Friday, February 27, 2009

92 point wine..

Just rated in the new Wine Advocate

2007 Thorn Clarke Shotfire Shiraz...$19.99
One of our favorite wines in the store

"The 2007 Shotfire Shiraz was aged for 12-18 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak, 40% new. A saturated purple/black in color, this glass-coating effort has a nose of wood smoke, bacon, mineral, and blueberry that leaps from the glass. Rich and intense on the palate, it has layers of flavor, excellent balance, and a pure finish. It way over-delivers for its humble price. Drink it over the next six years."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate



Some wines are just a flash in the pan, but our favorite Shotfire Shiraz is here to stay and one of the most consistent wines in the world!

This wine has an amazing track record:
2002 Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
2003 Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
2004 Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
2005 Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
2006 Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator
2007 Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Moylans coming to STL


We have been trying to get them to come to St. Louis and now it looks official, MoBev just announced it in their newsletter. Looks like emailing breweries does help!
Moylans from Marin County is due here at he beginning of April!
This is exciting news for hop lovers.

Their beers include:
Moylans Hopsickle Imperial IPA
Moylans IPA
Moylans Double IPA
Moylans Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale
Moylans Tipperary Pale Ale
Moylans Celts Golden Ale
Moylans Irish Style Red Ale
Moylans Old Blarney Barley Wine Style
Moylans Imperial Stout
Moylans Wheat Berry

I will post more as we get closer.

These get great reviews by the beer magazines and beer lovers.
read more on their website

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cleveland, Wisconsin

Saxon Cheeses
Saxon Creamery from Cleveland, Wisconsin.
We are very excited about these cheeses because they are delicious and the dairy has told us that we are the first to bring them into St. Louis. We are very proud to intoduce these cheeses to STL.


Big Eds
Young, mild, but full of flavor, with a buttery body. Enthusiastic, like Ed Klessig, whom it was named after, it hugs you back, never offends, and is great both for first time tasters and afficionados.
A “clean rind” cheese made from raw cow’s milk formed into cooked, pressed curds and ripened 120 days, with a shelf life of six months — clean rind cheeses are meticulously wiped to keep them clean, cultivating a nearly perfect rind.


Green Fields
Sweet nutty tones vary with the seasons. A semi-soft washed rind from raw cow's milk, carefully tended for 70 days then wrapped in a special breathable package for its journey from our creamery to you.
Made from whole raw cow’s milk, and unpressed cooked curds, with a washed rind ripened a minimum of 60 days — at its peak at four months with a shelf life of six months.
Great for melting, blending in salad dressings, or at snack and meal-time on the family table. Flavors will vary subtly with the seasons.



La Clare Farm Evalon
Saxon Creamery partners with LaClare Farm and their luscious milk, turning it into a supple, smooth, sweet, unique, delicious raw goat milk cheese, aged over 70 days.
The Hedrich′s dream of raising a family for generations on the farm, producing the freshest cleanest most delicious goat milk from healthy does fed on whole grains is tenderly transformed into a delicious raw milk semi-soft wheel.A divine cooking cheese to melt on any food, with a fresh herb like sage, or to grate shred or slice.


Pastures
A meaty cheese, young, but dense, mellow but full of flavor, creamy, with a sweet taste that lingers. Bandaged wrapped raw milk cheese aged 120 days.Great for slicing, grating, cubing or melting or more simply, on the table as a family friend.

read more and see some recipes

Quick notes

A new batch of Bell's Two Hearted Ale IPA just arrived to our store.
Bottled February 12th, 2009.

Get it while its fresh and still on sale through Saturday!!



St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur has arrived at all of our stores.
"Superb clarity. A totally seductive bouquet of the first rank. The palate entry is soft, yet firm; flowery, yet neither oily nor cloying; by the midpalate point, the flavor profile offers an ideal taste experience that’s integrated, harmonious, and exquisitely balanced between alcohol level, sweetness, acidity, and floral impact. A perfect liqueur."
(Spirit & Wine Journalist, Spirit Journal)"5 stars/Highest Recommendation

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Couple of quick notes...

We have a Scotch Class scheduled with Ed Kohl, of Signatory. March 19th at 6pm. $15/person. Hopefully will have more details the first week of March.


Beer Closeout!
The distributor is discontinuing Barons from Australia...
We have 40 cases coming on Tuesday 2/24/09.
It went "out of date" on Aug 2008. We tasted it though, and it still tastes fine. It has lost the hop flavor and is just malty. Hard to pass up for $2.99 / 6pk
Barons ESB....$2.99 / 6pk
"A real bitter, for those that warrant the finest." This inaugural Barons Extra Special Bitter (ESB) is an English style 'special' bitter produced by Australians for Australians. At 4.7% ABV, Barons ESB pours with a brilliant golden colour, topped with a rich cream head. The aroma offers an inviting mix of caramel and malt, combined with hop driven fruit resulting in a 'crisp' and full nose made to drive the senses in the heat of an Aussie summer. Barons ESB offers a rewarding balance of caramel malt sweetness supported by medium - high bitterness. The chosen noble hops deliver subtle fruit and spice character, accenting the enjoyable bitterness. With medium body and carbonation, Barons ESB is the real beer experience." -- brewery

Coming back to STL

I am very excited on about this one. This is one of the first beers that got me interested in beer almost 20 years ago. I was very intrigued by it when I first started working here.
ETA looks to be around spring time.
(It has been years since they have been distributed here)
Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale
A Classic Belgian Abbey Dubbel
Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale
A Classic Belgian Abbey Tripel
"Corsendonk Abbey in Oud-Turnhout, Belgium was founded through the munificence of Maria van Gelre, youngest daughter of Jan III, Duke of Brabant. You may recall that Jan I (Jan Primus) is today better known as Gambrinus. The monks of Corsendonk started a brewery in 1400, which flourished until 1784 when the abbey was closed by Austrian ruler Jozef II." -- importer



Thomas Hardy’s Ale
The Legendary Vintage Ale of Dorset
"Scarce, subtle and complex, Thomas Hardy’s Ale is the beer enthusiast’s equivalent of rare cognac. Bottle-conditioned to mature in the bottle like fine wine, this old ale/barley wine will improve with age for at least 26 years (and we’re still counting!). Not for the faint of palate, especially when young and brash, maturity brings an elegance of flavors unmatched by any other beer—if you have the patience to cellar it for at least a decade." -- importer
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There are some other beers associated with this importer that we might see also...
Royal Oak, Old Izaak, O'Hanlens, Old Jock, Merlin's Ale, Black Douglas, Kinmount Willie Scottish Oatmeal Stout...not sure what all we will see.
Read about the beers on the importers website.
Leave me a comment about which others you would like to see and we can see if we can get the importer to bring them to St. Louis.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bell's Hopslam update...

