Friday, September 30, 2011

RJ Rockers new beers

A couple of new ones from RJ Rockers...

RJ Rockers PATRIOT PALE ALE...$9.99 / 6pk
Our American pale ale is aggressively hopped with Challenger and Cascade and has a sweet caramel finish. The flavor that launched RJ Rockers – and brewer Mark Johnsen’s personal fave.
6.0% abv

RJ Rockers BALD EAGLE BROWN ALE....$9.99 / 6pk 
A traditional English-style brown ale, but with more body. Its deep brown color comes from a combination of Chocolate and Black malts. Tall, dark and smooth – the perfect cure for the domestic beer blahs.
5.6% abv

2011 Best Brown plus fresh Two Hearted

Bells Best Brown arrives for the season!

Bell's Best Brown Ale...$9.89 / 6pk
"Rich brown ale perfect for the fall and winter. Plenty of malt character and smooth sweet finish give this brown ale its distinct character." -- brewery

Bells Two Hearted just arrived back in stock today -- fresh again -- bottled 9/15/11

Thursday, September 29, 2011

2nd Shift Brewing plans on bottling....

2nd Shift Brewing gets their first bottle label approved!  St. Louis' beer scene just gets better and better.  I have only tasted a few of their beers so far, but have loved them!

As reported on STLHops this week -- 2nd Shift Brewing plans to start bottling a couple of beers.  Well, their first label just got approved - Unicorn Killer Saison "UKII"
"Big Fancy Bottle Series"
Bottled in 750ml bottles.

Read more about them on their website

Avion Tequila featured on Entourage

Avion Tequila that was featured in the hit HBO show Entourage is now in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place.  This Tequila has been one of the hottest tequilas going since its feature on Entourage.  

And now, it is finally in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place!!!!
In stock at our Forsyth, New Ballas, and Rock Hill locations.

Avion Silver Tequila...$37.99
Avion Reposado Tequila...$43.99
Avion Anejo Tequila....$45.99

"Tequila Avion is love. The obsession to produce the world’s smoothest tequila begins high in the hills of Jalisco, 7000 feet above sea level, where the finest handpicked Blue Weber Agave slow roasts in brick ovens to bring out an unparalleled blend of natural flavors and aromas.

But before it’s bottled, Tequila Avión is loved a little longer. Ten times longer than other tequilas to be exact. The proprietary Ultra Slow Filtration process filters Tequila Avión into the smoothest Silver, Reposado and Añejo varietals in the world.

The result is a flavor profile and smoothness loved by everyone who tastes, including the judges at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition who honored Avion with Double Gold distinction.

Whether you sip it, mix it or enjoy it straight up, Tequila Avion loves everything and everyone." - Website

Founders CBS - update

Founders CBS:  It is worst than I thought.  We will only have 24 bottles to go around.   So we will stick with our "normal" way.   I will post the arrival on Tuesday October 4th with a link to reserve 1 bottle per person until they are gone.  I doubt it will take long.

We get our delivery usually on the early side.  I would guess I will be posting close to 9am.

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout official release date is October 3
(which means we will get ours on Tuesday October 4, we are not taking pre-reservations.  We will offer it when it arrives. Watch our blog / facebook / twitter / emails .

Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 19, 2011—Founders Brewing Co. Vice President/Director of Marketing Dave Engbers announced today that the highly anticipated Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) will be the second release in the company’s 750mL “Backstage Series”. It will be released to the market on October 3, 2011, with a taproom release party on October 1.
There has been a great deal of anticipation and speculation regarding the upcoming release after the success of Blushing Monk, the series’ debut, earlier this year. Canadian Breakfast Stout is the epitome of why Founders launched the Backstage Series: it brings some of the brewery’s most sought-after beers, which have been available primarily at the taproom or at a few select events, to a much larger audience.
"Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates and then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. The final product has had stellar reviews and currently is the 5th highest rated beer in the world on BeerAdvocate.
As co-founder Dave Engbers explains, “Releasing small specialty batches is a great way for us to connect to our core beer enthusiast. Fundamentally, we are a small brewery that loves to do things our own way. This isn’t about flooding the shelves with a beer that we hope people will try; it’s about producing the best damn beer we can brew and offering it to those enthusiasts that have supported our passion for great beer.”
While we aren't ready to release the next beers in our Backstage Series, we maintain that it will consist of "popular one-offs” that have been offered in the taproom over the years and have become favorites among patrons and brewery staff.
“I think part of what people love about Founders, besides our beer, is that we listen to what they are saying,” says President Mike Stevens. “With our new line, now we can offer them more of what they’ve been asking for.”
We expect to release one additional product in the 2011 Backstage Series later this year and 3 more release in 2012." -- Founders

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beer vs. Wine Smackdown

Wine vs. Beer!
Going to be a great Event for both wine and beer lovers!

