Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cans

Had some Caldera IPA in the cans sent over from another store. A few in stock now.

New in stock --
Blue Moon in CANS
Leinenkugels Summer Shandy in CANS



Of note,
The Mikkeller Barrel Aged Black Hole beers are moving fast.
Not sure how long they will last!


Beer Tasting!

Stop by today Saturday,
May 29 -- Forsyth.
11am-1pm
We will taste a few of the new ones:
Mikkeller 10
Mikkeller I BeatU
Ben Middlemiss Benediction
Dominus Vobiscum
Jandrain V Cense

We will also have some wine open from 1-3pm




Ben Middlemiss Benediction Ale


Available online

First time in the U.S. since 2000!


Ben Middlemiss Benediction Ale...$6.29 / 11.2oz
"Ben Middlemiss Benediction ale made its first U.S. appearance in 2000 at the Museum of Archaeology and Antrhopology in Philadelphia as part of Michael Jackson's "10 Most Exciting Beers of the Millennium." We know of no other New Zealand beer that receives the same amount of care and attention, and we are proud to re-introduce Benediction to the United States. This classic ale will develop for 4-5 years if kept under ideal cellar conditions." -- back label






Read the article by Michael Jackson
"No beer-loving visitor to Auckland should miss Galbraith's Alehouse"




Mikkeller and BrewDog

Order Mikkeller online



Mikkeller/BrewDog I Beat yoU....$6.49 / 11.2oz
American Style Imperial India Pale Ale
9.75% Alcohol
98% on RateBeer
"I Beat yoU is a heavily-hopped Double IPA brewed at BrewDog’s Scotland facility. The beer features Herkules (a German hop variety that is only a few years old), Centennial, Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus hops and weighs in at 9.75% ABV." --
www.beernews.org






Mikkeller Frelser (Triple Bock)

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Mikkeller Frelser (Triple Bock)....$16.99 / 750ml
"This Bock from Mikkeller is called Frelser. Means Savior in Danish. The name is a subtle reference to all Bocks Mother: Salvator. Originally the monks brewed Salvator because they needed a very strong and rich beer during Lent. Do not drink this beer instead of a meal, it contains 11% alcohol." -- Mikkeller

Order all Mikkeller online





Crap beer...

Order Mikkeller online

Back in stock VERY RARE!!
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel...$13.99 / pint

10.9%
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A on BeerAdvocate

"This imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civet cats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.
Ingredients :Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee." -- Mikkeller




"Beer Geek Brunch from Mikkeller is the highest rated Danish beer at RateBeer.com. And with the massive media coverage up to its release in early January, demand has obviously been much higher than supply. Beer Geek Brunch is in other words almost sold out. So Mikkel is getting ready for making the next batch Beer Geek Brunch in Norway. And a huge consignment of Ca Pe Chon coffee should also be on its way. On the picture you can see Rob with a weasel-poo full of the coffee beans that are giving Beer Geek Brunch its unique taste." -- Mikkeller









"So what is special about this particular big beer (10+ % ABV)? “Shit coffee.” Here is a post from Wikipedia all about Kopi Luwak, a.k.a. Civet coffee, a.k.a. the most expensive coffee in the world. And here is the animal coffee that they are using.
“Civet coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet [...] The inner bean of the berry is not digested, but it has been proposed that enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee’s flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste. The beans are defecated still covered in some inner layers of the berry. The beans are washed, and given only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process.” - http://www.beernews.org/

Mikkeller 10 Hops

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Mikkeller "10" Hops ....$5.29 / 11.2oz


This is the culmination of Mikkeller's Single Hop Series. Mikkel started with the same beer and bottled 10 different beers with 10 different hops. This is the final one: it includes all ten hops!!


Click here to read about the "Single Hop" Series




Revelation Cat - Italy

Order online now! Limited!

The Woodwork series is our first release from Revelation Cat. The "base" beer is an 110 IBU Imperial IPA made from 100% Munich Malt and hopped with Nelsin Sauvin Hops. There are 4 versions available: "base" beer with out any oak aging, then the same "base" beer treated in 3 different oaks. The beer was aged for 7 days in the oak barrels. 11% ABV

Revelation Cat Woodwork (Base)....$9.99 / 375ml
Revelation Cat Woodwork (American Oak)....$12.99 / 375ml
Revelation Cat Woodwork (French Oak)...$12.99 / 375ml
Revelation Cat Woodwork (Acasia)....$12.99 / 375ml

