Thursday, March 31, 2011

Great Rhone Value

2009 Delas Freres Cotes du Rhone St. Esprit....$11.99

Delas Freres has produced two other outstanding sleepers of the vintage, and both wines dramatically over-deliver for their appellations. The brilliant 2009 Cotes du Rhone St.-Esprit is the best Cotes du Rhone I have ever tasted from Delas. Seventy percent Syrah, twenty percent Grenache and the rest Carignan and Mourvedre, this wine comes primarily form the Cotes du Rhone village of Cairanne. The wine has great fruit and a sweet raspberry and black cherry nose with some herbs, licorice, and pepper. Aged all in tank, the wine is medium to full-bodied and possesses sweet tannin as well as a long finish.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate


Michigan beer news...

Founders News:

Our friends at Founders have a NEW IPA coming out and they want help picking the label....go to their blog and vote now. Looks to be a sessionable IPA. You only have until April 4th to vote.

Bells News:
An article in the Grand Rapids press reports that Bells Brewing will start canning beers in 2012. It will be exciting to see the likes of Oberon and Two Hearted Ale in cans! -- read the article

Arcadia News:
The article also mentions that Arcadia will start canning in April. In other Arcadia news -- have you tried the Barrel Aged Shipwreck. This one is flying off the shelf, we have gone through over 12 cases already and have another 10 cases coming tomorrow. It is getting a lot of great reviews and many people are comparing it to KBS? Read more about it

Vuur and Vlam from DeMolen

Also available online Rated 97 on RateBeer

De Molen Vuur & Vlam IPA....$7.49 / 11.2oz
"Fire and Flames"
Info from the label
Brewed Nov 19, 2010
Bottled Dec 21, 2010
Bittering Hops: Galena as latehops. Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo. Dry hopping with Cascade.

"This beer will be good for 5 years" -- that's what the label says?

Boulevard Imperial Stout

1 more case arrived -- 12 bottles in stock now at Forsyth- You can also order online

2011 Version Boulevard Smokestack Imperial Stout...$11.99 / 750ml

Brewery Description -- "Like India Pale Ale, Imperial Stout was originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India, but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. These beers were exceptionally strong and complex, and were said to age well for as long as seven years. Our not-so-traditional version starts with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, oats and spelt. Hopping is no less generous, with large portions of Fuggles and Hallertau Magnum, along with Hallertau Perle and Athanum. To enhance the body of the beer, we employ an ancient technique which uses the last runoff from the lautering one brew as mash-in water for the next. During fermentation, Belgian yeast contributes a most uncharacteristic fruitiness and complexity. Finally approximately 10% of the batch is barrel-aged for four months, then blended with fresh beer before bottling. The result is a unique blend of english tradition, Belgian eccentricity, and American ingenuity. Due in part to its strength, our Imperial Stout is an excellent choice for long cellering, so be sure to put a few bottles by for some deferred gratification. And check back with us in seven years or so." -- Boulevard Brewery 11% ABV

Lagunitas WTF

Order Lagunitas online now

In stock now at Forsyth!
Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
"WTF"....22 oz

A big Ol' Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey. "In the murky realm of things that make you go "Hmmm..." 2010 should rank way, way up there. From the curious per curiam decision of 531 U.S. 98 in 2000, to WTC7, to the House of Lehman, to the Nobel President's Afghan Expedition escalation, to the oxymoronic Jobless Recovery of 2010; we have been confused. So, we did the only thing we could, we made beer and lots of it. 5,643,420 cases of it to be exact. And as far as we know, you drank all of it. Thank you for that, because if you had not, we would have been looking for a bailout of our own, and we haven't heard about any breweries either needing or receiving any of those spicy Yuan TARP dollars....although we have rad that the Las Vegas adult video industry did. Nobdoy knows why. So, in a wolrd that is once again the proverbial "Ball of Confusion", craft beer alone seems to carry its own weight. It's nice to be on the winning team and thank you for your patronage and imbibiliciousness." -- Label Share

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stone Brewing Update

Stone is still scheduled to hit St. Louis around April 19th. If you have not already -- become a friend of Stone in Missouri on Facebook and show your support. Plus as they are doing in Minnesota this week, Stone will keep you updated on the events here in St. Louis for their kickoff week via their facebook page.

