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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

January 16, 2018: Valentine's Day is Wednesday, Feb. 14: your sweetheart wants chocolate and berries! Of course, that means Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, Lindemans Strawberry Lambic, and Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic. Here's a Valentine's Day news release .pdf, and as text-only.

October 3, 2017: Winter seasonals arriving soon! Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome - the 28th annual release of the first imported seasonal beer in the US; Samuel Smith's Gift Box, new for 2017; and the Lindemans Gift Box. Here's a news release in .pdf, and a text-only news release.

August 24, 2017: Huge news - Samuel Smith's and Merchant du Vin are excited to announce that Samuel Smith's kegs will be shipped to the US for the first time ever! News release as a 969 KB .pdf here; text-only version here.

August 23, 2017: Merchant du Vin and Ayinger Brewery are excited to announce that Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen - in 4-packs, half-liter bottles, and kegs - is appearing now at great beer spots across the US. News release as a 1.4 MB .pdf here; text-only version here.

July 19, 2017: We're pleased to announce that 4-packs of 12 oz. Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale & Organic Strawberry Ale are coming in August, joining the current 550 mL bottles. Demand for an on-premise size & growing popularity of multi-packs led to this new package. Product sheet, 276 KB .pdf, here.

June 9, 2017: Belgian Beer Week is coming, July 14-21, 2017! Spearheaded by importers of Belgian beers and by Flanders Investment and Trade, this is a week to discover, celebrate and drink beers from Belgium. Our regional events pages have features near you. #BelgianBeerWeek.

April 4, 2017: Announcing: Ayinger Bavarian Pils! This beautiful golden lager, crisp and inviting, is selling in the US now in 4-packs & on draft, and will be available year-round. A news release with pictures is here as a .pdf of 304 KB. A text-only version is right here.

March 15, 2017: Announcing: the seventh annual Samuel Smith Salute, coming April 16 - 22, 2017! News release as a 1.6 MB .pdf, with links and graphics, is right here; a text-only version is right here.

March 1, 2017: Orval Day 2017 is Saturday March 25! News release as a 1.5 MB.pdf right here; a text-only version is here. More about Orval Day, and events across the US, can be found here; more about this iconic Trappist brewery (including a 5 minute video) is here. #OrvalDay2017.

February 23, 2017: Trappist range found to have life! While Earth-like planets around the star Trappist-1 may not have life, every bottle-conditoned Trappist beer that we import does: let's name the #TrappistPlanets! News release as a .pdf of 735 KB right here. Toast the star with the beer: Orval, Rochefort, or Westmalle.

January 3, 2017: Announcing: Samuel Smith's Organic Perry, delicious Certific Organic sparkling pear cider! News release as a .pdf of 145 KB right here; a text-only version is right here.

January 26, 2017: We have the perfect beers for Valentine's Day (Tues. February 14, '17): Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout and Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic. News release as a .pdf of 1.2 MB right here; a text-only version is right here.

October 18, 2016: We are proud to announce that Du Bocq Saison 1858 is on the way to the US in kegs: you will soon be able to enjoy this classic Belgian ale on draft in the US, for the first time ever. Details here as an 877 KB .pdf with pictures; for a text-only version click here.

October 4, 2016: Great winter seasonals from MdV are appearing now at retailers across the US: the 27th annual release of Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome; an all-new Lindemans Gift Box; the Samuel Smith's Gift Box. News release as a .pdf of 168 KB right here; a text-only version is right here.

August 2, 2016: Annual favorite Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen is beginning to arrive at beer spots now, and will be at most beer spots by Labor Day. News release as a .pdf of 248 KB right here; a text-only version is right here.

July 19, 2016: Yorkshire Day is August 1, and that's also the official kickoff for the 2016 release of Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo. This delicious barrel-aged, bottle-conditioned strong ale is extremely limited - get it when you see it in August! Stingo 2016 details here as a 319 KB .pdf.

April 23, 2016: The 500th Anniversary of Germany's Reinheitsgebot! This 1516 edict from Wilhem IV of Bavaria is still important to brewers in Germany, and is the main topic of our April 2016 e-newsletter. Raise an Ayinger or Pinkus beer to experience the #Reinheitsgebot yourself!

February 24, 2016: Orval Day 2016 will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016. News release as a .pdf of 1.2 MB right here; a text-only version is right here. Check our events pages for an Orval Day event near you: join us appreciating a Trappist brewery that brews a true global classic, Orval Trappist Ale.

Feb. 2, 2016: A perfect Valentine's Day gift suggestion: Chocolate & Raspberries! Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout & Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic, that is . . . News as a .pdf of 190 KB right here; a text-only version is here. A two-page product sheet on this delicious beer combo is right here.

Nov. 23, 2015: Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René and Lindemans/Mikkeller SpontanBasil are coming to the US in February 2016! Oude Kriek announcement here in .pdf; SpontanBasil announcement in .pdf here; a news release for both in text only is right here.

Jan. 5, 2016: The Sixth Annual Samuel Smith Salute is coming, January 23 - 31, 2016! News release as a .pdf of 800 KB right here. Check our events pages for an event near you, & raise toast to this iconic, independent British brewery!

October 1, 2015: Winter seasonal releases are coming soon! News here as a 246 KB .pdf with pictures. A text-only version is right here. Our winter items are: Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome (26th annual release!), the Samuel Smith Gift Box, the Lindemans Sampler Pack, and Ayinger Weizenbock.

