Merchant du Vin is a distributor of world class beers from around the world. You can find many of their selections at local restaurants, grocery outlets and bottle shops.
The Merchant du Vin has been introducing Blanche de Namur witbier – voted “Top Belgian Witbier in Europe” at the 2012 World Beer Awards – to a lot of great stores, bars, and restaurants recently. This beautiful Belgian witbier, from the family-owned Du Bocq Brewery Brewery established in 1858, is getting a lot of appreciative nods.
REVIEWS: A classic witbier, Blanche de Namur offers appetizing, inviting, refreshing aroma and flavor; fruitiness from a very traditional yeast strain; and smooth rich body with a bit of thirst-quenching acidity in the finish.
Recently the Wine Enthusiast magazine tasted wheat beers. Blanche de Namur was tied for first place with another exquisite wheat beer, Ayinger Brau-Weisse. The review can be seen in the June ’13 issue, and it’s linked up to our Blanche de Namur page as well.
In addition to the Wine Enthusiast review mentioned above (Du Bocq Blanche de Namur & Ayinger Brau-Weisse tied for first; Ayinger Ur-Weisse third – top three all from Merchant du Vin) we have noted a lot of accolades this month:
- Pinkus Munster Alt – USDA Certified Organic – earned a Gold Medal with 92 points in the Beverage Testing Institute’s recent World Beer Championships. The full review can be seen here.
- Green’s Gluten-Free beers and the naturally gluten-free Sam Smith’s Organic Cider. To find a drink near you, use the online beer finder.
- wrote a brief history of the Trappist order and Monastic brewing and followed up by detailing four of the Trappist breweries.
- David Schoon of beerchow.com paired Chocolate Mascarpone with Lindemans Framboise – “Perfect on a warm summer night.”
- For the week of April 17th, BevX.com selected Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier beverage of the week – “A classic.”
- The Ale Runner reviewed Ayinger Celebrator, calling it “the gold standard when it comes to dense yet smooth style.” The review is also featured in the April 17th edition of DIG Magazine.
- Chris Kline – Certified Cicerone at Schnuck Markets – explains what Trappist beer is.
- Foodpairing.com wrote about the flavor profile and food pairing potential of Westmalle Tripel and Dubbel.
- Lindemans Framboise was a key ingredient in the first place cocktail at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention.
- Sam Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout and Organic Fruit Beers made an appearence during an organic beverage segment on CBS Baltimore.
- Edward Sieger of The Express-Times reviewed Ayinger Urweisse for LehighValleyLive.com – “… a fine example of what beer was meant to be…”
- Sam Smith Salute events are continuing in May in some regions – check our events page. Please tweet with #samsmithsalute.