Many have been curious and interested in what the pricing will be on their beers. I did finally get a list of prices.

These should be our prices when they do arrive late April.

The beers are not here yet, coming soon!

Stone IPA....$9.69 / 6pk

Stone Levitation Ale...$9.69 / 6pk

Stone Pale Ale....$9.69 / 6 pk

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard...$14.99 / 6pk

Stone Ruination IPA...$14.99 / 6 pack

Stone IPA and Smoked Porter...$3.79 / 22oz

Stone Arrogant Bastard...$3.99 / 22oz

Stone Cali Belgique IPA...$5.49 / 22oz

Stone Ruination IPA....$5.49 / 22oz

Sublimely Self Reighteous Ale....$5.49 / 22oz

Obviously stay tuned, I will post when they arrive and when we will have a kickoff tasting at our store.

Also, if you did not read it on, Stone has created a special back label for the Stone IPA here in St. Louis. Watch for it when the beer arrives.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In stock now!!

Bottled March 25th! -- FRESH!!!
Schlafly Bavarian Weissbier....$7.99 / 6pk
Our Bavarian-style Weissbier is an authentic German-style unfiltered wheat beer, full of clove and banana characters. The unfiltered beer results in haziness, leaving the yeast and grain protein to provide extra mouth feel. While not a hoppy beer, the German Tettnang and Hallertau Tradition hops provide a minimum level of bitterness. The unique Bavarian ale yeast strain gives clove and banana flavors in the final beer. Weissbier means “white beer” in German. Before the development of lighter colored malts, Germans produced beers from wheat, darker in color and not categorized as wheat beers. In 1516, German Purity Laws went into effect, making barley the only acceptable malt in the brewing of beer. This should have ended the production of Weissbiers. Luckily, German nobility allowed brewers to continue brewing Weissbiers in exchange for large bribes. Weissbier has grown in popularity since World War II, and sales now rival those of Bavarian lager brews.

Bells 2011 Oberon is here...

In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth! --

This is Bell's #1 seller and it accounts for about 50% of their sales--find out why and pick up a 6 pack!

Bell's Oberon -- 6pks

Released late in March each year. One of our favorite and most popular beers! When Oberon arrives, you know it is Spring and baseball season. "An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a summer afternoon." -- Brewery

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Great CDPs...

In stock now at Forsyth

2008 Charvin Cahteauneuf du Pape....$41.99
The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape is a sexy, medium to full-bodied effort with far more depth, richness and seductive powers than most Chateauneuf du Papes in this vintage. A classic blend of 85% Grenache and the rest equal parts Mourvedre, Syrah and Vaccarese has resulted in a deep plum/ruby-hued 2008 displaying loads of kirsch, pepper and licorice notes. The fruit is sweet, the tannins silky and the wine very seductive and evolved. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

One of the most intelligent young Chateauneuf du Pape turks is Laurent Charvin. As I have written before, consumers are lucky that the entire production here is now estate bottled as opposed to being sold to negociants as it was prior to 1990. I always find Charvin’s wines come closest to those of Chateau Rayas, although the Charvin cuvees are slightly more concentrated.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2008 Ferrand Chateauneuf du Pape....$38.99

An impressive example of the finest this vintage can offer, the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 90% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault from 80+-year-old vines aged in tank. The wine’s dark plum/garnet color is accompanied by a strikingly complex bouquet of grilled meat, seaweed, herbes de Provence, pepper, incense and abundant black currant and black cherry fruit. Medium to full-bodied and extremely perfumed with silky tannins as well as a long finish, it offers a smorgasbord of aromas and flavors that challenge the olfactory senses. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years.

Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sam Adams Longshot!

In stock now at Forsyth.

Sam Adams Longshot....$8.29 / 6pk
The 6 pack includes two bottles of each of the following beers.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Week #9 Pairing

Week #9

New for 2011 at The Wine and Cheese Place

Join us each Saturday at our Cheese Counter and taste the weekly pick of a cheese paired with a wine and a beer*. Each Saturday we will feature a cheese in our award winning cheese department at all 3 TWCP locations and have a wine and beer to taste that we feel is a great match.

It will be fun and informal just come in for a taste at the Cheese Counter.

