Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine & Super Session #2 04/29 & 04/30 – Important BONUS Information

lawsons-beerImportant Lawson’s news this week!

We are rolling out Sip of Sunshine this week in the following manner:

  • Truck will arrive Friday, we will update THIS POST when the truck is here and when stock runs out on Friday and Saturday
  • FRIDAY 04/29 – Sip of Sunshine – 2 per person – Sold Out
  • We only allow 2 4pks of Sip of Sunshine per person on Saturday a couple times a year – this is one of those weeks!
  • SATURDAY 04/30 10A – BONUS this week – Sip of Sunshine – 2 per person – Sold Out
  • SATURDAY 04/30 2PM – BONUS this week – Sip of Sunshine – 2 per person – Sold Out
  • No bottles expected this week.
  • Super Session #2National Beer Champ Winner – In stock

Enjoy the bonus Sip of Sunshine this week, please refer to our Lawson’s page for additional information or contact us!

Make The Cut Homebrew Contest | Public Vote Starting Fri 04/29 | FREE TASTING at Beverage Warehouse Growler Bar Fri & Sat

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Get ready to VOTE for your favorite beer THIS Friday & Saturday!

Your vote will count towards the winner of the 2016 Make The Cut Homebrew Competition.  The winning brew will be brewed again, canned, and available statewide this summer thanks to our friends at Farrell Distributing.



Beverage Warehouse Growler Bar Information:

FRIDAY 04/29 –

  • Beverage Warehouse Growler Bar 3-9p Free Samples | VOTE | Growler Fills

SATURDAY 04/30 –

  • Beverage Warehouse Growler Bar 12-6p Free Samples | VOTE | Growler Fills


Bar Flights & Voting Information:

Starting FRIDAY 04/29 3p –

Buy flights and VOTE for either Roland’s Altbier or Casey’s Baltic Porter across Vermont at:

  • 14th Star Brewing
  • Prohibition Pig
  • Doc Ponds
  • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
  • Worthy Kitchen
  • The Bench
  • The Reservoir
  • Three Penny Taproom
  • Mule Bar
  • The Worthy Burger


Ommegang Game of Thrones Beer | Seven Kingdoms

game-of-thrones-beer-ommegangWinter is coming but the latest Ommegang Game of Thrones Beer, Seven Kingdoms arrived first!game-of-thrones-beer-seven-kingdoms-beverage-warehouse$8.49 | 750mlgame-of-thrones-beer-beverage-warehouseSeven Kingdoms is the ONLY Game of Thrones beer in stock.



Seven Kingdoms –
Of Westeros’ Seven Kingdoms, six were conquered and one, indomitable, was brought in, not by war, but by the sacred blood ties of marriage.

Seven Hells! Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale, the newest beer in the Game of Thrones series from HBO Global Licensing and Brewery Ommegang, is slated to debut this spring ahead of the premiere of season six of HBO’s critically-acclaimed and Emmy award-winning show.

Seven Kingdoms is a marriage of a traditional Belgian-style wheat and a hop-forward American ale – but unlike so many of the marriages on the show, the resulting hoppy wheat is pleasant, playful and inspired. Seven Kingdoms harmoniously weds citrusy and herbal American hops, with wheaty maltiness and moderate bitterness.

Tasting Notes –
Seven Kingdoms pours a hazy pale yellow with a thick cap of pure white foam. Aromas of citrus and fruit are underpinned with notes of banana, ripe fruit, and spicy phenols from the yeast. The hop flavor is full and round with notes of tart orange and lemon, complemented by substantial wheat maltiness. A mildly bitter finish gives way to slight lingering hop notes.

  • Malt: Pilsner, wheat, and oats
  • Hops: Bravo, Centennial, Citra, Cascade, and Columbus
  • Spices: None
  • ABV: 6.9%

Allagash Sixteen Counties

alagash-sixteen-countiesAllagash Sixteen Counties has invaded Chittenden County!

$8.39  |  750ML

(Fourteen counties in Vermont, by the way)


Sixteen Counties –

We named this beer to honor the rich tradition of farming in the sixteen counties of Maine. We brew the beer with malted Maine-grown barley, unmalted Maine-grown red wheat, and Maine-grown organic oats.

