This is an age of discovery for those seeking new tastes.
“The 21 to about 40 age group is quite adventurous—and that’s driving the interest in local beers and wines. It’s really picked up in the last couple of years,” says Teri Kadri, Marsh manager of wine, beer and spirits.
Teri keeps her finger on the industry’s pulse, picking up new local labels to stock. Here are few you’ll find at local stores:
The Upland Brewing Company. Their brews include a Belgian-style Upland Wheat Ale, which is made with organic coriander, chamomile, orange peel and other ingredients.
Triton Brewing Company. Their flagship beer is Rail Splitter IPA, a fresh golden beer with noticeable citrus and floral aromas.
Flat12 Bierwerks. Their Walkabout Pale Ale features Galaxy hops from Australia. The taste delivers a big passion-fruit aroma and flavor, with a hoppy finish.
Barley Island. Try their 80 Shilling Scotch Ale. Dark copper in color, it has a medium malty sweet flavor.
Oliver Winery. Soft Red, which is made from Concord grapes, is a favorite with Marsh customers.
Easley Winery. Their fruity, floral Traminette wine won Best of Class in the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and White Wine of the Year in the 2013 Indy International Wine Competition.
French Lick Winery. Made from Norton grapes raised in the French Lick vineyard, the company’s Pinot Noir is a dry, medium-bodied red wine.
St. Julian Winery. This winery offers Braganini Reserve Chardonnay, which is blended with grapes from two Michigan vineyards.