Earlier this month, we were honored to host the spirits pull at the Mile High Q & Brew, the annual fundraiser for our neighbor the Tennyson Center for Children. The Tennyson Center provides residential and therapeutic services as well as a K-12 school for Colorado children ages five to 18. Many of these children have been abused or neglected while others are dealing with a variety of learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, and other mental issues. Often seen as a last resort for children who have nowhere else to go, the Tennyson Center is a community of people dedicated to serving children and youth and strengthening families and has been doing so for more than 112 years. The Mile High Q & Brew has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tennyson Center over the last 8 years!
So what’s a spirits pull? Bottles are collected, numbered and displayed on shelves. Guests donate a certain amount to pull a number that corresponds with a bottle, and they get to take that bottle home! At this year’s Q & Brew, guests donated $50 to participate and with the 96 bottles we collected – that’s $4800 for the Tennyson Center! This was our second year hosting the spirits pull, and like our first year, all bottles sold out!
Gather your gal pals because it’s time to make Galentine’s Day plans! The Valentine’s Day Eve celebration that got its start on one of our all-time favorite tv shows, Parks and Rec, has turned into a real-life ladies celebrating ladies holiday, and it’s right around the corner!
For those planning to honor their female friendships with a little get together, you’re in luck! Our wine team has selected five wines to share with your Galentines.
2016 JULES TAYLOR SAUVIGNON BLANC New Zealand Was $17.98 | NOW $14.98
“This stunningly juicy drop captures the essence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The palate embraces concentrated flavours of citrus and passionfruit and carries subtle hints of fresh summer herbs with lemongrass. These flavours linger giving a long well-rounded finish to the wine.” – Jules Taylor
Pair with: This Sauv Blanc is perfect for the cheeseboard – especially goats’ cheese and feta
2016 CHÂTEAU DE L’AUMÉRADE CUVÉE MARIE-CHRISTINE CRU CLASSÉ ROSÉ (CÔTES DE PROVENCE) FranceWas $21.98 | NOW $16.98
“Bottled in the Fabre family’s specially designed Gallé bottle, this wine is a classic. It has fine ripe, but crisp, fruit and delicious balanced acidity. With its fresh character, which is contrasted with the intense fruit, this is a real food friendly rosé.” – Wine Enthusiast
Pair with: While the food pairing options are almost endless, try this crisp and dry rose with a salad or green veggies
ANIMAL NATURAL VINEYARDS MALBEC Argentina Was $22.98 | NOW $17.98
“This organic Malbec is expressively fruity and fresh. With notes of plums, cherries, blackberries, and currants. In the mouth it unleashes its full potential, combining soft tannins with an elegant and personal structure.” – Vineyard Brands
Pair with: Leaner red meats, even lighter cuts like dark meat turkey or roasted pork, and portobello mushrooms. But don’t stop there! “The pairing secret of Malbec is that it works well with pepper, sage, creamy mushroom sauces, melted cheese, and in particular, blue cheese.” – Wine Folly
DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI ROSSO DI MONTALCINO Italy $28.99
“Dark ruby red. On the nose, hints of small red fruits that linger at length. Intense, harmonious, reasonably warm and suitably tannic on the palate.” – Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Pair with: “Sangiovese pairs with a wide range of foods because of its medium weighted body and savory character. Use Sangiovese’s savory as a congruent flavor with herbs and tomatoes. – Wine Folly One word comes to mind when I hear herbs and tomatoes – pizza!!
And to toast your lady friends…
JOH. BAPTIST DIETRICH RIESLING EXTRA TROCKEN DEUTSCHER SEKT Germany Was $13.98 | NOW $10.98
Sekt is the German name for sparkling wine. This sparkler is 100% Riesling in the extra dry style. On the nose, bright fresh and citrusy aromas. On the palate, apple, pear and citrus fruits. Finish is zippy!
In charge of bringing the punch to this year’s Galentine’s Day bash? Check out this recipe for Drunk in Love Punch!
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Twas four days ’til Christmas, when all through the store Customers were searching for the perfect gift or four. When what to their wondering eyes did appear, But a selection of holiday gift sets perfect for those they hold dear!
Yes, holiday gift sets are in and our guide lists our top twelve. But you’ll see there’s even more to be found on the shelves. Great options for those fond of spirits and beer, Lucky you, the end of your holiday shopping is near. Find them all in Aisle B, Lane 2, Then treat yourself to a cold brew!