"This experimental ale is brewed to highlight the different effects that various woods give while aging the same batch. The ale we chose to brew as a base for this experiment is a very dry Heavy IPA brewed using only one malt, a neutral yeast and a one hop variety, grown in New Zealand. The barrels used for aging have been assembled in Sicily and are all fresh, used for the first time. This may sound discouraging, however our intention is to make you really taste the wood and all the differences between the barriques we used, which have been made with French oak, American oak, and Acasia. These ales have been bottled exclusively in 375ml gueuze bottles to aid you in parallel tasting and sampling without which this experiment would not have sense. Brewed in one of the most fascinating breweries in the world, by one of the most experienced brewers of the modern brewing scene, this is the first release of the Revelation Cat Craft Brewing project and we hope you will understand our goals and ideas." -- bottle


About Revelation Cat:
"....The production part seems already set to two directives: originality and collaboration, where the first is brought by the Woodwork Series, produced in Belgium at the brewery De Proef. The idea is very simple but innovative: to experience the effect of different woods in the maturation of beer, starting from a single base product. The base is a Strong single malt and single hop IPA, made with Munich malt and Nelson Sauvin (hops from New Zealand that many producers are recently fell in love with), very dry, with an alcohol content of 11% alc. This IPA is then aged in brand new oak barrels assembled in Sicily and never used before, which differ in the type of wood: French oak, American oak and acacia. The result is bottled in bottles of 37,5 cl, a size especially designed for a multiple tasting. I have heard words of praise from those who had the opportunity to try it.

Along with original productions the Revelation Cat will also brew traditional beers, and of course the production methods and ingredients will be of the highest level, for a clean production, innovative and exciting. The brewer will be Marco Meneghin, now transplanted from Milan to Rome, that some of you might know and who joined me in the homebrewer laboratoires during the latest Italian Beer Festival in Rome."
Info from:
Beer Chronicles
the craft beer world seen by an Italian beer lover










Canadian Micro-Brewery

Available online

Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Double...$6.99 / pint
Rated 98/100 Percentile on RateBeer
9% ABV
"The courtship of Fred and Caroline, founders of the Microbrasserrie Charlevoix was intimately connected to their mutual love of Quebec's stunning Charlevoux region and their shared passion for brewing at home. They brewed two batches every weekend. Now that they're married and have their own brewery, they still bring the same energy and creativity to making unusual ales.

"The DOUBLE is a complex mahogany-brown brew with an impressivevly aromatic personality. Its nose of candied fruit, dried raisins and star anise segues into a rich, nearly full mouthfeel that beckons you to savor this delicacy delicately." -- back label








Friday, May 28, 2010

O'Fallon Wee Heavy

In stock at Forsyth now!
O'Fallon Wee Heavy....$8.79 / 4pk





Here are some picture from O'Fallon's facebook page...


Beer news....

We are expecting a lot of new beers sometime today! I am off work today, so I will not get them priced and ready for sale until tomorrow.

New Mikkeller, Revelation Cat and much more.
Stay tuned

We will do a tasting of some of the new ones tomorrow from 11am-2pm at Forsyth.



Sangria

Hot weather demands Sangria --


Bodega de San Antonio White Sangria....$7.49 / 750ml
Appellation: California
Description: Bodega de San Antonio Sangria Blanca is a fresh, semi-sweet white wine bursting with essences of orange, lemon, and lime. Sangria Blanca is 100% natural and can be served chilled or on the rocks with citrus wedges.


Bodega de San Antonio Red Sangria....$7.49 / 750ml
Appellation: California
Description: Bodega de San Antonio Sangria Tradicional is a fresh, semi-sweet red wine bursting with essences of orange, lemon, and lime. Sangria Tradicional is 100% natural and can be served chilled or on the rocks with citrus wedges.




Thursday, May 27, 2010

Our favorite white...

2008 Hughes Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet....$7.99 / 750ml
Compare to $10.99 at Rochambeau Wines in New York.
100% Picpoul, aka Folle Blanche.

