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Long Lost Love Update

While planning IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, I often found myself checking my phone- even without it ringing or buzzing.  Waiting for Mr. Right? No. Compulsive? Maybe- I was waiting hopelessly for the call from Vine & Table to provide an update on the status of my long lost love, Speight’s Gold Medal Ale.  Leading up to the call, I was daydreaming of my six pack with a bright red bow en route to America, flying first class so soon it could be enjoyed by my friends and me.

The call came at the end of the week, as promised. Unfortunately, my daydream didn’t come to fruition. Not because Vine & Table didn’t try hard enough, but because of legality.  Speight’s has yet to trademark their beer in America. The lack of a trademark along with trade regulations means that Speight’s Gold Medal Ale will not be able to be shipped to the states for a few more years. The Vine & Table staff offered to order another New Zealand specialty beer, but I have plenty of love for domestic beers and hope to create memories with my good friends at Sun King Brewery. Plus, I don’t have any qualms using the excuse ‘I need to go back to New Zealand… for the beer.’  And yes, the Speight’s Gold Medal Ale is worth a sixteen hour flight!

I can’t thank the Vine & Table staff enough for looking into the ordering and shipping of the beer. It’s not every day that you hear ‘I can order it for you,’ when talking about your favorite hard to find items, much less those from New Zealand!

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Long Lost Love

In preparation for IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, I have been communicating with and researching each of our wineries that will be serving samples at the festival.  Vine & Table, located on Carmel Drive, grabbed my attention with their stock of wine and beer from around the world. Going to check out the selection was not an option, it was a “must do”!

I have been searching high, low, forwards, and backwards for my beloved Speight’s beer. This tasty beer is mainly produced in Dunedin, in the south island of New Zealand. This is the beer that I turned 21 with, the beer that I toured the brewery and spent this last Saint Patrick’s Day with, and the beer that I mutually love with some of my closest friends. In short, this is my beer.  And I miss it.

When I heard the famous question, “Can I help you?” at Vine & Table, I first hesitated, then asked a question that I already knew the answer to, “Um… do you have Speight’s?”  I’ve asked that question one too many times at other stores. Plus, I’d already scoured the walk-in beer cooler and filled my cart, but not with one hint of Speight’s. The man who approached me, thought about it, said no, but then responded in a way that I hadn’t anticipated, “But I can look into ordering it for you.” I almost dropped my cart, “Really?!?!”

He went on to explain how and why it was not just a faint possibility, but a real option.  I felt like a little girl who found out Toys R Us could order New Zealand Barbie. I left with essentials for my 4th of July barbecue, and with a building excitement that I would soon taste  my beer.

Vine & Table has more than just beer, as the name implies. It offers wines, liquors, cheese, and foods from all around the globe.  If you have a long lost beer, wine, cheese, or any other spirit check out Vine & Table along with the seven other wineries at  IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine on July 16th from 5pm to 10pm. The event is free, and unlimited tastings are available with a $15 cash wine glass purchase. All the specifics are available here.

The research doesn’t stop there! Leading up to the event on July 16th, I am excited to schedule an evening at Shiraz with friends, road trip to one of the participating wineries, and venture outside of my wine comfort zone while shopping or eating in the District. It is part of my job after all! However, not so secretly, I am most excited that the research brought a long lost love back to me.

I will soon update the blog with a picture of my beer love and I!

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