Thursday, September 30, 2010

Petit Orval?

Will we eventually see Petit Orval??

Catching up on some reading in the current All About Beer Magazine:
They have a very interesting interview with Jean Marie Rock, the brewmaster of Orval. In 2007 a new 5 million dollar brewhouse was built and it can produce 214 U.S. Barrels now. Everything is automatic now. Of interesting note, Jean-Marie hinted that Petit Orval might become a commercial brand. Orval produces a second beer called Petit Orval that is only served at the Orval Cafe--never sold outside of Belgium.

"Rock casually announces that come the end of 2010, Petit Orval will be produced as a stand-alone brew rather than as a parti-gyle...but does brewing 25,000 liters batch mean it will be a commercial brand? Rock smiles again and says nothing." -- All About Beer

Also of interesting note in the article....they were talking about the dry hopping of Orval....
"Either East Kent Goldings or Styrian Goldings have been flavored at times, but on our visit the Alsatian variety Strisselspalt was in use. .." -- All About Beer
Is it normal for them use different hops?
Enjoy the regular Orval while we wait and see?

Orval Trappist Ale
"The gustative sensations will gain in nuance depending on the age of the beer. Young beer is characterised by a bouquet of fresh hops, with a fruity note and pronounced bitterness, light on the palate and a less firm collar than a beer of six months. The latter will feature a bouquet consisting of a blend of fragrances of yeast and old-fashioned hop. The bitterness is more diffuse and the taste has moved to a slight touch of acidity accompanying yeast and caramel flavours. Served without its sediments, a beer of six months or more, has a particularly bright appearance." -- Orval
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer
Read more about Orval
Order Orval online now

Year of the bacon continues....

The next one just arrived at Forsyth....
From Kentucky ---

"Our hams are cured by a formula our family has used for over 100 years. We use real green hickory to smoke our hams, bacon and sausage.We sincerely believe that any menu is not complete without Father's country ham, and we know that you will soon feel the same way. Our hams and variety packages also make perfect gifts, so keep us in mind for all of your gift-giving needs. The Gatton Family appreciates your business, and we will earn it by producing the best in Country Cured Meats." Sincerely, The Gatton Family"

This one looks and smells delicious -- cannot wait to try it...
Father's Bourbon Flavored Bacon 1lb package
Father's Bourbon Flavored Country Bacon is flavored with Father's Bourbon Flavored Rub. Now you can enjoy two great Kentucky flavors, Fathers Hickory Smoked Bacon and Kentucky Bourbon Flavor.

Also in stock....
Father's Country Ham Uncooked Country Ham
Center Sliced Ham Steak
Gatton Farms carefully selects each ham and sugar cures it using the method perfected and passed down through generations of Gattons. Our country hams are aged for at least eight months. Today, we still take pride in our "No short cuts" approach, which produces the unique old fashioned taste, texture, and color of Father's Country Hams." -

Maynard James Keenan of Tool - wines

Maynard James Keenan, for all intents and purposes, a Rock Star. The co-founder of rock music acts TOOL, a perfect circle, and Puscifer now enters into a new realm where he is an unknown...........winemaker. picture from Tool Projects

The wines of Maynard James Keenan

2008 Arizona Stronghold "Nachise"....$21.99
52% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, and 6% Mourvedre

The bulk of the grapes that went into this wine came from the middle aged and “Norte” blocks of Arizona Stronghold Vineyard. The middle aged block is planted to an unknown syrah clone that was acquired by Al Buhl of Dos Cabazas in the early 1990’s. At picking, this fruit had very rustic flavors with good acidity and a lot of earth, spice, dark fruit and leafy characters. The syrah from the Norte block is a clone from Australia known as Shiraz-1. It showed more tannin on the palate with brighter, fresher fruit characters as well a lavender and pepper. Norte was also the primary source for the grenache and petite sirah that went into this wine which lent red fruit and a deep color, respectively.

This wine has beautiful aromas of concentrated dark fruits, mocha, tar, sweet cigar smoke, hints of black tea, star anise and pumpkin spice. The palate is immediately full and textured, with alluring crushed blackberry, plumb, raspberry jam and hints of stone fruits, transitioning to plenty of mid palate grip and underlying nuances of dried rosemary and bittersweet cocoa; leading to a very balanced and multi-layered finish.

2006 Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra....$18.99 / 750ml
Another project from Maynard James Keenan, it his wine from California.
The Chupacabra is the "shape shifter" - a wine that changes from vintage to vintage. The 2006 is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Sangiovese blend

Boulevard Amber is here!

Now in stock at Forsyth and Provisions

Boulevard Amber...$6.59 / 6pk

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lucky 13

Pick up some Lagunitas 13.....

