Friday, July 31, 2009

Greene King is here!

Just arrived at Forsyth...I will post more info later on these beers...

Greene King Export IPA....$3.49 / pint

"Award-winning Greene King IPA is a great-tasting beer, loved by drinkers across the world. In fact, Greene King IPA is currently Britain's favourite cask ale, so you're in good company and taste.

This hoppy, refreshing beer is brewed in the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds, in the heart of Suffolk, where brewing has been an important part of the town's history even as far back as 1086 when brewing in the town was recorded in the Domesday Book." -- brewery

Ruddles County Ale....$3.49 / pint

Burgerbrau is back!

B.B. Burgerbrau Czech Lager...$8.79 / 6pk
B.B. Burgerbrau Dark....$1.99 / pint

"..... B.B. Burgerbrau, a beer from Ceske, Budejovice in the Czech Republic. The beer is of some interest to U.S. consumers, since it is often considered one of the original "Budweisers."

Ceske, Budejovice is well-known as a brewing city, and is also the hometown of the celebrated Budvar.

Throughout the 19th Century and up until 1918, this half-German, half-Czech city was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and was officially known by its German name "Budweis." When the Czechs declared their independence in 1918, they officially changed the name to Ceske, Budejovice--"Ceske," meaning "Czech." (At the same time, the city of "Saaz" became " atec," "Pilsen" became "Plzen," and more famously, the capitol "Prague" was changed to "Praha").

B.B. Burgerbrau was first brewed in 1802 when it was called "Budweiser Burgerbrau." The Burgerbrau name literally means "Beer of the City's Residents." It was exported to the United States and throughout Europe in the 19th Century, and drew such acclaim that numerous breweries adopted "Budweiser" to describe a style of beer and tried to emulate the taste, quality and brewing process of Burgerbrau. As a further testament to its quality and reputation, B.B. Burgerbrau was named as the official court supplier to the Wurttenburg's King Wilhelm II in 1895.

After the liberation of Czechoslovakia from Nazi rule in 1945, the unpopularity of things Germanic led to a suspension of the Burgerbrau trademark. The brewery instead made brands like "Samson" and "Crystal" which are still brewed today.

In 1989, the new Czech democratic government reinstated the brewery's domestic right to use the "Budweiser Bier" and "B.B. Burgerbrau" trademarks.

B.B. Burgerbrau was re-introduced in the late 1990s and is brewed today in the same brewhouse with the same recipe, ingredients and brewing methods from the 1800s.

"The beer from the City of Budweis is considered to be the finest brewed beer in the world," reports Rob Neuner of Classic Beverages, "and B.B. Burgerbrau is the original standard bearer."

"The city of Budejovice evokes in the minds of beer drinkers throughout the world images of the finest beers in the world--much the same way as the Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy regions of France evoke images of the finest wines in the world," added Neuner. "B.B. Burgerbrau is a full bodied, world-class European lager that is brewed in small batches with greatly extended lagering periods. It is distinct from all American macrobrews."

Similar to wine apellations, the European Union recently bestowed its rare Protected Geographic Indication to the Brewery for the term "Budejovicke Pivo" ("Beer from Budweis City") affirming that the superior quality of its beer is inextricably tied to the region where it is produced."

--Modern Age Brewery

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Technology.

As many of you know, I have been here over 23 years. There are a few children of our regular customers that were just a few years old when I started working here that now shop here themselves!? The Wine and Cheese Place just had another anniversary---we have just recently moved into our 28th year serving St. Louis as the number one wine, beer, and cheese shop!! As we close in on 30 years (we will have a major party for that one), it is amazing how the business keeps changing--other stores and people come and go. We continue to survive by offering the best service, selection and price. This has never changed, and it is even more important as "national" chains come to St. Louis and places like Walmart and Target get into liquor. They cannot compete with our three focus points--service, selection and price.


The technolgy keeps evolving/changing and we try to stay up to date.

  • Of course, we used to send newsletters via the Post Office "snail" mail. These flyers used to take 6-8 weeks from production to the printer to the Post Office--the information was almost out of date by the time it reached the customer


  • The next technology was the fax machine. We started a weekly "fax" to our customers (the first few times, I had to type every fax number in until we got a fax that would store numbers).


  • A number of years ago we started sending out our popular email newsletters. Still a very important part of our business.


  • A little over a year ago (14 months), we were one of the first to start a blog about our store (I just relealized we have had almost 55,000 hits in our first year) http://www.thewineandcheeseplace.blogspot.com/



  • Three different Twitter accounts (twcpBEER, twcpWINE, provisionsmkt). Over 400 followers.


  • Facebook - Search "The Wine and Cheese Place" (almost 400 friends)


  • Now we just started Friendfeed --- www.friendfeed.com/wineandcheese. Similar to Twitter but you are not limited to a certain number of characters and you can post pictures with the comments. The nice thing about Friendfeed is that I have it automatically being fed from our blog and twitter accounts. It will just be a summary of everything going on. Still learning the ins and outs right now.


















