Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Some new beer!

Bells Hell Hath No Fury...IT IS Gone! Sorry! Only 15 cases for St. Louis.

A few new brews just in....
Bell's Best Brown Ale...$9.39 / 6pk
"Rich brown ale perfect for the fall and winter. Plenty of malt character and smooth sweet finish give this brown ale its distinct character." -- brewery

Goose Island Harvest Ale...$7.19 / 6pk
"As Summertime fades, the sun shines less bright, and evening comes a little sooner. Harvest time arrives - it's a time to reap the benefits of a great summer, when all your work pays off. Fresh-picked Cascade hops from Washington and the richest Midwestern malts make Goose Island Harvest Ale an Extra Special Beer worthy of your devotion." -- Brewery
New Belgium Fat Tire in CANS...$14.99 / 12 pk
One of the most popular craft beers in the convenient cans. It is more environmently friendly than glass and great for picnics, camping and other outdoor activities. They have done extensive testing and claim there is no difference in taste between the bottle and the can.


Just arrived!
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 L

ager” 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.” --

You can check out more comments from local beer consumers on the great St. Louis beer blog stlhops --- click here

Monday, September 29, 2008

New natural sweetener

We have had a lot of requests for---
Agave Nectar
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

Provisions Brews and BBQ pictures!

We would like to thank everybody for attending our 100 Brews and BBQ. It was a great success and everybody seemed to have a great time, I know I did. People loved tasting the new Budweiser American Ale (which we should get in package on Tuesday). Laura Dale from Boulevard informed us of some bad news though, the Smokestack Bourbon Barrel Quad will not be released to St. Louis until January 2009 (if you attended, at least you got a chance to taste it). Demand was just too high in Kansas City. The Saison-Brett will still be released in St. Louis in about two weeks.

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 Beligium La Folie is here!

UPDATE: Sold out at Forsyth, but Rock Hill still has some in stock!
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)

New Belgium Glassware

Also, we just received some New Belgium glassware -- short stemmed tulip glasses.

$7.99 / 4pk
($12 / 4pk at the brewery)

Great wine from Spain!

This is a great bottle of wine, we only have 10 cases. It is drinking very well now or will cellar for 7-10 years.

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

Bell's Beer Tasting!

We have a special tasting on our normal Friday night beer sampling..

Friday September 26th, 4-6:30pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

Bell’s Brewery
Beer Tasting
(All Bell's will be on sale that night)

Jim O'Connor will be on hand to sample
Pale Ale
Two Hearted
Kalamazoo Stout
Third Coast Beer

If they arrive, we will also taste:
Hell Hath No Fury (very limited) - due in this week
Best Brown - due in this week

Special Treat -
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout
(not for sale, only available at the brewery, I will bring from my personal stash)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Giant Beer Tasting!

This Saturday is the amazing BEER TASTING!!
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

Ommegeddon Funkhouse it is here!!!

Just Arrived!

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

Drie Fonteinen Brewery -- Belgium

Drie Fonteinen Brewery -- Belgium
"Drie Fonteinen is the only remaining traditional geuze blender in Belgium, using only 100% spontaneously fermented lambik beer, aged in oak casks, with no artificial sweeteners or other additives." -- importer

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze...$9.19 / 11oz
Drie Fonteinen is the only remaining traditional geuze blender in Belgium, using only 100% spontaneously fermented lambic beer, aged in oak casks, with no artificial sweeteners or other additives. The blendery is connected to the very popular Drie Fonteinen Restaurant in Beersel, on the outskirts of Brussels. The proprietor, Armand Debelder, buys pure lambic from three breweries in Belgium, ages them in oak, and blends them, employing the skill, knowledge, and supreme passion for real geuze that his father handed down to him.

Drie Fonteinen Doesjel Old Lambic...$9.19 / 12.7oz
"Blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old lambic. Fermented and lagered in oak vessels. In this bottle the young yeast is brought to sleep ('ingedoesjeld') so the original lambic flavors are preserved. This beer has no head, just like lambic. The lambic is brewed with 60% barley, 40% wheat, last years hop."

Rated 95 percentile by
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek....$11.99 / 12.7oz

Klein Duimpje

Klein Duimpje -- "Tom Thumb" in Dutch
"-- 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

Rogue Double Dead Guy!