Christmas in February!!!
Bell's Hopslam
10 more cases just
arrived at Forsyth

Bell's Hoplsam .... $15.99 / 6pk
New batch dated January 26, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Random beer news...

Some beer news....

First, make sure you go to http://www.stlhops.com/ and vote for the next brewery you would like to see in St. Louis.....click here



Schlafly Tripel is already sold out. I have about 6 bottles left right now. I am told by Drew that more is do out late March or early April along with a new Quad!!! Buy up the Tripel at our stores before it is gone if you do not want to wait.

Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager is due anyday now

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Our distributor is competely sold out with a new load coming February 20th. We still have it on sale next week and it is sure to be a very FRESH batch.



Odells Red Ale is due March 6th
"Is it just us, or are there, like, a bunch of freakin’ amazing red ales out there lately? Odell’s seriously solid version, available in six-packs through May, is the result of the blood, sweat, and tears (hopefully those didn’t end up in the bottle) of the entire Odell team. You see, when the brewery set out to make a red ale, they didn’t make just one: The brewers crafted several versions on a five-barrel Pilot system, then the entire staff painstakingly selected a favorite. We’re not sure how tough the choice was, but for us, the winning American-style red, is a no-brainer next time we’re bottle shopping.
A bountiful khaki head seems to want to keep its deep aroma all to itself, so breathe deeply: That beautifully sticky, hoppy scent seems to reveal a bit of blood orange. Thankfully, the taste is all the aroma makes you hope for — decidedly bitter, but well-balanced by a bit of sweetness (but make no mistake: this beer’s full of robust hops). The mouthfeel is dreamy; a medium-full body with super-creamy carbonation expertly carries the flavor. So, we’re making the choice for you: Add this copper creation to the top of your must-drink list." -- Draft Magazine


Extremely limited!

2005 Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon
"Ark Vineyard"...$239.99
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard (the debut vintage of this cuvee) reveals an inky/blue/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of loamy soil, licorice, graphite, espresso, sweet blackberries, and forest floor. It is a gorgeously proportioned, full-bodied effort with plenty of minerality as well as definition. Already accessible, this big wine should evolve for two decades."
Rated 98/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate



2005 Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon
"Kayli Morgan Vineyard"....$239.99
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Vineyard (approximately 1,000 cases produced) is exquisite, performing even better this year than it did last. A beautiful bouquet of licorice, smoke, burning embers, creme de cassis, sweet black cherries, and spice box soars from the glass of this 2005. Unctuous, flamboyant, and incredibly pure, it is a superb Cabernet Sauvignon that is already strutting its remarkable potential. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years."
Rated 98/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Bright, deep ruby-red. Knockout aromas of sappy red fruits and menthol; reminded me of a Pomerol. Lush, deep and energetic, with terrific floral lift and detail to the superconcentrated raspberry, spice and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes lush and broad, with palate-staining persistence and terrific verve. This spent 40 to 50 days on its skins, according to owner Jayson Woodbridge. The best vintage yet for this lush and satisfying bottling.
Rated 95/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar







"One of California’s (perhaps the world’s) most flamboyant, talented, contrarian wine producers is Napa Valley’s Jayson Woodbridge, the owner of Hundred Acre winery. Woodbridge has been running in high gear since his debut 2000. His 100% Cabernet Sauvignons are made primarily by him, with some consulting advice from Philippe Melka. His first effort was from his home vineyard, Kayli Morgan, which is situated east of St. Helena. That offering was followed by a Cabernet from the 15 acre Ark Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Woodbridge recently purchased a tiny, well-situated hillside parcel above the Eisele Vineyard, southeast of Calistoga...All things considered, this is an extraordinary group of wines. They are not easy to secure unless you are on Hundred Acre’s mailing list, but they are truly profound offerings that showcase a variety of Napa Valley terroirs as well as different harvesting and barrel aging techniques...The most common characteristic among all of the Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignons is their incredibly opulent, creamy textures. That character vindicates Woodbridge’s harvesting decisions as he seems to achieve extraordinarily sweet, noble tannins in all of his wines. There are approximately 250 cases of Jayson Woodbridge’s special projects." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

New release from Texas

Shiner Commemorator.....$6.99 / 6pk
This is Spoetzl Brewery's 100th Anniversary Beer (1909-2009)
Doppelbock Style
"Shiner 100 Commemorator is a rich and robust brew that is a fitting tribute to our legacy of 100 years of handcrafting stylish and flavorful beers. Commemorator is a bold style that would have been very familiar to Kosmos. One of the highlights of the Bavarian brewing year is the rollout of strong beer or starkbier, developed by monks as “liquid bread” to sustain them through the Lenten season. Commemorator is brewed in that Old-World tradition and embodies the German-Czech heritage Shiner has proudly stood for since 1909. This 17 % original extract dark lager is a blend of two row Munich and Caramel 60 malt mildly spiced with Bavarian Hallertau Tradition and Spalter Select hops to allow the toasted caramel flavor to predominate. Alcohol by Vol.: 6.7 %" -- Brewery

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Southern Tier - new release!

Southern Tier Oak Aged Series!
Cuvée Series One....$11.99 -- In stock!
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. • individually boxed, foil labeled 22 oz bottle


Cuvée Series Two....$11.99 -- Just Arrived
ALE IMPRESSIONS: Dark ruby red color, roasted malt flavor with apparent bitterness. Finishes with a rich caramel and espresso aroma. AMERICAN OAK IMPRESSIONS: Impressions of vanilla crème, classic crème brûlée and nougat. A little more oak flavor than series one, but with creamy intensity. 11.0% abv. • individually boxed, foil labeled 22 oz bottle


Cuvée Series Three--- June Release
ALE IMPRESSIONS: Dark amber color, rich caramel malt flavor with noticeable bitterness. Slightly sweet and roasty finish, with mild hop aroma.OAK IMPRESSIONS: Flavors of French and American oak imparting unique qualities present in series one and two. Impressions of vanilla, toasted coconut and almond.11.0% abv. • individually boxed, foil labeled 22 oz bottle

Very limited....

