Grab Your Variety Packs!

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So many variety packs – so little time!

We’re not sure about you, but the staff at Mystic Wine Shoppe loves a good seasonal beer pack. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall we’re always on the hunt to bring you the BEST seasonal variety packs.  Right now, we have about 12 variety packs available for purchase… ranging from local winter brews, such as The Mountain Mixer from Shed Brewery, to lighter brews, such as Liquid Aloha by Kona Brewing Co.

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Want to enjoy local beer made right here in New England? Try these variety packs by Wachusett Brewing, Shed Brewing, Long Trail Brewing, Switchback Brewing and Jack’s Abby Brewing.

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Do you have a favorite variety pack?  Let us know if there is a brand you want us to carry and we can look into it.

Cheers, The Mystic Wine Shoppe Team

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Irish Beer, Here!

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St. Patrick’s Day is THIS weekend and let’s face it, drinking delicious stouts, ales and lagers of Ireland is a tradition.  With flavorful beer brands such as Ohara’s, Killian’s, Smithwicks, Murphy’s, and Guinness there is no shortage of festive Irish beers to choose from.  Stop by Mystic Wine Shoppe and grab a few delicious Irish Beers to sample at your St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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Not feeling the Irish beer? How about some Irish Whiskey!

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Still not seeing green? Here are a few cocktail recipes that will get you in the spirit.

Have a safe holiday weekend everyone! Your friends at Mystic Wine Shoppe 🙂

Sour Beers

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At Mystic Wine Shoppe we love all types of beer.  From stouts & ports to amber beers we really couldn’t choose a favorite. In 2017 the sour beer became a huge hit with beer lovers all over the world and we can’t argue with this new favorite beer… it’s musty, fruity, sour and delicious!

We’re starting to carry more and more sour beers at the store and hope you stop in soon to try one out. We recently sampled the Epic Tart ‘n Juicy Sour IPA and have to say, it’s damn good.

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Epic Tasting Notes: We’ve combined the clean, puckering tartness of kettle souring with an abundance of juicy, citrus-driven hops to create a beer that’s the best of both worlds – Tart n’ Juicy Sour® IPA.

Staff Tasting Notes: Compared to other sour beers there is alot more different tastes upfront and I could easily drink many of them.

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About Epic Brewing: Epic is Utah’s first brewery since prohibition to brew exclusively high alcohol content beer. Epic handcrafts and carefully bottles its unique product in 22-ounce bottles, perfect for sharing or a long savor, solo style.

Stop in and see all the Epic beers we carry and much much more!

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Porter vs. Stout

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What is the difference between stouts and porters?

Since the dawn of drinking beer, this question has perplexed many, but the answer is both complex and simple. Porters were first brewed in 18th century London and were made to be a dark, medium bodied, malty beer with lots of hops to balance it out. As the Porter became more popular, brewmasters started to experiment with their recipes making stronger Porters with higher alcohol. So traditionally, Stouts are just stronger Porters. In fact, Stouts used to be called Stout Porters. However, nowadays the answer isn’t as easy.

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Many breweries make Porters that are stronger than Stouts and Stouts that are weaker than Porters. The one difference that most brewers still seem to agree on is that Porters are made with malted barley and Stouts are made with unmalted roasted barley giving Stouts that rich coffee flavor. However, brewers also continue to blur the line between these distinctions making Porters with unmalted roasted barley.

So is there a difference between Porters and Stouts? The best way to answer that would be to say kind of and sometimes. Ultimately the only thing that matters is how the beer tastes and the modern beer world is in no short supply of delicious Stouts and Porters. Don’t worry about the silly distinctions and drink up!

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Lord Hobo Brewery Co.

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Happy New Year!! We’re starting 2018 off on the right foot with our Brewery Spotlight on Lord Hobo Brewing Co. Their beers are proudly brewed in Woburn, MA and they bring the New England Beer experience to thirsty fans everywhere. We love carrying their lineup at Mystic Wine Shoppe and hope you’ll try them out and visit their tap room soon.

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Lord Hobo Brewing Co. opened the tap room doors to the public in June of 2015 and was founded by Daniel Lanigan, a well-known craft beer restauranteur. Beer lovers… If you haven’t already tried their brews, you’re going to want to. Lord Hobo puts beer on a pedestal using only quality ingredients to make these acclaimed brews.

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They’re currently a BYOF (bring your own food) venue; featuring local restaurants and Food Trucks every Friday and Saturday. So, if you want to tour their brewery, sample their beers in the tap room, or to grab a bite to eat, it’s a great spot to visit with your kids and dogs!

