Tuesday, December 1, 2015

O'Fallon Westport Wheat

O'Fallon Westport Wheat...$7.99 / 6pk

Goose Island Lolita

In stock now at Forsyth, no reservations

Goose Island Lolita..$17.99 / 765ml

Lolita is a rose-colored Belgian Style Pale Ale fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces and aged in wine barrels on 30,000 pounds of fresh raspberries, sourced locally from a family farm in Michigan. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors and a crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian Framboise. Lolita is 8.2% alcohol by volume and develops in the bottle for up to 5 years.

Stone Brewing Collab with 4 Hands of St. Louis!

Great to see Stone Brewing collab with our friends at 4 Hands Brewing!

(this will not count towards your 4 Hands total for the release of the Red Wine Barrel Aged Bona Fide release, this falls under Stone Brewing)  Stock up on other 4 Hands products while you are here, like a fresh batch of Resurrected IPA, Absence of Light and CA$H Mony -4 Hands online)

Stone Brewing / 4 Hands / Bale Breaker Sorry Not Sorry IPA....$8.49 / 22oz
Kevin Lemp, Founder & President, 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Kevin Smith, Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Bale Breaker Brewing Co.
Mitch Steele, Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co.

We make no apologies for the fact that we love brewing bold, flavorful, hop-centric beers. Naturally, we welcomed the opportunity to work with two amazing craft breweries that share our lupulin-fueled dedication: St. Louis-based 4 Hands Brewing Co., known for its innovative IPAs; and Bale Breaker Brewing Co., whose owners’ family has farmed hops in Washington’s Yakima Valley for generations. Since theirs was the first hop farm to commercially grow the beloved Simcoe variety, using that piney, stone fruit-like hop was a must. Puréed peaches upped the fruit factor, while experimental hops HBC 342 and HBC 344 introduced notes of stone fruit, tropical fruit, berries and citrus to this IPA. Yes, we made another IPA. We concede it’s not surprising, but we are who we are: an unapologetic band of hopheads psyched to explore the ever-expanding IPA universe.

ALC/VOL: 9.3%
IBUs: 70

Left Hand Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout

Left Hand Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout....$7.99 / 22oz
This big stout gets aggressive with a boost from Allegro Coffee’s exotic mocha java blend. The coffee’s dark cherry flavors and spicy undertones weave into the rich milky sweet stout like a chocolate-covered espresso bean melting on your tongue. Bitter then sweet. Sweet then bitter. It’s bittersweet. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Gift Guide - Baskets - Gift Cards....Candy and Nut Rounds.....

It is that time of year to order your gifts!

We can handle everything from a single basket order to thousands of corporate orders!

The Arran 18 Year Old - limited release

The Arran 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky...$119.99
This Limited Edition release of The Arran Malt at 18 Years Old has been produced from un-peated malted barley and matured in a selection of the finest ex-Sherry casks. The whisky has not been artificially coloured and has not been chill-filtered at bottling thus retaining the full range of aromas and flavours which typify this unique Island Single Malt. It has been bottled at 46% abv. Only 9,000 bottles of The Arran Malt 18 Years Old have been released worldwide. This is the final bottling in a trilogy of 16, 17 & 18 year-old Arran Malts which celebrated the countdown to this first official release of The Arran Malt as an 18 year-old.

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon...$43.99
Contradiction blends two whiskeys. One is a ‘wheater’, or wheated Bourbon and the other is a Bourbon made with rye. We are very proud of our knack for bringing you great spirits we hand-make and excellent spirits we hand-select; Contradiction is the opportunity to enjoy in a single sip, the convergence of those two very different efforts.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

4 Hands Smoked Pigasus

4 Hands Brewing Smoked Pigasus...$6.49 / 22oz

A smoked rye maple porter. A collaboration with Pappy's Smoke House.
Smoked Pigasus is a robust and delicious porter brewed with rye, smoked malt, and maple syrup.  the maple syrup provides a perfect balance for the smoked malt.  Smoked Pigasus pours a deep mahogany with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel.  A big thank to Pappy's Smokehouse!" -- label

Stone Enjoy By 12.25.15

Stone Enjoy By IPA 12.25.15......$15.99 / 6pk

Stone Enjoy By IPA 12.25.15..$6.99 / 22ozYou have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. Freshness is a key component of many beers – especially big, hoppy IPAs – but we've taken it further, a lot further, with this one. We brewed this IPA specifically NOT to last. We've gone to extensive lengths to ensure you get your hands on this beer within an extraordinarily short window, and we've sent a very clear message in the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right NOW to enjoy this IPA!

