Monday, August 31, 2009

Founders Breakfast Stout

(Founders Centennial IPA new batch bottled 8/27/09 at Rock Hill and Forsyth)

In stock now.
Live outside St. Louis -- order online now

Founders Breakfast Stout...4pk
ABV = 8.3% and 60 IBUs
"The coffee lovers consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh roasted java nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that goes forever." -- Founders
"You’ve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. We’re actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever. "
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer (over 1,100 ratings)
Rated A on BeerAdvocate (over 1,100 ratings)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wines of Bobby Kacher

Robert Kacher Selections

We recently went to a portfolio tasting of Robert Kacher wines and we picked out some of the greatest values in his portfolio. There are so many great wines available to us now, but the trick is to find the wines that over deliver quality for their price and are true to their style. We feel these are some of the best values in the Bobby Kacher portfolio and I think you will agree with us if you give them a try. We picked great wines from some classic French areas like Rhone, Burgundy and Loire. The wines we chose really show great character for their area and great value for their area. I really enjoyed the rare Bourgueil from Loire (100% Caberent Franc), we have carried wines from Bourgeuil in the past, but it has been awhile.
Here are the wines:

2006 Domaine Gournier Grenache Noir...$10.99
100% Grenache from Costières de Nîmes
This is an amazing fruit forward Grenache (the main grape of Chateauneuf du Pape). Talk about perfect summer and fall red. It will go well with a wide variety of foods from chicken on the grill, picnic fare like ham sandwiches and I think it would also be a great match with Thanksgiving dinner!
"Domaine de Gournier is located in the Cévennes region, above the Mediterranean Sea, between the cities of Avignon and Nimes. The area’s terroir is characterized by low limestone hills studded with calcareous rock and sparse clumps of wind-beaten vegetation. The domaine is owned by Maurice Barnouin. This Grenache cuvée was first released in 2004. The fruit is hand-harvested and vinified 100% in stainless steel tanks to focus on the freshness and purity of the Grenache fruit. The wine displays round and textured cherry flavors with a brilliant spice factor throughout. The tannins here are well behind the fruit which makes this a wonderful wine for everyday dining and parties. The Gournier Grenache Noir is a true crowd pleaser and great value." -- Robert Kacher

2006 Château de Minière Bourgeuil...$17.99
100% Cabernet Franc from Loire
"Le Château de Minière was built at the end of the 16th century, and is located in the heart of the Bourgueil appellation, in the town of Restigné. The estate was handed down through a line of women for 2 centuries. Today it is run by Evelyne de Mascarel. The vineyards spread over 22 hectares in 3 of the 7 districts in the Bourgueil appellation, therefore allowing a diversity of terroirs. The yields vary from 45 to 55 h/ha, and the vines average 35 years of age. The family practices “lutte raisonnée”, or sustainable agriculture. This 100% Cabernet Franc is grown on gravel on clay, limestone and silica terraces, from a small vineyard located on the hillsides along the Loire River. This is a shiny wine, with an intense red berry color. On the nose it displays a complex blend of black fruit aromas with spicy notes of liquorice. This Bourgueil is very round and velvety on the palate, it is well-structured and shows very well-integrated tannins." -- Robert Kacher

2008 Le Bois Martin Touraine....$14.99
Producer: Thierry Delaunay
100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire

"Domaine Joël Delaunay is located on the bank of the Cher River, about 30 miles east of the city of Tours. There are 24 hectares of vineyards in the same family for 5 generations now. Thierry Delaunay took over the estate in 2002 and obtained the “Terra Vitis” certification that same year guaranteeing the respect of nature, “using ecologically sustainable methods in view to preserve the environment and human health” (excerpt from website). Domaine Joël Delaunay is the perfect combination of modern technique and long-lived traditions. Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, this very fruity wine is vinified from carefully selected musts. After temperature-controlled fermentation, the wine rests on its fine lees to maximize the development of its unique characteristics. It is best paired with fish and seafood, or enjoyed by itself as an
apéritif." -- Robert Kacher

2008 Cote Jardin Côtes du Rhône...$11.99
Producer: Thierry & Véronique Boudinaud
Variety: 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre
"Thierry and Véronique Boudinaud own Vignobles Boudinaud, located in the tiny commune of Fournès, on the right bank of the Rhône River. They also own Domaine Grange des Rouquette. The Boudinaud’s have been winegrowers and winemakers in the western Rhône Valley for five generations. Thierry traveled extensively in his quest for knowledge about winemaking, working in California, New Zealand and Bordeaux. They now own about 25 hectares of vineyards within the Côtes du Rhône appellation, and farm an additional 25 hectares. Planted on the plateau between the villages of St.-Hilaire, Estézargues and Montfrin are old-vine Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Cunoise. This particular Côtes du Rhône is named Côté Jardin (which means “garden side”), because it is ideal for a “garden” party, or should we say, a picnic with friends! The grapes are carefully chosen from different parcels surrounding Fournès, and picked from vines averaging 35-years of age. This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre offers a smooth, full and jammy texture. It is round and spicy, with lots of character. Perfect for a picnic in your “jardin”! -- Robert Kacher

