Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Magic Hat Brewing Company, Dream Machine Indian Pale Lager

From a brewery out of Burlington Vermont, Magic Hat has released a new year round  beer for the first time in 10 years entitled Dream Machine IPL. Combining the elements of an IPA and the yeasts and brewing techniques of a lager, Magic Hat has beautifully crafted this new creation that promises to satisfy the hop-head IPA drinkers out there and spark the curiosity of the smooth drinking, lager folks.

The Dream Machine pours with an amber color and a nice fluffy head also giving off a citrusy, piney aroma due to the dry-hopping method where Amarillo & Sterling hops were used. Without a doubt, the idea behind this off-shoot style brew is to combine two great beer experiences into one, and certainly Magic Hat has easily accomplished this. The concept of providing a unique drinking experience was their tactic and indeed.

Magic Hat delivers as promised. The Dream Machine is a beer that was specifically designed for my palate. Being a lager drinker for years and years, this IPL really provides the best of both worlds into one smooth drinking, mildly bitter beer. I find the idea behind the recipe of cross-pollinating an IPA with an amber lager as intriguing as the taste of the beer itself! On the front end, a crisp grapefruit, yet mild citrusy taste gives way to a smooth, lager finish on the back end with little to no bite. The Dream Machine is highly aromatic, but not quite as bitter as one might expect from the amount of hops used to produce it.

Magic Hat has hit this one out of the park with their Dream Machine IPL! If you’re an IPA lover, give it a whirl. It may not have the ultimate bitterly hop flavor you’d expect from a standard IPA, but it certainly meshes 2 very popular styles of beer into 1 that has, in my opinion, captured the best elements of both styles. If you’re a lager drinker much like myself, this would be a great beer to help crossover into the world of craft beer drinking. The Dream Machine IPL is a great session beer and an enjoyable change-up from the standard routine. Whether you’re and IPA advocate or a lager drinker, this beer appeals to either and will not disappoint. Cheers & enjoy!

India Pale Lager

ABV 5.7%

Availability Year Round: 6 packs, 12 packs, 22oz bottles, draft

Personal Rating: 9.1/10

Style Rating: 9.6/10

Wanna try it now? Order it online at whitehorsewine.com

Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Verboten

Weyerbacher, the company that has brought us so many good beers including Merry Monks, Blithering Idiot, and their popular Imperial Pumpkin Ale have yet another one of their crafty brews in the archive known as Verboten, a Belgian-Style Pale Ale. Originally released under the name Alpha, it was later changed to Zoten (the Dutch word for fools) when it became a seasonal release, but it wasn’t until they received a cease & desist from a European brewery that they chose to rename this beer Verboten, which fittingly translates from the German language to ‘forbidden’. 

Founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback, Weyerbacher Brewing Company is located in downtown Easton, PA. After touring Long Trail’s brewery in Vermont back in 1993, Dan was inspired and decided to start his own craft beer company, and there his company was born in a livery stable in Pennsylvania.

Verboten is a Belgian-Style Pale Ale, medium-body, moderately hopped with a light, fluffy head. The combination of Pale, Carahell and Wheat malts in addition to a generous hopping of Cascade really  gives this Belgian-Style Pale Ale an interesting, distinctive character. Verboten has a crisp, refreshing  first sip followed by mild bitterness introduced by the abbey yeast strain. Mild carbonation and a slight, soured fruity taste individualizes this beer from the rest of the Weyerbacher family.

I found the balance of this beer to be almost close to perfect! Verboten hits the mark with all of the ingredients used in the formula, but what I appreciate the most is the simplicity of the product upon completion. Not one aspect was overbearing or overwhelming and they really took the time to create a European beer with an American twist yet still keeping their creation harmonious.

I gave this craft beer a higher rating than usual, but it is well deserved and rightfully earned. Verboten  is a great session beer and a perfect change-up from the IPA’s and summertime farmhouse beers. I highly recommend this beer to anyone that enjoys Belgian-Style Ales and is looking for something a little bit different from the norm. Weyerbacher has yet to disappoint me with anything they have released thus far. I have had many of their beers prior to trying Verboten, but I must say this one is in my top 3 from Weyerbacher. Well done guys! Cheers!