Only 100 cases made!
2005 Kamen "Kashmir"....$119.99
"The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Kashmir (packaged in a heavy, backbreaking bottle) displays intense blueberry, black raspberry, and floral characteristics in its strikingly complex aromatics as well as an attractive, full-bodied mouthfeel with some noticeable oak char, superb concentration, sweet, noble tannins, and an extremely long finish. This is a big, but gorgeously well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15-20 years. From a well-run, small operation in Sonoma, these impeccably well-made reds are fashioned by the well-known wine consultant, Mark Herold."

Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Monday, February 16, 2009

Great 2005 Burgundy tasting...

2005 Burgundy Tasting
This Thursday! February 19th from 6pm - 7pm
Open House Format
Reservations are NOT required, bring your wine loving friends.

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO
314-727-8788


"2005 is one of Burgundy's great red wine vintages....this was a vintage of unprecedented quality, as fine a one as they had ever experienced. I share that view from my 25 years of experience with young."
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

"Let's cut directly to the chase while passing Go (be sure to collect your $200 as you're going to need it) -- 2005 is quite simply the best top to bottom vintage that I have ever seen, period, full stop. Yes, I understand perfectly well that is a bold and heavy duty statement but there it is in all its unequivocal nakedness. 2005 is a brilliant vintage with virtually nothing to dislike (except perhaps the prices)...Finally, just to be sure that I have your attention, the 2005s are the best wines since the magnificent 1978s and the best news of all?"
-- Allen Meadows, Burghound


"The quality of the 2005 vintage for red Burgundy is stupendous. It is simply the best young vintage I have tasted in my 17 years working in the wine business."
-- Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator

We are proud to have visit our store --- Sophie Baldo, Export Director for the Burgundy House of Chanson Pere & Fils. She will be on hand to talk about the wines and answer any questions.These are the last releases from the GREAT 2005 Burgundy vintage.
Do not miss this chance to taste some world class Pinot Noir!!
Here is what we will taste.


2005 Chanson Beaune Bastion 1er Cru...$64.99
"If it's elegance and finesse you want, this red has it. A linear profile contains cherry, strawberry and currant flavors adorning the firm structure. It's balanced, but will take time to come together. Best from 2012 through 2025. 75 cases imported. --BS" -- 91/100 Wine Spectator

2005 Chanson Beaune Champimonts...$74.99
"Polished and appealing. Black currant, violet and pomegranate aromas and flavors are beautifully displayed on a silky texture. It's all supported by a well-integrated structure. Fresh finish. Best from 2011 through 2020. 300 cases imported. --BS" -- Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chanson Beaune Clos des Feves 1er Cru...$94.99
"A round red, with black cherry and spice flavors picking up a little iron as this moves across the palate. Well-structured and concentrated, turning more elegant on the refreshing finish. Best from 2012 through 2025. 400 cases imported. --BS" -- Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chanson Beaune Clos du Roi...$69.99
"A solid foundation of acidity and tannins provides the setting for the defined cherry, black currant and mineral flavors. Tight and sinewy, needing time to unravel and integrate all the elements. Fine length. Best from 2012 through 2025. 75 cases imported. --BS" -- Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chanson Beaune Greves 1er Cru...$79.99
"Immediately appealing for its black cherry and supple texture, yet this red has the structure to develop over time. Ripe tannins and bright acidity shore up the finish. Best from 2011 through 2020. 300 cases imported. --BS" -- Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chanson Chambolle Musigny...$94.99
"A sinewy '05, offering violet, raspberry and morello notes. It's lean and firm in texture. Finishes up with grainy tannins, but there's fruit, too. Drink now through 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 100 cases imported. --BS" -- Rated 89/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chanson Gevrey Chambertin....$42.99
"A modern style, exhibiting black cherry and dark plum notes, with a touch of chocolate. The polished frame has dense tannins to back it up, and the finish lingers. Best from 2010 through 2016. 250 cases imported. --BS" -- Rated 89/100 The Wine Spectator

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentines Day - February 14th

Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine's Day!
White Chocolate * Milk Chocolate * Dark Chocolate
We have about 12 left at Forsyth.
Come in Monday and get them at HALF PRICE.
If you don't we will have to eat them!!
$21.99 / lb (Average $2.75 per strawberry)
Limited amount
In stock now at our Forsyth location!


Friday, February 13, 2009

Tommyknocker --

Tommyknocker Brewery in stock now at Forsyth!
Tommyknocker is a small brewer that only produces 9,000 barrels per year (equal to about 123,000 cases)
Bells Brewery produces 91,000 barrels per year.
Boulevard produces 140,000 barrels per year
Anheuser-Busch produced 24,000,000 barrels in 2007

Tommyknocker Alpine Glacier Lager...$8.49 / 6pk
ABV = 4.5%
"The majestic Rocky Mountains have inspired the cool refreshing taste of Tommyknocker Alpine Glacier Lager. As clean and fresh as the rushing water from icy streams and brisk as a climb up a frozen glacier, this brew contains the finest quality ingredients in the Tommyknocker tradition." --brewery





Tommyknocker Butt Head Bock..$8.49/ 6 pk
ABV = 8.2%
"This award winning , high gravity doppelbock lager is brewed with a generous supply of roasted malts producing caramel sweetness and rich mouthfeel. 1997 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal. 1998 Westword Mag. "Best Of". 1999 NABA Silver Medal. 2002 NABA Bronze Medal. 2002 US Beer Championship Best of Rockies. 2003 GABF Gold Medal. 2004 GABF Gold Medal. 2006 World Beer Cup Gold Medal. 2007 GABF Bronze Medal. 2008 GABF Bronze Medal." -- brewery