Pairing cheese with wine or beer is an age old excercise and everybody has an opinion. First of all, there are no wrong answers. It is all about what you like. There is no sense in buying a cheese that you don't like because "an expert" said that it is the best match. The perfect match is the wine/beer you like and the cheese you like! But we will hope to give you a few guidelines and ideas to start your journey through the matching process. Join us each week for a new match.

Saturday, March 26 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese:

Forsyth: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
Rock Hill: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
Ballwin: no pairing at Ballwin this week

Extra info about Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
The Cabot Clothbound Cheddar won Best of Class at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest! "Each week, 38-lb wheels of Cabot Cheddar are delivered to the Cellars at Jasper Hill in nearby Greensboro, VT to be cave-aged for 10 months. The result is an English-style, "Best of Show" Cheddar with rich buttery, caramel notes that will astound you." - Caboit

Wine: To match with this award winning Cheddar we are going match it with a medium oaked Chardonnay.
Forsyth: Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay
Rock Hill: Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay
Ballwin: no pairing this week in Ballwin

Extra info about the wine
Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay 2008

"About one mile from Dry Creek. this thirteen-acre vineyard benefits from temperatures. that are a bit cooler than most of the appellation. It makes wine that's very aromatic with nice bright fruit. pear and lemon and a bit of minerality on the finish." -- Sbragia

Beer: To match with this cheddar, we are going to use a English IPA..
Forsyth: Schlafly Export IPA
Rock Hill: Schlafly Export IPA

Ballwin: no pairing this weekend

Extra info about the beer
Schlafly Pilsner: St. Louis' own Schlafly makes a great "English style" IPA. It is maltier and not a hop bomb like "American Style" IPA. A perfect match with an English style cheddar


94 point Cabernet

Available online also

2008 Beau Vigne Juliet Cabernet Sauvingon....$49.99
The less expensive 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc from the parcel they called Juliet’s Bench) shows off winemaker Dave Phinney’s terrific, sexy, opulent, flamboyant style. Personality-wise, it is more like a 2007 than a 2008. Dense purple to the rim, with glorious notes of graphite and black cherry liqueur intermixed with cassis and blackberry, it possesses a subtle smokiness, a voluptuous texture, and a layered finish that should please both your hedonistic and intellectual senses. It will drink well for 15 or more years.

This is one of my favorite unheralded producers in Napa Valley. The wines have off-the-charts richness, great balance, and the potential (at least in the case of the Juliet and the Reserve) to be aged for 20 or more years. There is a striking purity and intensity to these wines that merits serious attention. They all come from a small nine-acre vineyard in the Stags Leap appellation.

Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

March 26 - Beer and Spirits in Ballwin

Beer and Sprit tasting in Ballwin!
March 26, 2011
The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin MO 63011

Reservations are not required, but email Kevin or call so we can plan the right amount of food.

Kevin at 636.227.9001

$10 per person

Which gets you in and a chance to taste many great beers and spirits plus you get 2 food tickets (food provided by Provisions Gourmet Market)

We are still working on the line up of beers and spirits, but here is a start

Tim with William Grant will feature
Tullamore Dew 10yr
Tullamore Dew 10yr Single Malt
World’s Freshest Margarita with Milagro Silver Tequila

Cherry Jerry’s with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Karen from Goose Island will feature
Goose Island Matilda
Goose Island Sofie
Goose Island Pere Jacques
Goose Island Pepe Nero

Jack from Major Brands will feature
Firestone Walker Double Jack
Firestone Walker Reserve Porter
Firestone Walker Nectar IPA
Firestone Walker Hemp
Avery DugAna
Avery Maharaja
Bulleit Rye
plus more

Ramona from Classique will feature
Dumante Verdenoche Pistachio Liquour

Plantation Sweet Tea
Ransom Old Tom Gin
North Shore Sirene Absinthe

Steve Neukomm of Spirits of St Louis:
Regatta Bay Gin
Agave Blue American Tequila
Island Time Rum
JJ Neukomm MO Malt Whiskey

Brian from Glazer will feature
Bells Oarsman
Bells Amber
Bells Two Hearted
Bells Oberon - if it arrives
Ommegang, Witte
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Glissade
Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss
Odell 5 Barrel Pale
Odells 90 Shilling
Odells Easy Street Wheat
Odell Myrcenary - if it arrives
Woodford Kentuck Derby Bourbon
(if it arrives? or we will just pour from the regular bottle and take orders for the Derby bottle)

