July Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoRomilly Cidre Rose Cider FranceRomilly Cidre
Rosé Cider (Cidre)
Normandy, France
375 ml bottle

The Romilly Farm is a thousand year old farm in Normandy, France, close to Omaha Beach.  All the ciders (cidres) are made exclusively with apples produced on the 90 acre farm.  This Rosé cider is fully natural with berries and beets providing a pleasing pink color. Big, French apple flavors with a mild barnyard funk that adds complexity. The cider presents rose petals and wildflower notes with herbs.  Moderately sweet, easy to drink, great for celebrations and feasts.

Beer Style: Fruity and Spicy
Style: Cider
ABV: 4.4% alcohol / volume


Romilly Brut CiderRomilly Cidre
Brut Cider (Cidre)

Normandy, France
375 ml bottle

Slightly dry, presenting a bit of sweetness to draw out the flavors of the eight Norman apples that go into this complex cider. Romilly’s master cidermakers offer up a bouquet of apples, with aromas of old-world barn, hay, and leather with a restrained dryness on the palate that is balanced and refreshing. The finish is long and clean with hints of olives. Winner of World Cider Championships (record high of 95 points). Pair with a baguette, cheese, roasted meat and vegetables.

Beer Style: Fruity and Spicy
Style: Cider
ABV: 4.9 % alcohol / volume

 

Romilly Cidre logoABOUT ROMILLY CIDRE: World Cider Championship Winners

A unique line of aged, natural French ciders of unmatched quality. Romilly Cidres invite exciting food pairing adventures. Elegant and delicious on their own, they inspire new cocktail inventions and trending demands for natural products and low ABV. They are of unsurpassed craftsmanship made only from the 32 varieties of heirloom apples produced on the Romilly Farm and champagne yeasts. Benjamin Renaud, the twenty-nine year old master cidremaker, adds no water, no sugar, adhering to standards of excellence found in the finest wineries and cidreries in France. Unsurpassed quality, limited production at an affordable price is a rarity indeed.

The Romilly Farm is a thousand year old farm in Isigny-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France, close to Omaha Beach. All the ciders are made exclusively with apples produced on the 90 acre farm. Each variety (Sweet, Half-dry, Dry, Extra Dry and Rosé) uses eight different Norman heritage apple varieties which are bio-dynamically grown. They have set records in major competitions and been adopted enthusiastically by Chef Thomas Keller, Chef Michael Solomonov, Gramercy Tavern, The Embassy of France and the United Nations Headquarters.

Romilly heirloom apples

Romilly Heirloom Apples

Romilly cider maker

Romilly Farm Normandy France

Romilly Farm, Normandy France

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June Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoBlack_Stack_Fugazi_beerBlackStack Brewery
Fugazi
Italian-Style Pilsner
St. Paul, Minnesota

This Italian-Style Pilsner is dry-hopped adoringly with Czech Kazbek making it the real deal. A lively carb with soft lemon and heavy snap vibes.

Beer Style: Crisp & Clean
Style: Italian Style Pilsner
ABV: 4.8% alcohol / volume


It's Legal ThereBlackStack Brewery
It’s Legal There
Double IPA

St. Paul, Minnesota

No fruit was harmed in the making of this extremely fruit forward beer. Made with the “stickiest/ickiest” Michigan Chinook & Michigan Copper from Hop Heads Farms on a clean base of Briess Pils Malt. The name came with the saying, “Can you smell that? I’ve heard it’s legal here.”

Beer Style: Hoppy
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.0% alcohol / volume


working-titleBlackStack Brewery
Working Title
Wheat Ale
St. Paul, Minnesota

This beer has gone many monikers since being one of the four beers on tap when BlackStack first opened. It is brewed with a touch of coriander & orange peel; and this time around it is fermented in a French Oak Foeder.