Tommyknocker Oaked Butt Head...$9.99 / 4pk
ABV = 8.1%
"This Oak Aged lager is our newest specialty brew!
At 8.1% alcohol by volume, this hearty offering has generous notes of caramel sweetness, with matching oak overtones that enhance the complex melding of malted barley and smokey oak wood flavors." -- brewery








Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale...$899 / 6pk
ABV = 9% ABV
"Commemorating 10 LEGENDARY YEARS of Brewing Excellence! Commemorating the 10th anniversary of Tommyknocker Brewery, this special brew is meticulously crafted with pure maple syrup, the highest quality chocolate and crystal malts and is accented with the finest blend of European and American hops. Imperial Nut Brown Ale, at 9% alcohol by volume, is a bigger, bolder version of our wildly popular Maple Nut Brown" -- brewery




Their #1 seller!
Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown...$8.4 / 6pk

ABV = 4.5%
"A delicate amount of Maple syrup is added to each barrel of our award winning Maple Nut Brown Ale to impart roasted sweetness. This addition balances the nut flavor produced by chocolate malts used in the brewhouse, producing a drinkable dark amber ale with a relatively low alcohol content. 1996 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal. 1999 NABA Silver Medal. 2000 World Beer Cup Gold Medal. 2002 GABF Bronze Medal. 2002 NABA Silver Medal. 2003 GABF Bronze Medal. 2006 GABF Bronze Medal." -- brewery




Tommyknocker Pick Axe...$8.4 / 6pk
ABV = 6.2%
"A classic American Pale Ale dominated by mildly hopped, sparkling flavors and pleasant aromas. Dry hops impart unique aromas and flavors that add to the complexity of this ale." -- Brewery

1997 & 2000 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner



Tommyknocker Trail Mix...$8.4 / 6pk
A mixed pack of 6 distinctive brews.






What is a Tommyknocker? "In the late 1800’s, miners immigrated to Colorado from Cornwall, England to work the Gold and Silver mines in Clear Creek County. They brought with them superstitions and tales of little elf-like beings who lived in the cracks and crevices of the mines. These little creatures, known as Tommyknockers, were rarely seen, but were often heard singing and working. There were two types of Tommyknockers. The mischievous Tommyknockers dumped over the miner’s lunch pails, blew out their candles and lamps, and hid picks and shovels. Friendly Tommyknockers knock-knocked on the walls of the mines to show the miners where the richest ore veins could be found. That is the origin of their name. They were short in stature, standing only two feet tall, wore colorful shirts, and had wrinkled, kindly faces with large heads. There are many tales of Tommyknockers saving the lives of miners. One such story tells about a miner who was trapped in a deep pool of water down in a mine shaft. From nowhere, a pair of hands shoved him from behind, up and out of the pool. Seconds later, a gigantic boulder fell exactly where the miner had been trapped. Miners were never harsh with even the most mischievous Tommyknockers because they believed the creaking timbers, tapping on pipes, falling stones and misplaced equipment were warning signs from the Tommyknockers of impending danger. Many miners left tidbits of their lunch to encourage good fortune and safety brought about by the Tommyknockers. Today, the legend continues with quality handcrafted lagers and ales, honoring the tales and superstitions of Tommyknockers in Clear Creek County." -- brewery

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Random Store News...

Gonzales and Byass Tio Pepe Sherry --
Back in stock after a 9-10 month hiatus. This has always been our number one selling sherry. It has not been available in the U.S. while they were switching importers. The red tape is finally done and it is back.
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Schlafly Irish Extra Stout -- just released.
"This full-bodied and full-flavored rich, dark ale has a malty sweetness balanced with plenty of hops to create the perfect stout." -- Schlafly
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Baileys Chocolate Ale...in stock now at Forsyth!!
Just in time for Valentines. Brand new, brewed by O'Fallon. Light brown color and a great chocolate nose. It has a sort of Milk/Dark chocolate taste and a dry finish. (4.7% alcohol by weight)
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April 4th, 2009 -- TWCP Beerfest
Our third annual and a great beer event. I already have some surprises lined up. I will reveal as we get closer.
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April 15th, 2009 -- Shelton Brothers Beer Tasting
Tax Day relief!! Matt Dinges of Shelton Beers will be in town to do a Shelton Beer Tasting at the Clayton store. More details as we get closer. In case you do not know, Shelton has some of the finest and rarest imported beers....this is not necessarily what we will taste, but here are some of their products:
Struise, De Molen, Achel, St. Somewhere, Mikkeller, Nogne, Amager Bryghus, Nils Oscar, Norrebro Bryghus, Baird, Bink, Fantome, Dieu du Ciel, Ellezelles, Haandbryggeriet, Hook Norton, Panil....you know we will have some great ones to taste!
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Hopefully arriving on Friday (1/13/09) also...
Benton's Smoky Mountain Bacon
We have been trying for six months to get more, they promised us January of 2009, but looks like February is the lucky month. They finally told us they are shipping us 48lbs this week.
This bacon is smoked the old fashioned way for two days. It is in such demand that Alan Benton says he turns down about 5,000 orders a month.
Their bacon has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, Saveur Magazine, and Southern Living Magazine. "This is, hands down, the best bacon I've ever tasted...." -- Southern Living Magazine
I will post tomorrow when it arrives.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon


Very Limited Bourbon Release - just arrived.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Aged in oak since 1995 and bottled in 2008.
ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF OLD FORESTER BIRTHDAY BOURBON HITS SHELVES
"Founder’s Birthday Honored with “Belated” Birthday Bourbon
Louisville, KY - Old Forester has released this year’s expression of its Birthday Bourbon in honor of George Garvin Brown, the founder of Old Forester, America’s First Bottled Bourbon™. Launched six years ago to commemorate Brown’s Birthday on September 2, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is a premium, historically award-winning bourbon and a must-have for bourbon enthusiasts.
Due to the one-time release of Old Forester Repeal Bourbon along with complications with the glass supplier, this year’s version of Birthday Bourbon was delayed until now. The bourbon remains the same as it was intended to be released on September 2, having been stored in stainless steel tanks since its maturation several months ago.
“This year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is crafted from a 62 barrel batch that was distilled and barreled in the late summer of 1995,” said Chris Morris, master distiller of Old Forester. “These barrels were entered on the sixth floor of Warehouse H on September 6, 1995. This is an upper floor location which builds heat in the summer months ensuring a robust, complex barrel character will develop. The result is a taste profile that is much more chewy in terms of rich fruit and caramel character than the 2007 and 2006 releases.”
Unlike the standard Old Forester, which is a blend of whisky from several different years, Birthday Bourbon is a vintage-dated bourbon, hand-selected by Morris from one specific day. The result is a one-of-a-kind character and flavor that will never be replicated again. Its unique decanter style glass bottle is a throwback to the late 1800’s when Old Forester was first produced."

