Saturday, May 30, 2009

Great Chardonnay!

Our latest find....

2007 Chalone Chardonnay Estate...$17.99
Exhibits a complex mix of subtle pear, mineral, pleasant earthy notes and floral scents. Tight and full-bodied, ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2012. 16,801 cases made. –JL

Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Only $17.99
Limited - only at Forsyth

Friday, May 29, 2009

Founders Display!

Founders is here and a hit!

Do not miss the kick off party June 3

Thursday, May 28, 2009

St. Louis Craft Beer Week!

St. Louis Craft Beer Week is coming soon!
Click here to go to the website and see the full schedule

Here are our events for St. Louis Craft Beer Week:

May 30 - Giant Open House Beer/Wine/BBQ
Taste over 30 beers at TWCP -- Ballwin
We just added Boulevard Smokestack Two Jokers Double Wit and some Founders Beers to the list.
click here to read more

June 5 -- Weekly Beer Tasting
Every Friday night at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton
Come in and taste the hottest and latest new releases each week. This Friday we will amp it up a bit to celebrate STL first Craft Beer Week! I will list the beers as we get closer.
We will taste for sure...
Moylans Hosickle Imperial IPA
Moylans IPA
Moylans Dry Stout
Moyalns Irish Red
Moylans Kilt Lifter
plus more..

June 6 -- Weekly Beer Tasting
Every Saturday at The Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill

Come in and taste the hottest and latest new releases each week. I will list the beers as we get closer.

Open House in Ballwin

Giant Open House!

THIS Saturday -- May 30th
The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road
Ballwin, MO

We are starting the list of wine and beer we will be tasting.
Over 50 wines to taste
Over 30 beers to taste

Here are a few confirmed wines...more details to come.
Kurt Anger Gruner Veltner
Lairds Jillian's Red
Pepperbridge Cab Sauvignon 92/100 Wine Advocate
Yellow & Blue Tetra packs
Chimney Rock Elevage SLD
Chimney Rock Cab Sauvignon SLD
Gaja Promis
Il Poggione Brunello
Shafer Relentless
Cline Cashmere
York Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
Mer Soleil Chardonnay
Etude Pinot Noir
Dashe Zinfandel
Rombauer Chard
Zuani White
2004 Felsina Fontalloro 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Siduri Sonoma Pinot Noir 90/100 Wine Spectator
Eve Chardonnay
Atteca Granacha 91/100 Tanzer
Stuhlmuller Chardonnay 92/100 Wine Spectator
Manu Sauvignon Blanc
Larkmead Firebelle 91/100 Parker
Tikal Patriota 92/100 Parker
Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay
Dr. Pauly Noble House Riesling
Crios Torrontes
Silverstrone Chardonnay
Marquee GSM
Novacento Syrah
Etude Pinot Noir
2007 Grand Veneur Chateauneuf Du Pape
2007 Segries Cotes du Rhone

Plus more
Grand Marnier and 901 Tequila - Margarita's.

Beers we will taste
Boulevard Smokestack Two Jokers Double Wit - Just added
Founders (we will pick a few) -- Just added
Caldera IPA
Caldera Pale Ale
Dieu du Ciel Route de Espices
Dieu du Ciel Rose de Hibiscus
Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout
Southern Tier HopSun
Southern Tier Jah*Va
Eisenbahn Smoked Beer
Trois Mousquetiers Imperial Weizen
Nils Oscar Coffee Stout
Amager Bryghus Batch #1
Fantome Printemps
Saison Dupont
Mikkeller Simcoe Hop
Drie Fontenien Beersel Lager
Tommyknocker Glacier
Great Divide Espresso Yeti
Great Divide Titan IPA
Tin Mill Hefe Weizen
Avery Maharaja
Schlafly Quadrupel
Schlafly Export IPA
Schlafly APA
New Belgium Skinny Dip
Greens Endeavor Dubbel
Greens Quest Tripel
Zatec Czech
The Stable's House Draft!!

(list subject to change)


Founders arriving tomorrow 5/29/09
We are told it will be arriving at our stores tomorrow--all 4 locations.
I will post as soon as they hit. (We will chill them down, because Jon and I will have to taste them immediately.)

Also we can special order kegs of Founders for you -- call 314-727-8788
or email me at for prices.
If I know by 4 pm today, I can have it tomorrow!

