Saturday, October 31, 2009

Food and Beer Pairing Class

Tuesday November 10 -- 6:30pm-7:45pm
at Provisions Gourmet Market

“Beer and Food Tasting”
Pairing rare beers of the world with fantastic food!

Five dishes with five paired beers for only $25!

For your enjoyment and education, we have "paired" two outstanding talents, Angela Ortmann, Certified Sommelier, and Scott Phillips, Executive Chef.

Menu coming soon

Since we are not limited to only one brewery as many food and beer pairings are, this should be a great event.  We have over 900 beers to choose from in our store.   We are planning to use some of the more rare and interesting beers that we have available to us.

Time: 6:30p – 7:45p
More details: Call Scott or Samantha, 314-989-0020.

Place: Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO

Payment is required at time of reservation. You may cancel up to 7 days prior to the class. No refunds after that date.

Reservations required
Call Samantha at 314-989-0020

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another fresh hop...

Left Hand Warrior IPA...$5.69 / 22oz
Warrior IPA with Colorado Fresh Hops
"The vibrant aromatics and flavors that are derived from the use of exuberant amounts of fresh flower hops are what helps create and set apart this most unique beer. New this year (besides the kick-ass new logo) is the fact that 100% of the Fresh Hops are grown right here in Colorado – from Rising Sun Farms in Paonia, CO (there are a few other varieties from our hop farm here @ the brewery, as well as from local growers right here in our area, but the majority are Cascades). We use Warrior hops for bittering, and Goldings for dry hopping. True to our fundamental belief system, the strong hop character is balanced by a strong malt foundation, allowing for an approachable, drinkable IPA that finishes amazingly clean. The beer is full-bodied, bronze in color, and tips the scales at 6.6% alcohol by volume and 60 IBU’s. Available in 22 oz. bombers and kegs. Modern Brewery Age’s December 2007 edition said “Warrior IPA takes no prisoners. It slays lesser brews…superb in every respect.” -- Left Hand 

Our first shipment of Pale Ale...

Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale....$8.49 / 6pk
Bottled Ocotber 22, 2009!
A testament to Cascade hops in a bottle. This medium-bodied pale ale has a distinctive floral hop aroma and refreshing citrus flavor. You’ll notice a slight malty sweetness with a balanced hop finish. Perfect to enjoy anytime, anywhere -- brewery

In stock at Forsyth now....

Thursday, October 29, 2009

We are excited to anounce the arrival of duganA

Avery DuganA IPA...$6.99 / 22oz

Bottled October 22, 2009
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
-- The latest edition to the great Avery IPA lineup.

A truly transcendental hop experience
Boulder, Co – After two years of experimentation, numerous test batches and countless tasting sessions, Avery Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of their much anticipated duganA IPA. Brutally bitter, dank, piney and resinous, this 8.5% abv monster offers a mystical and divine hop experience with 93 IBUs of hop goodness.
In the summer of 2007, as fervent devotees of hops and preachers of the profound art of the IPA, we found ourselves in the pleasant dilemma of wanting an IPA to drink that was somewhere in between Avery IPA and The Maharaja Imperial IPA. Enlightened, a test batch commenced immediately, and our two-year quest to create a truly transcendental hop experience was born.
“duganA IPA stemmed from our need for a more sessionable version of The Maharaja Imperial IPA. We wanted to capture the huge hop flavor of Maharaja and package it in a form that could be drank with more regularity” said Adam Avery, President and Brewmaster of Avery Brewing. He added, “many in the beer community will say that the world doesn’t need another IPA, but by putting our heads, palates and creative minds together, we were sure that we could make a very positive addition to our quiver of IPA’s and build progressively on what is available in the market. I think we did just that with duganA. We’re just beer lovers who can’t stop ourselves from making new beers. Quest is a bit cliche, but yes, that’s the only way to describe it: a maniacal quest for hop perfection.” --

Available online now

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Autographed Photo -- Raffle

Joan K. from Crystal city won the picture -- Congrats!!

Amazing Photo -- the original with the autographs should be arriving at Forsyth today or tomorrow.

Drawing is only 1 week away. Wednesday October 28 (you do not need to be present to win)
Since our Cardinals are not going to win the World Series this year, get this rare piece of history from their last World Series Victory!!!
Only $10 for a chance to win this photo valued at over $1500

Here is a copy of the picture without the autographs.

Order Raffle Tickets online now!

Proceeds benefit St. Louis Stray Rescue

Autographed 2006 World Series Champs Locker Room Celebration
(16 x 20 Photo)
Autographed by some of your favorites from the 2006 World Series Champs Locker Room Celebration.

This is a rare piece with autographs from Pujols, Carpenter, Edmonds and Molina all on one photo.
Come to the store and check out all of these autographs on the photo....
Hand signed by Gary Bennett, Chris Carpenter, Chris Duncan, MVP David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Tony LaRussa, Jason Marquis, Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, Scott Spiezio, Jeff Suppan, So Tagucchi, and Brad Thompson.

Stop by the Wine and Cheese Place (currently just Forsyth or Provisons) and purchase a $10 Raffle Ticket
(We have a copy of the photo at both stores)

We will draw the name on October 28 and contact the winner via phone/email.

Raffle Tickets are $10 per ticket, purchase as many as you like.
(must be paid in cash, no limits per person)
Proceeds to benefit St. Louis Stray Rescue.

More info call 314-727-8788

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The wait is over...Van Twee

Here is a look at the label and the description:

De Proef (Belgium) collaboration with Bell's Brewery (Michigan)  Van Twee has arrived.

