Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Charleville Witch's Brew'mmm


In stock now for the season!


Charleville Witch's Brew'mmm Belgian Style Pumpkin Ale..$8.99 / 6pk
Oh farewell summer of sun and humid heat. Fall is here yet another year. No feast nor fest neither shall there be rest, until the fruits of fertility brew us thy ale. Oh brewer with the harvest at hand, brew us the ale in which we demand. The Witch's Brew'mmm is a Belgian style ale brewed with pumpkin and spices. A whimsical yeast and a handful of hops.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Founders Dissenter Imperial IPL

Another surprise case just showed up today






Founders Dissenter Imperial IPL...$10.99 / 750ml
We plan to introduce Dissenter, an Imperial India Pale Lager (IPL) brewed with a wide variety of tropical, citrus-forward hops, this August to mark the tenth installment in our Backstage Series. Like all of our Backstage Series beers, Dissenter will be sold in 750mL bottles.

Dissenter is the first lager we’ve brewed since Noble Lager, a beer that hasn’t been in our production cycle for twelve years. Dissenter is our argument in favor of the potential for complex lagers, clocking in at 8.7% ABV and 70 IBUs.

This beer is a departure from our other releases for a couple of reasons: All of the beers in our standard lineup are ales, which are fermented at warm temperatures, whereas lagers are fermented cold. Plus, Dissenter uses a different kind of yeast from other Founders beers. Test batches of the Imperial IPL were brewed using our pilot system and have been on tap in our taproom off and on throughout the past few months. The longer brewing process used for lagers gives this beer an exceptionally clean finish, allowing the clear beauty of the hops to shine.

“With Dissenter, we’re releasing yet another Backstage Series beer that doesn’t fit within standard beer style guidelines,” said Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand & Education Dave Engbers. “And that’s the point. It’s a celebration of the creativity of our brewing team, and we’re looking forward to sharing it with the growing circle of beer enthusiasts.

Dissenter will be released in limited quantities across our distribution footprint beginning on Friday, August 1, and will be available at our taproom that same week. Look for one more Backstage Series releases from us in 2014.

WOW - Wine of the Week: Les Darons

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 

Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.

Wine of the Week : 2012 Les Darons Languedoc

Come taste it all four locations on Saturday September 20 - from 11am-4pm





2012 Les Darons Languedoc Rouge...$13.99
Grenache and Carignan have long been cultivated in Southern France and represent the “forefathers” of the Languedoc Appellation’s red wines. An homage showcasing these varietals, this wine was subsequently labeled “Les Darons”, the affectionate expression for “The Parents” in the Parisian suburbs where winemaker Jeff Carrel was born.

Tasting Notes: An accessible wine with loads of character, “Les Darons” is packed with ripe, red and dark fruit aromas, with plenty of spice and a streak of underlying minerality.
Serve With: Enjoy this classic, unoaked red with a wide range of everyday meals.

Lagunitas Sucks 32oz, giant bottle!


Yes, that is one big bottle of beer!
1 quart!


Rated 99/100 RateBeer
Lagunitas Sucks......$6.49 / 32oz

"Brown Shugga' Substitute"
This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over...
So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

Monday, September 15, 2014

2012 Jayson - the long awaited 2012



Arrives this Friday
Secure your wine today





2012 Pahlmeyer “Jayson” Red Blend

Pre-Sale $43.99 Net 
(the lowest price in the country)While we have been tasting and selling loads of 2012 Pinot's from Oregon and California, we have been anxiously awaiting the release of the monumental 2012 Cabernets and Bordeaux Blends from Napa and here is one of our favorites:

The 2012 Pahlmeyer “Jayson” Red Blend
Infinitely satisfying, the 2012 Jayson Red is rich garnet in color with a sparkling ruby edge. Brilliant notes of red and blue berries leap from the glass, accompanied by a hint of warm dust. Ripe raspberry flavors swirl with Bing cherry coat the mouth, while layers of dark chocolate cherry, bittersweet cocoa nibs, earthy minerality, a touch of spicy graham flour and suggestion of sweet cedar hold the seconds captive on the lingering finish. Alcohol 15.2%." -Wine Makers Note