In stock now!
Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale...$10.99 / 25oz
Apparently it is an amped up version of their German Maibock style Dead Guy Ale.
"Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale will be released later in the summer, and most likely, it will be August. It is a big version of the most-reviewed maibock in existence, Rogue Dead Guy Ale. The beer will don a red label and will be released under the XS line. Cline expects that the beer will see limited distribution across the country." ---

Thursday, September 18, 2008

De Graal -- Belgium

De Graal Gember...$8.39 / 25oz
"De Graal Gember is a blond beer spiced with ginger. It has notes of honey, pepper, lime and of course ginger. The ginger is not over done and finishes nice and dry. The alcohol content is 8 vol%" -- De Graal

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 Triverius is a wheat beer and based on its higher alcohol and full taste it can be categorized under the Double Whites. The aroma is spicy, citrusy, and floral, malty/wheaty in the middle with a yeasty hop bitter finish. The alcohol content is 6.8 vol%" -- De Graal

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

Updated blog

I had a number of people that thought the colors made the blog hard to read. I have adjusted them and I think it reads much better now. I also have cleaned up the "labels" so that they are easier to navigate with just a few limited tags.

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.

Some exceptional scotch...

Michel Couvreur
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

This whiskys----

Michel Couvreur Scotch Whisky (12 year-old)...$59.99
"A blend of 54 different malts. Golden amber color. A nose of dried flowers and fat almonds. Smoky aromas. A smooth and firm palate with a spicy and long finish." -- importer

Michel Couvreur "Clearach"...$36.99
"Clearach is the term that Michel Couvreur gives to his malt spirit that cannot legally be called whisky until it is 3 years old. "This is a Single Malt distilled in Scotland, matured in Sherry casks. 43% alcohol. This is a young spirit with fresh grass fragrances, almond, dry fruits and elegant tea leaves flavor, spicy notes. Serve chilled." -- importer

Michel Couvreur Pale Single Single...$89.99
Aged for over 12 years in wood barrels (1 year old). Color: Deep gold. Aroma: Floral (lavender, heather), honey, malty, delicately fruity (peaches, apricots, pears, citrus), with background spice (especially mint) Palate: Quite similar to its aroma. It starts slightly sweet, finishing pleasantly dry and subtly spicy. General Comments: Nice balance and quite mature for a twelve year old, with a nice array of flavors too.- Maltadvocate (4th Quarter 2003 Issue—Vol. 12#4)

Michel Couvreur Special Vatting...$99.99
60% -- 14 year od Scotch in oak
30% -- 12 year old Scotch in oak
10% -- 10 year old Scotch in oak
"This vatted malt combines three "single-single malts" (single casks) aged 12, 14 and 22 years old. As with the entire Couvreur range, it is distinctive and impressive." -- importer

Michel Couvreur 24yr Very Sherried...$399.99
We have only 1 bottle, bottle #428
"A single malt aged over 24 years in finest sherry casks.Sensual fragrances of tropical flower, fat almond, vanilla and sherry. Powerful in the mouth, silky texture, rich and an infinite length." -- importer

Michel Couvreur PX 18 year-old...$41.99
"The cask was matured for 18 years. After making this wine, the same cask was used to mature a newly distilled whisky. Fig, date, nut on the nose.Sweet, with a soft texture and huge concentration. Exquisite PX!" -- importer

World's Best Ale!

Kameliet Tripel...$8.29 / 25oz bottle
(we are expecting the 4pks on Friday)
(we can also special order 30liter kegs for $220 + deposit)

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

New Boulevard Smokestack Series beers...

Boulevard Brewery, Kansas City, MO
Smokestack Series
Last year we were proud to introduce the first release of the Boulevard Smokestack Series at our TWCP Beerfest 2007. This year we will introduce along with Budweiser's American Ale, the two new Boulevard Smokestack beers at our Provisions BBQ and Brews festival on September 27th. click here for more info.

Nickname: "George Brett" after the famous Kansas City Royal baseball player.

Rated 98 percentile on

Bourbon Barrel Quadrupel

Nickname: BBQ (acronym of the name)

"Saison-Brett will be released to the tune of less than 12,000 bottles and BBQ even more limited at approximately 7000. Each bottle will be individually numbered. The beers will be released into the same distribution channel as the other Smokestack beers. " -- BeerNews (they will not be available for sale until October, but you get a chance to taste them before everybody else)

Here are the previous releases in stock from the Boulevard Smokestack series..

The Sixth Glass Quadrupel...$8.49 / 25oz
"Do you know what dwells in a glass?" asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen's The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass..." -- Boulevard
Rated 94 percentile on

Long Strange Tripel..$8.49 -- 25oz
Belgian Tripel Style Ale
"The Tripel style originated in the Trappist brewery of Westmalle Abbey in pre-war Antwerp province. Its numeric moniker results from the old Belgian practice of naming beers based on the amount of malt used in the brew. A "Simple" was the lightest-bodied brew. Doubling the malt bill resulted in a "Dubbel", while a "Tripel" contained three times the amount of malt (and, as a result, three times the amount of alcohol.) True to style, our Long Strange Tripel is a golden ale with estery aromas, a dense, creamy head and a sweet finish." -- Boulevard
Rated 90 percentile on