Van Twee Belgian Ale....$14.99 / 750ml
- Dark Belgian Ale Brewed with Cherry Juice

John Mallet - Bell's Brewery
Dirk Naudts - De Proef Brouwerij

"Ingredients and techniques from two different areas come together to produce the beer in this bottle. Van Twee (From Two) is the remarkable result of a collaboration between two breweries known for extreme innovation: Bell's Brewery of Kalamazoo, MI and De Proef Brouwerij of Lochristi, Belgium.
Special emphasis was placed on using ingredients from both Belgium and Michigan in designing this beer. Michigan is renowned for producing sour, dark cherries of superior quality, and a significant quantity of cherry juice was added to the brew. Deep hued Belgian candi sugar adds to the complex flavor of the beer. The sugar used for bottle conditioning came from native Michigan sugar beets. A finishing fermentation with the vinous Brettanomyces strain of yeast complements the unique New Zealand hop variety Nelson Sauvin.
The result is broadly a cherry infused 'mash-up' of the Porter and Dubbel styles, brewed to an original gravity of 1.072 and fermented with multiple strains of yeast. Each ingredient used brings a subtle hint of varied fruit such as plum/prune from the roasted malts; gooseberry/grape from the hops' pear/banana from the yeast and specialty sugar; and of course cherry. These flavors are wrapped in a rich and complex roasted malt base that imparts flavors reminiscent of chocolate and coffee-much like the famous filled chocolates of Belgium.
We hpe you enjoy drinking this beer as much as we enjoyed making it for you." -- label

Order De Proef online -- click here

We are still able to get these great beers from the series!!

De Proef Signature Ale...$13.99 / 750ml

Collaboration with Tom Arthur, the head brewery, at The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing
"A unique collaboration with noted San Diego brewer Tomme Arthur. A complex hybrid of aggressively hopped west coast IPA, combined with traditional Belgian brettanomyces fermentation. Strong citrus hop notes followed by hints of sourness and delicate spice and a long fimish. July 2007 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer club. 94 points - World Beer Championships." - importer Original Gravity: 1076 IBU's: 45-50 ABV: 8.5%

De Proef Signature Ale Les Deux Brasseurs...$15.99 / 750ml

Collaboration with Allagash
This is an exciting brewery and brew -- don't miss it!!
"Commercial Description: Golden ale Fermented with Multiple strains of Brettanomyces yeast. Collaboration with Allagash"
Rated 98/100 percentile from
"Les Deux Brasseurs 8.5% abv. Our Brewmaster, Jason Perkins had the honor of traveling to Belgium in early March to collaborate on Les Deux Brasseurs with Dirk Naudts of De Proef Brouwerij. Les Deux Brasseurs meaning The Two Brewers; represents the joining of two cultures. Les Deux Brasseurs is a Golden Ale fermented with two strains of Brettanomyces. Our Brettanomyces, discovered and isolated at our location was flown in fresh for this special occasion. With Dirk’s favorite strain of Brettanomyces, the beer was brewed using Pilsner Malt and a small amount of Torrified Wheat. The Golden Ale was then hopped with German Hallertau and fermented and aged for four months. In the course of the brew it was dry hopped with Czech Saaz. The result is a beer of remarkable character with significant fruit tones, including; pear, apple and pineapple. This beer also produces the flavors of graham cracker, barnyard character and is rounded by an herbal spicy hop finish." -- Allagash Brewery

Olfabrikken Winter Ale

Ølfabrikken Jule Ale....$10.99 / 22oz
(8 %)
"An unconventional Christmas brew that departs from the tradition of Winter warmers being sweet and malty. Our Christmas brew is abundantly hopped with the four American C’s: Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial. Cinnamon and coriander provides the Christmas spirit and adds to the merriness. Brewed on Maris Otter ale malt, crystal malt, wheat malt, soft brown sugar, and Demerare cane sugar." -- Brewery

From the brewery that brings you the #1 Porter in the world.

Great cause...

High and Mighty Home for the Holidays....$7.49 / 22oz 

Home for the Holidays is a smooth, malty, warming brown ale, brewed with loads of roasted malts to give hints of chocolate and raisin, liberally dosed with noble Halletauer and Saaz hops, and fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. It's perfect for evenings with that special someone (or your dog, or ideally, both) in front of the fire, or to celebrate the return of a family member who's been away . . .
Profits from the sale of this product will be donated to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Go to the I.A.V.A Website

Available online also

Dieu du Ciel Winter release...

Dieu du Ciel Solstice d'Hiver....$4.99 / 11oz

Solstice d'hiver (Winter solstice)
Barley Wine - 9% alc./vol.

"This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer." -- Brewery

Solstice d'hiver is brewed only once a year, at the end of the summer. It is then aged for a few months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting mid-December of each year, until stocks last.