94 Point red blend for only $13.99




All hand harvested blend of 60% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, and 37% Cabernet Sauvignon



2012 Dona Paula Estate “Black Edition” Red Blend...$13.99

Lujan de Cuyo Argentina
This is an amazing Red Blend from the heart of Mendoza.
A beautiful red here with light chocolate, berry and nutmeg character. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. All here. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot. Drink now.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

Kavalan Whisky from Taiwan

We are proud to offer these rare whiskies from Taiwan 





Taiwan's first Single Malt Whisky
The King Car group, founded by Mr. TT Lee in 1956, has decades of experience in food and beverage, but owning a whisky distillery was always the founder’s dream. In 2002, Taiwan joined the World Trade Organization allowing the establishment of a privately owned distillery to exist in Taiwan and the King Car group to expand into whisky.
Kavalan, which means “flatland people,” is named after the Taiwanese aboriginal ethnic group that originally inhabited modern-day Yilan County where the distillery resides. Yilan was chosen by Blender Ian Chang and internationally renowned whisky expert and consultant to Kavalan, Dr. Jim Swan, for its proximity to the cold spring water of Snow Mountain and salty Pacific Ocean air. The subtropical heat and high humidity of Yilan cause an accelerated maturation ensuring a rich, complex whisky in a few short years. At Kavalan, it is referred to as “Maturity Redefined”.
Since its release in 2008, Kavalan has received dozens of international whisky awards and titles, beating out traditional Scottish, American and Japanese brands alike causing a shift in the world of whisky and a conversation surrounding age statements.



Kavalan Classic Whisky...$73.99
43% ABV
Kavalan Classic was the first whisky produced by the distillery and expresses the quality and the character of the brand. It is strongly influenced by the cool air of the north-east of the island of Taiwan and the pure water of Snow Mountain. Kavalan Classic consists of mainly refill barrels, ex-bourbon barrels, and a small percentage of sherry barrels.





Kavalan Concertmaster Whisky Port Cask Finished...$79.99
43% ABV
Kavalan Concertmaster uses Portuguese ruby, tawny and vintage port wine casks, complimenting Kavalan’s distinctive flavor profile to compose a harmonic symphony. Kavalan Concertmaster, single malt whisky is first matured in specially selected American oak casks and then finished in port barriques for one year.






Kavalan Whisky Vinho Barrique Cask....$129.99
57.1% ABV
Only 211 bottles made
Kavalan Vinho is fully matured in used American oak wine barrels that have been stripped, then toasted to convert the wine flavors into a complex fruit background, and finally re-charred in a way that brings out vanilla notes from the whisky and wood. Vinho Barrique is a single cask, single malt whisky bottled by hand at the distillery without any vatting, finish, chill filtration or reduction.






Kavalan Whisky Ex-Bourbon Cask...$129.99
Cask Strength 

57.98% ABV
182 bottles made
Kavalan ex-Bourbon is aged in ex-bourbon casks that are made of the American white oak of the Quercus alba species. The species of the oak together with the unique local weather conditions yield fragrant and delicate wood spiciness and vanilla notes. Ex-Bourbon is bottled at the distillery without any vatting, finish, chill filtration or reduction.




Kavalan Whisky Sherry Cask...$149.99
Cask Strength
57.8% ABV
498 bottles
Kavalan Sherry Cask is matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. This single cask, single malt whisky is bottled by hand at the distillery without any vatting, finish, chill filtration or reduction.



King Car Whisky Conductor Vatted Single Malt...$99.99
46% ABV
A vatted single malt of refill barrels, ex-bourbon barrels, sherry barrels, and other specially selected barrels named for the King Car conglomerate. It is similar to the Classic in terms of flavor and aroma, however it has a higher content of sherry casks.





Kavalan Whisky Fino Sherry Cask...$349.99
Cask Strength
57% ABV

473 bottles made
Spanish for "Fine", is the driest and most pale of all varieteis of traditional sherry wine.  It is best drunk comparatively young.  Traditional Fino wine is usually non-sweet and is best consumed shortly after the bottle is opened in order to avoid losing its flavour.  Kavalan's Fino, however, provides mild sweetness that excited the palate.  Solist Fino was matured in top Fino Sherry butts that were used for the wine making.

