Saturday, October 30, 2010

Limited Dark Island Reserve

online also

The Orkney Brewery
Dark Island Reserve....$37.99 / 750ml
Only 329 cases made.
Hand bottled on March 27, 2010
Gyle 5: "This Dark Island Reserve was brewed on 29th Dec 2009 and enjoyed a long, cool fermentation to 10% Alc/vol in vessel no.2 at the Orkney brewery. The small yield was then matured in refill Hogsheads, previously used to mature fine Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Only 1,975 bottles were produced. These were hand-bottled on the 27th Mar 2010. Classic Dark Island aromas of smooth roast malt, dark chocolate, figs and dates combine with vanilla, spice and bitter orange aromas from the wood and the whisky." -- bottle

"Dark Island Reserve - An Extraordinary Ale.The idea behind the Dark Island Reserve was to create a super-premium, unique and special beer that set new standards in Britain in quality of product and packaging. Since it’s won the packaging industry award for presentation, I think we can say we are achieving our aims.
Using our iconic Dark Island Ale, which is then matured in aged Orkney malt whisky casks for three months, gives this bottled ale a new dimension.
The markets for Dark Island Reserve are quite exclusive and shall remain so as our production is deliberately limited. Retailers, deli’s and off licenses which specialise in their field will stock this exciting new product. The bottle size of 75cl and its’ 10% alcohol by volume means this ale is designed to be savoured.
Each bottle is hand bottled and labeled with the individual Gyle number. Classic Dark Island flavours of smooth roast malt, dark chocolate, caramel, figs and dates combine with vanilla, spice and bitter orange flavours from the wood and whisky.
The front label depicts an etching of the famous Orkney Standing Stones and includes the short description – DARK ISLAND RESERVE The Extraordinary Orcadian Ale. Dark Island Reserve is a rich strong Orcadian ale. After a gentle fermentation at our brewery in Quoyloo, the beer is finished in old oak casks formerly used to mature fine malt whisky. This unhurried process creates a timeless classic full of fruit, spice, oak and roast malt flavours.
Each label is finished, as with the entire Orkney range, with the signature of Andrew Fulton our Head Brewer. If you are looking for an ale to savour or the perfect gift for a real ale fan then this is the very thing." -- website

Wine, Beer, Vodka, Scotch, Bourbon tasting today

Tasting Today from 1-3pm at Forsyth

We are going to taste it all with Brian from Glazer's (he says he will be dressed up for Halloween)

We will taste

Odells Isolation

Sierra Nevada Wet Hop Ale Northern Hemisphere

O'Fallon Sticke it to the Man Alt

Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA

Frozen Ghost Vodka

2007 Sbragia Andolsen Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag's Leap Chardonnay

Friday, October 29, 2010

New Beers

Some new stuff has arrived at Forsyth

Sam Adams Lattitude 48 IPA
Magic Hat Howl
Schlafly Coffee Stout
New Belgium 2 Below

O'Fallon Sticke it to the Man

Order all O'Fallon beers online

In stock now!
O'Fallon Sticke it to the Man Sticke Alt....$8.99 / 4pk

"Name the new O'Fallon Beer" Contest Beer is here.

Brian Owens' description the O'Fallon Sticke---

"So here’s the skinny on the Sticke! As you probably know the word “Sticke” is a mangled version of the “low german” word “stickum” which translates to “secret”. The secret lies in the recipe where only a small few knew what actually went into the beer. German brew masters of the day measured their ingredients by the bucketful and if they weren’t paying attention or maybe they had a bit too much beer to drink they sometimes added too much grain. They had to add more hops to balance the maltiness of the extra grains and ended up with a bigger and typically darker version of their Alt. Our version will be an Imperial version of the original. Coming in at 10% ABV this beer will be big and malty with hints of toffee and a subtle roastiness, but will be fully attenuated and relatively dry for being such a big beer. The hops that are used are of the German noble variety giving a healthy bitterness and a noble Pils hop aroma. There is a short list of people who will actually know the recipe and I think the winner of the contest ought to be one of those few."
-- Brian Owens, brewmaster
Beer Specs:
ABV 10%
SRM 17OG 22 brix
FG 4.3 brix (anticipated)

More Links:
O'Fallon Brewery -- read more about O'Fallon for ideas
Sticke Ale -- click here to read more about the style
Beer Advocate on Alt beers

Pappy Van Winkle and the Antique Collection

We have a very limited amount of each. These are some of the most sought after Bourbons made. We have so many people asking for them, we thought we would try to give everyone a fair chance at them this time.