Patrick from Missouri Beverage will feature
2 Spirits from New Holland :
Hatter Royale and Double Down Barley

New Holland Dragon’s Milk
Grand Teton Persephone Pilsner
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale
Bear Republic Red Rocket
Omer Traditional Blonde
King Goblin
Left Hand TNT

Summit will be featuring:
Boulevard Boss Tom
McSorleys Irish Black Lager
McSorleys Irish Pale Ale
Augusta Saison
Augusta Tripel IPA
Augusta WitBier

Blakelee will be featuring
Magic Hat No.9
Magic Hat Vinyl
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Magic Hat Demo IPA
Pyramid Thunderhead
Pyramid Imperial Ipa
Pyramid Haywire
Pyramid Apricot

Kristin from Sam Adams will feature:

Latitude 48
Sam Adams Sampler Pack

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Odell Myrcenary Double IPA

In stock at Rock Hill, Ballwin and Forsyth now!!!
and online now also

Odell Myrcenary Double IPA...$9.99 / 4pk

"Named for Myrcene, a component of essential oils in the hop flower, Myrcenary Double IPA is our tribute to those who revere the illustrious hop, and their unyielding exploit to craft hop forward beers. Brewed with a blend of hops containing the highest levels of Myrcene, this double IPA prevails with a tropical fruit-like flavor, a pungent floral aroma, and a clean getaway." -- label

A new Big Worst from Mikkeller

First it was Big Bad Barley Wine
Second it was Big Worse Barley Wine
Next was Big Worst Barley Wine -- 17.6% ABV
Now a new Big Worst Barley Wine -- a whopping 18.5% ABV
I am told this is called the "Experimental Version". Cannot find much on it. It is a slightly different bottle and the beer looks to be lighter in color than the 17.6% version?

Both are in stock now
Mikkeller Big Worst....$12.99 / 12.7oz
18.5% ABV

Mikkeller Big Worst....$12.99 / 12.7oz
17.6% ABV

"In 2009, Mikkellers Black, kicked all other beers with 17.5% Alc. and was the strongest in Denmark so far. But now a new player is on the loose, and the name is Big Worst. The first batch is at 17.6% Alc., but Mikkel hope that new batches will go even higher, and is already in process." -- Mikkeller

New IPA from Mikkeller

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Mikkeller Green Gold....$5.49 / 11.2oz
Mikkeller's Tribute to the green gold.

"Mikkeller is ready with yet another IPA that is not afraid to live up to its name. The hops is as it should be: aromatic, American and aggressive, so you do not have doubts about what you enjoy. For guests with Green Gold is up to. Caramel Malts sweetness and richness provides a delicious base that hits the taste buds before hop explosion sets in and is clearing up again, balancing the overall impression, so you only want to do one thing: even a sip. The delicious American hops Simcoe, amarillo and cascade provides plenty of citrus notes, but also to caress your tongue with peach and pine shades and lots of freshness." - RateBeer

Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Some Mikkeller returns...

Two popluar Mikkeller beers return....don't miss them this time!!!

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast....$9.49 / 16.9oz
Called Beer Geek Bacon in Europe.
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer

Oatmeal Stout
Mikkellers Beer Geek Bacon has now been released in a bottle edition. Smoke malt, coffee and hops makes this beer a unique experience.

Mikkeller Koppi "Coffee IPA"....$12.99 / 750ml

"(Copenhagen, DENMARK) – Mikkel Borg Bjergsø reveals another ace up his sleeve.
Mikkel said that he has never heard of a “Coffee IPA” and, for what it is worth, I can’t say that I have either (though it could be out there). Mikkeller Koppi will be ready this winter according to the nomadic brewer.
The coffee (Guji Natural) is specially made by a coffee roaster called ‘Koppi‘ in Sweden. Mikkel opted to use Tomahawk hops in this one.
The beer is brewed at De Proef which is typical of Mikkeller beers and is packaged in 750s." --
info from

Check out this video....