For The Whisk(e)y Lover
Jefferson’s Wood Experiment Box Set – $96.99 – SOLD OUT Heaven Hill Distillery Tasting Experience – $45.99 Bear Creek Distillery Age Your Own Kit – Reg. $149.99 | Sale $135.99 (Denver Distillery) Templeton Rye Gift Set – $37.99 A.D. Laws Bourbon & Rye Gift Set – $69.99 (Denver Distillery) A. D. Laws Whiskey Tri Pack – $31.99 Woodford Reserve Bourbon Gift Set – $35.99 – SOLD OUT Jack Daniels Rockies Gift Set – Reg. $23.99 | Sale $19.99 – SOLD OUT Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Gift Set – $48.99 – SOLD OUT Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Gift Set – $29.99 – SOLD OUT Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire Gift Set – Reg. $24.99 | Sale $19.99 – SOLD OUT Crown Royal Whisky Gift Set – Reg. $25.99 | Sale $23.99 – SOLD OUT Maker’s 46 Bourbon Gift Set – Reg. $38.99 | Sale $35.99 – SOLD OUT Jameson Irish Whiskey Trilogy – $32.99
For The Crafty Mixologist
Death’s Door Gin Gift Set – $27.99 Aviation American Gin Cocktail Muddler Set – $28.99 Belvedere Polish Mule Gift Set – Reg. $49.99 | Sale $47.99 – SOLD OUT Double Cross Vodka Gift Set – Reg. $39.99 | Sale $29.99 Western Son Vodka Gift Set – $15.99 The Stoli Mule Pack – Reg. $32.99 | Sale $26.99 Jose Cuervo Especial Gold & Silver Tequila Gift Sets – Reg. $16.99 | Sale $15.99 each El Jimador Reposado Gift Sets – SOLD OUT El Jimador Silver Gift Sets – $17.99 each Corralejo Tequila Reposado Gift Set – Reg. $27.99 | Sale $23.99 – SOLD OUT Cazadores Tequila Reposado Gift Set – Reg. $25.99 | Sale $19.99 Drambuie Liqueur Gift Set – $34.99 RumChata Gift Set – Reg. $19.99 | Sale $17.99 Kamora Coffee Liqueur Gift Set – Reg. $13.49 | Sale $10.99 Baileys Original Irish Cream Gift Set – Reg. $24.99 | Sale $22.99 – SOLD OUT Carolans Irish Cream Gift Set – $12.99 Disaronno Wears Missoni Gift Set – Reg. $22.99 | Sale $19.99 – SOLD OUT Bacardi Rum 8 Gift Set – $19.99 Three Olives Gift Set – $19.99 Ol’ Major Bacon Bloody Mary Kit – $37.99 Barenjager Honey Liqueur – $26.99
For The Beer Enthusiast
Great Divide Barrel Aged Limited Edition 2017 Box Set – $29.99 (Denver Brewery) Great Divide Yeti 3 Pack – $24.99 Kazematten Wipers Times Gift Set – $22.99 St. Bernardus Deluxe Tasting Set – $37.99 St. Bernardus Gift Set – $24.99 Ridgeway’s A Curious Collection of Holiday Ales – $23.99 – SOLD OUT
For The Scotch Drinker
Kilchoman Machir Bay Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Gift Set – $57.99 Kilchoman Islay Single Malt Scotch 200ml Variety Pack – $48.99 Johnnie Walker Black Label Gift Set – $43.99 The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Gift Set – Reg. $48.99 | Sale $33.99
Sill Not Sure? Here’s A Few More…
Sangre De Vida Tequila & Mezcal Tasting Flight – $27.99 Jagermeister Gift Set – Reg. $19.99 | Sale $17.99 Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters Gift Set – $24.99 – SOLD OUT
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The leaves are changing colors, football is here, and we’re contemplating our Halloween costume. To us these things can only mean two things: 1) fall is back and 2) so are some of our favorite fall beers that only make an appearance once a year! With the help of our Molly’s Beer Team, we gathered a few of their fall favorites, and boy do we have quite the selection. From pumpkin ales to beers that give you all the fall feels, to Oktoberfest brews fit for pretzels and Lederhosen, our top choices are perfect for all of your fall festivities. Be sure to swing in soon – these seasonals will be gone in a flash!
Four Noses Brewing Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Football season has arrived, pie is in the oven, and the aspens have turned. Time to lock and load your pallet full of cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar and cloves in in this pumpkin behemoth. Packed with over 10 pounds of pumpkin per barrel and a hefty helping of pumpkin pie spices, there is no shortage of fall flavors in this spiced ale. Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale took home Gold at both Great American Beer Festival & World Beer in 2016. – Four Noses Brewing
Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Fall Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte
Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte is a stout made with dark roasted malts and carefully roasted, cold pressed coffee beans. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves delicately complement the taste of rich pumpkin. These well-balanced fall flavors presented with the velvety texture of nitrogen create a truly distinctive and delicious beer. – Breckenridge Brewery
Anderson Valley Brewing Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale
With a brilliant, deep copper hue and creamy beige-colored head, our Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale has inviting aromas of caramelized malt and baking bread with highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and seasonal spices. The pleasantly creamy mouthfeel and silky body embrace the sweet caramel flavors and tang of spices (with just hint of hops) that ends in a smooth, round finish. – Anderson Valley
Upslope Brewing Pumpkin Ale
Adding organic baby bear pumpkins to malt and hops makes this truly a local farm to brewhouse collaboration. A custom blend of six spices rounds out the flavors in this highly anticipated beer. – Upslope Brewing
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company Southern Pecan
Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is the first beer in the world, to our knowledge, made with whole roasted pecans. The pecans are used just like grain and provide a nutty characteristic and a delightful depth to the flavor profile. This beer is very lightly hopped to allow the malty, caramel, and nutty flavors shine through. The color is dark mahogany. Southern Pecan won a Bronze Medal in the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Specialty Beer category. – Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Wasatch Brewery Devastator Double Bock
Park City, Utah
If you’re going to sin, sin big. With 8% alc/vol and a creamy richness, this brew has developed a serious cult following. Imagine that – a cult following in Utah?! – Wasatch Brewery
Diebolt Brewing Anton Francois French Ale
A clean, refreshing French Ale with a light malt and fruity arome, crisp malt saveur that makes its way to a slightly earthy, hop bitterness and bready malt fin. – Diebolt Brewing
Vindication Brewing Co. American Bold Ale
A bold new beer featuring a wide spectrum of caramel malts balanced against a huge load of American Hops. – Vindication Brewing Co.