Rated 96/100 percentile on RateBeer

Pickled Santa

HopBack Pickled Santa.....$4.99 / pint
Made by HopBack Brewery in England.  Bottle Conditioned Ale

"Pickled Santa is a copper coloured ale. The base beer is simple but very traditionally English, being brewed with 100% Maris Otter variety malted barley and 100% whole Golding hops. A hint of the unusual side of Pickled Santa lies in the name because it is brewed with a selection of whole spices.  Note ....the flavour comes from fresh WHOLE SPICES. Not flavour extracts, not essential oils, and not ready ground supermarket blends. Whole spices weighed and blended, bagged up, then carefully but repeatedly run over with a two ton fork lift truck driven just for good measure by 260 pound Brian to crush them ready for addition to the brew.   The result is intriguing. It's beer but somehow slightly different. Pickled Santa is fuller, softer and rounder than you would expect a 6% ale to be. That's not altogether surprising because in Victorian England before the days of analytical chemistry we unscrupulous brewers used to regularly add Coriander to beer for it's power to make the beer seem stronger and "bigger" than it would otherwise be. But you don't really taste or smell the Coriander.   You do smell lovely hints of fresh creamy Nutmeg, (that's whole spices for you), and peppery pungent Allspice but they are not dominant because we think that at the end of the day Pickled Santa should still taste mostly of beer...and it does." -- From brewmaster Peter Scholey:

Available online also

Haandbryggeriet Nissefar

Haandbryggeriet Nissefar Father Christmas...$8.49 / pint

"Nissefar (father x-mas) is our big Christmas beer that fills our mash tun to its limits with tons of yummy special malts. This beer is very complex, packed with the tastes and smells of Christmas, like chocolate, caramel and raisins." -- importer
"The 'nsse' is a traditional figure in Norewegian lore - a barn gnome who was never seen but was known to get quite ticked off, and play nasty tricks, when a farmer forgot to leave a bowl of beer out for him at Christmas.  In the old days, farmers were required to be brewers, and they would all compete to brew the best Christmas beer in the region." -- Label

All Haandbryggeriets are available online also

Noel de Geants

Brasserie des Geants Noel de Geants....$9.49 / 750ml

The Brasserie des Géants, or Giant Brewery, is housed in a medieval castle in the town of Irchonwelz, in the French-speaking south of Belgium. The Géants Christmas beer came out in 2007, and it’s their best one yet. Rich and warming, and just a bit spicy (thanks to the delicate addition of a special aromatic herb from the region of the brewery), this festive ale has everything you want in a Belgian beer – but not the cheap sugary flavor that the more commercial breweries use to reel in a less sophisticated crowd.

Hook Norton Twelve Days

Hook Norton Twelve Days...$4.59 / pint

"A strong, dark brown beer, offering a dominantly malty palate with nutty overtones. The finish is lyrically sweet which speaks for its strength. A fine partner to the Cheese Board." -- importer

Mikkeller Holiday Ale...

Mikkeller From/To....$12.99 / 750ml

Baltic Porter
The second Christmas porter from Mikkeller. A spiced porter with fine malt background and lovely hop aroma and flavor. The label is designed as a ‘From To’ card – fill in the names and put the bottle it under the Christmas tree. The perfect give away gift for the lazy man/woman…!

Ingredients :
Water, malt (pale, smoked, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), roasted barley, dark cassonade, hops (amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (star anise, clove, cinnamon and coriander seeds) and yeast.

Rated A- on BeerAdvocate

Order Mikkeller beers online now

New Samuel Smith...

Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo....$10.99 pint


Stingo, traditional strong ale originating in the north of England, is mentioned in literature before 1700. Samuel Smith's Stingo melds the fine history of this style with the signature elegance of the brewery. Brewed from British malt and multiple hop varieties, Stingo is fermented in open-topped stone "Yorkshire Squares," with the Samuel Smith ale yeast strain. It is then aged for over a year in oak barrels that previously held cask-conditioned ale, gaining complexity and depth from the wood. Bottle conditioning - bottling the beer with live yeast for carbonation - produces soft conditioning as well as a fruity aroma and finish; it also allows Stingo to age and develop in the bottle for many months.

Rich, deep, flavors of toffee, raisin, dried fruit, caramel; waves of flavor ascend and ebb leaving soft oak notes. Bottle conditioning creates elegant conditioning and satisfying fruitiness.

Stingo is a wonderful digestif when served alone, and also pairs well with beef, wild game, or demanding deeply-flavored foods. Try with strong aromatic cheese, pickled fish, cured meats, duck, or Kalamata olives. Serve at 55 degrees in a small nonik, or serve in a stemmed wineglass.

Twelve 18.7-ounce "Victorian Pint" bottles.

Special limited Fraoch 20th release

Available online also

Fraoch Heather Ale 20th Anniversary....$15.99 / 750ml

History of Fraoch "A long time ago, in a home brew shop not too far away……..
A lady of Gaelic decent came into the Williams owned homebrew shop in Partick, baring a translation of a 17th century recipe for “Leanne Fraoch” (Heather Ale), Inherited from her Gaelic family. It was her goal to try to recreate recipe made famous by the old legend of
the Pictish king who supposedly through himself off a cliff after the English king captured and tortured his son in an attempt to coax the recipe from the Pict King. This translated recipe was developed in homebrew size quantities by shop owner Bruce Williams to the recipe that is used today.

The company started life in 1988 with Bruce brewing our flagship beer Heather Ale, in a tiny brewery in Taynult, where we could producing no more 5 barrels per batch, just
enough to supply 5 pubs across Scotland; 2 in Edinburgh, 2 in Glasgow  andThe Clachaig Inn in Glencoe. As demand grew the project expanded  and a bigger brewery was needed to brew the larger quantities required. So the recipe was taken to the old Maclay’s brewery in the traditional Scottish brew town of Alloa. Along with Heather Ale, 4 other historic Scottish ales were developed using natural Scottish produce such as elderberries, the shoots of Scots pine, seaweed  and gooseberries. In 1998 the Heather Ale brewery moved its production of cask ales and office to Craigmill outside Strathaven where we remained for 6 years before taking over the New Alloa Brewery at Kelliebank, Alloa, where we are the last remaining brewery in the old Scottish brew capital.

