Meijer reveals 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks for wine and beer from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest

Meijer reveals 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks for wine and beer from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Historically, Meijer sells nearly 10 million bottles of wine and beer during Thanksgiving week, according to the Meijer beer and wine buyers. If you are looking for guidance and open to adding a local selection, the buyers have released their 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks that herald from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest.

2017 Local Wine Recommendations

According to, Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when wine is most likely to appear on American dinner tables. Turkey is one of the most versatile meats that can be paired with many types of wine. White wines and delicate reds complement white meat, while a bold red pairs nicely with dark meat. The pairing process gets complicated when you consider side dishes and desserts. Here are our wine buyers top local vintage picks by state that range from dry to sweet:

  • Michigan: From Chateau Grand Traverse, they prefer Mich Mash White Blend; Mich Mash Red Blend; and Mich Mash Riesling.
  • Wisconsin: From Door Peninsula Winery, they recommend Door County Blackberry Merlot; from WollerSheimWinery, its Prairie Fume; and from Cedar Creek Winery, its Cranberry Blush.
  • Illinois: From Illinois Cellars, they recommend Velvet Red; from Lynfred Winery, the top pick is Lynfred Cranberry; and from St. James Winery, its St. James Blackberry.
  • Indiana: From Oliver Winery & Vineyards, they prefer Oliver Riesling; from Mallow Run Winery its Rhubarb; from Easley Winery, the top choice is Jubilee Cranberry and from Huber Winery its Sweet Marcella.
  • Ohio: From Mon Ami Winery, they recommend Pink Catawba, Catawba White, and Concord; from The Winery at Versailles, its Rodeo Red; and from Vinoklet Winery its La Dolce Vita.
  • Kentucky: From Stonebrook Winery, they recommend Blackberry; and from Old 502 Winery, the top choice is Kentucky Lady.

2017 Local Beer Recommendations

For those looking to buck tradition, consider featuring some local brews at your Thanksgiving celebration. According to the Meijer beer buyers, the effervescence in beer cleanses the palate, which based on all of the textures and flavors offered in a Thanksgiving meal, drinking beer allows you to fully experience the flavors of each dish. During dinner, consider sticking with a pale ale or a session IPA.

  • Pale Ales: New Glarus Moon Man from Wisconsin; Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin from Illinois/California; and Rhinegeist Crash from Ohio.
  • Session IPAs: Founders All Day IPA and Perrin No Problems, both from Michigan.

When it comes to dessert, the Meijer beer buyers suggest adding something a little more complex depending on the dessert, or try a cider, especially when enjoying apple pie.

  • Pumpkin Pie: Atwater Vanilla Java Porter; Bell’s Christmas Ale; and Vander Mill Totally Roasted, all of which are Michigan brews, and Great Lakes Christmas ale from Ohio.
  • Chocolate Cake: Founders Backwoods Bastard; New Holland Dragon’s Milk or The Poet; and Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout, all of which are Michigan brews. Kentucky Ale’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, from Kentucky and Sun King Wee Mac from Indiana.
  • Apple Pie: Blake’s Wake Fire Cider from Michigan; and Redd’s Blueberry Ale from Wisconsin.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel, home decor and pet departments, and garden centers. For more information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at


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KickStarter Campaign: No ice cooler keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours

San Antonio, TX, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Sogu Cooler keeps liquids cold in their bottle for up to 6 hours!

Sogu ( has launched its first KickStarter Campaign to raise the funds necessary to pay for the tooling for the next version Sogu 2.0 Cooler. The patented Sogu Cooler keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours while still in their original bottle. No ice needed!!! The Sogu Cooler prevents condensation from soaking your clothes or table cloths and is perfect for work, sports and restaurants.

“Our Sogu Cooler is a great addition to your home, restaurant or travel gear to keep your drink cold or hot!” – Michael Van Steenburg, Sogu President

While the Sogu 1.0 Cooler is ready for market now and fits most 1.0 to 1.5 liter bottles, the new Sogu 2.0 version will be even more modular and adjustable to fit an even wider variety of plastic and glass bottles. Sogu 2.0 also features additional technical features such as an optional reusable ice pack and vacuum insulation that increases the available cooling time up to 24 hours.

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Meijer store-to-door service now include beer, wine and spirits in Michigan

Meijer store-to-door service now include beer, wine and spirits in Michigan


Personalized shopping service now offers Michigan customers beer, wine and spirits as part of store-to-door delivery

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer and official home delivery partner Shipt announced that customers in Michigan can now have beer, wine and spirits delivered from local stores as part of its popular store-to-door service.