Two Jokers - Smokestack Series

In stock now at all stores.
The newest from the Smokestack Series

Boulevard Two Jokers Double Wit...$8.49 / 750ml
"Conventional wisdom holds that there are two sides to every story. Though our new Two Jokers Double-Wit is hardly conventional, there are in fact two distinct pieces to its personality. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the classic Belgian “wit,” or “white” beer, a style dating back to the late 1800s. The use of lactic fermentation and ingredients like coriander and orange peel are hallmarks of the style, as are the cloudiness and the pale color that give the beer its name. On the other hand, it’s a modern, uniquely American specialty brew; big, flavorful, and spiced with cardamom, lavender, and grains of paradise. Two Jokers has a refreshing tartness, nicely balanced by a well rounded malt bill graced by notes of caramel. Belgian yeast brings floral aromas with hints of banana and clove, and a citrusy zing to the tongue. Two Jokers Double-Wit pairs well with the lighter fare of spring and summer, such as grilled fish or chicken, feta cheese, fresh garden salads, and fruit compotes. Look closely now: is it two jesters on the label, or a single beautiful glass of beer?" -- brewery

order online now!

New beers in stock now --

A lot of stuff came in yesterday -
(I will try to post more info when I get time)

Sunner Kolsch
- finally another true German Kolsch from Cologne

Dixie (from New Orleans) -- back after a long absence from Missouri
Dixie Blackened Voodoo
Dixie Beer
Dixie Jazz Amber Light Beer

Quilmes Beer
From Argentina also returning after a long absence

Kelpie Seaweed Ale

Plus see the exciting posts below --
Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt
Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps
Hooky Norton Hooky Gold
Hook Norton Double Stout
Hook Norton Hooky Bitter
Oberon 5 liter Mini Kegs
Augustiner Brau Edelstoff
Augustiner Brau Maximator
(brewed since 1328 !!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hook Norton

Award winning real ales...

Hook Norton Double Stout....$4.89 / pint
ABV = 4.8%
"A blend of malts gives Double Stout a character all of its own. Black malt enriches the colour and teases the palate with an unmistakable ‘toast’ flavour. Brown malt gives it the dryness." -- brewery

Hook Norton Hooky Bitter...$4.89 / pint
ABV = 3.6%
"A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate - the classic session beer, eminently drinkable." -- Brewery

Hook Norton Hooky Gold...$4.89 / pint
ABV = 4.1%
"A very pale, crisp beer, confidently displaying it’s hop character. The first Hook Norton beer to feature American hops. A fruity aroma and a pleasant, light taste."

Finally back

New package, now in 750 ml bottle, previously in pints

Mikkeller Jackie Brown....$12.99 / 750 ml
"Had it been Quentin Tarantinos heroine Jackie Brown, she would probably have said, »Shut your raggedy ass up,« and that would have been that. But this is Mikkellers Jackie Brown and it’s somewhat more mildly mannered. In fact this beautiful, brown beer’s characteristically; roasted malt taste nearly ends like chocolate on the tongue. And then it wouldn’t be a Mikkeller beer if it wasn’t well hopped. Here the green gold makes an otherwise dark beer surprisingly fresh and easy to drink." -- Mikkeller
Ingredients :Water, malt (pale, munich, cara-pils, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), flaked oats, hops (nugget, simcoe and centennial) and ale yeast.

order online now.

Munich's oldest

Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
"Since 1328 on Augustiner beer had been brewed within the monastery of the Augustinian Brotherhood near the cathedral of Munich. After nearly 500 years of tradition, the secularization in 1803 and the following privatisation led to a privately owned company: Augustiner Bräu. In 1817 it moved to the Neuhauser Straße, the very same place where the renowned "Stammhaus" still stands today. In 1829 the Wagner family took over the company and eventually moved it to the "Kellerareal" at the Landsberger Straße in 1885." -- Brewery

Augustiner beers are beer specialities - brewed according to the strict stipulations of the Bavarian "Reinheitsgebot" (Purity Law) of 1516 - which fulfill the highest requirements. Exquisite quality has always been tradition at Augustiner, the oldest brewery of Munich." -- Brewery

Augustiner Brau Maximator Doppelbock
"The pleasant, dark Doppelbock of monasterial origin, especially suited for festivities during the chilly season.Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops ALC. 7.5% vol."
94 percentile on

Augustiner Brau Edelstoff
"A bright export beer, sparkling and fresh at the same time, brewed with noblest raw materials. The high-class product of the old-Bavarian brewing art. A great treat for every beer expert.Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops ALC. 5.6% vol."

Dieu du Ciel

Some more first timers to Missouri from the tiny Quebec Brewer
Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps....$4.99 / 11.5oz

(Spring equinox)
Maple scotch ale - 8% alc./vol.
"Équinoxe du Printemps (French for "spring equinox") is the quintessential marriage of two great traditions: beer brewing in Scotland, and maple syrup production in Quebec. At the first draught, the mouth is overcome by woody, malty flavours, sustained by a discrete touch of sweetness. The aftertaste brings about the flavours of maple, which are sufficiently present to be appreciated, but never overwhelming the typical flavours of a Scotch Ale.
Equinoxe du printemps is brewed only once a year in January. It is aged for two months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting March 21st, until stocks last.
" -- brewery

Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis ABT....$4.99 / 11.5oz
Quadrupel - 10.5% alc./vol.oz.)
"Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.
Rigor Mortis Abt is brewed only once a year, and is sold in April until stocks last.
This beer won a gold medal (first place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2006.
Rigor Mortis Abt will become available starting on Monday May 18, 2009. As only one brew was made, it probably won't stay long on the shelves! It won't be brewed again before next year, so don't hesitate to make some reserve of it, mostly that this beer can easily withstand a few years of aging." -- brewery
Rated 98 percentile on

"Rigor Mortis ABT is one of the more admired representations of the style; it ranks in the top ten at RateBeer" --

order online now

Read about their other great beer we have in stock

Mini Kegs!