"Fraoch celebrates 20 years of brewing this very special limited edition, 11% alc/val, triple version: matured in ex-sherry casks previously used to mature single malt speyside whiskey for 20 years. The resulting ale has a unique oak / sherry / whisky character, which is best appreciated slightly chilled in a large wine glass. Slainte!" -- label
" --

Monday, October 26, 2009

New releases....

We have some exciting
beers arriving today --- check back!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wineskin for travel --

Back in stock now!

We get a lot of requests from people about packaging a wine to go in their suitcase for travel. We now have a solution!!

Wineskin is a new product to package your wine for transporting in your suitcase. It is a thick vinyl bag lined with bubble wrap and a 3M solid seal. If the bottle happens to break in your luggage, your clothes will not get ruined with wine and glass--the bag will hold it inside.

Wineskin Bottle Protector...$2.50 each
"Introducing WineSkin® (pat.pend.), the revolutionary new product designed to provide safer transport for wine and fortified spirit products, whether purchased directly from the manufacturer, through a distributor, or at a retail location.

Consider the challenges associated with the shipment and transport of wine:
* Prohibitions against carry on liquids on flights
* Potential for breakage when packed in checked luggage
* Packaging costs associated with parcel shipments
* Other similar packaging that is bulky, clumsy and/or ineffective
* Cost

WineSkin is the solution to each of these issues. WineSkin is:
* A tough, flexible and durable plastic wrap with dialectrically sealed seams all around
* A protective, bubble-wrap interior designed to provide shock- and impact-absorption
* A dual-strip sealing system that provides a leak-proof lock against liquid loss in the * event of breakage
* Affordable

Very limited scotch...

A rare one from Macallan....

Glen Taite 19 year old....$99.99 

Macallan Distillery

The Highlands have a few different sub regions and styles- this one is considered a Speyside by location and style/profile. Macallan uses smaller pot stills that are directly fired (read fire under the still- not steam coils or jackets) and slow distillation to make it's whisky. This is also probably one of the few whiskies left that used 100% Golden Promise barley (a more expensive, lower yield, barley but resulting greater weight and taste to the malt) and five different yeast strains - a practice that stopped in the mid 1990's, making such Macallan Whiskies an endangered species that should be hunted to extinction by those who care about such things." --

"Deep golden amber color. Complex and subtle aromas of soda bread, anise cookie, melted butter, leather, praline, and lilacs follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with toffee, golden raisin puree, candied ginger and pepper spice. Finishes with a zesty, peppery dried citrus, white chocolate and mossy river stone fade. An impressively elegant and articulated single malt. (tasted on Apr-16-2009)"
Rated 93/100

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Amazing event

This is a truly unique event that we are
proud to bring to St. Louis....

Amazing Event

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


$35 / person

(taste over $900 in wine!)
Thursday, November 12, 2009 6pm-8pm
Release Party for the new vintages:

2006 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages

2005 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

First of all, here is what will be tasted:

(price in parenthesis is the price on their website)
2001 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages
2002 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages
2003 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages
2005 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages ($75)
2006 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages
2005 Beringer Single Vineyard Steinheuer Ranch ($90)
2005 Beringer Single Vineyard Bancroft Ranch ($90)
2005 Beringer Single Vineyard St Helena Home Vineyard ($90)
2005 Beringer Single Vineyard Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($115)
CSJ Belle Terre Chardonnay
CSJ Robert Young Chardonnay
CSJ La Petite Etoile Fume Blanc
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
Beringer Private Reserve Howell Mountain Merlot Bancroft Ranch ($75)

If that was not enough ---
We will have two of the greatest winemakers, Margo Van Staaveren of Chateau St. Jean and Laurie Hook of Beringer Vineyards LIVE via simulcast on a large screen TV.

(click here to read more about them)

They will lead you through the tasting LIVE via simulcast and you will be able interact with them and ask them questions. The miracle of the internet and technology!!
This is the first tasting of this type of I have ever heard of and we are very excited about bringing this big event to St. Louis

Here is how the night will go:

6:00-6:30 -- Champagne Reception with appetizers
CSJ Cinq Cepages vertical tasting of 2001, 2002, and 2003 led via simulcast with Margo Van Staaveren.

-- Beringer Private Reserve and Single Vineyard Cabernet tasting led via simulcast by Laurie Hook.

-- Tasting of some other great wines they produce including
CSJ Cinq Cepage 2005 and 2006, CSJ Belle Terre Chardonnay, CSJ Robert Young Chardonnay, CSJ La Petite Etoile Fume Blanc, Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet 2005, Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, Beringer Private Reserve Howell Mountain Merlot (Bancroft Ranch)

Fresh beer....

Just noticed that the Schalfly APA we have in stock at Forsyth was bottled October 21 -- only a few days old!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Limited release from Goose Island

Goose Island Sofie....$6.99 / 22oz

Brewmasters Notes:
Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.

Recipe Information:
Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
International Bitterness Units: 15
Color: Champagne
Hops: Amarillo
Malt: Pilsner, Wheat

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Food Pairings: Sofie pairs with a wide variety of foods, its light and refreshing qualities compliment lighter flavors like fresh oysters and contrast rich shellfish like lobster.

Cheese Pairings: Brie
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

New O'Fallon?

Not sure about the story, but trying to find out. A new one from O'Fallon here in Missouri just got registered. Not sure about distribution yet. Proceeds are being donated to helping preserve endangered species according to the label.