Lagunitas Lucky 13.....$3.59 / 22 oz.
Our 13th Anniversary Beer in was a Staff Favorite, So We Make it Each Year. BIG on the Amarillo Hops and Rich Dark Malts for a Round and Huge, Smoky Flavor. ABV 8.3%
Rated 98/100

The distributor still has a number of cases left and they are not bringing in the Little Sumpin' Wild until the move through it.

Two more awards!!!! RFT 2010

Earlier in the year, we took first place in Sauce Magazine's Reader's Poll in 3 categories (See below).
And now, we scored two wins in The Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2010!!

St. Louis' Best Cheese Counter
Winner: The Wine and Cheese Place

"What's the best cheese to go with merlot? Uh, and what's merlot? Trust us: It's much easier to fake being fancy than you'd think. And the easiest way to fake fanciness: a wine and cheese party. Stop by the Wine and Cheese Place, and with the help of the knowledgeable staff you'll be talking cheese in no time! Stinky cheese, squishy cheese, smoked cheese! Cheese is fun, and not actually that fancy, once you think about it. However, there is one pitfall to avoid: Make no mention of Provel. Provel might be many things, but one thing it ain't is fancy." -- The Riverfront Times

St. Louis' Best Liquor Store
Winner: The Wine and Cheese Place
"What's not to love about the liquor selection at the Wine & Cheese Place's flagship location? The numbers themselves are impressive: 252 liqueurs, 215 single-malt scotches, 171 vodkas, 102 American whiskies, 102 tequilas, 75 rums, 50 blended scotch whiskies and 42 gins. Plus, there are dozens of other bottles that don't fit into any of those categories, and new offerings arrive all of the time. Prices are excellent, too, and the service, led by Paul Hayden, is informed and friendly. A good liquor store, however, needs to be a true one-stop shop for all of your boozy needs, and it's here that the Clayton Wine & Cheese Place blows everywhere else out of the water. It has a huge, well-maintained craft beer selection, and little touches such as mercilessly demoting out-of-date beer to the discount bin and keeping green-bottled imports in a dark cooler to avoid skunking set the store apart. Add in a deep, diverse wine selection, with rare bottles sitting cheek-to-jowl with case stacks of good values, and the only thing missing to fulfill your alcoholic dreams is a rollaway cot." -- Riverfront Times

We hit the triple crown!!
2010 Sauce Magazine Reader's Poll

We didn't just make the list, we made it to the top of the list in 3 categories. Thank you for voting for us St. Louis.

Favorite Wine Shop 2010 Reader's Choice
1st Place: The Wine and Cheese Place

Favorite Place to Buy Cheese 2010 Reader's Choice
1st Place: The Wine and Cheese Place

Favorite Specialty Shop 2010 Reader's Choice
1st Place: The Wine and Cheese Place

Plus last year's winnings!!

Sauce Magazine 2009 Reader's Choice
We are very excited to announce that we have been voted by St. Louis as:

Favorite Place to Buy Cheese
1st Place -- The Wine and Cheese Place
Favorite Wine Shop
1st Place -- The Wine and Cheese Place

Thank you for voting for us!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bedrock - a new star

Read about the Bedrock Wines we have in stock.

James Laube posted yesterday, a great article on Bedrock.

Bedrock a New Star in Sonoma
Son of Ravenswood's Zin guru is off to a great start
Posted: Sep 27, 2010 12:29pm ET
"Dozens of new wineries emerge from California each year, and many deliver exciting wines. Every once in a while, though, a new winery appears that somehow sets itself apart from the field.

This year, one winery that stands out is Bedrock. The new releases from this small Sonoma winery are among the most impressive new wines I've tasted in a long time.

What makes Bedrock so exciting is a combination of things, starting with its winemaker, Morgan Twain-Peterson, and his choice of wines and the quality.

Twain-Peterson is a natural. He's the 29-year-old son of Ravenswood's founding winemaker, Joel Peterson; his mother Madeline Dirninger also worked at Ravenswood and then enjoyed a career in wine sales and marketing.

Under Peterson, Ravenswood helped define a modern era Zinfandel. Many winemakers who share a passion and respect for that grape went to school on his portfolio of wines, many of which were from old vines. Peterson sold Ravenswood years ago, but still represents the winery, spending 180 days a year on the road. Morgan grew up in a wine family, surrounded by parents who knew and drank wine, walked vineyards and tasted in cellars.

