Friday, October 31, 2008
Voting day is coming...
Do not forget to vote and Makers Mark Bourbon is reminding you with their patriotic bottle of this good old American Whisky in the liter bottle.
Also just in stock at Forsyth...
Amazing price on a mature Cabernet
1999 Robert Mondavi Cabernet RESERVE...$44.99
"An enormously complex and sophisticated wine that combines great flavors with uncommon finesse. Dark, sleek, rich and polished, with a delicious core of concentrated cola, currant, plum and blackberry. Tremendous finish. Best from 2004 through 2014. 20,000 cases made. –JL"
--Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
Compare to the..
2004 Robert Mondavi Cabernet RESERVE...$112.99
Also very small amounts in stock at Forsyth...
2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River....$64.99
2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast...$64.99
2007 Lewis Chardonnay Russian River...$45.99
"This opulent, full-bodied Chardonnay delivers amazing richness, focus, complexity and range of flavor. Concentrated pear, fig and citrus notes have a nice smoky, toasty oak overlay. The finish is bold and complex, with touches of butterscotch. Drink now through 2011. From California.—J.L."
-- 95/100 The Wine Spectator
2006 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon...$79.99
Powerful, ripe, fleshy and full-bodied, with rich, intense smoky currant, blackberry and black cherry fruit that's still chunky and rustic, yet well-focused and structured. Needs time. Best from 2010 through 2017. 1,100 cases made. –JL
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
2006 Lewis Alec's Blend...$57.99
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Boulevard Smokestack Series
Saison-Brett...$11.99 / 750ml
"Commercial Description: Unofficially known as The "George Brett" - a reference given at the Ommegang BCTC festival in 2006. George Brett is a baseball Hall of Famer who played in Kansas City, Boulevard's hometown, and the festival is held in the same town as the MLB HOF, hence the mildly humorous play on words."
Rated 98/100 percentile on www.ratebeer.com
Rated "A-" Excellent on www.beeradvocate.com
Very limited--this is the highest rated beer from Boulevard
This is one of the best beers made in Missouri and it is a very limited production. Make sure you get some bottles in your beer cellar because this will improve in the bottle.
(only 12,000 bottles made and each one numbered)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
2008 is here...
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout...$17.99 /4pk
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout...$4.99 /12oz btl
(the price went up a little, but we decided to keep the price the same as last year)
"I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout—so big, the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation, we brought in some bourbon barrels that aged the stout. One hundred days later, Bourbon County Stout was born. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said it's a great cigar beer. But I have yet to try a cigar that can stand up." --Greg Hall, Brewmaster
Rated 100 on www.ratebeer.com
Rated "A" on www.beeradvocate.com (455 reviews)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Bell's Expedition Stout...$15.49 / 6pk
"The darkest beer we make; this Imperial stout contains double the malt and five times the hops of our Kalamazoo stout and is perfect for cellaring as its complex character will evolve over time." -- brewery
Rated 100 percentile on www.ratebeer.com
Bell's Third Coast Old Ale...$13.99 / 6pk
"A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years." -- brewery
Rated 99 percentile on http://www.ratebeer.com/
Bell's Cherry Stout...$13.99 / 6pk
"A rich and powerful beer with tart cherry appeal, make this a fine stout." -- brewery
Original Gravity: 1.082
Alc. by Vol.: 7.0%
Bell's Double Cream Stout...$10.99 / 6pk
"Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts." -- brewery
Original Gravity: 1.075
Alc. by Vol.: 6.1%
Bell's Winter White...$9.39 / 6pk
A Wheat Ale brewed with American Wheat and a proprietary blend of Hefe and classic Belgian-style yeasts. A refreshing winter alternative created from the subtle fusion of two classic flavors." -- brewery
Also just in...
Samuel Smith Winter Warmer Vintage 2008/2009
$9.39 / 4pk
$3.99 / pint
"Throughout history, beer of somewhat higher alcohol and richness has been enjoyed for the winter holidays, when old friends get together to enjoy the season. Wassail, a festival to celebrate winter and the beer that goes with it, predates the Christian era. Winter Welcome is vintage-dated with a special label each year. Serve in a traditional tankard for the holidays.
