February 19, 2018

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Celebrating 80 Years

Thank you WFIR for telling our story. And thank you to our customers for helping to keep writing it. 

Listen to it here. And come see us today until 8 pm and tomorrow from 9 am to 8 pm.

We’re Celebrating 80 Years!

Tinnell's Finer Foods

Tinnell’s Finer Foods

What are you doing this weekend? There’s a lot going on the the Roanoke Valley, but you will want to make time to come by Tinnell’s for our 80th Anniversary Celebration. There will be wine and beer tastings (including Deschutes!), samples from some of our vendors. And a gift basket giveaway! The fun is from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14.

Tinnell’s was founded by current owner Rett Ward’s grandfather, Buddy Tinnell, the store opened on Marshall Avenue in 1937. The store moved to South Roanoke in the late 1940s. After his death in 1966, his wife, Kitty, ran it until 2000 when Ward bought it from her.

Since then, Ward has brought automation to the checkout and charge accounts. He also increased the store’s wine grocery stores in Roanoke, Va.and craft beer selections. He also moved the store into selling specialty items, with a focus on local products, such as Gunther’s Gourmet, Homestead Creamery and maple syrup from Highland County. In addition, Tinnell’s is known for its iconic ham biscuits and pimento cheese, hand-cut steaks, fresh ground beef, chicken salad and local produce, as well as other prepared foods.

Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Friday, October 13
10:00 am -2:00 pm: Homestead Creamery
10:00 am -12:00 noon: Red Rooster Coffee
12:00 noon -1:45 pm: Wine tasting by Free Run Wine Merchants
2:00 – 4 pm: Wine tasting by TNT Wines
4:00 – 7:00 pm: Gearhart Chocolates
4:30-7:00 pm: Wine tasting by Solutions

Saturday, October 14
9:30 – 10:30 am: Caramels by Sam
11:00 am -12:45 pm: Wine tasting by International Cellars
12 noon -2:00 pm: Deschutes Brewery will sample Pacific IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, seasonal selections
12:00 noon -7:00 pm: Boars Head– meat and cheese tray sampling
1:30 -3:00 pm: Kneadfull Things-cheese wafers and other treats
3:00 -4:00 pm: Dickies Fudge

There also will be cake, fresh-squeezed orange juice and meatballs to sample. A gift basket of Tinnell’s specialty items will be given away.

Foggy Ridge Cider Tasting!

Foggy Ridge CiderThe past few weeks we have featured Virginia beer, and left the cider folks out, so this week we have Sue from Foggy Ridge Cider! She will join us 4pm-7pm and will be pouring samples of Serious Cider, First Fruit, and Sweet Stayman. Now’s your chance to find out why Virginia apples make the most superb hard cider!

Chaos Mountain Tasting!

Chaos Mountain BrewingWe’ve got another Virginia brewery featured this week for our Thursday tasting: Chaos Mountain Brewing!

The 3 brews offered in six-packs have been on our shelves, Cheeky Monkey, Mad Hopper, and Squatch Ale, but we’ve added their 4 Mad Chefs and Agents of Chaos. Will, their brewer, will be with us to answer any and all questions, as well as bring some not yet available in bottles to spread the word about upcoming selections and some that will be available for keg purchase right here at Tinnell’s!

Be sure to stop by between 4PM and 7PM to taste the Chaos that is Brewing…

Devil’s Backbone Tasting!

Devil's BackboneWe are lucky enough to have Brian come down from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company to tell us all about the stories behind the different brews. We will be sampling the classics we keep in store; Gold Leaf Lager, Striped Bass Pale Ale, Vienna Lager, and Eight Point IPA, so be sure to come find out what the buzz is about!

We will NOT be sampling their Pumpkin Hunter because… they sold out of 11,000 cases. We only have a few six-packs left… Oh my!

We’ll see you 4PM-7PM on Thursday, September 18th, for some local beer!

Saison du Buff From Victory Brewing Company!

New at Tinnell's: Saison du Buff!

Saison du Buff

New at Tinnell’s FIner Foods: Victory Saison du Buff!