Beginning tomorrow, July 11, Shipt members will be able to add items from the retailer’s large assortment of craft beers, wines and spirits as part of more than 55,000 grocery and daily essential items available at local Meijer stores. Meijer launched the membership-based, home delivery service in the Detroit area last year and has continued to expand the service throughout Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Traverse City and West Lakeshore communities.

“We’ve received an incredible amount of feedback from customers wanting to take advantage of our large selection of craft beers and wine,” said Art Sebastian, Vice President of Digital Shopping for Meijer. “We think this enhances the level of convenience our home delivery customers in Michigan can enjoy and allows them to take more advantage of what our stores have to offer.”

Customers who order groceries as part of the membership-based service are required to provide valid identification to place an order that includes alcohol. Shipt Shoppers must be at least 21 years of age and certified to deliver alcohol. Shoppers must also verify the member receiving the order is 21 or older and has proper identification demonstrating legal drinking age when the order is delivered. Michigan is currently the only state where alcohol is included as part of Meijer’s home delivery service.

Customers can sign up for the membership-based service and can shop online for groceries and everyday essentials and perishables -including fresh produce, frozen items, baby care products and pet food. Personal shoppers hand-pick items from local Meijer stores offering Shipt’s home-delivery service and deliver orders within a preferred one-hour time window.

To sign up for home delivery, Meijer customers can sign up for annual or monthly Shipt memberships. Annual memberships are $99 per year and monthly memberships are $14 per month. For a limited-time new members will also receive $25 off their first order. Delivery is free for orders over $35; a flat $7 delivery fee is added to any orders under $35.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

About Shipt:

Shipt, the nation’s fastest growing online grocery marketplace, works with leading retailers and local stores to deliver groceries via a community of shoppers and a convenient app. Since its founding in 2014, Shipt has been rapidly expanding and now offers quality, personalized grocery delivery to over 25 million households in 51 markets across the country. Shipt offers unlimited grocery deliveries to members for $99 per year. The company currently has offices in Birmingham, AL, and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit


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Weis Markets earns final approval to open a café selling beer and wine in its Oley store

SUNBURY, PA and OLEY, PA, 2017-Jun-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today (June 2, 2017)  received final Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approval to open a café selling beer and wine in its Oley store. The café is now open for business.

The store, which is located at 61 King’s Plaza, has a 30-seat café selling beer for on premise consumption and take-out. The cafe offers more than 800 varieties, including an extensive collection of local craft beers such as Weyerbacher, Victory and Saucony Creek. The café will also sell 180 varieties of domestic and imported wines for take-out.The café is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Weis Markets now has 51 in-store cafes selling beer and wine in Pennsylvania including four in Berks County, four in Lehigh County and four in Northampton County.

Source: Weis Markets


CULVER CITY, CA, USA, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metric USA, a full-service, family-owned and operated company specializing in designing, developing, and producing a wide range of products that embody good design, simplicity, and beauty, announced they have officially released their latest revolutionary product, Collapsible Beer Can Sleeves, just in time for summer cookouts and hangouts.

Developed to provide comfort and convenience for keeping beer cans cool and drinker’s hands dry, the beer sleeves’ inner dimension of 2.6” and 4” in height can hold 12 oz. cans or stumpy bottles with perfect grip.

“We’ve designed the sleeves to be collapsible so they are easily folded and taken along with consumers for ice cold beers anywhere, at any time,” said Rita Haft, Founder and Owner of Metric USA. “Plus, we’ve taken special care to make sure they are eye-catching in nature, and will complement any setting perfectly.”

The beer sleeves are equipped with a reversible, double-sided design. They are made from innovative material known as metric 66 for better insulation, which prevents hands from freezing and drinks cold. Additionally, they come with sturdy, stretchy handles to assist in holding the sleeve.

The sleeves come in 6-pack and 2-pack options, with various color options for adding a touch of personalization to the drinking experience. Not only for beer cans, but Metric USA can sleeves are ideal to use on 12 Oz. soda cans as well to keep them chilled much longer.

These sleeves are durable, firmly grip, insulate, and protect beer cans throughout the entire 2017 summer and many summers to come,” said John Grant, a satisfied customer. “Warm sodas and beers are a thing of the past when investing in this convenient product. Spread the word about our latest product, and head on over to Amazon today to purchase one of these must have summer accessories.”