Antique Collection
George T. Stagg....$61.99 -- Sold out!Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old...$61.99 -- Sold outEagle Rare 17 Year Old....$61.99
Thomas H. Handy Rye Whiskey...$63.99
William Larue Weller....$61.99 -- SOLD OUT
Rip Van Winkle Collection
Rip Van Winkle Pappy's Family Reserve 23 Year Old...$199.99 -- Sold outRip Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 year old....$83.99 -- Sold out
Rip Van Winkle Rye 13 year....$43.99
Rip Van Winkle 10 year 107 proof...$37.99
Rip Van Winkle 10 year 90 proof....$29.99 -- Sold outRip Van Winkle 12 year Special Reserve...$38.99
Rip Van Winkle 15 year .....$44.99 - Sold out

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Grand Teton new releases.

New releases from Grand Teton
Available online

Grand Teton 2010 Coming Home....$9.99 / 25oz
"This Belgian-style Quadrupel ale is full-bodied and robust, boldly showcasing flavors of sweet dried fruits delivered on a smooth, velvety palate. Specialty malts and roasted barley give this beer a sweet malty aroma that complements its complex fruitiness. Brewed in the Belgian tradition with dark candi sugar and a Trappist ale yeast, Coming Home Holiday Ale is rich and flavorful, meant to be shared and savored among friends.

At 10% alcohol by volume, our Quad pours a deep garnet color with a dense, pillowy head. Aromas are sweet and rummy, reminding us of holiday treats. Subtle hop flavor gives enough bitterness to balance the brown sugar and caramel flavors, mingling with figs, raisins, and dates. A robust beer on its own, this deceptively drinkable ale complements gamey meats, fruitcake, or an after-dinner cigar." - Grand Teton

I believe it was bottled 10/01/10
Grand Teton 2010 Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale...$6.99 / 750ml
"Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale is brewed to showcase the brash beauty of American hops: Summit, Simcoe, Chinook and Nuggets at 100 International Bitterness Units (IBU). The hops grown in the United States are considered to be some of the best in the world. Compared to their more traditionally subdued, elegant European counterparts, American hops are bold, bright, piney and zesty. This ale is brewed with Idaho 2-Row malted barley and German specialty malts to provide a rich, slightly caramel flavor and bold reddish color. At 22 degrees Plato starting gravity and about 8.5% alcohol by volume, this thick and warming beer is to be shared and savored.

A wonderful beer with food, Pursuit of Hoppiness' slightly sweet, caramel flavors complement any grilled meat, chicken, or barbecue salmon. It is great with pizza, robust pasta dishes, or roasted root vegetables. The spicy, citrusy hops play nicely with apricots and creamy Camembert cheese, mango sorbet or almond mascarpone." -- Grand Teton

Grand Teton 2010 Black Cauldron
Imperial Stout...$8.99 / 4pk
Rated 95/100 Percentile on RateBeer

"There are few styles of beer more flavorful than Imperial Stout. Our thick, rich version was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts and subtly spiced with American Chinook and Styrian Goldings hops. We've accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt. At 22 degrees starting gravity and 8.0% alcohol by volume, this beer boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry.
Black Cauldron is a strong ale, best enjoyed in moderation, and paired with full-flavored grilled or roasted meats or with dessert. Chocolate cakes, truffles, fruit tarts, caramel flan or creme brulee are all excellent matches.
We've brewed our Black Cauldron Imperial Stout to recognize and honor the women in the history of brewing. Brewing has been women's work since the dawn of civilization. In all ancient cultures, beer was a gift from a goddess, and women maintained status and power through their skills as brewsters. This remains true today in indigenous cultures from Asia to Latin America, Africa to remote villages in Scandinavia. Around the world, women baked bread and brewed their own beer.
In Europe, the rise of cities brought commercial brewing, as governments realized the potential tax revenue to be had from large breweries. By 1445, the first all-male brewers' guild was established, the campaign against witchcraft burst forth across Europe, and the purge of women from brewing had begun. Beer historian Alan Eames has written that, when an occupation was listed, most of the women burned for witchcraft in Europe were brewsters or alewives.
Most of the imagery we associate with witchcraft today originated with the brewster. The large black cauldron bubbling over with foam? A brew kettle, of course. The black cat? Necessary to keep rats out of the grain store. The tall pointed hat? It allowed the brewster to be seen over the heads of taller men in the marketplace. A broom? The symbol of household domesticity, it is still associated with brewing all over the world.
Without the work of these women through the ages, it's entirely possible beer would not exist today. To learn more about the role of women in today's brewing industry, visit

Fresh Founders.....


