Scottish Whiskey Seminar

Love Scotch Whiskey but don’t know much about it? Looking for a great Christmas gift?
Look no further!

Come join Everett’s on Wednesday, January 7th as Master of Spirits for International Spirits, Brian Dvoret, takes your palate on a tour of some of Scotland’s finest whiskies. Try blends, single malts, highlands, Islays, and even a whiskey or two from the Isle of Mull. But, most importantly, learn the histories, crafting methods, and differences in taste.

The whiskies will be: Scottish Leader, Deanston Virgin Oak, Deanston 12yr, Tobermory 10yr, Tobermory 15yr, Bunnahabhain 12yr, Bunnahabhain 18yr, Bunnahabhain Toiteach, Ledaig 10yr.

This is a smaller educational event, and there are only 30 seats available, so act quickly!

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Saturday Six Pack Sampler 7/5/14

This was an excellent Saturday Night Six Pack Sampler tasting! High ratings across the board. This was tough, as I didn’t want to drink six beers in one sitting, but they were just too good to dump down the drain. I need assistants who can finish these for me so they don’t go to waste. Job doesn’t pay much…er, at all. But there’s beer! Any takers?

20140705-085636-32196064.jpgGreat Lakes Brewing Co. The Wright Pils. Pilsner. 5.3% abv. 35 IBU. A floral, dried apricot aroma drew me in right away. I get tired of pilsners that end up too biscuity/cerealy. The fruit was a welcome and inviting change of pace for me. On the palate, the flavor is as smooth, clean, and crisp as you’d hope for in a pilsner. The mid palate is slightly sweet, but the finish is nice and dry, with a generous, but well balanced, hopping. Really happy with this beer. It’s a shame it’s only available through June. Get it while it’s still on shelves! Rating: 4.5 / 5 20140705-085636-32196537.jpg

Summit Brewing Co. Summer Ale. Kolsch. 4.4% abv. 32 IBU.
I do love a good Kolsch, and this delivers. This actually has a lot in common with the Great Lakes Wright Pils: both use Mt. Hood hops, both are made with touches of wheat, and both have lower alcohol and IBUs. Not as floral or fruity as the Great Lakes Wright Pils, you get more of a lemon zest aroma, with hints of wheat (think more along the lines of flour than fresh wheat). Light and crisp, with a fairly round profile that still manages to remain dry throughout. Finishes with just a kiss of hops. The only knock I can give it is that it could use more complexity. But for being a straight shootin’, 4.4% abv, clean tasting beer, you could do far worse. Certainly one I could drink throughout a warm summer night. Rating: 4.2 / 5
20140705-085636-32196983.jpgBoulevard Brewing Co. 80-Acre. American Pale Wheat Ale. 5.5% abv. 20 IBU. I was worried at first, as this beer was a month past its best by date. But it’s still quite good. All the IPA citrus character that I love is present from the aroma to the palate. The hop bitterness is well tempered by the addition of wheat, making this an incredibly smooth quaff. I think I actually prefer this to Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat, which is one of my favorite beers from this brewery. The complexity of this one certainly gives it an edge. Highly recommended! Rating: 4.5 / 5 20140705-085635-32195554.jpg

Stone Brewing Co. Saison 2014. Saison ale brewed with Spices. 6% abv
. Spice, spice, and more spice. This beer smells like an herb garden. Highly complex aromas of thyme, basil, white pepper, whatever’s in the “Italian Medley” in my spice rack… basically grab any combination of spices out of your kitchen and you can find it in this beer. While all this spice is going on, the hops are busy sneaking up. They’re quietly waiting for you on the finish, ninja like and ready to pounce. But, again, it’s the spices that keep going long after the sip. Very complex and well made beer. Kudos to Stone! Rating: 4.5 / 5