Belgian-Style Pale Ale

5.9% ABV

Package: 6 pack 12 oz. bottles

Personal Rating 9.2/10

Style Rating 8.8/10

Wanna try it now? Order it online at whitehorsewine.com

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Great Ideas for Your Next Summer Barbecue

Summer at the Jersey Shore has officially arrived. The grills are hot and the waters cool. Here are some great ideas about what to drink and eat this Summer. Enjoy!

Big Bold Zinfandels made for BBQ
There is nothing quite like a big, bold Zinfandel (red of course) to go with your Summer BBQ. Juicy, jammy dry red wines like these go perfectly with pulled pork, spare ribs and burgers.

Try some of our staff favorites:

Monster Malbec, perfect with a big Steak
A big steak right off the grill and glass of Malbec is the perfect way to end a hot summer evening. The rich spicy, flavor of the Malbec paired up with the meatiness of the steak makes a perfect pairing.

Try some of our staff favorites:
Wonderful Whites Wines
The hot weather can make you sweat in no time, but a simple solution is a nice cold glass of white wine. There is nothing more delicious than a crisp, refreshing glass of white wine, but why stick to Pinot Grigio when there are so many different white grape varietals out there? Try some of our favorite white wines that are off the beaten path.

Try some of our staff favorites:

Craft Beers to Cool Off With
Stuck in front of the grill all day? Nothing beats a cold brewski to keep you cool. Don't pick up the same old boring mass produced beer, drink something unique and delicious. We are all big craft beer geeks here and we drink these all Summer long.
Try some of our staff favorites:
*Yards, Saison                          *Victory, Summer Love
5 Foods for a Fun-Lovin' Summer
1. The Market sandwiches:Swing by on your way to the beach and pick up a sandwich to go from the Market! Try the Prosciutto Mozzarella with homemade basil pesto and vine ripened tomato or the Fig and Brie with caramelized onions and arugula. The Market also has salads, fruit salads, and cold drinks available for take away.

2. Epic Pickles: Small batch company out of York, PA using all natural ingredients pickling kosher dills, carrots, string beans, asparagus, and okra! We love a handful of string beans in our Bloody Mary, New Orleans style.

3. Eat This Bacon Marmalade - Sweet, savory, and LOADED with bacon, this all natural marmalade from Pennsylvania can be used as a marinade or dressing for grilled chicken or meat and it's fantastic atop a grilled pork chop!

4. Bone Suckin BBQ Sauce - It wouldn't be summer without grilling and this BBQ sauce is legit! Get it in regular or thicker style.

5. Hanks Hot Sauce - Crank up the flavor on anything from eggs to steak with this local hot sauce from Sea Isle City!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Duclaw Brewery, Neon Gypsy IPA

DuClaw Brewing Company
Neon Gypsy IPA
6.5% ABV
Package: 6pack 12 oz. bottles
Personal Rating 9.4/10
Style Rating 8.9/10

New for 2014, DuClaw has released yet another IPA to add to their already fantastic lineup entitled
Neon Gypsy! A citrusy blast of lemon and grapefruit with notes of pine hops blends very nicely with
their new creation and lends itself to fall in line with their IPA gallery, yet stand apart with its unique
attributes. This is a must have for summer time and has quickly become a best seller for DuClaw.
Dave Benfield, creator and owner of DuClaw, began brewing beer in college and soon after changed
his mind about following his major in school and pursued the world of brewing craft beer. DuClaw
was founded in 1996 outside of Baltimore, MD and within a few years time expanded to 4 locations
with state of the art brewing facilities taboot. With their catchy branding and marketing, they have
risen to the top and have become highly respected as a peer and competitor in the craft beer

DuClaw has yet to let me down on any of their beers. Every brew in their catalog has a personality
of its own and characteristics that differentiate them. In the past, I have sampled multiple recipes
from one brewery and discovered only slight variances from beer to beer. However, DuClaw has
managed to really hit the mark in individualizing every beer they produce allowing them to cater to a
vast audience and truly stamp each beer its own distinctive role.