Founder's Red's Rye came in yesterday nice and FRESH. Bottled October 25th
Plus we have Fresh Breakfast Stout. The distributor got shorted on Centennial IPA -- none to be had now.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

He'Brew Jewbelation 14 plus vertical

He'Brew Jewbelation 14th Anniversary...$4.99 / 22oz
Brewed with 14 Malts and 14 hops
14% ABV

10 more sets came in today!!
Plus I have added it online

Vertical Jewbelation....$26.99 / set
Includes 1 each 12 oz bottle
Jewbelation 8th Anniversary
Jewbelation 9th Anniversary
Jewbelation 10th Anniversary
Jewbelation 11th Anniversary
Jewbelation 12th Anniversary
Jewbelation 13th Anniversary
Jewbelation 14th Anniversary
Jewbelation Vertical Blend of 8-14 Aged in Sazerac Rye Barrels.
Plus a beer glass and Chanukah Candles
plus any empty bottle with zero malts, zero hops and zero alcohol to complete the beer menorah.

Founders Harvest Ale

Limit 1 - 4 pack per person
In stock now at Forsyth

Order for pick up now.
(for Rock Hill call Chris at 314.962.8150)

Founders Harvest Ale...$9.39 / 4pk

This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a white, two-finger head. Your first sip of this beer rewards you with a super juicy hop presence bursting with citrus, then finishes to introduce toasted malt undertones.
6.5% ABV70 IBUs

Its back!!!

Foreign Extra Stout has not been in the states for 90 years! It is back!
available online

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout....$8.99 / 4pk

"Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance & full-flavored, natural bite. Developed over 200 years ago for global export from Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive to its destination in perfect condition. Today, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is enjoyed by millions of people around the world.
Pure beauty. Pure GUINNESS®." -- Guinness

"The history of GUINNESS Foreign Extra Stout involves a long brewing tradition of crafting great GUINNESS beer as well as the rich history of Guinness global exports. GUINNESS Foreign Extra Stout dates back to 1801, when it was first brewed at St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin. Originally known as West India Porter, it was developed to enable GUINNESS to be shipped around the world. In order to accomplish this, it was brewed with extra hops, giving the beer a more intense flavor. The extra hops also acts as a natural preservative for beer, allowing it to survive long journeys overseas. GUINNESS Foreign Extra Stout made its debut in the U.S. in 1817. Export to the U.S. was discontinued during prohibition and the variant is now making its return to the market." --

Founders Harvest

Just got a text from Chris at our Rock Hill location,
He got in his Founders Harvest Ale--- limit 1 - 4 pack per person.

Call Chris at 314-962-8150 to reserve yours.

(I am off work today, so call Chris directly to reserve yours, I will not be able to get my email for a few hours.)

He also got in Founders Breakfast Stout and Red's Rye. Apparently MoBev got shorted all Centennial IPA -- could be weeks before we see more. Breakfast and Red's Rye got cut way down also, so there will probably be another shortage of them soon. I guess Founders is having trouble keeping up with demand.

Provisions and Forsyth should have theirs later. I will post later this afternoon when they arrive.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

14th Anniversary

Jewbelation Fourteen....$4.99 / 22 oz
Now available online also

14% ABV
14 Hops
German Spalt
Northern Brewer
Styrian Bobeck
14 Malts
Specialty 2-row
Crystal Rye
Dark Crystal
Rye Ale
CaraMunich 40
Kiln Amber
Flaked Spelt
Flaked Oats
Flaked Quinoa

Moylans Christmas Ale

Moylans White Christmas....$4.99 / 22oz
Moylans's White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager
It's the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids Jingle-belling and everyone yelling "brew us new beers!" And so we did. In celebration of the season, Moylan's presents our White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager. Malty and smooth with a light tart and zesty finish, this year's Lager contains holiday spices, Curacao, Mace, Cinnamon, Coriander and White Pepper. This Holiday Lager will warm you and your sweetie inside and out. Share the love and make it a White Christmas. You'll get a kick out of it. Happy Holidays, and Slaint?

Parker's Heritage #4

"Parker's Heritage collection is a series of rare, limited edition American Whiskeys offered as a tribute to sixth-generation Master Distiller Parker Beam for his 45+ years of distilling experience.
This series tempts the growing number of Straight American Whiskey enthusiasts with something that only Heaven Hill could offer—a chance to sample these choice barrels that represent every major style of American Whiskey. As the only remaining national distiller that produces Bourbon, Rye, Corn and Wheat Whiskeys, Heaven Hill will continue to release various super-premium styles under Parker's Heritage Collection." -- Heaven Hill Distillery

#1 in the Series - sold out
#2 Parker's Heritage 27 year old -- 7 bottles left
#3 Parker's Golden Anniversary -- 1 bottle left
#4 Parker's Wheated 10yr old -- just released

Parker's Heritage Collection
Wheated Mashbill Kentucky Straight Bourbon....$74.99 / 750ml