Double Wide I.PA....$8.49 -- 25oz
Double India Pale Ale
"Double-Wide I.P.A. uses Zeus and Magnum hops for both bittering and aroma with Ahtanum hops added for aroma. There are two additional dry hopping regimen, employing Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook hops. The resulting beer is hop forward aroma, redolent of peach and apricot. The assertive flavor bursts with the citrus qualities of blood orange and lemon with a slight caramel malt backbone to balance the intense hop flavor. There is little restraint in the flavor of this beer; it is certainly not for the pedestrian palate." -- Boulevard
Rated 96 percentile on

Saison....$8.49 -- 25oz
Bottle Conditioned French style ale.
"Saison is the French word for "season," in this case referring to beer brewed during the cool winter months for consumption during the warm working season, when a scarcity of potable water demanded that a thirst-quenching beer be readily available to satisfy farmers and field hands" -- Boulevard
Rated 94 percentile on

Monday, September 15, 2008

Engine Oil beer....

Available online - click here

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

The Creator

We are now sold out at our Forsyth location. Call Rock Hill at 314-962-8150 for availability at that store.

K Vitners "The Creator"...$49.99
"The 2005 The Creator En Cerise is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah. The wine is super-expressive aromatically with notes of pain grille, pencil lead, blueberry, spice box, and black currant jam. Sweet and layered with all components in harmony, this opulent effort easily conceals enough tannin to support 6-8 years of cellaring. It should be at its best from 2015 to 2030.K Vintners is where the larger-than-life Charles Smith presides. He is an innovator, marketing genius, outspoken, you name it – but above all the man is a brilliant winemaker who knows where all the great fruit is hidden. In a region where blending is the rule of thumb, he is the ultimate terroirist. Each wine reflects the vineyard from which it was produced but there is also a house style which lets you know immediately who made the wine. While it’s way too soon to put K Vintners on the same level as a Domaine Leroy or Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, the experience you get tasting in the cellar is much the same as in those legendary wineries, brilliantly made wines reflecting the terroir but also a winemaking signature that makes it totally clear which winery made the wine."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Mikkeller makes some of our favorite beers and some of the best in the world. If you have not experienced them, we have many in stock now at all four locations.

"The story of Mikkeller is the story of two homebrewers that in a few years went from hobby brewing in the kitchen to national and international recognition...Already in Mikkellers first year as a brewery (2006), the two creators, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller, were named Danish brewery of the year and the fifth best brewery in the world by" -- Mikkeller

The Beers of Mikkeller -- some of the best in stock now!!
All Others Pale
"All Others Pale - as in "all others pale in comparison" is, as the name indicates: a pale ale with a little more of everything. There has been a lack of easy-to-drink beers in Mikkellers selection, and finally it is here. With its low alcohol content, its light elegant body, and its balanced hops, All Others Pale is the perfect summer beer." -- Mikkeller

Mikkeller Black Stout
"Mikkeller Black Stout is Mikkellers strongest and wildest beer to date. Mikkeller Black Stout has the Chinese character for black on the label. Black is an imperial stout at no less than 17.5% alcohol, making it Denmark's strongest beer ever." -- Mikkeller

It's Alive!
"It's Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It's Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The colour is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyce culture makes It's Alive continue to develop in the bottle." -- Mikkeller

Draft Bear
"A Danish pilsner is typically characterized by an alcohol content of 4,6% vol., piss-yellow colour and a sexless, slightly bitter taste. But it doesn’t have to be like this…! Draft Bear is Mikkellers interpretation of a ’pilsner’, heavyweight-style. With its powerful hop notes, high alcohol content and lovely golden appearance, the only reference to the pilsner style is the clean taste of the lager yeast." -- Mikkeller

Stateside IPA
"A love of American microbrews is the inspiration behind this IPA, brewed with generous amounts of aromatic, American hops, which provide the significant freshness and bitterness with lots of citrus notes. The taste sensations are nicely balanced by the sweetness from the caramel malt." -- Mikkeller

Black Hole
"Finally……! Black Hole is what Mikkeller is all about. Daring, vulgar and extreme. From the very beginning Mikkellers goal has been to push the limit and with this warming, intense imperial stout, a new chapter in the Danish beer history has been written. The high bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the malt and alcohol, creates a good balance which makes Black Hole an explosion of nuances, but also leaves a feeling of a perfect and complex beer – in the heavyweight category" -- Mikkeller

I would love to be at the European Beer Festival -- Mikkeller is releasing their new beers!
"On saturday September 13th during the weekend of the European Beer Festival 2008, we will open the doors of Ølbutikken for a special Mikkeller release event! A six pack of 6 new beers - 3 from Mikkeller and 3 collaboration beers with Mikkeller - will be sold and a very special treat will be available on draught! The Mikkeller beers are all new beers and will only be released at this special event!" -- Mikkeller
Oh well, hopefully we get some of the new beers here in St. Louis!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Southern Tier Oat

Very limited amount of this beer made it to St. Louis.
Southern Tier Oat
Imperial Oatmeal Stout...$7.49 / btl
As reported on, the delicious Southern Tier Oat has arrived...