Domaine Bertrand Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge
"The domaine of Bertrand Ambroise was established in the late 18th century in the village of Prémeaux-Prissey, just north of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Today the estate has expanded to 42 acres which are worked diligently by Bertrand and his family. Bertrand produces some of the finest examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. He often works with 10%-30% lower yields than are allowed. His genuine passion only to produce wines from absolutely ripe grapes demands a severe green harvest and an additional inspection or sorting of the fruit prior to fermentation. All of this detail work has created a worldwide demand for his wines." -- Robert Kacher
Domaine Bertand Ambroise: Their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were unbelievable for the money. It is hard to find this quality Burgundy for such a low price. If you shop for Burgundy, you will not find quality like this for under $30.
2007 Domaine Bertrand Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge....$19.99
100% Pinot Noir
"The style of Bertrand’s wines can be characterized as ripe, deeply extracted, full bodied wines. This Bourgogne bottling is vinified 2/3 in tank while the remainder is completed in 2 and 3 year old barrels to add dimension."-- Robert Kacher
2006 Domaine Bertarnd Amborise Bourgogne Blanc...$22.99
100% Chardonnay
"This Bourgogne bottling is vinified in stainless steel and shows crisp apple, pear flavors as well as classic mineral tones. "-- Robert Kacher

2008 Domaine du Tariquet Cotes de Gascogne....$8.49
70% Ugni Blanc, 30% Colombard
Producer: Yves Grassa
"Since 1912 Château du Tariquet has been home to the Grassa family. They first gained notoriety for Hélène and Pierre Grassa’s Armagnac, which is still produced today. In the 1980’s their children, Maïté and Yves, broke all the rules by producing their first still wines, a blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard. A few years later, they heavily planted and created untraditional blends such as Sauvignon-Chardonnay and Chenin-Chardonnay and word of mouth is how the Tariquet taste and fashion was born! The first of many awards received by Yves and his family include a Gold Medal in Montpellier and “Winemaker of the Year” by the International Wine Challenge in London. Wine production is strictly controlled within the Domaine from viticulture to bottling and adheres to sustainable agriculture. To prevent oxidation the grapes are taken directly from the vines to the vats in isothermal tanks. The estate features a water treatment facility and they recycle and reuse all materials. The innovative “bottling to order” at Domaine du Tariquet guarantees consistent quality and freshness. The result of this meticulous process is a delicious, light and refreshing wine. With floral aromas, it displays citrus flavors with a touch of exotic fruit. This is a very easy-drinking wine, perfect as an apéritif and with shellfish." -- Robert Kacher

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bells Oktoberfest

Introducing for the first time in Missouri --

Bells Oktoberfest....$9.89 / 6pk

"A coppery amber lager that showcases a full bodied, malty flavor that is balanced by a refreshing bitterness derived from fine noble hops. " -- brewert

Alc. by Vol.:

Ayinger Oktoberfest

Ayinger Oktoberfest is here!!

Bells Two Hearted is fresh bottled Aug 18!

FYI -- The Bell's Oktoberfest should be here soon also.

New Smokestack Series

In stock now!

Order online now!

Boulevard Smokestack Series expanding soon:

Seeyoulator Doppelbock....$8.49 / 750ml

ABV = 8.5%

"Doppelbock was first brewed in Munich around 1700 by the monks of Saint Francis of Paula, to sustain them through the Lenten fast. This "liquid bread" was renowned for its rich flavor and deep amber color. The monks called their full-bodied brew "Salvator." Today it is customary to pay homage to the good brothers by giving doppelbocks names inding in "-ator." The style is characterized by a very robust grain bill, producing a big, malt-forward beer. Our version, while true to style, bids a fond aufwiederseben to tradition, charting a flight path into bold new territory. Medium amber in color, it offers a heady, estery banana aroma. A luscious maltiness predominates, with balancing notes from Hallertau hops. Cedar aging lends just a hint of spice to the finish. Because of its sweetness, Seeyoulator pairs nicely with roasted meat dishes or stews, and, assuming you're not fasting, beautifully complements desserts such as bittersweet chocolate or bread pudding." -- Boulevard

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Point Brewery is back in Missouri.

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Stevens Point Belgian White...$6.99 / 6pk
Point Belgian White is a smooth refreshing and distinctive beer brewed in the tradition of Belgian Style White Ales. Our recipe boasts the finest barley and wheat malts, white wheat, rolled oats, and Noble Hallertau and Saaz hops -- naturally flavored with a hint of Curacao orange peel and coriander. The result is a light-
bodied beer renowned for its signature golden-white haze. Try it with an orange slice.

Stevens Point Cascade Pale...$6.99 / 6pk

Point Cascade Pale Ale is handcrafted combining special top-fermenting yeast and a dry hopping
process to create this truly classic American Pale Ale. The intriguing character is derived from generous quantities of the choicest Yakima Valley Cascade hops and the finest crystal, 2-row pale, and Munich malts. The result is a delicious American Pale Ale with a signature fragrant hop bouquet and soft malt palate.

Stevens Point Oktoberfest....$6.99 / 6pk

Point Oktoberfes
t is an authentic Marzen Style Lager beer, a style reminiscent of the beers originally brewed for the first Oktoberfest Celebrations in Germany during the early 1800's. Craft brewed using Hallertauer Hops and sweet Vienna roasted malts result in a full flavored, finely balanced beer brewed in celebration of the upcoming season.