The Scotch Blog


Some previous awards--
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon received these awards in 2007
American Whiskey of the Year --NYC WhiskeyFest
Top Ten Whiskies of the World--NYC WhiskeyFest
Gold Medal --San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon received these awards in 2006

Gold Medal --San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon received these awards in 2005

Double Gold Medal --San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2007 Rhones...


Outstanding 2007 Rhone!
Just got back from a portfolio tasting of Kysela Pere y Fils in Virginia outside of D.C. It is an annual tasting I attend to taste the new vintages before they arrive and to put together a container of French wine. The tasting sheet had a list of 260 items to taste--in 1 day!!! It is a daunting task. I just put my focus on 2007 Rhones.

Christophe Jaume of Grand Veneur --->

"Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region... Nearly every producer has attained largely unprecedented levels of quality. Moreover, the vintage is remarkably consistent from top to bottom."
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate



Grand Veneur, Mordoree and Segries were outstanding.
Here are some of the highlights that we tasted...
2007 Grand Veneur Ch. du Pape (90-93/100 Parker)
2007 Grand Veneur Ch. du Pape Cuvee les Origines (93-96/100 Parker)
2007 Grand Veneur Ch. du Pape la Fontaine Blanc (92/100 Parker)
2007 Grand Veneur Ch. du Pape Vieilles Vignes (95-97+/100 Parker)
2007 Mordoree Ch. du Pape Cuvee Reine des Bois (96-97+/100 Parker)
(no Plume was made in 2007, it is all in the Reine des Bois)
2007 Segries Cotes du Rhone
2007 Segries Lirac
2007 Segries "Clos de Hermitage"
2007 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras
2007 Alain Jaume Gigondas

Also of note: 2007 Hauts de La Brune is phenomenal, 2008 Hughes Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet was delicious..and many more.

I will keep you updated as they arrive sometime in the Spring.

Hughes Beaulieu --->
One of our best selling white wines is named after him -- Hughes Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet.





Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tiny Danish brewer...

Boegedal Bryghus -- Craft brewer from Denmark
There is a maximum of 700 bottles made in each batch.
Free Falling Brewery
"Bøgedal is an atypical brewery in that it is Scandinavian’s only Free Fall Brewery. The beer runs from cask to cask by help of pulleys and level differentiation… without the use of pumps, and the herb is cooked over an open fire. Because of the delicate methods in use, Bøgedal can produce a nearly clear beer without filtration, thereby retaining many of the important flavours and aromas." -- importer




Boegedal Bryghus No .130...$26.99 / 750ml
"Golden ale with Centennial, Perle & Tettnang 5,8%. Dark golden beer with creamy head. Aromatic Smell like a double IPA. Aroma and smell of extreme hoop compared to a normal Bøgedal beer -properly because of the used of Centennial hoop as bitter hoop. A sense of sweet licorice . An exceptional good beer for enjoinment after dinner." -- importer

Boegedal Bryghus No. 103....$26.99 / 750ml
Boegadal Bryghus No. 153...$26.99 / 750ml
(same beer -- different batch #s, same recipe, however like a true vintage each batch will be somewhat different in flavor & aroma profile due to the very unique brewing process of Boegedal.)
"Dark Ale with Northern Brewer, Orange, Brown Sugar 6.3% Dark-brown beer with a dark-brown head. Smells sweet of prunes and citrus with an acidic tip. It fills the palate with its sweetness, and opens up into a pleasant bitterness. Hangs in the mouth like a dark chocolate with a faint smoky aftertaste. Goes well with venison and chestnuts, blackberries and brussell sprouts, smoked or salted meats." -- importer
"JyllandsPosten -- Bøgedal No. 103, 6.3% -- Of course, there come charming brewers out of the Vejle River Valley. Brewer Casper Vorting has found a magical formula for beer, that justifies that it is also Denmark’s most costly. He doesn’t try to interpret an IPA, a monastery brew, a Bock, or for that matter any other of the many beer types. Beer from Bøgedal is Bøgedal Beer in their own, styled fashion. No. 103 – the number signifies the succession in order of brews – is like most Bøgedals round, soft, vitally emotional and discreetly seductive. With a hint of Porter, a bit of chocolate and zesty orange, coupled with a 6.3% kick, it has a bit more of a love-bite than the brewers other passionate undertakings. 6 out of 6 stars” -- importer





Boegedal Bryghus No. 156 Pale Ale....$26.99 / 750ml
"Pale Ale, Pearl, Cascade 5.9% ABV. Light amber, small, compact bubbles and creamy head. Aromatic sweetness with traces of honey, wheat and fine wine. A wonderful latent sweetness and bitterness with a taste of citrus. Good body, balanced and comfortable. Goes well with an informal get-together, but also with classical white meats and poultry, yams, pasta, mushrooms or mature, but mild, port cheeses.


Jan Filipe, Barley Wine, describes a Bøgedal Beer like this: “…is the only one in Denmark, maybe in all of Scandinavia, that is remarkably singular, finding no points of reference among its fellows. Were we to find a parallel in the world of wines, it could be nothing less than a “Pingus-beer”. The world famous Danish Newspaper, Jyllands Posten, short and sweet, describes Bøgedal Beer as, “…a world-class brew with depth and originality”, and ranks the brewery among the top 5 best breweries in the country in 2007." -- importer

their website

Brouwerij de Glazen Toren

Toren makes some amazing beers.
Here are a few that we have in stock now!