Fire King Lump Charcoal

Back in stock now!
Just arrived a few minutes ago. (I had to buy Charcoal at another place yesterday, not the same as the Fire King)
Fire King Lump Charcoal...$9.99 / 20lb bag
Made right here in Missouri.
We think it is the best Charcoal you will ever use. We will be using it at our Beer Fest and BBQ this Saturday.
It burns cleaner and hotter than regular briquets.



"You should recognize this charcoal if you watched the Micro-Algae Man episode of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs in which Mike Rowe visited the Struemph Charcoal Works in Steelville, Missouri. Although they didn't explicitly list any brands bagged by Struemph, you could plainly see the "Fire King" bags in the episode. So, sparing no expense for our readers, we ordered two 20-pound bags to review.

So, we have a great smelling charcoal, easy to light, long lasting, virtually no chips and dust in the bag...this charcoal is a great choice. (We wonder if Mike Rowe knew that he was buried in a pile of such fine charcoal, or that all that powdered charcoal he was shoveling was the result of making a great product!) We give it our Recommended rating."
-- nakedwhiz.com, Lump Charcoal database

Reader's Score: 4.47 (55 votes)
5 - Best Ever 31 (56%)
4 - Good Stuff 20 (36%)
3 - So So 3 (5%)
2 - Pretty Bad 1 (2%)
1 - Worst Ever 0 (0%)

The original Harp in the U.S. now.


Just Arrived...the original Harp Recipe!


Harp Premium Lager
"Genuine Irish Recipe"
Have you been to Ireland and enjoyed some Harp and then come home to say "It is not as good as I remembered it in Ireland"? Well, the Harp that you were drinking in the U.S. was made specifically for the U.S. market, now they are bringing in the original IRISH version.


Plus we have more...
Guinness 250th Anniversary brew..


Guinness "250" Anniversary Stout...$9.69 / 6pk
"(Dublin, IRELAND) - Guinness will celebrate its 250th anniversary...in style with a new beer, Guinness Anniversary Stout. The beer commemorates the date on which Arthur Guinness signed the lease on St. James’ Gate in Dublin: December 31, 1759. Guinness hasn’t come around to the craft beer scene yet but this one might appeal to craft drinkers....From Wikipedia, “Leased for 9,000 years in 1759 by Arthur Guinness at £45 per year, St. James’s Gate has been the home of Guinness ever since. It became the largest brewery in Ireland in 1838, and was the largest in the world in 1914.” -- http://www.beernews.org/






Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Maibock!

Tin Mill Maibock...$7.49 / 6pk

From Herman, MO

“A rich, copper-colored beer with a pleasant hoppiness that enhances the rich malt flavor.”

  • Available from early spring through late summer, Tin Mill Maibock is an amber beer that nicely balances malt and hops. This is a great beer for someone just starting to get a taste of Micro-Brews.
  • Food Pairings — Malty Maibock and shellfish make a sweet pair. So enjoy it with shrimp, crab dip, lobster, or steamed mussels. Roasted pork is another great entrée pairing. Or for dessert, match an amber colored Maibock with a slice of carrot cake.
  • Brewermaster Note — This is one of our most popular beers. The maltiness balances just a touch of bitterness for a smooth, drinkable

Info from their website.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hot Rhones

Don't wait to pay more at the competition, we have it in stock now.
Don't wait for sales! Our regular prices beat the sale prices of our competition.



2007 Chateau Mourgues du Gres Capitelles....$21.99 (our regular price)
Compare to The Wine Merchant "Email price $22.99" 7/23/09 email

"A sensational red wine is the 2007 Capitelles du Mourgues, a Cote Rotie look-alike from the treasure-trove of values, Costieres de Nimes. A combination of 83% Syrah and the rest Carignan and Grenache, all aged in 600 liter demi-muids, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of blackberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and spring flowers. Sensational purity, full-bodied richness, good underlying freshness and vibrancy, and an amazingly long finish suggest a wine that costs 2-3 times as much. This exceptional effort should evolve for a decade."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate





2007 Chateau Mourgue du Gres Les Galets Rouges...$15.99 (our regular price)
Compare to The Wine Merchant email - "On Sale $16.99" 7/23/09 email

"Collard’s 2007 Costieres de Nimes Les Galets Rose – Syrah, with a splash of Grenache – seems to have hoarded fresh, tart red raspberries and herbs with abandon and delivers them in a lip-smacking, refreshing, glossy, seemingly light (despite 13.5% alcohol) package. Suggestions of salt, stone, and roasted meat emerge as you work this around in your mouth – and there is something thought-provoking as well as sensually delightful about a rose that clings this persistently to the palate. Relish it over the coming 6-9 months. "
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate


2007 Domaine Les Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone Villages
Cuvee Gabrielle....$17.99
"The last release from this vintage, the 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cuvee Gabrielle is a blend of 55% Grenache (80-year-old vines) and the rest Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvedre whose upbringing is in old barrels. This unfiltered wine exhibits a dense purple color as well as sweet, sexy aromas of cherry liqueur, roasted herbs, licorice, and spice box. Full-bodied with superb purity, it is an exuberant, mouth-saturating red with no hard edges, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, and alcohol. This beauty fully illustrates what is so special about the 2007 vintage. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate






2007 Saint Damien Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes....$15.99
The 2007 Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes, which could easily pass for an outstanding Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 90% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre and possesses superb intensity as well as a sweet perfume of kirsch liqueur, licorice, lavender, and soil undertones. Deep and full-bodied with terrific texture, stunning richness, and a long finish, this brilliant Cotes du Rhone can be enjoyed over the next 4-5 years.
Rated 90-93/100 The Wine Advocate






New wine glass...

