Join us in celebrating the arrival of autumn with a grand tasting of our favorite locally made products and a chance to meet the artisans who create them!
Featured producers include Bootblack Cocktail Syrups, Doves and Figs Jam, Far From the Tree Cider, Notch Brewing, Turtle Creek Winery, Westport Rivers Winery, and Wolf Meadow Farm.
This is a complimentary event for all, but a suggested donation of $5.00 will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.
Join us for some cold brews and paired cheeses! Yum!
Lone Pine Brewing Company, Brightside IPA | 7.1% ABV | An American IPA balanced with a subtle malt character and smooth, clean bitterness with layers of complex citrus zest, tropical fruit, and pine.
Rodenbach ‘Alexander’ | 5.6% ABV | A true original sour brewed for the first time in 1986 to celebrate the 200thbirthday of Alexander Rodenbach. ‘Alexander’ is a mixed fermented ale - two-thirds of the beer is aged in oak for two years, and the remaining third is macerated with sour cherries.
Two Roads, Road Jam | 5% ABV | Road Jam is a wheat ale fermented with red and black raspberries. Fruity with a refreshingly dry finish and just a hint of lemon grass.
Ginger Libation, Citra Hopped | 9% ABV | Ginger Libation is the original pre-prohibition, Jamaican-style Ginger Beer, with tons of spice and all organic ingredients including Costa Rican pineapple juice, lemon, lime, cane sugar, and of course lots of fresh ginger. The Citra Hopped is juicy, hoppy and spicy.
When I think of Chenin Blanc I think of three things: high acidity, honeysuckle, and versatility. Alike to Riesling, Chenin Blanc has the rare ability to produce the whole gamut of wine – from still to sparkling to dry or sweet wine. It is universally versatile, very vigorous and fertile, and susceptible (for better or for worse) to botrytis rot, mildew and other diseases.....
Subtle is so 2017…go for the bright, cheery amber-hued and salmon pink colored wine! Rosé and orange wine have a few things in common; they are grown worldwide, are great with unusual pairings, and are some of the oldest wines ever created. This tasting will make you reconsider if a depth of pink means that the rosé is sweet or the variance of tasting notes you can find in orange wines. These wines are all delicious and carefree as a summer day! Read more about how orange and rosé is made, and tomorrow's line-up here!
Every last Friday of the month we choose a bunch of wines for you to taste...blind! The wines get opened, decanted, poured into your glass, and then you guess what they are. Blind tasting is one of the best ways to learn about wine, without judging by wine label or price, and an open-minded way to discover new grapes and wines you've never tried before. Plus, guess our rotating theme of the evening correctly and you can win a $25 gift certificate! Just show up, bring a friend, along with your unparalleled sensory analysis, and learn how to blind wine taste like an expert. Don't be intimated, it's a totally fun game, and one you can use at your next summer patio party!
Join us this Saturday when Doves and Figs will be joining us to show off their delicious small batch jams. All of their products are created with bunches of sun-ripened fresh fruit grown on New England farms, pure cane sugar, and no added pectin or preservatives. Their jams are unique blends of fruits mixed with an array of herbs, spices, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, and spirits. Delicious on your morning toast, but just as perfect paired with cheeses and meats!
Atlantic Beverage Distributors is a Massachusetts based beer distributor specializing in craft beers. Garrett from Atlantic is pouring some cold brews for your beach and summer consumption. Come by!
Jacks Abby Blood Orange Wheat | 4.0%ABV | Blood Orange Wheat debuted at Jacks Abby’s beer hall and it quickly became a fan favorite. This German-style radler is fruit forward, juicy light and refreshing.
Lord Hobo Angelica | 5.5%ABV | A New England take on a classic beer style, Angelica offers the refreshing drinkability of a wheat beer combined with fruit juice characteristics of a New England IPA.
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. Pseudo Sue Pale Ale | 6.8%ABV | This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well-balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Pseudo Sue is loaded with aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen.
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. Golden Nugget | 6.8% ABV | A winning combination of golden promise malt and nugget hops, this IPA delivers a bouquet of hop, citrus and evergreen aromas, followed by a floral sweetness.
Ryan is visiting from the Everett, MA brewery sensation - Night Shift Brewing! Night Shift Brewing was founded in 2012 by a trio of friends with a shared passion for home brewing. Through culinary inspiration and determined innovation, Night Shift creates unbelievable craft beers offering a range of old world and new world flavors! Check out Saturday's line-up here!
