Stone Brewing Co. Imperial Russian Stout 2014

A Different IRS for Tax Day

If you’re like me, Tax Day is your favorite day of the year. The paperwork, the reconciliation, and the filing all fill me with joy. Is there a more uplifting… ok, by now I’m sure you can feel the sarcasm dripping from this prose. Nobody enjoys tax season (except perhaps my accountant neighbor). But there is one benefit to this time of year, and it just happens to be the perfect thing to ease that tax crunch stress: Stone Brewing Company’s IRS or Imperial Russian Stout. Read More

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Chapman’s is Bringing New Brews: Free Ale Tasting on Friday, March 28

Friends, your humble beer guy would like to tell you a story. A few months into my tenure at Vine & Table, a gentleman approached me with an intriguing new product he had created: Chapman’s Ale Cider. It tasted like an incredibly dry cider with a malt backbone and was unlike anything I had tried before (or since). I knew right then and there this was a product I wanted in the store. Inwardly, however, I worried that this brewery out of Angola, Indiana would turn out to be a one trick pony. Then I got a chance to try their other brews and I was once again impressed! Read More

Emile Beyer Wines

Beyer Family Wines of Alsace

The Beyer family has been an integral part of the wine business in Alsace, France since 1580. This family estate, with 19 hectares of vineyards on slopes rich in limestone and clay near Eguisheim, is currently under the management of Christian Beyer, who represents the 14th generation of producers. Read More

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Hof Ten Dormaal: A Lost Art, Found

Let’s face it- life moves fast these days. I’m not complaining, as this ever-changing world has spawned fantastic innovations in almost every area of our lives. Beer has certainly benefitted. Hundreds of new breweries opened in the last year alone. Sometimes, however, in all that rush we start to take things for granted. Shortcuts are taken, corners get cut, and what was once an art is turned into business. That is what makes a brewery like Hof Ten Dormaal so remarkable- it has managed to retain both its traditional roots and methods while staying relevant in this society that demands creativity and innovation. Read More

Companta

Glenmorangie Companta Release Event

Join us at Vine & Table on Saturday, January 25th, anytime between noon and 2:00 pm as we celebrate Robert Burns Day with the launch of Glenmorangie’s 5th Private Edition Bottling, Companta. Companta means friendship in Scots Gaelic, and how appropriate that this whisky is being released on the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, most famously known for penning the words to that heart-stirring ode to friendship, Auld Lang Syne. Read More

Valentine Wine & Chocolate Event

Vine & Table sets the stage for Valentine’s Day with a FREE Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Tasting on Wednesday, February 12!

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day has gotten a little stale: dinner at a noisy, crowded restaurant that you can’t get a reservation at until 10 pm; a box of chalky chocolates that you nabbed at the drugstore on your way home from work; an overpriced card that leaves glitter scattered around your house for a month. This holiday is supposed to be about romance, friends, and it’s time to recapture it! Vine & Table is ready to help you do just that with a FREE Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Tasting on Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30-7:30pm. Read More

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The Beer Manifesto

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin

Those of you who have wandered into Vine & Table the last several months have probably noticed a new face hovering around the beer section. He was helpful (hopefully), cheerful (usually), and all too ready to chew your ear off about the newest brews he’d gotten in. Well, allow me to put a name to that face. My name is David Helt and I’m the Beer Buyer at Vine & Table. After a few months here I decided it was probably time to formally introduce myself. While struggling for the best way to handle my introduction it came to me, a beer manifesto. This is why I have made beer my career and why I hope you will all take this journey with me. Read More

Goose Island Pepe Nero

Solving the Mystery of Pepe Nero

Ask ten beer aficionado’s their favorite style and you will likely get ten different answers. There are currently over one hundred officially recognized styles and sub styles of beer and they all have rabid fans. Occasionally, however, you will have a beer that ignores the rules of style and ventures out to forge its own path. Many of these beers end up disappointing, or even worse, unpalatable failures. But every once in a while you find a beer that breaks all the rules and ends up better for it. For a perfect example of this latter category you need look no further than Pepe Nero from Goose Island. Read More