To purchase or get additional information on our must have can sleeves, you can see both the 2-pack and 6-pack options, at:

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Baskin-Robbins, All About Beer Magazine partner to pair popular ice cream flavors with a range of cold brews

Brand partners with All About Beer Magazine to Pair Ten Popular Ice Cream Flavors with a Variety of Cold Brews

CANTON, Mass., 2016-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19, and the brand’s festive The Cold One Cake, a unique ice cream cake shaped like a mug that honors dad in a frosty and flavorful way, Baskin-Robbins has partnered with All About Beer Magazine, America’s leading beer publication, to identify ten popular ice cream flavors to pair with a range of cold brews.

“At first glance, you may not think of pairing beer and ice cream together, but once people have a chance to taste these combinations, they will see how well the different flavors complement one another,” said John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine. “Beer has diverse flavors thanks to its main ingredients – water, malt, hops, and yeast. Then, when brewers add culinary ingredients like coffee, fresh fruit, spices and more, the pairing options with ice cream become truly endless. Working with a variety of flavors, we looked to match complementary flavors and intensity, and coax out some nuances from both the beer and the ice cream.”

Ice cream and beer pairings recommended by John Holl of All About Beer Magazine, in collaboration with the Baskin-Robbins Culinary Team, include:

  1. Mint Chocolate Chip with Coffee Porter or Stout

The ale already has some cocoa and java flavors and it mixes nicely with the roast of the chocolate chips and the herbal, cool mint flavor of the ice cream.

  1. Peanut Butter N’ Chocolate with Doppelbock

Nutty and creamy, with an assertive chocolate base, the ice cream brings out the best in this malt-forward dark brown lager.

  1. Jamoca® Almond Fudge with Blueberry Ale

Brewers are taking the sweet, tangy, earthy blueberry and adding it to caramel-tinged ales, making it a perfect complement to this frozen coffee, nutty, chocolatey concoction. Lively fruit flavors pair wonderfully with the chocolate flavored ribbon.

  1. Watermelon Splash Ice with Gose

Gose is brewed with wheat and salt and is predicted to be the beer of the summer, making it a perfect companion to the hot weather staple – watermelon. Pronounced “Gose-Uh,” look for variations that already include cucumber, prickly pear, or yes, even watermelon flavors.

  1. Rocky Road with Foreign Extra Stout

A candy lover’s dream! The stout has sweet chocolate, rich espresso and generic red berry flavors that party hard with the almond, marshmallow and deep chocolate of the ice cream. Rocky Road adds creaminess to the hearty beer and this combination makes for an excellent ice cream beer float.

  1. Pralines ‘n Cream with a Pilsner or a Mango Ale

The classic pilsner style, with sweet cereal-like malt takes the place of a cone when paired with this southern-style treat. Additionally, one of the most popular beer styles this summer is mango-flavored pale ales and India pale ales. The nuttiness and sweetness of the ice cream balances out some of the more assertive beer flavors, creating a delectable combination.

  1. Cherries Jubilee with Barleywine

A barleywine coaxes out the rich cherry and rum flavor in this ice cream. Bittersweet and leather flavors emerge as well, begging for this combo to be enjoyed in dad’s favorite leather chair.

  1. Chocolate with Belgian Quad

This beer is bursting with flavors that love chocolate. Two classics with great depth and rich sweetness that only get better with each lick and sip.

  1. Vanilla with Peach Lambic

Sweet and creamy vanilla gets a tart boost from the lambic, which is fermented on fresh cherries and aged in barrels. Slightly spicy and effervescent, the fruity character of the ale will act like a sauce for the ice cream. Also look for a peach lambic to recreate the classic peaches and cream combination.

  1. Very Berry Strawberry with Hefeweizen

It’s the start of a fruit salad. Bright, vibrant strawberry mixes with the banana esters in the classic German Hefeweizen. The sweet berry will also help control the assertive spice bite of the clove flavor found in the beer and counter the acidity found in the lemon wedge often served as a garnish on the rim of the glass.

“Whether you enjoy a pint of beer, a pint of ice cream or both, Father’s Day is all about spending time with family and friends and showing dad how much he is appreciated, which is why we’re excited to offer guests our fun and frosty The Cold One Cake, which can be fully customized for dad,” said Jeff Miller, Executive Chef and Vice President of Product Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “This year, the return of The Cold One Cake inspired us to think about how dads could enjoy ice cream in a fun and unique way – by pairing it with a cold brew. All the ice cream flavors in our list of pairings can be featured in The Cold One Cake as well, which gives our guests the opportunity to celebrate dad in a very special way this year.”