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is a full-bodied, flavorful March (Märzen) beer brewed and lagered to celebrate Bavaria’s famous Oktoberfest. Served at German beer festivals in September and October with roasted chicken, pork, and sauerkraut. Rich golden color. Slightly sweet, malty nose. Medium-to-big body and alcohol, and a soft dryness from long maturation – Ayinger Brewery
Santa Fe Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This classic German lager showcases the crisp maltiness of Munich malts compounded with the delicious notes of Bavarian hops giving this clean-finishing beer just the right flavor for the end of summer. – Santa Fe Brewing C0.
Dry Dock Brewing Docktoberfest
Fill your stein with this delicious lager. Our classic annual Märzen features elegantly rich, toasty German malt flavors, a modest hop bitterness, and creamy mouthfeel all giving way to a crisp, dry finish. Every year it’s here and it’s gone just as quick so grab a liter and toast to the biggest party in the world! – Dry Dock Brewing
Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest Lager
San Diego, California
A fresh take on a traditional festival beer. Our Dead Ringer Oktoberfest lager is inspired by old-style Märzen brews customarily enjoyed during Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle; no lederhosen required. – Ballast Point
In preparation for National Rum Day (August 16th), we asked our Spirits Team to narrow down our rum section to their top 5 picks. While these varieties of rum can be enjoyed neat, we’ve also included a few rum cocktail recipes for those wanting to try something new this holiday. Check out our guide to rum below!
1) Plantation O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) Overproof Rum $29.99 1 Liter Master distiller Alexandre Gabriel joined forces with some of the world’s foremost rum experts and historians to create Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum. A blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbado and clocking in at 69% ABV/138 proof, Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof is the group’s way of throwing it back to the Age of Sail when rum was rich, flavorful and strong. How to enjoy… With a flavor profile that includes notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla, we’re adding Plantation O.F.T.D. to our coffee! Proceed with caution – this is quite a boozy rum, so you’ll find a little bit goes a long way! Simply fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add 1 ounce of Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum, 2 ounces of cold brew coffee, and 1/2 an ounce of simple syrup. Shake until well-chilled and the drink gets a bit frothy. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a few drops of Angostura bitters.
2) Parce Rum 12-Year Aged $68.99 750ml This award winning rum produced and bottled in Colombia has flavors of crème brûlée, toffee, dried tropical fruits, and pipe tobacco. It has been considered to be a great rum to transition the whiskey lover to the category/brand. Also, with each bottle purchased, Parce plants a native species tree in Colombia to protect biodiversity and prevent deforestation. How to enjoy… We plan to sip this one neat or on the rocks with a lime if we feel like getting a little crazy. In Colombia, Parce (pronounced PAR-say) is casual for “good friend” so enjoy with a friend!
3) Plantation 3 Stars Rum $16.99 750ml Three different rums from three iconic rum-producing Caribbean islands (Trinidad, Barbados, and Jamaica) are blended into this one rum. Expect subtle notes of brown sugar, coffee, and vanilla. The creamy nature of the rum makes it a perfect fit for a Daiquiri. How to enjoy… Try this classic Daiquiri recipe! Combine 2 oz Plantation 3 Stars Rum, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and ½ oz simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4) Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggins’ Fancy $32.99 750ml This rum was created as a tribute to Reverend Stiggins, a character created by Charles Dickens in the Pickwick Papers, whose favorite drink was “pineapple rum.” Want to know how it’s made? Pineapples are peeled and the rinds are infused with Plantation 3 Stars and then distilled. Separately, the pineapple fruit is infused in Plantation Original Dark. Both distillate and fruit infusion are finally blended together and put into casks for three months. This creates a rum with a rich and delicious pineapple bouquet, accented by smoky and clove notes. The palate opens with a structured, pleasant sensation of ripe banana, pineapple, and spices layered in a smoky finish. How to enjoy… This is a great sipping rum!
5) Cruzan Black Strap Rum $18.99 750ml Cruzan Black Strap Rum features robust licorice and molasses flavors that add an exotic element to your tropical favorites. Its most popular pairings include flavors such as lemon, lime, ginger and pineapple. Best enjoyed as a finishing element, or floated on tropical Tiki cocktails. It’s also great for adding color to drinks with its deep black hue. How to enjoy… Make this spin on the Dark ‘n’ Stormy by the Editors of PUNCH! You’ll need 3/4 oz Cruzan Black Strap Rum, 1 oz Amaro Montenegro, 1 oz lime juice, and 4 oz ginger beer. Pour the rum, amaro and lime juice into a Collins glass filled with ice, then top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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If you’re a spirits enthusiast, be sure to check out our Spirits Club to get exclusive discounts on rare and local liquor.
Summer is in full force and the trails are calling! With all of the outdoor activities to chose from, we also need beverage options. Insert our list of top 9 good summer beers to take on a hike. Thanks to the help of Molly’s Beer Manager, we gathered 9 summer ales that won’t bog you down during your favorite summer activities. Quite a few of these are seasonal releases so get them while you can! And after you partake in one of these refreshing summer beers, please remember to dispose of your waste properly – pack it in, pack it out!
1) Upslope Brewing Craft Lager
Boulder, Colorado Available year round 4.8% ABV
Why we love it… It’s the perfect beer for when you reach the apex of your hike. It’s crisp, refreshing, and at 4.8% ABV won’t blur your vision for the road back. And 1% of every Upslope Craft Lager sold goes to Trout Unlimited.