The idea for this beer germinated way back in 2003 when three guys (Sam from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Greg from Stone Brewing Company and Bill from Victory Brewing Company) formed the BUFF alliance (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor) – a noble endeavor with the goal to highlight the passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement.

Basically, BUFF didn’t really do anything (beyond talk a lot of talk) until 2010 when the three brewers finally got together to jointly brew a beer at the Stone Brewery.  Saison du BUFF was first brewed at Stone and then replicated at each of the other two breweries – same recipe, same ingredients (excepting the house-chosen yeast), throughout 2010.  The brewers have repeated their performance for 2012!

Saison du BUFF is a 6.8% ABV Saison and, just like in 2010, As with the original recipe created in 2010, Victory’s version of the 2012 recipe features organic parsley, lemon thyme, sage and rosemary.  New for this release, all of the fresh herbs were grown at Stone Farms.  Also like the 2010 batch, the beer is being brewed three times, once at each brewery.

We cirrently have Saison du Buff in stock at Tinnell’s Finer Foods for $2.29… ABSOLUTELY the lowest price we have been able to find anywhere!

Tinnell’s Keg Program

Tinnell's Keg ProgramFor those in the know, Tinnell’s Finer Foods has always been the best place in the Roanoke Valley to pick up a keg for a party, a wedding or just for fun. The surprising thing is how often we hear people say they didn’t realize we carry kegs! For 50 years Tinnell’s has been special-ordering kegs for our customers and supplying taps, tubs and “cold-plates” as well (we also have the cheapest bagged ice in the Roanoke Valley.)

What type of kegged beer can you get at Tinnell’s? If you have seen a beer on tap at a Virginia Bar or been to an event where a keg you enjoyed was being served, odds are we can get it. From the major brands to the more obscure small-batch beers, we have lots of distributors we regularly deal with so we can pretty much get what you want.

What size keg do you need? Let’s look at your options. A full keg (also known as a “half-barrel”) is 15.5 gallons so you get the equivalent of about 165 12-ounce beers. A pony-keg or “quarter-barrel” is 7.75 gallons or about 82 beers. A “sixtel” is 5.5 gallons or 58 beers. Some European varieties come in oddball sizes but those are the exception rather than the rule.

While bottled and canned beer has, for the most part, a significant shelf-life, the same cannot be said of kegged beer. Most kegs are good for only a few weeks at best, so when you buy one from a retailer who “keeps them in stock” you run the risk that it may have sat around for longer than is ideal. All our kegs are custom ordered for our customers so we are always able to ensure the freshest beer possible. All we need is a few days’ notice to get your selection in but please keep in mind that in order to increase the likelihood of getting the beer you want, a five business day lead-time is ideal. Also please know that we receive our kegs ice-cold and keep them that way in our walk-in coolers!

Tinnell’s Beer Department

If you haven’t checked out the beer department here at Tinnell’s Finer Foods lately you might be surprised! Over the last year we have more than doubled our beer floor space and we are currently carrying over 100 different varieties of beer.

Tinnell's Beer DepartmentIf you are into “micro” or “craft” beers we are your place. At the moment we have Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Victory Hopdevil, Bluegrass Brewing Bourbon Barrel Stout, three different offerings from Founder’s Brewing Company and, from Charlottesville, the entire Starr Hill line. If you are more into Belgian-style ales we have several, including Chimay, Allagash, St. Bernardus, Corsendonk and Delirium Tremens. If, on the other hand, you prefer just a good old beer like Dad (or Mom) used to drink we have those also! Buweiser, Michelob, Coors, etcetera, we’ve got it.

With our wide-ranging selection and competitive pricing we are sure to have beers in stock that are just right for you. If you have any special requests, however, we are happy to fill those as well. Simply let us know what you would like us to order for you and we will get it in or, if you just would like to see us carry your favorite beer so you can stop by and pick up a six-pack every now and then, that works for us too.

Over time we will be publishing more beer-related blogs detailing our keg program, beer styles, beer regions, and in general going into greater detail about our beer programs. Meanwhile, if you have any specific questions about or requests for beer you would like to see us carry please stop by and see us… we are always happy to help!