James Page Burly Brown....$6.99 / 6pk
Brewed with two-row malted barley, roasted and chocolate malts, this classic American Brown Ale is distinguished by a deep brown color and creamy smooth taste. James Page Extra Pale Ale....$6.99 / 6pk
Brewed with the finest two-row malted barley, caramel malts and Cascade hops, this true American Pale Ale carries a hearty hop aroma and a rich sparkling hop flavor.
James Page White Ox Wheat....$6.99 / 6pk

This American Frontier unfiltered wheat ale is crafted with a special blend of select barley malts, white wheat and a hint of citrus.
James Page Iron Range Amber....$6.99 / 6pk
Brewed with the finest two-row malted barley, Munich malts and Spalter hops, this smooth Vienna style beer is a true European red lager with a well balanced, distinctive flavor.

L'Aventure Winery in Paso Robles

"Transplanted Frenchman, Stephan Asseo (from St.-Emilion), has found a home as well as some great terroirs in the limestone soils of Paso Robles (all his vineyards are situated on the western side of Highway 101). Asseo continues to go from strength to strength, producing a fabulous portfolio of wines that makes L-Aventure one of the bright, shining reference points for the region. This is one of the California Central Coast superstars, and the wines are worth every cent."
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

order online

Three amazing wines --

2007 L'Aventure Cabernet Sauvignon....$83.99

2007 L'Aventure Cote a Cote.....................$83.99

2007 L'Aventure Estate Cuvee..................$83.99

Previous vintage press -- This is what Robert Parker said about the 2006 vintage Estate Cuvee (There are strong rumors that the 2007 will score a perfect 100 in the next issue--coming soon) "A thrilling, nearly perfect efforts is the 2006 Estate Cuvee. A blend of 49% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2006 Estate Cuvee may be even better. Tasting like a superb example of a premier grand cru St.-Emilion made from California's limestone soils, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a perfume of sweet creme de cassis, fruitcake, licorice, incense, tobacco leaf, and spice box. A voluptuous texture, fabulous opulence, and thrilling concentration as well as purity make for a prodigious example of blended red wine that will provide enormous pleasure and complexity for 12-15+ years." -- Rated 97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Lips of Faith part II

Available online now.

New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie....$11.99 / 22 oz

"La Folie Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being hand bottled, numbered and corked for your enjoyment. Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, came to us from Rodenbach – home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peter’s beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones." -- brewery

Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek....$11.99 / 22oz

"In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Brewerij Boon of Belgium have partnered together again to create Transatlantique Kriek - a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries.
This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Frank Boon's brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Boon's offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium's Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek.
The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly." -- brewery
Alcohol is 8% by volume.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pumpkin Ales are coming --

The Pumpkin ales just keep coming -- Schlafly Pumpkin Ale has also just arrived at Forsyth!
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale....$8.99 / 6pk

"A full-bodied, deep reddish amber beer made with pumpkin and butternut squash and spiced with nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Celebrate the bounty of harvest with this rich, malty ale and invoke the season of plenty.
ABV:8.0%." -- Schlafly Brewery

also available online now

Lips of Faith series starting to arrive...

Available online now -- click here

The first two have arrived at Forsyth in the Lips of Faith series...

New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Fleur Misseur....$7.19 / 22oz

"Deep burnished gold with a slight haze, Le Fleur Misseur opens with pineapple, clove and honey notes. Dry-hopping produces a flower leaf aroma supported by tones of fresh bread and honey. Bottle conditioned with our special house strain of Brettanomyces (wild ale) yeast, Le Fleur finishes dry and slightly herbal.

Produced for New Belgium coworkers to celebrate our 15th anniversary, Le Fleur has roots in the earliest days of our history. In 1988 founder Jeff Lebesch sat weary on the side of a Belgian road when a young lad passing by picked a delicate yellow flower and offered it to Jeff.

“Le Fleur, Misseur?” Jeff misspelled the boy’s comment in his journal as he accepted the offering. A treasured memory, a beer to treasure." -- brewery

Food pairings for Le Fleur Misseur

Erin Hughes, one of our fine Liquid Center Representatives, recommends:

I love to grill out. So I would skewer up some mahi mahi, orange bell peppers, pineapple and costoluto heirloom tomatoes. The fish is meaty, but not salty so it won’t overpower the beer and the pineapple will bring out the bretta contribution in Le Fleur. The peppers and tomatoes balance the sweetness with acidity.

Salad as a side with fresh greens and edible flowers (like spicy nasturtiums) accentuate the floral aroma, subtle sweet honey taste and spicy Hallertau dry-hopping.

For dessert, grilled pears stuffed with a soft cheese like chevre or capricho de cabra. (There both softer cheeses, more silky to go with the LeF’s creamy mouthfeel). Drizzle vanilla honey and dust some cinnamon on top to highlight the wild yeast’s (Brettanomyces) clove.

If just looking to snack, put out a plate of Spanish Marcona almonds. They’re a little sweet, but you still get the salty fix and they go great on a plate next to chevre on artisan crackers with fig spread to complete the sweet and salty fusion.

Notes from the brewery website

New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere De Mars...$7.19 / 22oz

"For the first time in three years we are pleased to offer one of our favorite harbingers of spring, Biere de Mars.

With earthy tones of ripe mango and lemon verbena, this bottle-conditioned ale reflects the hearty character of the southern Belgian and northern French countrysides. Brewed with barley, oats and wheat malt, Biere de Mars' celestial orange hue inspired the planetary play on words.

Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain, added for bottle-conditioning creates a refreshingly sour flash across the palate. Lemon peel coupled with the lemon verbena imparts fruitlike character and a citrusy finish.

Golden amber in hue, this beer has delicately balanced hops with toasty aromas. Definite tropical notes of musty pineapple, dried apricot, and sweet papaya immediately indicate that this beer was made to pair with warm weather foods.

For starters, I would pair this beer with crab cakes of Dungeness lump crab, poblano pepper, sundried tomato, and curry with a mango coulis to finish the dish. Or try a salad of mixed greens with avocado tossed in a mimosa vinaigrette of pineapple juice, citrus segments, and cayenne pepper.

For a main course, a couple of ideas come to mind. Perhaps jerk pork with toasted almond studded coconut rice and papaya relish or an African stew of peanuts, hearty greens, and pineapple.

To finish this meal, consistent with the warm weather theme, I think a pineapple frangipane tart could tantalize anyone's taste buds when paired with this beer. Almond paste custard adorned with fresh sliced pineapple and brushed with a pineapple, brown sugar glaze. For any warm weather party, this beer is optimal and "ripe" for pairing." -- brewery

125th Anniversary

Available online - click here

Le Trappe Isid'or Trappist....$9.99 / 750ml

"Koningshoeven/La Trappe is one of only seven Trappist breweries in the world allowed to carry the logo "Authentic Trappist Product". This logo guarantees authenticity, recipe and tradition. Koningshoeven/La Trappe is the only Trappist Ale that is made in The Netherlands, the other six Trappist breweries are situated in Belgium. In the USA and Canada the La Trappe Trappist Ales are marketed under the name Koningshoeven Trappist Ale." - importer "In 2009, it has been 125 years since friar Isidorus Laaber hesitantly, with successes and setbacks, started what is now a stunning product. To commemorate this fact, we are releasing a special-occasion beer for the international market in this jubilee year. It is obvious that the beer will carry the name of our first brewing master. It is a homage to this simple friar with his golden hands, who made our brewery, and thus also our monastery, famous.

As always, part of the profits of La Trappe will go to the monasteries in Indonesia and Uganda, which were set up by Koningshoeven. The profit of La Trappe Isid’or will go entirely to the co-friars in Uganda. Since they fled the violence in Kenya in 2008, they have had to start from scratch in Uganda. With the profit of La Trappe Isid’or, the community there will be able to build a new monastery and find a new source of income." -- brewery

From the label
Taste the Silence

“The monks of Brewery de Koningshoeven have been brewing La Trappe beer for a living since 1884. La Trappe Isid’or has been specially created to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Brewery de Koningshoeven. This ceremonial beer was named after Brother Isidorus, the first brewer of La Trappe.

La Trappe Isid’or is a mildly sweet amber beer with a hint of caramel. Soft bitter flavor with a fruity aftertaste. Brewed with own grown Perle hops.”

Available now in 750 mL
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Malts: Pale, munich, caramel, wheat malt
Hops: Halletauer and Koningshoeven Perle

7,5% alcohol

Blind Tasting September!

For our September Classes, we have decided to do some fun and different classes.

We are tasting some amazing wines -

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Famous Wines vs. Unknown Wines
Blind Tasting
$25 per person
Tuesday September 8

6pm - 7:30pm
Are the "famous" wines worth their price? Can the underdog win in a blind tasting when there is no label influence. This will be a very fun class, you do not have to be a wine expert. We will vote after each flight to see which wine is the favorite and then reveal the wines.
Flights Scheduled to appear.
Flight #1
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio ($21) vs ?????
Flight #2
Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay ($25) vs ????
Flight #3
?? vs. ??
The big finish -- Flight #4
Caymus Cabernet Sauv ($63) vs Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red ($55)
Can Rick Ankiel's wine beat the world famous Caymus Cab??
Reservations required
Call 314-727-8788

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Laughing Dog

Available online also - click here

Available at Forsyth and Rock Hill now.
This is our first beer from Laughing Dog Brewery in Idaho.
Very small brewery, looks like the distribute in about 7-8 states only.

"Laughing Dog Brewing is an award winning Craft Brewery located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains just outside of Sandpoint Idaho in the city of Ponderay. They brew their Beer on a fifteen barrel PUB brewing systems brew-house using the local water, which is ideal for brewing smooth clean ales. With few exceptions they use only Water, Barley, Hops and Yeast in their beer. The Laughing Yellow Lab that appears on all of their brews is Ben their family dog.
Ben is the inspiration behind Laughing Dog Brewing
Owners are Michelle Douglass and Fred Colby." -- Brewery

Laughing Dog Alpha Dog Imperial I.P.A....$4.99 / 22oz

At 127 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) and 8% abv, this dog has quite a bite. It boasts all the pine resin and citrus flavors to be expected from a West Coast-style Imperial IPA, with loads of caramel malt for balance.

