Summertime with the Jug

bikes outside the jugIt’s hard not to associate the Jug with summer —  especially with FIBArk and other festivals that happen downtown. Since the Jug is across the street from Riverside Park it’s in the heart of the action. But, of course, we see evidence of the Jug everywhere. Happy summer!

This is the place to be.

This is the place to be.

Part of the landscape.

Part of the landscape.

FIBArk — the mark of summer in Salida.

FIBArk — the mark of summer in Salida.

Ferris wheel fun

Ferris wheel fun during FIBArk.

Boaters doing their thing during FIBArk.

Boaters doing their thing during FIBArk.

Catching air.

Catching air.

Catching fish.

Catching fish.

Two registers! Double time.

Two registers! Double time.

Always service with a smile or a crazy look.

Always service with a smile or a crazy look.

Waiting in the shade

Waiting in the shade

Raise your can.

Raise your can.

Busy good times. ,

Busy good times. ,

 

Calm waters.

Calm waters.

Mike Potts kicking back on a summer float

Mike Potts kicking back on a summer float

Dan Zettler — real men do wear pink.

Dan Zettler — real men do wear pink..

Keeping good company.

Keeping good company.

Cheers.

Cheers.

Summertime in Salida.

Summertime in Salida.

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Arlie Dale’s Jug Liquors Celebrates Birthday Number Nine

Almost ten years ago….

Dikkins Liquor Store

Dikkins Liquor Store

How could downtown Salida not have a liquor store? Ever since Prohibition ended, F Street had been host to a bottle shop.

For years, local residents relied originally on Dikkins Liquor Store and later the Jug to find their libations. Sadly, the owners of the Jug closed the shop in 2001 due to family health issues. Essentially, it was gone.

Well, how about a real estate office instead? Nope. How about a massage studio? Nope. Salidans wanted their favorite liquor store back.

Chad Hixon

Chad Hixon

Fortunately, our heroes, Jerry, Sally and Chad Hixon, entered the scene and bought the former Jug property in the fall of 2003. They decided to run a specialty liquor store. With a focus on high-end wines, specialty liquors and craft beers, the Hixons opened the new version of the Jug on February 21, 2004.

So, the store had a new look and a new name (sort of) Owner Chad Hixon wanted to include his grandfather’s name in the full name of the bottle shop. Thus, Arlie Dale’s Jug Liquors it was.

Now Arlie Dale’s Jug is a nine-year Colorado institution. The store offers a selection of more than 300 wines and carries more than 200 microbrews and imports. And who doesn’t recognize the famous Jug logo on stickers, hoodies, koozies and hats around Salida, (and the US for that matter)?

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Word from the Grapevine

It’s almost the end of August already. One of Jug Liquors’s August Specials is The Antaño Tempranillo 2010. It’s a tasty and reasonable red wine that we’ve made even more reasonable!  

 Wine find: Antaño Tempranillo 2010 from Bodegas Antaño.

Real deal: $7.99 (originally $9.99) Buy a case and receive an additional 10 percent off, which results in an overall savings of 30%!!!

Origin: Spain. The growing regions include Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

© Fabio Ingrosso; Azienda Agricola Beconcini Pietro, il tempranillo della Toscana

Type of Grape: The black grape, Tempranillo, typically results in a full-bodied red wine with fruity aromas and hints of spice. Tempranillo generally don’t need a long growing season and are usually ready to go earlier than most red grapes in Spain. Consequently, the name comes from the Spanish word “temprano,” which means early. Tempranillo, translates as “little early one.”

Fun Fact: Known as the noble grape in Spain, Tempranillo also was grown in California in the early 1900s as the main ingredient in jug wines.

Antaño Tempranillo Review:

  The Good Wine Guru says:

Fruity aromas are followed by a very light, mellow Tempranillo with flavors of fruit and hints of spice.  The fruitiness of the wine is tempered quite well with tannins.  Will mix well with sharp cheeses or lightly spiced food.

Recommendation:  This is a nice and mellow Tempranillo that will mix very well with most foods, except those that are heavily spiced.  If you’re looking for a slightly more interesting red wine that you can enjoy with food or by itself, but that isn’t the usual bottle of merlot, this is definitely the bottle you should try.  However, if you’re looking for something that will add a lot to your meal, this probably isn’t the bottle of wine for you.  For the price it’s certainly worth a try, but don’t be expecting a bottle of wine that will change how you think of red wine or Tempranillo. (www.thegoodwineguru.com/antano-tempranillo/)

© Agne27; Wikimedia Commons.