Next Monday!

October  3 (6pm-7:30pm) - Beer vs Wine Smackdown with Goose Island Beers
This class will feature wine vs. beer paired with some cheese and light appetizers. We have STLWinegirl picking the wines and Karen King from Goose Island picking the beers. Which will match better with the food?  This will be a fun and informative event for both wine and beer lovers.  Something for everyone!!

$25 / person

Reservations are limited and required - click here to reserve a seat

First Flight

Cheese course: a triple creme with fruit chutney
Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Second Flight
Assorted Olives and our fresh roasted nuts

Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Third Flight
Assorted Salami with mustard and crackers

Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Fourth Flight
Dogtown Pizza 

Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Fifth Flight
Chocolate: a selection of both milk and dark chocolate
Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Midtown Alley Street Fest

This Saturday....

3rd Annual Midtown Alley Street Fest!
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10am – 11pm

The Heart of Midtown Alley on Locust Street from Garrison to Hotel Ignacio. Download Festival Map (pdf).
Live Music On Two Stages:
Live Music includes: Kim Massie, Murder City Players, David Beeman
(of Old Lights), Derrick Streibig (of We Are Warm), Stickley & Canan, Animal Empty, Née, Union Tree Review, Pretty Little Empire, and The Blind Eyes.
Microbrew Beer Garden:
10am – 11pm
Breweries you will see include Schlafly, Ferguson Brewing, Urban Chestnut, Charleville, Augusta, Six Row Brewing, and Cathedral Square.

Food From Area Restaurants:
10am – 11pm
Saint Louis University’s Open Air Market:
10am – 5pm
Antique Car Show:
10am – 5pm
Kid Zone:
10am – 5pm

Hot new tequila....

Very hard to find....another load just arrived today to our Forsyth location.

On a tip from a customer, Jim Edmonds, formely of the St. Louis Cardinals---this is the hottest tequila in California now. 
He is also stocks it at his St. Louis Restaurant -- Fifteen
Fifteen Steakhouse
1900 South Locust
St. Louis, MO 63106
"15 Steakhouse is an urban American steakhouse combining the finest in seasonal driven cuisine with eclectic charm. Our gorgeous dining room, and 6,000 square foot patio has played host to corporate events, celebrity chef cook- offs, meat roasts and family gatherings. We offer private dining facilities for groups of 10 to 350 from corporate events to weddings, or just an evening with close friends. For reservations please call 314.588.8899"

Premium Mexican tequilas Clase Azul Reposado Tequila in a fine ceramic bottle, and Clase Azul Plata, produced by Tequilas Premium, Jalisco, Mexico.

Clase Azul Plata Tequila....$67.99

Clase Azul Reposado Tequila....$79.99
in a Fine Ceramic Bottle
"The perfect marriage between the finest tequila and a beautiful hand-crafted, hand-painted Mexican fine ceramic bottle. Produced and bottled in Jalisco, from 100% agave (weber blue agave) and twice distilled.

Aging in fine oak barrels gives Clase Azul distinct, smooth flavors and aromas, as well as an excellent balance over the palate." -- The Tequila Source

Help us choose the next barrel

We just got in samples for our next Buffalo Trace Barrel.  We are down to less than 4 cases of the last barrel.

Come in to Forsyth while the supply lasts to taste the 3 and vote!

Fifty Pounds Gin

Fifty Pounds Gin....$28.99 / 750ml

Rare and Handcrafted London Dry Gin

The GIN ACT 1736

When William of Orange prohibited the importing of alcohol to England in the early Eighteenth Century, so began the production and consumption of (domestic) English gin by huge numbers of distillers, the majority being of dubious quality.Its popularity was such, especially amongst the poor, that gin was distilled and sold in one fifth of all London homes. This excessive and uncontrolled consumption provoked a rapid degradation of society, a period given the name the Gin Craze.