"I make no apologies if our beers are hoppy because I'm a hop head. With the hop shortage, too many breweries were trying to change their hop profiles to save money. We didn't want to back away from any of our beers." -- Fred Colby, owner/brewery

Avery Oktoberfest is here.

in stock at Forsyth
Avery Kaiser Oktoberfest...$6.99 / 22oz
Beer Style: Imperial Oktoberfest Lager "The Kaiser once said, "Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world." If the Kaiser and his significant other had tipped this bottle, we'd all be "sprechenden Deutsch!" We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest - gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops - then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest." -- Avery Brewing

Monday, August 24, 2009

2006 Opus One -- pre-sell

Order online now.
(due to arrive in October)

Pre-sale price
2006 Opus One Proprietary Red....$150 / bottle
(no case price)

"Not surprisingly, the 2006 is a bigger, more muscular, less charming effort displaying unbridled power, full-bodied richness, and notes of new saddle leather, black fruits, roasted herbs, and burning embers. Powerful and rich with sweet tannin, low acidity, and more structure and density than the 2005 as well as less nuance and complexity, the 2006 should be consumed over the next 15+ years. With a new winemaking team in place, and no longer any influence from the Mondavis, it is ironic that Opus One appears to have produced its greatest trilogy of vintages to date. This wine has always been more about sizzle than substance. While some top wines have emerged, others have been riddled with brett as well as lacking in concentration. That accusation can not be made against any of these three vintages."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Beer Brownies

Beer Here was a big hit. Amazing beers and amazing brewery.
click here to read about the beers.

I found this recipe on their website. Brownies made for the kick off of their new beer. I had to use google translator to convert it from Danish to English. Then I converted deciliters to cups/ounces and even remembered to convert the 200 degrees celsius to farenheit. Hopefully it is all correct, it sounds very interesting, but a lot of work. Looks like homebrewers might have to make because you need hop pellets. Not sure if it is worth attempting or not??

Recipe from Beer Here's website:

Dark Brownies with Hops Glaze.
These Brownies use milk chocolate and white chocolate in the dough, because there will be plenty of bitterness from hops and beer glaze. It is also important to remember that it is subject to regular baking chocolate cake and brownies are letting their separate ways??. A brownie should only just be baked to achieve the soggy, sticky and candy-like texture.
Below bring them the recipe for the concentrated cake.

1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
250 grams of milk chocolate
100 grams white chocolate
4 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup Beer Here Dark Hops Stout
1 tablespoon sauce suit (optional)

Hops Glaze
200 grams icing sugar

1/3 cup cold water
1 tbsp hop pellets (Cascade, Amarillo, Zeus, Chinook, Centennial, etc..)

The day before, put hop pellets in water and put in fridge.

1-2 hops pellets retained to sprinkle.
Preheat oven for approx -- 390 degrees.
A roasting pan about 40x40 cm lined with baking paper.
All the wet ingredients should preferably be at room temperature.
Salt, cocoa powder and flour, mix thoroughly.
Melt butter with milk chocolate in the bath.
In a large bowl whip eggs with sugar until it is white and fluffy.

Chocolate / butter mixture, mixing here.
Then whisk flour mixture in with the beer.

The dough is poured into the lined baking pan and white chocolate chopped into coarse pieces sprinkled on top.
The cake is baked on the middle shelf until a match is inserted in comes out almost clean - but still sticky.
Cool completely before frosting.

Not sure what goes on here??
Add the hops extract gradually until the right consistency is achieved.
Icing on the cake greased and finally crushed the detainees hop pellets between two spiseskeeer?? and sprinkled over as garnish. ??

Prefer chilled for several hours until glaze is firm.
Cut into small squares and enjoy with a big glass Dark Hops.
Velbekomme! Your welcome!

Date and Fig beer

Here is some more info on the new
He'Brew Rejewvenator Harvest to Harvest Ales

Year of the Date...$4.99 / 22oz
Half Doppelbock and half Belgian Style Dubbel brewed with Date Concentrate

"Contract brewed for Schmaltz Brewing Company. Sacred Species No.2 YEAR OF THE DATE "The righteous shall flourish like the Date palm." Psalm 92:12. Hark! The second coming of REJEWVENATOR, infused for 2009 with the sacred DATE. Jewish tradition celebrates two New Years: The first in Spring after the barley harvest. The High Holidays in Fall mark the creation of the world. Harvest to harvest - the perfect bookends for deliciousness! Dates were used to sweeten beer in Ancient Egypt as early as 3500 BCE. Pliny the Elder, 1st c. Roman naturalist, lauded Judea’s Dates for their succulence and sweetness. So important for food and shelter, the Date palm became a symbol for the Kingdom of Judea, stamped on the ancient and modern Israeli Shekel coins. Shaking your Lulav on Sukkot and covering your kosher Sukkah demands Date palm leaves. Palm Sunday reenacts the procession of Jesus into Jerusalem. In Arabic, "Tamr" is the 4th stage of a Date’s ripening. Mohammed: "Whoever eats seven fresh Tamr fruits at breakfast shallrise above magic and poison on that day." The Hebrew word for Date palm is "Tamar", commonly describing the beauty and elegance of a woman. Solomon’s sister was named Tamar. "The only difference between a date and a job interview is that not many job interviews have a chance that you’ll end up naked at the end of it." -Jerry Seinfeld. Like its Latin genus the Pheonix, rise and shine with our newest Double Date Shmoppelbock - and flourish! L’Chaim!" -- brewery