Beer Style: Fruity & Spicy
Style: Wheat Ale
ABV: 5.1% alcohol / volume

ABOUT BLACKSTACK BREWERY:
A family owned and operated brewery, the Johnston family have had a long love affair with great beer. In the 1990’s, Scott Johnson, the patriarch of the family, owned of All Saints Brands, Inc., a distribution company bringing European classic beers into Minnesota. Finally, in 2017, the entire family was able to launch BlackStack Brewing. Learn more about the their brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Laser RaptorsAslin Beer Co.
Laser Raptors
Double IPA
Alexandria, Virginia

“When exploring the French alps, we came across something we did not know exists. While hiking, Joel screamed “That’s a Laser Raptor! I thought they went extinct thousands of years ago!”  Little did we know, this Raptor was friendly. He had been outcast decades ago and started his own brewery in Switzerland. After a few beers with this Raptor, we decided to do a collaboration and dedicate this beer after him! If you are wondering his name, it’s Jeff or El Jefe after a few beers.”  – Aslin Beer Co.

This Double IPA is brewed with Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic hops.

Beer Style: Hoppy
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.3% alcohol / volume

ABOUT ASLIN BEER CO.:
Founded in 2015 by Andrew Kelley and Kai Leszkowicz, Aslin Beer Co. comes from the family name, Aslin, the family that connected Andrew and Kai through marriage (they each married a daughter from the Aslin Family). Andrew had a background in finance, while Kai worked in public service. They bonded over a mutual interest of craft beer and home brewing. Learn more about their brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


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March Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoDrekker_Strawberry-PineappleDrekker Brewing Co.
BRAAAAAAAAins Strawberry & Pineapple
Double Fruit Smoothie Sour

Fargo, North Dakota

This one is blasted with strawberry & pineapple, and then it is hit with Drekker Brewing Co.’s double secret smoothie treatment of sea salt, lactose, and vanilla beans.

BeerStyles: Sour, Tart & Funky
Style: Sour – Smoothie / Pastry
ABV: 6.5% alcohol / volume


drekker-brewing-after-school-prrrtDrekker Brewing Co.
After School Prrrt

Fargo, North Dakota

Snack Time Sour! This one is jam packed with Gushers® & Fruit By The Foot®, plus a whole bunch of pineapple, plum, strawberry, raspberry, passionfruit, lactose, vanilla beans and sea salt.

BeerStyles: Sour, Tart & Funky
Style: Sour – Fruited
ABV: 6.8% alcohol / volume


drekker-drekker-slang-du-jour-cran-orange-cobblerDrekker Brewing Co.
Slang Du Jour – Cran-Orange Cobbler
Fargo, North Dakota

For the Cran-Orange Cobble Slang, the Drekker Brewing team cranked up the holiday vibes and loaded this with cranberry, orange, plum, granola, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla beans.

BeerStyles: Sour, Tart & Funky
Style: Sour – Smoothie / Pastry
ABV: 6.4% alcohol / volume

***IMPORTANT NOTE!***
All of Drekker’s beer must be kept cold – there are no exceptions to this. Their beer is not pasteurized and often has a literal ton of fruit in them. Nobody wants them to explode.

ABOUT DREKKER BREWING CO.:
Drekker Brewing Co. has become a pretty sought after brewery in the craft beer world, and we cannot wait for you to see why. Like most breweries, Drekker started out as a hobby in a garage between four friends. Their passion for beer, a crazy dream, and a ton of hard work eventually led to the creation of Drekker Brewing Co. Learn more about the guys behind the beers
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February Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoSoulless-Pear-cider-BottleTen Towers Cider Co.
Soulless Pear Cider
Rickreall, Oregon

Northwest pear and apple give breath to Soulless Pear’s haunting ginger essence. For best results, enjoy 10 minutes out of the refrigerator and pair with sweet and sour pork, curry chicken salad, pizza or tomato soup.

BeerStyles: Fruity & Spicy
Style: Semi-Sweet Cider
Notes: Made with Pacific Northwest Apples; Gluten Free
ABV: 5.8% alcohol / volume


Gravitas-cider-BottleTen Towers Cider Co.
Gravitas Cider
Rickreall, Oregon

Gravitas uses 100% locally sourced Pacific Northwest apples, cold pressed and fermented slowly to retain the wonderful aromatics and flavors. Next, it’s sweetened with a blend of heirloom and dessert apples to give this semi-dry cider a crisp, clean and refreshing apple flavor profile. Enjoy on its own or pair with pork, cheese, Thai, spaghetti, or chocolate.