I am thoroughly impressed with the Neon Gypsy IPA. It’s a citrus bomb of grapefruit on the front
end blended carefully with piney hops and a well-rounded, smooth finish. Copper gold in color, the
Neon Gypsy pours with a nice foamy, white head followed by the perfect amount of carbonation. It
commands the rules of an IPA with its bitterness and also adds just a touch of sour providing an
atypical mixture that is quite enjoyable. I highly recommend this new creation from DuClaw. Some
have argued this is not a session IPA due to its 6.5% ABV, but I strongly disagree. For me, this is
exactly what I want in a session IPA and the alcohol content does not intimidate nor deter me in any
way. The Neon Gypsy is a very well balanced, refreshing, zesty beer, and lives up to the respected
reputation from DuClaw. Cheers and enjoy!

Wanna try it now? Order it online at whitehorsewine.com

Oskar Blues, Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

Oskar Blues Brewery
Ten Fidy
10.5% ABV
Imperial Stout
4 pack 12 oz. cans
Personal Rating: 9.3/10
Style Rating: 9.7/10
Availability: Seasonal

The guys that brought you the famous Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub, and Yella Pils also have devised this delicious, complex imperial stout entitled Ten Fidy.  This is an absolute must have for your craft beer collection and puts many other stouts I have had in the past to shame.  

Classified as a Russian Imperial Stout, it was inspired by the recipe used by brewers back in the late 1700’s.  Its history traces back to London, England and was created as a strong, dark beer used for export to the Russia Czars.  Among its other notable characteristics, its classification is mostly due to the high alcohol content.  Packed with enormous amounts of chocolate and roasted malts, the Ten Fidy boasts a bold malt character, high ABV rating, and almost a fruity or cherry finish on the tail end.  

Oskar Blues Brewery is a Colorado based operation that started roughly 10 years ago and has recently expanded their company into North Carolina allowing for 2 locations in which to produce high quality craft beer and also meet the demand of the public.  Owner/founder Dale Katechis runs an organic farm on premises where he harvests his own hop farm annually for use in his diverse collection.  The popularly known Dale’s Pale Ale is their staple beer and certainly has made quite an impact on the general public and craft beer consumers.  The Ten Fidy is only a seasonal beer from their repertoire (as stouts are mostly a fall/winter beer) but if you can find it out of season, it is absolutely worth a spin on the palate and promises not to disappoint.  

I did not find this pours with a big, thick, creamy head like one would expect from a stout even when aggressively poured, but its low level of carbonation is most likely the correlation between the two.  Either way, it did not affect the drinkability or overall presentation of this beer.  I am very fond of their commitment to canning over bottling.  I think their choice to stick to cans and shy away from flashy labeling on bottles allows the beer and recipe to speak for itself.  Though sold in 4 packs of 12 ounce cans, I would not suggest finishing them in one sitting.  I put the Ten Fidy in my personal category of dessert beers; to be enjoyed slowly after a meal.  

Be sure to try the Ten Fidy for all you stout lovers out there!  I thoroughly enjoyed the roasted malts and complexity of chocolate and cherries.  Cheers!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What's New in the Market

Not only do we have soups and sides, we are now making homemade specialty sandwiches and salads using fresh, local ingredients! Try the Prosciutto & Mozzarella, made with 18 month aged Prosciutto di Parma, fresh mozzarella, vine ripened tomato, field greens, and a homemade basil pesto or the Fig & Brie made with French brie, caramelized onions, fig conserves, and arugula. 

The Proscuitto & Mozzarella sandwich

The Market strives to use locally sourced, seasonal, organic ingredients whenever possible and we are proud to support our local farmers. Along with four gourmet sandwiches on the menu, we also have salads and sides, homemade daily using the freshest ingredients from Jah's Creation Organic Farm in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. We also source our produce and some local cheeses through Zone 7, a farm fresh distribution service that connects farmers with restaurants and eateries.
The Caprese Sandwich with mozzarella, vine ripened tomato, basil, arugula, and a balsamic reduction

We have a selection of traditional sides to go with your sandwich such as pasta salad or fruit salad as well as unique choices such as our Curried Chicken salad made with a homemade mango chutney or the Mediterranean Tuna Salad. 