"When wheat is used ad the "small grain" in place of rye in the mashbill, the result is wheated Bourbon, a smooth, rich taste, softer and gentler on the palate than traditional Bourbons. Parker Bem, Heavn Hill Distilleries' sixth generation Master Distiller, has selected a limited number of barrels of Kentucky Straight Wheated Bourbon as the fourth edition of Parker's Heritage Collection. Cask strenght and non-chill filtered to preserve all the natural flavor produced by esters formed in the aging process, this rare whiskey is a feast for nose and palate. It is further testament to Parker's genius, and it belongs in your collection of fine whiskeys." -- back label

Sierra Nevada ESTATE Wet Hop Ale

Available online now

The very limited release is at Forsyth now.
2010 Sierra Nevada Estate Wet Hop Ale....$10.99 / 24 oz bottle
(new package finished with green wax)
Here in the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley, the black soil is rich with promise.
In winter, rows of barley seed are laid in the freshly tilled dirt. In spring, trellises are set for hops.

From our fields comes a remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery here in Chico and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world!

This Estate Ale is rich with the flavors of the valley—featuring hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.


Monday, October 25, 2010

More Missouri news...

Schlafly's 20th Anniversary Volume 1
label gets approved!

More info was posted on

Sunday, October 24, 2010

2007 Jonata offer

We have been asked to remove our prices because they are too low. We have the lowest prices in the country. email me for pricing.

Jonata and Screaming Eagle are owned by Stan Kroenke, we cannot get Screaming Eagle here, but here are the amazing 2007 Jonata wines with unbelievable scores.

Pre-Offer. The wines are not in stock yet, but available soon.
The prices are net, no additional discounts.
Please email me with your orders

Here are the 2007 wines...

2007 Jonata El Desafio de Jonata Caberent Sauvingon....
The profound 2007 El Desafio de Jonata (a 500-case blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, aged in 85% new French oak and 15% old wood) is the reference point for Cabernet Sauvignon in Santa Ynez. Blueberry liqueur, graphite, acacia flower, and creme de cassis aromas are followed by a wine with great stature, medium to full-bodied power, awesome layers of flavor, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. The tannins are substantial, but well-integrated and velvety, and the wine is impressively long and layered.
Rated 95-97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Jonata El Alma de Jonata...
"The finest Cabernet Franc to emerge south of San Francisco is Jonata’s 2007 El Alma de Jonata, a blend of 89% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot cropped at 1.44 to 2.2 tons of fruit per acre. Ethereal floral notes intermixed with notions of black raspberries, blueberries, and graphite are present in the aromas and flavors. Although it exhibits noteworthy concentration as well as endearing texture, richness, and intensity, it is not heavy, but represents a quintessential expression of how Cabernet Franc can provide penetrating aromas and flavors without the sense of force and weightiness of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. With striking elegance, purity, and balance, it is reminiscent of what Cheval Blanc might taste like if it were located in the Santa Ynez Valley! It will drink well for 10-15 years. A seriously-styled Merlot will only be released in years where the Merlot fruit cooperates fully with Mother Nature."
Rated 97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Jonata La Sangre de Jonata Syrah...
"A compelling Chapoutier Ermitage look-alike, the 2007 La Sangre de Jonata is composed of 98% Syrah and 2% co-fermented Viognier fashioned from yields of 1 to 2.2 tons of fruit per acre. A prodigious example of Jonata’s style of Syrah, its black color is accompanied by a striking perfume of honeysuckle, white peaches, blackberry liqueur, charcoal, graphite, and pen ink, soft tannins, full-bodied power, a mutlidimensional personality, and a finish that lasts over a minute. This 2007 will flirt with perfection when it is released in 2010."
Rated 98-100/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Jonata La Tierra de Jonata Sangiovese....
"The 2007 La Tierra de Jonata (97% Sangiovese and 3% Syrah) was fashioned from yields of 1.2 to 1.9 tons of fruit per acre, which explains why it blows away virtually every other Sangiovese made in California. High quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, cedar, sweet, meaty porcini mushrooms, cassis, cherries, and graphite are all present in the spectacular aromatics and rich, full-bodied flavors. There is not a hard edge to be found in this refreshingly vibrant, fruity red. Enjoy it over the next 3-5 years.
Rated 93/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Jonata La Poesia de Jonata Pinot Noir....$
no rating