Morgan's focus on reds, including what he calls Heirloom reds, are anchored by Zinfandel, a passion he inherited from his father, who is 63. When I asked if his dad pokes his nose into his cellar, Morgan said, "He can't stop himself," he laughed. "My dad gives me advice whether I need it or not. Hanging around with winemakers "was one of those benefits of growing up in the business," he said. "I've always had lots of counselors."

Twain-Peterson's dad is less sure of Syrah, the other main portion of his portfolio. "He doesn't get my fascination with Syrah," said Morgan, confidently and with a smile, "but he will."

The mix of wines reflects Morgan's range of tastes. He has worked in Bordeaux and Australia and enjoys the variety of wines and styles available to wine lovers today. "You can find any kind of wine or style you want to," he said, dismissing claims that the wine industry is too narrowly focused on a select group of wines. "The idea [at Bedrock] is to experiment," he said, and working with 22 vineyards and making 22 wines reflects that diversity. "I want to make wines that offer a broad palate—the way I drink." Most of the wines are made in small quantities, of 50 to 200 cases.

He likes wines with high acidity and produces a distinctive Graves style white. Cuvee Caritas 2009 comes from 120-year-old Sémillon grown on Monte Rosso in Sonoma Valley, and Sauvignon Musque, from Kick Ranch in Rincon Valley, a small winegrowing area near Santa Rosa bordered by Chalk Hill and Russian River Valley. The Sémillon is barrel-fermented and undergoes malolactic fermentation, making it rich and fat; the Musque is crisp and flinty. Combined, they offer a wine of deep, lively flavors, complex aromas and a smooth texture.

Those who appreciate a well-made rosé will marvel at the complexity and vivid fruitiness of the 2008 or 2009 Mourvèdre Sonoma Valley Ode to Lulu Rosé (90 points, $22), reviewed by Tim Fish. They capture the summertime freshness of ripe watermelon with Asian spices.

Bedrock produced five 2008 Syrahs, including three from Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, and two Heirloom reds (most of these wines are in this past week's Wine Spectator Insider); all are distinctive and built for cellaring. The five Hudson Syrahs ($45) reflect Northern Rhône rusticity, dense berry and loamy earth flavors. The Pleine de Chene is rich and layered, with classic Syrah flavors of dried currant and sweet berry, herb and hot brick; the Co-fermented has a splash of Viognier, more spice, espresso and hot brick notes; the Old Lakeville veers into a tasty cigar box groove; Kick Ranch is tight, with roasted herb and dried dark berry fruit; Hudson Whole Cluster has a jalapeño pepper note that makes it unique.

The Heirloom reds ($35), though, excel at a level achieved by the likes of Carlisle. The 33-acre Bedrock Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, owned by Morgan, dates to 1888; the vines from Dry Creek Lorenzo's are also 100 years old. Known as Italian field blends, they were planted by immigrants, likely Italians, who often planted vineyards without knowing what all of the grapes might be; Zinfandel, Carignane, Alicante, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and Cinsault anchor most of these vineyards, but there are also surprises and mysteries. At Bedrock, there are some 30 different varieties, including perhaps 10 types of vines with no varietal DNA. Experts haven't figured out what they area.

The aim for the Heirloom is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape style, said Morgan, "we have a richness in our vineyards [soil] that they don't have."

No, what makes Bedrock so exciting is the authenticity and individuality of its wines. Twain-Peterson has a vision and experience with wine that few people his age or any age has. He is able to articulate what he's trying to achieve and the wines reflect that strength of character.

From The Wine Spectator online

Thornbridge Halcyon

Named U.K. Brewer of the year!
Thornbridge Halcyon Green Hopped IPA...$7.99 / pint
7.7% ABV
Imperial IPA
Rich fruit and hop character in aroma. Chewy, juicy malts and intense hoppiness coming through in mouth with a hint of tangerine and pear drops. Ends with a well-balanced bitterness.

Cathedral Belgian IPA

in stock now at Forsyth
Cathedral Square Hail Mary Belgian Style IPA...$3.99

Order all Cathedral Square online now - order now.

Ass Kisser Ale

New-- looks like they just started brewing around June of this year----
in stock at Forsyth
Ass Kisser Double IPA....$8.99 / 22oz
Also available online now

"Ass Kisser Ale is a state of mind! Just as you contemplate the flavors of this fine ale you can contemplate sharing a bottle with a friend our your boss. Maybe they are one in the same and then again maybe not! We are just sayin!

Ass Kisser Double IPA is a rich malty ale that has warm carmel notes that open up as it warms up to your glass. It pairs with foods and spice and aromas like Asian 5 spice or curries. To get maximum aroma and flavor, pour this ale into a snifter style glass. This ale is made to take off the edge of a long day! Made from caring hands that understand what it take to have to kiss a little to get anywhere these days. Enjoy! -- label

"Our new “Kick Ass” Double IPA is made with Warrior Hops and has Golden Color and a Rich Carmel and fruit palate. The finish is long and dry. It is a big donkey coming at you with a 9.2% ABV. It has plenty of time in the bottle and can age and get better and better. Honest we aren’t just kissin’ up here.