Every cask is specially selected by the master blender for its distinct character and fine distillery quality.  Each bottle is individually hand bottled and labeled for your unique sampling pleasure.
100 Points IRSC (International Review of Spirits Competition)
Platinum Medal


Ardbeg The Peat Hopper Tour + Supernova!

The Peat Hopper is coming to The Wine and Cheese Place!










The Ardbeg The Peat Hoppper Tour
is coming to 
The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105 314.727.8788

Save the date!
Friday October 3rd from 4-7pm



Open House -- bring your friends!  We will post more details later!
We will taste some Ardbeg Single Malt Scotches - TBA, 
stay tuned

We will also be releasing the Ardbeg Supernova and AurieVerdes that night.

Will post details later in the week on how the release will work.





Two Brothers Brewing! (Illinois)

Two Brothers is back in Missouri. 
In stock now 

Two Brothers Domaine du Page...$8.99 / 6 pack
IBU 24
Alc/Vol 5.9
French Country Ale Inspired by the brothers time living in France, this food-friendly ale is deep amber in color, with a toasty and sweet caramel start. It finishes with just enough hops to clean off the palate. Bon Appetit!

Two Brothers Side Kick Extra Pale Ale...$8.99 /  6 pack CANS
Buddy, pal, mate, brother (or sister) from another mother, compadre…Sidekick. All of these are ways to describe someone or something that is always at your side. Sidekick extra pale ale is one of those things. This golden colored ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion fruit hop aroma yet balanced with malty and hop character. A true companion.

Two Brothers Outlaw IPA...$8.99 / 6pack CANS
As bold as the name suggests but as friendly as the masked man, comes our first adventure into the world of cans. This IPA is full of citrus and pine hop character and aroma. The hop flavors play off the pleasant malt complexity like a good sidekick. Giddy-up.



Two Brothers Prairie Path Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
Prairie Path Ale has a complex malt character that is paired with Saaz and Golding hops that create a mildly bitter finish. The result is a crisp, drinkable, savory ale that is light in color, but not in flavor.






Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss...$8.99 /6pk
German Style Hefe Weizen
With nice malty sweetness and a soft aroma of clove, vanilla, and banana, this German style hefe weizen is unfiltered for a glowing orange haze.





Two Brothers Cane and Ebel...$10.99 / 6pk

Hopped up red rye ale
Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai Palm Sugar and the spicy tang of Rye, all balanced by loads of the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on. Yep, it’s an Orignal. And that’s no Sin.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lips of Faith Le Terroir 2014






New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir 2014...$11.99
STORY
Le Terroir is a french term meaning “of the earth." Used to reference the environmental conditions that affect the brew, we like to think about the terroir of our foeders. These wooden barrels age our sour beer in varying temperatures, humidity, and vibrations. The terroir of New Belgium, so to speak. Add in another variable by dry-hopping with peachy, mango-like Amarillo hops, and we created a beer that changes every time we brew it.

BEER FACTS
ABV: 7.5%
Hops: Target
Malts: Pale, Wheat, C-80, Carapils, Oats
Yeast: Lager Yeast
Aroma: Peachy hops, citric sour notes- juicy.
Mouthfeel: Tart and dry, hop linger.
Flavor: Sour, hoppy burp finish- lemongrass and mango sours and hops- you would think that hops and sour do not go together but the hop choice- Amarillo- tropical fruit notes and the barrels soft fruit sours seem to be the perfect marriage.
Visual: Golden color, filtered clear.

Back from Vacation!



Just got back from vacation.  Will be catching up on new items that have arrived.

Stay tuned for a lot of posts!



Had some great beer while down south!

New Laphroaig Select Single Malt Scotch


LAPHROAIG SELECT

Laphroaig Select Single Malt Scotch....$48.99
Laphroaig Select takes its name from the special selection of American and European casks, chosen for their unique character that they give during maturation. Our Inspiration for our new Global expression has been take from history – 70-80 years ago, the time of the last family member owner of the distillery, Ian Hunter. Ian was one of the biggest influences in the history of Laphroaig indeed he was one of the first distillers to travel to bourbon county in the USA to identify new sources of casks that would give him greater consistency as well as new flavours. He later married this ‘new’ style of Laphroaig with his traditionally matured (European cask) Laphroaig.