Canaster Winter Scotch Ale...$11.99 / 750ml
Almost gone for the year, it is available November to February
"Canaster, a subtle Winter Scotch, is the third beer from the brewery. This beer is only available from November till February. Yet it was a definite choice to avoid any clear reference to Christmas or New Year in the name. On the other hand the name Canaster clearly refers to an ancient brewing tradition of Aalst. Centuries ago Canaster was brewed in the Carmelite convent in Aalst. The archeological site was recently uncovered and is the subject of an historical investigation. Canaster now relives as a Winter Scotch, a beer for the long, cold winter evenings. Here the same natural ingredients are used as in the two other products of the brewery, including the Hallertau hop from the Aalst area.This beer with a 9.5 % alc. vol. owes its warm aroma and its full-bodied taste to the use of fine, dark malts (caramel). The same 25.4 oz. bottles are used but the wrapper is white, red and green. The brewery offers a special winter glass for this beer. The logo of the brewery has here been transformed into a winter scene." -- importer


Toren Jan de Lichte Imperial White Ale...$11.99 / 750ml
"Jan De Lichte is the fourth and the latest beer of brewery De Glazen Toren. Again the name refers to local history. In the 18th century Jan De Lichte was the leader of an infamous gang of robbers in the region of Aalst – Zottegem. He was executed in Aalst at the age of 25.The beer was developed only very recently (May 2005). As it is brand new it has not got a wrapper yet. It was first introduced to the public during a two-day beer Festival in West-Flanders in early June 2005.Jan De Lichte is a wit beer. But following ancient tradition we are using four grains beer: Barley and wheat are used of course, but there is also oats and buckwheat.Jan De Lichte is the only Glazen Toren beer to which spices are added, following the Belgian tradition of wheat beer brewing. The use of coriander and curaçoa makes for the extremely fresh, citrus-like taste. The rather high alcohol percentage (7.5 %) indicates that it is more than just a thirst quencher. Quite like Jan De Lichte himself some 250 years ago, the beer is not innocuous." -- importer
Beer Advocate -- "A-" excellent w/ 35 Reviews

Cuvee Angelique Historic Recipe...$11.99 / 750 ml
"The “Speciale Belge” beer style was created in 1904 for a brewing contest that was organized by the Universities of Belgium. The goal was to improve the quality of Belgian beer. The winner was a new style, called “Belge”. Due to the success in the contest, a number of brewers decided to brew the style and called it “Speciale Belge”.
A “Speciale Belge” is pale amber in color (slighly darker than a pilsner) as brewers tried to copy the color of pilsner in a top fermenting ale. Later the color became darker as pilsners became very common to prove that the style is something special." - importer
Beer Advocate -- "A" --outstanding w/ 17 Reviews


Toren Saison d'Erpe-Mere.....$11.99 / 750ml
"The Saison was the first beer of the brewery.Saison is a blonde beer brewed according to the ancient Saison tradition of the province of Hainaut. The French sounding name of the beer clearly refers to this.Saison d’ Erpe-Mere is brewed exclusively with natural ingredients: artesian water, barley and wheat malts, liquid sugar, hops and yeast.The result is a dry, hoppy, fruity and slightly veiled beer with 7.5 % alc. vol." -- importer
Beer Advocate "A" -- excellent w/ 75 Reviews
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Toren Ondineke Tripel....$11.99 / 750ml
"Ondineke, subtitle Oilsjtersen Tripel (Tripel from Aalst) was the second beer of De Glazen Toren introduced under its own label.Ondineke derives its name from the main character of the most famous novel of the most renowned author of Aalst ( De Kapellekensbaan by Louis Paul Boon, translated into English in the early seventies as “Chapel Road”). A statue of Ondineke can be found at the entrance of the City Hall of Aalst. Ondineke is a classic tripel, brewed in the ancient way, again with exclusive natural ingredients: artesian water, malt (barley), hops, yeast and liquid candy sugar. As in the Saison no spices are added. Ondineke is an unfiltered top fermenting beer. It is soft, creamy, and of golden color. It is double hopped with the last real hops available from the region of Aalst (The variety is Hallertau Mittelfrüh). Just like the Saison, Ondineke is bottled in 25.4 oz. bottles. The self-designed wrapper is white, yellow and red (the city colours of Aalst).Ondineke has a positive taste evolution and the bottles are best kept standing in a cool, dark place. It is best before two years after the bottling date. 8.5 % alc.vol. makes this a beer to be savoured. Preferably Ondineke is to be served at a temperature between 6 to 10° C. Moreover Ondineke is at its best when served in the originally designed Glazen Toren glass.

Wintercoat -- small Danish brewery.

More just arrived!

Wintercoat Vildmoseol....$17.99 / 750ml
Peat Smoked Ale
"Don't try to pronounce the name of this beer without at least one under your belt! This beer was brewed for the Lille Vildmose nature center in northern Jutland. The area is characterised by peat bogs, which inspired this brown ale with its subtle notes of peat-smoked malt, the fresh, spiciness of bog myrtle and the bittersweet fruitiness of rowan berries. These 3 ingredients harmonise beautifully with the other malts and hops used. A wonderful beer to drink with game, lamb and braised meats - and it does justice to pickled herring as well!" - importer

Featured in Sauce Magazine online



"The WinterCoat brewery is a family-owned and operated brewery situated on an old farm just outside of the village of Sabro in Denmark. Niels J. Thomsen, owner and brewer, was born in the farmhouse. The brewery has a capacity of 8 hectolitres, and we can brew this 4 times a week." -- importer


A new one from Wintercoat...
Wintercoat Double Hop....$17.99 / 750ml
"WinterCoat's Imperial IPA is light amber in color. The fruitiness from the ale yeast combines beautifully with the body of the malts and the freshness of the hops to create a very well-balanced, though very heavily hopped brew. Double Hop has a heady hop aroma without too much bitterness. The smooth taste belies its 8.2% alcohol content. This beer is dangerously pleasant to drink!" -- importer
Rated A- on www.beeradvocate.com

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Wine Class

Still a few seats left....
The Wines of Spain
Taught by Certified Sommelier, Thomas Van Shaik
Monday February 9, 2009
From 6pm-7:30pm
We will taste these wines and feature some Spanish cheese also.
Artadi Vinas De Gain......$31.99
Galena Priorat......$37.99
Orobio Rioja Blanc....$13.99
Burgans Albarino Rias Baixas.....$13.99
Segura Viudas “ARIA” Brut Cava......$8.99
Sexto Terra Alta.......$12.99
Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Montsant.....$15.99
Las Rocas Garnacha Vieille Vignes......$18.99
Reservations required for this WINE CLASS-- call 314-727-8788
Classes held:
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO, 63105

Hard cider...