"Pale yellow color with green tints. Fresh and fine aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruit. Lime flavors, with typical focusing acidity, are hallmarks of Picpoul. Our best value, this wine impresses novices and hardened geeks equally.Known as “the Muscadet of the South” in France, this is to the Mediterranean coast of France what Albariño is to northwest Spain…the default wine for fresh shellfish & seafood." -- Fran Kysela, Importer


Why is it our number 1 selling white?
Check out the consensus:
"Remember this label. It delivers."BEST OF THE BARGAINS"
- San Francisco Chronicle, November 2009

"For bargain wines, this is a very good year “Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Picpoul de Pinet. Absolutely enjoyable and amazingly refreshing ...It’s hard to find any above-average wine in this price range let alone one as bright and charming as this one.”
- Wine Review Online (Aug 18, 2009)

"One of my favorite dry whites is the beautiful 2008 Picpoul de Pinet, a quintessential aperitif dry white that also works well with pasta, chicken, and seafood dishes."- The Wine Advocate

"A perennial local summer favorite. Buy it by the case."
- Washington Post (July 09), VERY GOOD
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net price. no additional discounts. price good through June 5, 2010


Classic Chardonnay for a song...

An amazing price for this wine....


Meridian California Chardonnay....$5.49 / 750ml
Compare to $10 at Meridianvineyards.com
"Meridian Chardonnay is grown in the coolest regions of Santa Barbara County where classic, sought-after characteristics are typical. About half of this wine comes from our coolest vineyard, White Hills, so named for its rolling sand dunes. The soil keeps vigor in check so that yield is not huge, but fruit intensity is quite the opposite. The pineapple, floral, citrus and apple aromas typical of Santa Barbara County occur in abundance in the White Hills Chardonnay. The other Santa Barbara County Chardonnays in the blend are from the Santa Maria Valley and the cool Los Alamos area to the south. They contribute floral, grapefruit and textural components to the blend. Designed to show off this lush fruit, the oak was kept to a minimum.

Exotic aromas mingle pleasingly in this wine and include notes of fresh cut flowers, lychee, vanilla and nutmeg. A dash of toasted almond brings about an intriguing mid-note. This is not a shy Chardonnay. On the palate expect flavors of pineapple, lime and grapefruit essence with a touch of oak, followed by a lengthy finish. Appellation Santa Barbara County" -- winery
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net price, no addtional discounts. Price good through June 5, 2010

Chalk Hill Chardonnay

On sale now! Amazing price!!
2007 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay...$24.99
Compare to $48 at chalkhill.com
"Bold, rich and full-boded, with succulent fig, apricot, smoky oak and roasted marshmallow flavors that are complex and distinctive, finishing with a long, intricate finish and subtle flavor notes. Drink now through 2015. 13,837 cases made. –JL"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
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Net price, no additional discount. Price good through June 5





Southern Tier

Order Southern Tier online

Southern Tier Mokah -- in stock now!


"a stout brewed with chocolate & coffee"

"When empirical and creative impulses collide, the result is often timeless. The classic utility-art aesthetic of the coffee maker is an example of design and engineering working in concert. It is through similar cooperation that the simple bitter cocoa bean is transformed into a sweet treat. As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!" -- brewery
11.0% abv • 27º plato • Imperial Stout Brewed with Coffee & Chocolate • 22 oz /
2-row pale malt • 2-row barley • caramel, chocolate & black malts • roasted barley barley flakes • Jamaican roasted coffee • bittersweet Belgian chocolate • chinook, willamette, cascade & columbus hops

order online at www.wineandcheeseplace.com

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Rogue

New, limited release in stock at Forsyth....
Online also.





Rogue John John Juniper Ale....$8.49 / 22oz
Pale Ale brewed with Juniper Berries and aged in Spruce Gin Barrels

Style: Barrel aged


Food Pairing: Pork, Hot & Spicy
Tasting Notes:
A hint of cucumber and a Sprucey note in the aroma followed by a Juniper bite mid palate finishing with a soft oakiness.
11 Ingredients:
Harrington, Crystal, Triumph, C-15 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ malts.Styrian, Golding, Amarillo & Rogue Hopyard Willamette hops.Juniper Berries Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.








Chatoe Rogue Single Malt....$6.49 / 22oz

Style: Blonde Ale Food Pairing: Seafood, Hot & Spicy
Tasting Notes:
Single Malt Ale has a malty aroma and is deep golden in color with a dense creamy head. It is medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare™ malt.


4 Ingredients:
Malts: Rogue Barley Farm first growth Dare™ malts.
Hops: Rogue Hopyard first growth Revolution Hops.
Yeast & Water: Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.







Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Odell - Limited releases!

