Audubon Gi­ant de­buts Beer & Wine Eatery

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - By Gary Puleo [email protected]­tu­ry­ @ on Twit­ter

With a lineup of such cold ones as Sa­muel Adams Bos­ton Lager, Goose Is­land IPA and even Choco­late Peanut But­ter Porter by DuClaw Brew­ing Co., the 86th Gi­ant Food Stores Beer & Wine Eatery made its de­but in Audubon shortly be­fore Christ­mas.

“A big thanks to all of our as­so­ciates who have brought our new Beer & Wine Eatery to life just in time for the hol­i­day sea­son,” said An­dre Rollins, man­ager of the store at Audubon Square Shop­ping Cen­ter, 2670 Egypt Road.

“No mat­ter the fes­tive oc­ca­sion, our as­so­ciates are ready to as­sist cus­tomers in mak­ing their se­lec­tions from more than 300 va­ri­eties of both lo­cal and na­tional brand beer and wine.”

Gi­ant cus­tomers will find hun­dreds of do­mes­tic, im­ported and craft beers, along with “an im­mense wine se­lec­tion” in the new eatery, which is tucked be­tween the pro­duce sec­tion and the bak­ery. The store is cur­rently of­fer­ing a “mix-asix” op­tion, where cus­tomers can cre­ate their own six­packs from a va­ri­ety of craft beers.

With seat­ing for 30 – 26 chairs lined up at a long com­mu­nal ta­ble, plus a pri­vate ta­ble for four – cus­tomers may en­joy their bev­er­age along with a ro­tat­ing se­lec­tion of eat-in or take-out sand­wiches, hoa­gies, wraps and sal­ads.

The eatery that one cus­tomer re­ferred to as “the beer gar­den” while bran­dish­ing a six pack of Fly­ing Fish IPA and an Ital­ian hoagie is open Mon­day through Satur­day, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A press re­lease noted that the Carlisle-based chain with nearly 30,000 em­ploy­ees en­forces a 100% proofof-age pol­icy for both beer and wine sales at its stores.

“To pro­tect the com­mu­nity, as­so­ciates will ask for proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion – a valid driver’s li­cense, pass­port or mil­i­tary iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card – from any cus­tomer seek­ing to pur­chase al­co­hol, re­gard­less of age,” the re­lease said. In the area, Gi­ant fol­lows the lead of such gro­cery icons as Weg­mans and Weis in cre­at­ing a café-like set­ting for beer and wine en­thu­si­asts.

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