Fruit Beer

Fruit Beer

FruitBeerRemember how excited everybody was when Wachusett made a blueberry beer? It seemed like blueberry was the only fruit you could get in your beer. Well, those days are gone forever. Now you can find just about every fruit imaginable in your beer – apple, apricot, cherry, raspberry, watermelon, grapefruit, banana, and more. Although some fruit beers are available year round, they are considered “seasonal” by many brewers and the hot days of summer is when you will find the most options. I’m digging anything with grapefruit right now like Schoffennhofer Grapefruit and UFO Big Squeeze – but there are tons more that I still have to try. So jump in this summer and explore some new refreshing beer options, and decide which your new favorite is! Cheers!

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Fireside Wines

Fireside Wines

Fireside Wines - Hickey's Wine & Spirits - Milford, MA Who cares if it’s snowing outside when you’ve got these beauties to keep you warm inside? Deep, dark, and delicious fruit coupled with toasty oak is the perfect way to keep the cold away. So curl up in front of the fire with any one of these hardy reds and stay warm and cozy all night. Cheers!

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Shatter Grenache

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ShatterGrenacheOkay wine enthusiasts – here’s one for you! We tasted this beauty at The Boston Wine Expo this year and loved it. Of course, it is allocated to restaurants only – however, we pulled a few strings and got a case for the store! We only managed to acquire twelve bottles, eight of which are for sale. Needless to say they won’t last long – so stop by and ask us about it!

2011 Shatter Grenache

Shatter, Dave Phinney and Joel Gott’s first collabortive effort, comes from the small town of Maury in the Roussillon Region of France. The Hillside Grenache vines were planted over 60 years ago  in Black Schist, a state-like, rocky soil common to the are. Though nutrient-poor, it retains heat well, allowing the slow-ripening grenache to reach full maturity through cool nights. Tough soil, strong winds, and hot days push the vines and cause shatter, or coulure, in the grape clusters, naturally thinning  fruit from the vines and producing more intensely concentrated flavors. After harvest, the fruit is cold-soaked for 30 days to help further concentrate the wine, then fermented and aged in Maury.

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Extracted aromas of crushed cherry and spring rhubarb pie are delicately framed by seasoned French Oak. The entry is vibrant and powerful, which leads to luscious flavors of wild strawberry that perfectly rounds out the mid-palate. Ripe blackberry and blueberry notes.

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It’s Shandy Time!

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It's Shandy Time! - Hickey's Wine & Spirits - Milford, MAHave you tried a “Shandy” yet? More importantly, have you tried a Curious Traveler Shandy?

The first from the Traveler’s new line of Shandys, the Curious Traveler is the classic shandy. This shandy is a crisp, sharp ale with a bit of lemon peel and spice – The perfect refresher on a hot summer day!

Next comes the Tenacious Traveler shandy. The same crisp, tart flavor as the classic, but with a bold dose of ginger and honey. This shandy is sharp, robust, and flavorful. A must try for the adventuresome types.

And finally, the Time Traveler shandy: a delightful blend of wheat beer brewed with fresh strawberries. An unorthodox blend for the “outside the box” shandy drinkers.

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Tempranillo

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Tempranillo - Hickey's Wine & Spirits - Milford, MAAre you familiar with Tempranillo? The primary red grape grown in Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions, tempranillo is a medium to full bodied wine. Dry with medium tannins, it has wonderful earthy, leathery aromas with herbaceous, light fruit flavors. Barrel aged for six months or more gives it that nice brick red color. It’s easy drinking on its own or pair it with food such as hard cheeses or grilled meats and vegetables. It really is a great varietal worth looking into.

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Kentucky Bourbon Cask Ale

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Kentucky Bourbon Cask Ale - Hickey's Wine & Spirits - Milford, MAIf you haven’t tried a bourbon cask beer yet – what are you waiting for?

Kentucky Bourbon Ale is aged up to six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels. Subtle flavors of vanilla and oak impart into the ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust – it’s the perfect pairing of ale and bourbon.

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Erath – Pinot Noir

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Erath - Pinot Noir - Hickey's Wine & Spirits - Milford, MAHonestly, this was a request from a good customer so we ordered a case for her and one for us. We tried it and immediately fell in love.

Tenacious wine maker, Dick Erath, handcrafts this delicate, fruit forward pinot noir from the Dundee Hills of Oregon. Full of rich, bright cherry and vanilla flavors, this wine pairs well with food, but is also fabulous drinking on its own.

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Dixie Blackened Voodoo

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Dixie Blackened Voodoo - Hickey's Wine & Spirits, Milford, MAFrom one of New Orleans’ oldest breweries comes this classic German-styled Schwarzbier (black lager).

Although the dark color is reminiscent of a porter, the light refreshing body reminds you that it is indeed a lager. Brewed with five different malts, it is aged just enough to give it smoothness with a mild roasty-bitterness in the finish.

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