Creative Juices Wine Blog

Texas Beer Night @ Rulis’

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Texas by CreativeJuicesWine on April 9, 2010

Hello Friends! It’s Friday, and we’re excited to announce that tomorrow night will be Texas Beer Night @ Rulis’ International Kitchen! We will be tasting 7 beers from Texas, eating delicious munchies prepared by Chef Rulis, and having an awesome time. These events are getting more fun every time we host them. We love, and appreciate your support. Thank you all for making these events such a huge success.

We will be kicking things off tomorrow night, Saturday April 10th, at 7pm. We have four beers from Real Ale Brewing Co. in Blanco, TX, 2 beers from Shiner, TX, as well as the classic Lone Star coming straight from Dallas. The event costs $20, and we will be serving all of the beers throughout the evening for $3 if you want to stick around. If you haven’t been to one of these events, what have you been doing with your life? You’re missing out. So, if you like fun, and beer, and Texas…we’ve got your plans for the weekend at Rulis’. See y’all there! Cheers!!!

-Zak

Wine Tasting Reminder

Posted in Announcements, Aragon, Beer, Bierzo, Spain, Texas, wine, wine shop, Wine Tasting by CreativeJuicesWine on March 31, 2010

Hello everyone! Those of you who have stopped by the shop know that we’ve always got something going on. During April, we will be continuing that trend by hosting our Wine & Beer Events (check the Events Tab) every Saturday of the month! We have also started Thursday Wine Tastings every Thursday evening starting at 5pm. Stop by after work to try a few new wines, and maybe take a couple home with you. You’ll get to share your experience with the only two certified Sommeliers in El Paso, us!

In addition, we will be bringing in over 20 new labels over the course of the month, followed by a meet and greet with 8 Spanish Winemakers on May 5th. Details for that event will be posted the beginning of next week. Bottles from two of those winemakers are already on sale at the shop, with more to come after next week. Come out for dinner Wednesday through Saturday and take advantage of retail pricing on all wine. We also offer 50% the menu price on all beer to go.

See you at 318 N. Mesa Street. Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Hunting For African Beer

Posted in Announcements, Beer, rulis international kitchen by CreativeJuicesWine on March 26, 2010

Ok everyone…after making over 100 phone calls to locations in 8 states, it’s official: African beer is just not possible to get without driving to San Diego to get 24 of the remaining 47 bottles of Tusker (Kenya) in the continental US.–The other 23 (that I could find) are in Washington D.C.

I tried to call in some favors from various cities that might have some African Beer available to them, but it turns out that my friends have legitimate jobs that don’t allow for ridiculous beer hunting projects that I assign to them. Sheesh!

The new title of our event is “Beers From 5 Continents Because Antarctica is too cold, and Africa has terrible distribution policies when it comes to United States.” We did our best for you, but it’s not looking as though beer from Africa is going to happen. Sorry everyone. We’ll make it up to you. See you tomorrow night! Cheers!

-Zak

Creative Juices Wine Show: Episode 7-IPA Tasting

Posted in Beer, Flying Dog, Great Divide, Video by CreativeJuicesWine on March 1, 2010

During this episode Zak & Olena switch things up a bit, and taste a Snake Dog IPA against a Titan IPA. Enjoy the show! Cheers!!!

For more information on the breweries mentioned during this show, visit Flying Dog’s and Great Divide’s websites.

Beer Night @ Rulis’ Tonight!!!

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Texas by CreativeJuicesWine on February 27, 2010

Hey! Do you live in El Paso? Do you like fun? Do you like to drink really good beer? Are you alive? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, come to Beer Night @ Rulis’ International Kitchen Tonight!!! We will be tasting 6 (more likely than not, 7) beers, and serving up delicious snacks prepared by the best chef in the entire city, Chef Rulis! In case you were wondering what to do tonight, this is it! See you there @7pm! For more information, check Local Wine Events. Cheers!!!

Beer 101: Brown Ales & Stouts

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Texas by CreativeJuicesWine on February 22, 2010

Join us on Saturday to learn a little about these hearty beers. We’ll taste 6 to 7 beers including Pipeline Porter, Gordon, and Ten Fidy Imperial Stout. These beers are rich, yummy, high in alcohol and can put you on your butt if you’re not careful!
$20 gets you education, beer samples, and a snack to munch on.  As always, we’ll provide food suggestions if you want to order more food off the menu. Like what you’re tasting? Take a sixer home with you! Cheers!

Zak & Olena

Beer vs. Wine Follow Up

Last night was our Beer vs. Wine event at DiVino Wine Bar. We want to extend a personal thank you to everyone who attended the event, and made it so much fun.

Just to recap, we tasted the Sokol Blosser Evolution vs. Stella Artois and paired them both with a Portobello Mushroom Pizza. In the end, there were mixed results for who came out the ‘winner’. People liked the way that Stella melded with the cheese and the crust of the pizza, while the Evolution brought out some amazing flavor in the mushrooms. For what it’s worth, Olena & I thought the Evolution (because of what it did for the mushrooms) was the clear winner. Some of the guests may not feel the same, but that’s okay. The good people at Sokol Blosser’s Tasting Room in Dundee, OR were very supportive, and helpful when we spoke to them on the phone yesterday afternoon. They seemed thrilled that we were including their wine in our little taste off. –Thanks for your help, Jennifer.

The second Match-up was Sebastiani & Son’s The Crusher Petite Sirah vs. Duvel. We paired the two with the “Divino Panino”, which is made with Genoa Salame, Spring Mix, Four cheese blend, Artichoke, Olive Tepanade, S. Dried Tomato & Lemon Caper dressing. Delicious on its own, yes, but when paired with The Crusher Petite Sirah it’s untouchable. Sorry Duvel, you fell short on this one. The aptly named ‘Crusher’ did just that in this contest (if you can call it that).

Overall, we had a great time, and are looking forward to our next event at Coco.Miel this Saturday at 2pm. Email us for more details.

Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Wine vs. Beer Tonight!!!

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Food & Wine Pairing, White Blend, wine by CreativeJuicesWine on February 17, 2010

Hey everyone! Happy Wine Wednesday! We wanted to remind you that tonight is Beer vs. Wine at DiVino Wine Bar @7pm. We are going to be having a taste off paired with tapas for $25. The face-off will feature Sokol Blosser Evolution vs. Stella Artois, and The Crusher Petite Sirah vs. Duvel. It’s Ameerican Wine vs. Belgian Beer, and you decide the winner!

This has never been done before, so by coming out, you’ll be making history! Call 915.351.1000 to reserve. Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Beer vs. Wine Reminder

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Food & Wine Pairing, wine by CreativeJuicesWine on February 14, 2010

Hey everyone! Just a reminder that we’re doing Beer vs. Wine this Wednesday @ DiVino wine bar here in El Paso.

The battles will be Sokol Blosser-Evolution vs. Stella Artois & The Crusher Petite Sirah vs. Duvel. Both face-offs will be paired with tapas, and your palate will decide the winner. We hope to see you there at 7pm on Wednesday for this epic event!

Reservations can be made at 915.351.1000 or by stopping in at 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 101. The event costs $25, and will obviously be awesome! Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Wine vs. Beer @ DIVINO

Posted in Announcements, Classes by CreativeJuicesWine on February 12, 2010

Next Wednesday at DIVINO, come out and experience a Wine vs. Beer face off. We will pair 2 wines and 2 beers to 2 different dishes, and you will decide which one stacks up the best!

The event starts at 7pm next Wednesday (February 17th) at DIVINO and costs $25. We will see you there! Cheers!!!

For reservations, call 915.351.1000.

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