Bell's Oberon 5 liter Mini Kegs

Our first batch of the sought after mini kegs of Bell's Oberon are here!.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Quick and random news..

Bell's Oberon bottled 5/18/2009 just arrived
Bell's Oberon 5 liter mini kegs -- good chance this will arrive Wed 5/27
(I will keep you posted)
Bell's Two Hearted Ale bottled 5/11/2009 just arrived
Schlafly Pilsner -- try the new batch, you will love it

First wine in a box, now Margaritas in a box.
Sauza Margarita in a box with tapper. Keep a box in the refrigerator all summer long and get a glass anytime. No hassle of mixing. Pre-made and ready to go. Contains about 15 margaritas in each box.

Provisions Beer Tasting.

Beer Tasting!
Wednesday 5/27/09
Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Blvd
Creve Ceour, MO
This week we are featuring the Sam Adams Longshot beers....
Double IPA -- "Pliny the Elder Clone"
Cranberry Wit
Traditional Bock
plus Ommegang's Witte
Provisions bought the rest of the Longshot, there are only a few cases left and then they are gone for good. If you have not tried them, this could be your last shot!

The Long Shot is sold out!

Samuel Adams Longshot.....only...$6.99 / 6pk
The Sam Adams Longshot pack contains 3 different brews (2 bottles each) from the winners of Samuel Adams Homebrew contest each year. This year it is Mike McDole's Double IPA, Carissa Sweigart's Cranberry Wit, Alex Drobshoff's Traditional Bock.

There is considerable hype about the Mike McDole Double IPA -- it is a Pliny the Elder Clone. Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Elder is one of the most sought after DIPA (not available in Missouri). McDole's entry actually won last year, but because of the hop shortage it could not be produced in the volume needed until this year. Beer enthusiasts have been waiting for this beer for over a year now!

Here is the story from William Brand of What's on Tap:

"Clayton homebrewer clones Pliny, wins Sam Adams LongShot
Are you, like me, a fan of Pliny the Elder****, the huge hop and malt bomb created by Vinnie Cilurzo at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa? It won another gold medal earlier this month at the Great American Beer Festival. It's in short supply...this winter, you and I will have a chance to taste what is practically the same beer under the Samuel Adams LongShot label -- thanks to ace homebrewer Mike McDole of Clayton.....It will, apparently, be the first national release of a popular West Coast style known as a double or imperial India pale ale. Mike's beer is 9.6 percent ABV, 100 IBUs -- seven kinds of aromatic hops... McDole, a computer consultant who has been homebrewing for more than a decade, says quite bluntly that his beer is a clone of Pliny the Elder. It isn't Pliny, he said. But it almost is. The difference is McDole adds one more hop, Northern Brewer, early in the process and he uses a malt extract, often used by homebrewers. But otherwise, it's Pliny -- with its exquisite, multilayered mouth-feel. He explains that Cilurzo provided the recipe at a national American Homebrewers Association conference a couple of years ago. Mike says he won a big state contest last year, sponsored by the Maltose Falcons homebrew club in Southern California, with the same beer. He adds that he told Vinnie about his Sam Adams victory, who delivered the news to Boston Brewing founder Jim Koch that he had chosen a Pliny clone as a LongShot winner. One thing's certain: This is a beer that will sell out...He became a fan of Pliny, so, when Cilurzo released the recipe, he went for it. "I started making it and I started winning contests," he said. He's a popular guy around the area; when he goes to an event, a wedding, a party, he always brings a beer. Hey, Mike, you can come to my party. And, er, bring the Pliny clone, if you don't mind.
By the way, his recipe is posted at More info on the DOZE
homebrew club can be found at

---William Brand, What's on Tap

availble online at

check out these are rare new beer releases -- click here

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cheese/Beer class

June 2 -- Beer and Cheese Pairing

This class will feature 8 beers paired with matching cheeses. It will be fun and informal as Brian Bauer will lead you through the tasting in our Forsyth tasting room.

Cost is $20 per person

Beer and cheese were made for each other. Beer and cheese are both farmhouse products and many farms originally made both products. In fact most trappist breweries make both still. The carbonation in beer helps clear the creamy mouth coating characteristics of cheese.