2007 Jonata La Fuerza de Jonata Petit Verdot....

I am not convinced that the 2007 La Fuerza de Jonata is as good an idea as this estate’s other wines. Although it is the least impressive of this portfolio, this blend of 92% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is an outstanding effort. While I am not a big believer in Petit Verdot-dominated wines, this cuvee offers a black/purple color along with notes of flowers (violets), black fruits, charcoal, and a volcanic, earthy character. Deep, full-bodied, and tannic, I don’t know whether the fruit will hold up over the long haul given the fact that it rarely does in a Petit Verdot-dominated wine. However, it is an interesting effort and worth gambling on a bottle or two.
Rated 90-92+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Jonata Todos Red Blend...
Formerly known as El Corazon de Jonata, the 2007 Todos is a proprietary blend of 45% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, and Sangiovese. Fragrant aromatics (spring flowers, red and blue fruits) are followed by a wine with excellent ripeness, sweet fruit, velvety tannins, and loads of complexity. This, along with the Sangiovese, is the most evolved 2007, and should be drunk in its first decade of life.
Rated 92-94/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Jonata Fenix Merlot....
The 2007 Not Yet Named Merlot, etc. is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Made from tiny yields, it exhibits plenty of mocha, coffee bean, black cherry, and chocolaty characteristics, full-bodied richness, intense flavors, good acidity, and substantial, but ripe tannins. The 2007 should evolve over a twenty year period.
Rated 92-94/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2008 Jonata La Flor de Jonata Sauvignon Blanc...
One brilliant exception is Jonata’s 2008 La Flor de Jonata, one of the finest dry white wines made in Central Coast. A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 23% Viognier, and 17% Semillon, it is aged two-thirds in new and neutral French oak and the rest in stainless steel, and goes through partial malolactic. A rich, medium to full-bodied, dry white with tropical fruit, honeyed citrus, wax, nectarine, and marmalade notes, it is incredibly complex, fresh, pure, and lively, but no wimpy wine at nearly 15% alcohol. This is serious stuff to drink over the next few years.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

Also available online

The fifth in the series is here...

Woodford Reserve Masters Collection
Maple Wood Finish....$79.99 / 750ml

"Woodford Reserve has announced the release of Maple Wood Finish, the latest entry in its exclusive Masters Collection put together by Master Distiller Chris Morris. The new expression (as previewed on Luxist) is one of the most unique Master's Collection offerings to date as it is the industry's first bourbon to be finish aged in barrels made from sugar maple wood.

Though it was thought that whiskey barrels could not be crafted from sugar maple wood, the Brown-Forman Cooperage accomplished the feat, creating a toasted instead of charred barrel. The result is a smooth, elegant whiskey enhanced with hints of maple, honey and cinnamon.

Maple Wood Finish is the fifth in the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection series following the Four Grain, Sonoma-Cutrer Finish, Sweet Mash and Seasoned Oak offerings. Released periodically at the master distiller's discretion, the Master's Collection whiskeys are extremely limited in quantity and bottled only once in a proprietary package inspired by the copper pot stills of The Woodford Reserve Distillery.

The inspiration for the Master's Collection is rooted in the distillery's rich history and tradition. In the mid-1800s distillery owner Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow studied and recommended use of key processes like sour mashing and charred barrel maturation at Kentucky's historic Woodford County distillery.

These practices are still maintained in the bourbon industry and, today, the distillery receives more than 100,000 visitors annually and is the only one in America to triple-distill bourbon in copper pot stills. The Maple Wood Finish will go on sale throughout the United States on Nov. 1 in limited quantities with a suggested retail price of $89.99"
Info from

Friday, October 22, 2010

Getting ready for World Series winner

Looks like Budweiser is getting ready for the winner of the World Series as these four labels just got federal approval. --
I guess they do not need the Yankee one anymore...

GI Fleur arrives -- finally!

After hearing next week, next week, next finally is here!!
We will add it to tonights tasting!!

Goose Island Fleur....$6.99 / 22oz
(semi-limited, I ordered 5 cases and only got 3)

Brewmasters Notes:
A Belgian style pale ale blended with hibiscus and kombucha tea, Fleur is a beautiful, rose-colored ale with an aroma of strawberries and hibiscus flowers. Her flavor balance starts with a hint of sweet, ripe berry and finishes tart.

Recipe Information:
Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
International Bitterness Units: 32
Color: Rose
Hops: Super Styrian, Styrian Golding, Saaz
Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Sugar

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass

Next canned beer :D

Rock Wall Brewing Company, Rochester, NY
Dog Bite High Gravity Lager....$1.59 / 24 oz CAN

10% ABV

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Crispin Artisan Hard Ciders

Crispin Hard (alcoholic) Ciders are here!!!
Cider Tasting!
Come taste them all
Friday, October 22
4:00-6:00 pm
The Wine & Cheese Place Forsyth
Derek will be on hand tasting and talking about these great new ciders!!!