20140705-085637-32197975.jpgDark Horse Brewing Co. Raspberry Ale. Fruit Beer. 5% abv. Faintly fruity nose. This is a fruit beer where the fruit actually kind of takes a back seat to the rest of the beer flavors. I actually preferred this as it warmed in the glass. The raspberry is too subtle when cold but starts to pop a bit as it warms. Overall, it’s okay. For my money, I’d prefer something like a Founder’s Rubaeus or a Belgian Framboise. Rating: 3.5 / 5 20140705-085638-32198920.jpg    

Boulevard Brewing Co. Bully Porter. Porter. 6% abv. incredibly easy drinking. I got an interesting floral aroma out of this, and the dark chocolate and coffee notes are very easy going. This offering from Boulevard is really well balanced. Fans of the style– heck, fans of a good beer– should definitely give this a try! Rating: 4.5 / 5    

Saturday Six Pack Sampler 6/21/14

Hello everyone! I haven’t done a video in a while. I apologize for that. I’ve recently had a baby and filming/editing has become difficult to fit into my schedule. But I can usually find the time for writing, so I’m starting a blog section on this site with tasting notes, educational articles, opinions, and more. I’ll still keep doing videos when I have the time, and I will probably do a lot more Instagram style short videos (people seemed to like those). So to kick off the ‘Bry’s Blog’ section, I thought I’d start with a regular weekly column I call ‘Bry’s Saturday Six Pack Sampler’.

Basically, I’ll take home six beers from our mix-a-six section every week and write a review on them. It’s similar to what I already do on Untappd, but it gives me a chance to go more in depth. You may see a product (or several) on here that I didn’t enjoy. This in no way reflects the store’s feelings about that company. My posts are based entirely off of my own palate and tasting experience, and are meant to be an educational resource for our customers. I will now take questions from the audience. Yes, the man in the powder blue corduroy blazer.

“You mean you’re going to drink a whole six pack every Saturday night?”

Good god man, I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a professional. Actually I’ll probably drink them over the course of a few nights and post it on Saturday. Or, just open them all on Saturday, sample them, drink one or two I like and dump the rest.

“Dump the rest? But that’s wasteful!”

I never said I was a saint. Next question please.

“I follow you on Untappd—”

That wasn’t a question, but thank you—

“I wasn’t finished…”

Sorry, go ahead.

“Anyways, I follow you on Untappd and I notice your reviews here are slightly different than what you give in the app. Why the discrepancy?

” Ah. Well, I tend to Untapp beers upon my initial reaction. I open, pour, sip, and Untapp all very quickly. The entries here are given a bit more thought, so I may raise or lower the score after a bit of introspection. Generally, the ratings you read here are my final verdict.

“Does a beer’s price factor into your rating?”

Typically not, but if it does I will mention it. I like to base a beer on it’s taste merits alone, but if I feel the beer is a rip off or a bargain for the money, I’ll consider it. With these ’Six Pack Sampler’ articles, every sampler pack I buy is $10, so they all pretty much cost the same, which levels the price playing field as far as I’m concerned. When I review bombers, where the price can fluctuate from $5 to $20+ a bottle, I will be more apt to mention and factor price into the equation.

“Where can I see all of your reviews?”

You can find me on Untappd (either by Bryan Chapel or by my username: Everetts), but I also plan on compiling them into a searchable database in the future. Stay tuned!

“What’s your favorite color?”

Dutch Boy D26-1 ‘Sunlit Forest’ Green. One last question. You, in the Blackhawks jersey.

“Do you sell Spotted Cow?”

…I think we’re done here.