Order Odell online (reserve yours online for pick up at any of our stores)



Just released! In stock at Rock Hill, Forsyth and Ballwin now
-- still waiting at Provisions


Limit 2 bottles per person
Odell Saboteur

Brett Barrel Brown Ale....$11.99 / 750ml
"Our brewer’s created an unpretentious, yet sophisticated brown ale. Then they plotted, and dosed this full-bodied ale with brettanomyces, the ultimate adversary of wineries.
Embracing this vintner’s nemesis resulted in a complex and wonderfully drinkable beer. Intense earthy undertones, and notes of vanilla and pineapple come together with a sour silhouette. Aged in American oak barrels." -- brewery
10.0% Alc. by Vol.
100% Bottle Conditioned

No limit!
Odell Woodcut Series No.4....$24.99
"Our first lager offering in the Woodcut series, Woodcut No. 4 Oak Aged Lager provides an exceptional “base” for showcasing the importance of hand selected, hand coopered, medium toast, American virgin oak barrels. By choosing a double Marzen style lager, our brewers were able to design a beer that showcases the caramel malty characters of a Marzen along with the clean warming alcohol character only an 11% lager can provide. The nose of this beer is rich in complexity, providing pineapple, dried apricot, raisin and a pleasantly soft muskiness. Toasted oak overtone
s balance these aromas with a light cedar quality. As the warming alcohol coats the palate a soft vanilla lingers on the tongue imparted by the medium toast virgin oak." -- brewery



ABV: 11%













Founders Curmudgeon 2010

Order Founders online now
2010 Version just arrived -- our second year of Founders' Seasonals!!!
Curmudgeon Old Ale....$10.99 / 4pk
Rated 98 percentile on RateBeer.com

"Think classic sea fairing ports, local pubs, and weathered old fisherman. This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill, then aged in oak. The result is a strong, rich, malty-delight that’s deceptively smooth and drinkable" -- Founders
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Plus other great Founders favorites in stock now!!
Why are we so excited about Founders?
Check out these ratings --
Centennial IPA.... 6pk

Rated 98 percentile on RateBeer.com

Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale....6pk
Rated 98 percentile on RateBeer.com

Red's Rye.....6pk
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer.com
#1 best
"Specialty Grain" style on RateBeer

Porter....6pk
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer.com

#3 best Porter in the world on RateBeer


Double Trouble Double IPA...4pk
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer.com







Monday, May 24, 2010

BBQ time is here!

At all locations now!.
Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrel Charcoal....$2.99 / 6.8lb bag

Briquets and Smoker Blocks

Created from authentic Jack Daniel's® Oak Whiskey Barrels! A product innovation for the charcoal-grilling and wood-smoking enthusiast! Whiskey Barrel® Charcoal originates from authentic Jack Daniel's® oak aging barrels. The charcoal briquets are made with barrel pieces. Also included are smoker blocks, cut from these original Jack Daniel's® barrels.
Features
** Whiskey Barrel® Charcoal originates from authentic Jack Daniel's® Oak Aging Barrels
** As seasons change, whiskey is drawn in and out of the oak wood barrel arrels are emptied at maturity and a portion of the whiskey remains inside the wood
** Whiskey Barrel® Charcoal Briquets -- premium quality briquets, made from fine wood char, also contain Jack Daniel's barrel pieces for distinct charcoal-grilled flavor.
**Whiskey Barrel® Smoker Blocks -- cut directly from whiskey-saturated barrel staves, the blocks capture a pleasant mix of caramel, vanilla and wood notes and will impart an extraordinary smoked flavor to grilled foods.
**No need to purchase additional woods!
**Premium quality -- made in the U.S.A.
**Grill and drink responsibly






Saturday, May 22, 2010

Meet Michael Ragg

Meet Michael Ragg
one of the owners of Mischief and Mayhem.
This coming Tonight! May 25, 2010
5pm-7pm
at The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth


Mischief and Mayhem
We are proud to have Michael Ragg at our store as his wines have received a lot of great press in the Wine Spectator and these wines are amazing bargains if you take the quality price ratio compared to other Burgundy.




"Mischief and Mayhem is the creation of Michael Ragg and Michael Twelftree, two great friends whose passion for wine, and for Burgundy in particular, inspired them to team up and create the company in autumn 2004.
Michael Ragg spent nearly ten years working with leading UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd before moving to Burgundy in spring 2003 and setting up his own wine consultancy and broking business in Aloxe-Corton. He's Mischief. Michael Twelftree is co-founder and driving force behind top Australian winery Two Hands Wines in the Barossa Valley. He's Mayhem." -- winery






We will taste all of these wines!!

Yes, we have more in at this fantastic price!!! 2005 and delicious!

2005 Mischief and Mayhem Bourgogne Pinot Noir...$19.99
only 550 cases made.
A great 2005 Red Burgundy and a real bargain for the quality here. This wine could easily pass for a Nuits St. Georges.