Rare Bourbons...

We just received at Forsyth
A limited amount of
George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon
109 hand picked barrels made aged 16 years and 7 months
Eagle Rare 17 year Old Bourbon
39 hand picked barrels aged 17 years and 4 months
Sazerac 18 year Old Rye Whiskey
28 hand picked barrels made

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Amazing mixologist.....

Traditional Drinks with a Contemporary Twist
With Ted Kilgore

November 17, 2009
$25 / person
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

We our proud to have nationally awarded and recognized drink mixologist, Ted Kilgore, to lead you through this amazing class. There is no doubt that Ted is "the" cocktail expert in St. Louis. He is working on 8 great drink choices to present in this class and tasting. He plans on using some of the new and very high quality products starting to arrive at The Wine and Cheese Place. His drinks will include Fee Brothers Bitters, Q-Tonic, Creme de Violette Liqueur, Dolin Vermouths, Aperol and so much more. Have you always wondered how to use these ingredients and how to make great drinks on your own? Ted Kilgore will lead you through this amazing class.

We are now taking reservations.

Sign up online now -- click here

More info about the master mixologist....
Ted Kilgore was named...
"The Beverage Network’s 10 Trendsetting Mixologists" of 2008 in the Country!
Ted Kilgore
won the Bombay Sapphire ‘Most Inspired’ mixology competition in July

"The Last Word is anchored by the continued drive and obsession of Ted Kilgore, spirits and mixology professional. In the 12+ years that Ted has been in the business of drinks, Ted has become one of the most recognized mixologists in the Midwest.

In his thirst for knowledge, Ted has studied under such industry leaders as Paul Pacult, David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff, Steve Olson, Doug Frost, and Gary Regan. In May of 2007, he attended the B.A.R. (Beverage Alcohol Resource) in Manhattan and earned the prestigious B.A.R. Ready Certification. Attending Tales of the Cocktail, Grand Marnier Mixology Summits, and research and development travel have helped keep Ted apprised of the national and international cocktail and spirits scene.

Ted can currently be found mixing drinks at Niche Taste Bar in the beautiful Benton Park area of St. Louis, MO." -- The Last Word Cocktails

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

German mead....

First time in the U.S.

Schraml Met Mead....$23.99 / 750ml
Bottled in 2009

Original honey from Bavaria, a very long fermentation, and French Limousin Oak Casks used to mature plum brandy for over 20 years (the plums were Stanley Plums from Germany) provide soft notes of oak, fresh plums and woody/dry tartness.

15.5% ABV
Only 90 cases were imported

Limited release from De Dolle

De Dolle Oerbier RESERVA 2008...$6.99 / 11oz

"De Dolle Oerbier Reserva is a specially matured version of De Dolle Oerbier. This version of De Dolle Oerbier is matured for 18 months in Bordeaux wine casks. Oerbier means original, from the spring. This beer has been brewed in small scale (5 gallons) at home in a copper wash kettle, by two brothers who were students at the time. They took over an old brewery which was out of business and said: "If we don't remake the brewery alive, nobody will!". It was also a unique opportunity to create some interesting brews, so why not try it ? Therefore we want and will do the main work ourselves and keep the scale of the brewery like it was. Since then, the brewery and its beers have been an inspiration source for a lot of brewers. Oerbier is brewed from no less than 6 malts. Poperinge Golding hops in flowers and a special yeast which makes it a little tart, especially with aging. At the brewery we have excellent cellars which have a constant temperature of 8°C and allow Oerbier to age at its best. After a couple of years Oerbier tastes like it should have been blended with wine … Oerbier has been refermented in the bottle and contains a layer of yeast, having vitamins B. NAT en STRAF on the glasses means WET and STRONG, a warning for the 7.5 vol. alcohol content. The little person on the glasses is the Oerbier man, a simple creature who holds a brewers fork in his right hand, symbolizing the work and science, but looking to the other side, the result of all this, the glass of (Oer)beer. The artwork on the poster is a wallpainting found in Spain, (Altamira) and is considered by art lovers as being the best prehistoric art work (30.000 years BC). On the other hand we have Oerbier started in 1980, going on with the tradition." -- importer

New batch of Cantillon ---

New batch just arrived we sold out of the 8/25/08 batch.
New batch bottled August 13, 2009

Cantillon Fou' Foune Apricot Lambic...$23.99 / 750ml

Rated 97 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 Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru...$18.99 / 750ml
New batch -- Bottled 8/28/2009
A very rare unblended Lambic

"It may not be your father’s beer, but it was probably his great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather’s. This is the very stuff you see flowing from ceramic crocks in many classic Flemish paintings such as the Brueghel that adorns the label of this beer.
It is a gorgeous golden ale, nearly still, straight from the oak casks in which it fermented for at least three years. Cantillon Grand Cru has unbelievable complexity to match that of any wine, and is the perfect compliment to whatever you’re cooking. You won’t believe that this is beer . . . but it is, and it’s the only authentic old lambic you can buy – a World Classic according to every beer writer who knows anything.
Oh, and by the way, it may not say so on the label yet, but Cantillon Grand Cru is brewed with 100% organic malts and unmalted wheat.
Selected as one of the fifty best beers in the world by Men's Journal magazine, July 2005." -- importer

Rare and new from Italy...

Brand new from Teo Musso of Baladin....

