Tastings

The France 44 tasting bars are the most exciting places to be on the weekends! Join us every Friday and Saturday and sample through a wide range of selected wines, beers and spirits. Our tasting bars are always free of charge, and are the perfect way to explore new products and expand your beverage horizons.

Wine

Friday 4-7pm & Saturday 1-6pm

  • Avinyo Brut Reserva Cava – Spain
  • Lupin Roussette Frangy – France
  • Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc – California
  • Hureau Argile Saumur Blanc – France
  • Clos Cibonne Rosé – France
  • Marof Red – Slovenia
  • Unculin Bierzo Tinto – Spain
  • Vajra Barbera Superiore – Italy

Beer

Friday 4-7pm
Bell's Brewery

We have another great beer tasting this Friday for you. Andy from Bell’s Brewery is here and he’ll be sampling out some of his beers that we all have come to love from this outstanding Michigan brewery. Last Summer, for the second year in a row, Bell's Two Hearted Ale claimed the top spot on the American Homebrewers Association’s Zymurgy magazine's list of best beers in the United States. Clearly they know how to brew beer.

We'll be sampling the following:

  • Oberon
  • Amber Ale
  • Two Hearted IPA
  • Official IPA


Saturday 12-3pm
Lagunitas Brewing

I’ve used this before, cause I can’t think of anything better to say--Beer Speaks, People Mumble. There’s no need for me to tell you what you already know…..We all love Lagunitas. Let’s all just pretend we’ve never had their amazingly well made beer before and come in and try them for the “1st time”. You know you’re gonna love it.

We'll be sampling the following:

  • Daytime
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • Citrusinensisr
  • Super Cluster
  • Waldo's -Limited Supply


Saturday 3-6pm
Bauhaus Brew Lab

We welcome back BauHaus Brew Labs back to the store this Saturday afternoon. We’ve been selling tons of their stuff from day one and if you haven’t tried them yet, here’s your chance--you won’t be disappointed. They are one of our go-to Local breweries in the store. They’ll have some of the classic, year-round beers as well as the brand new Lounge Wizard Hazy Pale to share with you.

We'll be sampling the following:

  • Wonderstuff
  • Short Pants Shandy
  • Stargrazer
  • Skyfive
  • Lounge Wizard

Liquor

From 4-7 Friday come taste through Crooked Water Spirits, a woman owned distillery making bourbon, rye, gin, vodka and their best selling pre-mixed Old Fashioned in a bottle! They have everything from navy strength gin to citrusy gin, fruity bourbon to toasted vanilla bourbon, and high proof vodka to aged vodka. You're bound to find a winner!

Come on in Saturday from 3-6 to meet Alex Zweber, founder of the Sharab Shrub company! Alex makes artisanal shrubs, vinegar based cocktail mixers, right here in Minneapolis. With flavors like strawberry, apple rosemary, and pear ginger cinnamon, you're bound to find a great cocktail for your next party!

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