Join us at Tipple’s on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for a rare beer tasting.  For this evening we will be featuring rare, limited, and one-off beers.  The tasting will be done in class format and guided by Andy Bielecki, the Bearded Taster at Swamp Head.

Admission is $45 and must be made in advance in person at Tipple’s or by phone (352) 672-6303. In addition to the featured beers your admission includes a souvenir beer glass, hors oeuvres provided by Strega Nona’s Oven, and 10% off most items in the store. Sorry, no refunds or cancellations, please make sure you can attend before signing up! Please arrange for a safe ride home.

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DuMol Russian River2010 DuMol Syrah Russian River

93 Points Wine Advocate – “The 2010 Syrah is rich, explosive and incredibly beautiful. Blackberries, cassis, graphite, savory herbs, white flowers and black pepper all emerge from this drop-dead gorgeous wine. More exotic notes of orange peel, spices, nutmeg, cloves and myriad of aromas and flavors take shape in the glass over time. Simply put, this is a fabulous, drop-dead gorgeous wine from DuMol. The 2010 can be enjoyed today, but it has more than enough stuffing to drink well for a number of years. In 2010, the Jack Robert’s Run was declassified to the straight Russian River Syrah bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.”

92 Points Wine Spectator – “Pure, rich and layered, offering dark berry, spice, mineral and cedar. Fleshy, but tight and firm on the finish, with touches of nutmeg and espresso. Drink now through 2022.”

Sierra Nevada NarwhalNarwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.

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Brechet Lirac2012 Famille Brechet Plateau de Chenes Lirac Red Blend (Southern Rhone)

Blend: 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache

“Lirac sits just across the Rhone river from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but Lirac has never come close to attaining the lofty reputation of its neighbor. Overall, the terroir can’t quite match Chateauneuf’s. The soils are similar in some ways, with plenty of clay, sandstone and quartz. But Chateauneuf enjoys more abundant limestone, and its vineyards also benefit from the influence of the large stones knows as Galets. These large, rounded rocks capture and release heat to ripening grapes and also force vines to struggle for water, producing intense fruit.

Lirac’s terroir features smaller stones, which don’t deliver the power of Chateauneuf’s terroir, but Lirac’s potential is greater than is widely believed as Lirac shares abundant sunshine as well as the mistral, a wind that can blow for days at a time, chasing away humidity and reducing disease pressure while concentrating flavor and structure.”