Inspired by his early work , we have used Oloroso sherry butts, straight American white oak (non-filled with bourbon), PX seasoned hogsheads, Quarter Casks and finally of course first fill Bourbon Casks. This varied cask maturation technique enabled us to create 6 new flavour combinations that were then tested with our FOL’s to choose their favourite style and indeed name. The winning flavour and name chosen by you is LAPHROAIG SELECT.

TASTING NOTES


COLOUR: A Fully Natural colour with no caramel added, it is sparkling gold with layers of colour – arising from different maturations and oils mixing together.

NOSE: Peat first, then ripe red fruits from the PX and Oloroso casks. A hint of dryness next from the American oak with a long lingering florally finish - Marzipan and even limes at the end.

PALATE: This full bodied whisky is initially sweet up front- matching the nose, then the classic dry, peaty, ashy flavours come bounding in followed by a lovely rich finish arising from the rich fruits of the European casks.

Macallan "M" Lalique Decanter

This bottle comes in a box bigger than a computer box!  



LOOKS LIKE IT IS SOLD OUT ALREADY
Very limited!
call 314.727.8788 or email paul@wineandcheeseplace.com

Macallan M Lalique...$4499.99 
Colour:  Rosewood
ABV:  44.7%
Nose:  Dried fruits ripen, then soften showing off velvet sateen. Vanilla accompanies green apple hand in hand, neither taking the lead. Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon create an ensemble in the background, with polished oak offering to overstate, yet never does, but plays with a depth of resinous, juicy oranges.
Palate:  The palate opens rich in wood spices, slowly showing all their viscosity. Wood smoke flits in and out.
Finish:  The heavier raisin and sultana flavours take over, meandering to a long full finish.


More info from Forbes

Just Released In Limited Batch: $4,500 Macallan In Handmade Crystal Decanters

A humble beginning often leads to great things, witness The Macallan distillery. Founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher, The Macallan is today poised to release a single malt scotch, M by The Macallan, for a mere $4,500 a bottle. It’s a fair guess that Mr. Reid never envisioned this for his small off-season whiskey operation. Indeed, as recently as 2010 The Macallan 64 Year-Old in Lalique Crystal set a world record at auction, selling for $460,000. Clearly the barley farmers in Scotland are on to a good thing.

The bottling artistry behind M is the result of collaboration between legendary designer, Fabien Baron, famed crystal house, Lalique. The result is 1,750 individually numbered handmade, mouth-blown crystal decanters of M to be released worldwide in 2013; only 355 of them will be available in the United States.

Fancy crystal decanters are nice, but what’s inside matters most every time. Using what they term ‘curiously small stills’ (read: smaller than average stills) Macallan takes a prime cut from each distillation—coming in at a mere 16% of the total spirit distilled. The smaller stills expose more of the spirit to copper which yields the rich, fruity flavors that define The Macallan.

The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, describes M as “one of the richest and rarest whiskies ever pulled from The Macallan’s Spanish sherry oak casks, identified with more than 25 flavors including port-like notes and elements of brown sugar and dark chocolate.”
You can go for it now, or wait for an auction but if history is any guide you’ll pay even more.

No.3 London Dry Gin

We introduced this gin to St. Louis back in 2012 ---

Back in stock now!



Berry Bros. & Rudd 
No.3 London Dry Gin...$35.99
No.3 is the London Dry Gin distilled to a proprietary recipe of Berry Bros. & Rudd, London’s oldest wine and spirit merchant. The name No.3 refers to the address in St James’s Street, London: our home since 1698. No.3 was created to be the last word in gin for a Dry Martini. With juniper at its heart, it unashamedly celebrates the integrity and character of traditional London Dry Gin: six perfectly balanced botanicals distilled in traditional copper pot stills.

Just three fruits and three spices, collectively known as botanicals, are all we deem essential to the flavour of No.3 London Dry Gin.

Juniper, from Italy, not only gives gin its name, but also the unmistakable gin taste of pine and lavender. Sweet Spanish orange peel provides freshness in the form of clean, crisp citrus. Grapefruit peel gives an extra zingy lift.