20140621-114508-42308655.jpgSouthern Tier. Hop Sun.
American Wheat Ale. 5.1% ABV. 
Very easy going from start to finish. The wheat is evident on the nose and palate, even adding a bit of a biscuity texture, if that makes sense. Bright lemony citrus, a touch of sweetness, and a hint of piney hop to finish it off. Not bad. I preferred this on the colder side as the hops can get a touch soapy upon warming.
Rating: 3.25 / 5
Boulevard Brewing Co. Entwined Ale.
Malt Beverage Brewed With Grape Juice. 4.1% ABV.
Since my beverage industry expertise began with wine, I’m a big fan of wine inspired beers like Dogfish Head Noble Rot and Sixty-One, which are brewed with the musts of Viognier and Syrah respectively. Boulevard is in this same vein and is brewed with Muscat grape juice. The beer has a crisp, tart, wine like acidity that is clean and refreshing. You certainly taste the grape character, but even though Muscat was used, the brew stays dry from front to back. The carbonation is light, but it almost seems to continuously bubble in my glass like champagne. Overall, quite good. (I will be revisiting this one later in the year. The bottle says Best By January 2015. I’m interested in how it will evolve.)
Rating: 4.0 / 5
Smuttynose Brewing Company. Bouncy House.
India Pale Ale. 4.3% ABV. 86 IBU.
Opens with bright citrus and pine followed by a pleasantly malty mid-palate. The finish is a bit too cloyingly bitter, for my taste anyway, and I think it throws the beer a bit out of balance.  Not crazy about it.
Rating: 2.5 / 5

Central Waters Brewing Co. Lac Du Bay.
English Style IPA. 7.5% ABV.
Right off the bat I noticed the beer’s rich coppery color. Toffee malt flavors abound, but without the viscous sweetness that typically follows those flavors. Easy going hops come in on the back end to clean the palate and tie it all up tight. Well done!
Rating: 4.0 / 5

Bent River Brewing Company. Raspberry Wheat.
Wheat Beer with raspberries added. 4.81% ABV. 20.4 IBU.
True and vibrant raspberry flavor with a slight, jaw-clenching tartness. I could drink more of this than the average fruit beer. Very easy going and fun, without going all raspberry soda on your taste buds.
Rating: 3.75 / 5

Deschutes Brewery. Twilight Summer Ale.
American Blonde Ale. 5% ABV. 35 IBU.
One of my favorite summer seasonals. Clean and smooth. Sweet up front but finishes crisp. Overall, very well balanced.
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Gordon & Macphail Scotches and Amrut Indian Whiskies

20140607-091121-33081128.jpg I had the chance to sit down and taste a few Scotches this week. We carry a few of these already, and a few we plan on putting on the shelf. Here are my tasting notes on some of them. If you think you’d like to purchase any of these, I’ll put an order form at the end of this post. 20140607-091122-33082144.jpg Benromach. Voted best Speyside under 12 years old by Whiskey Magazine. I’m used to super smooth, slightly sweet whiskies from Speyside. This one is smooth, but it’s also full of earth, smoke, and fresh leather. The finish is dry with an acidity that keeps your mouth watering long after the sip. 20140607-091128-33088846.jpg20140607-091125-33085705.jpg                     One cool thing about Linkwood and Mortlach is that they are the prime components of Johnny Walker’s Red and Black labels respectively. Many people don’t realize that Diageo, the parent company of Johnny Walker (and other brands like Guinness, Baileys, Smirnoff, and Captain Morgan), owns about a third of Scotland’s distilleries which produce about 60% of all Scotch. Linkwood typically becomes Johnny Walker Red Label at 3 years old, and the rest is sold off to be aged and rested further by other companies. In this case, Gordon & Macphail aged this batch for an additional 12 years. The 15 year Linkwood has a candied sweetness on the nose, and a rich fruitiness on the palate. Mortlach, which I mistakenly assumed I would like better simply because I prefer Johnny Black over Johnny Red, has complexly sweet aromas (we mentioned fruit cake and brown sugar), but the palate takes a drier path. It was a tough call for me. I actually preferred the aromas of the Mortlach, but the palate of the Linkwood. 20140607-091126-33086603.jpg Gordon & Macphail’s 8 year old Highland Park is a cigar lover’s delight. The aromas and flavors are full of rich tobacco and leather. 20140607-091127-33087484.jpg Macphail’s Bunnahabhain was probably the smoothest whiskey in the group. I was surprised considering its Islay origins. The smoky, peaty, and iodine (iodine-y?) characteristics Islay is known for are far more laid back here than in other Islays. I would say this is a great first step for people looking to venture away from the relative safety that Highlands and Speysides tend to be known for. 20140607-091123-33083905.jpg Amrut is a distillery in India that uses the same methods and ingredients as Scottish distilleries. Strong black tea notes stood out on the nose and palate, underlined by hints of smoke. 20140607-091123-33083061.jpgAmrut Fusion is the result of blending Amrut Indian Whisky with about 25% peated Scotch. It’s certainly more Scotch-like as the peat and smoke really shine in this one and the black tea, while still there, is far more subtle.