De Molen - back in stock

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New batch is here, the first one went fast....
De Molen Heaven and Hell....$8.99 / 11.2oz
Heaven & Hell Imperial Stout
10.2% ABV
Brewed August 26, 2010
Bottled October 5, 2010
This beer will aged 25 years
50 cases made of this batch.
Each bottle finished in red wax.
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
Twice the amount of dark roasted malts used, massive Imperial stout. This is a mad one. Black brown colour with a thick and creamy tan head that can be added to as you wish if you give the bottle a swirl. Give this beer time to breathe and blossom into something truly stunning. Chocolate and alcohol are right there at the front but do not at all overpower the gorgeousness that is underneath. Full of leather, vanilla, amazing wooden notes, beautifully floral character from the hops, thick Belgian chocolate, much character. The flavour of crazy wooden tartness. An extremely bitter finish seems to come out of nowhere and is what really makes this quite unique. Superb width in the mouth and coats the whole palate beautifully.

De Molen Pek and Veren....$15.99 / 750ml
Tar & Feathers -- Smoked Barleywine
In the old west it was custom to treat crooks, quacks and charlatans with tar and feathers. Then they were driven out of town backwards on their horse or donkey. At least, if you can believe the Lucky Luke comics. Did you know that Louis Pasteur in the beginning of his career was regularly accused of quackery? And now he is regarded as one of the main founders of microbiology. Brewers to this day still much profit from his findings. But we do not like pasteurizing like many large breweries do because that kills the beer. Our Pek & Veren is a beer that is similar to a solid doppelbock with smoke flavour.

De Molen Bommen and Granaten....$9.99 / 11.2oz
Bombs and Granades - Barleywine
Rated 94/100 RateBeer
Brewed Jan 2010
Bottled Feb 2010
This beer will age for 25 years
This batch produced 50 cases

"With 15% ABV is was more than obvious that we had to name this dessert beer Bombs and Grenades. The use of champagne yeast has had it’s effect on both flavour and body. There’s plenty of fruit like orange, tangerine and sweet apples. It’s powerful and full bodied but still easy going. Although the name would suggest otherwise it’s our favourite amongst the female clientele yet also highly appreciated by the other sex." -- De Molen

De Molen Engels....$4.19 / 11.2oz
English Bitter 4.42% ABV
Hops: Sladek
Batch: 695
Our attempt at creating a real English cask ale. And we certainly succeeded. At the Great Brittish Beer Festival our Engels was appreciated by all that tried. Cask ale from the continent? Yeah! Also available bottled by the way.

De Molen/Ron Pattinson SSS Triple Stout...$15.99

Rated 97/100 RateBeer
Brewed March 25, 2008
Bottled May 9, 2008
"SSS Triple Stout was a collaborative brew between brewmaster Menno Olivier and beer historian and respected blogger Ron Pattinson. The recipe is Pattinson's recreation of a triple stout from 1914 London. The original was brewed on July 8th 1914 right at World War I was beginning. Pattinson mentions that considering its strength, this original brew of SSS was very large - 230 barrels." -- importer

De Molen/Ron Pattinson London Porter....$15.99 / 750ml

"The Original Porter. Or a recreation, at least.

Beer historian, and respected blogger, Ron Pattinson collaborated with De Molen brewmaster Menno Olivier on this historic treat. It's a taste of what the "original porter", brewed by London's Whitbread Brewery, would be like without having to travel back to pre-WWI days. Whitbread was known to be one of the largest producers of porters during this time and brewed their original porter on August 1, 1914, only a few weeks before the outbreak of World War I." -- importer

"Pattinson also collaborated with Olivier on De Molen's Triple Stout, another historic reproduction. According to Pattinson, he chose these recipes because he wanted to:
-show what British beers were like before the dramatic changes of WWI
-demonstrate the relationship between British Porter and Stout
-show the defining characteristic of London Porter and Stout - the use of brown malt

Both beers were brewed in extremely limited quantities. Even Pattinson himself laments how difficult they are to get his hands on: he only received 6 bottles of each. De Molen shared the remaining 754 bottles with us.

Click here to visit Pattinson's blog, "Shut up about Barclay Perkins" -- importer

Root Beer Liquor

Root Liquor....$31.99
In the 1700’s, it was called “Root Tea.” An herbal remedy made with sassafras, sarsaparilla, birch bark and other wild roots and herbs. Native Americans taught the recipe to colonial settlers. As it was passed it down from generation to generation, it grew in potency and complexity. Particularly in the Pennsylvania hinterlands, where the ingredients naturally grow in abundance.