We hope you’ll try out the array of beers we carry by them at Mystic Wine Shoppe:
• BOOMSAUCE IPA
• Hobo Life Session IPA
• STEAL THIS CAN IPA
• Consolation Prize Double IPA
• GLORIOUS Galaxy Pale Ale

Cheers!
-Mystic Wine Shoppe

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Newburyport Brewing Company

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A new season is upon us and we’re excited to announce our first local BREWERY SPOTLIGHT! We carry many craft brews and want to make it easier for you to decide which beers to take home. This week, we’re featuring the amazing Newburyport Brewing Co. out of Newburyport, MA

Newburyport Brewing Co.’s doors have been open since 2012 and we absolutely love carrying their line of delicious brews. Their brewery aims to capture the essence of Newburyport’s quaint seaside character across a line of the highest quality, best tasting, craft beer products.

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This brewery is also known for all-natural beers for people love music and the great outdoors. They host many events with local businesses like Metzy’s Cantina on Thursdays and you can also enjoy live music in their Tap Room!

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Newburyport Brewing is kid and dog friendly, too! This past weekend, we stopped by Barks n’ Brews, a fundraising event they hosted with Sweet Paws Rescue. We love how involved they are in their community and we hope you’ll sip local and try out the array of beers we carry by them at Mystic Wine Shoppe.

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Try out their year-round beers:

  • Melt Away Sessions IPA
  • Plum Island Belgian White
  • Newburyport Pale Ale
  • Greenhead IPA
  • Maritime Lager

Or their special small batch series available on draft in their Tap Room:

  • Joppa Grande
  • Double IPA

Happy Drinking!

-Mystic Wine Shoppe

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Harpoon Flannel Friday

flannelNow that fall is in full swing, it’s time to get out those flannels and enjoy a cold brew!
There’s nothing better than a light breeze through an open window on a crisp autumn day. With the company of family and friends and the hum of the football game in the background… how could we possibly make a Sunday afternoon any better? By opening a bottle of Harpoon Flannel Friday.

This Hoppy Amber Ale is Harpoon’s tribute to the quintessential season of change. A bright hop aroma from late hop additions plays with its strong malt backbone. Amber hued, medium bodied, with hints of citrus and pine, this ale is made for the crisp days (and nights) of fall.

This hoppy brew will signify the end of summer and make you wish fall would never end. Celebrate the season change with this beer in hand and don’t forget your flannel!

 

 

Favorite Summer Beers

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Looking for the perfect summer brew? We have you covered at Mystic Wine Shoppe!

Here are just a few we’re loving!

  • Long Trail Brewing Summer Ale: a golden ale remarkably light on the palate with a soft malt character and a distinct citrus hop aroma.
  • Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter: a robust dark ale with hand-toasted coconut & hints of mocha.
  • Landshark Lager: a refreshing, island-style lager brewed with a complex blend of hops that deliver a distinct taste.
  • Newburyport Brewing Das Kölsch: brewed in the style first only brewed in Köln, Germany. Crisp, clean, and cold.
  • Peak Organic Summer Session Ale: traditional summer wheat beer marries a West Coast pale ale with dry hops that add a citrusy aroma.
  • Wachusett Brewing Blueberry Ale: a slight aroma of blueberry balanced by a subtle flavor fermented into this delicious wheat ale.
  • Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge Pilsner: a sunshine hue, herbal noble hop nose, and a dry finish. An elegant balance of pilsner malt with a blend of European hops.
  • Shock Top Lemon Shandy: a lemon shandy made with real California lemon peels and a hint of sugar to deliver a bright and unmistakable Shock Top taste.
  • Allagash Little Brett: bursting with pineapple and notes of bread crust and fresh cut grass, a mild tartness nicely balanced with a pleasant hop bitterness.
  • Hell or High Watermelon: a classic American wheat beer that undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon.
  • Sam Adams Porch Rocker: a tart and refreshing crispness of a golden lager with a blend of lemons to create a fresh squeezed tangy taste.
  • Harpoon Big Squeeze Shandy: sweet with a hint of tartness, a light-bodied clean citrus that is nothing but refreshing.
  • Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, from California,  is an easy-drinking tart ale that tastes like summer with its citrusy hops.
  • Shipyard Brewing Summer Ale, from Maine, is a traditional American wheat beer with an inviting color and mellow malted wheat flavor.
  • Sam Adams Summer Ale, from Boston, is a crisp and tangy brew with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise.
  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest, another from the west coast is crisp, golden and incredibly drinkable flavor of spicy and floral hop character.