Honey-amber-colored, creamy head of small bubbles, floral aroma and delicious malt flavor with great finesse." -- importer
Friday, October 24, 2008
"Great Divide’s award-winning Hibernation Ale is Colorado’s original strong ale – it has been our winter seasonal each year since 1995. Since that time, Hibernation has become the most sought-after winter beer in Colorado. Hibernation’s massive flavors are so intense that it requires over three months of aging each year. Each summer, while our brewers are still spending their weekends in flip-flops and shorts, they prepare for July’s Hibernation brewing schedule.
We cellar Hibernation until late October, when it reaches the peak of perfection. This lengthy aging process gives Hibernation its revered malty richness, complex hop profile and hearty warming character, which is perfect right out of the bottle or cellared for longer periods of time. Hibernation is a lively treat that really beats the winter chill. This scrumptious, collectible, and imminently cellarable ale is only available for six weeks each year, from November 1 to December 15. Hibernation Ale is the perfect gift or accompaniment to your winter festivities." -- Great Divide
"Pull on your wool socks and crack open a 2 Below Ale. This tasty winter warmer started life as a small batch beer brewed for the Al Johnson Uphill Downhill – a telemark ski race in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Uphill Downhill celebrates the exploits of Al Johnson, letter carrier extraordinaire, who delivered mail by ski in the late 1800’s. Dry hopping during fermentation creates a floral nose with a hint of pepper and spicy, subtle undertones. 2 Below provides a bright, hoppy palate and a cheery warm afterglow." -- New Belgium
2006 - Best of the Rockies/Southwest - US Beer Tasting Championship - English Old Ale
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
New Belgium 2 Below Winter Seasonal has just arrived!
I have also been told some bad news from our friends at Glazer that we will not get any Sierra Nevada Chico Harvest ale in St. Louis. They are also out of the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop. We have some left at our stores. Just a few cases.
These dates are not set in stone, but here it is...
Sierra Nevada Celebration--Oct 31
Bell's Cherry Stout--Oct 28
Bell's Double Cream Stout--Oct 28
Bell's Expedition Stout--Oct 28
Bell's Winter White--Oct 28
(Unfortunately, Bell's Christmas Ale will not make it to Missouri this year, registration with the state did not make it on time.)
Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence--Nov 04
Anderson Valley Brewing--October 29
Southern Tier Choklat -- Due in NovemberSamuel Adams CHOCOLATE Bock -- due the first week in November.
(I am told only about 20 cases for St. Louis. This one will be very limited.)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Exciting High End
The Wine and Cheese Place
A very rare chance to taste some of the
2003 by Bollinger...$112.99
1999 Bollinger Grande Annee Brut...$114.99
1997 Bollinger R.D....$229.99
Bollinger Brut Rose NV...$99.99
1999 Bollinger La Cote aux Enfants Rouge...$134.99
Achel Trappist EXTRA...$15.99 / 750ml
This is one of their hardest to get....
"Huge, copper-colored, bottle-conditioned ale, still hot off the presses, Achel Trappist Extra is the latest from the tiny brewery at the St. Benedictus Abbey at Achel, in the Northeast of Belgium. At this year's World Beer Championships in Chicago, the Extra was easily the best of the many Trappist beers tasted, scoring 97 points and an "Exceptional" rating. You will find this a very satisfying beer, with just a little malt sweetness, dried fruit flavors, warm sherry notes, and a brisk balancing backdrop of fresh hop bitterness.
Achel is by far the smallest of Belgium's six Trappist monasteries, and one of only two in which the monks themselves still take a hand in the daily operation of the brewery. We think you'll agree that the care and time that a little hands-on brewery devotes to its beers makes all the difference." -- importer
One of the most sought after Mikkeler beers is in stock now!
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast...$11.99 / pint
"Ask any beer geek . . . . a hearty, complex stout is the tastiest way to begin the day. This unique mix of an oat and coffee stout creates an intense, full-bodied beer that is surprisingly balanced and full of new taste adventures with every sip." -- importer
Rated 100 percentile on ratebeer.com
Kerkom Bink Tripel...$13.99 / 750ml
Here at last is Bink Tripel.
