Check out Atlantic City’s first (legal) distillery

For anyone who is a fan of Boardwalk Empire, you’re well aware of the bootlegging that went on in Atlantic City nearly a century ago.

It’s amazing that in 2016, Nucky Johnson will give way to someone new.

15439739_1605019172858022_3046788439933549133_n.jpgLast week, Mark Ganter, CEO and sales rep for Little Water Distillery, brought to us a fine sample for Whitecap American Whiskey, the first whiskey distilled legally in Atlantic City. It’s currently sitting on our shelves and we are excited to be one of several area stores to share this whiskey with you.

Whitecap is a collaboration effort between Little Water Distillery, located on 807 Baltic Ave. in Atlantic City, and Davis Valley Distillery in Virginia.

They used two separate mash bills – a 100 percent estate-grown sweet corn and a 50/50 rye and white wheat blend. The corn was aged 18 months in once-used A. Smith Bowman Bourbon barrels while the rye/wheat was aged for six months on new American oak. The end result – 60 percent corn, 20 percent wheat and 20 percent rye.

The sweetness of the corn really comes through in both the nose and the taste. It’s got a nice spicy kick at the back-end from the rye that partners with the softness of the wheat.

Whitecap whiskey should be the start of an exciting beginning to Little Water over the next six months. Their production will include a line of rums: Liberty American Silver, Liberty American Spiced and Prosperity Aged.

Be sure to check out LittleWaterDistillery.com for more information and Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter
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Our 2016 holiday specials

fullsizerenderAll month we’re running some specials to help prepare you for the holidays.

This month, we feature a large selection of gift sets from your favorite brands of alcohol. Stolichnaya vodka is offering two free martini glasses while Jack Daniels comes with a tall glass. Rumchata cinnamon liqueur has its own coffee mug for drinking hot cocoa with and Jose Cuervo is offering up a free bottle of margarita mix.

But that’s not all this month. Come in for our other specials running this month:

  • Holiday baskets made at any price. Any baskets more than $50 you only pay for the contents.
  • Special miniature liquor stocking stuffers starting at $0.93 + tax. Pack of seven minis for $5.61 + tax.
  • Large selection of wines on special for $4.99 + tax.
  • Gift wrapping and gift bags available.
  • Candy canes for the children

Our hours for the winter are Monday, 10am-9pm; Tuesday-Friday 10am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday noon-10pm. Our number is 609 344-6640.

Happy holidays from the Russo Family.

Our 2015 holiday specials list

Now that you’re all stuffed with turkey from Thanksgiving, the month leading up to Christmas is the busiest time of year.

Not only are businesses flying by the seat of their pants but you guys are out there rushing around, trying to get in as much holiday shopping and party preparing as possible. You barely have enough time to sit down and drink a cup of hot chocolate. And this month is leaving you wanting to add a little something extra to help calm the nerves. Continue reading “Our 2015 holiday specials list”

New Summer Hours for 2014

Summer is officially in full force here on the Jersey Shore! Fourth of July is tomorrow (hopefully not a wet one like they’re calling for), and we are stocking up on all of your summer needs for your stay in Atlantic City.

With that, we made a slight adjustment to our hours to accommodate the later crowd. On Saturday, we are now opening an hour earlier at 11 a.m. and staying open until 11 p.m. On Sunday, we are opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 10 p.m.

A reminder for those looking to grab some booze at the last minute: New Jersey law prohibits the sale of liquor from 10 p.m.-9 a.m. Since we are open an extra hour, we will only be serving beer, wine and champagne. There will be no exceptions made. If you want a last-minute bottle of vodka, rum or any other liquor, you must have it on our counter before 10 p.m. Thank you.

With the summer in, we also got in some summer beers for your enjoyment. Following is a list of summer-center drinks for you to bring to the beach or enjoy with some barbecue:

-Coors Light Summer Brew (NEW)
-Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
-Dundee Summer Shandy (NEW)
-RiverHorse Summer Blonde
-Founder All Day IPA
-Neshaminy Creek Churchville Lager (NEW)
-Mike’s/Smirnoff/Twisted Tea/Angry Orchard
-Bud Light Margarita (Raspberry/Lime/Mango/Strawberry)
-Frozen wine coolers/margaritas

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July,
-Staff at Russo’s

Phish Week: Welcome Back to Atlantic City, Phish Fans!

1376354_765641626795785_2123711734_nIt was no secret that 2010 was a magical weekend for Phish fans and business people in Atlantic City.

As a Phish fan myself, I was thrilled with the atmosphere in the city during Halloween weekend in 2010 and during the Bader Field shows in June 2012. I actually attended the Bader weekend as I regrettably couldn’t make it to the Halloween shows.

But enough about my concert experiences. For the past month we have been continuing our upgrade of the beer selection in the store as well as single malt scotch, whiskey, bourbon and a selection of high quality liquor. We did all of that special for this weekend for you.