Open this bottle and pour it into a snifter glass and allow the aromas to come barreling out. As you take your time sipping away it will only get better.

Pair it with any grilled foods but if you want a big kick breakout some spicy styled cuisine like Tom Yum Soup, Yellow Curry or some good ole’ Salsa and Chips!" -- website

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Pumking

We got 3 more cases, and that is it for the year!!!

Southern Tier Pumking....22oz
"Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from whichthey return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly." -- brewery
9.0% abv

Also available online -- click here

Sunday, September 26, 2010


In stock now
One of the most anticipated releases for this year....
Pre-Arrival -- payment due on delivery.
2007 Ornellaia Masseto.....$355 / per bottle
(net, no additional discount)

$460 suggested retail on The Wine Spectator
Lowest price on WineSearcher is $382.50

"The estate’s 2007 Masseto is fabulous. Loads of black cherry, blackberry and cassis are intermingled with minerals, violets and French oak. This is an especially sensual Masseto that impresses for its clarity, intensity and length. The wine’s pedigree is impossible to miss, in fact in one of my blind tastings it was immediately identifiable; the class and sheer personality of Masseto came through in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

"A very powerful and rich Merlot-based red that delivers so much currant bush, tobacco and toasty oak character. Full and layered. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Best after 2014. –JS"
Rated 97/100 The Wine Spectator

Very limited -- coming soon.
Reserve yours now --

Ale brewed with beef??

Check out this label that got federal approval by Sam Adams
"Ale brewed with beef and spices with molasses added"

Sounds delicious???????

Wine Classes

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
all classes 6:00 pm-7:30pm

Reservations required -- 314.727.8788

click here for Reservations

Tomorrow -- Monday!!
September 27 - France vs. California
Always a fun class!!!
Here is what we will taste ---
2007 Rubus Napa Cabernet vs 2009 Chateau de Bel Bordeaux
Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone vs. Robert Hall Rhone de Robles
Jean Reverdy Sancerre vs. Calistoga Cellars Sauvingon Blanc
Champalou Vouvray vs. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc

October 4 - Best Buys in Wine
It is easy to find good expensive wines, the trick
is to find great wines at great prices. This class
will feature some of our favorite values both white and

October 18 - Blind Tasting
Big Names Vs. Unknown Wines. See if the "names" live up to their hype. We will taste Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio vs. "unknown", Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay vs. "unknown" Chardonnay plus many more matches!!

October 25 - South America
Chile and Argentina have been famous for great values
for many years. The quality continues to increase,
but the prices have stayed low. Learn about two of
the best countries for "cheap" wine.

November 1 - Australia
Australia has become a major force in the wine
industry over the past 5 years. The quality of the
red wines has been amazing.

November 8 - Thanksgiving Wines
$25 / person
Our staff will pick some of our favorites to match with the traditional holiday meal. We will feature whites and reds to go with this great meal. With family and friends celebrating, you want to pick the right match for the holiday.

November 15 - Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is one of the most fickle and difficult to
grow grape varieties. When it is good, it is very
good. We feature Pinots from Oregon, California,
France and New Zealand.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bells 25th Anniversary at Rock Hill!!!

Bell's Brewing 25th Anniversary Ale in stock now Rock Hill.

Bells 25th Anniversary $2.49 per 12oz bottle

Friday, September 24, 2010

Provisions BeerFest 2010

Thanks to all that attended!!!
Also added....
O'Fallon Sticke it to the Man Sticke Alt
Bells Oarsman
Bells Best Brown
Anchor Humming Ale
NH Charkoota Smoked Rye Doppelbock
Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider

Provisions Gourmet Market Beerfest 2010
11615 Olive Blvd
Creve Coeur MO, 63141

$5 per person
First 200 people to sign up online will receive a souvenir 3oz beer
glass sponsored by Schlafly

You can still pay at the door tomorrow.
Not sure if there will be glasses left tomorrow, probably some.

We will taste over 100 beers with some special stuff also.