"Look, it’s a big bottle! Not so easy to misplace. And people are saying already that Bink is the best Tripel of Belgium – earthy, deep, complex, but light in color and on the palate, as befits the style, and it packs a very healthy wallop of whole fresh hop aroma. The Kerkom brewery is a shrine to the noble hop, and the brewer, Marc Limet, is the guardian of the eternal flame at a time when most Belgian breweries have forgotten that hops ever existed. So it is no surprise that this beer is purported to be the hoppiest of Tripels. Actually, Bink Tripel isn’t quite hoppy enough for us – not yet. But since things only get hoppier and hoppier at Kerkom as time goes by, we are content to drink, and wait. As Marc says, “ it's getting better all the time . . .” -- importer
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
3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek...11.99 / 375ml
"Perhaps the best sour cherry beer in the world. Positively loaded with real cherries, which are added whole into slowly fermenting oak casks." -- importer
plus more of these...
Nogne Imperial Stout
Haandbryggeriet Dark Force Extreme Imperial Wheat
(new batch -- #116)
Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood
Saturday, October 18, 2008
2007 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette...$18.99
2006 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvee J....$42.99
2006 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Le Puits Sec...$32.99
"Nestled on a lower terrace of the Eola-Amity Hills’ eastern slope in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, our east facing 13 acre estate vineyard, Le Puits Sec, was planted in 1986. The soils are primarily basalt-derived volcanic and very well-drained, thus yielding pinot noir with great structure and at the same time aromatic and with finesse. As well, chardonnay and the Alsatian varieties thrive in this micro-climate, producing intensely varietal yet subtle wines. Evesham Wood obtained organic certification for both our estate vineyard and winery from Oregon Tilth in 2000. In addition, we are charter members of the Deep Roots Coalition, an advocacy group for wines produced exclusively from non-irrigated vines. Since 2005 Evesham Wood has been associated with the international organic/biodynamic organization, Renaissance des Appellations, whose members are required to adhere to rigid organic and quality standards." -- Mary and Russ Raney
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Southern Tier Cuvee 1 ... $11.99 / 22 oz
"ALE IMPRESSIONS: Light copper color, slight malt flavor with mild bitterness, dry finish with subtle hop aroma. FRENCH OAK IMPRESSIONS: Qualities of toasted coconut, almond biscotti and toasted almonds with a taste of honeysuckle. 11.0% abv" -- brewery
This is the first in a series
#1 aged in French Oak - in stock now
#2 aged in American Oak -- coming
#3 is a blend of both -- coming
Bateman's Combined Harvest...$4.99 / pint
"A complex brew made from wheat, rye, and oats as well as barley. The colour is deep glowing bronze/gold, with a tight, white head. Toasty and grainy aromas on the nose. The palate is smooth and full with an initial sweetness that is quickly overtaken by a gentle hop bitterness and crispy fruit acidity." - importer
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The distributor is out, so whatever is left at your favorite beer shop (hopefully TWCP) is all there is for the year. We have some at all 4 locations!
Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner...$9.49 / 4pk
Now Available at Rock Hill and Clayton
I have heard great things about this new release!
"Yes, we're a little obsessed with hops. Every autumn for over twenty years, Jim Koch has traveled to one of the oldest hop-growing regions in the world, the Hallertau region of Bavaria in Germany, to hand-select Noble Bavarian hops, including the Hallertau Mittelfrueh variety. This special variety is considered to be one of the best in the world, prized for its unique taste and aroma. Samuel Adams® Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is a celebration of these extraordinary hops. This beer is one of the hoppiest in the world, without being overly bitter. With the first sip, you will experience an explosion of some of the world's finest hops. And we mean “explosion” in a good way. Brewed as a showcase for the hops, this bold brew highlights the spicy, citrus flavors and aromas of the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops that are abundant in the recipe. The intense hops flavor is balanced with the slight sweetness from the malt. The brew remains pleasantly well-balanced from beginning to end, due to the quality of the hops, and continues to always be, well, "hoppy," providing hop lovers with an amazing beer drinking experience." -- Brewery
Very limited beer-we only have 1 case available.