Ballast Point!!!

Looks like The Wine and Cheese Place 
should have Ballast Point before the end of the year!!

You know we will update when we know more

W. L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon - back in stock

W. L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon...$17.99

Replacing the rye grain in our recipe with wheat provides for an exceptionally smooth taste. And at 7 years of age and "Kentucky proof"– 90 proof — W. L. Weller is a truly outstanding buy. Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old is back!

Back in stock - great Bourbon does not last long anymore!  Get it now!

Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon....$29.99 / 750 ml
Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. Every barrel is discriminately selected to offer consistent flavor but with a seemingly individual personality. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.

TASTING NOTES:  The nose is complex, with aromas of toffee, hints of orange peel, herbs, honey, leather and oak. The taste is bold, dry and delicate with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa. The finish is dry and lingering.

45% alcohol; 90 proof
A sensational Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, this single barrel project is a powerful, pedal-to-the-metal, balls-to-the-walls style of bourbon that has been aged 10 years and has 45% alcohol, which makes it 90 proof. Seemingly bigger than that in the mouth, it is full-bodied with lots of caramelized citrus, maple syrup, smoky crème brûlée and cappuccino-like notes as well as terrific fruit from the fermentation. The wood is only a complementary aspect of this velvety textured, full throttle bourbon. It appears to be a classic. 95 points
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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Friday, November 27, 2015

BRC - BREWard program

The Scribe label just got Federal approval - one step closer.  
Now we wait for Missouri approval!

Update on Side Project.....
The excitement is mounting!
We again want to thank Cory and Karen King!  We are so excited to get these beers! 

Side Project Derivation #4 - scheduled for release next week!  This will be the next release through the BRC - since it will be in December it will be based on our new BRC numbers in the POS system only.  So basically October until the release in December.   Last release was beer only, so this one will be based on overall sales including beer, wine, liquor, cheese...and yes, we will still add the double points from Beer Fest for this Side Project release.
Derivation Blend #4
15% ABV
Blend of a Munich Imperial Stout aged in (2) TWCP Willet 11yr barrels for 22 months and an Oatmeal Imperial Stout aged in (3) Side Project Elijah Craig 12 bourbon barrels for 18 months. Derivation is our series of barrel aged Imperial Stouts in which we take a variety of recipes aged in a variety of barrels and blend back in an attempt to make an exceptional and unique barrel aged stout. Derivation #4 showcased 2 Imperial Stouts in which the barrel was the star. Being so, this gave me the opportunity to age the beer on an addition of Madagascar Vanilla Beans to bring more toffee, caramel and of course vanilla to the palate...
Side Project The Scribe  - getting closer, registration should come through soon!
Check out that picture!!!  The beer is delicious, I got a chance to taste it already!!

The Scribe 
13% ABV
Brewed 1/22/14
TWCP Elijah Craig 12 and Henry McKenna barrels and a Cabernet barrel.
The Scribe is the collaboration between Side Project and Perennial Artisan Ales. Its a huge, rich, soured Quad that was inspired by our favorited mead called The Heart of Darkness from Schramm's. It was aged in a Cabernet and bourbon barrels on black currants, sweet cherries and raspberries before being blended back and bottle conditioned... Drinks more like a mead or nice port than a beer!

With some new releases coming up, I wanted to re-post about the BRC.
Important features -.  We want to continue to evolve the system and make it better and I think the new POS will help that. 