Sixteen Counties has a bright copper hue with aromas of lemon rind, flowers, and candied grapefruit.  The first sip opens with herbal hop notes, wheat cracker, and citrus and ends with a balanced, dry finish.

  • Grains: Maine Malt House 2-row Malted Barley (Buck Farms), Blue Ox Malthouse 2-row Malted Barley, Raw Wheat (Maine Grains), Oats (Aurora Mills & Farm)
  • Hops: Jarrylo, Chinook, Centennial
  • Yeast: House
  • Serving Temp: 40-50°F

Founders Rubaeus Ale – Now in cans

founders-rubaeus-raspberry-ale-cansThree times three cheers for Founders raspberry beer!  Why nine cheers?  Because Founders deliciously tart and refreshing Rubaeus Raspberry Ale is now available in 9pk cans!

$18.99 9pk Cans


Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries, Rubaeus is Founders’ way of celebrating the joys of summer year-round. This stunning berry-red masterpiece is the perfect blend of sweet, tart and refreshing. No question about it, this beer is 100% Founders.

  • ABV: 5.7%
  • IBUs: 15
  • RateBeer Rating: 97


Lagunitas a Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale 12pks

lagunitas-little-sumpin-sumpin-ale-12-packsLagunitas a Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale 12pks are now available for you to remove from our store and do whatever you want with – we suggest opening and drinking them in that order.

93 Points BeerAdvocate
94 Points BeerAdvocate Bros
98 Points Overall Rate Beer
99 Points Style Rate Beer



Way smooth and silky with a nice wheatly-esque-ishness. A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. A hoppy pale wheat ale that is great for IPA fans but so smooth that the hefeweizen fans dig it too.

  • ABV 7.5%
  • O.G. 1.071
  • IBU 65

Choklat Oranj | Southern Tier

choklat-oranj-southern-tierSouthern Tier Choklat Oranj is now available!  Snag this sweet n’ citrusy spring seasonal while you can!



Choklat Oranj is the fifth beer currently in our highly regarded Blackwater series. Warlock, Creme Brulee, Mokah and Choklat have RateBeer scores of 97, 98, 99 and 100, respectively. Choklat Oranj is a stout brewed with chocolate and orange peels, opaque black in color, 10.0% abv, and a delicious dessert beer. Perfect alone, or enjoyed as a float. Scoop organic vanilla bean ice cream into a snifter or pint glass and top with Choklat Oranj. It’s impossible to be disappointed.


  • STYLE: Imperial Stout brewed with Chocolate & Orange Peels
  • BREWED SINCE: 2015
  • ABV: 10.0%
  • FERMENTATION: Ale yeast, two varieties of hops, four types of malts, chocolate & orange peels
  • COLOR: Opaque, nearly black
  • EFFERVESCENCE: Lightly carbonated
  • NOSE: Chocolate, sweet caramel notes, orange
  • FLAVOR: Chocolate, dark malts, orange
  • BITTERNESS: Medium
  • BODY: Creamy, heavier bodied
  • GLASS: Tulip glass, snifter, oversized wine glass
  • AVAILABILITY: Late spring release / 22oz / 1/6 keg
  • CELLARING: 35-40°F

Kosher Wine For Passover – chag kasher v’same’ach

Passover is April 22-30 this year, below is every drop of Kosher wine  currently available to us,
chag kasher v’same’ach (חַג כָּשֵׁר וְשָׂמֵחַ)!


(Manischewitz not shown but in stock!)

kosher-wine-teal-lakeTeal Lake – All Kosher for Passover

  • Teal Lake Shiraz | $12.99
  • Teal Lake Chardonnay | $12.99
  • Teal Lake Moscato | $11.99
  • Teal Lake Red Moscato | $11.99


What makes a wine kosher?

A big misconception about kosher wine is that it’s made differently from non-kosher wine or it’s been “blessed” by a Rabbi.  In fact, kosher and non kosher wines are made the same way, it’s just the handling that is a little different.

