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Merchant du Vin to import Zundert Trappist Ale to U.S. this summer

Seattle-based specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin will add to its already impressive portfolio of monk-brewed ales when it brings De Kievit Trappist Brewery’s Zundert brand to the U.S. this summer. zundert

Abbey Toevlucht, home to De Kievit, was established in the 1900 in the quiet Netherlands countryside outside the village of Zundert, near the Belgian border. The brewery, built in one of the abbey’s historical farm buildings, began selling beer in 2013. The lapwing weathervane on the roof inspired the name of  the brewery, and remains in place still: Brouwerij De Kievit—”The Lapwing Brewery”—also uses the  crested northern lapwing in its logo. Read the rest of this entry

Samuel Smith’s, Merchant du Vin launch organic pear cider

organic-perrySamuel Smith’s Brewery and Merchant du Vin have announced the release of Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry, a USDA Certified Organic and naturally gluten-free sparkling pear cider.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry shows a clear pale straw color, smooth body, crisp but rich flavor of ripe pears, and the aroma of a summer pear orchard. The finish is dry, but, the company says, “not demanding or austere.” A crisp, clean wine yeast strain ferments Perry, to highlight the delicate pure pear flavor and maintain the soft aromatics, and results in an ABV of 5.0 percent.

Merchant du Vin has suggested a few food pairings: Blue cheese or Gorgonzola; arugula or Waldorf salad; sweet potatoes; pancetta or prosciutto; pear tart. Perry shows especially well alongside any dish featuring ginger.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry is sold in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (355 mL – six 4-packs per case); and 18.7 oz. “Victorian pint” bottles (550 mL – 12 per case).