Can you see the difference in these glasses?
#1 Riedel Vinum Cabernet ($16)
#2 PolyCarbonate Unbreakable Cabernet
#3 PolyCarbonate Unbreakable Pinot Noir
#4 Riedel Vinum Pinot Noir Glass ($16)





Unbreakable plastic that looks just like a Crystal glass. Great for outdoors, picnics, by the pool, patio, parties in the park, Shakespeare in the park and camping trips. Even sitting side by side on a table it looks like real glass. You can have a pool/patio party and not worry about broken glass for bare feet to walk on.

We have them available in Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and White Wine. ($5.49 each)

We also have polycarb plates also that have a place to fit your glass of wine or can of soda/beer so that you can still have one hand free.



Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oktoberfest in July!

Yes, we have had a cooler summer, but Oktoberfest is already here?
Left Hand apparently wanted to beat everybody --

Left Hand Oktoberfest....$8.99 / 6pk
"This beer is available each autumn in celebration of the great Bavarian festival season. Brewed in late spring and cellared throughout the summer, our Oktoberfest is produced through traditional methods as it has been for centuries in Germany, This copper-hued lager owes its rich malt flavor to a generous combination of select Vienna and Munich malts. Cool, open-fermentation develops a subtle elegance and drinkability suited to any festive occasion." -- Brewery

Who will be the first with their Pumpkin Ale out, or Christmas Ale?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Quick notes..

Southern Tier Hopsun is back in stock.
We thought it was gone for the year,
but a fresh shipment (bottled 7/9/09) just arrived.

Bad news for Knob Creek lovers...
We are told that Knob Creek is sold out until November. They sold more than they planned and now have to wait for more to mature. We have a few cases left at our stores and that is it until November.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rick Ankiel Wine is here --

Now that the official release party is over, we have some extra autographed bottles available.

We also like to thank Rick and Lory Ankiel for their generosity and time. They were both very accommodating with autographs and pictures. It was an exciting night as we also had a birthday cake for Rick's 30th Birthday which was at midnight that night!
Since we wanted to make sure everybody would have time to get pictures and autographs we had to turn a lot of people away for this event (the phone was ringing off the hook). If you missed the first party, we have a second event planned at our Provisions Gourmet Market Location on September 17.
We are now taking reservations --- click here.


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Here is Rick along with his wife Lory opening the very first bottle of 2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Wine!



Also if you are on Facebook, search for "The Wine and Cheese Place" and become a fan --- I will post more pictures of the event on our Facebook page.


In stock now ---
Click here to order it online



We now have some extra autographed bottles at Forsyth.

The wine is delicious, there were so many comments at the party on how great the 2006 Rick Ankiel wine was drinking. If you want a great California Cabernet, try this one, you will be very impressed!!!



2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red Wine....$55
2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red Wine with Autograph...$75

$20 is donated to St. Louis Stray rescue. You do not have to attend the event to get his autograph. He will autograph some extra bottles for us to sell. Autographed bottles should be available next week.

Beautiful bottle finished in wax:




The winebat is here also:
Limited to 100 boxes. Each box will be numbered and autographed by Rick Ankiel. The boxes include a Rick Ankiel bat that has been stained in red wine and 3 bottles of 2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red wine.
Winebat set - $699.99



Outside of the box:
Inside of the box:

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cantillon - new releases.

Shop online at http://www.wineandcheeseplace.com/




Cantillon Fou' Foune Apricot Lambic...$23.99 / 750ml
(bottled 8/25/08)
Rated 96 percentile on RateBeer

"To create this astounding and unique fruit beer, the Cantillon brewers buy apricots from a vineyard in Bordeaux and pour them into casks of aged lambic. Over three to four months, the fruit dissolves and ferments, and is infused into the beer. The result is a wonderful peachy-apricot aroma and taste, combined with the tart, earthy flavor of honest, wild-yeast fermented lambic beer.
The wonderful "apricot moon" painting for the label was done by Julie Van Roy, daughter of master brewer Jean-Pierre Van Roy. -- importer





Cantillon St. Lamvinus...$28.99 / 750ml
(bottles 11/08/08)
Lambic Beer brewed with Merlot Grapes aged in oak barrels.

