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Opportunities to discover new beers, to learn about breweries, and to experience wonderful pairings of food with beer are increasing around the US. Merchant du Vin participates in many events: beer dinners that include beers from our portfolio, retail tastings, beer education classes, and beer festivals.

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Archive of News, Reviews, and Accolades

January, 20, 2015: Valentine's Day is Sat. Feb. 14, '15! Chocolate (Stout) and Raspberries (Lambic) sound like a nice Valentine, don't they? News: 192 KB .pdf with picture & links & text only. A recipe for blending the two beers is right here.

November 12-14, 2014: MdV particpated in FHC China, the biggest trade show for imported food and beverages. See pictures on the MdV Facebook page:

September 28, 2014: Winter Seasonals are here! News: 248 KB .pdf with pictures & text only. (25th release of Sam Smith's Winter Welcome; new boxed sets from Sam Smith's and Lindemans; Ayinger Weizenbock.)

August 5, 2014: The 2014 release of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - bold, deep, beloved lager - is here! News: 365 KB .pdf with pictures & text only..

July 15, 2014:Green's Gluten-Free IPA - made from gluten-free ingredients - has joined the MdV portfolio. News: 422 KB .pdf with pictures & text only.

June 17, 2014: Merchant du Vin and Du Bocq Brewery are pleased to announce that Du Bocq Saison 1858, a classic and traditional Belgian Saison, has joined the MdV portfolio. News: 930 KB .pdf with a picture & text only.

April 11, 2014: 2014 World Beer Cup ®: Green's Dry-Hopped Lager - Gold, Gluten-Free Beer category; Green's Endeavour Dubbel - Silver; Ayinger Alt Dunkel - Bronze, Dark Euro Lagers. 4,754 beers competed; 281 won medals (.pdf).

October 22, 2013: Merchant du Vin-Asia adds Du Bocq, Dupont, and La Trappe to China portfolio. News: 4.6 MB .pdf with pictures & text only.

On April 16, 2014, a large group of Iowa State University's "Intro to Wine, Beer & Spirits" class toasted Samuel Smith during the Salute:
ISU Smith Salute toast

March 11, 2014: The fourth annual Sam Smith Salute - a tribute to the British brewery that has played a leading role in the American beer revolution - is coming in April. 299 KB .pdf with graphics; here is news in text-only. Find local events here.

March 11, 2014: Announcing the limited release of Ayinger Maibock, a rich, bold, inviting spring seasonal beer. Available on draft only. News release: 220 KB .pdf with graphics; a text-only version is right here.

February 6, 2014: The Ayinger Brewery and Celebrator Doppelbock were selected "best brewery in Germany" and "best beer in Germany" by ratebeer.com's "Best for the Year 2013."

January 21, 2014: For Valentine's Day, Friday Feb. 14, '14, Chocolate and Raspberries! Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout and Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic, that is . . . News release: .pdf with pictures; a text-only version is right here.

December 31, 2013: Pinkus Organic Ur-Pils was selected by The Tasting Panel Magazine as the "Class of 2013 - Most Original." The review can be viewed on p. 148 right here. Founded in 1816, Pinkus is the first organic brewery of the modern era.

December 26, 2013: Below is a video of a traditional Flemish hop harvest song performed at t'Hoppecruyt, a hop farm near Poperinge, Belgium, during a Belgian Family Brewers Association November 2013 media event. Benedikte Desmyter-Coutigny, the performer, runs this hop farm with her husband.

November 30, 2013: Wine Enthusiast Magazine has announced their "Top 25 Beers of 2013" and the list includes Rochefort Trappist 10, Ayinger Brauweisse, Du Bocq Blanche de Namur and Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.

September 30, 2013: Winter seasonals coming soon: Sam Smith Winter Welcome, Lindemans Gift Box, Sam Smith Gift Box & Ayinger Weizenbock! News: .pdf with pictures; a text-only version is right here. The '13-'14 Winter Welcome label can be seen right here as a 1.2 MB .pdf.

July 30, 2013: Announcing Green's Enterprise Dry-Hopped Gluten-Free Lager, which will join the Green's beers currently sold in the US this August. News release: 452 KB .pdf with a photo; a text-only version of 1.9 KB is right here.

November, 2013: The Epicurious five best "Winter Beers for Food Pairing" include Rochefort Trappist 10 and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.

August 6, 2013: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen is coming! News release: 247 KB .pdf with a label graphic; a text-only version of 3.9 KB is right here.

July 17, 2013: The fifth annual US release of Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo is Aug. 1, Yorkshire Day. News release: 393 KB .pdf with a photo; a text-only version of 1.5 KB is right here.

May 13, 2013: The June '13 Wine Enthusiast Magazine reviews wheat beers - the top three are from MdV! Du Bocq Blanche de Namur & Ayinger Brau-Weisse tied for first; Ayinger Ur-Weisse was third. Complete reviews here (1.1 MB .pdf).

Jan. 10, 2013: We are pleased to announce that Blanche de Namur, witbier from Belgium's Du Bocq Brewery, has joined the MdV portfolio. More: .pdf, with images (417 KB); news in text-only; and a family portrait .jpeg (879x1249; 2 MB).

December, 2012: The Wine Enthusiast Top 25 Beers of 2012 includes Traquair House Ale at #2; Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock at #12; and Lindemans Cuvée René Gueuze at #15.

June 25, 2013: Every Day With Rachael Ray Magazine taste-tested gluten-free beers and picked Green's Discovery Amber Ale - made from gluten-free ingredients - as a top choice. See the full feature right here.

On April 10, 2013, the band Taddy Porter visited the Seattle office of Merchant du Vin and played a few songs. They are touring now - check their website and go see them! Here's a video of the first single off their new album, "Fever."

On March 4, 2013, 68 guests at a beer dinner in Wichita, KS, drank a toast with Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout:
Chocolate Stout toast

April, 2013: The third annual Sam Smith's Salute - a tribute to the British brewery that has played a leading role in the American beer revolution, held in April and early May - was a huge success! News release from March '13: 406 KB .pdf with images; here is news in text-only.

Oct. 3, 2012: Winter seasonals: Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome and gift boxes. News release: 288 KB .pdf with photos; see the '12-'13 Winter Welcome label here.

Sept. 26, 2012: Announcing Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout! News release: 484 KB .pdf with a photo; a text-only version of 1.5 KB is right here.

Aug. 15, 2012: The 2012 release of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen is appearing at great beer spots now! News release - 362 KB .pdf; text-only version - 3 KB.

Aug 1, 2012: Happy Yorkshire Day! Sam Smith's Yorkshire Stingo 2012 release (brewed in 2011) is available now. Here is a photo with info.

July 31, 2012: Ayinger and Pinkus are introducing new labels! News release: .pdf with pictures (254 KB); or plain text.

June 12, 2012: Samuel Smith's Organic Cider is now available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, joining the 18.7 oz. bottles. News release: .pdf with pictures; or plain text.

May 5, 2012: Congratulations to Westmalle Trappist Brewery for the 2012 World Beer Cup ® Gold Medal in the tripel category! Here is the full list of winners in .pdf.

Feb. 29, 2012: Announcing Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale - the perfect marriage of brewery and orchard! Here's a 1.2 MB news release in .pdf.

Traquair House is switching to beautiful 500 ml bottles in 2012. Here's a news release in .pdf.

Westmalle Tripel, Rochefort 8, and Sam Smith's Pale Ale are all in Wine Enthusiast magazine's "Top 25 Beers 2011".

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Merchant du Vin Corporation
119 1st Ave. So.
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: (253) 656-0320
Fax: (206) 402-4792


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