Here are some pairings we are considering for the class:
Chimay Cheese paired with Chimay Trappists Ale
Wash rind cheese with Bells Two Hearted Ale
Aged Gouda with a Belgian/French Saison
Aged Gruyere with a Doppelbock
L'Edel de Cleron with a Biere de Garde
Blue Stilton with a Barleywine
Humboldt Fog with Hennepin
Fresh gost cheese with Germen Hefeweizen
Cheesecake with Lindemans Framboise

Obviously cheese is a living and developing product, so we will wait until we are closer to see which cheese will be suited best for the class.

TWCP -- Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO
Reservations required -- Seating is limited!
Call 314-727-8788 for reservations or
Sign up online -- click here

Friday, May 22, 2009

Harlan - Limited

Even on the cult wines, we do not price gouge -- we offer them at our same great low prices.
We do have some Harlan in stock at
2005 Harlan Estate Napa Valley
Our regular price....$534.99
Compare to The Wine Merchant Ltd on Hanley Road right here in (Clayton) St. Louis
from their email "On Sale $689.99"
From "The Wine Merchant" email on June 26, 2009

"Not unexpectedly, the 2005 Harlan Estate performed slightly better than it did last year. As these wines often do, it continues to put on weight as it is bottled very late by Napa standards, and there is no fining or filtration. The 2005 exhibits a gorgeous thick-looking, ruby/purple color in addition to a beautiful nose of burning embers interwoven with creme de cassis, roasted meats, sweet black truffles, and spring flowers. A hint of lead pencil shavings also emerges from this cuvee, which seems to want to be both a Pauillac and a ripe vintage of La Mission Haut Brion. Full-bodied, dense, pure, and revealing sweeter tannin than I remember, it can be drunk now, but it will no doubt display even greater complexity in 10, 20, and 30 years."

Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate


A new one for us from Rogue..

Rogue Mom Hefeweizen...$5.69 / 22oz
Ale brewed with coriander and ginger
From their website:

Style: Belgian Food Pairing: Hot & Spicy, Poultry
Tasting Notes:
This Belgian-style blonde ale is an unfiltered fusion of wheat and barley malts, spiced with coriander and ginger.

8 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages and Wheat.
Hops: Saaz.
Specialty: Coriander and Ginger.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Green Torment

Le Tourment Vert Absinthe....$6.99 / 50ml
Le Tourment Vert Absinthe....$49.99 / 750ml

Artists & Thinkers
"We’re not the only ones inspired by absinthe. It’s captured the imaginations of some of the world’s most famous (and infamous) artists and writers. Masters from Degas to Picasso, van Gogh to Hemingway, Toulouse-Lautrec to Wilde, have found their muse to be green. Not only devoted absinthe enthusiasts, they also celebrated it prominently in their works. The complex flavors. The painterly color. The captivating spirit. These same qualities that made absinthe the artist’s creative juice of choice are now reimagined in Le Tourment Vert. We leave it open to your interpretation." -- importer

"About a hundred years ago, absinthe became a victim of its own success. It was increasingly popular, particularly in France, with both the working class and the bourgeoisie. Some claimed it could protect against malaria. Others swore it unleashed their creative muse. The rituals required to prepare it found their ideal setting in the bohemian café scene of the Left Bank. But with the world descending into the turmoil of the First World War, absinthe began to take the blame for society’s decay. The prohibitionists launched a campaign against “The Green Torment”, claiming it was responsible for everything from general debauchery to insanity and death. By 1912, it was banned in the US and many other countries. Now absinthe is back and a whole new generation of distillers is creating a wide range of styles to choose from. In acknowledgement of absinthe’s checkered history we named ours “Le Tourment Vert” (The Green Torment): The very phrase that was used against absinthe by its detractors a century ago." -- importer

Slaghmuylder Brewery

Just arrived!
Witkap-Pater Single.....$4.39 / 11oz
Witkap-Pater Dubbele....$4.49 / 11oz
Witkap-Pater Triple...$4.49 /11oz

