A few new brews just in....
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
A few new brews just in....
Budweiser American ALE...$5.99 / 6pk
Forsyth -- Available NOW! In stock!
Rock Hill -- Just arrived! In stock!
Provisions -- in stock now.
Ballwin -- tomorrow.
"ST. LOUIS -- Beer drinkers around the world have long appreciated Budweiser’s quality and heritage. Now fans of “The Great American Lager” are invited to discover the newest member of the Budweiser family – Budweiser American Ale. On Sept. 29, it debuts in 12-ounce six-packs and 22-ounce singles at select on- and off-premise retail accounts. Robust and well-rounded, Budweiser American Ale’s rich amber color and bright, hoppy finish is the ideal counterpart to Budweiser’s signature golden, crisp flavor. However, the quality and balance remain, making Budweiser American Ale – much like its well-known sibling – the perfect balance of malt and hop refreshment … in an ale. “Budweiser American Ale has the full-bodied taste profile of the amber ale style, yet is remarkably smooth and balanced,” said Eric Beck, brewmaster for Budweiser American Ale. “It's an ale that's distinctly American in character, and the result is a beer both traditional lager and craft beer drinkers can enjoy.” Budweiser American Ale is an all-malt, top-fermented ale that is dry hopped with Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. The beer is best served in a traditional ale glass to showcase the rich, amber color and channel the sweet malt and spicy hop aromas to the nose. “Budweiser American Ale has been in development since early 2007, and we’re very pleased with this brew. In competitive blind taste tests of craft beer drinkers, Budweiser American Ale significantly outperformed other craft brands in terms of consumer preference,” said Tom Shipley, Budweiser brand director, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “We believe Budweiser American Ale will only enhance the high regard and reputation Budweiser has earned over the past 130 years of brewing heritage.” -- http://www.anheuser-busch.com/
You can check out more comments from local beer consumers on the great St. Louis beer blog stlhops --- click here
Monday, September 29, 2008
Madhava Agave Nectar Amber...$3.99 / 11oz
Madhava Agave Nectar Light...$3.99 / 11oz
(currently only at Forsyth)
"Madhava's Agave nectar is a pure and natural sweetener made from the natural juice (aguamiel) of the agave salmiana. It is harvested from live plants in the high desert region of Central Mexico, where a wealth of the plants grow wild. It is gathered by hand by Hnahnu Indian peoples native to this area, from plants on their land.
Once the aquamiel is collected, it is immediately taken to the production facility. There, an organic, vegan, grain-free enzyme is added, transforming the naturally occurring sugar molecule chains into more simple sugars, mostly fructose or "fruit sugar" and a small amount of glucose. Excess water is evaporated.
Agave Nectar is very versatile, suitable for any sweetening use. And, it has both organic and kosher certification, is gluten and allergen free, and has a low Glycemic Index of 32. This is significant because limiting glucose consumption is a vital concern for many people.
The light variety has a wonderfully mild and pleasant flavor that enhances anything it sweetens. It is ideal for coffee, tea, fruit "smoothies", and baked goods. The amber variety is best described as maple-like. Some customers also say it has a caramel or toffee-like flavor. It is less filtered than the light, and contains more of the natural minerals of the aguamiel. It adds a delicious and mysterious hint of flavor to sauces or baked goods.
This pure, unrefined sweetener is a great-tasting, economical alternative to all other sweeteners, granular or liquid, perfect for all around use. Madhava's Agave Nectar has a long, stable shelf life and will not solidify. It pours quickly even when cold, blends and dissolves readily in all foods. It has approx 1.4 times the sweetening power of white sugar. Also, Madhava's Agave Nectar's mild flavor is very consistent which makes it a very dependable ingredient in recipes. For baking, its moisture retention properties are comparable to those of honey. Bakers also may notice that agave adds a silky, smooth texture to their goods and better definition existing natural flavors.
Agave Nectar has become a tremendously popular, everyday sweetener. In the short time since it was introduced, shoppers have discovered that it makes a wonderful addition to their kitchen cupboards. Having a jar along with the honey jar allows one to choose whichever is more suitable for a particular use. The unique flavors and qualities of honey lend themselves to many items and uses, while agave nectar compliments others with even broader potential due to its mild flavor, health benefits, and ease of use." -- Madhava
Agave Nectar recipes
Featured in Time Magazine
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Laura from Boulevard holding the Saison Brett and Brian from Glazer pouring some of his great beers.