Another confirmed very special beer :
O'Fallon has confirmed they will be pouring....
O'Fallon Pro Am Sweet Nectar IPA

"Sweet Nectar IPA is a hop bomb. The recipe was designed to let the hops shine as much as possible. We utilized a hop-bursting technique where all of the bitterness is derived from late kettle hop additions to bring forth a smoother bitterness and a ridiculous amount of hop flavor and aroma. We used more hops in this... batch, 3.5 lbs per barrel to be exact, than have ever been stuffed into our kettle and fermenters. Don't let the name fool you though. This is a very dry IPA with just enough crystal malt to accent the malt character and not overpower the hops. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Homebrewer Jim Leabig's beer caught the attention of Brian Owens who proposed a collaboration for the 2010 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am competition being held this September in Denver, CO." -- O'Fallon facebook

Karen from Goose Island has already confirmed she will be on hand with many great beers plus this special beer will be poured via keg.

Goose Island Minx Belgian DIPA
(I believe this will be the first time in St. Louis)

Minx is part of the Fulton & Wood Series of Goose Island
"This series of extremely limited release offerings push the boundaries of the everyday and provide new and ever changing beers for our brewers and beer drinkers to explore."
Minx is a Belgian style imperial India pale ale with an ample malt base,
a fruity Belgian yeast aroma, and an alluring citrus hop flavor.
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
International Bitterness Units: 70

More just added!!!!! (some beers could change)...

Schlafly Pumpkin
Schlafly Oktoberfest
Schlafly Saison
Schlafly Kolsch
Schlafly APA
Schlafly Imperial Stout

O'Fallon Pro Am Sweet Nectar Imperial IPA
Goose Island Minx

Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale
Goose Island Honker’s Ale
Goose Island India Pale Ale
Goose Island Harvest Ale
Goose Island Sofie
Goose Island Matilda
Goose Island Pere Jacques
Goose Island Demolition
Affligem Dubbel
Avery #16
Avery Collaboration not Litigation
Avery White Rascal
Avery New World Porter
Great Divide Rumble
Great Divide Double Wit
Great Divide Espresso Oak Yeti
Great Divide Belgica
New Belgium LOF Transatlantique Kriek
New Beligian LOF La Folie
Pyramid Audacious Ale
Pyramid Hefeweizen
Pyramid Juggernaut
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat HEX
Magic Hat HI.P.A
Magic Hat Fall Odd Notion, Green Apple Wit
Sam Adams Octoberfest
Sam Adams Black Lager
Hofbrau Oktoberfest 5L keg
Hofbrau Dunkel
Charleville Half Wit Wheat
Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
Boulevard Bob’s 47
Boulevard AMBER ALE
Boulevard Single Wide IPA
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Leinenkugels Octoberfest
Augusta Farmhouse Tripel
Augusta Witbier
Delirium Tremens
Arcadia Sky High Rye
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Bear Republic Racer 5
Cathedral Square Belgian IPA
Cathedral Square Wit
Cathedral Square Tripel
Cathedral Square Iglesia
Corsendonk Brown
Founders Breakfast Stout
Founders Curmudgeon
Founders Red's Rye
Grand Teton Tail Waggin
La Chouffe
La Fin du Monde
Left Hand Milk Stout
O'Fallon Hemp Hop
O'Fallon Wee Heavy
Saison Dupont
Ska Decadent
Ska Pinstripe Red
So Tier Farmers Tan
So Tier Pumking
Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
Tallgrass Kold CANS
Woodchuck Amber
Woodchuck Granny Smith
Woodchuck Dark
Woodchuck Pear
Bells Oktoberfest
Spaten Oktoberfest
Paulaner Oktoberfest
Paulaner Pils
Paulaner Hefe
Paulaner Salvator
Ayinger Oktoberfest
Abita Wit
Bells Pale Ale
Rochefort 10
Lindemans Faro
Lindemans Cassis
Rogue John John Juniper
Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Sierra Nevada Tumbler
Fullers Vintage Ale
Youngs Double Chocolate Stout
Sam Smiths Raspberry
Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Alcoholic whipped cream..

In stock at Forsyth!!
This is flying off the shelves around the available at TWCP!!!
Alcoholic Whipped Cream....$11.99 / can

5 flavors
Cream Vanilla
Cream Chocolate
Cream Caramel
Cream Cherry
Cream Raspberry

"CREAM is 15% alcohol by volume (30 proof). Offered in five delicious flavors, including rasberry, cherry, caramel, chocolate, and of course vanilla. CREAM is a very unique and versatile product, which can be enjoyed on top of your favorite mixed drinks, shots, jello shots, desserts and coffees, or just straight from the can!" -- website

New Holland Rye......

New Holland Charkoota Rye - Smoked Doppelbock Lager...$7.29 / 22oz
Charkoota Rye is a Smoked Rye Dopplebock. An homage to all things Pig, including Porkapalooza and the age-old tradition of Charcuterie, Charkoota Rye’s malty backbone is derived from a blend of rye and four other malts, including malted barley smoked over cherry wood by our very own brewers, John and Jeff.