From the brewery… Our Craft Lager is a premium American lager brewed entirely of malted barley. Snowmelt-infused and river-ready, this Colorado-style session beer stands side-by-side with our family of premium ales to bring you a clean, easy, light-bodied lager for the ages. – Upslope Brewing Company
2) 14er Brewing Mt Massive IPA
Denver, Colorado Available year round 6.5% ABV
Why we love it… It’s a hoppy yet crushable IPA for your hike. Plus 14er Brewing donates 1% of sales to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Plus with a name like 14er Brewing, it’d be a shame not to include in this list! #HowWeClimb
From the brewery… The Mt Massive IPA is hop forward, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and juicy hops on the nose. The taste is hoppy with bright drinkable citrus, grapefruit, and guava, rounded by a solid but not overwhelming bitterness. Incredibly smooth, bright, and drinkable. – 14er Brewing
3) Montucky Cold Snacks
Bozeman, Montana Available year round 4.1% ABV
Why we love it… It’s a thirst-quenching, light, sessionable beer and money goes to good causes – Montucky Cold Snacks has pledged to give 8% of their profits back to local charities and non-profits that support the lands, people, wildlife, art, and ways of life we’ve all come to love.
From the brewery… …our beer has been specifically formulated to refresh after skiing, fishing, hiking, boating, watching the big game, or just about anything else that happens to be awesome, when you drink MCS you get the best of both worlds… giving back to the communities in your area while getting the satisfaction obtained from cold, light, refreshing beer. – Montucky Cold Snacks
4) Wibby Brewing Lightshine Radler
Longmont, Colorado Seasonal release 4.5% ABV
Why we love it… The Lightshine Radler is quite the easy sipper with a nice sweet/tart combo yet still light and refreshing for that active lifestyle.
From the brewery… Enjoy this refreshing beverage all Summer long! This is our Lightshine Helles with a splash of raspberry lemonade. The perfect combination of sweet and tart. – Wibby Brewing
5) Denver Beer Co. Maui Express Coconut IPA
Denver, Colorado Seasonal release 6.6% ABV
Why we love it… If you’re not already in that summertime state of mind, this will take you there. The coconut, tropical flavors, and that bright aqua can will add some major beach vibes to your hike.
From the brewery… Maui Express features a distinct blend of hops and coconut to create a delightful tropical flavor explosion! Citra and Mosaic hops form a juicy fruit hop character that is enhanced by shredded coconut for a truly unique flavor combination. Easy drinking and refreshing, this IPA will transport your mind to memories of the beach, sunny days, and laughs among friends. – Denver Beer Co.
6) Station 26 Brewing Lemon Drop Wheat
Denver, Colorado Seasonal release 4.5% ABV
Why we love it… Lemondrop Wheat is Station 26’s first seasonal can and actually crafted to reduced gluten! Lemon zest aromas and flavors make this a refreshing hoppy wheat you can take anywhere this summer.
From the brewery… A bright and summery American wheat beer brewed with Lemondrop hops and lemon. Refreshing with crisp citrus and bready wheat character. – Station 26 Brewing
7) Crystal Springs Brewing Summertime Anytime
Boulder, Colorado Seasonal release 4.9% ABV
Why we love it… The name says it all. This is a light, crisp, easy drinking Kölsch style beer. Thirst quenching with mild bitterness and subtle dry finish.
From the brewery… Summertime Anytime Ale is a Kölsch-style ale, light, crisp and refreshing – perfect during the hot summer, yet great on a brisk fall afternoon or a sunny winter’s day – Summertime all the time! With a subtle fruit aroma, a hint of hops, a soft malt character and a slight dryness with a delicate pucker in the finish, this beer brings hints of summer all year around. – Crystal Springs Brewing Company
8) Liquid Mechanics Brewing Hop Nectar American Ale
Lafayette, Colorado Available year round 5.3% ABV
Why we love it… Bright, juicy, sweet-citrusy hop notes. American style pale that is medium body with mild haziness.
From the brewery… Loads of juicy hops play with a dose of flaked malt to push the envelope for this deliciously fresh new take on an IPA. – Liquid Mechanics Brewing
9) Molly’s Tarts & Crafts Sour Series by Big Choice Brewing
Brighton, Colorado Limited release series
Why we love it… This one is for your for your sour fix. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Big Choice Brewing to bring a new rotating sour beer series! Volume One of our series was a Sour Brown Ale with vanilla, oranges, and cranberries. It is complex, balanced tartness, and quite approachable. Subtle chocolate malt notes complimented with a light vanilla finish which blends seamlessly with a balanced sour profile that is accented by tart cranberry notes. Volume Two (pictured here) was a dry hopped session Sour Ale with strawberries. Unfortunately, both Volume One and Volume Two are sold out, but be on the lookout for Volume Three later this summer! This limited release series is brewed and canned exclusively for Molly’s.
Not sure what to get dad this Father’s Day? Our Spirits Department has a few ideas! And you know what else – many of the items on the list are DEEPLY discounted! Hurry on in because (1) these discounts won’t last forever (2) Father’s Day is Sunday!