2006 Xyauyu X Fume....$43.99 / pint

"X Fume 2006 Riserva Teo Musso was brewed in 2006 and bottled in 2008. This begins as Xyauyu, with the added 18-day infusion of smoked Lapsang Suochong Tea and the convection of pure oxygen for a year. Boozy and bready, it possesses the character of satiny smoke and port wine with 14% ABV." — Carolyn-Smagalski, Beer Connoisseur Online

Also in stock now....
Baladin - Italy

Teo Musso
2005 Xyauyu Copper Riserva.....$43.99 / pint
2006 Xyauyu Silver Riserva .........$43.99 / pint
2006 Xyauyu Gold Riserva..........$43.99 / pint

"We are entering now a world of magic, surprises, rhythm where the “sin of gluttony” can be committed without remorse. Here, Teo has made the “drawing room beers” or “dreaming beers” brewed with an oxidation process called Solera, coming to an exceptional result. These beers (XYAUYU’) are marked with the three most important metals of gastronomy: gold, silver and copper. It is advisable to sip and enjoy them on a comfortable sofa, relaxing and daydreaming. The bottle when is opened remains unaltered and can be even drunk and appreciated within a long time. Teo Musso produces three versions Gold, Silver & Copper label which differ from each other in terms of degree of oxidation allowed and fruity perfumery aromas created. Brewing process: Primary fermentation for 25 days The maturation/aging follows the Method Solera ["adjusted by Teo"], wich was developed centuries ago by the Spanish and Portuguese to perfect the aging of their sherry and port.

Teo's Method Solera:
Teo’s objective is to allow Xyauyu to perfectly oxidize during the aging proces of 2.5 years {oxidation plays a critical role in aging port, sherry, as well as our vintage beers - too much oxidation will ruin the liquid - too little will not optimize the change in flavor / aroma during the aging process} .

Here’s how Teo's system works:
Xyauyu is transfered to a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". After several tastings during the 2.5 year aging process Teo decides when it's time to bottle (it all depends upon the oxidation velocity). XYAUYU’" -- importer

2005 Xyauyu Copper Riserva "Etichetta Rame"
Copper label
This fine beer can be likened to an excellent Vin Santo.

2006 Xyauyu Silver Riserva "Etichetta Argento"
Silver label
It can be accurately compared to a drawing-room sherry.

2006 Xyauyu Gold Riserva "Etichetta Oro"
Golden label
This golden beer reminds of an enjoyable Madera or an intriguing Chateau Chalon of the French Jura.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A new one from Ayinger

Ayinger Weizenbock...$4.29 / pint

"A powerful and astonishing winter seasonal from one of the world's most respected breweries, available in the US for the first time in fall 2009.
The weizen-bock style is relatively uncommon, even in Bavaria: they are wheat ales (weissebeer or weizen beer) that are brewed to be as strong as a bock - with corresponding fuller body, and enhanced flavors. They can be pale ("helles") or dark ("dunkles"), but Ayinger Weizen Bock is pale in color.
Classic Bavarian weissebeer aroma suggesting spice and cloves; smooth body from wheat and from decoction mashing; extravagant, pinpoint conditioning. The flavor offers the essence of the wheat harvest, fresh-baked bread, maybe even - somehow - the sunshine of a fall afternoon. The finish is tropical fruit, cloves and banana.
Hearty German cuisine - smoked pork shops, sauerkraut and sausages; full-flavored game or duck; Weizen-Bock can pair beautifully with spicy Mexican or Indian cuisine. A memorable digestif or nightcap, Weizen-Bock is also a very nice match with apple strudel for dessert. Serve in the classic Ayinger 17-ounce "weizen swirl" glass, or an oversized wine glass." --importer

Bell's Stouts....

2009 versions are here...

Bell's Java Stout.......$14.49 / 6pk
"The satisfying elements of both stout and coffee come together in this full-bodied treat. A marriage of Sumatra's best with rich chocolate and roasted malt provides for a truly enlightening beer 7.5%" -- Bells Brewery

Bell's Double Cream Stout....$11.99 / 6pk
"Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. 6.1%" -- Bells Brewery

Bell's Cherry Stout....$14.49 / 6pk

"A rich and powerful beer with tart cherry appeal, make this a fine stout. 7.0%" -- Bells Brewery

Order Bell's beers online

Wine and Beer Lovers!

Today! Wine Open House!

Meet Dan Kravitz from noon until 2pm today
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd in Clayton

We are tasting --
Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape
Pierre Boniface Apremont
Alfredo Roca Sauvignon Blanc
IA Garnacha
Cuvee de Pena
Puydeval Cab Franc Blend
Domaine Cabirau Serge and Tony
Terre de Mistral Cotes du Rhone
Altura 1024 Cabernet Sauvignon
Massamier Cuvee Oliviers (Caberent, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache)
Estezargues Cuvee Galets

Beer and Cheese Festival Open House
The Wine and Cheese Place
9755 Manchester Road in Rock Hill

From 1pm-4pm TODAY also!
Taste some great cheese and over 60 beers!
click for more details and the list of beers

Friday, October 16, 2009

100% Estate Beer --

A very rare release from Sierra Nevada -- we did not think we would get it in St. Louis.
But it is here at Forsyth now.

Back in stock at Forsyth!! No Limit!

We also have some at Provisions now!!

Also online now

Sierra Nevada ESTATE Brewers Harvest Ale....$9.99 / 24oz

A 100% all estate beer from the hops to the barley.