At the close of the 19th century, as the Temperance movement conspired to take the fun out of everything, a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol from Root Tea and rechristened it (ironically) “Root Beer”. He did this so that hard drinking Pennsylvania coal miners and steelworkers could enjoy it in place of true alcoholic refreshment. He introduced his “Root Beer” in a big way at the still legendary 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The rest, as you know, is flaccid history

Here at Art in the Age, we thought it would be interesting and fun to turn back the clock and recreate a true pre-temperance alcoholic Root Tea. We’ve even made it certified organic, since back then, everything was organic. This is the opposite of corporate culture. It’s a genuine experience rooted in history and our own landscape. It is a truly interesting and contemplative quaff. Certainly like nothing else we have ever tasted before. It is NOT Root Beer flavored vodka or a sickly sweet liqueur.


• It is distilled from organic sugar cane grown in the U.S., and has a lively, burnished rose-gold color.

• Incredibly unique in flavor, fairly clean on the palate with strong notes of birch, peppery herbaceousness, spices, citrus and vanilla bean.

• Very aromatic in the glass and finishes medium dry and exceptionally full-bodied.

• A truly original spirit with a strong enough backbone to hold up in cocktail; a classic, but like nothing else

Jolly Pumpkin - new one to STL

First time here in St. Louis

Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura...$14.99 / 750ml

"Dark Dawn Stout"

Rated 97/100 RateBeer
Madrugada Obscura "Dark Dawn" – A Belgian inspired stout that is as dark as a moonless midnight, brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops.
It will keep you good company in all places, be thay light or dark.

8.1% Alc./Vol.

Order all Jolly Pumpkin Ales online now

Black Force One

Order Xbeeriment online

The next installment is here...

Xbeeriment Black Force One Imperial Stout...$9.99 / pint
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
"We had great success with Xbeeriment Barack, which was well received both in Denmark and abroad. So we naturally make an uncompromising version Imperial Stout, developing the basic elements of Xbeeriment Barack.Xbeeriment Black Force One is brewed with 5 different malts (pale, cara flavoring, crystal, chocolate and smoked peat), roasted barley, sugar, water and yeast. There used 3 different American hops in brewing (Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo), after which the beer is tørhumlet with Cascade.The result is a pitch black beer with an intense aroma of peat smoke, elements of grapefruit and pine needles from the hops and of course lots of tasting notes as espresso coffee, tar and chocolate from the roasted malts.Unlike many Imperial Stout has Xbeeriment Black Force One is not a massive residual sweetness. The beer has been allowed to ferment out to a density of 1010, which gives a beer that gets its sweetness from the 10.4% alcohol and not from large amounts of residual sugar.This gives Xbeeriment Black Force One a nice balance between fullness of malt and alcohol and the strong hop bitterness and sour notes from the roasted barley and malt."

Grand Teton Imperial Pilsner

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A new limited release for 2011 is in stock now
Grand Teton Persephone Imperial Pilsner...$6.99 / 750ml

Persephone (pur-seff-uh-knee) Imperial Pilsner was brewed with one foot in the past and one in the present. We started by creating this beer in the German style, an offshoot of the original pilsner that features German noble hops and a lighter, crisper body than its Czech counterpart. We used a blend of domestic Idaho 2-row barley and imported German malts as well as German Hersbrucker hops for flavor and aroma. We then took a leap forward by making this brew twice the strength of a traditional pilsner (8.76% alcohol by volume), with a big hop flavor to match.
After fermentation using a German lager strain, we conditioned this brew for two months at freezing temperatures. This maturation process is known as lagering (from the German meaning “to store”) and the process lends its name to the broad category of beer known as lager. This long lagering period is essential to create the smooth and well-rounded flavor expected from a pilsner. We present this beer in the German kellerbier tradition, where beer is brought to the consumer without filtration or pasteurization, and recommend serving it at 40 degrees in a traditional pilsner glass.
Persephone Imperial Pilsner pours a pale, glowing yellow with a bright white and frothy head. A light aroma of dried hay lifts from the glass, but the flavor is marked by soft mint flavors with sherbet-like overtones. A strong, resinous bitterness lingers on and on, blending into each new sip and providing a strong backbone for this brew. Persephone features a light body, but softer and rounder than the mass-produced versions of this style. Try Persephone Imperial Pilsner with grilled tuna steaks or white pizza topped with caramelized onions and brined olives. Or keep it German and pair it with bratwurst, sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard.
Despite the strength of this beer, we don't recommend Persephone Imperial Pilsner as a candidate for extended cellaring. The light crisp body and deep hop flavors will fade with time, which means this brew is best consumed fresh.
The Persephone Imperial Pilsner label features original artwork by brewery artist-in-residence Gabby Prouty. It depicts the return of Persephone from the Underworld, bringing with her the return of Spring. Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was abducted by Hades and carried to the Underworld. The devastated Earth goddess Demeter allowed the world to become barren while she searched for her stolen daughter. Answering the pleas of starving humans, Zeus ordered Persephone’s release, but Hades tricked Persephone into eating pomegranate seeds. By decree of the Fates, that meant that Persephone would have to return to Hades’ realm every year, once again causing Demeter to grieve, and bringing about the winter season.