"Beer or wine? St. Lamvinus is a two-year-old Cantillon lambic fermented in oak casks along with wine grapes from France, and siphoned directly into 750 ml champagne bottles. The type of grapes used, and the winery in France that supplies them, are different every year. The name is a small pun: 'lam' referring to lambic beer, 'vinus' being, of course, the latin for 'wine,' and the whole thing, 'St. Lamvinus,' meant to remind you of St. Emilion, one of the most fabled wine appellations in Bordeaux. It is in essence a union of wine and beer..." -- importer





Cantillon Vigneronne...$18.99 / 750ml
(bottled 12/24/08)
"In October, time of the grape harvest, Italian muscat grapes are added to a few casks of two-year old lambic. After three months, the grape-flavored lambic will be blended to create a small amount of Cantillon Gueuze Vigneronne, a rare traditional style, unique to the Cantillon brewery, with a mild white wine grape aroma and flavor. A wine-lovers' beer!" -- importer





Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus....$8.99 / 375ml
"The most famous framboise," according to beer writer Michael Jackson, and an undisputed World Classic – fully authentic, tart, not sweetened with sugar or syrup like all the rest.
Whole fresh raspberries are fermented in oak casks of Belgium’s classic beer - beer fermented by wild yeasts borne on the open air. Very dry, tart, and fruity, but also funky and complex, as a natural lambic should be. This is the real thing - definitely not one of those artificially sweetened soda-pop beers." -- importer




Cantillon Iris 2006...$15.99 / 750ml
Iris is made in the style of lambic – fermented by wild yeasts and aged in oak wine casks at the brewery – but with a couple of big differences. First, it is made entirely from malted barley, whereas traditional lambic uses one third unmalted wheat. In addition, the brewery has used fresh Hallertau hops in the boil and for dry-hopping the Iris. (Traditional lambic calls for hops that have been aged for several years, which impart virtually no hop flavor to the finished product.)
Iris is a rare and unusual treat to thrill the connoisseur of traditional Belgian beers – absolutely, utterly unique.


Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek....$21.99 / 750ml
Cantillon Kriek....$15.99 / 750ml





Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Quick note....

Another quick post --
Sierra Nevada Torpedo is back in stock!!

New Beers!

It is a good beer week --
click here to see a summary of what is new and exciting.
(I am sold out of Woodcut #2, but I saw two bottles still at Provisions!!)

A rare treat!

Available online

We are told that this is the last batch (lot)
being made of this brew -- do no miss it!
Lot: A 3 09

Mikkeller Struise Collaboration Elliot's Brew....$6.49





"Mikkellers first collaboration brew. Brewed together with our good friends from Westflandern – Carlo, Urbain and Phil from De Struise Brouwers. The beer was created in the spring of 2007 to create a symbol of our close relationship. We choose to cross a heavily hopped Mikkeller beer with a strong blonde – Struise style. From this came the hoppiest beer brewed in Belgium!!! Struise Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) was chosen by Ratebeer.com to be the second beer of their Worldwide Master Series!" -- Mikkeller

RateBeer Special Release:
"Behold the second of RateBeer.com’s Worldwide Masters Series! This request edition ale is the crafted alchemy of a party of some of Europe’s finest brewers, Mikkel Bjergsø and Kristian Keller of Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Urbain Coutteau, Carlo Grootaert, Phil Driessens, and Peter Braem of De Struise Brouwers (Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium).
Both breweries have attracted considerable international attention for their artful interpretations of traditional ale styles enlived by a rich sense of invention. And both are also very highly esteemed by the RateBeer.com international community of beer tasters. We hope you enjoy this unique little treasure.
Struise Mikkeller -- the product of master brewing and friendship. Celebrate this sense of camaraderie by sharing this bottle with your good friends!
- Joe Tucker, RateBeer.com

Struise-Mikkeller is as we said in the past "Best of two worlds". We delivered an IPA with 130 IBU, but a bitterness hidden the Struise way, counter balanced by maltyness, alcohol and rest sugars. People who do not like Ipa's will actually be amazed, the general hop bomb addict will not understand, so yes this is a controverse brew... enjoy anyway!
"
Rated 97 percentile on Ratebeer.com

Czech Pilsner

Mikkeller Czech Pilsner Style....$5.29
11.2oz bottles



“The Czech Pilsner is a classic ‘Czech-style’ Pilsner of 4.8% alc. vol. It differs from the more commercial Czech Pilsner by being unfiltered and unpasteurized and heavily dry-hopped with Saaz."

Mikkeller Czech-style Pilsner, brewed at De Proef like most of his others, will be released this spring. Mikkel has already tried his hand in the style (sort of), brewing an Imperial Pilsner called Draft Bear which currently sports an A- rating on Beer Advocate" -- http://www.beernews.org/

Bonator

Weissenohe Bonator Doppelbock....$4.69
16.9oz flip top bottle
"Legend has it that Doppel Bock was first made by monks as a hearty, full-bodied drink to be consumed in the tough fasting period. This "Bonator" is brewed at the monastery as Weissenohe in the most traditional, painstaking way, using the best ingredients. It is named for Bonifatius, a missionary who came to the monastery long after brewing began in 1050 A.D. No one knows why all Doppel Bocks have names ending with the suffic "-ator". That's just the way it is..." -- brewery

"In 1050, Benedictine monks founded a monastery along a stream in the beautiful green hills of Franconia, in northern Bavaria, and pretty much immediately began to make beer. (Another German monastery, at Weinstephan, claims to be the world's oldest brewery, starting in 1040. But what's ten years in the big scheme of things?) The monks called their new home Weissenohe, meaning "along the white stream" -- a reference to the unusual concentration of limestone in the water (washed down from nearby chalk cliffs), which proved to be great for brewing." -- brewery

Monday, July 13, 2009

Christoffel

Christoffel Nobel....$4.99
Dry-Hopped Triple Lager
11.2oz flip top bottles

Order online now!