Year of the Fig...$4.99 / 22oz
Ale Brewed with Fig Concentrate

Contract brewed for Schmaltz Brewing Company. Sacred Species No.1 YEAR OF THE FIG Jewish tradition celebrates 2 New years; The 1st calendar month in spring historically came after the barley harvest. The High Holidays in Fall mark the creation of the world. Harvest to harvest - the perfect bookends for deliciousness! Arise noble Rejewvenator, infused for ’08 with the sacred succulent Fig. O the history, O the shtick: Gen 3:7: "And their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked; they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons." Time to get cooking! "Professed Wrestlers and Champions were in times past fed with figs." -Pliny, Roman naturalist. Romulus, mythic founder of Rome, and his twin Remus were nursed by a wild she-wolf under a fig tree. In 1857, Queen Victoria commissioned an 18 inch plaster fig leaf to adorn her cast of Michelangelo’s David. "The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf brings its modesty under suspicion." -Mark Twain. Buddha gained enlightenment meditating beneath a fig tree. Zechariah/Micah: "Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares...all will sit with his neighbor under his fig tree, with no one to be afraid." Fear not Shmaltzers - Grab your Newtons, rub your happy belly, strap on your fig leaf and your championship belt, abd prepare to blow your shofar... tis a new HE’BREW Beer season to rejoice. L’Chaim! Brewed for Schmalt Brewing Co." -- brewery


Friday, August 21, 2009

Exciting new find...

Back in stock! Flying off the shelves. Once you taste it, you cannot go back to the others.
Q-Tonic 4pk
We are very excited to find this amazing new product. We first brought you Agave Nectar as a natural sweetener and then all natural Freshies Margarita mixes with no high fructose corn syrup, and now all natural Q-Tonic with no high fructose corn syrup (sweetened with Agave Nectar).

Do you know the facts about your current tonic/mixer?
Calorie count:
24 = Q-Tonic
110 = Schweppes Tonic
100 = 7 up
High Fructose Corn Syrup
0 grams = Q-Tonic
25 grams = Schweppes Tonic
75 grams = 7up


— Gourmet Magazine
“If you’re lucky enough to find the Q brand, snap it up”.
— Esquire Magazine
“The perfect tonic water.”

— Darcy O’Neil, Art of the Drink

Read the history of tonic water - click here
Check out some Q-Tonic recipes - click here

A ton of information, but very interesting from their website...
"We are inspired to change your relationship with tonic water. You now have no alternative but to drown your gin, vodka, or rum of choice with a tonic water of compromised quality. Designed from unpronounceable ingredients by multinational corporations, sweetened beyond recognition with high fructose corn syrup, and packaged in generic containers, the typical tonic water is an afterthought that adds nothing to the drinking experience. Q Tonic is dedicated to making the world’s best tonic water - a clean, crisp, completely ungeneric beverage that enhances the finest spirits or stands proudly on its own. We’ve used the best ingredients we could find. We went to the slopes of the Peruvian Andes for hand-picked quinine and to the Mexican countryside for organic agave, a sweetener better than honey with a gently rounded sweetness. We meticulously refined our recipe with both food scientists and mixologists. Then we worked with one of New York City’s best design shops to develop a bottle as beautiful as the liquid it holds. We think we’ve come up with a superior tonic water. One that’s good enough for the gin, vodka, or rum you’d choose to mix it with. And good enough to change the way you think about tonic water."

More facts:
Unlike other tonic waters, Q Tonic is made with:
** Hand-picked quinine from the Peruvian Andes
** Organic agave as the sweetener
** 60% fewer calories than regular tonic water
** All natural ingredients
** No high fructose corn syrup
** 85% lower glycemic rating than other tonic waters
"Q Tonic tastes clean and crisp, as tonic water was intended, with a quick sharpness and a gently rounded sweetness. The bottle is perfectly proportioned for one proper drink.And there’s a reason it’s called tonic. Q Tonic’s natural quinine is believed to improve circulation and accelerate digestion. For centuries natural Peruvian quinine has been used by naturalists and herbalists to improve health, increase energy, and stimulate blood flow."
--- Q - Tonic website

Quick note ---

Just noticed as I was stocking it at Forsyth, that the
Schlafly APA which is on sale at $5.99 this week
was bottled on 8/18/2009. Super FRESH!!!

Souther Tier Release

Currently just at Forsyth.
Southern Tier Harvest Ale.......$8.99 / 6pk
quadrupulus humulus lupulus

"Harvest Ale is our celebration of the changing weather and the sowing of hops and barley that will be used in our upcoming brews. We usher in the fall with a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order. Deep ruby in color with an even deeper hop flavor… in fact, we throw fresh English hops into every brewing vessel, then dry hop after fermentation to impart a zesty kick. This beer has real hop character that mingles with fresh malted barley for an experience that will make you wish it were fall year ‘round." -- Brewery

5.7% abv. • 3.6ºL • Extra Special Bitter

Sierra Nevada Anniversary

Just released:

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale....$8.49 / 6pk

Their website still has the 2008 info:

