Monday, March 03, 2008

Keeping spirts healthy, monthly

Sorry for the 7x7-specific posting, but this is should certainly be of interest to any locals who have stumbled unwittingly into the labyrinth of Belgian malt advocacy that is Eureka Valley's Healthy Spirits store: It's now hosting a beer club to help guide us through some of their more obscure offerings - especially ones which are price-prohibitive [read: 'spensive] enough to give the typical buyer pause while browsing. Good man that he is, beer manager David Hauslein is putting together packages of two to three beers per month (at around $30 a pop) with extensive tasting notes and even food & cheese pairings (for those of you who eat, too).

Worried that the choices will be too pedestrian? Take the current releases, then:

Birrificio Le Baladin - Nora
herb/spice hybrid ale
abv: 6.8%
Brewed in an Egyptian style with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel.

Brasserie Caracole - Nostradamus
Belgian brown ale
abv: 9.5%
Gold medal winner, 2002 World Beer Championships
And like other similar type clubs (in the wine world, at least), if you like what you get, you can buy more at a pretty nice discount (a discount that actually extends to the cheeses, as well). I'm not one to typically shill for local resellers, but since this store's relying primarily on word of mouth and a rather quiet MySpace page, I figure it's the least I can do to repay them for providing me with my RDA of Troubadour Obscura.



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