"The Slaghmuylder Brewery is unique in more that a few respects. It is the only surviving brewery in a town of 12,000 people that less than a century ago had thirteen of them. The brewery boasts a functioning steam engine, Anheuser-Busch kegs (left behind after the American troops departed Ninove at the end of World War II), and makes the only beer brewed by a layman ever permitted to use the “Trappist” designation on the label. Today the handsome 135 year old brewery and adjacent museum (in which the aforementioned relics are kept) is overseen by three cousins who are descendants of the founder Emmanuel Slaghmuylder, a grain merchant turned brewer. The Slaghmuylder cousins brew Witkap Singel (the formerly “Trappist” beer) according to a recipe first developed at the Drie Linden brewery (in nearby Brasschaat). The Slaghmuylders took over Drie Linden in 1981. The brewer there was instrumental in developing many celebrated beers for Trappist monasteries. He was so beloved by the Brothers, and his contributions were so valued, that they conferred on him a special honor. For the duration of his life, his Witkap beers (made at his own brewery) would be allowed to carry the “Trappistenbier” (Trappist Beer) designation. We are importing Witkap Singel (known as Stimulo in Belgium), the most celebrated of the brewery’s beers. Today it bears the “abbey” designation. Single refers to the density (light) not the number of times the beer is fermented. lt is twice fermented, once in vat and once in bottle. It is the lightest of the Trappist style beers and is typically drunk at the midday meal. Witkap has a very high fermentation temperature (22 degrees Celsius). It is held at this temperature for five days. The beer is aged for four weeks at 5 degrees Celsius. The beers are then centrifuged. At bottling, Witkap is dosed with candi sugar and new yeast. It is a blonde beer that sparkles like champagne. It has an extremely estery nose with typical abbey notes of banana and berry. Unusually, this is followed by a light body and lemony finish. Overall the effect is something one could describe as an abbey lager. Witkap is one of the least well-known of our beers, yet is invariably a surprise hit at tastings. Well worth seeking out." -- importer
Witkap Singel is recommended above all else with seafood -particularly mussels, sole and turbot. Try a sole with Witkap Singel, fish stock, cream, and tomato puree, turbot with leeks, and a Witkap butter sauce. Steam mussels with Witkap, thyme, and bay in the broth, or serve with grilled or fried fish."- importer

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oak Aged Balthazar

Another rare treat..
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

" of the excellent new tiny breweries in Belgium, located in Ingelmuenster {Western part of Belgium, not too far away from De Dolle Brouwers & Brouwerij de Regenboog}. probably the smallest authentic brewery in Belgium right now with a batch size of about 65 cases! Established in 2003!" -- importer

The Oak Balthazar....$16.99 / 750ml
A limited-edition, special oak-aged version of our Balthazar from Picobrouwerij Alvinne in Ingelmunster, Belgium.

Balthazar is a 9% ABV dark ale brewed with coriander, cardamom, and ginger. This oak-aged version, never before offered until now!!

Available online -- click here

Beer news...

New rarities from Austria and Switzerland...see posts below.
Schlafly Quad just in....
St. Peters Sorgham Beer -- Gluten Free - in stock now.

Viking Blod mead is back -- click here to read more

Now in 6 packs also!!
Bear Republic Racer 5...$9.99 / 6 pack
"This is a hoppy IPA. Did I say hops? Your brewer is a hop head! This is a full bodied beer using American grains. The goal was to create a base for showing off the unique floral qualities of two Pacific Northwest hops, Columbus and Cascade. Columbus is a new hybrid High Alpha Acid hop used mostly for bittering, but used heavily as an aromatic in this strong brew. Cascade is the balance that ties the malt and bittering hops together. It is a true specialty ale and is our brewer's statement on this style." -- Brewery

order online

Back in stock..

Sarasola Sagardoa Basque 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.
Basque Cider History & Tradition:

Source: WikipediaLink:
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." -- importer

order online -- click here

Very rare stuff..

Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien
The Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM) started in 1997, and has been one of the pillars of the Swiss craft beer renaissance ever since. BFM's range of bottle-conditioned, top- and bottom-fermented beers is as staunchly original as our region.

Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru

Very Limited Edition
Ale Matured in Trousseau Oak Barrels

TR 3 -- Barrique No3.....$13.99 / 375ml
TR 5 -- Barrique No5.....$13.99 / 375ml

"Ale matured in Trousseau Oak Barrels (single cask in Trousseau barrel from Arbois, France) Hand bottle, without prise de mousse in January 09. This Grand Cru's complexity will increase with age. 11% alc./vol." -- label

Ingredients: swiss mountains' spring water, barley malts, sugar, hop, yeast.
Brewed May 2008
(FYI - these beers are purposely "still", wine yeast was used)

Available online -- click here

Monday, May 18, 2009

Schlafly Quad

In stock now at Rock Hill and Clayton
Schlafly Quadrupel....$8.49 / 750ml
"Schlafly Quadrupel is, as its name implies, a serious beer. But don't be intimidated. This fourth beer in our bottle-conditioned Belgian beer series has a rich, malty backbone that generously balanced by select, fresh hops to create a luscious, smooth character. Sharing it with friends enhances the enjoyment, whether in front of roaring fire or at the finest dinner party. This beer pairs perfectly with all types of food, particularly those with assertive flavors. " -- from the back label 12% ABV

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Belgian Lambic

Hanssens Artisinal Brews
"Hanssens Artisanaal is the last independent geuze blender in the whole world. Hanssens Bartholomeus, former major of Dworp, started to brew lambic in 1871, in the previous Sint-Antonius brewery. Documents have proven that he continued to brew, from 1896 onwards, in buildings located in the Vroenenbosstraat, Dworp. These premises are still used." -- importer