I wanted to highlight a few things...
VERY IMPORTANT:  Make sure you give your phone number each time you check out. This is how your purchases will be tracked. Sometimes if you are buying a lot of beer the checker will ask you if you are a member, but when it gets busy they might forget. Just tell them when you are checking out you are a member of the BRC at any time while they are scanning your stuff. Plus, this time of year we will have some holiday help that will be working at the register that might not ask as they will be part time and new. Your name should appear on your receipt, if it does not, tell the checker immediately because that means your purchases are not being tracked.  Even if you place an order online for pick up, that does not automatically register.  Give your phone number when you check out.  Reserved orders do not count on your BRC, they must be picked up and rung through the register.

Yes, when we only get 6-24 bottles of a release, it takes a lot of purchases to get a bottle.  But some of our barrel aged releases we get 200-400 bottles and it takes sometimes about $80-100 purchased over the course of 6 months to get an allocation.  Which just means you need to purchase a couple of 6 packs per month which I think is fair to get an allocation of a rare beer.  We do the BRC to try to be as fair as possible.  The BRC sales are  9% of our overall beer sales (yes, there are still a lot of people that do not care about rare beer releases)  and it takes a lot of effort to generate 9% of our beer sales, but we feel it is the right thing to do as it is the fairest method.

New feature:  Our new POS system will be able to randomly select a BRC member -- when you check out, a message will pop up on our screen saying something like "you have been allocated a bottle of [insert super rare beer name here].  Again, as a way of rewarding people for shopping in the store.  This will be totally random and we will not know until you actually go to purchase something and this note will pop up.  This will not start until January as I need to work out the details after we get through the holiday season.  Sometimes it might be a free give away to pick out of our swag box of beer stuff or it might guarantee you a bottle of the next upcoming release.  Possibilities are endless. I think this will be a very cool feature.

Another new feature of our system is a much easier way to do double point days, or double points on a certain brewery.....things like that.   This will also not start until 2016.

BRC releases coming soon -  we could seen these in the next 2 months.  Obviously things could change on these, and more beers will be coming in the next two months also.
  • 4 Hands Woodsman Imperial Stout aged in Apple Brandy Barrels - tomorrow release.  Emails will be sent in the morning.
  • Side Project Merci - bottle conditioning now - could be soon
  • Side Project The Scribe - waiting on label registration - could be soon
  • Side Project Derivation #4 - NEXT WEEK!
  • 2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla Cat Spit (1 barrel)  Jan/Feb 2016
  • 2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD (3 barrels - variants yet to be determined) Jan/Feb 2016 - dates subject to change
  • Prairie Artisan Ales (2 different barrel aged beers, in bottle now, bottle conditioning) could be soon
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Variants (released Friday November 27th)

About these releases above:
4 Hands BA Woodsman is exclusive release to TWCP.  I posted back in September that something special was coming from 4 Hands at it would be based partially on 4 Hands purchase.  Deadline is tonight at 7pm November 20th to purchase 4 Hands towards this release.  Report will be printed tomorrow morning.  Again we do this in order to thank these breweries for doing the special releases for us.  No better way to thank them than to show more support for their "everyday beers".  We have 2 more Barrel Aged Beers possibly coming from 4 Hands before the end of the year, these will be released the same way.  Support 4 Hands if you like their beers.

All Side Project Beers will go through the BRC.  Since they do not have any "regular" beers to support, it will either be based on overall beer sales or total sales including cheese, liquor and wine.  

2nd Shift BA beers will be partially allocated based on 2nd Shift support.  These next 4 barrels will be based on the start of our new POS system (October 12th until the beer is released early next year)

Prairie Artisan Ales barrels - again we want to thank Chase and Prairie Artisan Ales for doing these two barrels for us, so part of this release will be based on Prairie Artisan support since October 12 until we see these bottles.   Support Prairie now if you want to get in on some exciting limited TWCP exclusive beers from Prairie Artisan Ales.

Goose Island - based on Goose Island support - click here to see that post

More details about the BRC:
BRC - BREWard info - Free to join.

