September Sippers

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer

Well, folks it’s that time of year… We are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Homebrew CompetitSouthernSeason_BeerExtravganzaion and Extravaganza!  If you’ve been in the past, you have some idea of how it works and how much fun the Extravaganza truly is. If not, then you are in for a treat.  In any case, we have made some changes this year, so here is the skinny:

As you may or may not know, we are now three stores and with the additional locations, we will be adding those to our competition.  The entry forms can be accessed online  or at your nearest Southern Season (Chapel Hill, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Mt. Pleasant, S.C.). 

The entries must be received in Chapel Hill no later than November 1st.  If you are dropping them off at another location rather than shipping or dropping off in Chapel Hill, you must have there, again, by November 1st.  The judging this year will be done in Chapel Hill on November 4th – this is our first BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) sanctioned event (woohoo!). 

There will be several winners:

Top in each category for each state (9 winners – $75 gift card), top in the state combined categories (3 winners – $100 gift card), Best of all states combined (1 winner – $500 gift card).  The categories are: Lager, IPA, Fruit/Vegetable (pumpkin, lambic, field, etc). 

The celebration of winners, i.e. The Extravaganza, will be held in each Southern Season location where the winners will be announced and prizes awarded.  In addition to the announcements, there will be lots of local and national breweries on hand in each location to sample their wares (you will receive a complimentary glass for sampling with your ticket), local and national food vendors doing the same, music, giveaways, wine and beer specials, and a fantastic after-party at each location in the restaurants (Weathervane, Southerly SC, Southerly VA) with live music, beer and an appetizer bar! 

The cost to enter is $5 per brew (this is also your entry to the extravaganza) if you are attending the event to support your local brewer, the ticket is $8 in advance and $10 at the door; for the after-party the ticket is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Your tickets get you your sample glass (not some cheap plastic sample cup), all the samples and chances at the giveaways; and the after-party ticket gets you the first pint free, appetizer bar and live music on the patio. 

The events run from 2-5 p.m. in store for the Extravaganza and 5-8 p.m. in the restaurants for the After-party – that’s $20 for a full Saturday’s worth of entertainment, drinks, food, music. You can’t beat that!

View the full details for the location nearest you through the links below:

Chapel Hill Beer Extravaganza

Chapel Hill After Party

Charleston Beer Extravaganza

Charleston After Party

Richmond Beer Extravaganza

Any questions? Feel free to reach out directly:


Wine Features:

We have so many new selections in the wine departments, its hard to choose what to focus on first. In Chapel Hill, we have just brought in a host of new Hungarian, Croatian, German, wines, here are some of the highlights:

From Hungary:

Torley Gala Sec, Brut and Rose – after apprenticing at Champagne Roederer and Delbeck in Reims France, Jozsef Torley, convinced he needed to find identical soil and climate conditions in Hungary looked to Etyek-Buda, just west of Budapest whichHungaria Brut shares nearly the same latitude as champagne and where you can also find the densely chalk ridden limestone soils.  Here he produces three spectacular blends from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and the native Kiralyleanyka.  The Gala is done in the Cuve Close method while the others in the Traditional method and all three incredible values from $15.99 to $20.99 for the Brut and Rose.

Vylyan Pinot Noir and Portugieser – Sourced from estate fruit from the Black Hills that run east /west in the south western region of Villany  (Veal-yawn) – these wines are produced with great care and artistry from Istvan Ipacs Szabo and burgundean enologist Jean Pierre Confuron using only barrique from the Hungarian Coopers Trust. Retail  $39.99 and $20.99 respectively

Pfneiszl Winery Ujra Egyutt Kekfranos – this wine from the organic estate of the sisters Birgit and Katrin Pfneiszl in Sopron Hungary is uniquely produces using only native yeast, hand sorted and destemmed grapes and stainless steel fermented with a finished abv at a palatable 12.5%.  The vineyards are near the southern tip of lake Ferto (Neusidlersee in Austria) which are ideal for the Kekfranos (Blaufranisch) variety yielding bring blue and blackberry notes, hints of peppercorn, sandlewood and finishing with high toned acidity.  Retail 21.99

From Croatia:

Bibich R5 RiservaBibich P9 Posip and Riserva R5 – The winery is located in the hills of Skradin, 5 miles east of the idyllic port city of Sibenik along Croatia’s Dalmatia coast.  The wines, made with Posip, Debit, Marastina, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, showcase the freshness and austerity of these breathtaking vineyards – stainless steel fermented with some skin contact that makes for an added complexity in these bright, mineral-driven wines.  Retail 29.99 and 27.99 respectively

From Germany, Franconia:

Horst Sauer – Since visiting these vineyards back in 2008, I have been on a hunt to find his wines in the US. They represent some of the best examples of Franconian wine around. In and out of Bockbeutel, these wines are simply delicious: Just Sylvaner and Just Weiss (Muller Thurgau/Riesling) as well as Erchendorfer Lump and Furstenburg, Silvaner, Riesling, Muller Thurgau and Scheurebe – I am like a kid in the candy store! Come in and check out the selections, you wont be sorry.  From $18.99-$39.99 Retail.  For more detailed information: http://www.weingut-horst


From our Beer Department:

This is an ever-expanding selection as you know if you’ve visited us recently and it seems that the Pumpkin brews seem to be entering the market earlier and earlier each year. For a selection of some of our favorites, check out the Pumpkin Six Patch as assembled by our very own Kiwi Beer Guru, Kathlene Revie.   Regularly $14.99 on sale now for $12.99 while supplies last.


Our Latest Fall Finds:

Horny Goat Oktoberfest 16oz cans $2.89 each – this is a malt forward Marzen style beer that uses German hops to produce a well-balanced, not-too-hoppy, not-too-malty delicious beer!

All new Ciders:

Naked Apple Hard Ciders, from right here in North Carolina Retail $12.99 (750ml) - 

Farnum Hill Ciders, from Poverty Lane Orchards in New Hampshire – Retail 20.99. 

Julian Ciders – from Julian, California. Retail $10.29 

Ace Pumpkin Cider – Since making this cider three years ago, it has become extremely popular. With cinnamon, cloves and allspice to fermented apple juice to produce a 5% cider which tastes like pumpkin pie. It is orange in color with a full rich taste that makes you want more. This cider is released after Labor Day and is ideal for Halloween through Thanksgiving (though some customers think it should be made it year round). It is the first Pumpkin cider to be made out West. One word for ACE PUMPKIN, delicious! Retail 1.99