ABV = 8.7%

"We're calling it a "Dry-hopped Triple Lager". Basically, it's like a hoppy, bottom-fermented, Tripel. Or a sort of Imperial Pilsner. Or a bigger version of the Bier.

We're receiving it in very limited quantities, so whatever you want to call it, you better grab it quick!" -- importer

"Beerbrewery St. Christoffel is a relatively young brewery, founded in 1986. Our brewery is situated in the former coalmining-town Roermond in Dutch Limburg and named after the patronsaint of Roermond: Saint Christoffel. The brewery started very small and was at first situated behind a house. In 1995 the brewery moved to her present facility. With moving there, the brewingcapacity greatly enhanced due to new brewing-, fermenting- and lagerfacilities. Christoffel brews according to the German “Reinheitsgebot von 1516”: which means the brewingprocess takes place in a completely natural way. Around the year 1990, Christoffel Blond was awarded 3 years in a row with the Dutch title: “Best Beer from the Netherlands”. -- brewery


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Picobrouwerij Alvinne

(side note - pico-means tiny, smaller than Micro and brouwerij means Brewery)


"Picobrouwerij Alvinne, one 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




Gaspar Belgian Bitter Ale...$4.49 / 11oz btl
Probably the hoppiest beer in Belgium!
Alc./Vol.: 8% alc/vol
Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Chocolate, Wheat
Hops: Challenger, Saaz, East Kent Goldings

Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned
Aroma: Fruity with strong hoppy aroma
Flavor/Taste profile: Spicy, malt-sweet, hoppy-bitter palate, with a very very long dry & bitter finish.



Podge Imperial Stout...$4.49 / 11oz btl


"Podge Belgian
Imperial Stout (10.5% ABV) Brewed at the request of English beer connoisseur Chris "Podge" Pollard (a CAMRA activist and craft beer authority), this strong stout is black in color and has a rich, silky mouthfeel and slightly spicy flavor, but very low carbonation and no head at all "for the English taste". Made with Pilsner plus six other malt varieties, crystalized sugar and dark candi sugar, and hopped with English Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops. After taste-testing of multiple strains, the Wyeast Irish Ale yeast variety was selected for this brew." -- Wikipedia


Wort is divided into four different parts with each part using a different yeast strain:- Irish yeast- English yeast- Dry yeast- “Witbread” yeast

Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Black, Chrystal, Chocolate
Hops: Challenger, Saaz , East Kent Goldings
Fermentation: 5 days
Maturation: 6 weeks
Aroma: Red wine character , licorice, dark fruits, molasse, coffee
Flavor/taste profile: Pronounced roasted/coffee/rich chocolate flavors with a touch of sourness [Stout character] combine with dark fruity flavors [Belgian influence]


Alvinne Extra IPA...$4.49 / 11oz btl
"(7.1% ABV) A dry-hopped strong golden ale. Brewed with Pilsner, wheat and caramel malts, crystalized sugar and English hops of the Fuggles, Target and East Kent Goldings varieties. 30
IBU." -- Wikipedia

Friday, July 10, 2009

So Tier Creme Brulee and Heavy Weizen

Just arrived!

Southern Tier Creme Brulee...$7.49 / 22oz
"crème brûlée Imperial Milk Stout -- “a stout of great contention”
We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition. By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew." -- brewery
10.0% abv • 25º plato • 195º L • 22 oz / 1/6 keg 2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon





Southern Tier Heavy Weizen...$5.99 / 22oz
Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale
forged with eloquent craft

"Heavy Weizen explores the inner depths of creativity and craftsmanship, taking a style of ale that is delicate and quaffable and shaping it into something exuberant and sturdy. The foundation of Heavy Weizen begins with prodigious quantities of North American malted barley and wheat. Next, the finest European hops are added to complement this ale’s unique disposition by giving it spicy aromas. Its spirit is forged during fermentation where our Bavarian weizen yeast consumes sugars and creates flavors reminiscent of bananas and cloves. then by aging this ale, we allow the divergent characteristics to blend together, becoming one. To capture Heavy Weizen’s spirit, this wheat ale remains unfiltered to leave some of the yeast in the bottle. Serving this ale with a wedge of lemon is recommended, but optional." -- brewery
8.0% abv • 4.5ºL • Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale • 22 oz / 1/2 keg / 1/6 keg

Bordeaux Values!