As we have found, there is no perfect system for allocated beers as the demand surpasses supply by a great distance. We have 1500+ people signed up on BRC and many times we get less than 36 bottles.  We are trying to do the best we can to be fair.  Overall, we have been happy with the  system.

This is the only way to get bees like Side Project Brewing, 2nd Shift Barrel Aged Releases, Cantillon, Founders KBS, Goose Island Rare and BCS and so on.....

To sign up: there is no charge to sign up
click here to sign up

Your phone number will be your account number.  After you sign up, you must give your phone number without the area code every time you check out at any of our stores.  Your name will appear on your receipt.  If your name is not on the receipt you are not getting credit for the purchase.  Tell the checker immediately if your name is not on your receipt.  You can join if you are out of town also.   When you place an order, just put you want to join the BRC program and we will start tracking your puchases.

Here is how we allocate the beer....

We have been basing the allocation on the previous 6 months sales.   We feel 6 months is a good amount of time to reward regular customers.  I feel that is a good amount of time to let new people sign up and get in on the allocations. We have also been rotating how we allocate.  We use a few methods. 
  • Based on overall sales
  • Based on beer only sales
  • Based on quantity of units purchased (instead of dollars).
  • Sometimes if we get 50 bottles we send out an email to the top 100 and say first come first served at the store.
  • Sometimes it is based on a particular brewery like the top Founders purchasers will get KBS.  
  • Sometimes we blend the two, like the 2nd Shift BA release we are allocating some out to the top 2nd Shift supporters and some to the top overall supporters.  
  • Sometimes we will still do online fastest finger method.
More info
  • We do still randomly put special beers out on the shelf for shoppers to find.
  • We also draw names randomly down the list from people that have not receive an allocation for free stuff.  We have given some tickets away to Schlafly and Morgan Street Beer events, beer glasses, beer shirts, hats, openers and so on.
  • We also have been randomly drawing names for allocated beer further down the list when some beer does not get picked up.
  • You will get an email if you get an allocated beer, you have 7 days to pick up or it goes to the next person on the list.

    Any questions or comments email

    Beer Tasting this Week!

    This Weekend's Tastings!
    Friday, November 27th from 4-6pm

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

    • Anchor Christmas Ale
    • Highwater Blondes Have More Fun
    • Hermitage Brewing Super Galena Single Hop
    • Founders Project Pam
    Plus taste --
    Classic Beer of the Week: Lindemans Cuvee Rene

    A golden hue sets off the wonderful almost champagne like taste. Rated 98/100 RateBeer
    The History of Cuvée René
    An ancient beer style, Gueuze, or Geuze, (pronounced "GOO-za") is wild-fermented wheat beer that is made with only aged hops, and those in small quantities. Because gueuze is fermented by multiple strains of yeast, acting over an extended period, it is a testimony & tribute to the yeast strains of the Senne River Valley.
    The brewers blend aged lambic and younger lambic, to taste, and refermentation occurs in the bottle after capping. It is highly coveted by gourmands in Belgium and in the US who lay it in their cellars, sometimes for years. Lindemans Cuvée René is authentic "Oude Geuze," every batch blended by hand. (Note - the French spelling isgueuze and the Dutch spelling is geuze.)
    Taste: Glowing golden color, cidery, winey palate; reminiscent, perhaps, of bubbly dry vermouth but with a more complex and natural flavor. It's very dry, appetizing and energizing, but some tasters do find gueuze to be demanding the first time they taste it due to the sour and acidic flavors that make it so unique. Cuvée René has been imported into the US since the early 90s, a time when the "sour beer" category didn't exist here.

    Friday, November 27th from 5-7pm

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

    • Cathedral Square Ave Maria
    • Cathedral Square Repent
    • Cathedral Square Holy Moly
    • Cathedral Square Gabrial
    • Cathedral Square Hail Mary
    • Cathedral Square Abbey

    Goose Island BCS - this will go through our Beer Reward Progarm

    EMAILS SENT!!! Thank you everyone for your support, we appreciate it!