Scotch Whisky Gifts for Dad
The Macallan Edition No. 2 750ML: On sale for $79.99 through 6/20 (reg. $129.99) Glenmorangie 10 Year 750ML: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $41.99) Glencairn Whisky Glasses: $15.99 each Gift Bag: $1.99
Kentucky & Colorado Whisk(e)y Gifts for Dad
Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 750ML: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $43.99) E. H. Taylor Small Batch 750ML: On sale for $33.99 through 6/20 ($39.99) Maker’s Mark 1.75L: On sale for $39.99 through 6/20 (reg. $55.99) Crystal Tumblers (set of 2): $13.99 Stainless Steel Glacier Rocks: $21.99 Gift Bag: $1.99
Elkins Colorado Whisky 750ML (Elkins Distilling is Estes Park’s first legal distillery): $30.99 American Flag Flask: $14.99 Gift Bag: $1.99
A.D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Whiskey, Molly’s Single Barrel 750ML: $69.99 Stainless Steel Glacier Rocks: $21.99 Gift Bag: $1.99
Vodka Gifts for Dad
Absolut Vodka (80 Proof) 1.75L: On Sale for $22.99 through 6/20 (reg. 32.99) Host Martini Freeze Cooling Cups (set of 2): $18.99 Party Swords (50 count): $1.49
Ketel One Vodka, Arnold Palmer Collector’s Edition, 750ML: $22.99 Golf Ball Ice Mold: $6.99 Gift Bag: $1.99
Tequila Gifts for Dad
Casa Noble Crystal 750ML: On sale for $25.99 through 6/20 (reg. $35.99) Casa Noble Reposado: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $49.99) Casa Noble Anejo: On sale for $39.99 through 6/20 (reg. $59.99) Gift Bag: $1.99
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These bubbly hard seltzer brands seem to be everywhere these days and with summer on its way, they aren’t going away anytime soon. But what makes a hard seltzer a hard seltzer?
There is a difference between hard seltzers and malt beverages. Hard seltzer is made like beer but cane sugar is fermented instead of malted barely, and the flavoring comes from real fruit. As frequent hard seltzer consumers, the Molly’s Marketing Department decided to look into the options we have at the store, and it was during our exploration that we discovered what’s NOT in hard seltzers is just as important as what’s in them. Our top three picks contain no artificial flavors and no gluten. We’re also digging the 12 oz cans they come in, making them perfect companions for summer activities whether you’re planning to hit the trail or park a seat on the patio. Mix with your favorite spirit to create a fruity, bubbly cocktail! You can find our hard seltzer collection chilling (literally, they are chilled and ready to go) in Cooler #7.
Here’s a breakdown of our top 3 hard seltzer picks:
1) Truly Spiked & Sparkling
Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a gluten-free spiked sparkling water and does not contain any liquor or spirits. The alcohol comes from fermented cane sugar and a hint of fruit. No artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Flavors found at Molly’s: Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, and Wild Berry Packaging: 6pk and 12pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV (we reached out to Truly for the sodium content, but haven’t received a response) Price: $9.49/6pk | $18.49/12pk
2) White Claw Hard Seltzer
White Claw Hard Seltzer delivers a fresh surge of refreshment using what they call a proprietary BrewPure™ process. This gives White Claw the cleanest, gluten-free alcohol base possible. To keep it pure, no crystalline fructose, dietary fiber or preservatives are added; only natural flavors, nothing artificial. White Claw varieties are sweetened by adding a small amount of cane sugar to achieve the balanced taste.
Flavors found at Molly’s: Black Cherry, Grapefruit, and Lime Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s Nutritional facts per 12oz: Grapefruit: 110 calories, 4 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 4 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV Lime: 110 calories, 4 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 4 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV Black Cherry: 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 2 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV Price: $8.99/6pk | $17.99/12pk
SpikedSeltzer is a non-malt beer made from purified water and all natural ingredients. The fresh fruit flavors are derived from cold-pressed citrus essence from a variety of fruits. Fermentation of this citrus essence and sugar naturally produces 6% alcohol (the highest ABV in our hard seltzer group). With no wheat, barley, or no sorghum, SpikedSeltzer is naturally gluten-free. Simple ingredients. No sulfites, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives.
Flavors found at Molly’s: West Indies Lime and Indian River Grapefruit are available in 6pks. Those two flavors plus Cape Cod Cranberry and Valencia Orange are available in a canned variety 12pk. Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 140 calories (120 calories from alcohol), 25mg of sodium, 5 grams of carbs, 5 grams of sugar, gluten-free, 6% ABV Price: $9.49/6pks | $18.49/variety 12pk
Here’s how our favorite sparklers stack up against each other:
If you are looking for a low calorie alcoholic seltzer…
Henry’s Hard Sparkling
Not to be confused with Henry’s Hard Soda, Henry’s Hard Sparkling is a low-carb spiked sparkling water malt beverage with no sugar and natural fruit flavor.
Flavors found at Molly’s: Lemon Lime Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Nutritional facts per 12 oz.: 88 calories, 1.7 grams of carbs, 0 sugar, 4.2% ABV Price: $8.99/6pk
Flavors found at Molly’s: Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime, and Watermelon Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s. Nutritional facts per 12 oz.: 90 calories, 1 gram of carbs, 0 sugar, 4.5% ABV Price: $8.99/6pk | $16.99/12pk
And there you have it folks! We hope this helps you and your quest for your go-to summer beverage!
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Summer wedding season is quickly approaching! For those with impending nuptials, are all your ducks in a row? If one of your last boxes to check is finalize your signature cocktail or your entire bar menu, then this blog post is for you. If you’re newly engaged or know someone tying the knot, the following summer wedding cocktail recipes are also perfect for bridal luncheons, engagement parties, or even a night of wedding planning. But the most important takeaway is this – Molly’s delivers the alcohol for signature wedding cocktails to special events! Our event planning team has over 30 combined years of experience! We’ll help you accurately estimate how much alcohol you’ll need and assist you in picking out the right wines, spirits and beers for your event all while keeping you within your budget! We will also work directly with your venue (if you have one) to ensure a pain free delivery process for you! Click here to get started!