Its smoke-forward body is balanced with tones of deep mollasses and caramel, with a crisp, clean lager finish. Delightful by itself, Charkoota is best served with its succulent counterpart, Pork.

19° Plato, Alc. 7.75% by Vol.

Anchor Humming in stock at TWCP!!

Anchor Humming Ale....$10.29/ 6pk
It is a 5.9% ABV Pale Ale that uses Nelson Sauvin Hops.
"HUMMING is an ancient term, used centuries ago to describe both ales and beers. Although its origins are shrouded in mystery, it suits this bold hoppy ale, which we have created to celebrate the anniversary of our first brew at 1705 Mariposa Street. From that very day we were humming!

In 1965, we dedicated ourselves to reviving the nearly bankrupt, almost medieval little San Francisco brewery on 8th Street. By 1977, Anchor's small staff was making five unique beers in its tiny state-of-the-art facility. We purchased an old coffee-roasting plant on Mariposa, overseeing its gradual transformation into our "new" brewery. Finally, on August 13, 1979, our move was complete, we fired up the brewkettle, and Anchor Steam® had a new home—its sixth since 1896." -- Anchor

Maker's Mark "46"

Back in stock at Forsyth!

Reserve yours now - click here

Makers Mark 46....$29.99 / 750ml
Aged - To maturity
Proof - 94
Aroma - Pleasant, sweet, toasty oak nose with caramel overtones. More intense aroma without an alcohol nose.
Taste - Rich, creamy seared-oak flavors; caramel and vanilla notes linger on the front of the palate, but it is still soft enough to hold on the tongue even at 94 proof.
Finish - A big mouth-watering oaky finish. Long with a little spice, staying forward on the palate without the bitter bite found in older whiskies.

How is it made?
* Fully matured Maker's Mark is removed from its barrel. Top hoops are removed from the barrel, and the barrel head is pulled

* Ten wooden seared staves are then affixed to the inside of that barrel.

* Searing the staves caramelizes the sugars in the wood, adding a unique flavor that finishes on the front of the tongue.

* The fully matured Maker's Mark is then put back in the barrel and aged several more months. When it tastes exactly right, Maker's 46 is removed from the barrel, bottled, corked and dipped.

The back story:
The folks here at the Maker's Mark Distillery have been handcrafting one thing, one way, since 1958. But, the fact is, innovation has been part of our heritage since Bill Samuels, Sr., first experimented with soft red winter wheat to create Maker's Mark® all those years ago. Well, curiosity finally got the best of us all over again.
Not too long ago, while staying true to the craft and heritage of Maker's Mark, Master Distiller Kevin Smith began some lengthy "trial and error" to create something new and different. After more than a few failures and bad ideas, Kevin reached the conclusion that the foundation for any new whisky we create should ultimately be our original whiskey – fully matured Maker's Mark. So, with the help of barrel maker Brad Boswell, Kevin started over. Together, they began even more experimentation, realizing that their new creation simply couldn't come from artificial flavors, but, instead, it had to come naturally from grains and wood. In December 2009, one taste of the new product said it all – "We finally got it right." -- Maker's Mark

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bell's 25th Anniversary

Beer news...Bells Best Brown, Bells Oarsman are both here in bottles.


Sold out at Forsyth -- still some at Rock Hill
Bell's Brewing 25th Anniversary Ale in stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill.
Limit 3 bottles per person.

Reserve yours now -- click here

Bells 25th Anniversary $2.49 per 12oz bottle

Odell Deconstruction

For those of you that ordered it, it is in stock now at Forsyth.
$13.99 is the correct price.

Deconstruction Ale
Sold out --
Actually I have 1 bottle left, I will save it for this Friday's beer tasting so more can get a chance to at least taste it. Or if you got one, you can taste it and decide how soon you want to open yours.

If you get in on time, you will get a message that says, "reserved at Forsyth". It might take a few minutes to get your message.

I just realized that I did not get the price? I saw on one site that the suggested price is $14.99. I will put that on the reservation, but adjust to the correct price when it arrives. My guess is we will be at $13.99.