We brought in some special beer as well for the event. Both Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA and Magic Hat #9 will be available at the Boardwalk Hall during the shows. Sierra Nevada Foam, a beer made special for Phish fans, will also be at the Hall, but unfortunately it’s not bottled as we would love to carry it here. Instead we’re carrying some Victory HopDevil, another classic IPA.

For the rest of our craft beer selection, click this link to see what’s in stock.

I guarantee you will be happy with the selection, prices, service and the fantastic tunes playing in the store all day.

Most importantly, be safe, drink responsibly and enjoy the shows!

HALLOWEEN PREDICTION

There are a ton of speculations as to what the Halloween costume is going to be for Phish.

I’ve heard Bruce, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin thrown around. There’s even a rumor of some Huey Lewis.

Personally, this is the album I would love to see. Here’s to hoping for a guest slide guitarist in AC!

Fall Beer is Here

This Post Will Be Updated Again By September

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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Neshaminy Creek Dunk’s Ferry and RiverHorse Hipp O Lantern

No I’m not talking Christmas! I’m talking about the fall! The weather is perfect, football is kicking off, and most importantly, fall beer is in season.

Yes it’s not technically fall yet as it’s still late August, but the weather is turning. Earlier and earlier each year fall beer comes out in late July/early August. Pumpkin beer is already in season and now the marzen/Oktoberfest beers are being released.

With that, we have our first fall beer in stock and we’re keeping it local. Flying Fish out of Cherry Hill, NJ just released its OktoberFish, a marzen-style beer to celebrate the changing of the leaves.

The lightly-carbonated OktoberFish boasts a 6% ABV. It has tastes of sweet malts, caramel and toffee all while adding a light, spicy hopped flavor. It’s light enough to drink while the temperature still lingers in the low 80’s, but heavy enough to keep you warm when it dips into the 60’s at night.

Also new in is Neshaminy Creek’s brand new Dunk’s Ferry Dunkleweizen. Brewed just like their Highwater Hefeweizen (summer), this beer “has a unique banana and spicy clove character, but this time paired with a chewy, bready, dare we say banana bread,” as the label reads. It’s a darker version of the Highwater, but it still has the same characteristics that make this beer fantastic in the late summer/early fall days.

Branching over the pumpkin beers, we brought in New Jersey’s finest pumpkin beer. RiverHorse boasts a fantastic imperial pumpkin ale called Hipp O Lantern. At 8.1%, this beer has a heavy body and is filled with complex spices and pumpkin flavors. I’ve already been drinking this beer this fall and I can safely say it’s going to be one of the best pumpkin beers on the market for 2013. Save a bottle from the four pack and age it for 2014. It’ll be a guaranteed treat.

Check back for updates on our craft beer selection as well as updates on our fall selection. We are expecting Dogfish Head’s fantastic release, Punkin Ale, to be on our shelves by September 12.

NEW: Terrapin Beer Co. Comes to Russo’s

1005666_720260681333880_631675088_nFor starters, we are incredibly excited with the announcement that the near-30-year-old jam band Phish will be coming back to Atlantic City! From October 31 to November 2, Phish will rock the Boardwalk Hall, which is located across the street from our store.

To celebrate the return of Phish to Atlantic City, we brought in a beer that man Phish fans hold near and dear to their hearts for a few reasons: Terrapin Beer Company. Aside from being high quality beer out of Athens, GA, the name Terrapin is synonymous with the Grateful Dead, the grandfather of the jam band scene.

We chose a pair of deliciously hopped offerings from Terrapin that serve as their standard year-round beers. First up is Hopsecutioner, an American India Pale Ale that clocks in at a whopping 7.30% ABV.

Hopsecutioner has a nice floral and fruity aroma with a citrus, piney taste. With the challenge of being a stronger IPA, Terrapin manages to balance the intense hop taste and fruit notes in order to make a smooth, easy-to-drink, yet powerful IPA.

The other Terrapin offering we brought in is their Rye Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale. Coming in at an even 5.30% ABV, the APA-style beer is only brewed with 10% rye, keeping it’s pale ale quality with a bit of rye. Rye has a pale malt taste with the same fruity, floral notes you can find in the Hopsecutioner. It’s pretty much a Hopsecutioner Light with rye added into the mix.

So throw in your favorite Phish show, or hell, dust off the classic Dead album “Terrapin Station” and crack open a beer from Terrapin and let the time float on by.

Flying Fish FU Sandy Is Back!

1002290_704110976282184_1703260427_nFlying Fish made waves in New Jersey when they specially brewed their FU (Forever Unloved) Sandy.

After popular demand, the beer is back, and this time it’s been bottled and shipped to the Tri State area. It comes in a 23.4 ounce bottle.

Here at Russo’s, where we were personally affected by Super Storm Sandy, are so proud to be carrying this fine brew in our 40-year-old establishment. In fact, we are the ONLY store in Atlantic City that will be carrying this one-time limited release so get it before it’s gone!