Sarasola Sagardoa Hard Cider...$9.99 / 750ml
"Sarasola Sagardoa is a traditional Basque cider from a cider house located in the apple growing hills of Astigarraga.

Pouring & Serving: Since Basque cider is “natural” and not sparkling the cider is poured by holding the bottle up high above the head and pouring into a glass that is held just below waiste level. Pouring from elevation allows the cidre to pick up some natural carbonation when it hits the glass. Sarasola Sagardotegi is located in the apple growing hills of Astigarraga, which is in the Basque Country region of Spain, near San Sebastian." - importer


"Most Basque cider, as indeed most cider varieties in Spain, is called "natural" because unlike many other European varieties it is still, not sparkling. It normally contains 4-6% alcohol and is served directly from the barrel in a sagardotegi.
The more recent traditions surrounding the sagardotegis hail back to the time when buyers interested in purchasing cider from a particular maker would bring along food for the tasting as it is considered best when taken with a meal.
This soon evolved into gastronomical tradition with the sagardotegis becoming a cross between a grill and a cider house. In a traditional sagardotegi, three courses are taken:
* starter: a cod omelette or cod with peppers
* main: a steak
* desert: cheese (often Idiazabal cheese), quince and nuts" -- importer

Friday, February 6, 2009

Bon Chien limited release!

Very, very limited....
Brasserie des Franches Montagnes
Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru MAGNUMS
Pinot Noir Very Limited Edition...Sold out already
Brewed in May 2007
Bottled in September 2008
Each bottle hand numbered

Intense vanilla, spice, dark maple
Controlled acidity and extreme tannins, dark maple and caramelized malt flavors, fruit toward black currant; on second taste, more present acidity and lots of butter.

For 2007 we are releasing a limited edition of Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien in magnum bottles. There will be two versions available: PN (Pinot Noir) & BO (Bourbon). Both versions have been aged in a single barrel.
--notes from the importer

"Ale matured in Pinot Noir Oak Barrels (single cask in a Pinot Noir barrel from Graubunden, Swiss Alps, very limited edition). Hand bottled, without prise de mousse in September 08. This Grand Cru’s complexity will increase with age. 11% alc./vol. "
Rated 96 percentile on ratebeer.com

Beer news...

Some beer news....
Bell's Expedition stout is near the end. I got in another load today and am told that the brewery is out and the distributor only has about 7 cases left.
Some new releases include Samuel Adams Blackberry Wit...this was last year's winner to become the new year round brew from Sam Adams.
O'Fallon Wheach is back in stock.


Mendocino Talon Barley Wine...$5.99 / 22oz
From Saratoga Springs, NY
"True Style Barley Wine Ale"Talon has a rich amber color and a full robust body. Talon has been aged for over a year and has a traditional warming malt flavor with a delightful hop finish." -- Brewery

Mendocino Black Eye Ale...$3.19 / 22oz

"Black Eye Ale is a unique blend of two of our popular brands -- Black Hawk Stout and Eye of the Hawk Select Ale. Black Eye Ale is big in flavor and smooth in finish. The high percentage of dark and specialty malts in Black Hawk Stout enriches the silky warming character of Eye of the Hawk Select ale, making Black Eye Ale -- Truly the Ultimate Blend." -- brewery





Great new Pinot Noirs...

2006 Pali "Keefer Ranch" Pinot Noir RRV...$41.99
Available at Forsyth only
680 Cases Produced * 14.2% Alcohol
"If the Inman Olivet screams Russian River, then this wine SCREAMS Keefer Ranch. A laser beam focused rush of bright cherry on the nose. Big, expansive mouthfeel of cherry and tangy acidity. If you're a fan of Keefer Ranch, you will be thrilled with this wine."
---Brian Loring, Wine Maker
"Medium ruby color; complex spicy, red cherry and earthy aromas' ripe, rich, juicy red cherry flavors, lush and silky texture, earthy and spicy notes, good structure and balance; long finish. This lush and juicy Pinot is classic Keefer Ranch and almost too fun to tdrink. Oh well, someone has to do it!"
---Rated 95/100 Pinot Report
---Rated 90/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound


2006 Pali "Durell" Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast...$41.99
Available at Forsyth only
430 Cases Produced * 14.1% Alcohol
"Dark and brooding, the 2006 Durell is packed with dark fruits and forest floor on the nose. Super rich and concentrated, with a nice earthy component. Nice hint of tannin adds to a killer finish."
---Brian Loring, Winemaker
"Intense and focused, with dense, rich, concentrated wild berry and raspberry fruit that's well-centered, with loamy herb and spice nuances. Drink now through 2011. 430 cases made. –JL"
---Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator
---Rated 90/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound
---Rated 90/100 Connoisseur's Guide



2007 Bergstrom Pinot Noir "Nysa"....$57.99
Only at our Ballwin location.
Only 400 cases made
"Bergström Wines has worked with the Nysa Vineyard for five consecutive years. This vineyard sits high atop the Dundee Hills, abutting the vineyards of Domaine Drouhin Oregon. This gradual East-sloping vineyard site enjoys long days of full sun exposure but at a higher elevation which allows it to slowly ripen its fruit late into the month of October. These low yielding Dijon clone 115 vines are planted to a very high-density and provide us with intense fruit year in and year out which make wines that are a pleasure to drink young but will be rewarded with patience and careful cellaring. The 2007 Nysa Vineyard is deep Ruby colored with aromas of violets and roses and sweet red and dark fruits. This is a low yielding site that makes wines of great complexity that may take a few years in the cellar to fully develop to full potential. This has been a customer favorite in vintages such as 2004 and 2006. The 2007 is very classy with elegance galore." -- winery



2005 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir "Winery Hill"...$69.99
Only at our Ballwin location.
"Deep, dark aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry, plum, anise, black raspberry, black currant, cocoa, and allspice. The palate shows intense blackberry, sweet cherry, black tea, clove, allspice, earth, black raspberry, brown sugar, toast and clove with fine tannins and a long, persistent finish." -- winery

Roquefort might be gone for awhile...