Only brewed during full moons...

Wychwood King Goblin Special Reserve...$4.39 / pint

"Only ever brewed under a full lunar moon, with crystal malts and sovereign hops for a rich, smooth sublimely satisfying taste of pure beer indulgence." -- label

"As the full moon casts its eerie light over the shadowy old Eagle Brewery, a magical brew gurgles forth from the casks. A beer enlivened by the energies of the universe, when the elements are converging into a harmonious alignment. Truly a brew fit for a celestial majesty. King Goblin is hand crafted from roasted chocolate and crystal malts, with a timely infusion of fuggles, sovereign, styrian and cascade hops to produce an indulgently rich, full, smooth, beer of exceptional quality and character. A full rich sublimely fruity and satisfying indulgent beer, a beer for the connoisseur of finer things." -- Wychwood Brewery

Left Hand TNT

New, first time bottled....

Left Hand TNT Weizen Doppelbock...$8.79 / 22oz
I’m from the Chinese era Qing. Big batch of bad-ass brew, I will make you sing. Women on the left, men on my right. Ain’t got no corn, ain’t got no rice. I’m just malty nice. ‘Cause I’m TNT. Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.

Weizen Doppelbock
Color: Hazy Black Walnut,
Body: Full
ABV: 7.90%
IBU's: 20
Malts: Malted Wheat, Premium 2-row, Munich and Chocolate Wheat
Hops: Warrior and Perle

Order Left Hand online

Avery Karma is here!

Avery Seasonal....

Beer Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Hop Variety: Sterling
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Belgian special B, cara 45, aromatic
OG: 1.048
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 10 Color: Amber

We believe in Karma. We suspect most of you do, too. It truly is a global concept. Very simply put, "you get what you give." Inspired by this principle and the wonderful farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium, we've created Karma Ale, a decidedly fruity and estery ale, intricate in body and nose, all driven by a unique Belgian yeast strain. Remember, good things DO happen to good people. Here's to being good!
Food pairing: Grilled pork chops and traditional Belgian favorites like mussels are excellent pairings for our Karma Belgian Pale Ale.

Six Row Brewing - St. Louis, MO

Looks like Six Row Brewing is getting closer to bottling their beer....a label just got approved. We will need to clear more room on our shelves for their beers!!!

UPDATE from Six Row
"Yes, we plan on bottling 22 oz bombers to start with. We hope to have some in bottles soon. Right now, we just plan on bottling three styles, Porter, DIPA and Whale, but we may expand this list. This will be a smaller scale initiative to begin with, but we plan on launching into a larger bottling/canning operation in what we hope is the not too distant future."
-- Mike Rami
President, Six Row Brewing Company

St. Louis, Missouri

"Six Row Brewing Company produces quality ales from the site of the old Falstaff Brewery at 3690 Forest Park Ave., in the Midtown area of St. Louis, near St. Louis University. Our Old Plant No. 1 Pub is open to the public and features our craft brewed beers along with selections from other craft breweries and wineries. Stop by and enjoy a pint soon! Then, take home a growler to enjoy one of St. Louis' finest craft beers till your next visit!"

Check out their website for more info

Schlafly Export IPA

Just arrived
stock at Forsyth now!!