(just at Forsyth)
De Dolle Oerbier RESERVA 2007...$6.99 / 11oz
"De Dolle Oerbier Reserva is a specially matured version of De Dolle Oerbier. This version of De Dolle Oerbier is matured for 18 months in Bordeaux wine casks. Oerbier means original, from the spring. This beer has been brewed in small scale (5 gallons) at home in a copper wash kettle, by two brothers who were students at the time. They took over an old brewery which was out of business and said: "If we don't remake the brewery alive, nobody will!". It was also a unique opportunity to create some interesting brews, so why not try it ?
Therefore we want and will do the main work ourselves and keep the scale of the brewery like it was. Since then, the brewery and its beers have been an inspiration source for a lot of brewers. Oerbier is brewed from no less than 6 malts. Poperinge Golding hops in flowers and a special yeast which makes it a little tart, especially with aging. At the brewery we have excellent cellars which have a constant temperature of 8°C and allow Oerbier to age at its best. After a couple of years Oerbier tastes like it should have been blended with wine … Oerbier has been refermented in the bottle and contains a layer of yeast, having vitamins B. NAT en STRAF on the glasses means WET and STRONG, a warning for the 7.5 vol. alcohol content. The little person on the glasses is the Oerbier man, a simple creature who holds a brewers fork in his right hand, symbolizing the work and science, but looking to the other side, the result of all this, the glass of (Oer)beer. The artwork on the poster is a wallpainting found in Spain, (Altamira) and is considered by art lovers as being the best prehistoric art work (30.000 years BC). On the other hand we have Oerbier started in 1980, going on with the tradition." -- importer
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Colorado Convention Center
The biggest beer festival in American brought a line of people that wrapped around the whole convention center 6-8 people wide. We arrived 45 minutes before the start and walked and walked to find the end of the line. Once the doors opened though, the line moved fast--we were inside in about 45 minutes.
Inside it was 400 breweries and 1,800 beers to taste and a ton of people. The largest lines appeared at Lost Abbey, Dogfish Head, Russian River, New Glarius, Oskar Blues, Three Floyds and Stone. Very limited beers and not available in Missouri at this time.
A picture of super brewer, Garrett Oliver, of Brooklyn Brewery pouring some of his fantastic beers and a picture of the Dogfish Head booth. I concentrated on trying the many sought after beers that we cannot get in St. Louis. Beers we eventually hope to bring in to our stores in the future. There was also a lot of people in line to try the Boulevard Smokestack Saison-Brett.
Friday we went to visit to a few breweries in the area. We had a great tour at Left Hand Brewery and saw the whole operation. They were in the process of smoking the malted barley (great aroma) for their Smoke Jumper Porter to be released this November. They only make this beer every other year and you will be able to get it this year at TWCP stores.
We also took a tour of the revolutionary brewery Oskar Blues and met the owner Dale, yes of Dale's Pale. Oskar Blues is the first craft beer to produce their beer in cans. They just installed a state of the art canning system which many other breweries are checking out. Watch for many other craft breweries following their lead and canning their beer. We just started receiving New Belgium Fattire in cans a few weeks ago. Oskar Blues is the place to work, they have a basketball court and batting cage inside the brewery for the employees. It was an amazing place. Check out the palates of empty cans waiting to be filled.
We also had a great lunch at Wynkoop Brewery and a tour with Charlie Berger who used to be at Missouri's own O'Fallon brewery and is now brewing at Wynkoop. We tasted many of their great beers including the Obamanator -- which they brewed for the Democratic Convention.
You can check out all of the winners on
At all four of our stores now!!!
Collaboration with Tom Arthur, the head brewery,
at The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing.
De Proef Signature Ale...$13.99 / 750ml
"A unique collaboration with noted San Diego brewer Tomme Arthur. A complex hybrid of aggressively hopped west coast IPA, combined with traditional Belgian brettanomyces fermentation. Strong citrus hop notes followed by hints of sourness and delicate spice and a long fimish. July 2007 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer club. 94 points - World Beer Championships." - importer
Original Gravity: 1076
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Collaboration with Allagash, we cannot get Allagash in Missouri --yet! This is an exciting brewery and brew -- don't miss it!!