Crispin Honey Crisp Hard Cider....$4.59 / 22oz
ABV = 6.5%
New Crispin Honey Crisp Artisanal Reserve™ is a small batch, hand crafted, super-premium hard apple cider smoothed with real organic honey for a rich, creamy, full-bodied crisp taste. Smooth over ice.
Cloudy Hard Cider™. For the discerning drinker, Honey Crisp’s artisanal style is embodied in our unique Cloudy Filtration™ process, using racked unfiltered apple wine that leaves residual natural apple wine sediment in the bottle. Every bottle should receive a full Bottoms-Up! tilt and swirl before opening and enjoying.
Naturally fermented using a premium apple juice blend, not from apple juice concentrate, with no added malt, spirit or grape alcohol. Honey Crisp is smoothed with pure organic honey, with no added sugar, colorants or sorbate or benzoate preservatives. Honey Crisp's apple juice is a fresh pressed blend of 3 to 5 different apples. We do not use the Honeycrisp apple, a very fine dessert eating apple, but in our experience and in our opinion, not a fine base for apple wine." -- Crispin

Crispin Hard Cider The Saint...$5.49 / 22oz
Belgian Trappist Yeast and Maple Syrup
ABV = 6.9%

"Prepare to be converted. The Saint is a uniquely debonair & elegant cider, a cider to convert skeptics.
Naturally fermented using a premium blend of fresh pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, and fermented with Belgian Trappist beer yeasts, The Saint boasts a sweet floral bouquet that develops a yeasty, herbal complexity.
The Saint is uncorrupted by added malt, spirit or grape alcohols, and is free of added sugar, colorants, sorbate and benzoate preservatives, and is filtered cold for crisp refreshment.
A small batch, hand-crafted, super-premium hard apple cider, The Saint is smoothed with pure organic maple syrup for a silky, sustained mouth-feel that develops complexity on the palate. The Saint is vinted to a 6.9 percent ABV for a full body, yet remains exceptionally easy to drink from the first crisp sip to the last drop.It's very, very good. The Saint has an elevated drinkability that is never sacrificed to overbearing complexity.
Cloudy Filtration. The embodiment of artisanal style, The Saint uses rack-aged apple wine through our cloudy filtration process. Discerning drinkers will find residual apple wine sediment in each bottle for a rich full-bodied flavor that's true to the apple and good to the last drop. Give a full Bottoms-Up! Tilt & swirl to disperse the apple-wine sediment evenly and to ensure an even taste profile through the entire bottle." - Crispin

Crispin Lansdowne Hard Cider....$4.59 /22oz
Irish Stout Yeast and Molasses
ABV = 6.9%
Extra Stout Bodied. A full bodied, confident & imposing cider. Fermented from a premium blend of fresh pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, using Irish stout ale yeast. It produces a slight hint of butterscotch, balanced by a subtle fruitiness and slightly dry crisp finish and a uniquely full & buttery mouth-feel.Artisanal Reserve®. Small batch, hand crafted, super-premium hard apple cider smoothed with pure organic molasses and a kiss of organic honey for a complex, bold, heady flavor. No added malt, spirit or grape alcohol and no added colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives. 
Cloudy Hard Cider.™ Lansdowne is an unfiltered artisanal ‘cloudy” hard cider. Discerning drinkers will find residual natural apple-wine sediment remains in the cider for a rich, full-bodied flavor. Give a full bottoms up tilt and swirl to disperse apple-wine sediment evenly and ensure and even taste profile through the bottle.

Crispin Hard Cider Original...$6.49 / 4pk
Crisp over ice. A classically styled, but untraditional hard apple cider. Fruit forward, with a fresh, crunchy appley nose and a deliciously creamy, refreshingly crisp mouth feel.

Crispin Hard Cider Brut...$6.49 / 4pk

European-style extra-dry over ice. The ”champagne” of ciders; combining subtlety and sophistication; the epitome of unforced elegance. A crisp fresh apple bouquet with a brisk, refined finish that lingers on the palate.

New Holland Tasting!!!

New Holland Beer and Spirit Tasting!!
Tonight until 7pm

Special update -- he brought some New Holland Hopivore with him to taste- this is their Fresh Hop beer.

We have a special tasting on Thursday with Rich Blair, New Holland Regional Spirits Ambassador & Spirited Advisor.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 (5pm-7pm)

The Wine and Cheese Place

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO, 63105

Rich from New Holland will be on hand to introduce their new Spirits to St. Louis.
We will taste:
New Holland Hatter Royale Hopquila
New Holland Zeppelin Bend Straight Whiskey
New Holland Knickerbocker Gin
New Holland Dutchess Citrus Vodka
New Holland Dutchess Vodka
New Holland Freshwater Rum - Huron White
New Holland Freshwater Rum - Michigan Amber
New Holland Freshwater Rum - Superior Single Barrel

Plus we will try a few of their beers....
New Holland Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock
New Holland Imperial Hatter
New Holland Full Circle Kolsch
New Holland Mad Hatter
New Holland Poet Stout

Artisan spirits from New Holland in Michigan....great package.
In stock at Forsyth!!!