"Bright ruby red in colour with a touch of pink at the rim. Extremely fine, warm nose of damsons, red cherry, clove, nutmeg and raspberry fruit. Excellent, soft mouth feel, nicely integrated supple tannins, smooth and full with cherry pie, plum and vanilla notes, all nicaly balanced with a subtle acidic structure. Lovely even grip and balance leads into a dry, well rounded and full finish. Very nice indeed." -- winery



2006 Mischief and Mayhem Meursault...$75.99
Less than 270 cases made
"We produce this Meursault from Chardonnay vines with an average age of nearly 40 years, spread between several excellent sites around the fabled village of meursault and planted in rocky limestone and marl soils. The growing season and harvest in 2006 were superb for Chardonnay with wonderful ripeness of fruit, purity and minerality. Bottled after 14 months in barrel. This is a wine of real fruit character, richness and structure which we really hope you enjoy." --winery





2006 Mischief and Mayhem Volnay Vieilles Vignes...$63.99

Less than 100 cases made
"We produced this Volnay Vieilles Vignes from Pinot Noir vines with an average age of over 60 years, harvested from sites to the East and South-East of the historic village of Volnay. The growing season and ahrvest in 2006 were fine for Pinot Noirwith lovely ripeness of fruit, purity and structure. Bottled after 14 months in the barrel. This is a wine of real elegance, purity and finesse which we really hope that you will enjoy." -- winery

2005 Bourgogne Chardonnay...$19.99
only 750 cases made
"Hard work amongst the vines, terrific vintage conditions and superb vineyard sites with an average vine age of 40 years. Beautiful ripe fruit, so typical in 2005, light barrel treatment and early bottling, all intergrate to produce a wine of real character, purity and freshness. This is a classic white Burgundy and we really hope that you will enjoy it. Pale straw in colour with a touch of gold. Beautifuly clean, pure, mid-intensity nose of ripe melon, lemon zest, white peach, lychee and honeycomb, with traces of baked apple and shortbread. Lovely freshness in the mouth and excellent cleansing acidity with notes of pear, apple and lime with a beautiful soft, creamy finish. Excellent." -- winery



Friday, May 21, 2010

Some news

Just a quick note, We are basically sold out of Schlafly Lager in the cans and I am told no new batch until June 26!!

Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale -- Sold out at Forsyth.
Provisions and Rock Hill still have some.




Affligem is back!


Another Belgian is back after a long absence from St. Louis...

Affligem Double....750ml
Affligem Triple....750ml
Affligem Blonde...6pk

"Winner of numerous awards and international tasting sessions, Affligem is Belgium’s abbey beer. Brewed in the Flemish village, Opwijk, this top-fermenting beer is still brewed according to the original recipe.Affligem Blond, Affligem Dubbel, and Affligem Tripel" -- importer





Southern Tier Pale Ale

New Release!
First time in St. Louis
Southern Tier Pale Ale....$8.99 / 6pk

"Our Pale is an aggressively hopped, with immense overtones of grapefruit and tangerine wrapped in a delicately refined body of pale barley and wheat. 6.0% abv • Pale Ale" -- brewery








Canned Beer

Great Article about Canned Craft Beer
Clearing up Craft Beer in a Can
By Mike Sweeney
Stlhops.com


One of the benefits to doing tours at the Schlafly Tap Room is that I often get to meet a bunch of people that haven’t been exposed to the huge world that is craft beer. It’s also interesting to see some of the reactions that take place when I mention that Schlafly has just release their Summer Lager in a can. Sometimes that reaction is joy, but a lot of times it comes across as a sour look.
It’s at that point that I have to stop the tour and clear up their misconception of canned beer. So, with the addition of more and more canned craft beer coming into the St. Louis area, it maybe it’s time to do it on a larger scale, to explain some of the advantages and disadvantages. First, let’s lay out some of the things canned craft beer is not:


Isn’t canned beer supposed to be cheaper?

At some point in your life, I’m sure you’ve had to purchase a large amount of macro beer for a party. You’ve quickly noticed that buying canned beer is usually much cheaper than buying beer in bottles. Why is this? It’s simply the economics of scale. When you’re brewing over a 100 million barrels of beer each year, you’re going to need hundreds of millions (and possibly even billions) of cans. When you’re buying that many cans, the price decreases.
Local brewers just aren’t going to have the warehouse space to purchase the hundreds of thousands of cans necessary to drop the price and lower the cost for the beer as a whole. Not to mention the fact that neither brewer is canning these beers locally, they’re currently having the beers contract brewed at Steven’s Point Brewery in Wisconsin. That adds additional shipping and contract costs.


