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Quirky, Casual, Elegant: Resolute 

Wednesday, Jun 10 2015
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For some, a glass of wine is just a glass of wine. Sadly, there are people who treat beer the same way. It's a beverage; it has alcohol. What else do you need?

But for others, wines and beers are forms of exploration, pathways to new sensations and experiences. For these people, for these worthy people, there is Resolute. 

I stopped by the new bar/wine shop (whose name evokes an ill-fated British naval vessel) on a Tuesday evening, and found about half a dozen people seated near the bar's enormous windows. Two others lingered over wine at the bar, while the owners, Daniel Brooker and Justin Beem, stood behind the counter, chatting and serving drinks.

Resolute, which opened in early May, is elegant but casual. It's open, comfortable, and warmly lit. Enormous windows open the place up, allowing you to take in the street scene while sitting comfortably in a quiet environment, perfect for conversation. Most important, Resolute has an eclectic and thoughtful wine selection, available by the glass or the bottle — and also to take away.

Beem and Brooker largely focus their selections on wines from small-scale vintners who produce less than 10,000 cases, and shuffle new wines in on a constant basis. Consequently, said Brooker, Resolute's wine menu changes almost daily, which means he spends a fair amount of time updating and printing them out. 

The results, however, are on display in an attractive, back-lit bay of shelves, exhibiting wines from around the world, from the quirky Love & Squalor Pinot Noir from Oregon, to the comparatively staid Clos des Menuts Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Prices for various bottles, at least as of last Tuesday's menu, ranged from $19 to $78. 

Not a wine drinker? The two men, friends for the past five years, give beer the same treatment, and their selection of eight draft beers varies just as much. The beer they serve is fresh, very fresh, very local — and kegged and shipped to their bar on the same day. And, as with their wines, they search out interesting, small producers. If they still have Altamont's New Kids on the Hops on tap, hoppy but crisp and refreshing, try it.

Resolute offers a simple menu of charcuterie and cheese to accompany its selections. In addition to its regular "Happiness Hour" it also has industry nights, Sunday through Tuesday, for folks in the food service industry. There are discounts, and you don't even have to show a business card!

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