Dan has been a member of the Mo's Wine & Spirits team since 2006. He has worked his way up from our stock person to our beer manager after he graduated from college.
Customers rave about the sophisticated selection of craft beers Dan has chosen for the store. Thanks to Dan, Mo's Wine & Spirits has an Excellent Rating by Beer Advocate.
He is always happy to discuss with customers his new favorite brews - but be prepared to wait a couple minutes as it isn't uncommon for several customers to be vying for his attention!
When Dan chooses a favorite, you know it is a good brew. There are a lot of IPAs out there, but Ballast Point's Unfiltered Sculpin ($14.99/6pk) is a limited-release IPA so grab it while you can! Unfiltered Sculpin IPA packs extra hops into every sip, enhancing the classic Sculpin notes of fresh apricot, peach, mango and lemon with a slight haze and less bitterness. Freshness is key to every beer, but especially true for this extra-hopped IPA-store cold and don't wait to long to enjoy!
Dan has a new favorite sessionable beer, Allagash Hoppy Tale ($9.99/4pk). Made in the style of a Belgian 'table beer', it is a low ABV beer that allows you to enjoy a few. In taste, the beer’s flavors of stone fruit mix with notes of grapefruit and citrus. Its light malt and silky texture—thanks to the addition of Maine-grown oats—are balanced out by a pleasantly bitter, hoppy finish. It also contains coriander and is hop-forward .
Dan can often turn to a good beer for an afternoon pick-me-up during the weekend, particularly if it has some coffee in it. That is why he is getting some Stony Joe Golden Mocha Stout ($9.99/6pk). It is designed like a traditional Milk Stout but without using the typical roasted dark malts. Stony Creek uses a boat load of rich, decadent golden colored English barley, flaked barley, flaked oats, and flaked wheat to give it lush body and smooth sweetness. Fermented with Cocoa Nibs along with some fresh, locally roasted Guatemalan Coffee. The cocoa nibs and coffee add the rich mocha notes and bright roasty/coffee aroma you might typically find in a stout.
Dan is particularly fond of Troeg's Mad Elf ($14.99/6pk btls). Mad Elf is what's considered a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, brewed with locally cultivated honey as well as sweet and sour cherries. A full-bodied beer with a moderately clear amber caramel color, reminiscent of cognac. On the nose are aromas of candied cherry, orange zest, toffee, toast and faint nuances of milk chocolate. On the palate the cherry plays as more sour than candied and the chocolate notes are more assertive. The opening is relatively soft, but the beer shines in the mid palate and finish, which is moderately long, but not as warm as one would expect considering the ABV is 11%.