Mayflower Brewing Company is a craft beer microbrewery located in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. Founded in 2007 by a tenth great grandson of John Alden, beer barrel cooper on board the Mayflower, Mayflower is dedicated to celebrating the history and legacy of the pilgrims by creating unique, quality ales for the New England market. The team brews and packages all of their beer at their 12,000 square foot production facility in Plymouth and uses only traditional brewing methods and ingredients. On Friday, our good friend and beer expert, Bobby, is joining us from Mayflower to pour out the latest brews including 398 DIPA, EvoLupulin, New World, Mayflower Porter, and Golden Ale. Do as the pilgrims did - and drink!
Riesling is grown on all seven continents - everywhere in the world - even Antarctica! On Saturday we’ll try three ‘Old World’ Rieslings – from Germany and Austria – and three ‘New World’ Rieslings – all from the US, including Oregon and New York. Domestic Riesling is very popular, in particular, in New York, Oregon, and Washington.
We promise we won’t make you chant “Not all Riesling is sweet!” but you may want to scream it from the rooftops after you taste Riesling in all its forms – bone-dry, dry, off-dry, and sweet. Riesling is a versatile, elegant wine, and sick of being overshadowed and hated on – it’s ready for your love! Read more here…
Rising Tide Brewing is back with their newest summer releases including the killer Soundings IPA. Come by for a brew or two!
Pisces | 3.4% ABV| Pisces Gose is light, dry, crisp and refreshing. This interpretation of the old German style is brewed with lactobacillus, coriander and local Maine sea water.
Spinnaker | 4.5% ABV| Spinnaker is the perfect companion for a lazy summer day. With a nod to the traditional hazy wheat beers of Germany, this Hefeweizen balances sweet yeast esters and spicy phenolics with a refreshing bready body.
Day Mark | 5.5% ABV| Day Mark is a classic American pale ale. Brewed with Columbus and Centennial hops and locally grown rye, Day Mark is crisp, dry, floral and finishes with a pleasant rye spice.
Soundings IPA | Join us as we plunge into the depths of hop flavors in this ever-changing experimental IPA series.
Can you (Hang)time? Joe is visiting from Hangtime Wines, and opening a few new killer wines, as well as some old favorites (like the beloved Dirupi Nebbiolo). Come hang with us! (All wines are the real deal folks - all natural, biodynamic, organic, whatever you want to call it - the REAL DEAL - no junk added, just pure, delicious juice!)
Chris, our beer buyer and cheesemonger extraordinaire, is pouring some of his favorite beers of the moment. Come join us and find some new brews for the 4th of July!
Jack's Abby, Cranberry Berliner| 3.5% ABV | A perfect summer sipper, Cranberry Berliner is kettle soured and has cranberries added. This lager is fruity, citrusy, dry and tart.
Two Roads, Road Jam| 5% ABV | Road Jam is a wheat ale fermented with red and black raspberries. Fruity with a refreshingly dry finish and just a hint of lemon grass.
Melvin, Hubert MPA| 6% ABV | Melvin is a light crisp IPA. Hoppy with slight notes of citrus and pine perfect for summer a summer that 4th of July cookout.
Grimm, Icing on the Cake| 10% ABV | This dessert stout is rich and chocolaty, as if you’re biting into a piece of chocolate cake. Icing on the Cake balances sour and sweet with rich notes of bittersweet cocoa finish.
Kivelstadt Cellars is one of our new favorite wineries featured at The Cheese Shop of Salem. Jordan Kivelstadt, founder and winemaker, works diligently with organic practices and creates unique, uncomplicated wines that challenge the preconceived notions of ‘California Style.’ Read more about Kivelstadt here!
We're picking a bunch of wines for you to taste...blind! The wines get opened, covered up, poured into your glass, and then you guess what they are. Just show up, bring a friend, along with your unparalleled sensory analysis, and learn how to blind wine taste like an expert. Don't be intimated, it's a totally fun game, and one you can use at your next summer patio party! See you mañana.