"Chico, CA (07/22/09)--Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is honored to announce the release of Estate Ale--one of the world's only estate-made beers brewed with 100% all-natural, locally-grown hops and barley, which are produced at the brewery in Chico, California. Inspired by the renowned winemaking region of its Napa and Sonoma neighbors, Sierra Nevada is the first brewery to develop its own terroir. This beer is brewed with ingredients that reflect the flavors of the environment and the seasonal rhythms of nature.

The wine industry is fond of speaking about the individual flavor characteristics that it takes from its environment. This terroir is present in all growing things that are tended with passion and care. The environment that builds flavor is more than simply the soil or the climate: it is also the passion and commitment of the grower. Sierra Nevada's location near the convergence of the mighty Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges--and its roots in the heart of California's fertile Central Valley--offer an environment unique in the world. This volcanic backdrop and productive earth each lend character to the water, hops, barley, and yeast.

Chico Estate Ale is the product of years of tending the soil, building an environment around the brewery, and even more years of planning. It began in 2003, with the planting of the first experimental hop yard in the field adjacent to the brewery. Over the years the field grew, and the hops along with it. The quality improved: the rhythm of planting, tending, and harvesting was established. In 2008, the brewery released Chico Estate Harvest Ale for the first time, utilizing the fresh-green flavors of these homegrown hops. The brewery was so pleased with the result that it decided to take it further than anyone else and produce a 100% estate-made beer.

That fall, the brewery made the decision to expand the hop field and plant a test plot of barley onsite. The goal to make an estate beer seemed farfetched. Countless times, the brewery heard that growing malting barley in the hot, dry Chico climate was impossible. Despite the objections, 26 acres of two-row barley went into the soil in January of 2009. By May, the waist-high green barley was waving in the Northern California wind, and by June, a healthy harvest was a foregone conclusion. The brewery never intended to release a 100% estate-made beer in 2009, but as in all things, Mother Nature dictates and we react. The brewery found itself with thousands of pounds of the finest malting barley and acres of the world's freshest wet hops: Estate Ale was born.

Sierra Nevada's estate-made beer is a decades-long dream finally seeing reality. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. prides itself in environmental stewardship and responsible brewing practices. This "Hop Harmony" philosophy is part of a larger movement toward creating a natural and sustainable brewery. Efforts include recycling and composting, water treatment, bio-fuel production, and water conservation. In 2009, a recently completed solar array (one of the largest private installations in the country) combined with four fuel cell generators to produce between 80 and 90 percent of the brewery's total energy needs on-site.

Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was one of America's first microbreweries and remains highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and ingredients of the highest quality. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its line of ales and lagers, including the flagship Pale Ale, Torpedo, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis, four seasonal beers, Harvest Ales, and a host of draft-only specialties." -- BeerAdvocate

Watch the making of Sierra Nevada Chico Estate Harvest Ale

quick notes...

Getting busy today....

quick notes...more info later

Bell's 2009 Stouts are arriving....

Bells Java Stout
Bells Double Cream Stout
Bells Cherry Stout

Ayinger Weizen Bock -- exciting
Ed Hardy Premium Beer
Ed Hardy Light Beer

The Grand Cru of beers....

Very small production and limited release....

Bush (Scaldis) 2009 Prestige de Nuits....$39.99 / 750ml

"The Bush Nights vintage 2009... Whether fans of this exceptional beer matured in oak casks which have contained wine Nuits St Georges rejoice: The Night of Bush is back ... To recall, the Bush de Nuits beer is quite amazing and absolutely unique. Given its long maturation in barrels that have contained wine from Nuits St Georges, it has no resemblance with other beers. This is a true character of beer, the amber-red dress, but slightly thinning that special aroma and complex beer with winy overtones.

"When he got back from Burgundy in France, where he had been buying wine in the Nuits-St.-Georges region, Hughes Dubuisson came up with the idea of matruring Bush/Scaldis de Noel in oak casks which had previously contained the famous Cotes du Nuits. After 6 months of maturing, 210 prottype bottles were draw for presentation to the specialist press. The test was conclusive and Bush/Scaldis Prestige de Nuits was born!!
The old style maturing, in oak barrels previously used to hold Nuits St. Georges wine, allows the taster to enjoy a highly flavoursome some with wine-like aromas of red fruits giving it an amazing harmonious balance in the mouth with sweetness, a hint of acidity and a relatively dry aftertaste in spite of the high density of the beer. This is great art!" -- brewery

Rated 99/100 percentile on RateBeer

Available online - click here

A new one from Dupont...

Brasserie Dupont
Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont...$9.19 / 750ml
"With the best wishes of the brewery Dupont

Alcohol: 9,5 % vol. The Bons Vœux is a blond top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle.Since 1970, the brewery has been brewing a special beer to give as a new years present to their best clients. (the name of this beer “Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont » means « With the best wishes of the brewery Dupont » ).Because of the increasing success, they started to commercialise this “cadeau” but kept the name. Although the demands were considerable, only a small quantity was brewed, so they had to make a reservation list, even months before new year. This Bons Vœux is coppery blond, has very fine hoparomas and tastes bitter, fruity and mild.Our selection of yeasts, in combination with a longduring riping process, on a “dry hopping” base, are creating a typical and complex aroma and taste. A real refermentation in the bottle, which will continue for a long time in your cellar, result in a harmonious and well-balanced beer, full of unexpected and complex aromas" -- brewery

Order Dupont beers online also

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bush Noel

In stock now at Forsyth..