Schlafly Export IPA....$8.79 / 6pk
Bottled 03/17/11
(looks like somebody was working on St. Patricks Day instead of drinking beer)

"This full-bodied traditional English-style ale is brewed with a high gravity and extra hops, which originally helped to preserve the beer on long voyages from England to India. 8% ABV" -- Schlafly

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fresh Avery DuganA - new label

New Batch, new label....
in stock at Forsyth and online

Avery DuganA IPA...$6.99 / 22oz
Bottled 2/7/11

Beer Style: Double India Pale Ale
Hop Variety: Chinook, Centennial and Columbus
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, dark aromatic, caramel malt
OG: 1.076 ABV: 8.5% IBUs: 93
Color: Deep Gold

Lupulin Rapture Incarnate! As fervent devotees of hops, we found ourselves on a quest to create a transcendental IPA capable of quenching our voracious lupulin desires. Our mantra became "unity of bitterness, hop flavor and aroma." Enlightened, duganA IPA was born: A brutally bitter, dank, piney and resinous ale designed for those seeking a divine hop experience.

Food Pairing: The acidity and bitterness of duganA IPA is cleansing and refreshing while eating creamy, cheesy dishes such as pasta carbonara, fettucini alfredo or pepperoni pizza.

Food and Wine Pairing Class

Provisions Gourmet Market

Food and Wine Pairing Class
April 5, 2010
6:30 - 7:45pm
$30 / person

Reservations Required for this event - click here to sign up
or call Samantha at 314-989-0020

We have paired two experts Certified Sommelier Angela Ortmann (stlwinegirl) and Chef Scott from Provisions Gourmet Market for 5 courses of Food and Wine Pairing. The best bargain in town.
APRIL 5: Food and Wine Pairing Series at Provisions
"Classic Food and Wine Pairings"
We will be putting our own twist on classic pairings such as:
Champagne and Caviar
Chicken and Chardonnay
Pork and Pinot Noir
Lamb and Bordeaux
Chocolate and Port
They've stood the test of time, now you be the judge!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wine and Cheese Pairing #8

Week #8

New for 2011 at The Wine and Cheese Place

Join us each Saturday at our Cheese Counter and taste the weekly pick of a cheese paired with a wine and a beer*. Each Saturday we will feature a cheese in our award winning cheese department at all 3 TWCP locations and have a wine and beer to taste that we feel is a great match.

It will be fun and informal just come in for a taste at the Cheese Counter.

Pairing cheese with wine or beer is an age old excercise and everybody has an opinion. First of all, there are no wrong answers. It is all about what you like. There is no sense in buying a cheese that you don't like because "an expert" said that it is the best match. The perfect match is the wine/beer you like and the cheese you like! But we will hope to give you a few guidelines and ideas to start your journey through the matching process. Join us each week for a new match.

Saturday, March 19 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese:
Forsyth: Manchego
Ballwin: Manchego
Rock Hill: Manchego

Extra info about Manchego

Manchego is made from Sheep's milk cheese from the La Mancha area of Spain. It is one of our best selling cheeses in the store. It has a great texture, a distinctive flavor, but not strong.

Wine: To match with this Manchego we are going to use a fruity red from its homeland..
Forsyth: Montebuena Rioja
Ballwin: Montebuena Rioja
Rock Hill: Montebuena Rioja

Extra info about the wine
Montebuena Rioja

"The 2009 Montebuena is 100% Tempranillo. Dark ruby-colored, it offers an appealing perfume of spice box, leather, tobacco, and blackberry. On the palate it is packed with ripe fruit, has outstanding concentration, and impeccable balance. It is a great bargain that offers a sneak preview of the great 2009 vintage in Rioja and northern Spain in general. It should drink well for 6-8 years. " -- Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Beer: To match with Manchego, we are going to use a Pilsner..
Forsyth: Schlafly Pilsner
Ballwin: Schlafly Pilsner
Rock Hill: Schlafly Pilsner

Extra info about the beer
Schlafly Pilsner: St. Louis' own Schlafly makes one of the best craft Pilsners. It is often overlooked when thinking of a great Pilsner.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball

In stock now
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball Ale...$9.29 / 6pk
Our New Year's release for the seasoned beer folks … Big, brown warmer with several types of crystal malt. No actual eyeballs can actually be found in the beer" -- Lagunitas

This one is down to the last few cases...

Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine -- almost gone for the year
The Annual Release of our BarleyWine Style Ale is Dated and Built to Last. Flavors Evolve as Hop Bitterness Yields to Crazy Caramel and Rich Toffee Flavors. ABV 10-12%