Here is some info about the beer

Odells Deconstruction Ale
44% Ale
33% Ale aged in oak
20% in Bourbon
3% in Wine Bottles

"A Method of brewing based on isolating first principals and making pronounced through pilot brewing the desired elements that contribute to the overall flavor. A Golden Ale created by blending the final recipe with its own barrel aged pilot beers fermented with wild yeasts. Each individual barrel contributes a unique flavor from the wood chosen and the cultures resident to achieve subtle complexities that develop(ed) over time. A beer which starts sweet, filling the mouth with fruit-like esters and a mild spiciness, changing to a tart and lingering flavor reminiscent of grapefruit living amidst an earthy, citrusy hop aroma. Define flavor for yourself in this constantly evolving liquid expression." -- Odell
10.5 Alc. by Vol., 26 IBU

"Needless to say, the government took some convincing to let us sell it. Beers aged in barrels which have been used for other alcohols are regulated much the same way as malternative beverages in the US. The TTB (tax and trade bureau), who approves labels to facilitate interstate commerce for us regional brewers, requires beers with questionable ingredients, or with alcohol potentially contributed by other means than primary fermentation to be approved after reviewing a formula or Statement of Process. This could mean blending straight ethanol and flavoring into light beer or aging beer in wine or whiskey barrels. In our case, our process was many layered and after some failed submissions, we finally arrived at a 5 page description of the inception of Deconstruction in order to protect consumers from our deliberately incremental approach to brewing." -- Odell

Read the 5 page description it took to get it approved.

Oarsman Ale is here

A new year round from Bells

Bells Oarsman Ale....$9.39 / 6pk
"Designed as a flavorful session beer, Oarsman Ale uses a classic German brewing technique to impart a light, refreshing tartness. Oarsman Ale grew out of a desire to explore the tradition of session beers, trading intensity for finesse while still creating a worthwhile experience for the taster. The grain bill includes a healthy portion of wheat, while light hopping lend citrus & herbal notes to the aroma. Fermented with Bell's house ale yeast, Oarsman comes in at 4.0% alcohol by volume. Rather than being the dominant flavor note, the tartness in Oarsman takes on more of a palate-cleansing role, making it perfect with meals or purely on its own." -- Bells

Sticke it to the Man

Provisions Gourmet Market Beerfest
just added another preview beer:

If you have not signed up, it is not too late - click here

More good news from O'Fallon--
not only will they be pouring Sweet Nectar IPA, they will also be previewing the O'Fallon Sticke it to the Man Alt. We will be tasting the new Sticke Alt from keg this Saturday!!!!!!

Be the first to try this new beer before it is packaged.

Goose Island Harvest

Cannot keep up with this beer day...

Goose Island Harvest Ale is here!
Bottled 9/14/10

Plus Goose Island Sofie in 4pks are here
great news!

Beer news...

Summary of what arrived today - so far

Bells 25th Anniversary

Bells Oarsman

Bells Best Brown

Bells Two Hearted Ale - back - fresh batch

Odells Bourbon Barrel Stout (new batch)

St. Feuillein Collaboration with Green Flash

Rouge Brutal Bitter is now Rogue Brutal IPA in 22oz bottles

Paulaner Wiesn Liter Can with Mug (back in stock at Forsyth, Rock Hill, and Provisions)

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale

Woodchuck PUMPKIN Cider

did not show....
Odells Deconstruction was not on the truck -- checking into that one.

Odell Bourbon Barrel

Looks like no Deconstruction today.

Odell "Single Serve Series"
In stock now! Order online

Batch #2 is in stock now at Forsyth!!
Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout....$13.99 / 750ml
"This limited edition offering begins with a full-bodied imperial stout that has notes of sweet milk chocolate, smooth vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Then things get interesting. We transfer it to Kentucky bourbon barrels where it’s aged for four months to let traces of oak and caramel come forward. The bourbon barrels have a remarkable effect on the beer. In turn, the beer has a remarkable effect on the senses." -- Odell Brewing

Green Flash Collab is here!!!!

Available online also Back in stock, the first case sold out instantly....
Exciting news -- since we cannot get Green Flash here...

In stock at Forsyth...
St. Feuillien and Green Flash Brewing Collaboration
Biere de l'Amitie...$11.99 / 750ml

Rated 96 on RateBeer

"St. Feuillen’s centuries old brewing traditions combine with Green Flash Brewing Company’s cutting edge brewing techniques to form our first collaborative brew: Bière De L’Amitié (Friendship Brew). A blond Belgian collaboration ale, brewed with St. Feuillen’s traditional yeast and spices. For a modern twist, we add rye malt, wheat malt, and American Amarillo hops. At the crossroads of collaboration, we dry-hopped the brew for more zest. It’s old-world Belgian Abbey-style meets new-world American craft brewing - and a friendship is formed. " -- label

Last chance for Schlafly Saison...

We are told this is the last batch.....

Last Call!
Schlafly Saison 6pks
bottled 9/17/10

Get it now, we may never see it again!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Firestone Walker

Mike Sweeney on reports that Firestone Walker is coming to St. Louis!