Don’t beer cans use BPA?

You’re right, they do. The companies that currently make beer cans are looking into new can liners that don’t contain Bisphenol A, but if BPA is a concern, then you probably should avoid cans for the time being.

Bleh, beer out of a can tastes like metal!
That’s because you’re committing a cardinal sin when it comes to drinking craft beer, you’re drinking it out of the can or bottle. Think back to the times you had a stuffy nose, remember how everything you tasted was a muted version of what you normally taste? That’s because your sense of taste is completely tied into smell.
When you wrap your lips around a bottle or can, you’re creating a seal that keeps the beer’s aroma from reaching your nose. If you can’t smell, you’re not going to fully enjoy the beer as it was intended. As mentioned above, the can or bottle is merely a transportation device to move the beer from the brewery into your glass.
Now, are there going to be times when you can’t pour it into a glass? Sure, which brings us to one of the reasons canned beer is so great:

Convenience.
This is probably the main reason most craft breweries have begun canning beer. Canned beer can go places bottled beer cannot. The park, beach, pool, float trips; basically any place that bottles aren’t allowed, cans can happily live. They’re just about the perfect summer beer vessel.
This also means that you may on occasion have to drink out of the can. Obviously it’s not the preferred method of drinking your beer, but sometimes you don’t have a choice.

No Light.
Light is probably the biggest enemy of beer. In just a short time, light is the thing that can make that wonderfully hoppy beer you’re drinking turn into something that smells like it came out of the backside of a skunk. This is one of the best places where canned beer excels, because it allows no light to hit your beer as it’s sitting at your favorite retail establishment.

Oxygen.
Beer’s other big enemy. Oxygen is a bit of a toss-up as far as cans are concerned. When a brewer purges the bottle with CO2 to remove the oxygen, it pushes all of the oxygen out of a small opening. Cans are a bit more tricky as they have a larger opening which means it’s more difficult to get all of the oxygen out.
But, if most of the oxygen is removed, you’re left with a vessel that is airtight and will keep oxidation to a minimum. Another great aspect of the can.

Environmental.
Cans are lighter than bottles, which means you can ship more at a time, which means you can save extra trips back and forth from the brewery to the distributor. Cans are also easier to recycle and easier to chill down, both huge savings to using energy.
Are cans the ultimate device for transporting beer? That’s really up for you to decide. There are certainly a lot of advantages, but there are some disadvantages as well. Personally, I think they’re pretty swell and I’m always looking forward to more canned craft beer in St. Louis.
Mike Sweeney, Stlhops







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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sam Adams and Weihenstephaner

Exciting beer news...
We have known since last year that Sam Adams Boston Beer Co. and Weihenstephaner were creating a new collaboration. Three possible labels got registered -- looks exciting. I am sure more news will come soon about their plans.
Hopefully we will see some here in Missouri since we get both Sam Adams and Weihenstephaner beers already.




Schlafly and Spiegelau Glass Event


SPIEGELAU EVENT
Thursday, June 10
at Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
314.241.BEER


What a difference a glass makes! See for yourself at St. Louis' first ever craft beer and specialty glass tasting event presented by Schlafly Beer and Spiegelau Glass on Thursday, June 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

Spiegelau Glassware uses fine powdered sand and a platinum purification process to c
reate a fine, scratch resistant premium glass with brilliant clarity and head retention - the ideal vessel for appreciating your favorite beers.

A representative from Spiegelau and Schlafly Beer will guide you through the tasting.

Tickets are $30 and include beer, snacks and your very own 4-piece Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Glassware Set (retail value $49.95). Do not delay, space is very limited.

GET TICKETS


The Wine and Cheese Place
is proud to sponsor this great event. You will have the opportunity to order more Spiegelau glasses at the event through The Wine and Cheese Place










Bargains...