In trying to curb this ‘social evil’, the 1736 Gin Act was introduced during the reign of George II, whereby an annual levy of £50 was imposed on those wishing to produce and sell gin.
After six years, just two distilleries had agreed to pay this tax.

gin called FIFTY POUNDS

Shortly after the Gin Act 1736 a family of independent London Distillers came up with an original gin recipe, known ironically amongst themselves as ‘Fifty Pounds’ in honour of the Gin Act levy, which was characterised by its particular smoothness and flavour.The recipe remained hidden for generations, until the descendants of those pioneering master distillers rescued it from oblivion and re-discovered its extraordinary qualities.
The specialist traditional methods employed in the creation of this superior gin means that production is limited, obtaining approximately one thousand bottles from each batch.
Each bottle of Fifty Pounds Gin is presented in an exclusive bottle, with a design inspired by the first gin bottles, known as case gin. Each bottle bears the individual distillation batch number, together with the year that it was distilled.

Fifty Pounds Gin is produced in a small and legendary distillery located in the south-east of London, with a tradition of more than two centuries behind it. The method is carried out in a still manufactured by the legendary John Dore & Co Limited, in which a perfectly balanced, secret combination of herbs, spices, fruits and flowers, together with grain spirit (a neutral alcohol, previously distilled four times to achieve a greater purity) is distilled.The distiller, Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, has made use of the process used centuries ago, known as Batch Process Distillation, which is the purest and most efficient way of obtaining ‘the finest gin spirit’.


Afurther key to this centuries-old recipe is in the combination of the grain spirit, distilled four times to guarantee its purity, with the perfect proportion of botanicals used in each distillation.The botanicals, from four different continents, have been bespoke-selected by the plant expert, depending on the season, always choosing the highest quality plants at all times, from wherever they are sourced.

Some of the botanicals used in the fabrication of Fifty Pounds:
Juniper Berries
From the hills of Croatia. Juniper, the principal ingredient in the fabrication of gin, imparts an aroma with traces of pine.
Coriander Seed
From the Middle East. The seeds accentuate the exotic flavours, spicy hints, citric elements and freshness.
Grains of Paradise
From the Gulf of Guinea, Eastern Africa. A rare, hard to source variety, imparting subtle, peppery flavour with hints of lavender.
From the South of France, with a delicate aroma & traces of mint, affording extra freshness.
Orange & Lemon Peel
From the East of Spain and Southern Spain respectively, creating a subtle balance between the citric aromas and flavours, enhancing the gin’s superb dryness.
From Calabria, southern Italy, giving the spirit its delicate, woody and bitter notes.
Angelica Root
From Western Europe, which homogenises the flavour of the remaining botanicals, giving the gin a delicate earthiness on the palate.


Classic G&T
60 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
150 ml Fever Tree tonic
Lemon peel
Fifty Dry
55 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
7,5 ml Fino or Amontillado
One olive
Red Pounder
45 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
90 ml tomato juice
Salt, pepper, Tabasco, Perrin's sauce,
lemon juice & a pinch of celery salt
Fifty on the Road
50 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
Ice & a lime wedge
Pink Craze
60 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
150 ml Fever Tree tonic
3 mashed raspberries

Founders Wet Hopped Ale

Founders Harvest Ale is here

Limit 1 - 4pk per person - Very Limited.

Sold out at Forsyth -

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

A new Pinot Grigio

Vitas Pinot Grigio

2010 Vitas Pinot Grigio Friuli...$16.99
 "Made from 100 % Pinot Grigio. This variety has French origins, but it has been cultivated in Friuli since the second half of the 18th century where it has found an ideal habitat to reach excellent results.
Elegant and intense bouquet with hints of acacia flowers, dry hay, walnut kernel, yellow peach and golden apple, intertwined with fresh and mineral notes. The palate is well-structured, mineral and flavorful. The alcoholic and fresh note gives the wine a pleasant consistency on the finish.
Ideal as an aperitif and with fish hors-d’oeuvres. It also pairs well with white soups, fish and shellfish." - importer

Rubus brings us a Lodi Zinfandel

A new Zinfandel...

2009 Rubus Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel....$15.99 
After selling over 400 cases of Rubus Cabernet, we decided to see what else Rubus had to offer for us. We tasted their 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel and fell in love with it. For $15.99 you are getting a quality Zinfandel for a bargain price. Rubus is not a winery, but a label created by our friend, Fran Kysela. With the wine glut we are seeing now, he goes out and purchases surplus wine from well known wineries and bottles it under his own label (same thing Cameron Hughes does). Fran Kysela is a master taster, he became only the 12th United States member of the Master Court of Sommeliers back in 1989.