On Saturday, Bethann from Cafe Europa is visiting and pouring all Argentine wine (is it Argentinian, or Argentine? We say Argentine!). When one hears ‘Argentina,’ the Tango, Che Guevara, and beef are probably what pops into your mind. This South American country also boosts a thriving wine industry: it currently ranks 5th in worldwide wine production! The Argentine wine industry started quite humbly back in the 1500’s when Franciscan monks traveled throughout Peru, Chile, and Argentina and planted grapes (like País and Criolla Grande) for religious purposes. These grapes didn’t exactly flourish in Argentina’s unique terroir – yields were quite low – it wasn’t until the late 1800’s when Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carménère ‘took root’ and Argentina really found its wine voice. Fast forward to the early 2000’s when Argentine wineries began investing in new winemaking technology with the goal of sitting atop the international wine market – and they have indeed propelled themselves to the top! Read more about Argentina and Saturday's line-up here!
How you like dem apples? We’ve got some delicious cider in-house, and sharing is caring, so come visit the shop tomorrow and try dem apple cidahs (and ales) and say ahhhhhhh. We're featuring Cidergeist from Rhinegeist Brewing in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as two local cideries, Prospect and Artifact. Read about tomorrow's line-up here!
Sparkling wine, warm day, drink you will. Master Yoda may have said that. We think that any true sci-fi/fantasy lover would agree that sparkling wines are the wine equivalent of Star Wars - you treat yourself to both when celebrating, with friends, or in times of strife. Bubbles and Star Wars never disappoint! To celebrate the release of Solo last week, we’ve paired each of these Italian sparkling wines with Star Wars’ actors who play the characters from Star Wars’ original trilogy as well as Solo: A Star Wars Story. We’ve taken nerd to a whole new galaxy, and we’re proud of it! Read more here, you will.
If you have yet to explore our Georgian wine section at the shop, here is your chance! We are huge fans of Georgian qvevri wines – that is, wine made in the 8000-year-old traditional ways in the country of Georgia. Grapes, skins, and stems, are harvested and deposited into 500-2000-liter clay amphora vessels, or qvevri, which are then buried underground so the wine can age and soak up all the earthen goodness. The clay must be free of impurities, have the right amount of minerals, be porous (but not overly so), and alike to oak barrels, the clay's origins determines the taste of the wine (different kinds of oak - like American or French - impart different flavors to wine).
Here’s a passage describing qvevri from Alice Feiring’s wonderful book on Georgian wine, For the Love of Wine: “So it was the qvevri that first made wines safe for the seasons. It was an extraordinary fact to consider. The qvevri must have seemed like a magic pot that could preserve the wine through the dangerous summer months, when wine without preservatives or temperature control could easily be destroyed. Buried in the soil, the qvevri remained cool, keeping the wine stable and safe. The Romans and the Greeks masked the taste of spoiled wine with resins and additives, but in Georgia there was no need to disguise the taste; the wine was built to last. If true, Georgia truly was the beginning of wine civilization.”
Kosta (who grew up in Georgia!) is visiting to pour some new Georgian wines on Saturday, May 26th from 4-6PM. Read more about the Kosta’s line-up here!
Jackson from Mise Wines is reffing 6 heavy-weight wines (more like light, medium, and full-bodied wines) this Friday, as they compete head to head at the shop! In one corner, we have FRANCE....in the other, we've got the USA. Who’s it gonna be?? Who is more delicious? Who is fiercer? Shall we call it a draw? Click here to read more about Old World and New World wines, and Friday's competing wines!
Join us for our 3rd Annual: Rosé Colored Glasses Grand Wine Tasting!
Come celebrate the start of summer with a rosé rumble! Joining us are wine experts from AP Wine Imports, Cafe Europa, Classic Wines, Matchvino, The Wine Trust and Vineyard Road. Each vendor will feature a table full of rosé for you to try before you buy! We guarantee you’ll leave seeing the world through rosé colored glasses!
Free to the public. $5 suggested donation to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.
Experience fresh Primavera ('new green' or ‘Spring’) wines with us on Friday when James from Mucci Imports pours a line-up of all-natural Italian wines! We’ll explore traditionally-made wines from the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Sicily, Sardinia, and Puglia. Read more about the wines here!
Save the date! Gabriele Scaglione is joining us at our FREE Saturday wine tasting to lead us through a line-up of his beautiful Piemontese wines! Gabriele’s vineyards are nestled in ideal locations throughout the Langhe and Roero regions of Piedmont, Italy. With the utmost attention to terrior and precision, he grows a plethora of grapes including Moscato, Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Chardonnay. His pure affection for wine, the arts, and great food brought him back to his roots: winemaking! Gabriele, and his wine, will charm you to no end.