaining needs! These wines were carefully chosen in collaboration with our supplier partners, and will make an excellent addition to any cocktail or dinner party. Look for the shelf tags at Molly’s indicating the wine is a part of Uncorked Reserve and Uncorked AFTERGLO next time you’re in the store!

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Passed Hors d’oeuvres Cocktail Reception

Meiomi Chardonnay

“Smooth, opulent layers of lemon peel and stone fruit are heightened by sweet smells of crème brûlée, butterscotch, baked apple, shortbread, roasted marshmallow, and spices. The mid-palate is fleshy and rich, followed by a clean, mineral finish.” – Meiomi

Region/Appellation: California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Chardonnay
Food Suggestions: Mushrooms, Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Crab Salad
Price: $13.98
Location: Lane 10, Aisle C

7 Moons Red Blend

“A red blend of seven different grape varietals, 7 Moons is a smooth, easy-drinking, fruit-forward wine. Aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, baking spices, and vanilla bean lead to flavors of strawberry preserves, cherry cola, and milk chocolate.” – 7 Moons

Region/Appellation: California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah,  Zinfandel, Cabernet, Malbec, and Grenache
Food Suggestions: Barbecued Chicken, Lamb, and Caprese Salad
Price: $11.98
Location: Lane 4, Aisle B

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Lunetta Prosecco

“From first glance you see a wonderful pale straw color with greenish reflections, fine bubbles and a creamy white foam. The nose is fragrant, with enticing aromas of apple and peach. The palate is refreshing, dry and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.” – Palm Bay International

Region/Appellation: Veneto
Country Hierarchy: Italy
Grape/Blend: Glera
Food Suggestion: Sushi, Shellfish, Seafood, and Pork
Price: $9.98
Location: Lane 3, Aisle B

Wine provided in partnership with Palm Bay International.

Salad Course

Starmont Rosé 2016

“The Starmont Rosé displays light red color reminiscent of watermelon or candied apple. On the nose, aromas of citrus, candied strawberries, watermelon and berry fruit. The soft entry on the palate opens to a round and flavorful wine with good volume and weight; bright acidity balanced with abundant strawberry and peach flavors; surprisingly complex and long finish.” – Starmont Winery

Region/Appellation: Napa Valley
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red
Food Suggestion: Light Salads, Light Pasta and Rice Dishes, Seafood, Shellfish, Grilled Fish, and Goats’ Cheese
Price: $14.98
Location: Lane 2, Aisle A

Wine provided in partnership with V2 Wine Group.

Entree

Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

“Aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry and cassis draw you into this Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Round and rich tannins provide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar, vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the finish.” – Kendall Jackson

Region/Appellation: Sonoma County, California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Suggestion: Beef and Venison
Price: $16.98
Location: Lane 6, Aisle C

Wine provided in partnership with Jackson Family Wines.

Dessert Course

Villa M Brachetto

“Brachetto is pleasure bottled – a popular light sparkling frizzante wine produced in the Acqui region of Piemonte. It fascinates with its hints of red fruits, especially strawberries. Intrigues with its floral tones, pink hues, and slightly spicy flavors. Satisfies with a pleasant balanced sweetness.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott

Region/Appellation: Piemonte
Country Hierarchy: Italy
Grape/Blend: Brachetto
Food Suggestions: Fresh Berry Desserts
Price: $13.98
Location: Lane 8, Aisle B

Wine provided in partnership with Enotec Imports.

After Party

Sea Pearl Sauvignon Blanc

“A lifted nose showing refreshing herbal notes, snow pea, melon, and fresh guava. Light bodied and refreshing with typical Marlborough flavors of passionfruit, gooseberry, and grapefruit. A pleasing herbaceous thread leads to a long, lingering finish.” – Winesellers, LTD

Region/Appellation: Marlborough
Country Hierarchy: New Zealand
Grape/Blend: Sauvignon Blanc
Food Suggestions: Goats’ Cheese, Feta, Chicken, Seafood, Grilled Vegetables, and Salad
Price: $10.98
Location: Lane 11, Aisle A

Wine provided in partnership with Winesellers, LTD.