Scott from Schlafly pouring some of their specialties.
and the Budweiser American ALE tapped and ready!
Some of the croud at the Missouri Beverage Table
Delicious BBQ and Beer!
More beer and more people
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
New Belgium La Folie...$10.99 / 750ml
This batch was bottled 07/08.
The new release is here and it is limited.
In stock at both our Rock Hill and Clayton locations.
"La Folie Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being hand bottled, numbered and corked for your enjoyment. Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, came to us from Rodenbach – home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peter’s beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones. "
-- New Belgium
(we are limiting it to 2 bottles per person at this time)
Also, we just received some New Belgium glassware -- short stemmed tulip glasses.$7.99 / 4pk
($12 / 4pk at the brewery)
2005 Condada de Haza Ribero del Duero Crianza...$31.99
Condado de Haza is an amazing property owned by the great Alejandro Fernandez, the owner of Pesquera. They make some of the best wines in Ribera del Duero and all of Spain. Do not miss this wine, it has been one of my favorites for many years.
"This red packs a lot of flavor on a supple frame. Black cherry, blackberry, smoke, mineral and espresso notes show focus and depth, backed by firm but well-integrated tannins that dissolve on the finely etched, floral-scented finish."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
(All Bell's will be on sale that night)
Third Coast Beer
Special Treat -
Sunday, September 21, 2008
100 Brews & BBQ
Saturday, September 27, 2008
from 1-4pm on the patio
Open House format
(rain or shine)
100 different beers to taste
BBQ by amazing Chef Scott
Local food venders sampling their products.
Please join us to sample some of the most excting craft beers from around the world.
Hold the date -- more details to follow as they are confirmed.
Jim O'Connor from Bell's Brewery will pour
Bells - Hell Hath No Fury, Oberon, Best Brown, Amber, Pale Ale, Two Hearted, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, and Third Coast Beer
Grey Eagle will be pouring...
Michelob Dunkel Weiss, Michelob Pale Ale, Goose Island Harvest Ale, Ray Hills, Jacks Pumpkin ale, Hoegarden, Czechvar, Budweiser American Pale Ale from a 1/6 barrel
David Coble from Major Brands
---- will pour Avery The Reverend, Hog Heaven, Salvation, Red Point, The Beast, Great Divide Samurai plus more.
Scott LeCorgne from Schlafly will pour
Schlafly Biere de Garde, Oak-Aged Barley Wine, Bourbon Barrel Stout, Pumpkin, Dry Hopped APA and Oktoberfest
Brian Bauer from Glazers
--- will pour the beers of Rogue, Duvel, Ommegang, Zatec, O'Dells, Lindemans, Erdinger
Jack Kleber from Missouri Beverage
--- will pour Mikkeller Stateside, Nogne #100, Southern Tier, Left Hand, St. Bernardus, Bear Republic, Jolly Pumpkin, BrewDog, Harviestoun and many more.
Laura Dale of Boulevard Brewery will pour
Smokestack Series, Bob's 47, and the two new Smokestack -- Saison Brett and Bourbon Barrel Quad!
(line up subject to change)
Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Street Road
Creve Coeur, MO
314-989-0020 - Robin (our beer buyer)
or call Paul 314-727-8788 for more info.
Feel free to leave a comment if you are attending and the number of people. Help us plan the right amount of food!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Only about 120 bottles made it to Missouri.
Call 314-727-8788 to reserve yours. Currently only at Forsyth.
Ommegeddon Funkhouse Ale...$11.99 / 750ml
2008 has arrived
"On July 12, 2007, at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, we released Ommegeddon on the world. The world must have loved it because it’s disappearing quickly. It’s all gone from our warehouse and is all out in the distribution channels. If your bar or retail store doesn’t have it ask them to get it before it is totally consumed. We will brew it again but probably not until 2008.Ommegeddon is 8% ABV Belgian-style ale with a wild twist a dose of Brettanomyces yeast and a blast of dry hopping. It’s a strong blonde ale with a sharp citrus flavor that, like the other Ommegang ales, has a dry finish. Its dryness and funkiness begat the name of Ommegeddon for the time when the forces of light and dark battle for world dominion. It’s time for you to pick your side." -- Ommegang
"-- is the life's work of Erik Bouman, a terrific home-brewer who has managed to parlay his passion and his talent into a tiny but full-fledged brewery in a matter of a few short years. With an interest in styles of beer from all over the world, especially England, Belgium, and his native Netherlands, and brewing as he does in very small batches, Erik has put out an astounding number of different beers." -- importer
Klein Imperial Russian Stout...$10.99 / 25oz
"Appearance: Very dark reddish-black color; opaque.