Our salads are made fresh daily with local organic greens. The Provence salad has Bibb lettuce, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, shaved fennel, and parmigiano reggiano with a homemade lemon thyme vinaigrette. Or go with the Spring Salad that has field greens, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and goat cheese with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
Special Salad of the day: Local Organic Bibb lettuce, organic cucumbers, strawberries, gorgonzola dolce, and candied pecans served with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.


Proscuitto & Mozzarella - 18 month aged prosciutto di parma, mozzarella, vine ripened tomato, house made basil pesto, & field greens $8.99

Fig & Brie - French brie, fig conserves, caramelized onions, & arugula $7.99 (V)

Goat & Mango - Goat cheese, house made mango chutney, sliced apples, & field greens $7.99 (V)

Caprese - Vine ripened tomato, mozzarella, basil, arugula, & balsamic drizzle $7.99 (V)

Salads & Sides:

Provence Salad - Local organic Bibb lettuce, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, shaved fennel, parmesan regganito, homemade lemon thyme vinaigrette $6.99 (V) (GF)

Spring Salad - Field greens, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese, homemade balsamic vinaigrette $6.99 (V) (GF)

Along with our everyday menu items, we have daily specials! Check them out on the Market menu page! The Market counter is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Salads, sandwiches, and sides are available for take away during regular store hours in the grab & go case.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


The warm weather is here and the sweltering heat is about to begin. With that in mind we have put together a collection of our favorite white wines geared towards summer. It is always our belief that the smaller, less well known wineries offer the best bang for your buck. We wholeheartedly subscribe to the phrase "Drink Outside the Box". If you know what you are doing, or you know someone like us who can pick out some gems in the wine world, then you can drink like a rockstar on a shoestring budget! Here is our latest and greatest recommendations for the season.


A really unique find. A rich white wine that is not oak aged, so it will please most Chardonnay drinkers. It still keeps its light, refershing flavors of orchid and ripe apricot which jump out of the bottle. The tropical fruit on the fruit and the dry, rich finish makes this a great wine to pair up with grilled pork or chicken.

Luigi Bosca is making some great Malbecs and Cabernets, but is really wowing us with his crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has fresh citrus and melon aromas with a very refreshing finish akin to a nice jump into a cool pool on a hot summers day.

This is a very exciting white blend of traditional Portuguese grapes (Arinto and Fernao Pires). Think of a dry Italian Pinot Grigio with more exciting aromas. In addition to the citrus, light tropical flavors play back up in this perfect porch pounder!


One of the best bottles of white wine we have enjoyed this year, no matter the price!!  A structured white with perfect acidity and rich peachey notes.  Flavors of apricots, peaches, minerals, mint, almonds and flowers all make an appearance in this soft, silky white. Enjoy!!

Berger's GrĂ¼ner Veltliner (Groo-ner Velt-leener) is the quintessential Summer sipper! This Austrian white grape variety produces a crisp and mineral-focused wine with hints of citrus, lemon peel, lychee, and a touch of spiciness that may remind you of white pepper. Its refreshingly crisp body works great on a warm Summer day, especially when you're outdoors. The one liter bottle with the pop-top closure always makes for a great conversation piece! Meant to be drank fresh with friends and friendly.

 A perfect porch sipper! Light and refreshing with flavors of citrus and white flowers on the finish. A lot more flavorful than most Vinho Verdes! Another great alternative to boring old Pinot Grigio.

From the Cotes de Gascogne, just south of Bordeaux, this is made from the four main regional varieties from 100% Organic Vineyards: Colombard, Ugni-Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gros-Manseng. Crisp, dry, and bright, with flavors of citrus, melon, and herb, this refreshing white wine is one to snap up by the case and keep on hand all summer long!


This 100% Sicilian wine is my favorite recommendation when someone wants something different than Pinot Grigio. Fiano is both very juicy and very food friendly. Light citrus aromas run throughout this wine with a great hazelnut and apricot flavors that make it truly delicious!


A classic French white that is often overlooked, but it remains a classic for a good reason. Filled with complex, exotic aromas of grapefruit, mango, sweet peppers, anise and spices. It has a light salinty in the mouth with a crisp finish. The long, refined finish really perks up the taste buds.