De Proef Signature Ale
Les Deux Brasseurs...$15.99 / 750ml
"Commercial Description: Golden ale Fermented with Multiple strains of Brettanomyces yeast. Collaboration with Allagash"
Rated 98/100 percentile from www.ratebeer.com
"Les Deux Brasseurs 8.5% abv. Our Brewmaster, Jason Perkins had the honor of traveling to Belgium in early March to collaborate on Les Deux Brasseurs with Dirk Naudts of De Proef Brouwerij. Les Deux Brasseurs meaning The Two Brewers; represents the joining of two cultures. Les Deux Brasseurs is a Golden Ale fermented with two strains of Brettanomyces. Our Brettanomyces, discovered and isolated at our location was flown in fresh for this special occasion. With Dirk’s favorite strain of Brettanomyces, the beer was brewed using Pilsner Malt and a small amount of Torrified Wheat. The Golden Ale was then hopped with German Hallertau and fermented and aged for four months. In the course of the brew it was dry hopped with Czech Saaz. The result is a beer of remarkable character with significant fruit tones, including; pear, apple and pineapple. This beer also produces the flavors of graham cracker, barnyard character and is rounded by an herbal spicy hop finish."
-- Allagash Brewery
Batemans Brewery XXXB...$4.99 / pint
"A deep bronze colour and tight, off-white head. On the palate it is smooth and full, with a nice interplay between grassy hops and lemony crispness, with a pleasing malt backbone. the finish is long and flavourful." -- Brewery
Good Honest Ales
"In 1874, George & Suzanna Bateman decided to sell their farm and purchase a small brewery in Wainfleet in Lincolnshire. For more than 100 years and 4 generations, the Batemans continued to build their family brewery, becoming one of England's most respected producers of traditional cask ales.
As the market for cask ales had nearly disappeared by 1970, the future of the Batemans brewery was very much in doubt. However the emergence of CAMRA resurrected the cask beer movement. For Batemans, the tide shifted dramatically in 1986 when its flagship Triple XB (XXXB) Premium Ale was judged Beer of the Year, at the Great British Beer Festival. Triple XB (XXXB) would continue to add multiple awards over the next several years, and become one of England's best-loved Ales.
Still under family leadership, Stuart and Jaclyn Bateman have expanded the range of beers to include a wide variety of award-winning cask and bottled ales - now returning to the U.S. after a 10-year absence." -- importer
chocolate and vanilla notes. Our first formulation of this beer was the first
UK brewed beer to carry the Fairtrade logo, and although we have reformulated it to create an even better blend of malt and roast coffee flavours we can no longer get enough coffee in each bottle to qualify for Fairtrade status. We are still using the same Faitrade Araba Bourbon beans from Rwanda’s Abuhuzamugambi Cooperative" -- importer
Using fresh hops is a big endeavor, requiring four to five times the volume of hops compared to the usual process of using pelletized hops. This complex process brings impressive results: Fresh Hop is an American-Style Pale Ale with moderate hop bitterness marked by a unique and intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma. Fresh Hop is a superbly refreshing, medium bodied, light-copper colored pale ale.
55 International Bittering Units (IBUs)" -- brewery
Michael Ragg spent nearly ten years working with leading UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd before moving to Burgundy in spring 2003 and setting up his own wine consultancy and broking business in Aloxe-Corton. He's Mischief.
Michael Twelftree is co-founder and driving force behind top Australian winery Two Hands Wines in the Barossa Valley. He's Mayhem." -- winery
2006 Volnay Vieilles Vignes...$63.99
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Left Hand Blackjack Porter
Friday, October 3, 2008
(white or black)...$8.99
Be-Open Bottle Opener
The easiest beer opener, plus it removes the cap without damage to the cap. Great for cap collectors. The cylinder fits over the top of a capped bottle, and by pressing down the cap is removed.
Check out the demo:
Demo of the opener