Hurry up, sale ends on Saturday!
We will be tasting these great values on Saturday at Forsyth.
May 22, from 1-4pm


2007 Bogle Cabernet Sauvingon......$7.99
(net price, no additional discount)
Bogle 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (California) "Here’s a stellar example of how a really good Cabernet can be made without gouging the consumer. This is a dry, elegant and rich wine, with firm tannins housing flavors of blackberries, currants, herbs, spices and smoky cedar wood. It’s a terrific value. Best Buy."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast




2008 Bogle Chardonnay........$6.99
(net price, no additional discount)
"Bogle’s 2008 Chardonnay is a hand-crafted wine that has a little bit of something for everyone: barrel fermentation, sur-lies aging and partial malolactic fermentation. These careful processes create a wine with layers of complexity and generous character. Distinctively Chardonnay from the Clarksburg appellation, the aromatics shine of Bartlett pear and saucy apple. Mid palate, the texture shows off its silky, soft nature, allowing the creamy notes to envelop the fruit. New American oak adds nutmeg, vanilla and a hint of butterscotch to the finish, though never losing its perfectly balanced acidity." -- winemaker




2008 Bogle Pinot Noir....$9.99
"The 2008 Pinot Noir from Bogle represents some of the best varietal growing regions our state has to offer. Fruit from the cool confines of the Russian River Valley, from the coastal hills of Monterey and from the unique Clarksburg Delta combine to create a garnet-colored wine of complexity and finesse.
The first impression recalls a sun-dappled forest clearing, scattered with sweet wild strawberries and rustic mint. These hints of pine, bright berry and fresh herbs follow on the well-balanced palate, surrounded by soft suggestions of tea leaves and violets. Toasty vanilla winds itself throughout, wrapping around the finish: long, silky and elegant." -- winemaker

AMAZING PRICES!!

We just received these great Cachaca closeouts from our distributor.
"Cachaça is a liquor made from fermented sugarcane. It is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil....Cachaça differs from rum in that most rum is made from molasses. Use of molasses allows for the use of the byproduct of sugar production and a smaller still but has the taste affected by heating. Cachaca can be classified as a "rhum agricole" which is rum produced directly from cane juice." -- wikipedia

Can be used in any rum drink or make the classic CAIPIRINHA!
Click here for drink recipes


Cuca Fresca Silver Cachaca....$6.99

Compare to $16.99 at Total Beverage
Authentic Brazilian Rum


Crystal clear. The nose is wildly fruity offering a cool mélange of fruit scents ranging from guava to orange with hints of a tropical influence with accents of blanched almonds. The palate echoes the nose perfectly offering waves of silky soft fruit complimented by wet grass and pure cane juice. The ideal slate for cocktail creativity. — BEVX.com, Beverage Experts
Very smooth and flavorful. Tropical flowers, bananas in cream, and brown spice aromas. A round, silky entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body of banana cream pie, nuts, and powdered sugar flavors. Finishes with a very long, smooth and pleasant banana bread, sugar cane, and custard like fade. — Beverage Testing Institute




Double Gold Medal Winner
2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Highest Rated Unaged Cachaça & Gold Medal Winner
2007 International Spirits Review
Gold Medal Winner 2007
Beverage Testing Institute
2008 Gold Medal Winner
San Francisco World Spirits Competition






Cuca Fresca Pura Gold....$9.99 / 750ml
Compare to $21.99 at The Wine Specialist

Golden straw green color. Sweet spicy baked banana, suede, earthy mint, and creme brulee aromas follow through to a dryish silky medium-to-full body with nice toasted banana bread and mineral accents. Finishes with a peppery, banana, nutmeg, toasted almond and pepper fade. Nice purity and spice. — Beverage Testing Institute





Gold Medal Winner & Highest Rated Cachaça
2007 International Spirits Review
2007 Gold Medal Winner
Beverage Testing Institute
Silver Medal Winner
2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition









Wednesday, May 19, 2010

94 point Paul Hobbs!

Order Paul Hobbs online now

Available at Forsyth (314-727-8788) and Ballwin (636-227-9001)

Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley....$43.99
"A classy 2008 that rides the freeway of flavors, showing wonderful aromatics of wild raspberry, anise, black berry and spice, with touches of mineral and sage. Full-bodied, complex, vibrant, focused, intense and persistent. Drink now through 2016. 3,644 cases made. –JL"

Rated 94/100
The Wine Spectator

"Fragrant with ripe raspberry and holiday spice, this ruby-hued pinot noir is bursting with Russian River Valley character. Its firmly structured, silky palate unfolds in a tightly-knit weave of Bing cherry and blackberry with hints of Darjeeling tea and cardamom. Subtle earthiness adds depth and is balanced by bright acidity that punctuates a lengthy finish. Alcohol 14.6%" -- Paul Hobbs Winery





Monday, May 17, 2010

Schlafly AIPA being bottled!

From Schlafly's facebook page -- pictures of the AIPA being bottled -- hopefully we will see it tomorrow or the next day very fresh!!!

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary...