FU Sandy is an American Pale Wheat Ale that boasts a nice citrusy, grapefruit aroma and taste. It has a nice wheat taste on the palate with much of the same characteristics as the nose. It’s a well-balanced 6.20% ABV that is full of great flavor as well as the perfect drinkability for a nice summer night.

Here is the original announcement by Flying Fish back in December when they announced the release of FU Sandy.

New Summer Beer This Week!

1005071_699896690036946_1377248588_nWith summer underway here down by the shore, Russo’s has brought in a few more craft brews to quench your thirst for an easy-to-drink beer for those hot days on the beach.

We brought in the Summer Blonde Ale by River Horse Brewing out of Lambertville, NJ. Featuring a lovely hippo dressed like a mermaid on its packaging, Summer Blonde gives you the same great taste as Sam Adams’ Summer Ale, but with a clean and refreshing finish. Heavy on the citrus taste as well, for those who like a little lemon in their wheat beers.

Next up is a hefewiezen coming out of Croydon, PA. Neshaminy Creek Brewing finally bottled and distributed their Highwater Hefeweizen to New Jersey and we are extremely excited for this release. This is their spin on a Bavarian wheat beer which is brewed with 60% white wheat, Pilsen malt and a touch of Munich for the coloring. They then brew it with the German Hefeweizen yeast which gives it a distinct banana taste and aroma. I had this up at the brewery on their one-year anniversary on tap and it absolutely blew my mind. This is a must try, and at $4.23+tax for a 22-oz bottle it’s a steal!

Lastly we brought in the popular beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co, Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. Found at a few bars here in Atlantic City including Vagabond and Back Bay Ale House, Lil Sumpin’ is a a great session beer for those warm days spent in the shade. Don’t drink too many though, as this American pale wheat ale hides it’s big 7.5% ABV incredibly well.

New Variety of Craft Beer!

933925_687232964636652_954557092_nRusso’s Liquors is 40 years old and this old dog now finally feels like a young dog again!

We are proud to announce we are dealing with Hunterdon Beverage, the top craft beer distributor in South Jersey. With that, we are now carrying a wider variety of craft beer to better appeal to the sophisticated beer drinker.

Today was our first shipment of craft beer and we brought in some local favorites as well as a classic from out west.

Listed below is our new selection of craft beer just waiting for you to come in and enjoy. Click here for a list of all our craft beers at Russo’s.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA – 6% ABV

dfh-60-minuteDogfish Head (Milton, DE) has been around for a long time and considers themselves one of the big boys in the American craft beer industry. Their 60 Minute IPA is their number 1 selling beer and is a standard in all liquor stores and bars.

Their hops are brewed for 60 minutes, giving it a nice kick despite being very easy to drink. They use a variety of North American hops, leaving it well-balanced with a nice citrusy taste. Dogfish Head is a great beer to tailgate with or drink on the beach.

Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale – 5.5% ABV

Product - Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale.previewFlying Dog (Frederick, MD) may boast some of the best beer labels in the beer industry. Their Doggie Style Pale Ale is their top-selling beer, and is considered to be a very solid pale ale.

A bit sweet as compared to other pale ales, Doggie Style has a grassier smell and citrusy taste. It also boasts a beautiful caramel color that makes it a great beer to look at after you pour it into a nice pint glass.

Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA – 6.6% ABV

Neshaminy-Creek-IPAOver on my personal beer blog I did a review of this new brewery out of Croydon, PA called Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, who is celebrating their one-year anniversary this Sunday. I sampled three of their beers, and one of my favorites was their County Line IPA, a west-coast style IPA brewed here just north of Philly.

NCBC only bottles their beers in the 22 oz bomber style. County Line is priced very cheap compared to other bombers. As I wrote in the blog, “The brewer said it was made with Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe, Zythos, Centennial and Nugget hops. The Nugget gives it a west coast style.” It’s a great beer folks. Support local beer!

River Horse Hop Hazard – 6.5% ABV

beer-344River Horse (Lambertville, NJ) joins Flying Fish as the two New Jersey beers that we carry. River Horse’s hippo-themed beer labels are awesome to look at, but their beer is that much more awesome to drink.

Hop Hazard is brewed with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops, giving it a nice floral aroma and taste. Another fine, smooth American Pale Ale, River Horse is great to drink any time of the year, especially now as the weather gets warmer.

Stone Arrogant Bastard – 7.2 ABV

3730440421_6af2606351If I were to create a Top 5 beers for you guys, Arrogant Bastard Ale would be in my Top 5, hands down. Stone (Escondido, CA) is another one of the big boys in the industry as well, famous for their powerfully hopped IPAs. ABA is an American strong ale and it’s not for those with weak palates.

There’s a lot going in this complex brew, which is served in the 22 oz bomber style as well. Up front, there’s a lot of malt, caramel and spice. There’s also a distinct hint of mollasses, which gives it that darker taste and texture. It’s a dinner beer for sure. Enjoy with a man’s meal of red meat and potatoes.