New Holland Hatter Royale Hopquila....$24.99 / 750ml
"For centuries, cultures all over the world, have celebrated the benefits, aroma and flavor ofHumulus lupulus, a.k.a. "hops." Their lively aromatics and punctuated bitterness are best known for their most infamous role in brewing. Hatter Royale is the innovative creation, Hopquila which invites the herbaceous perennial to the exciting world of distilled spirits.A fermented wash of 100% barley is twice distilled, then steeped with Centennial hops. The vivacious spirit features a grain-centric body framed by citrus-laden hop character in the nose and finish. Hoparitas!

Only 540 bottles made. Each hand numbered

New Holland Zeppelin Bend Straight Whiskey....$24.99 / 375ml
Zeppelin Bend is a culmination of New Holland’s brewing roots and a growing passion for distilling. A straight-malt whiskey, it begins with a brewer’s mash coaxing sugars from malted barley into a liquid wash. This wash is twice distilled and aged in new American oak with a heavy char. Notes of vanilla and clove arise from the slightly caramelized spirit leading to a classic American-oak finish.

New Holland Knickerbocker Gin...$21.99 / 750ml
Knickerbocker Gin is a vibrant, aromatic spirit twice distilled and infused with flavors from more than a dozen herbs and spices. Generous amounts of juniper-berries contribute a bright citrus and evergreen body, bursting with flavor before a clean, dry finish. Named for the Dutch explorers of a new world, Knickerbocker celebrates modern exploration in the historic realm of distilling.

New Holland Dutchess Citrus Vodka
For those who appreciate a well-crafted cocktail, we present Dutchess Citrus vodka. A crisp spirit, with lively citrus notes infused from real fruit, Dutchess Citrus brings fresh flavors to every drink.
A spirited drink for your spirited life.

New Holland Dutchess Vodka
A clean and crisp vodka distilled from organic wheat, Dutchess is an excellent companion to boundless ingredients. A spirited drink for your spirited life.

New Holland Freshwater Rum - Huron White....$21.99 / 750ml
Freshwater Rum is a series of rums inspired by the majestic Great Lakes. Huron white rum is distilled from a wash of fermented cane-sugar molasses. It is clean, bright rum with a delicate sweetness and hints of vanilla. Freshwater Huron is perfect for cocktails and Great Lakes outings by boat or on shore.

New Holland Freshwater Rum - Michigan Amber...$24.99 / 750ml
Freshwater Rum is a series of rums inspired by the majestic Great Lakes. Michigan amber rum is distilled from a wash of fermented cane-sugar molasses. Its oak-barrel aging reflects in a caramel color and deep body. A rich and smooth marriage of molasses and oak, Freshwater Michigan is classic rum excellent for classic cocktails or served neat, perhaps with a single ice cube.

New Holland Freshwater Rum - Superior Single Barrel....$33.99 / 750ml
Freshwater Rum is a series of rums inspired by the majestic Great Lakes. Superior single-barrel rum is distilled from a wash of fermented cane-sugar molasses. It showcases barrel-aging in robust, yet elegant flavors. Freshwater Superior is hearty rum sure to inspire and reward nautical voyages and incredible marine adventures

Ska Euphoria

In stock now at Forsyth -- I have the cooler loaded down. It just looks like it will be delicious.

Ska Euphoria Pale Ale....$7.99 / 6pk cans
FRESH - cannned 10/15/10

There is no mention of this seasonal on Ska's website -- looks like it has been a draft option for a few years, but canned for the first time last year. This will be the first time in St. Louis!

Here is some info from RateBeer

This seasonal beer is brewed in the Do It Yourself (DIY) spirit along with our friends from Bayfield at the Venture Snowboard Factory. An India Pale Ale, the Euphoria is crafted with piles and piles of Golding hops to provide a unique spicy finish. Great for after hitting the slopes.

Anarchic enlightenment: (1) Brewed in strict accordance to D.I.Y. methodology, the beer of choice for epic powder days. (2) brewed and bottled by ska brewing company, durango colorado using the finest hops, yeast, malted barley and san juan waters.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Info for next year's release of Sneaky Pete

Some beer news for next year....
More info about Sneaky Pete's Imperial IPA.
Scheduled to be released on 3/1/2011. Brewed and bottled for wine/beer distributor Fran Kysela.

It will be packaged in 4 packs
89 IBU's
10% ABV

Made with five hops, 30 % of which are Simcoe.
Each batch is brewed with 150 pounds of Clover Honey.