Lodi, American Viticulture Area (AVA) – The Lodi AVA is located in the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley California, east of the San Francisco Bay. Lodi has warm days and cool nights, similar to the Mediterranean climate. The lower temperatures that occur in Lodi result in fruit with good acidity. A wide range of soils are found in the Lodi AVA, but they generally are deep, loamy, sandy, rocky soils similar to that found in southern Rhone valley.

Zinfandel – The Zinfandel grape is a hearty variety that produces grapes with high sugar levels, often resulting in wines with a high alcohol content. Thought to be a relative of Primitivo that is found in southeast of Italy (the boot heel), Zinfandel can be made into a wide range of wine styles, including White Zinfandel, light or full bodied red wines, and even late harvest desert style wine. However Zinfandel, especially Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi, is usually made into a full bodied, spicy red wine with characteristics of red fruit, raspberry, and cherry.
Produced in the heart of Lodi AVA from vines owned by Van Ruiten Winery. From their 1,000 acres of vines are chosen a select lot of 1,200 cases of Zinfandel.
Bottled after aging in French and American oak for 9 months.

Ruby red in color, with red fruit, raspberry, and spice on the nose. This wine is medium in body, with notes of ripe cherry, cedar box, cinnamon, anise, black pepper, and hint of smoke on the palate. It has a long, silky finish. 

info from Fran Kysela

Monday, September 26, 2011

Barrel updates....

Buffalo Trace Barrel - Our barrel of Buffalo Trace is almost gone -- about a case left at each store. Waiting on samples to pick out a new one.

Knob Creek Single Barrel - we have the rack waiting to be filled with old barrel No. 66 that we selected -- should be this week.

We have selected our Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Single Barrel. They just sent us a picture of the label!

It will still be a few weeks before they get it bottled and shipped to us know I will keep you posted...

Saffron Gin in stock now!

Saffron Gin is in stock now at The Wine and Cheese Place

Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin
"Saffron Gin comes from a recipe rediscovered in the Boudier archives. Saffron Gin is the result of an alliance between Great Britain for its London Dry Gin, India for its spice used extensively in cooking and in religious ceremonies, and French know-how developed by Gabriel Boudier. This original product with exotic notes is manufactured entirely at Dijon and is used in numerous cocktails, the most famous being Saffron gin and tonic." -- Gabriel Boudier Website

Ardbeg Alligator - limited scotch release

Very Limited!

If you missed the initial Alligator is another chance

Ardbeg Alligator....$79.99

"Bubbling under is an Ardbeg of hidden depths. Extremely fierce charring of the cask - 'alligator char' - gives Ardbeg a unique spicy bite that'll catch you unawares. Charge your glass with a splash of water and roll it around and around in your jaws!"

Update....bad news...

Just got word that Founders Breakfast Stout got shorted on the distributors truck.  We are now told that we will not see any until Mid-Late October  -- 

Founders Breakfast Stout...4pk
ABV = 8.3% and 60 IBUs
"The coffee lovers consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh roasted java nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that goes forever." -- Founders
"You’ve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. We’re actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever. "
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer (over 1,100 ratings)
Rated A on BeerAdvocate (over 1,100 ratings)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Great Aligote....

Domaine de Regusse Aligote

2010 Domaine de Régusse Aligoté...$16.99
 Made from 100% Aligoté, this wine is fresh, crisp and fruity. An easy drinking aperitif style, it is best enjoyed with shellfish, grilled chicken, and salads.
The wine made from the Aligoté grape was used to make the original "Kir". The Kir is a popular cocktail that was created by Mayor Kir of Dijon, France. The acidity of Aligoté works perfectly with the Creme de Cassis to make the perfect Kir.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Best Cheese in North America is here!!

In stock now at Forsyth!  
Only produced once a year.  We will not see anymore until next year.

Rogue River Blue Cheese

Rogue River Blue won Best of Show at this year’s American Cheese Society judging. It’s only made once a year. Just arrived, we will not see this cheese again until next year about this time!! Rogue River Blue beat out 1,676 cheeses that were entered!

"This hand crafted raw cow’s milk blue veined cheese develops a beautiful natural rind as a result of hand turning and tending the cheese several times a week.