Scaldis (Bush) Noel Premium....$15.99 / 750ml

"The Bush Christmas Premium is a traditional Christmas Bush which has undergone fermentation in the bottle 75 cl hot chamber for 3 weeks. It has therefore not only luxury qualities of the traditional Christmas Bush - copper color, rich aroma and strong yet balanced - but also, by its fermentation in the bottle, the Bush de Noël Premium develops flavors and a muscular alcohol level slightly higher (13% alc.vol).
Brewed in limited quantities, the Bush de Noël Premium is an essential reference in the beer season. " -- brewery

Lucky number 13..

Arriving Friday

13th Anniversary Ale
He'brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah
13% ABV

13 Malts: Specialty 2-row, Canada Munich, CaraMunich 40, Chocolate, Crystal Rye, Dark Crystal, Flaked Spelt, Flaked Oats, Kiln Amber, Pilsner, Rye Ale, Vienna, and Wheat

13 hops: Ahtanum, Amarillo, Apollo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Crystal, Fuggle, Golding, Palisade, Simcoe, Tettnang and Willamette

Enjoy some reading....

"On April 24, 1982, I chanted, gave a speech about Leprosy, got my first Walkman, 3 pen sets, and 2swiss army knives. The band was called Hot Borscht. As with all Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids, my parentsrecited a blessing thanking God for finally being relieved of punishment for their child’s sins. Lucky 13all around. At High Holidays, Jews recite 13 Attributes of Mercy revealed to Moses at Sinai. 13 million Jews inhabitthe globe. Maimonides wrote the dogmatic 13 Principles of Faith, and died the 13th of Dec. 1204. Themystical Zohar emerged in 13th c. Spain, ascribed to a 2nd century Rabbi who studied Torah in a cavewith his son for 13 years. The Jewish calendar follows 13 lunar cycles. Apollo 13 failed to reach themoon after an explosion on April 13 (1970). July 4th falls 13 days after summer solstice. 13 stripes onour flag represent the 13 Colonies. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery. Barack Obama representedthe 13th district in the IL State Senate. In 1957 Sandy Koufax made 13 starts, struck out 13 in his firstcomplete game, and pitched the final Dodger strike before they left Brooklyn. 13 attended the LastSupper. 13 bagels make a Baker’s Dozen, began for fear of punishment under a 13th c. English lawregulating the price of bread and beer. Genesis 13:13 tells of the wicked men of Sodom. Genghis Khanconquered the world in the 13th century. Black Sabbath released its debut album on Friday Feb 13th(1970). Recording Rain Dogs, Tom Waits told guitarist Marc Ribot "Play it like a midget's barmitzvah.” Happy 13, Shmaltzers. Together we rise and holler, “L’Chaim!” --Jeremy Cowan,proprietor

"The oldest archaeological artifact to mention "Israel" is dated from 13th century BCE Egypt. The eve of Purim (the only official Jewish drinking holiday) falls on the 13th of Adar (Hebrew calendar). Famed scholar Rambam (Moses Maimonides) died on December 13 (1204). While preparing for his bar mitzvah, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg sold Christmas wreaths door to door to raise money for Boy Scout camp. On the Simpsons, in 2003, Krusty the Klown, prodigal son of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, is moved to celebrate an adult bar mitzvah after discovering he cannot get a star on the Jewish Walk of Fame without it. "Part of the bar mitzvah is that you become a man supposedly at 13 years old. And as I was a man, I decided never to go to a synagogue again" -Jack Black. I growled and I roared and my rabbi did as well / it was a rocking werewolf zoo at Temple Beth-Emmanuel / Werewolf bar mitzvah / Spooky scary / Werewolf bar mitzvah / Kooky hairy / Boys becoming men / Men becoming wolves -30Rock. Seth Rogen (born the week before my bar mitzvah) made his stand-up comedy debut at age 13: "A good Bar Mitzvah joke is a good Bar Mitzvah joke regardless of your age and sexual orientation." Harpo Marx once broke his stage silence when a fire broke out in a theatre in Detroit. "I didn't know what to say, so I just delivered the speech I made at my bar mitzvah. It quieted the audience until the fire was put out." In the early 90's, Paul Rudd worked as a DJ and MC at bar mitzvahs. In his first acting role out of college, he was duped into delivering a fundamentalist Christian moral to the story. "My Bar Mitzvah was perfect. It was in my basement... For the invitation, I drew pictures of the band KISS and things that I loved from the Torah. We all need rites of passage." -Jeremy Piven. Ben Stiller played drums at his own bar mitzvah. "We covered 'Hey, Jude,'" he recalled. "My father panicked thinking our lead singer was belting out 'Hey, Jew!' to a roomful of Holocaust survivors." Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia. About 9% of Americans believe that Friday the 13th is jinxed, according to a 1990 Gallup poll, running behind a black cat crossing your path, which worries 14%. To mock the fear of Friday the 13th, Civil War vet Capt. Wm. Fowler formed the 13 Club, first meeting on Friday Sept 13th (1881) at 8:13 p.m. 13 people dined in room 13, entering under a ladder and seated among piles of spilled salt. Future members included 5 US Presidents. Wilt Chamberlain wore #13 his whole career and was selected to 13 All Star games. Basketball originally had 13 rules. Every pineapple contains 13 counterclockwise spirals. California produces 13% of the US's GDP. About 13% of New York state residents claim no religious affiliation. Fidel Castro was born on Friday the 13th (August 1926). In the late 13th c., Venetian Marco Polo became one of the first Europeans to travel the Silk Road to China. Eyeglasses were invented in Italy in the 13th c. At age 58, believe it or not, Robert Ripley died while taping the 13th episode of his tv series which explored death and death rituals." -- website