"As of 2010, there were over 235 breweries in California, it looks like before the end of the year, Missouri will have access to one more that previously wasn’t available. I have it on good information that the Firestone Walker Brewing Company will soon be coming to Missouri."
Read more on STLHops

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Scotch Tasting!

Spirit Month finishes up with....

Very exciting tasting with some rare and different spirits
Wednesday, September 29 - Haus Alpenz

Eric Seed from Haus Alpenz
Haus Alpenz is an importer of some of the finest Spirits from all over the world.

Read more about the spirits of Haus Alpenz

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

We will taste some very interesting spirits including --
Dolin Dry (neat)
Dolin Blanc (neat)
Cocchi Americano (mix with soda, ice, orange twist)
Hayman's Old Tom Gin (neat)
Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette (neat or with the prior pour gin)
Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum (neat)

Plus Eric Seed just emailed me and his bringing a very, very special treat...
I have not found out our price, but it sells for about $1,000-$1,100 a bottle online!!!!
(he will be pouring very small portions of this one)
We can special order the bottle, if you are interested in purchasing one. I will have our price soon. You know we will have the best price in the country!!

Black Tot Last Consignment British Royal Naval Rum
"On July 31st 1970, a 300 year old Royal Naval Tradition ended at precisely 6 bells in the forenoon watch when the last rum ration was issued aboard ships of the British Royal Navy - A day to be forever remembered as Black Tot Day....With the withdrawal of the Rum Ration, the British Royal Navy had little use for the remaining rum stocks which were filled into wicker clad stone flagons and transferred to HM Bonded warehouses where it lay undisturbed. Being only drawn upon for use in state occasions and Royal weddings. Each bottle of Black Tot Last Consignment contains the original Royal Naval Rum and was bottled from the original imperial gallon stone flagons into which it had been filled and sealed under HM Customs and excise supervision in December 1970"

You get to taste it now that it has been released after being undisturbed for 40 years!!

Check out their website

Rothman Creme de Violette Liqueur...$21.99 / 750ml
From Austria
"The first true Creme de Violette available in over a decade, by request of bar specialists for classic cocktails such as the Aviation and Blue Moon and by sommeliers for champagne cocktails. Produced in Austria from the Queen Charlotte and March Violets found in the Alps. Elegant in its simplicity, this authentic Crème de Violette captures their fragrance, vibrant colors, and taste." -- importer

read more about Creme de Violette

Dolin Dry Vermouth....$12.99 / 750ml
"Made to the same set of recipes since 1821, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry has long been the benchmark for fine French Vermouth. Made with fine wines of the region and botanicals found in the Alpine meadows above Chambéry, together they impart a fresh and elegant nose, with a subtle and complex palate. Ideal as an aperitif or in cocktails. In the late 19th century, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry won medals in Paris, London, St. Louis and Philadelphia and in 1932 earned Chambéry France's only Appellation d’ Origine for Vermouth." -- importer

Cocchi Americano Aperitivo
Made to the same recipe since 1891, this extraordinary aperitif wine has long been a staple of Asti. On a base of Moscato di Asti is infused a blend of herbs, fruit and spices, most notably cinchona, gentian and citrus, and laid down for a year before being released. In Piemonte it is served chilled with ice, a twist of orange peel and a splash of soda to bring out all its natural aroma and fragrances. Outside of Italy it is revered as one of last great blanc/bianco aperitif wines, essential to a wide range of classic mixed drinks.Product of Italy. 16.5% Alc./Vol., 750ml

Hayman's Old Tom Gin...$20.99 / 750ml

Hayman's Old Tom Gin is a botanically intensive and delicately sweetened style of gin that delivers a balanced and well rounded flavor profile, resulting in a distinctive and authentic cocktail experience.

Popular in the 18th and 19th century, Old Tom Gin was specified in the recipes of numerous classic gin based cocktails. It provides a balance and nuance unique to its style.

Hayman Distillers is the longest serving family owned gin distiller in England. Hayman's Old Tom Gin is made under the careful supervision of Christopher Hayman with a recipe drawn from the family archives.

Smith and Cross Rum
This rum represents the distinctively flavorful and aromatic style that made Jamaica rum famous in the late 19th and early 20th century. Containing only Wedderburn and Plummer pot still distillates, famous for their notes of exotic fruits and spice, it delivers a tour de force of flavour and complexity that historically made Jamaica rum a cornerstone of many classic drinks.

The mark of Smith & Cross traces its lineage to 1788 as one of England’s oldest producers of sugar and spirits. Over time, the firm and its partners became prominent handlers of Jamaica Rum, with extensive underground cellars along the river Thames.