In order for wine to be kosher it must adhere to the following:

  • A Sabbath-observing Jew to handle the process.
  • Each and every ingredient added, whether in filtration or clarification along the vinification process must be kosher.
    All tools and equipment must be dedicated to kosher winemaking alone.
  • Aside from the constraints mentioned above, there needn’t be any difference between the techniques used to make a fine kosher wine or a fine non-kosher wine.

What does mevushal mean?

  • Mevushal is perhaps the most misunderstood term in the kosher wine tradition.
  • In Hebrew, mevushal means literally boiled. However, mevushal wines are not heated to a boiling temperature. Thanks to modern-day technology, mevushal wines are flash-pasteurized to a temperature that meets the requirements of an overseeing rabbi. The technique does not noticeably harm the wine. In fact, flash-pasteurization is used at a number of very well known non-kosher wineries, where it is thought to improve certain aromatics.
  • For Jews, however, the technique simply alters the spiritual quality of a kosher wine, making it less susceptible to ritual proscription. That means anyone—whether kosher or not—can open a bottle of mevushal wine and have it retain its kosher status. Non-mevushal, wines are more sensitive to religious constraints and must be opened and poured only by Sabbath-observant Jews.


kosher-wine-recanatiRecanati – All Kosher for Passover

  • Recanati Yasmin White | $9.99
  • Recanati Yasmin Red | $9.99
  • Recanati Merlot | $13.99
  • Recanati Chardonnay | $13.99
  • Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon | $13.99
  • Recanati Sauvignon Blanc | $12.99


The winery produces four wine labels – Yasmin, Recanati, Reserve and Special Reserve.

The wines are produced from the best wine grapes by means of traditional winemaking techniques while using cutting edge technology.

The wines are kosher for Passover and throughout the year and are produced under the supervision of Rabbi Weiss from Kfar Haroeh (Chief Rabbinate), and of the Orthodox Union (OU).


kosher-wine-kesserKesser – All Kosher for Passover

  • Kesser Semi-Sweet | $6.99
  • Kesser Semi-Dry | $6.99
  • Kesser Concord Grape | $6.99



The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, falls on the Hebrew calendar dates of Nissan 15-22. Here are coinciding secular dates for the upcoming years:

2016:   April 22-30

Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC – Outstanding Flavor, Ratings, and Price!

frassinello-ornello-wineI am delighted to highlight Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC 2012 this week!

My industry friends at
Trattoria Delia
rip through this wine
and once you try it,
you’ll know why.

toscana_map_smornello-italian-wineOrnello instantly takes your senses across the Atlantic Ocean and drops them off in the heart Tuscany.

Breathing in aromas of redcurrants, stewed cherries, and vanilla then letting the earthy, almost balsamic like flavors wash over your palate is an exquisite experience.   Ornello is savory and full-bodied, yet round with supple and velvety tannins.

Savoring Ornello by itself is a treat.  Having Ornello with Pappardelle, Bistecca all Fiorentina, other meat dishes, or even cold cuts and ripe cheese is a memorable culinary experience.

ornello-wine-labelAt only $32.99 a bottle, Ornello is an affordable luxury that you can stun your family or friends with at your next gathering.  Ornello punches way above its weight, it is one of the top 10 wines in the store for under $40.

Distributed by my friends at, snag a bottle of Ornello and drink it now, with friends, or toss one in the wine cellar and break into it in case of a stunning wine emergency.

–  Jason, Beverage Warehouse Wine & Beer Manager



The image used on the label represents the “Maremma cowboy” a symbol of elegance and strength typical of Maremma. Still today, Ornello is the name of the wooden lance used to move cattle. The only Rocca di Frassinello wine with Syrah, this wine has a full and rich character with a nice elegance and freshness, typical of the winery style.

  • Owner: Paolo Panerai
  • Winemaker: Alessandro Cellai
  • Varietals: 40% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah
  • Alcohol Content: 14%
  • Production: 50,000 bottles
  • Vineyard Location: Giuncarico/Gavorrano-Grosseto
  • Orientation: South west, South east
  • Elevation: From 40 to 100 m a.s.l.
  • Vines Planted: 1999-2003
  • Trellising: Spurred cordon
  • Vines/Acre: 5,900/Ha
  • Soil: Schist soil and medium mixture rich on clay and skeleton

Maceration on the skins with frequent delestages and pumpings over for 20-25 days. Fermentation using natural yeasts in stainless steel for 15 days at a controlled temperature of 27°C.