But now back to the wedding cocktail recipes. As always, we’re following the trends over here and floral, herb-inspired signature cocktails for weddings are in! Not only will they look pretty in pictures, but these refreshing and easy summer wedding cocktail recipes will have your guests drinking like royalty! We’ve included a little something for everyone in our top 7 summer wedding cocktail list. We’ve got bubbly, tequila, bourbon, vodka, and more! And make sure to check out #7. It’s a Molly’s original that’s already made its way into 5280 Magazine!
Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa
2 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice A sweet sparkling wine (we used Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé) A few fresh sage leaves A wedge of grapefruit for garnish
Directions: Tear a few sage leaves and place at the bottom of the glass. Add about 2 ounces of grapefruit juice and top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with additional sage leaves and grapefruit wedge.
Berry Elderflower Sangria
1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or dry white wine 3/4 cup Elderflower liqueur 2 fresh peaches, sliced 5-6 fresh strawberries 6 fresh raspberries 1 small bunch of fresh white grapes
Directions: Stir ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Allow fruit to soak in mixture for 15 minutes– or longer if desired. Serve in an ice-filled glass. Garnish with micro marigolds.
Peach Basil Moscow Mule
A few pieces of fresh basil 1/4 lime 2 oz peach vodka 6 oz ginger beer
Directions: Fill glasses with ice. If you have copper mugs that’s awesome, but any cocktail glass will work! Add 2 oz of peach vodka and 6 oz ginger beer. Squeeze in 1/4 of a lime and then add a couple pieces of fresh basil. Stir all of the ingredients together.
Bourbon Mint Lemonade
1/2 oz bourbon 1/2 oz limoncello 8 0z (1 cup) lemonade 4-5 fresh mint leaves
Directions: Muddle mint leaves in glass and add a couple of ice cubes to release their flavor. Mix in bourbon, limoncello, lemonade and stir. Garnish with a few mint leaves.
Elderflower Mojito Cocktail
1 oz Elderflower liqueur 1 oz rum, white 10 fresh mint leaves 1 1/2 oz lime juice 1 1/2 oz simple syrup
Directions: Add the rum and mint leaves to a mixing glass. Muddle the mint leaves lightly. Pour the elderflower liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup into the mixing glass and stir. Pour into an ice-filled glass and garnish with edible flowers if desired.
4 slices of fresh cucumber 1 lime wedge 1 oz lime juice 1 1/2 oz tequila 1 oz triple sec Tajin seasoning to rim the glass – chile peppers, lime, and sea salt
Directions: Place 3 cucumber slices (skin removed) in glassware and muddle. Add 1 ounce of lime juice, 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, and 1 ounce triple sec and stir. Add tajin to the rim and garish with a cucumber slice and lime wedge
Molly’s Laven-berry Prosecco Cocktail
1 lemon slice 1 rosemary sprig A few fresh blackberries 1 1/2 oz lavender gin (we used Colorado’s Lee Spirits Lavender Gin) 1 oz blackberry liqueur (we used Leopold Bros’ Rocky Mountain Blackberry Liqueur) Prosecco to top off
Directions: Combine lavender gin and blackberry liqueur and stir. Top off with prosecco. Garish with a lemon slice, blackberries, and a rosemary sprig.
Suns Out, Rosés Out! It’s time to rejoice in the official wine of summer – the rosé! This trendy pink drink comes with its own catchphrases like “Rosé All Day” and “Yes Way, Rosé” and even recently made headlines for its availability in 40 ounce bottles!
And there’s a reason for the hype, the hashtags, and the memes so we’re going to dive into the pink world of rosé. Your guide to a rosé-filled summer is here, and it’ll have you saying “New Day, New Rosé”. Keep reading to learn some fun facts about rosé wine!
Rosé basics (although rosé is anything but basic)
Rosé is a category of wine – just as white and red are categories. Its name comes from the French word for pink.
Rosé happens when the skins of red grapes touch wine for only a short time (anywhere from 2 hours to 20 hours). The longer the grapes’ skins are left sitting in the wine, the darker the color of the finished rosé.
There are three ways to make rosé: maceration, saignée and blending. The maceration method is when red wine grapes are let to rest, or macerate, in the juice for a period of time and afterward the entire batch of juice is finished into a rosé wine. The Saignée (“San-yay”) method is when some of the juice is bled off during the first few hours of making a red wine and put into a new vat to make rosé. This method is very common in wine regions that make fine red wines such as Napa and Sonoma. And the blending method is when a little bit of red wine is added to a vat of white wine to make rosé. It doesn’t take much red wine to dye a white wine pink, so usually these wines will have up to 5% or so, of a red wine added. This method is very uncommon with still rosé wines but happens much more in sparkling wine regions such as Champagne.
The primary flavors of rosé wine are red fruit, flowers, citrus, and melon, with a pleasant crunchy green flavor on the finish similar to celery or rhubarb. Of course, depending on the type of grape the rosé wine is made with will greatly vary the flavor.
Rosés range in taste from dry (not sweet) to sweet depending on grape. Pink doesn’t always equal sweet!
The suggested serving temperature:45 – 55 degrees F / 7 – 10 degrees C.
Still and sparkling rosé wine pairs well with SO MANY foods – fin fish, shellfish, white meat, cured meat, hard cheese, soft cheese, greens, and exotic spices like turmeric, ginger, saffron, and cumin.
Just like summer can’t last forever, the vast majority of rosés are made to be consumed within 1-2 years which is why the rosés you’ll see below are from 2015 and 2016.