Who said you could not find Grand Cru St. Emilion wines that are affordable?

These are both delicious and affordable.
2004 Rol Valentin St. Emilion Grand Cru....$35.99
Next lowest price on WineSearcher is:$41.85 at Pops Wine and Spirits

"Fresh and aromatic, with blackberry, chocolate and raspberry. A gorgeous nose. Full-bodied, yet balanced and refined, with caressing tannins and a long finish. Wonderful for the vintage. Harmonious. Consistently outstanding. Best after 2010. 1,585 cases made. –JS"
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

order online






2006 Chateau Teyssier
St. Emilion Grand Cru....$22.99
“The 2006 (90), which I did not review in my report published in issue #181, is an outstanding success as well as a sleeper of the vintage. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by plenty of black fruit, licorice, earth, and spice characteristics. It should drink nicely for 8-10 years..”
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate


order online




Thursday, July 9, 2009

Paul Hobbs

(available online -- click here)

New Releases from Paul Hobbs!

"Another fabulous vintage for Paul Hobbs, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignons may ultimately come close to resembling the great successes he has had, including his brilliant 2001s and 2002s."

-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


2007 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez....$66.99
"Revealing a distinctive meaty, herbal character, the full-bodied, rich, Burgundian-styled 2007 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Vineyard exhibits plenty of red and black fruits, a foresty component, and a sweet, beefy juiciness to its texture and flavors. It, too, should drink nicely for 7-8 years."
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate


2007 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River....$43.99
"The generic 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River is an outstanding example of Hobbs’ meticulous vineyard sourcing and winemaking. With copious sweet forest floor, plum, black cherry, and earthy notes, a luscious, medium to full-bodied texture, and a long finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years. The good news is there are over 2,000 cases of this wine."
Rated 91-93/100 The Wine Advocate


2007 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River....$43.99
"The generic 2007 Chardonnay Russian River exhibits plenty of lemon and orange blossoms as well as hints of pineapple, oak, and earth. Full-bodied with abundant opulence and flavors, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate


2007 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Richard Dinner....$63.99
"The 2007 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard reveals more earth, crushed rock, and tropical fruit (pineapple, orange marmalade, and peach) notes as well as admirable depth, medium to full body, well-integrated smoky oak, and a long finish."
Rated 92-93/100 The Wine Advocate


2006 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane....$146.99
"From another outstanding vineyard, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard’s scorched earth/burning ember, blueberry, graphite, and black currant characteristics are reminiscent of a top Bordeaux such as La Mission Haut-Brion. Dense, full-bodied and chewy with fabulous concentration, sweet tannins, and remarkable length, this profound Cabernet Sauvignon should last for 25-30 years."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Wine Class

This Monday's wine class!
Monday, July 13
The Wines of Oregon
$20/person
Chris Hoskins will lead
us through these great wines
2007 St. Innocent Pinot Gris Vitae Springs Vineyard (Willamette)
2007 King Estate Pinot Gris Oregon (Eugene, Southwest Oregon)
2005 Shea Wine Cellars Willamette Chardonnay Shea Vineyard
2005 Belle Vallee Cellars Southern Oregon Red Wine
2007 Foris Pinot Noir (Rogue Valley)
2006 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir (Willamette)
2006 Elk Cove Pinot Noir Windhill Vineyard (Willamette)
2006 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee (Wilamette)

Reservations required
Call 314-727-8788 for reservations
Seating is limited!
Or sign up online --click here

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Breckenridge



In stock at Forsyth...
Breckenridge
Small Batch Series --

Breckenridge Small Batch Mighty Brown....$7.99 / 22oz
"Breckenridge Brewery's Mighty Brown is a towering behemoth of a brown ale, rich, robust and full of personality. And it will go well with every other big event, meal or day in your life. Savor it. And ration it accordingly."-- brewery

Breckenridge Small Batch Extra ESB...$7.99 / 22oz
"471 ESB - Extra Special Bitter
Extra, extra? You better believe it. We like to say it’s double extra special. The balance of malt and hops makes it truly one-of-a-kind. Warming malt notes at the onset with a hop kick in the back and opens up to a nice dry finish. Our small batch ESB is a big traditional ale with characteristics that break tradition and a complexity that constantly surprises."
Yeast: Scottish Ale
Malts: English Pale, Amber, Crystal and Roasted Barley
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Fuggle
Bitterness Units: 55
Alcohol By Volume: 7.8%


Breckenridge 471 Imperial Porter....$7.99 / 22oz
Cannot find out anything on this one. It must be brand new.


Breckenridge 471 Small Batch Double Hopped IPA...$7.99 / 22oz
"471 IPA. Aggressive Hoppiness
Hoppy? Brother, 471 IPA redefines hoppy. 471 is a small batch, limited edition ale that was created by our Brewmaster to separate the weak from the strong. 471 is a double IPA, that combines Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils and Torrified Wheat malts, with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles hops. It has a big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness than you've ever had at one time. Enjoy" -- Brewery


Yeast: British Ale Yeast
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils, Torrified Wehat
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Fuggles
Color: Copper
Bitterness Units: 70
Alcohol By Volume: 9.2%


All painted on label bombers

Russian River Bargain!