Hanssens Oude Kriek....$5.49 / 375ml
Cherry Lambic
"The color is almost heartbreakingly stunning; reds, roses, pinks, and oranges, all at once, like a beautfiul sunset. The aroma opens up with a barnyard gambit, but this quickly dissipates, allowing complex aromatics of cherries, wood, earth, vanilla, and mold to come through... The Finish is long, tart, fruity, and finally drying. An absolute masterpiece."--Garrett Oliver, The Brewmaster's Table

"Each batch of its Kriek offers therefore different aromas and flavors only based on the century old knowledge of the Hanssens family.After the blending the Kriek (with 70 kg of black Belgian cherries per 600 Lt. barrel) is bottled, corked and stored in the cellar for secondary fermentation at 50o-55oF for over one year." -- importer

Hanssens Oudbeitje Lambic...$9.49 / 375ml
Strawberry Lambic
"The strawberries announce themselves in the nose, where they mingle with aromas of earth, sharp cheddar cheese, vanilla, yogurt, and a Riesling-like petrol note. The flavors turn out to be surprising - gentle sweetness quickly followed by fine acidity, and a wonderful fruitiness right through the center." -- Garrett Oliver, The Brewmaster's Table

Hanssens Oude Gueze...$5.49 / 375ml
"Hanssens Oude Gueuze has a hazy gold color and an aroma of wet wool, preserved lemons, vanilla, and earth. The palate is sharply tangy and dry, opening up to a marvelously complex display of citrus and damp earth in the center. The finish is miles long and juicily acidic, with a final flourish of fruit. This would be brilliant wit ha good ceviche packed with shrimp and avocado."
--Garrett Oliver, The Brewmaster's Table

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Grand Veneur

More delicious 2007 Rhones!
"This estate, owned by the Jaume family, has been on fire over the last decade. The wines are made in a polished, civilized, modern style, but they do not lack Provencal or Chateauneuf du Pape typicity...The real bargain among the Chateauneuf du Papes is their traditional offering. Over the last 4-5 years, Grand Veneur has produced a bevy of terrific Cotes du Rhones, and the following two cuvees are indicative of what they are capable of achieving."
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Alain Jaume Côtes du Ventoux "Les Gelinottes"....$9.99

"This wine was a stand out for me at 2007 Rhone tasting near D.C. earlier this year. We have never stocked this wine before, but the quality/price ratio for this wine was unbelievable. My notes point out that it is well extracted, full of fruit and ready to drink. I cannot wait to try it again now that it has arrived." -- Paul

"50% Grenache, 50% Syrah planted on clay and sandy soils. Traditional vinification, cold maceration. Intense red color. Great nose of red fruits. Very pleasant and enjoyable young. Soft and elegant tannins." -- importer

2007 Alain Jaume Gigondas Montmirail...$29.99
Gigondas has made a strong resurgence in the past few years at our stores. 15-20 years ago Gigondas was a big seller, but it seemed to lose favor with wine lovers. We have seen a lot of people flocking back to this great Southern Rhone wine. This Alain Jamue wine will show why Gigondas is making a strong comeback.

"Bright purple. Strongly perfumed, sexy bouquet of dark berry preserves, incense and roasted coffee. Very smooth, lush creme de cassis and candied cherry flavors, with no obvious tannins and gentle grip. This is already delicious but has the depth to age."
- Rated 89-91/100 Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2007 Alain Jaume Vacqueyras Grande Garrigue...$19.99
"Deep, bright red. Highly aromatic nose displays scents of strawberry, black raspberry, garrigue and cracked pepper. Firm and sharply focused, with juicy red and dark berry flavors and a subtle note of candied lavender. There's a lot of flavor here but the wine is quite graceful, offering a lightly spicy, impressively persistent finish. This will age on balance rather than power."

- Rated 91/100 Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2007 Reserve Grand Veneur, Côtes du Rhône Rouge...$15.99
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault

Purple-tinged garnet color. Aromas of fresh berries (wild raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry) and spices. The palate is full-flavored, with silky-smooth tannins. The finish offers notes of licorice and pepper.

"The 2007 Cotes du Rhone Reserve exhibits a peppery, roasted Provencal herb, meaty black cherry, and black currant-scented nose. With a lovely texture and silky tannins, it begs for consumption over the next 2-3 years."- The Wine Advocate