New Beers This Week: 4/11/14

20140412-110958.jpgBrand new to the store: Destihl Brewery Abbey’s Single – “A Belgian-style abbey ale crafted like those that Trappist monks brew for their own session beer. It is light bodied, light in color and relatively lower in alcohol with spicy phenolics and complex fruity esters of cherries, nectarines, peaches and bubblegum with a characteristic slightly tart and dry finish from the Belgian yeast.” –


Founder’s Centennial IPA is now in 12-pack cans, and Founder’s All Day IPA is now in 15-packs! 20140412-111010.jpg

Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter is back in stock: “Here in Colorado we are blessed with abundant natural beauty. Smokejumpers are those fearless wildland firefighters who specialize in parachuting into the wilderness so that we can continue to enjoy it. Smokejumper Imperial Porter is a tribute to them – a twenty-one degree plato porter made with barley malt hand- smoked by our brewers. Roasty brown in color, the long lingering smokiness wraps around flavors of molasses, toasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. Here’s to smoke in your glass, not in the woods.” – LefthandBrewing.com20140412-111016.jpg

A Marzen outside of October? Sign me up! Summit Unchained Series: “Fest Bier. Unchained 15 is a product of Summit brewer Nate Siats’ love for German beers, specifically Märzen styles and Munich Lagers. It’s also the first lager in the Unchained Series, matured for a full 8 weeks. Brewed with imported malts from the Czech Republic and Germany for a crisp, clean yet full-flavored malt character. Saphir and Sladek hops add just the right amount of spicy aroma. So raise your steins with a hearty Prosit!” – SummitBrewing.com20140412-111027.jpg

Summit Horizon Red IPA: “An inspired hybrid that blurs the boundaries between IPA and Amber styles. The exceptional blend of American hops (including the harder-to-find Horizon variety and the enigmatic Mosaic) gives it an intense pine, citrus and earthy character in the nose and on the tongue.” – SummitBrewing.com20140412-111034.jpg

Schlafly Yakima Wheat Session Ale: “Our Yakima Wheat Ale is a hoppy wheat beer brewed with American hops from the Yakima River Valley in Washington State.  The blend of wheat and barley lends a touch of toffee sweetness.  The hops contribute spiciness of juniper and pepper.   Altogether they create a crisp, refreshing beer – with a hoppy bite.” – Schlafly.com20140412-111244.jpgDuvel Tripel Hop 2014: “By using three instead of two hop varieties to brew, we obtain additional hop aromas and an increased bitterness. The typical Duvel palate is enriched with Mosaic hops providing fresh notes of tropical fruit and an intriguing, blueberry flavor.Mosaic hops are added again during ‘dry-hopping’, extracting additional hop aromas into the beer. The higher aromatic intensity rounds out the beer, backing the final alcohol content of 9.5%.” –


Sierra Nevada 4-Way IPA 12-pack Sampler. Includes: Blindfold Black IPA, Torpedo Extra IPA, Snow Wit White IPA, and Nooner Session IPA.20140412-110952.jpgAnd finally, summer samplers from New Belgium and Sam Adams. New Belgium Folly Pack includes: Fat Tire, Skinny Dip, Ranger IPA, Snapshot Wheat, and Blue Paddle Pilsener. Sam Adams Beers of Summer includes: Boston Lager, Porch Rocker, Belgian Session, Blueberry Hill Lager, White Lantern, and Summer Ale.