The wheels are aged for up to a year in our special rooms which were constructed to simulate the ancient caves in Roquefort, France. This aging process imparts into the cheese naturally occurring molds that we consider to be our signature Rogue River Valley Terroir.

The flavors of our terroir include hints of sweet woodsy pine, wild ripened berries, hazelnuts, morels and pears. To preserve this cheese we hand wrap each wheel in grape leaves harvested from Carpenter Hill Vineyards in the Rogue River Valley. These leaves have been macerated in Clear Creek’s Pear Brandy and tied with raffia. The grape leaves add additional complexity to the terroir driven flavors of the cheese and preserve its moist creamy texture.

To best enjoy this cheese remove it from the plastic immediately. Cut by first scribing with a paring knife and then slicing through the leaves and cheese. Serve or package with the grape leaves attached."

"World's Best Blue Cheese - World Cheese Awards , London, England 2003"


Denver, CO (August 8, 2011) — Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery in Central Point, OR was named ―Best of Show‖ at the 27th Annual American Cheese Society (ACS) Judging & Competition on August 5.

This is the second Best of Show win for Rogue River Blue. It previously won in 2009 at the ACS Conference & Competition in Austin, TX. Rogue River Blue is handmade using autumnal equinox milk from Brown Swiss and Holstein cows’ milk. The cows graze in 1,650 foot elevation pastures along the Rogue River, where they eat a variety of grasses, wild herbs, and wild flowers supplemented with grass hay, alfalfa and grain grown on the ranch. The five pound wheels are made by hand and aged in specially-constructed caves. The cheese ripens from naturally occurring molds found in the Rogue River Valley. After maturation, the cheese is wrapped in Syrah grape leaves from Carpenter Hill Vineyard which have been macerated in Clear Creek pear brandy and tied to the wheel with raffia. The cheese is released annually starting in September.Cary Bryant, Co-owner and Cheese Maker at Rogue Creamery, says of the company’s second Best of Show win: ― We are honored by this recognition of Rogue River Blue, an American blue that represents the flavors of our region. We enter the ACS Competition and Judging annually for the score sheets. Both technical and aesthetic cheese judges from around the world participate in this competition and provide us with invaluable feedback on the cheeses they score. The Best of Show for us not only celebrates Rogue River Blue as the
finest cheese in North America, but it showcases our teams’ dedication to quality from the dairy, to the make room, aging caves and packaging. It takes a team of talented and passionate people dedicated to making the world’s finest handmade cheese to make this happen. ― The annual ACS Conference & Competition – a gathering of cheesemakers, merchandisers, retailers, distributors, academicians, food writers, and enthusiasts from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe – celebrates American artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheese. The 2011 Competition saw a record number of entries: 1,676 cheeses and cultured milk products from 258 companies in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For a full list of winners, visit

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Firestone Walker Red Nectar Ale - 1st time in STL

A fresh shipment of Firestone Walker Nectar Ales has arrived at Forsyth

Firestone Walker Nectar Ales
Fresh Batch of Nectar IPA is in stock wow
Plus for the first time in St. Louis, we are proud to offer at The Wine and Cheese Place
Firestone Walker's
Nectar Ales Red Nectar - 6 packs

Boasting a ruby hue and an exquisite floral aroma, Red Nectar is a robust yet elegant brew with distinctive accents of toasted malt, caramel, spice and residual sweetness.

The beer that started it all… Red Nectar was considered a strange bird when it was first released in 1987. After all, where did a robust, handcrafted all-natural amber ale fit into the massive flock of American industrial lagers? Answer: it didn’t. So it blazed its own trail, helping set the pace for the craft brew revolution.

Enjoy Red Nectar for its dazzling reddish copper hue, original flavors and caramel spice accents.

Just the Facts:


2010 Great American Beer Festival® - Gold Medal: American-Style Amber Ale
2009 California State Fair - Gold Medal
2009 LA County Fair - Silver Medal
2006 California State Fair - Gold Medal
2005 LA County Fair - Bronze Medal
2004 Great American Beer Festiva®l - Silver Medal: American Style Amber Ale
American Amber Ale
Alcohol By Volume - 5.4%
Color - 22.0L (Red)
IBU - 35.0 (Medium)
Fermented in 100% stainless steel with Humboldt Brewing’s original house yeast strain
Premium Two Row
Wheat Malt
Crystal 75
Bittering - Chinook
Late Kettle - Mt. Hood, Cascade

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Wine and Cheese Knob Creek

We got the barrel display rack for our special private barrel 
of Knob Creek 9yr Reserve.

