Heat Up the Holidays with Michigan Drinks

Chateau Chantal Oak Aged Brandy, Cinq a Sept

Chateau Chantal announced today the release of their first oak-aged brandy. If you can’t make it to Traverse City, Troy Hammond, award-winning home brewer and beer afficionado, has some local microbrew recommendations to make your holidays merry.

Cinq à Sept

December 21, 2011 Traverse City, MI: Old Mission Peninsula winery and inn, Chateau Chantal, released their first production of an oak aged brandy.  The brandy has been given the French name “Cinq à Sept” (sank-ah-set) literally, “five to seven,” a French Canadian term for Happy Hour.  In France, this phrase was originally used as a description of the time of day a Frenchman would visit his mistress, perhaps with a gift of Brandy in tow?

Distilled from fermented Northern Michigan grapes on location at Chateau Chantal, this Brandy spent five years mellowing in a French oak barrel, gaining a golden color and rich caramel flavor.  Displaying notes of honey, spice, and butterscotch, this sipper is best served in a Brandy snifter, or other wide bottomed glass, to promote the release of the fine aromas. Serve at room temperature or over ice to create your own delightful gathering.  $39.99 for 750 ml, 40% alc.

Cinq à Sept is available only at the winery, which is open daily except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  The brandy is now available for sampling at the winery for a fee.  Further information about the tasting room can be found online at www.chateauchantal.com.

And now for the beer . . .

These picks are not for the faint of heart, but they should make any family get together more bearable, and would also be perfect for sipping in front of a roaring fire with your significant other. In no particular order, here are Troy’s picks for this holiday season:

New Holland Brewing

Dragon’s Milk (10% ABV, Oak Aged Stout)

Imperial Hatter (9.4%, Imperial IPA)

Night Tripper (10.8% ABV, Imperial Stout)


Breakfast Stout (8.3% ABV, Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout)

Dirty Bastard (8.5 % ABV, Scotch Style Ale)

Double Trouble (9.4% ABV, Imperial IPA)


Final Absolution (8.5% ABV, Belgian Style Trippel)

Under the Kilt (7.8% ABV, Wee Heavy)

What will you be drinking this season?

(please drink responsibly)

2 thoughts on “Heat Up the Holidays with Michigan Drinks

  1. Did you hear Chateau Grand Traverse mentioned on The Splendid Table this (last?) weekend? The guy wasn’t from Michigan and pronounced “Traverse” like you would a great expanse, but it was still really cool to hear it.

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