Crafty Dan beers now available at Whalley Wine Shop.

We are delighted to feature the new range of beers from Daniel Thwaites micro-brewery Crafty Dan

The beers are individually created by Thwaites brewers in Crafty Dan, their 20-barrel innovative micro-brewery and they are based on some of Thwaites favourite recipes bringing you a repertoire of ales that suit every season and occasion. Crafty Dan specialises in brewing distinctive, individual beers and trialling new recipes, all created by their expert brewers.

The three beers are called 13 GUNS , TRIPLE C and BIG BEN. This is what Thwaites have to say about them……..

13 Guns 5_01

13 Guns 5.5%  – Intensely hoppy, rich mouthfeel, malty flavourswith soft tropical fruit aroma and taste. Originally brewed for July 4th this is a salute to the original 13 states of America. The bold flavours of this American IPA capture the pioneering spirit of those early years. A perfect match for curry! The intense, piney and tropical flavours blend well with mixed spicy dishes!

Triple C 5_01

Triple C  5.3% –  A full smooth and balanced beer with an intense citrus hop aroma. Not surprisingly its about 3’s and C’s. Chinook, Citra and Centennial have been added at all 3 stages of the brewing process to give this delightful, thirst quenching golden ale it’s intense citrus flavours. The citrus and slightly bitter flavours balance the smoothness of a creamy cheese.

Big Ben 5_01

Big Ben 5.8% – Strong hop aroma on a sweet brown ale with a long bitter-sweet finish. A timely hoppy resonance rings through this powerful English Brown Ale so what better name than Big Ben. Though often mistaken for the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben is actually the name of the Great Bell. The full and bittersweet flavours are a great match with grilled red meats.

These beers are available now at The Whalley Wine Shop at £1.85 a bottle or any 3 for £4.50.


It’s Chile v The Rest in our by the glass dispenser this month.


We continue Chile month with a CHILE v THE REST tasting experience in our By The Glass Dispenser. If you’d like to see how a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc fares against a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, without buying a bottle of each, then pop in to the shop and try  a sample of each. The same goes for Chardonnay where we’re pitting a Chilean Chardonnay against an Aussie Chardonnay. In the reds we have a Chilean Pinot Noir against a Burgundy, and the great Don Maximiano Bordeaux from Chile against Frans K Smits South African Bordeaux blend. Here are the details of the wines…..



Urlar, Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Gladstone, New Zealand. (14%)
Zesty gooseberry, capsicum and lime flavours with a hint of passionfruit. While it remains a distinctively New Zealand sauvignon blanc the palate is full with great weight, length and texture due to a portion of the wine being fermented in aged oak barrels.

25ml 50p                75ml £1.50                125ml £2.50      £12.45 per bottle

Valdivieso Wild Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2010– From the cooler climate of the Leyda Valley, this allows for a much slower growing and ripening season. Good aromas of lemon, vanilla and a little herbiness. On the palate there is a pleasant creamy texture, with good acidity and flavours of apple and melon with a little spice from the 6 months spent in French oak barrels. There is also a little mineral note at the finish.

60p for 25ml, £1.80 for 75ml, £3.00 for 125ml. £14.75 per bottle


Fraser Gallop Chardonnay Australia 2011
A delicate aroma of wet slate, white fruit and citrus flowers leads to a generous yet wonderfully elegant palate marked by pear and grapefruit flavours. Bright, pure, but sumptuous at the same time.           25ml 80p                75ml £2.40               125ml £4.00              £17.95 per bottle

Aconcagua Costa Wild Ferment Chardonnay Chile 2011
A pale yellow colour with greenish tints, this wine offers elegant fresh tropical fruit notes with touches of quince and honey that evolve into white floral notes accompanied by a hint of truffle. The fruit re-emerges on the palate, accompanied by a subtle minerality that adds complexity, elegance.

25ml 70p                  75ml £2.10                125ml £3.50                  £15.95 per bottle


Heru, Pinot Noir, Chile. 2009
Deep ruby red with violet highlights. The nose opens with red berries such as strawberries, raspberries and morello cherries. On the palate, it boasts juicy red fruit, a crunchy acidity with round tannins sustained on a base of fine, elegant French Oak.

90p for 25 ml    £2.70 for 75ml     £4.50 for 125 ml    £21.95 for a bottle

Louis Jadot “Clos De Ursules” Pinot Noir Burgundy France. 2007
Lots of red fruit character on the nose, strawberries, cherries and sour raspberries. On the palate the fruits really show first, then after a short time more savoury flavours are evident, like white pepper and “turned soil”. Great length and a nice mineral finish.

25ml £1.60                75ml £4.80               125ml £8                  £39.95 per bottle


Frans K Smit, Bordeaux Blend, South Africa. 2005
Abundant aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and banana that present on the palate. Complex finish of floral flavours, there’s hints of liquorice and mocha coffee, some soft lingering tannins that speak of longevity

£2.20 for 25ml,    £6.60 for 75ml,      £11.00 for 125ml  £54.95 per bottle

Don Maximiano Bordeaux Blend Chile. 2007
Bags of cherries, chocolate, blueberries and truffles on the nose with subtle hints of cedarwood and black pepper. These are followed through on the palate with extra hints of clove and cinnamon. There is lots af fresh acidity, a good sign for further bottle age development.

25ml £2.20                75ml  £6.60               125ml £11     £54.95 per bottle

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