The Bourbon itself, should be here soon!!!

Boulevard Smokeststack Nommo Dubbel is at TWCP

Nommo is here!  order online now

Boulevard next Smokestack Series beer is in stock at Forsyth, Rock Hill, Ballwin, and New Ballas.

If you made it to The Wine and Cheese Place Beerfest 2011 back on May 14th, you got a chance to preview this beer.   Boulevard brought a keg of this beer for your tasting pleasure.  

"Our Nommo Dubbel has a brilliant deep amber color and a sweet caramel malt profile. This beer showcases the coriander, cinnamon, and star anise used in the kettle, complementing them with clove and banana notes contributed by the Belgian yeast. The rich complexity of Nommo’s flavor makes it a worthy partner to a variety of meats and game, as well as aged or aromatic cheeses. The name “Nommo” is derived from a Dogon word meaning “to make one drink.” No, really. Nommo, usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures, were created by the sky god Amma, who caused them to multiply by splitting them into doubled sets of twins. Maybe it’s farfetched, but we think the story of the Nommo makes this whole enterprise a little more fun and interesting." -- Boulevard

Click on picture to read the full sheet.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lewis limited release Cabernet Sauvignon

Made only in great years, and the first time here in St. Louis.  In stock now at our Ballwin and Forsyth locations

2009 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon "Masons Red"...$58.99

"Three's a charm. Named after Dennis's third son, this is our 3rd bottling of Mason's Cabernet, with previous vintages from 2006 and his birth year 2003. Mason's newest wine is his biggest and best yet. Saturated kirsch-like black fruits mingle seamlessly with savory oak spices in this complex blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (92%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Merlot (2%) and Petit Verdot (2%) all sourced from the same vineyards as our Napa Valley Cabernet. Youthful flavors of berry, malt chocolate and plum turn slightly more serious with supple tannins. 1,200 cases produced." -- Lewis

Civil Life Grand Opening

It is official -- the grand opening is this Saturday!!!!

Civil Life Brewing Co. Grand Opening this Weekend

If you cannot make it to the grand opening, make sure you support them as they are making great beer and are a welcome edition to the craft beer scene here in St. Louis!

9/24 OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING: MEET IN PARK ARSENAL AND OAK HILL INTERSECTION AT 12 NOON or at the Brewery at 12:50.  Till the cows come home.  Does anyone have a cow they can bring by at 8? 

Notice:  Heads of State, Dignitaries, Cosmonauts, French Super-Models, time travelers and residents of St. Louis city and those that wish they lived in the city, dogs, cats, spider monkeys and giraffes,  bikes and hover-craft owners, children of all ages, all former members of the band Quiet Riot and Insane Clowne Posse. if you have a heart beat and like craft beer you are invited.  If you don’t like craft beer don’t feel left out, you are still invited so we can get you to like craft beer.  By force if we have to. Please read below.  

We are about to embark together on a grand journey of immense proportions and this notice is being sent so one day you don’t have to use those sad god forsaken words, “I wish I had been there.”  

On September 24 in the year 2011, a grand event is happening which begins in Tower Grove Park at the corner of Arsenal and Oak Hill.   At 12 noon (No later) many wise people from near (city residents) and far away lands (places like St. Charles and O’Fallon) will gather with a common purpose.  They will be engaged in the most rightful and prestigious ceremony involving one said Brewery.  This said brewery known to all as The Civil LIfe Brewing Company will officially become available on earth on this said day by said people saying things.  Things like, “I said person state I am Civil, my liver is Civil and I am freaking glad I made it to this Ceremony.” 

I have been telling people we built the brewery the way they used to build breweries and that we will open the brewery the way they used to open breweries in Tower Grove.  When in fact, I have no idea how anyone used to open a brewery and I also found we are the first ever Tower Grove brewery but soon all breweries will open this way.   Unless it rains, then they will probably just turn on the lights and open the doors.  

So at 12 noon on the 24th of September you may be someplace in this wide world but there is only one place you want to be.  Locked arm in arm in a massive display of local unity in which crowds of well over 30 people are expected to take to the street that gave this Southern part of Tower grove it’s name.  We will walk together, footstep by footstep, with dogs and children of all ages from the park through the neighborhood down Oak Hill to Tholozan.  At Tholozan we will do the noblest of things and turn right to head up a short hill for the final walk down Holt Street.  Thousands will gather (at least 38 people at this point ) to watch this grand parade turn the final corner and march down a street that until that day hardly anyone except its great residents knew existed.  But from now on will be known as the street on which the Civil Life’s grand opening took place.  