"Southern Tier Oat just made its way into stores over the weekend, including parts of the Midwest already. Last year marked the first wide release of the imperial oatmeal stout and it immediately became one of the brewery’s most highly regarded beers." --
"“brewed for the harvest”This beer begins in spring when oat seeds are sown as soon as the soil can be worked. Meanwhile, select types of barley are planted with hopes that Mother Nature will be kind. Our brewers wait patiently until the legumes are mature and ready for the scythe. Upon delivery to the brewery, these ingredients are mixed together in the mash tun where they steep, creating a rich molasses-like liquid. Spicy hops are boiled with the thick brew, giving balance and complexity. Brewers yeast feasts upon the rich sugars, concluding its transformation into oatmeal stout. Pour Oat into a snifter, allow its thick tan head to slowly rise, releasing unbridled aromas. The color of Oat is as dark as a moonless night. The first sip reveals Oat’s thick and nourishing taste. Like a haversack to a horse, a bottle of this stout is a meal in itself. Enjoy responsibly." --

Exciting new wine release...

2006 Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Cahill...$39.99
"Light in color, but rich in flavors is the earthy, raspberry and cherry-scented (with a touch of spring flowers) 2006 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane. This has excellent ripeness, is plush and round, and should drink well for the next 5-7 years. A terrific source of sensational Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays made very much in the style of the wines proprietor Stephen Hansel loves the most, white and red Burgundies, this 80-acre estate continues to build on a brilliant track record of high quality wines offered to consumers at sensationally fair prices."
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Walter Hansel Chardonnay Cahill...$39.99
"The light gold-colored 2006 Chardonnay Cahill Lane exhibits a steely, stony nose intermixed with peach, pear, and brioche notes. It is medium to full-bodied, has terrific up-front fruit, decent acidity, and a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. This is the most concentrated of the first three Chardonnays, but seems to be on a faster evolutionary track than any of the 2005s. A terrific source of sensational Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays made very much in the style of the wines proprietor Stephen Hansel loves the most, white and red Burgundies, this 80-acre estate continues to build on a brilliant track record of high quality wines offered to consumers at sensationally fair prices."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Monday, September 8, 2008

BearBoat Pinot Noir

Also just in...
An amazing deal on Pinot Noir!

2005 BearBoat Pinot Noir...$13.99
($21.99 at Blanchard Wine and Spirits)
Russian River Valley

Bearboat is owned and produced by the great Sonoma Valley sparkling wine house -- Piper-Sonoma. Piper-Sonoma obviously has great connections and sources for perfect Pinot Noir grapes. The wine is made by French winemaker Raphael Brisbois who was the head winemaker at Piper-Heidsieck. Being a French winemaker, he is not following the trend in California to blend in Syrah and make a very fruity and non-Pinot Noir like wine. 2005 Bearboat Pinot Noir tastes like Pinot Noir and has a much more Burgundian character. It has a gorgeous Pinot nose and finishes very long. Perfect food wine.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Featured Chocolate -- Michel Cluizel

"Michel Cluizel Chocolate Factory is one of the world's few cocoa bean transformers. Since 1997 it has adopted a specific approach, developing durable relations with renowned planters in a spirit of sustainable fair trade." -- Michel Cluizel

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

Michel Cluizel Noir...3.5oz...$5.19
Dark Chocolate 72% Cocoa
"A strong aroma of noble, and refined flavours, lingering long in the mouth, is expressed by this strong chocolate composed of cocoas from South America, Africa and Java" -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel Grand Lait...$5.19
Milk Chocolate 45% Cocoa
With an exceptional cocoa content, this ample and generous milk chocolate reveals its refined and very morish nature on the palate, expressing charming notes of carameland hazelnuts" -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel Noir au Grue de Cacao...3.5oz...$5.19
Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Bean Pieces
"This "grue" is made from small fragments of cocoa beans specifically producted by the Island of Santo Domingo. After fermentation and drying, the beans are roasted, their shells removed, then ground and blended with the chocolate for a fine chocolate-cocoa harmony." -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel Grand Lait aux Noisettes...3.5oz...$5.79
Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts
"The hazelnuts are slowly roasted and delicately ground, allowing their unique and subtle aroma to infuse the chunky, crunchy chocolate." -- 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.