"Anniversaries are important. They are benchmarks to help us gauge where we stand, and more importantly, they help us to see where we have come from. Each fall, we like to celebrate our anniversary by releasing a very special beer. A beer that represents our past while looking forward to our future. For the past 28 years, we at Sierra Nevada have had a commitment to using the finest raw ingredients, and the freshest, most flavorful hops in all of our award winning ales and lagers. Our Anniversary Ale is no exception.
This beer is a big, full-flavored ale bursting at the seams with fresh, spicy and aromatic hops. Our 2008 Anniversary Ale is brewed in the style of an American IPA, a style that Sierra Nevada helped create. This beer is a complex brew made up with a combination of four varieties of malts that add a rich and complex backbone to showcase our signature hop variety: the Cascade. This hop produces the big piney and citrusy flavors that Sierra Nevada beers are known for and is one of the varieties that have become the definition for what the new styles of American beers represent.
Come help us celebrate 28 years by raising a glass of Anniversary Ale. Take a look back at where we’ve come from, and join us in looking forward to the future." -- Sierra Nevada

alcohol content 5.9% by volume
bittering hops Chinook
ending gravity 3.5 Plato
finishing hops Cascade
bitterness units 46
dry hopping Cascade
malts Two-row Pale, Caramel & Munich

Bacon * Bacon * Bacon

Did you know that Provisions BLTA
has TWELVE slices of Bacon!?
(Some even order a double -- 24 slices)

Lunch today!


Bacon - Lettuce - Tomato - Avocado
Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce,
tomato, avocado spread and mayonnaise,
served on grilled sourdough.
to see the rest of their Lunch menu
Provisions Gourmet Market in Creve Coeur
The best lunch in St. Louis

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Amazing Brunello ---

One of the best values from the great 2004 Brunello vintage. Only 3 Brunellos from the 2004 vintage scored higher than 95 and they are twice the price of the Il Poggione (95/100 points)!

order online now -- click here

Wow check the verbage on this one--very impressive!

2004 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino...$59.99
The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is awesome. This finessed, regal Brunello flows onto the palate with seamless layers of perfumed fruit framed by silky, finessed tannins. The wine remains extremely primary at this stage, and its full range of aromas and flavors have yet to emerge, but the sheer pedigree of this Brunello is unmistakable. The elegant, refined finish lasts an eternity, and subtle notes of menthol, spices, licorice and leather add final notes of complexity. The estate’s 2004 Brunello is a wine to buy and bury in the deepest corner of the cellar. Brunello is never inexpensive, but this is the real deal, and in relative terms, it is one of the world’s great values in fine, cellar worthy wine. Incredibly, there are 18,000+ cases of the 2004 Brunello, so it should be fairly easy to source in various markets. The Brunello is made from four vineyards ranging from 250 to 400 meters in altitude, all in Sant’Angelo in Colle. The wines from the various vineyards were aged separately in French oak casks prior to being assembled and bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034. I was completely blown away by the wines I tasted from Il Poggione this year. Readers who want to experience first-class Sangiovese from Montalcino won’t want to miss these exceptional wines. Winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci and his team have done an exceptional job for which they deserve all the praise in the world."

Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Greed relief...

Robert Parker posted on his forum (Mark Squires Bulletin Board) about two great values. He did not give these two wines any points on the forum, but gave them high praise. These were the only two wines he mentioned and we have both in stock. The Villafranca we have been selling for a few years now, and the 2008 he wrote about just arrived today. He mentioned Lexicon Malbec which is the same wine as Maipe Malbec. Lexicon is just a private label made for a national chain of the same wine. (Yes, this happens very often, these large national chains take a wine and get their own label so they can charge you more and you do not even know it! You have no way of price shopping -- nobody else has it!)

Great summer white----

2008 Villafranca Frascati....$11.99
"Greed economic crisis distraction...just tasty wines available for a song...two more reasons why 2009 is The Year of the Wine Drinker....2008 Villafranca Frascati Superiore-$11-12..light-bodied,elegant,fresh and fruity(apricot and melon)...whiff of to smell and drink..consume it over the next 6-9 months for its vibrancy and exuberance...all tank aged"

-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2008 Maipe Malbec..........$9.99
2008 Maipe (Lexicon) Malbec-Mendoza, Argentina-$12-13...100% Malbec,terrific plum,blackberry,forest floor aromas,dense ruby purple color,medium-bodied,silky tannins,and the finish and flavor intensity of a wine 2-3X the price....drink it over the next 1-2 years...amazing value..90% aged in tank,10% aged in oak for three months...malbec fruit bomb..."

---Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Schlafly Oktoberfest

Since the distributor is out of APA (and I have it on sale), I will run the Oktoberfest also on sale this week! Just arrived at Forsyth!

Schlafly Oktoberfest....$5.99 / 6pk

A malty, full-bodied, deep reddish-amber lager. Traditionally brewed in March for the Oktoberfest in the fall, this style is also known as Märzen. -- Schlafly.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fantome - two more!

Available online - click here

Fantome Pissenlit (Dandelion)...$12.99 / 750ml

“This is %*&@# great! Is it really made with dandelions?” -- A typical consumer.

Dany, the offbeat brewer at Fantôme, will try anything, and the results are always interesting. A beer made from dandelions would be worth a try if only because no one has ever brewed one before, but the great news is that this is actually a very good beer.

Dany and some cohorts get busy every spring picking bushels of dandelions that grow in the fields around the picturesque farmhouse brewery. The yellow flowers are removed and dried in the sun, then soaked in water for a few days. The thick, dark dandelion “tea” that results is the basis for the Pissenlit, which is made also from traditional barley malt and hops. It resembles a classic saison beer – golden spritzy brew, strong and very flavorful, with a good hop bite. You may have to strain to taste the dandelions, but you know they’re in there.