Get your fill of Roquefort cheese before March 1, 2009. The U.S. has imposed a 300 percent duty tax on Roquefort because of the European Union ban on U.S. beef. We just got word from one of our distributors, that told us we will not see Roquefort because of the price.


Excerpt from The Washington Post
"The United States, it turns out, has declared war on Roquefort cheese. In its final days, the Bush administration imposed a 300 percent duty on Roquefort, in effect closing off the U.S. market. Americans, it declared, will no longer get to taste the creamy concoction that, in its authentic, most glorious form, comes with an odor of wet sheep and veins of blue mold that go perfectly with rye bread and coarse red wine.
The measure, announced Jan. 13 by U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab as she headed out the door, was designed as retaliation for a European Union ban on imports of U.S. beef containing hormones. Tit for tat, and all perfectly legal under World Trade Organization rules, U.S. officials explained.
Besides, they said, Roquefort is only one of dozens of European luxury products that were attacked with high tariffs. The list includes, among other things, French truffles, Irish oatmeal, Italian sparkling water and "fatty livers of ducks and geese...." -- The Washington Post

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Great wines...

Both of these wines are made by one of the greatest winemakers on planet earth, Ed Sbragia. He has been to our store before to do a wine tasting and is also one of the nicest people in the business. We are featuring a white and red that both could easily sell for a lot more. These wines are delicious!!!


2005 Beringer "Sbragia" Chardonnay....$33.99
"More restrained than normal, the 2005 Chardonnay Sbragia Limited Release offers copious quantities of honeyed fruit, full body, a rich, heady mouthfeel, but not the unctuosity normally found in this cuvee. Additionally, the oak is more restrained. There is abundant richness, but the vintage’s acidity provides plenty of vibrancy and precision. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate




2005 Sbragia Family
Cabernet Sauvignon "Andolsen"....$32.99
"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen may be one of the finest Dry Creek Cabernets I have ever tasted. Aromas of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, spring flowers, and background toasty oak are followed by a wine with terrific purity, medium to full body, wonderful sweetness, and a silky finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. Drink this superb value over the next 15 years. Ed Sbragia, the long-time and highly-esteemed winemaker at Beringer, also has his own family operation where he produces 5,000 plus cases of wine, primarily top-notch Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

We want Stone...

Somebody posted in the comments --
"Why Tommyknocker? How about Stone? With all the new brands coming in ahead of the beer season some of these brands are going to get lost on the shelf." -- anonymous

I email Stone every few months trying to convince them to come to St. Louis and that St. Louis is a great craft beer town. We would love to get Stone here, but it is not as easy as just calling them and placing an order. They have to want to come to St. Louis and get registered with the state. I still believe if we email them enough they will come here...
Check out my post from February 2nd and email them.
Click here to see Stone post

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Holland is here...

In stock at TWCP Forsyth and Rock Hill and Provisions Gourmet Market.
We are proud stock some great new beers from New Holland Brewery. Missouri is only the 12th state you can find these beers. We are lucky to get these in Missouri. I tried them at Cicero's last night and they are delicious!


Mad Hatter IPA (India Pale Ale)...$8.99 / 6pk
"Mad Hatter is an I.P.A. that explodes with hop flavors. Dry-hopping provides a distinctive and floral hop aroma, while the lively and hoppy body is subtly balanced with delicious malt notes. Hatter's hop character makes it a great fit for spicy dishes, bitter greens and beef." -- brewery



Full Circle Kolsch...$8.99 / 6pk
"A kölsch-style beer, Full Circle is a refreshing celebration of our brewery's belief in balance. The soft, well-rounded malt character, light hop profile and crisp finish bring us back around to the familiar tastes of classic, thirst-quenching beer. A perfect session beer, we recommend Full Circle with fish, grilled vegetables, grilled sausages, and just about anything else served on a patio." -- brewery

Sundog Amber Ale ...$8.99 / 6pk
"Sundog is an amber ale as deep as the copper glow of a Lake Michigan sunset. Its Biscuit malt gives Sundog a toasty character and a subtle malty sweetness. A great all-around beer for foods of any style, Sundog brings out the best in grilled foods, caramelized onions, nutty cheese, barbecue, or your favorite pizza." -- brewery

The Poet Stout....$8.99 / 6pk
"The Poet has a rich, smooth malt character enveloped in tones of roast and chocolate. A soft mouth-feel brings luxurious flavors and soothing aroma. Any time of year, The Poet is as versatile as it is delicious. It pairs wonderfully with earthy flavors such as mushrooms and beef, while remaining the perfect accent to any chocolate dessert." -- brewery


Later in February, these should arrive--
Dragon's Milk - Ale Aged In Oak Barrels
"The beer you hold in your hand, Dragon’s Milk Ale, is a crown jewel of New Holland Brewing Company. It is the unrivaled result of painstaking processes - both creative and scientific.We could tell you about the centuries-old tradition of the term, Dragon's Milk, or we could tell you about the history, craftsmanship and challenges of important, the beer inside this bottle.Expect a complex ale with a soft, rich caramel-malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones; all dancing in an oak bath. Unmistakably distinctive example of New Holland’s Art in Fermented Form." -- brewery



Night Tripper Imperial Stout
Night Tripper is an Imperial Stout for a Fat Tuesday release. Dark, mysterious and poetic, Night Tripper's abundance of roasted malts, combined with flaked barley create a rich, roasty beer with deeply intense and lush flavors. Night Tripper's layered, nuanced tones invite intrigue and reward a curious palate.Beads and masks aren't required, but are encouraged.27° Plato, Alc. 10.8% by Vol.
"Night Tripper is an Imperial Stout brewed for a Fat Tuesday release. Dark, mysterious and poetic, Night Tripper's abundance of roasted malts, combined with flaked barley create a rich, roasty beer with deeply intense and lush flavors. Night Tripper's layered, nuanced tones invite intrigue and reward a curious palate." -- rated 96 percentile on ratebeer.com