Great price -- Great Wine!

2006 Chasseur Chardonnay Russian River....$23.99
Next lowest price on WineSearcher is:
$32.99 at Hops and Grapes




"This relies on smoky, toasty oak, yet it's well-executed, with a mix of spice, melon and green apple that's focused and tapered on the finish, ending with a sense of elegance and grace. Drink now through 2011. 660 cases made. –JL"
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator


order online

Premium cans!!

Back in stock -- fresh batch just arrived of the IPA and Pale Ale
Plus a new one---

Caldera Ashland Amber....$11.99 / 6pk cans
"A crisp, well balanced, refreshing amber. Simplicity is the key to this recipe." -- brewery


Grist: premium two row, crystal
Hops: Cascade, Galena
ABV = 5.6%



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Check out their canning line ==









Caldera from Ashland, Oregon
"One thing that sets Caldera apart from many other Northwest breweries besides the beer clarity is the incorporation of fresh whole flower hops into the brewing process. Whole flower hops have a cleaner taste than pelletized hops." -- brewery


Caldera was draft only until 2005 when the starting canning their beer -- the first craft brewer in Oregon.


Why cans?
Eliminates light and oxidation (causes skunkiness)
Quality beer for float trips and other places glass is not allowed
Click for more reasons and read about the "Myth of the metallic taste".







How about some west coast hops...
Caldera I.P.A....$11.99 for 6/12oz cans
A- on BeerAdvocate (with over 70 reviews)
"An American-style Indian Pale Ale brewed with plenty of body and assertive hop profile.
Grist: premium Two Row, Munich, Crystal, Carahell
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Amarilla
ABV = 6.1%
GOLD MEDAL: Category: Strong Beer 6.0% to 7.9%



Competition: Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Fest 2008- Sweden
SILVER MEDAL:Category: American Strong Pale Ale
Competition: North American Beer Awards 2008
SILVER MEDAL: Category: India Pale Ale

Competition: Australian International Beer Awards 2008


Caldera Pale Ale....$11.99 for 6/12oz cans
A West Coast-style pale ale balancing plenty of hops with a malty backbone.Grist: Two Row, Light Munich, CrystalHops: Cascade

Caldera is a very small brewery
Last year Caldera brewed only 2,211 barrels of beer
Three Floyds about 6,000 barrels last year.
Schlafly produces about 23,000 barrels per year.
Stone Brewing produced 67,000 in 2007
Bells Brewery produces 91,000 barrels per year.
Boulevard produces 140,000 barrels per year
New Belgium produces about 440,000 barrels per year
Sierra Nevada produces about 700,000 barrels per year
Anheuser-Busch produced 24,000,000 barrels in 2007



They only distribute in Oregon, Washington, California, Virginia, Maryland, Puerto Rico and now St. Louis!!






Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rick Ankiel Wine Notes:

In stock now -----
2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red....$55
2006 Rick Ankiel Wine with Autograph...$75
($20 is donated to St. Louis Stray Rescue)
Tasting notes:
A Note From the Winemaker:
Production: 56 cases
Composition: 57% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: 12% Beauterre, Oak Knoll Appellation, Valley Floor
10% Baker and Soda Canyon, Atlas Peak Appellation,
1500ft elevation
42% Dunlop, Napa Carneros
30% Glendale Ranch, Napa
6% Lazar Ranch, Wooden Canyon
Cooperage: 16 months in 85% French oak barrels, 10% American Oak, and 5% Hungarian Oak, (45% new barrels)
Alcohol: 15.28% alc, 3.65 pH, 0.63 TA

"This Cabernet Blend is our chance to create the best blend possible from the 2006 vintage. It allows us to use many small select lots made from specific sites farmed by the Hill Family that fall outside of the flagship Beauterre Vineyard. Blending this wine is always a challenge, as expectations are high, and the lots themselves have strong voices that do not always want to balance the way one would expect. The final blend shimmers and forms complex layers that will grow and improve for years to come. The nose takes off with really pretty blackberry and violets, some toasty oak; full, rich, and fruity with jammy berry and black licorice undertones and chewy tannin, but tasty and drinkable (palate softens and lengthens as it sits out in the glass)." -- winemaker

Rick Ankiel Wine!


Meet Rick and Lory Ankiel -- here is Rick opening the very first bottle of 2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red Wine at our last event. The first event was a great time! Get his picture and autograph. These bottles will be great gifts for the upcoming holidays and birthdays. Even plan ahead for Father's and Mother's day next year!

Order the wine online now


Rick Ankiel 2006 Napa
Valley Red Wine Party!
Hosted by Rick and Lory Ankiel
September 17, 2009
7pm-9pm

Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Street
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Join Rick Ankiel has he signs autographs of his 2006 Napa Valley Red Wine. Selected from a very limited harvest, only 56 cases of Rick's wine were bottled, making this a true wine and sports collectible. Join Rick and his wife Lory at Provisions Gourmet Market as they host this great event. Bring your camera and get pictures with Rick and he will sign autographs on his 2006 Napa Valley Red.