“Pissenlit” is the French word for dandelion. Literally, it means “pee in bed,” which we guess describes the physical effect the flower has on French-speaking persons. We are happy to report, however, that we haven’t had any problems with incontinence after downing a bottle of this beer." -- importer

Fantome Saison....$12.99 / 750ml

"Fruity, complex saison beer from the Ardennes forest from a tiny farmhouse brewery very hard to find even in Belgium.

8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. “Absolutely gorgeous, complex summer refresher with enough interest to drink all year-round.” (The Beers of Wallonia). Both authors give this beer a perfect 10. We would not give it a 10 (even if we knew what that meant) but there are drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly, no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere.

How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness." -- importer

More stuff...

Also just stuff
I will post more info soon ---

Anderson Valley Summer Solstice in 12 oz Cans
Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale in 12oz Cans
Steenberge Witches Brew

Previously here, but out of stock for awhile.
Back in stock today --
Mikkeller Simcoe (more arrived)
Mikkeller Monk's Brew
De Graal Gember
Hook Norton Old Hooky

Hook Norton Hooky Bitter

Isle of Sky Wee Beast

Witches' Brew

Witches Brew....$10.99 / 750ml
"Witches’ Brew is a bottle conditioned blond triple living ale. It is available in only 750 ML bottles with a natural champagne style cork. It has an alcohol content of a whopping 9.3%. So be warned: It will put a spell on you!

After a long day of working at the vineyards, and tasting numerous wines, we found that one inevitably gets palette fatigue. So we thought, "What better way to wind down a long day than to sip a cold brew?" Of course, we wouldn’t settle for just any ordinary beer. No instead we sought out the best brewmeister we could find and issued a challenge: Brew us a beer so great that it will put a spell on you. We didn’t expect him to take that challenge literally, but that is what he did. He went out and bought a few books on witchcraft and went to work.

We would have preferred to let the original brew master say a few words in this space, but unfortunately he was so ecstatic after tasting his life’s piece de résistance, that he mixed up his words and uttered a mistaken spell that cast him . . . we know not where. Which goes to show, be careful if you mix with
witchcraft. Words have meanings. So be warned. Don’t go saying things unless you mean what you say!
" -- importer

Pumpkin is here!

Available online - click here

O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale has arrived!
O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale has arrived!

Like pumpkin pie in a bottle...we add 136 pounds of real pumpkin to the three-barley mash and then season the finished beer with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol: 5.6% ABV

Bitterness: 11 IBUs

Color: 8.7

SRM Grain: Pale, White Wheat, Caramel 90L

Hops: Cluster

From their website

Sunday, August 16, 2009

2007 Les Bosquet de Papes

Les Bosquet de Papes -- 2007 Vintage "This is one of the appellation’s most consistent and brilliant producers of Chateauneuf du Pape, with an impressive record of consistency and high quality dating back well over the thirty years I have been tracking the wines of this appellation. They have been adding new cuvees, starting in 1990 with their Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes, and then their old vine Grenache cuvee, La Gloire de Mon Grandpere. In 2007 they added a new cuvee from very old vines of Grenache and Mourvedre on the plateau of Mont Redon called La Folie, which is aged in 100% new oak foudres." --- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Les Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition...$35.99

(also available in magnum -- $79.99)

"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape, which comes from 45- to 50-year-old vines and is a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and the rest Vaccarese, Counoise, and Cinsault, is aged in foudres, tank, and 600-litre demi-muids. This wine displays beautiful black cherry and plum-like fruit, with a gorgeous nose of nori (the seaweed wrappers used in sushi restaurants) intermixed with pepper, lavender, and spice. Very Provencal and full-bodied, with beautiful fruit purity and stunning density and personality, it should drink well for 10-12 years."
Rated 90-92/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rated 90-93/100
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2007 Les Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape

a la Gloire de Mon Grandpere...$53.99
"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape a la Gloire de Mon Grandpere comes from 60- to 70-year-old vines (98% Grenache and 2% Cinsault and the white grape Clairette, which always accounts for the slightly lighter color of this wine). It also comes from one of the hallowed sectors of Chateauneuf du Pape in the north called Gardioles, which has clay soils overlaid with small boulders. This wine displays the classic Grenache character of pure kirsch liqueur mixed with licorice and a hint of resiny pine needles. Dark ruby, deep, full-bodied, and incredibly sexy and seductive, I could have drunk this wine directly from one of the foudres, This has terrific fruit and is a brilliant expression of naked Grenache from a great terroir. It should drink well for 10-15 years."
Rated 91-93/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rated 91-43/100
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2007 Les Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape

Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes...$63.99 (also available in magnum -- $132.99)
"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 84% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre from 80- to 90-year-old vines on pure limestone overlaid with the famed rocks the locals call galets roules. It is aged half in large wood foudres and the other half in 600-litre demi-miuds. This wine may turn out to be their best since their debut release of this cuvee in 1990. Full-bodied, with notes of kirsch, incense, black currant, cassis, plum, fig, and roasted Provencal herbs as well as some meaty juices, the wine is layered, dense, sexy, decadently rich and powerful, but incredibly well-balanced because of the freshness of the fruit in this vintage. This wine should age magnificently for 20+ years."
Rated 92-95/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rated 91-94/100
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2007 Les Bosquet des Papes Cotes du Rhone....$14.99
A great value from a fantastic producer is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Cinsault.
Aged in wood for 8-10 months.