Flavor: Intensely fruity and malty, backed up by balancing roastiness and prominent hop bitterness and flavor. A "burnt currant" character may be present, along with a suggestion of cocoa or strong coffee. Alcoholic strength should be evident, along with a deep, complex malt flavor. The finish can vary from relatively dry to moderately sweet, usually with some lingering roastiness and warming character.
Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied and rich, with intense flavors and perceptible alcohol presence. Carbonation is relatively low.
Overall Impression: An intensely flavorful beer. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a notable alcohol presence. Dark fruit melds with roasty, burnt, almost tar-like sensations. Comments: Brewed to high gravity and hopping level in England for export to the Baltic States and Russia." -- brewery
Klein Erik de Noorman
Barley Wine Style...$11.99 / 25oz
"Dark amber winter beer. Bottle-conditioned. Peach and orange aroma; sweetish taste with peach aroma; sourish orange finish. Very fruity strong beer." -- brewery
Thursday, September 18, 2008
De Graal Blond...$7.49 / 25oz
"De Graal Blond has a light golden color. Crisp and dry with an easy pale malt character with a leafy hop presence from start to finish. The finish is mildly bitter and ends clean. The alcohol content is 6.5 vol% " -- De Graal
De Graal Triverius...$7.49 / 25oz
De Graal Tripel...$9.19 / 25oz
"A heavey blond beer (alcohol content of 9 vol%). It is lightly sweet with a nice fruity ester and hoppy taste (finest german hops). Some spiciness kicks in with an insinuation of coriander and pepper." -- De Graal
De Graal Speciale...
"A brown beer rich in flavor with caramel, chocolate, cherry with a cinnamon/licorice spiciness. Not thick and sweet but with a nice full body and a smooth texture. The alcohol content is 8 vol%."
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
You can also still search by product in the upper left hand corner. Just type in "mikkeller" and it will show you all the posts with Mikkeller beers.
An amazing scotch producer.
In Michel Couvreur’s own words:
Basic Truths about Scotch Whisky
1. Scotch whisky, nor any whisky, has ever had its own AOC or Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée.
2. Whisky and Scotch Whisky are only produced from cereal distillation (not from beet or cane sugar).
3. Minimum of three years aging in oak casks is required of which the capacity of the cask cannot exceed 700 liters.
4. 90% of a whisky’s quality comes from the cask, only 10% of the quality comes from the distillation process.
5. The secret of Scotch whisky or the most important factor in the unique quality was aging in Port or Sherry casks that had been subjected to a 25-year "Solera process". During the "Solera process", the cask has continually been refreshed and topped off with new sherry or port.
6. During the 1970’s American bourbon casks gradually replaced port and sherry casks in the production of Scotch whisky, a great tragedy, which changed the essence of the product.
Michel Couvreur’s Solution
In 1951, Michel Couvreur established himself in Scotland selling Burgundy wines. One of his clients at the time was Navy Captain Ian Tennant of Glenlivet distillery. In 1978, French friends of Michel Couvreur suggested that he tries to obtain a top quality scotch for sale. So began Michel Couvreur’s interest and investigation into the Scotch whisky process.
Eventually, Michel Couvreur settled in Bouze-les-Beaune (close to the Burgundian town of Beaune, France), opened a customs bonded cellar and began selecting his own cask from the Andalusia region of Spain (Sherry country). Today, Michel’s scotch starts out in Scotland as bulk "clerach" (a high proof distillate) which is transferred to his cellar in Bouze-les-Beaune and aged in small sherry casks that have been impregnated with 25 years aging of Pedro Ximenez. This process creates his delicious and exotic 12-year-old Malt Whisky. Also, all required dilutions are accomplished with bottled water from Scotland. Total production of all Scotch types is about 50,000 bottles or 4,000 cases yearly.