$25 per person
$25 includes wine tasting, a selection of finger foods provided by Chef Scott from Provisions Gourmet Market. Each couple are encouraged to purchase a minimum of 1 bottle of Rick Ankiel wine which includes an in-person autograph and personalized inscription for $75.
25% of proceeds from Rick's wine are donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis.
A number of select and truly unique sports collectibles and memorabilia pieces will also be through silent auction.


2006 Rick Ankiel Cabernet Blend
*Available With Limited Edition Autographed Winebat™...$699.99
*Limited Edition Custom Wine Box Including: The Winebat™ (Rick's game model Rawlings bat, hand-stained with "Hill Harvest Red" wine stain and autographed by Rick) & 3 bottles of Ankiel's Cabernet Blend.
*Only 100 hand-numbered boxes are available.



2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red
The Ankiels have chosen St. Louis Stray Rescue to donate part of the proceeds of the sale of the wine.


"As an elite athlete, Rick Ankiel accomplished what most said was impossible: making the switch from a starting pitcher to a star center fielder in professional baseball. His perseverance, dedication and work ethic have made him a true fan favorite in St. Louis. Off the field, Rick and his wife Lory are committed to helping animals in need and support Stray Rescue of St. Louis to ensure a safe home for all stray animals." -- back label of the wine



This is a very limited edition that will be a collector's item. This will make a great gift for any baseball lover as Rick Ankiel has always been a fan favorite for St. Louis and all of baseball!

Some websites worth checking out related to this event...
Visit Tag Sports for great sports collectibles

Rick Ankiel's website
Uncork for a Cause
St. Louis Stray Rescue



Saturday, July 4, 2009

Founders Fun!

Now in stock at Ballwin!
Founders Devil Dancer and the fresh Founders Centennial IPA
Avery Anniversary Sixteen Saison
St. Germain Page 24 beers (all 4 flavors)


Just noticed this on the bottom of the Founder's case box..
"If you can read this message then something is really wrong. Seriously. Look at the box. It's upside down. Turn this bad-boy over carefully, open it up, and enjoy the premium love inside."

Also just noticed that the....

Founders Red's Rye was bottled June 25th!!!
...more fresh beer to go along with the Centennial IPA that was bottled June 30th.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Avery 16th Anniversary

Just arrived at Forsyth and Ballwin!
Avery Anniversary Ale
Sixteen Saison....$6.79 / 750ml
Limited edition - brewed once and then it is gone!



Beer Style: Saison Ale
Hop Variety: Sterling
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, pale malted wheat
OG: 1.065 ABV: 7.69%
Adjuncts: peaches, jasmine and honey
Availability: One and done. Bottled in May of '09

"Finally, we're SIXTEEN! Dad, can we have the keys? No really, we'll totally take care of her--keep her clean--fill up her tanks--show her off to our friends and let 'em see what we can really do. Really? Thanks, dude! Promise to make you proud. Now to go find Jasmin, Peches and Miel! Well, we got her started and decided to add a few things to the tank. SIXTEEN is a harmonious combination of jasmine, peaches and honey fermented with an unmistakable Belgian yeast strain, all weaving a marvelously spicy and fruity, massively estery and dry, saison ale." -- brewery


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ola Dubh - Old Engine Oil in Highland Park Casks

Harviestoun aged in Highland Park Casks

order online now

Just Arrived -- two new Highland Park Cask years
Ola Dubh 18 year Casks...$9.99 / 11oz - New
Ola Dubh 40 year Casks...$15.99 / 11oz - New


We also have these in stock....
Ola Dubh 12 year Casks...$6.99 / 11oz
Rated 97 percentile on RateBeer
Ola Dubh 16 year Casks...$7.99 / 11oz
Rated 97 percentile on RateBeer
Ola Dubh 30 year Casks...$12.99 / 11oz
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer

"Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer aficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.” Retaining the appearance of used motor oil from which the beer gets its name, it is deep dark brown, dense and oily. On the nose there are notes of true oil and cocoa as well as faint smoke and heathery peat from the whisky casks. Although lighter in body that its appearance suggests, Ola Dubh is pithy, oily, salty and bitter on the palate. The finish is exceptional; burnt and bitter notes with an interplay of late hop characters, orange oil, fruity tartness and then delicate, fragrant smoke." -- importer

Devil Dancer!

Now in stock at Forsyth and Ballwin! Moving fast!
Also available online - click here


Very limited -- only 50 cases for Missouri
Founders Devil Dancer
Triple IPA...$17.99 / 4pk
Bottled June 17, 2009
"When you dance with the Devil the Devil don’t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBU’s it’s dry-hopped with a combination of ten hop varieties. This one can age with the best of them."
-- Founders
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer Rated A- or Beer Advocate



Also
Centennial IPA
is back in stock now and on sale!
Bottled June 30th
1 day old!!!!
This has to be the freshest beer we have!!