BeerStyles: Fruity & Spicy
Style: Semi-Dry Cider
Notes: Made with Pacific Northwest Apples; Gluten Free
ABV: 6.3% alcohol / volume


Shakti-cider_BottleTen Towers Cider Co.
Shakti Chai Tea Cider
Rickreall, Oregon

Shakti cider is balanced and delicately spiced with chai tea. Pairs well with sweet or spicy dishes. Try with French toast, poached pear, apple pie, mufins or popcorn. Or enjoy with Pad Thai or curry chicken dishes.

BeerStyles: Fruity & Spicy
Style: Semi-Sweet Cider
Notes: Made with Pacific Northwest Apples; Gluten Free
ABV: 5.5% alcohol / volume

ABOUT TEN TOWERS CIDER COMPANY:
Since 1972, the Kruger family has been making cider from neighborhood orchards in the Pacific Northwest. The family has grown all well known varieties from Red Delicious, to Crispin, Liberty, Freedom, King, Fuji, and more. It wasn’t until 2017 that Ten Towers Cider Co. was founded – their one mission, to create high quality Pacific Northwest craft ciders. Learn more about the cidery
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May Cheese Club: Iowa

Cheese ClubBenning CheeseBenning®
Mild Goats Milk Gouda
Holland

Benning® Mild Goats Milk Gouda is a semi-firm, pure white, versatile cheese that is fresh and mild in taste. It is made from light goats’ milk that is then formed into classic gouda-style wheels and aged to create a smooth and creamy textured cheese. This cheese is great for the pickiest of eaters. It is mildly tangy and slightly sweet with hints of caramel. 

FOOD PAIRING: This cheese melts beautifully; eat as is, or slice/grate onto your favorite sandwich or pizza.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRING: The Benning® Mild Milk Gouda pairs well with dark and malty beers such as a malty Amber Ale. It also pairs nicely with a buttery Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or our May Wine Club Chenin Blanc.

WINESTYLES: Silky
BEERSTYLES: Dark & Roasty or Malty & Sweet


midnight-moon-pkg-smallCypress Grove®
Midnight Moon®
Holland

This aged goat milk cheese is made exclusively for Cypress Grove® in Holland. Aged for at least six-months, Midnight Moon® is an ivory-colored goat cheese with forward nutty and brown-buttery flavors, finish with long caramel notes. Similar to classic goudas, Midnight Moon® forms protein crystals as it ages, and lends to a slight crunch to the otherwise dense and smooth cheese. This goat cheese is known to convert even the pickiest of goat cheese critics!

AWARDS:

  • Best of Class, World Championship Cheese Contest  2010, 2020
  • Super Gold, World Cheese Awards   2015, 2018
  • Gold, World Cheese Awards  2014
  • Best New Product in Show, sofi Awards  2002
  • Silver, World Cheese Awards  2017
  • Silver Finalist, sofi Awards  2003
  • Third Place, World Championship Cheese Contest   2014
  • Bronze, World Cheese Awards  2016
  • Bronze, sofi Awards   2017

FOOD PAIRING: Serve with fig jams, seeded crackers, or bread

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRING: For wine, pair with Ice Wine, Sweet Sherry, Syrah or Zinfandel. As for beer, look for a Belgian Dark, Stout, or a Tripel.

WINESTYLES: Fruity or Bold
BEERSTYLES:
Dark & Roasty, or Fruity & Spicy

ABOUT CYPRESS GROVE®, ARCATA, CALIFORNIA:
In the 1970’s, when pre-packed TV dinners and processed, rubber cheese were popular, a self-proclaimed “serious hippie” named Mary Keehn was on the hunt for something different. A mother a four, she wanted to find healthier milk for her children. Mary noticed her neighbor owned goats for brush control and asked if she could purchase two, at which the neighbor replied, “if you can catch ’em, you can have ’em”. Each day, Mary went out with grain until eventually she lured in her first two goats: Esmeralda and Hazel. These goats turned into four, and many more from there. With a lot of goats, came a lot of milk, and thus, Cypress Grove® was born! Learn more about their story here.