Michel Couvreur is known as the "last of the Mohicans", a name bestowed by a Danish magazine (Folkebladet, Week-end, July 9th 1988, Herning-Denmark) for his unique and artisanal style of Scotch whisky. -- importer
Kameliet Tripel...$8.29 / 25oz bottle
(we are expecting the 4pks on Friday)
(we can also special order 30liter kegs for $220 + deposit)
TRIPEL KARMELIET was crowned
The World's Best Ale
at the WORLD BEER AWARDS (WBA ) in London.
Tripel Karmeliet was first crowned as winner in the “style”
“gold/blond strong pale ale – abbey” and then it was crowned with the gold award in the “subcategory” as “World’s best strong pale ale”. Afterwards, Tripel Karmeliet won the gold award in the “category” as “ World’s best pale ale”. And finally, Tripel Karmeliet was crowned." -- Brewery
Other Award winners...(that we have in stock)
World's Best Stout/Porter -- Rogue Shakespeare Stout
(we have on sale this week)
World's Best Wheat Beer -- Konig Ludwig Weissbier.
The rest of the awards
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
As the weather cools off...try these...
Harviestoun Ola Dubh
Dark Old Ale aged in whisky casks.
Highland Park 12yr...$6.99 / 11oz
Highland Park 16yr...$7.99 / 11oz
Highland Park 30yr...$13.99 / 11oz
Old Engine Oil matured in Highland Park Whisky barrels.
"Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rst with genuine provenance.
Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old, and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”
Retaining the appearance of used motor oil from which the beer gets its name, it is deep dark brown, dense and oily. On the nose there are notes of true oil and cocoa as well as faint smoke and heathery peat from the whisky casks. Although lighter in body that its appearance suggests, Ola Dubh is pithy, oily, salty and bitter on the palate. The finish is exceptional; burnt and bitter notes with an interplay of late hop characters, orange oil, fruity tartness and then delicate, fragrant smoke." -- importer
Thursday, September 11, 2008
K Vitners "The Creator"...$49.99
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I would love to be at the European Beer Festival -- Mikkeller is releasing their new beers!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Southern Tier Oat
Imperial Oatmeal Stout...$7.49 / btl
As reported on Beernews.org, the delicious Southern Tier Oat has arrived...
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Michel Cluizel Grand Noir ...3.5oz...$5.19
Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa
"The exceptional strength of this chocolate frees the intense aromas, lingering long on the palate, of its cocoas from South America, Africa, Java." -- Michel Cluizel
The 1er Cru Plantations
Since 1907, I've begun my search for remarkable plantations to create these chocolates, each composed of exceptional cocoa beans from a single plantation. To be enjoyed and compared like fine wines." -- Michel Cluizel
Michel Cluizel 1er Los Ancones...3.5oz...$5.79
Santo Domingo -- 67% Cocoa - Dark Chocolate
"Lenghthily worked, the beans release in this chocolate their aromas of liquorice wood, then red berries and greens olives with a lingering flavour of dried currants and apricots" -- Michel Cluizel
Michel Cluizel 1er Mangaro...3.5oz...$5.79
Madagascar -- 65% Cocoa - Dark Chocolate
"These cocoa beans have enabled me to develop a highly flavoured chocolate, blending aromas of exotic fruits, delicious flavoures of honey spice cake and acidulated hints of citrus fruits." -- Michel Cluizel
Michel Cluizel 1er Maralumi...3.5oz...$5.79
Papau, New Guinea -- 64% Cocoa - Dark Chocolate
"The cocoa beans give this mellow chocolate slightly roasted and spicy flavours, fresh notes of green bananas and acidulates flavours of red currants prolonged by charming aromas of Havana tobacco leaves." -- Michel Cluizel
Michel Cluizel 1er Maralumi...3.5oz...$5.79
Papau, New Guinea -- 47% Cocoa - Milk Chocolate
Its strongly aromatic milk chocolate, expresses in the mouth, the characteristic notes of bananas, red berries and blue berries emanate progressively in an herbaceous harmony and then in " salty caramel". -- Michel Cluizel
Michel Cluizel 1er Crus de Plantation...$11.99
A boxed assortment of 16 pieces from 5 different plantations. A great way to try an assortment of some of the best chocolates.
Michel Cluizel Le Nuancier...$35.99
An assortment of 70 pieces in an attractive gift box. Assortment of 7 different 1er Cru Plantations including both dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
Michel Cluizel Les Champignons...3pk...$7.99
Beautiful chocolates filled with rich caramel.