2007 Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône
Villages "Les Champauvins"...$19.99
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Single vineyard directly across the appellation boundary of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Intense, brilliant garnet-red color. The aromas of woods and ripe red berries are typical of the terroir. The tannic structure is elegant and smooth. The finish is dominated by slight touches of spices and truffles.A complete wine, rich and fine."An outstanding sleeper of the vintage, the 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Les Champauvins is an amazingly good effort displaying a dark ruby/purple hue as well as a big, sweet bouquet of black raspberries, kirsch, pepper, garrigue, and earth. Dense, full-bodied, and ripe, it is as good as many producers- Chateauneuf du Papes. It should drink well for 7-8 years or more."
-- Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge...$34.99
"The superb 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits a deep ruby/purple color followed by notes of cassis, black raspberries, licorice, charcoal, and a hint of camphor. It possesses superb concentration, full-bodied richness, great purity and texture, and a long finish that lasts 35-40 seconds. Drink it over the next 12-15+ years."
- Rated 90-93/100 Wine Advocate

The great 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes are arrving. Do not miss the vintage that Robert Parker calls the best he has tasted in his professional career.
2007 Grand Veneur
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Origines...$49.99
"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines may turn out to be one of this estate-s finest cuvees, although one should not overlook the 2006 Les Origines. A luxury cuvee sold at a reasonable price, the 2007 boasts a dense blue/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of blueberries, charcoal, creme de cassis, graphite, smoked meats, and herbs. Dense, full-bodied, and exceptionally pure, with a multilayered texture, moderate tannin, and a stunning finish, it will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 20-25 years."

- Rated 93-96/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 Rhones are arriving...

"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

"A super value treasure trove in the southern Rhone, Segries is a large estate of 109 acres brought back to life over the last decade by Henri de Lanzac. The wines continue to go from strength to strength."
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (#178, Aug. 08)

2007 Segries Cotes du Rhone Rouge...$12.99
This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Carignan from 30 year old vines. This is one of the finest Cotes du Rhones year after year. We sold hundreds of cases of the 2006 and of course, the 2007 is even better. This wine is worth buying by the case load. Because of the huge demand for this wine, only 112 case made it to Missouri this year. We tried ordering 3 times that much.
"The wine is ripe, rich and round, with black raspberry, white pepper and spice flavors. Ample fruit in the mid-palate." -- importer

2007 Segries Lirac Reserve...$18.99
This is a wine that could easily pass for a Chateuneuf du Pape. It is a blend of 50% Grenache and the rest made up of Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and Carignan. With CDPs all hitting the $30 plus range now, this wine will satisfy your thirst for a great Southern Rhone.

"Deep blueberry and forest aromas precede the very long flavors of black cherry, bramble and black pepper. Muscular and packed, finishes with drying tannins." -- importer

2007 Segries Cotes du Rhone "Clos du Hermitage"....$24.99
This is Cotes du Rhone on steroids. It is bigger and fuller and oakier than any other Cotes du Rhone you will find. I am a big fan of this serious wine and very intense wine. The wine is complex and flavorful with an amazing structure and finish.

"This 3.5 hectare vineyard, located in the famous “Quartier de la Chartreuse de Villeneuve-les-Avignon”, has been owned by the Formula 1 race car driver Jean Alesi since 1995. It is managed by Château de Ségriès. The wine consists of 33% Grenache, 33%, Syrah and 33% Mourvèdre. Vinification: 21 days skin maceration in temperature controlled concrete vats, 9 months oak aging, 5% new French oak from Seguin Moreau cooper and 95% of 1 year old barrels." -- importer

**Ratings have not hit on these wines yet, but I am sure they will get great press

Sunday, May 10, 2009

VIP -- Wine Series continues..

Our next wine VIP
Thursday, May 14 from 6pm - 7:30pm

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

Meet Tom Tiburzi, winemaker, for Domaine Chandon and Etoile

We are very proud to have this very special guest come to our store and sign bottles and answer your questions while you taste some of the finest sparkling wines produced anywhere.

We will taste all the goodies:
Chandon Brut Classic
Chandon Blanc de Noir
Chandon Sparkling Rose
Chandon Riche
Chandon Brut Reserve
Chandon Etoile
Chandon Etoile Rose
Chandon Pinot Noir

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sierra Torpedo

Back in stock! -- Finally!

Bottled April 21
New year round brew from Sierra Nevada...

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA...$8.49 / 6pk
This is the first time since 1980 that Sierra Nevada is releasing a new "year round" brew. This brew is using a brand new hop called the "citra" hop. They funded the reasearch and own almost all the acreage in the world of this hop. They have been test marketing this beer for a few years on draft only. I guess the feedback was good, because it is coming out in package this year. The brewery's scheduled release date is January 15, 2009. Hopefully we will see it around that time here in St. Louis. I noticed that it just became offically registered in the state of Missouri--so the paperwork is done!
(Also they registered an Imperial Smoked Porter in Missouri...I believe this will be a draft only.)