August 4, 2015: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen is arriving at beer spots now, and there's pretty big news: this year four-packs are joining half-liter bottles and kegs! News here as a 294 KB .pdf. A text-only version is here.

May 12, 2015: We had a lineup of pioneering American brewers Salute Samuel Smith's Brewery on April 15, 2015 - check out the photo: a 246 KB .pdf. Additional pictures here; event was at Saraveza in Portland, OR.

March 5, 2015: Merchant du Vin and Ayinger Brewery are pleased to announce that Ayinger Maibock, a bold, elegant, amazing and limited draft-only lager, arrives around the beginning of April. News: 220 KB .pdf with graphics & text only.

March 5, 2015: The fifth annual Samuel Smith's Salute is going on now! News: 256 KB .pdf with graphics & text only. For events near you, visit our News & Events page.

January 31, 2015: Ratebeer.com's annual "best of" awards are based on many thousands of reviews. This year, Ayinger & Samuel Smith's were among the World's Best Brewers; Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is the Top German Beer & Top Strong Lager. More Ayinger: Altbairisch Dunkel is World's Top Dunkel; Brauweisse is World's Top Hefeweizen; Oktober Fest-Marzen is World's Top Oktoberfest. Rochefort Trappist 8 & 10 were on the World's Best Beers list.

January, 20, 2015: Valentine's Day is Sat. Feb. 14, '15! Chocolate (Stout) and Raspberries (Lambic) sound like a nice Valentine, don't they? News: 192 KB .pdf with picture & links & text only. A recipe for blending the two beers is right here.

November 12-14, 2014: MdV particpated in FHC China, the biggest trade show for imported food and beverages. See pictures on the MdV Facebook page:

September 28, 2014: Winter Seasonals are here! News: 248 KB .pdf with pictures & text only. (25th release of Sam Smith's Winter Welcome; new boxed sets from Sam Smith's and Lindemans; Ayinger Weizenbock.)

August 5, 2014: The 2014 release of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - bold, deep, beloved lager - is here! News: 365 KB .pdf with pictures & text only..

July 15, 2014:Green's Gluten-Free IPA - made from gluten-free ingredients - has joined the MdV portfolio. News: 422 KB .pdf with pictures & text only.

June 17, 2014: Merchant du Vin and Du Bocq Brewery are pleased to announce that Du Bocq Saison 1858, a classic and traditional Belgian Saison, has joined the MdV portfolio. News: 930 KB .pdf with a picture & text only.

April 11, 2014: 2014 World Beer Cup ®: Green's Dry-Hopped Lager - Gold, Gluten-Free Beer category; Green's Endeavour Dubbel - Silver; Ayinger Alt Dunkel - Bronze, Dark Euro Lagers. 4,754 beers competed; 281 won medals (.pdf).

October 22, 2013: Merchant du Vin-Asia adds Du Bocq, Dupont, and La Trappe to China portfolio. News: 4.6 MB .pdf with pictures & text only.

On April 16, 2014, a large group of Iowa State University's "Intro to Wine, Beer & Spirits" class toasted Samuel Smith during the Salute:
ISU Smith Salute toast

March 11, 2014: The fourth annual Sam Smith Salute - a tribute to the British brewery that has played a leading role in the American beer revolution - is coming in April. 299 KB .pdf with graphics; here is news in text-only. Find local events here.

March 11, 2014: Announcing the limited release of Ayinger Maibock, a rich, bold, inviting spring seasonal beer. Available on draft only. News release: 220 KB .pdf with graphics; a text-only version is right here.

February 6, 2014: The Ayinger Brewery and Celebrator Doppelbock were selected "best brewery in Germany" and "best beer in Germany" by ratebeer.com's "Best for the Year 2013."

January 21, 2014: For Valentine's Day, Friday Feb. 14, '14, Chocolate and Raspberries! Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout and Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic, that is . . . News release: .pdf with pictures; a text-only version is right here.

December 31, 2013: Pinkus Organic Ur-Pils was selected by The Tasting Panel Magazine as the "Class of 2013 - Most Original." The review can be viewed on p. 148 right here. Founded in 1816, Pinkus is the first organic brewery of the modern era.

December 26, 2013: Below is a video of a traditional Flemish hop harvest song performed at t'Hoppecruyt, a hop farm near Poperinge, Belgium, during a Belgian Family Brewers Association November 2013 media event. Benedikte Desmyter-Coutigny, the performer, runs this hop farm with her husband.

November 30, 2013: Wine Enthusiast Magazine has announced their "Top 25 Beers of 2013" and the list includes Rochefort Trappist 10, Ayinger Brauweisse, Du Bocq Blanche de Namur and Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.

September 30, 2013: Winter seasonals coming soon: Sam Smith Winter Welcome, Lindemans Gift Box, Sam Smith Gift Box & Ayinger Weizenbock! News: .pdf with pictures; a text-only version is right here. The '13-'14 Winter Welcome label can be seen right here as a 1.2 MB .pdf.

July 30, 2013: Announcing Green's Enterprise Dry-Hopped Gluten-Free Lager, which will join the Green's beers currently sold in the US this August. News release: 452 KB .pdf with a photo; a text-only version of 1.9 KB is right here.

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:
Chocolate Stout toast

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Merchant du Vin Corporation
119 1st Ave. So.
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: (253) 656-0320
Fax: (206) 402-4792


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