Santa Julia Reserva Malbec

“Dark violet with blue hues, Nore of ripe red and black fruits such as cherries, plums, and blackberries. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, and snuff. Medium-bodied flavor, with soft tannins and balanced acidity with a fruity and spicy finish.” – Winesellers, LTD

Region/Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Country Hierarchy: Argentina
Grape/Blend: Malbec
Food Suggestion: Beef and Venison
Price: $11.98
Location: Lane 11, Aisle A

Wine provided in partnership with Winesellers, LTD.

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Denver A-List’s Best Wine Shop of 2017 Winner!

You guys! We’re blushing!! We’re so honored to be named the Denver A-List’s Best Wine Shop of 2017! Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who voted for us. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your amazing support. And if you haven’t checked out our wine selection yet, we have over 6,000 bottles of wine in stock from over 20 countries and extremely knowledgeable staff to help you find the perfect wine for any occasion!

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5 Irish Whiskeys for St. Patrick’s Day and Everyday

It’s St. Patrick’s Day – how are you celebrating?  If your plan is to get into the spirit with one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe, this blog post might help you (I sure learned a lot). Here we’re sharing our Assistant Spirits Manager’s top picks. Andrew’s list is composed of different varieties of Irish whiskey – a single pot still, two single malts (including the only Irish peated single malt whiskey), and two blended Irish whiskeys. These five Irish whiskeys are at various price points which is great if you’re a newbie or well practiced looking for something new to try.

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Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Bourbon Cask Matured Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Price: $48.99

“Knappogue Castle 12 year old, our signature expression, is an exceptional single malt made exclusively from malted barley. Triple distilled one batch at a time in traditional, onion-shaped copper pot stills, the whiskey is then aged in bourbon oak casks for twelve years. The delicate distillation process, along with the moist and temperate climate, yields the distinctive flavor of this remarkable Irish single malt.” – Knappogue Castle

Tasting Notes

Nose: Rich and biscuity with notes of peppery spice
Taste: Mellow and well-balanced with a bright, elegant fruitiness and mild spice flavors
Finish: Medium, clean, and smooth

Irish single malt whiskey must be distilled from a mash of nothing other than malted barley at a single distillery. Malted means the barley has been moistened for a few days to fool the grain into germination and then had its growth halted by heat. I’ll use Knappogue’s process as our guide:

Ingredients
Knappogue Castle Single Malt is made with pure Irish spring water and malted barley. The malted barley is dried in ovens without the use of peat (unlike Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey – see below). This process enables the crisp, clean flavor of malted barley to come through without smoky overtones. The dried malt is then ground and mixed with hot water to extract the sugars. This liquid, called “wort”, is cooled to room temperature. Yeast is added, converting the sugars to alcohol and transforming the wort into a liquid called “wash,” with an alcohol level of 15-20 proof.

Distillation
The “wash” is distilled one batch at a time in onion-shaped copper pot stills – a centuries-old tradition. The first output of distillation is 40 proof. These “low wines” are distilled a second time to increase strength and purity with the center cut of the second distillation used to make single malt. The “heads” and “tails” are removed to enhance the quality. The center cut is then distilled a third and final time, ensuring unparalleled smoothness. After the final distillation process, the spirit is colorless and about 130 proof.

Aging
The spirit is then placed in bourbon oak casks, stored at a relatively consistent temperature, and in Knappogue Castle 12 Year’s case, aged for at least 12 years until the right balance of flavors and mellow appeal is achieved. An expert “noser” samples and selects casks of the finest quality and distinct flavor profile. The whiskey is then adjusted with pure Irish water to the desired proof (80 proof for Knappogue 12 Year).

Did you know? Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey is named after the 15th century castle in Ireland which inspired it, but the word itself has a meaning of its own. Knappogue (pronounced Nah’ Pogue) translates to ‘hill of the kiss’ in Gaelic.