We will turn Left at 3714 Holt and officially deem the bar open to the public even though we have been open for just over a week already.  

Members participating in this grand event will then partake in an old fashioned shindig.  Expect to see cats and dogs dancing with each other, 90 year olds break dancing without breaking anything and 22 year olds acting civilized at a Brewery.   You will shocked to see that in the right setting at the right brewery everyone can get along.  People will do the most civilized of actions by buying beers for people they don’t even know. 

And when the dust settles, the crowds have gone home and the last mug has been washed.  I’ll grab the broom, sweep the floors, mop behind the bar and get ready to welcome you back as you make the Civil Life an essential part of your life.  Or I will just wallow in the pity of paying for the party no one showed up to.  Either way, I will have some really tasty American Brown beer and life won’t be so bad.  

Cheers to you!  


Friday, September 16, 2011

Mikkeller brewing in the U.S.

Beer news that piqued my interest...

New Mikkeller approved....

Looks like Mikkeller has a new IPA coming that was brewed here in the U.S. at Drake's Brewing in California?  I think this is the first time he has brewed one here in the U.S. that was not a collaboration.    Cannot find anything else about it yet.  From the label it will be a 22oz bottle and 7.0% ABV.   Many people comment on loving Mikkeller beers, but wish they were less expensive.  Maybe brewing here in the U.S. will lower the price by saving on the shipping cost.

We do not have this beer in stock, hopefully we will get it eventually.

19 Year Old Glen Grant Scotch Barrel

The Wine and Cheese Place has purchased its own Quarter Cask of Scotch, yes the whole barrel of Scotch.  I think this is the first time a whole quarter cask of scotch was purchased in Missouri.

We have a bottle open for a taste -- stop by Forsyth and ask for a sample

1991 Glen Grant 19 Year Old Scotch....$99.99 / 750ml
From Duncan and Taylor The Octave 
Non chill-filtered and no coloring added

Glen Grant produces a great Scotch that always seems to be hard to get here in Missouri.  Glen Grant is in huge demand worldwide and is actually the number one selling Scotch in Italy.   Our particular Quarter Cask was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2011.   It was finished in a sherrywood octave cask.  Only 71 bottles produced out of this Quarter Cask at 51.4% ABV.

More info about "The Octave Program"
"Duncan Taylor and Co Ltd has experimented for many years in the use of differing cask sizes for the maturation of Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch Whiskies. Their research stemmed from a simple premise that there is more wood interaction with spirit over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid “melding” of wood, air and alcohol. The resultant spirit demonstrated a depth of maturity missing in a larger cask over a similar period of storage. On completion of a relatively short maturation period of a younger whisky, the spirit appeared smoother, more balanced with plenty of character more reminiscent of a long maturation. The rough edges were removed and the taste profile changed dramatically to what would be considered a whisky of a much more mature nature or vintage. The whisky became polished, bright and sparkled with intensity.

Duncan Taylor experimented to see how octave and quarter cask maturation would affect whiskies that had already been matured for long periods in larger casks. The trial was done on existing 2nd or 3rd fill casks using older whiskies that had not quite matured to the level of quality expected by Duncan Taylor. The result was once again astonishing. On re-racking the whiskies, they found that after just a few months the casks had breathed new life into the whisky, quickly changing hue, taste, form and character of the spirit. The whisky was rejuvenated, a little more aggressive, with the commanding presence of a mature well balanced peerless Scotch Whisky.
The results of their maturation tests for both young and old whiskies confirmed our belief that this would interest consumers and that they would try this revolutionary method of what is regarded as technically finishing a whisky, no matter what the age or whisky type.The octave and quarter casks have been constructed from ex Sherry casks in Spain and from ex Bourbon casks here in Scotland. The casks are of the highest quality using the finest staves.
The whisky in our Octave and Quarter Cask Range has not been chill-filtered or coloured, it remains in its natural state keeping the flavours and textures unaltered. The spirit is from a single cask, and is kept at cask strength.
As octave and quarter casks are smaller than standard butt or hogshead casks, the opportunity to own a private cask just became more affordable. With fewer bottles from each cask, the spirit becomes all the more exclusive.

Quarter Casks on the rack...