Aging Process
10 months in 225 L French barrique, bottle refined for six months.


2012 Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC – 90 pts.
Wine Advocate, September 2015
The 2012 Maremma Toscana Ornello is a blend of Sangioveto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. It shows a full and voluptuous style although it is hard to recognize the varietal characteristics given the various contrasting elements of the blend. You get the acidity of Sangiovese with the aromatic softness of both the Merlot and the Syrah backed by the natural structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Ornello may be lost among the vast sea of super Tuscan-inspired reds, but this wine shows very attractive features nonetheless. -Monica Larner

2012 Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC – 90 pts.
James Suckling, October 2014
“Cigar box, olive tapenade and Kirsch. Fullbodied and robust with chewy tannins, reflective of the hot 2012 vintage. Drink now.” -James Suckling

2012 Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC – 90 pts.
Wine Spectator, October 2014
“Taut and dense, showing cherry, mushroom, leather and chocolate aromas and flavors. Fresh and complex, with assertive tannins that need time to integrate. Fine length. Best from 2016 through 2023.” -Bruce Sanderson

Polar Jalapeno Citrus Margarita Seltzer & Jalapeno Cocktail Recipe

polar-jalapeno-citrus-margaritaAdd zip, bang, and pow to your next drink with Polar Jalapeno Citrus Margarita Seltzer – the latest seasonal, limited edition seltzer!

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!  Don’t fear the heat.  You can totally drink this seltzer by itself.  The staff tried it, you don’t get heat.
The seltzer has a pleasant, refreshing citrus tone to it that would be great with a drier vodka like Reyka plus ice and a twist or lemon or lime (or both), or served the same way with silver tequila (Herradura) or a citrus forward gin such as Bombay Sapphire.



Jalapeno Cocktail

1 cup honey
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups filtered water
1 jalapeno chile, sliced with seeds removed (or not, if you are really feeling up for some serious heat)
Lemon Vodka
Lemon Polar Seltzer

In a blender, combine honey and lemon juice. Blend and then add water. Pulse to combine. Add jalapeno and then let the liquid seep in refrigerator (1-3hrs depending how much “heat” you want to infuse). Be sure to test the flavor but avoid direct contact with the peppers. When liquid is sufficiently hot/spicy, add three parts lemonade and one part vodka in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over ice and then top with lemon seltzer. Garnish with lemon wedge (or peppers if u dare).

Current Flow at the Beverage Warehouse Growler Bar – 04/23/16


Current Flow at the Beverage Warehouse Growler Bar 04/23/16:

  • Idletyme Pink n’ Pale | 5.5% ABV | $9.99 64oz / $5.99 32oz – Delicious local pale ale with grapefruit – Draft Only, No Bottles/Cans Produced
  • C Note | Lompoc Brewing | 6.9% ABV  – $13.99 64oz / $7.99 32oz
        To call C-Note very hoppy would be an understatement. It’s brewed with the seven “C” hops (Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger) and pushes the bitterness limit to 100 International Bitterness Units. 
  • Lost Nation Amarillo IPA | 5.0% ABV | $9.99 64oz / $5.99 32oz – A craveable, fresh and local IPA from our friends at Lost Nation – Draft Only, No Bottles/Cans Produced
  • Light in the Window Burlington Beer Co | 6% ABV | $9.99 64oz / $5.99 32oz –  A crispy Rye IPA brewed with barley and rye. Densely hopped and bursting with grapefruit hop flavors to compliment the soft and spicy nature of rye. BBC balanced the soft malt profile with a fresh and aggressive hop flavor.
  • Stone Americano Stout | 8.7% ABV | $11.99 64oz / $6.99 32oz – Rich and roasty fun and boozy coffee stout from Stone
  • Igor’s Dream Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout | Two Roads | 11% ABV | $22.99 64oz / $12.99 32oz – GABF Gold Medal Winner