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Price: $87.99

“Inspired by the original Yellow Spot whiskey (last seen in Ireland in the mid to late ’60s) Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Whiskey has been matured for not less than 12 years in a combination of American bourbon, Spanish sherry and Spanish Malaga casks. Drawing from the Mitchell family tradition of importing fortified wines, full term maturation in ex Malaga casks contributes exotic sweet characteristics to the whiskey.” – Spot Whiskey 

Tasting Notes

Nose: Mown hay and cracked black pepper. Red bell peppers, nutmeg, clove oil and green tea. Sweet honey and peaches from the Malaga casks
Taste: Honey sweetness with pot still spices. Flavors of fresh coffee, creamy milk chocolate and Crème Brûlée. Notes of red apples and toasted oak
Finish: Sophisticated and complex. Sweetness throughout with a mix of red grape and dry barley upon exit

Single pot still whiskey is a style of Irish whiskey made by a single distillery from a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley then triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills. This inclusion of unmalted raw barley in the mash in addition to malt is what makes this style different than single malt whiskey. This unmalted component is said to give single pot whiskey a “spicier bristle” and “thicker texture” than single malt whiskeys. Small amounts of other cereals such as oats or rye may also be used if required. As of 2016, there are only a handful of single pot still whiskeys on the market.

Did you know?  When the Mitchell family entered the whiskey bonding business in 1887, it was at the peak of the Victorian whiskey boom and pot still Irish whiskey was at its summit. The ‘Spot’ brand name originated from the family’s practice of marking casks of different ages with a daub or spot of colored paint with each color representing a particular age.

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Price: $41.99

“Unique among Irish whiskeys, Connemara is the only Irish peated single malt whiskey in existence today. Inspired by the 18th century art of drying malting barley over peat fires, Connemara possesses a distinct peaty flavor and aroma, instilling a delicate smokiness and smooth, sweet taste.” – Connemara

Tasting Notes

Nose: Smokey peatiness balanced by heather floralness with hints of honey and oak
Taste: Silky smooth with a honey sweet start, followed by more complex aromas of malt and fruit giving way to the intensifying full bodied peat. A well-balanced yet complex taste with vanilla oak notes
Finish: A long and glorious finish with golden honey notes and deep peat spreading across the mouth and palate. Hints of chocolate vanilla and oak leave a mouth-watering taste

While most Irish whiskeys are tripled distilled, Connemara is actually double distilled to maintain the peat characteristics.

Did you know? Connemara is named after the area in Ireland.

Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey Classic Blend

Price: $23.99

“Clontarf 1014 is a bold and smooth Irish whiskey, triple distilled, aged in bourbon barrels and blended to perfection.” – Clontarf 1014

Tasting Notes

Nose: Some grain notes and faint honey and lemon rind
Taste: Sweet, mildly grainy, and peppery; lemongrass and grain features
Finish: Nice citrus fruit notes

Irish blended whiskey is as a blend of two or more different whiskey types, and its production usually includes Irish grain whiskey. Grain whiskey in Ireland is distilled from one or more of the following: corn, wheat, rye and barley. Barley and corn are used to give Clontarf its aroma and flavor.

Did you know? Clontarf 1014 hails its name from the Battle of Clontarf. At the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, High King Brian Boru sent viking invaders tumbling back into the sea and gave his life to achieve a remarkable victory for the Irish over the fearsome vikings.

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey

Price: $18.99
“Smooth, malty, and slightly sweet to start, with a tingle of honey and citrus. 2 GINGERS is a blended Irish whiskey, distilled twice and aged four years in the mild climate at the Cooley Distillery.” – 2 Gingers

Tasting Notes

Nose: Lightly malty nose with some fruit
Taste: A touch of orange, some honey, vanilla, nuts and spice
Finish:  The charred oak of the bourbon barrel gives a smooth vanilla and caramel finish

In order to label a spirit “Irish whiskey”, it must be aged three years. 2 Gingers and Clontarf 1014 are aged just slightly past that at four years.

Did you know? The two redheads who grace the 2 Gingers bottle are the founder’s mother and aunt. 2 Gingers trademarked cocktail is called the BIG GINGER made up of two parts 2 GINGERS Irish whiskey, ginger ale, lemon wedge and lime wedge. We’ve used 2 Gingers in a few recipes of ourselves!

In conclusion…

Hopefully we’ve provided some insight into the world of Irish whiskey for the novices and for those unfamiliar with these brands. Molly’s has many Irish whiskeys to chose from. You can find them all in Spirits Lane #1. Our staff will gladly help you find the perfect Irish whiskey for you!

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