Rosé is produced in every major country and is made of nearly every grape variety – both red and white. The Molly’s Wine Team has chosen a few favorites out of our ENTIRE section of rosés for our guide to help illustrate different rosé wine types. These hail from France, Spain, Austria, the good ol’ U.S. of A., Chile, and South Africa. Let’s travel through top rosé wines from various regions together!
Still and sparkling rosé wines of France mainly come from Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both located in Southern France. French rosés are dry and the blend usually includes Grenache (fruity) and Syrah (savory). Fun facts: Provence is the world’s largest wine region specializing in dry rosé! The Center for Rosé Research, located in Provence, is the only scientific organization dedicated to studying rosé wine and supporting improvements in rosé quality and diversity. Wine Folly has dubbed rosés from Provence the “little black dress of pink wines”.
Saint Roch les Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
“This blend of Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%) has everything a Provençal rosé should: delicacy, dryness and drinkability. It smells of bright red berries, and the palate is lively and full of crisp, food-friendly acidity.” — Importer
Region/Appellation: Côtes de Provence Country Hierarchy: Provence, France Grape/Blend: 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault Price: $14.98 | ON SALE: $12.98 Enjoy: With fresh berries while soaking in a hot spring
Château Montfaucon ‘Les Gardettes’ Rosé 2016
“Refreshing and crisp with hints of peaches, raspberries and violets, this easy drinking dry rosé is meant to be enjoyed casually in a jovial spirit.” – Rodolphe de Pins, Château de Montfaucon
Region/Appellation: Montfaucon Country Hierarchy: Rhône Valley, France Grape/Blend: Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache Price: $12.98 | ON SALE: $10.98 Enjoy: While getting your daily dose of green vegetables (who said that can’t be fun?!)
AIX Rosé 2016
“An elegant rosé with layers of complexity and a fresh personality. Beautifully balanced with bright fruit flavors, delicate floral notes, and a long finish reminiscent of a clear, warm day in Provence, this delicious rose is as captivating as a gentle refreshing summer breeze – it seduces you like a bright sunny day. Sublime happiness in every sip. Enjoy chilled.” – Maison Saint AIX
Region/Appellation: Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Country Hierarchy: Provence, France Grape/Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault Price: $16.98 | ON SALE: $13.98 Enjoy: Overlooking the water with a glass of AIX Rosé in one hand and a good book in the other
Domaine de Beaurenard Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2016
“Fruity with ‘pep’, class and a nice mineral support. A frank attack with pleasing roundness, present fruit balanced by a delicate structure found by the mineral presence.” – Domaine de Beaurenard
Region/Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Country Hierarchy: Rhône, France Grape/Blend: Grenache, Syrah Juice, and Cinsault Price: $18.98 | ON SALE: $16.98 Enjoy: At a backyard BBQ
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé 2016
“A pleasant, intense, floral and mineral nose and well balanced palate with freshness combining red currants and berries. This rosé is ready to drink now, and should be consumed within a year to enjoy its fresh fruitiness to the full. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a meal.” – Mas de Daumas Gassac
Region/Appellation: Pays d’Herault Country Hierarchy: Languedoc, France Grape/Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Carignan Price: $12.98 | ON SALE: $10.98 Enjoy: While enjoying a late lunch after tackling your weekend to-do list
Chãteau du Rouët Côtes de Provence Cuvée Réservée Tradition Rosé 2015
“A refreshing blast of rose petal aromas give way to crisp minerality loaded with notes of cherry blossom, raspberry and strawberries. This classically dry Provençal rosé has a fruity palate and a long, rich aftertaste.” – Chãteau du Rouët
Region/Appellation: Côtes de Provence Country Hierarchy: Provence, France Grape/Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 20% Syrah Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $15.98 Enjoy: While sharing a cured meat plate with your bestie
Château de Paraza Cuvée Spéciale Rosé 2016
“A pleasing nose with notes of strawberry and redcurrant. On the palate the wine is wild, round, and well-balanced, with a lot of crisp. Pure freshness.” – Château de Paraza
Region/Appellation: Minervois Country Hierarchy: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Grape/Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache Price: $13.98 | ON SALE: $11.98 Enjoy: With takeout from your go-to sushi place and a little Netflix binge
The most popular Spanish rosés are Tempranillo (savory) and Garnacha (fruity)-based rosado wines from Rioja, but Spain hosts a range of rosé wines. Jumilla is located on the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern of Spain and produces quality rosés from the Monastrell (savory) grape variety.
Ostatu Rosado 2016
“Pale salmon, bright color with pinks reflections. Aromas of fresh fruits (strawberries), with a fine and elegant expression. Very fresh and balanced in the mouth, slightly oily and with dimension. Great balance of flavors, fruitiness and warmth.” – Ostatu
Region/Appellation: Rioja Alavesa Country Hierarchy: Spain Grape/Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 27% Garnacha and 3% Viura Price: $17.98 | ON SALE: $15.98 Enjoy: With a make your own pizza date night
Bodegas Muga Rosado 2016
“Aromas of red currant and strawberry, and flavors of bright red fruit, orange and flowers. A very easy wine to drink” – Bodegas Muga
Region/Appellation: Rioja Alta Country Hierarchy: Rioja, Spain Grape/Blend: 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo Price: $18.98 | ON SALE: $15.98 Enjoy: Poolside with a plate of sliced mango
Bodegas Olivares Rosado 2016
“The blend of Monastrell and Grenache gives richness and structure to this fresh, fruity rosé. You’ll find floral and red fruits on the nose and in the mouth. It is fruity, fresh and balanced.” – Bodegas Olivares
Region/Appellation: Jumilla Country Hierarchy: Murcia, Spain Grape/Blend: 70% Grenache, 30% Monastrell Price: $10.98 | ON SALE: $8.98 Enjoy: By the campfire, although you might want to transfer into a different vessel before you set out on your adventure (should you decide to brave it and bring the glass bottle, it is a twist off so no need to worry about a cork screw)
Rosé wine is produced in all of Austria´s wine-growing regions, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt are two significant grape varieties used in Austrian rosés. Zweigelt is characterized by bold cherry flavors and a slight herbaceous bitter note on the finish making rosé wines fruity while Blaufränkisch typically produces wines rich in tannin and sometimes exhibiting a pronounced spicy character. Niederosterreich (Lower Austria) is the largest wine region in Austria followed by Burgenland.