Angelica root delivers an earthy quality and helps to make the gin dry. Moroccan coriander seed releases a lemon flavour and a spicy, slightly peppery finish. And finally, cardamom pods which add a spicy, aromatic, yet warm bite.

We do not believe any further botanicals to be necessary, as they can detract from the flavours essential to a classic Dry Martini or a gin and tonic.



NO.3 GIN
Unmistakably traditional London Dry Gin.
No.3 is the London Dry Gin distilled to a proprietary recipe of Berry Bros. & Rudd, London’s oldest wine and spirit merchant. The name No.3 refers to the address in St James’s Street, London: our home since 1698. Berry Bros. & Rudd is the wine and spirit authority. This is not a hollow boast; it is a recognised fact. We have 300 years of heritage, tradition and expertise that allow us to make this claim, and a reputation as a business that is trusted to offer the finest products and the traditional standards of quality and service.

The key on our bottle was inspired by the key to the lock in the door of The Parlour at the heart of the shop at No.3 St James’s Street. The Parlour, in many ways, is the inner sanctum of No.3 St James’s Street. It is one of the oldest chambers in the shop; a room that is steeped in history and tradition. The No.3 key therefore unlocks the secrets and traditions of an extraordinary institution and symbolises our values of quality, authority and integrity.

At Berry Bros. & Rudd, our customers have enjoyed the traditional standards of quality and service since 1698. By the mid-18th century, Berrys not only supplied the fashionable coffee houses in St James’s, but also began weighing customers on their giant scales whose records, including those of Lord Byron, William Pitt and the Aga Khan, span three centuries. Berrys first supplied wine to the British Royal Family during King George III’s reign and today is the holder of two Royal Warrants for H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. To discover more about Berrys, visit www.bbr.com.

Created with the help of David Clutton -- read more about him

info from their website

Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Post-Apocalyptic Porter

This one was a big seller last year -- do not hesitate!





Tallgrass Zombie Monkie....$8.49 / 4pk 16oz cans

Style: Post-Apocalyptic Porter
ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 35
Full Brew Birthday: September 2013
A robust porter inspired by approximately true events… 
Zombie Monkie is a dark, rich porter, carefully brewed for the post-apocalyptic world to come. Crafted with lots of roasty dark chocolate and specialty malts, then inoculated with enough hops to add a floral/citrus character in the finish. It's hardy, complex, and interesting, because you might be drinking it for a long time. Zombie Monkie...
Grab A Can. Make A Plan. Take A Stand.



Green Flash Le Freak - Trippel and IPA Hybrid

 It is back after a long while....with a new package...




Green Flash Le Freak....$7.99 / 22oz

FLASH OF GENIUS05

BELGIAN-AMERICAN HYBRID
Le Freak™ is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. Spawned over barstool pontifications between Publican and Brewmaster, this zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Experience a legendary beer phenomenon.

Woodchuck Pumpkin and others...



Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider....$9.99 / 6pk
Every once in a while you know you stumble upon something glorious. That something just so happens to be our Private Reserve Pumpkin. We have combined our signature taste with a refreshing pumpkin finish. Limited to just two and half hours on the production line this is a true connoisseur's cider.


Plus plenty of other flavors of Woodchuck Cider....

Including these limited releases....
Smoked Apple...$4.49 / 22oz
Ginger...$4.49/ 22oz
Sour Cherry....$4.49 / 22oz

Shipyard Pumpkinhead in CANS


Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delight aromatics and subtle spiced flavor. Hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg aromas and flavors; a crisp, refreshing beer." -- Shipyard

Boulevard Bob's 47 Oktoberfest!


Boulevard Brewing Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest...$7.49 / 6pk

Style: Oktoberfest / Märzen
Our fall seasonal beer, Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest is a medium-bodied, dark amber brew with a malty flavor and well-balanced hop character. With this Munich-style lager we salute our friend Bob Werkowitch, Master Brewer and graduate of the U.S. Brewer’s Academy, 1947.

Bell's Best Brown


2014 version is here!


Bells Best Brown....$9.39 / 6pk
A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale has hints of caramel and cocoa. The malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.