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If you enjoy pairing cheese with wine, this is your club!  Each month you’ll discover specialty and artisan cheeses to pair with your Wine Club. Monthly cheese selections are chosen by your local WineStyles participating location. It’s the perfect opportunity to Taste, Learn and Enjoy® amazing artisan cheese every month! Only $19.99/month and your wine won’t be lonely!  Click to learn more >

 

July Cheese Club: Iowa

cheese_club_logo-1240x1240Iberico BonvallisBonvallis – Iberico Cheese
Valladolid, Spain

Bonvallis Iberico Cheese is a Manchego-style cheese, one of the most eaten in Spain. An authentic Iberico Cheese must have, by law, a maximum of 50% cow’s milk, a minimum of 15% goat’s milk, and a minimum of 15% sheep’s milk. If these amounts are not specified on the label, the cheese cannot be labeled ‘Iberico’. Bonvallis Iberico Cheese is compact and firm in texture. It features herby, grassy flavors from the goat and ewe milk, and a smooth, creamy texture from the cow’s milk. It is slightly lactic, yet mild and buttery on the palate; making this cheese tasty and aromatic.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
Bonvallis Iberico Cheese pairs wonderfully with wines from our Bubbly wine style category, such as a Cava. Additionally, Iberico cheese pairs well with our Fruity & Spicy beers, such as a cider.

WINESTYLES: Bubbly
BEERSTYLES: Fruity & Spicy

PRODUCTION:
Located in Valladolid, the capital of Castilla y León, the family-run dairy, Bonvallis, has produced their cheeses since 1984. The region of Castilla y León is well known for its vast production of sheep and blend cheeses, and cured meat products. Long cold winters and dry hot summers are the perfect conditions for manufacturing their products. Bonvallis Iberico can be semi-cured (around 2 months), cured (4-6 months) and aged (over 7 months).

Idizabal DOPAraz
Smoked Idiazabal Cheese
Basque County, Spain

Smoked Idiazabal by Araz is a traditional, farmhouse, hard cheese made from raw milk of Latxa or Carranza sheep in the Basque and Navarra regions of northern Spain. Named after the village of Idiazabal, the cheese received Spanish D.O. (Denomination of Origin) in 1987, which defines the basic regulations for the product’s manufacturer. Idiazabal is produced in the shape of a cylinder, with a smooth and hard natural rind that is pale yellow to amber in color. The cheese has a compact texture that is dry, but not crumbly, and feels pleasantly oily in the mouth. The rind carries the marks of the wooden moulds in which it was drained and the cheese itself has a characteristic smoky flavor, coming from the fireplaces it is stored near during the summer.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRING: Idiazabal Cheese pairs beautifully with a medium-bodied tempranillo from our Fruity wine style category. It also pairs well with Fruity & Spicy beers, such as a cider or a sour.

WINESTYLES: Fruity
BEERSTYLES:
Fruity & Spicy

PRODUCTION:
In the summer, the sheep migrate to higher pastures to graze on the blossoming, new grass. During this time, the artisanal cheese makers milk the sheep, make the Idiazabal cheese and leave it in the rafter to mature for a minimum ripening of 2 months. At the end of summer, when the cheese makers return back to the lowlands with their sheep, the cheese has ripened and is ready for sale.

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If you enjoy pairing cheese with wine, this is your club!  Each month you’ll discover specialty and artisan cheeses to pair with your Wine Club. Monthly cheese selections are chosen by your local WineStyles participating location. It’s the perfect opportunity to Taste, Learn and Enjoy® amazing artisan cheese every month! Only $19.99/month and your wine won’t be lonely!  Click to learn more >