Sneaky Pete’s is Brewed as a single step Infusion mash with Pale ,Rye. Munich and Honey Malt. During the boil Honey is added at one of the later hop additions

The hops used are Simcoe, Glacier, Centennial. Vanguard and Hallertauer
It is 89 IBU and ranges from 10-10.3% ABV we use a classic west coast yeast that is known as the Chico Strain or US-56
The honey and Simcoe Dry- hops create the very grapefruit flavor combination that is awesome to smell and taste .
info from Fran Kysela

Monday, October 18, 2010

American Whiskey Tasting With Ted Kilgore

Ted Kilgore is coming back to do another "spirit" class for us.

October 19 (Tuesday) -- American Whiskey Tasting With Ted Kilgore (6-7:30)

Taste an overview of great whiskey made in the US, including Bourbon, Rye and a few new American straights. Plus a few surprises. (a cocktail maybe?)

$25 / person

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

Click here for reservations
or call 314-727-8788

We our proud to have nationally awarded and recognized d
rink mixologist, Ted Kilgore, to lead you through this classes. There is no doubt that Ted is "the" cocktail expert in St. Louis.

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

Friday, October 15, 2010

Importer Dan Kravitz Wine Tasting

Open House Wine Tasting!

We are proud to have one of the greatest small importers of fine wine coming to our stores.
Dan Kravtiz of Hand Picked Selections
"Years ago I wrote in The Wine Advocate that Dan Kravitz was perhaps the top U.S. importer of wines priced under $10 a bottle. Even though the dollar bought a lot more then, Kravitz still has a knack for finding good wines at great prices." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Dan's tastings are always very popular. Dan is one of the few importers whose sales increase when the economy gets worse. He is considered by most people including Robert Parker as the best importer for great values from around the world.

Open House format -- bring your friends

We will hold tastings at two of our stores....
Saturday, October 16 -- 12-2pm at The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth

Saturday, October 16 -- 3pm-5 pm at The Wine and Cheese Place in Ballwin.

We have some new ones scheduled to arrive that we will taste, I will update the list when they arrive, plus we are scheduled to taste these.

Scheduled to taste: we might change as new stuff arrives.
Be we guarantee you do not want to miss this tasting...

2009 Plan de Pegau
2009 Chateau Bel de Bordeaux
2009 Bargemone Rose

2005 Château des Tourtes l'Attribut des Tourtes....$24.99
"Owned by Philippe Raguenot, father of Emmanuelle Miller and Marie-Pierre Lallez (who, along with their husbands, Darren and Eric, own Château Haut Beyzac in the Haut Médoc), Château des Tourtes is a substantial property situated in the Premières Côtes de Blaye district of Bordeaux. Tasting Notes: This elegant red offers intense aromas of ripe red berries, with light toasty, vanilla notes. It is smooth and well-structured on the palate, with supple tannins and a long, lingering finish. Serve With: Perfect with rich cheeses, game birds, or prime cuts of red meat." -- Dan Kravitz

2009 Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon....$9.99
2008 has not been rated yet, but it is better than the 2008, and this is what Parker said about the 2008...
"Villa des Anges 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is as remarkable and improbable a wine value as I have tasted in’ll want some of this just to stump other wine snobs in blind tastings." -- The Wine Advocate

2006 Chateau Massamier "Expression" Carignan....$16.99

Chateau Massamier is located near the famous walled city of Carcassonne (known for the famous regional dish Cassoulet). Many of you are familiar with one of our favorite everyday reds Massamier Cuvee Olivier. The "Expression" line is the reserve line from this great producer. The "Expression de Carignan" uses the oldest lots of Carignan on
the estate many are 60+ years old. What do these old vines do for the wine? They produce lower yields and a more complex and concentrated wine. This wine will go great with grilled meats and of course it is perfect with Cassoulet and other hearty stews.

NV Pierre Boniface Brut de Savoie Les Rocailles....$19.99
A blend of 60% Jacquère, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Altesse. Alright, so you have only heard of 1 of the 3 grapes, it does not matter--what does matter is how delicous this sparkling wine tastes! "A knock-out value, reminiscent of an Italian Prosecco, is the non-vintage Brut de Savoie. It is an elegant, medium-bodied, frothy, sparkling white possessing yeasty notes intermixed with hints of citrus and wheat thins. Fruity, light, an d refreshing, it is an easy-going sparkler to enjoy as an aperitif."
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2008 Travis Chardonnay Unfiltered....$15.99

This continues to be one of our most popular "unoaked" Chardonnays. 2008 is at least the 5th vintage we have been a fan of this wine. Travis is produced from Monterey fruit and is the pure expression of Chardonnay at its finest. It is a bright, lively, fresh wine with NO oak and it is bottled unfiltered. All of this translates into a fantastic value that easily works at the dinner table. It can match with an ubelievable variety of food. Most California Chardonnays are not food friendly. This is wine resembles a white Burgundy, but sells for a quarter of the price.