Beer tastings, beer dinners, and beer festivals
Opportunities to discover new beers, to learn about breweries, and to experience wonderful pairings of food with beer are increasing around the US. Merchant du Vin participates in many events: beer dinners that include beers from our portfolio, retail tastings, beer education classes, and beer festivals.
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Archive of News, Reviews, and Accolades
November, 2013: The Epicurious five best "Winter Beers for Food Pairing" include Rochefort Trappist 10 and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.
August 6, 2013: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen is coming! News release:
247 KB .pdf with a label graphic; a text-only version of 3.9 KB is right here.
July 17, 2013: The fifth annual US release of Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo is Aug. 1, Yorkshire Day. News release: 393 KB .pdf with a photo; a text-only version of 1.5 KB is right here.
May 13, 2013: The June '13 Wine Enthusiast Magazine reviews wheat beers - the top three are from MdV! Du Bocq Blanche de Namur & Ayinger Brau-Weisse tied for first; Ayinger Ur-Weisse was third. Complete reviews here (1.1 MB .pdf).
Jan. 10, 2013: We are pleased to announce that Blanche de Namur, witbier from Belgium's Du Bocq Brewery, has joined the MdV portfolio. More: .pdf, with images (417 KB); news in text-only; and a family portrait .jpeg (879x1249; 2 MB).
December, 2012: The Wine Enthusiast Top 25 Beers of 2012 includes Traquair House Ale at #2; Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock at #12; and Lindemans Cuvée René Gueuze at #15.
June 25, 2013: Every Day With Rachael Ray Magazine taste-tested gluten-free beers and picked Green's Discovery Amber Ale - made from gluten-free ingredients - as a top choice. See the full feature right here.
On April 10, 2013, the band Taddy Porter visited the Seattle office of Merchant du Vin and played a few songs. They are touring now - check their website and go see them! Here's a video of the first single off their new album, "Fever."
On March 4, 2013, 68 guests at a beer dinner in Wichita, KS, drank a toast with Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout:
April, 2013: The third annual Sam Smith's Salute - a tribute to the British brewery that has played a leading role in the American beer revolution, held in April and early May - was a huge success! News release from March '13: 406 KB .pdf with images; here is news in text-only.
Oct. 3, 2012: Winter seasonals: Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome and gift boxes. News release: 288 KB .pdf with photos; see the '12-'13 Winter Welcome label here.
Sept. 26, 2012: Announcing Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout! News release: 484 KB .pdf with a photo; a text-only version of 1.5 KB is right here.
Aug. 15, 2012: The 2012 release of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen is appearing at great beer spots now! News release - 362 KB .pdf; text-only version - 3 KB.
Aug 1, 2012: Happy Yorkshire Day! Sam Smith's Yorkshire Stingo 2012 release (brewed in 2011) is available now. Here is a photo with info.
July 31, 2012: Ayinger and Pinkus are introducing new labels! News release: .pdf with pictures (254 KB); or plain text.
June 12, 2012: Samuel Smith's Organic Cider is now available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, joining the 18.7 oz. bottles. News release: .pdf with pictures; or plain text.
May 5, 2012: Congratulations to Westmalle Trappist Brewery for the 2012 World Beer Cup ® Gold Medal in the tripel category! Here is the full list of winners in .pdf.
Feb. 29, 2012: Announcing Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale - the perfect marriage of brewery and orchard! Here's a 1.2 MB news release in .pdf.
Traquair House is switching to beautiful 500 ml bottles in 2012. Here's a news release in .pdf.
Westmalle Tripel, Rochefort 8, and Sam Smith's Pale Ale are all in Wine Enthusiast magazine's "Top 25 Beers 2011".
The 2012 Samuel Smith Salute (458 KB .pdf), (2 KB .txt version) was a huge success and continued into May '12 at some accounts. Our news & events page always has a listing of current events.
November 2011:Lindemans Faro lambic won its category in the Great International Beer & Cider Competition, Nov. 4, 2011. Here's the full list of winners in .pdf.
September 2011: Green's Discovery gluten-free Amber Ale is the top-rated gluten-free beer at the 2011 Foodie Awards.
September 27, 2011: Men's Health reports that for one knowledgable writer the "Best Beer Ever" is Orval Trappist Ale.
November 2010: Draft Mag 100 Pt Review: Samuel Smith's Stingo - "Perfection in a glass."
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