Meinklang Frizzante Pinot Noir Rosé 2015
“This light frizzante made from Pinot Noir shows a lot of fruitness and aromatics. Strawberries, cherries and minerality lead to long slightly bubbly finish. Organic and biodynamic!” – kwselection.com
Region/Appellation: Burgenland Country Hierarchy: Austria Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir, Zweigelt & Blaufränkisch Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $17.98 Enjoy: With Sunday brunch
Pratsch Rosé 2016
“Made from several varieties of organically-grown estate grapes, this Austrian rosé is delicate and dry featuring aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, peach, and pear, backed by crisp, refreshing acidity.” – Winesellers, Ltd
Region/Appellation: Niederosterreich (Lower Austria) Country Hierarchy: Austria Grape/Blend: Zweigelt Price: $14.98 | ON SALE: $10.98 Enjoy: With paella after a day spent on the water
As of August 2016, The United States is currently ranked as the world’s third largest producer of rosé wine (after France and Spain respectively) and is gaining ground as the trend shows its longevity year after year!
Moshin Vineyards 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir
” A dry, refreshing, cool, crisp pink with flavors and aromas of strawberry, melon and hints of spring flowers. 100% Pinot Noir that delivers a juicy and delicious wine – pairing easily with appetizers, fish and good times with friends!” — Moshin Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California Country Hierarchy: USA Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $17.98 Enjoy: At happy hour with friends from the office
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2016
“The ’16 Vin Gris is a bit of a departure from recent vintages, somewhat deeper in color and definitely a bit fruitier than some, though the fruit is perhaps (at least at this stage) more of the dark and brooding variety, particularly suggestive of black currants, Damson plum and rosehips. This wine is all about elegance and restraint. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish ” – Bonny Doon Vineyard
Region/Appellation: Central Coast, California Country Hierarchy: USA Grape/Blend: 49% Grenache, 19% Grenache Blanc, 13% Mourvèdre, 12% Carignane, 4% Cinsaut, 3% Roussanne Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $14.98 Enjoy: At a 4th of July crab boil under the fireworks
Chile’s hot summers, coastal cooling breezes, and moderate rainfall make it an ideal climate for wine grape growing! Most of Chile’s vineyards are located in the Central Valley Region, a large region that contains several smaller valleys like Maule Valley which is where our pick from Chile is produced. Over the past two decades, Chile has seen a massive diversification; wineries, both big and small, new wine regions and plantings of altogether new-to-Chile grapes. The Carménère grape used in the rosé below is now considered the national grape of Chile.
Apaltagua Reserva Carménère Rose
“Rose petal-colored, clear, brilliant and clean, our Apaltagua Carménère Rosé has perfumed aromas of tart red fruit, such as raspberry. With floral notes such as rose, as well as hints of citrus, there is a touch of light balsamic and subtle spice. In the mouth it is fresh and dry, with a medium body and a long finish.” – Apaltagua Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Maule Valley Country Hierarchy: Chile Grape/Blend: 85% Carmenere, 15% Syrah Price: $11.98 | ON SALE: $9.98 Enjoy: On a picnic with a plate of fresh tomato and mozzarella slices
Like the United States and Chile, South Africa is classified as a ‘New World’ region. New World wines come from countries that used to be colonies, where winemaking (and Vitis vinifera grapes) were imported. The differences in Old World and New World wines come from winemaking practices (tradition) and from the affect of the land and climate on the grapes (the “terroir”). New World wines are often described as tasting riper, having higher alcohol, having less acidity, and tasting more fruity while Old World wines are often described as tasting lighter, having less alcohol, having higher acidity, and tasting less fruity. The Cabernet Sauvignon is one of South Africa’s most planted grapes and is used to produce the rosé listed below. First released in 1999, Mulderbosch Rosé was one of the very first of its kind from South Africa. This rosé is produced in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s leading wine area with a winemaking tradition that stretches back to the end of the 17th-century.
Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2016
“Bracing mineral aromatics and floral notes are found on the nose whilst the well balanced and vibrant palate features freshly sliced watermelon, Turkish rose water and subtly herbaceous Cabernet Sauvignon flavours. Amplifying its fresh, clean acidity and striking length is a burst of succulent Ruby grapefruit that carries the wonderful ensemble to a pleasant, lasting finish.” – Mulderbosch
Region/Appellation: Stellenbosch /Coastal Region Country Hierarchy: South Africa Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $13.98 | ON SALE: $11.98 Enjoy: At the annual Labor Day family reunion
All prices limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change. Molly’s has an entire section dedicated to rosés (Lane 2, Aisle B)! If you still have questions about rosé wine types, feel free to swing by and our wine team will be happy to help you find the perfect one!