Info has been spreading on the beer sites for a few months, but since it is now registered in Missouri, I thought it was worth mentioning.
Label picture take from
press release from
Press release:
"About the beer: Contrary to popular belief Torpedo Ale is not a different version of Celebration. The confusion stems from the device itself. The name Torpedo stems from an invention that Ken Grossman and the brewers came up with several years ago. The Hop Torpedo is a cylindrical stainless steel vessel that was developed to harness the essential oils and resins in hops, without extracting bitterness. The device essentially works like an espresso machine. A stainless filter basket is packed full of whole cone hops loaded into the vessel and sealed against pressure. The device is then placed in the fermentation cellars where beer from the cylindroconical fermenters is pushed down from the tanks, through the pressurized column of hops and back into the fermenting tank. The flow of beer out of the tanks, into the Torpedo and back into the fermenter can be controlled to extract different levels of flavor, aroma and bitterness. Essentially, it is a new way of dry-hopping that extracts all of the oily resin without the residual bitterness of the traditional method.The confusion with Celebration came about because Celebration has ALWAYS been copiously dry-hopped. The idea came about because dry-hopping is both difficult, time consuming and wasteful. Also, dealing with dry hopping bags in a 400-600 bbls. Fermenters is an engineering nightmare. (those things are tall!) So, back to the point, the Torpedo was developed to use with Celebration. After years of experimentation, we decided to stick with the traditional method of dry-hopping for Celebration and are using the Hop Torpedo for other inventions.There is also confusion, because Torpedo has been available for a few years as part of our limited draft selection program. We do a limited draft program as a way to have fun and experiment, while producing beers that are not really viable options for yea-round packages. The legalities, and consistency from year to year are not as stringent as with bottled packages. The recipe for Torpedo has varied in the past over a big variable. Essentially we have been polishing the beer and testing the reactions for years! In the forthcoming Torpedo package, we are not only using the new Hop Torpedo method, but also debuting a new variety of hop. We are using a new varietal called the Citra hop. Sierra Nevada ( and two other breweries) funded the research and development of this variety and we own most of the acreage available in the world, (which is something like 3 acres). This hop has a crazy strange flavor profile, leaning toward pineapple, mango, papaya and other tropical fruit flavors and aromas. As always, we use only whole cone hops." -- Bill Manley
The Beer: Torpedo is in a grey area, somewhere between an IPA and a Double IPA...We are calling it Extra IPA...7.4% ABV
IBU's in the high 70's to 80's
Bittering hops: with Magnum
Finishing hops: Magnum, Crystal, Chinook.
Torpedo: Magnum, Chinook, Citra.

Bill Manley
Communications Coordinator
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


Events for everyone: wine, beer, champagne
We have many amazing events coming up in the next week:
Here is a quick list to make it easier to keep track --

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Amazing Bordeaux...

Great Bordeaux still at futures price...
2005 Chateau Monbousquet St. Emilion....$69.99
"From a less than noble terroir in Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens, Gerard Perse has accomplished miraculous things at Monbousquet. Prior to his acquisition of this property in the mid-nineties, this wine tasted like watered-down Beaujolais, but Perse has turned it into one of the more stunning, modern-styled wines of Bordeaux. A blend of approximately two-thirds Merlot, one-third Cabernet Franc and 8-10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 exhibits plenty of toasty oak, roasted herb, meat juice, blackberry, cherry, and spice characteristics along with a touch of incense. Full-bodied and opulent, with an atypically rigid structure, this is a remarkable achievement for such a humble terroir. It admirably reflects Gerard Perse’s obsessive commitment to excellence. Look for this 2005 to hit its stride in 7-8 years, and last for 15-20"
-- Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Justin Timberlake's Tequila

Come in and ask for a taste, we have one in the freezer at Forsyth.

The latest edition to our over 90 Tequilas that we stock...
901 Silver Tequila 100% Blue Agave...$37.99
St. Louis is one of only 4 cities (LA, NY, and Vegas) chosen for the kick off of his new tequila. In fact, it might be the first one -- the importer is located right here in Missouri.

"Singer and native Memphian Justin Timberlake is launching his own brand of tequila called 901 in May. The recipe was originated in Jalisco, Mexico, and the brand has been in development for two years. The name is a nod to the 901-area code of Memphis.
The new line is expected to hit stores in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and St. Louis this spring, but no release date in Memphis has been set. Preliminary pricing is reported at $40 for a 750 milliliter bottle." -- The Memphis Business Journal

901 Tequila Website

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Great wine...

2006 Lancyre Coteaux du Languedoc
Pic Saint Loup V.V....$19.99

"The 2006 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup Vieilles Vignes offers a shining example of what was possible in this tricky vintage, and with around a 6,000 case production, it should be quite accessible in the marketplace. A nose of concentrated black fruits tinged with smoke and marine air, leads to a concentrated, clean, bitter fruit skin-tinged and smoky Lapsang black tea-laced palate, and a long, black-fruited, smoky, saline finish. This formidably-concentrated, lean, tight, yet seamlessly ripe red should be worth following for 5-7 years. (The winery proudly promotes the age-worthiness of this cuvee by selling older vintages at the cellar door.)"

Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

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