In addition to offering guests The Cold One Cake this Father’s Day, Baskin-Robbins is also offering the new OREO® Triple Chocolate Cake. This delectable cake features a chocolate, OREO® cookie-infused frosting topped with a mouthwatering waterfall of dark chocolate, a border of fudge and alternating goodness of OREO® cookies, frosting dollops and chocolate triangles. Both cakes can be customized to feature dad’s favorite ice cream and cake flavor combination and are available for pre-order in-store or through Baskin-Robbins’ online cake ordering website.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Instagram (

OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit

About All About Beer Magazine
With more choices than ever in the beer aisle and on tap, consumers need a trusted source for news, reviews and analysis. Since 1979, All About Beer Magazine has been the go-to resource for the beer drinker and consumer looking for in-depth coverage, expert reviews and insightful opinion. Published bimonthly and updated daily online, All About Beer is the best-selling and most award-winning beer magazine in America. Each issue is packed with more than 100 beer reviews, tips on homebrewing, an examination of the business behind the industry, and travel suggestions, plus trends and unrivaled historical perspective. The magazine also produces events, including the World Beer Festivals, in cities across the country bringing brewers and drinkers together. All About Beer manages an in-market tasting and marketing program for brewers looking to forge a deeper connection with the engaged beer consumer. Visit to subscribe and learn more. You can also follow All About Beer on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @AllAboutBeer.

About John Holl
John Holl is the award-winning editor of All About Beer Magazine, as well as an international beer judge. Based in New York, he has worked as a journalist since 1996 and is the author of several books, including Dishing Up New Jersey and The American Craft Beer Cookbook. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter @John_Holl.

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Baskin-Robbins, All About Beer Magazine partner to pair popular ice cream flavors with a range of cold brews

Baskin-Robbins, All About Beer Magazine partner to pair popular ice cream flavors with a range of cold brews

Ultra-intelligent mini beer brewing machine gets funded within two days on Kickstarter

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The ArtBrew beer brewing control system – designed, developed and marketed by an international-based team comprised of the world’s top engineers and brewers – has been officially launched at Kickstarter as an “inspired innovation” that will “change the concept of beer brewing.”

As of this writing, ArtBrew’s Kickstarter campaign has already got full funded within two days of being activated. And it will arrive at 200% of target very soon.

Boasting a premium structure that keeps both brewing and fermentation in one chassis and which automates nearly the entire process, the ArtBrew is the world’s newest, smartest beer brewing appliance featuring a unique mobile app that provides users another way to control the machine beyond the button on the 400 x 240 pixels LCD screen, either nearby or remotely with a Wi-Fi connection. This also allows for status tracking and access to a massive database containing a plethora of recipes from across the world.

Through ArtBrew’s innovative app, users can customize their own recipes while taking advantage of the social networking platform to obtain and share recipes they may not have had previous access to.

“The ArtBrew solution is going to change the brewing game not only because of its ability to keep the brewing tank and fermentation tank in one common chassis – one that boasts excellent structural design – but also because it’s a formidable control system with a myriad of sensors to control and provide feedback on the different processes,” states an ArtBrew spokesperson.

“What’s more, in this day and age of worldwide social networking, the ArtBrew app provides users an alternative control method for the machine, coming fully loaded with a recipe library that contains hundreds of recipes collected from the world’s most famous breweries, access to brewing process tracking with a real time curve, market access to all ArtBrew products and accessories, user notification of machine status and much more. To say the ArtBrew  product is a forward-thinking, easy-to-use brewing solution is something of an understatement.”

A six-liter MiniKeg can represent a serving keg that the user simply leaves inside the machine to access the beer, or can work as a fermentation keg which the user can store in a refrigerator for fermentation purposes. Further, ArtBrew recipes are sorted in various categories, providing the user an easy way of finding the desired recipes while allowing the search process to commence by keyword or name. Users can create their own recipes and can also change or modify the original ArtBrew recipes to create a new one, free to then use/brew them or share with the public.

ArtBrew representatives say the goal of the new brewing system is to allow everyone to discover their “inner beer brewing artist,” with no previous technique or knowledge required.

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SOURCE: EuropaWire