For their 30th Anniversary, Sierra Nevada is creating some exciting new beers. So exciting, they have created a brand new website just for the occasion.

http://www.sierra30.com/






In stock at Forsyth now!! We have 7 more bottles now!!

no limit!! First come first served
Fritz and Ken is in stock now

The best way to guarantee a bottle is to click here


Fritz and Ken's Ale....$10.99 / 750ml
Available Mid -March 2010
"Fritz Maytag, owner of San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company, is regarded as the godfather of the craft brewing movement. Fritz agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor fo our 30th Anniversary. As a nod to the robust black ales that seduced both Fritz and Ken in the early years, we bring you this Pioneers Stout, a rich and roasted ale, perfect for aging, and worthy of yor finest snifter. Enjoy!

Coming later
Charlie, Fred and Ken's Ale

Available Mid-May 2010
"Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhart are the men who launched a thousand breweries. Their writing on the art of homebrewing and steadfast promotion of beer culture helped propel the craft brewing movement. Charlie and Fred agreed to work with us on this special ale in honor of our 30th Anniversary. This Imperial Helles Lager is a testament to the ever-evolving brewer's art. Bold yet balanced with distinct toasted malt character, moderate sweetness and clean and floral hops. Enjoy!

Jack and Ken's Ale
Available Mid-July 2010
"Jack McAuliffe is the original microbrewer. McAuliffe's tiny New Albion Brewery in Sonoma, California inspired countless brewers to start small-scale breweries of their own. Jack agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th anniversary. This American barleywine is a nod to the big ales New Albion served at their legendary sommer solstice parties. It is robust and complex -- brewed with 100% American Cascade Hops.

Our Brewers Reserve: Oak Aged Ale
Available Mid-October 2010
Brewers Reserve is a special ale highlighting our pioneering history and the innovative spirit that has carried us through all these years. It is a marriage of our three most acclaimed ales: Oak Aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale blended together and generously dry hopped. Come join us in celebrating thirty years with this most special brew. Drink it now, or save it for a future anniversary of your own."

Info from their website

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hof ten Dormaal

Small production, first time in the U.S.
(TWCP is the only place currently showing availability in the U.S. as of 5/16/10)

Hof ten Dormaal - Belgium
Estate bottled beers -- they produce/grow all of their own barley malt and hops on their farm!!
"The tiny Hof ten Dormaal farm brewery is situated in the vally of the Dyle River in Tildonk, Belgium. The new brewery began with the abiding principal of introducing original ales brewed with a strict adherence to Belgian brewing traditions. As part of the painstaking, hand-crafted art of their brewing process, owner/brewmaster Andre Janssens and son Dries use only barley malt and bittering hops that they themselves grow on the farm. The Hof ten Dormaal brewery also uses oil from rapeseed (a close relative of canola oil) produced on the farm as the primary source of energy for the boiling and cooling processes in their brewing, rendering the smal farmhouse a uniquely self sustaining brewery." -- back label


Hof ten Dormall Amber...$6.19 / 375ml
"Hof ten Dormaal Amber is an original Belgiam amber-colored ale brewed strictly via traditional methods. It is bottle-conditioned and uses a top-fermenting house yeast strain. The grain and bittering hops are produced on the Hof ten Dormaal farm.

Hof Ten Dormaal Blond Ale....$6.19 / 375ml
"Hof ten Dormaal Blond is an original farmhouseblond ale brewed strictly via traditional methods. It is bottle-conditioned
and uses a top-fermenting house yeast strain. The grain and bittering hops produced on the Hof ten Dormaal farm." -- label

Available online along with other beers from 12 Percent Imports






Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Kamperland. Zeeland, The Netherlands.

From this small Dutch brewpub situated on an island in southwestern Holland we bring you the extraordinary creations of brewmaster Kees Bubberman. Prior to running the show at Emelisse, Kees was
widely regarded around the Dutch beer geek circuit as the best homebrewer in the country. Running joke was that in any beer competition Kees entered, everyone else was fighting for 2nd prize. He established a well-earned reputation as a first-rate artisanal brewer, and the Emelisse brewpub came calling. Today, he’s turning out some of the very finest stuff Europe has to offer, and though the Emelisse beers are still largely undiscovered except by those in the know across the pond, that is seriously about to change. We’re here to help with that.


Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout....$5.89 / 11.2oz
Style: Imperial Stout, refermentation in bottle
Alcohol Content: 11%
Color: pitch black; creamy, khaki head
Tasting Notes: dark roast, richly complex, berries, black coffee, bitter chocolate

Rated 98/100 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A- on RateBeer