    Got our allocation in, we send out emails Friday morning.

    As you know, Goose Island BCS is released on Black Friday every year. 

    We are receiving some of each of these this year.....  
    • BOURBON COUNTY BRAND 2015 STOUT...$8.99 / pint   (limited)
    • BOURBON COUNTY BRAND BARLEYWINE...$10.99 / pint  (very limited)
    • RARE BOURBON COUNTY BRAND STOUT...$53.99  (super limited)

    Part of our allocation we will released based on Goose Island purchases from October 12 when we started our new POS system until this Wednesday at 7pm (11/25/15)

    So if you like BCS and Goose Island "regular" beers such as Sofie, Matilda, IPA, Fulton Coffee, Autumn Ale, 312 Wheat.....come and get them.  Now is the time!  It is a great way for people that do not usually score rare beers a chance to get BCS.

    To help you out, Sofie is now on sale!
    Goose Island Sofie...$9.99 / 4pk
    Rated 98/100 RateBeer
    Brewmasters Notes
    Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.
    Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
    Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Founders Project PAM

    No reservations at this point, we want to be able to let people come get it for Thanksgiving.

    In stock at Forsyth and Rock Hill
    (have not heard at the other stores yet)

    Founders Project PAM....$12.99 / 750ml
    Venture into the shadows of our brewers’ minds and discover their mad genius. From this unknown emerges Project PAM. In development for years under a shroud of secrecy, this Black IPA is brewed with a cornucopia of hops then aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels to add complex oaky bourbon notes and the sweetness of maple syrup to keep the bitterness in check. Like its creator, the origins of its name will forever remain a mystery. Project PAM clocks in at 10.8%

    4 Hands Brewing CA$H MONY

    4 Hands Brewing CA$H MONY...$8.49 / 22oz
    CA$H MONY is an Imperial IPA brewed with a wasteful amount of the very best hops we could secure. An ample malt bill is paired with a huge dose of pungent hop flavor. citrus dominates the aroma, accentuated by notes of melon, pine and tropical fruity.

    4 Hands Absence of of Light

    Plenty more just arrived at Forsyth!

    4 Hands Absence of of Light...$6.49 / 22oz

    This is the new and improved Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout. This is a beer that deserved to stand on its own, so we rebranded it and gave it a bit more body. The beer is now 7.1%, but still holds the same flavor profile you all love from years past.

    Grey Goose VX Vodka

    Just arrived at Forsyth, New Ballas and Ballwin

    Grey Goose VX Vodka....$77.99 / LITER bottle
    Best tasting vodka Masterfully finished with a hint of precious cognac
    When the world’s best tasting vodka is masterfully crafted with a hint of precious cognac, a pioneering new spirit is born. Inspired by the heritage of grey goose creator and maître de chai françois thibault, grey goose vx establishes a new standard in luxury spiritssting vodka
    Masterfully finished with a hint of precious cognac

    Our own barrel of 1792 Bourbon!

    1792 / TWCP Single Barrel Bourbon...$25.99

    Jim Murray on 1792 Bourbon
    Big, weighty—rye with an attitude. … In a herd of any 30 random bourbons, this one would stand out by nose alone. The taste is puckering and mouthwatering, the ryes go ballistic, especially on the spice front. With salivation levels on full blast, it is sometimes hard to pick out the more delicate custard-cream and apple nuances. The oak finish kicks in at the death with a shot of liquorice and coffee. But the ryes refuse to be downbeaten. A shade heavier than when I first tasted this one with the oak showing a burlier attitude. However, the unique rye fizz ensures a delightful and by no means understated degree of charm. Fabulously different and wholly adorable." —Jim Murray, author

    New Le Grand Clos whites!!

    We are very excited to introduce these wines to Missouri. The Chardonnay is creamier and richer than most French Chardonnays. If you usually drink California, give this one a try, it is a fantastic value and a good introduction to French Chardonnay as it still has some of that flinty minerality you get in French wines.

    2014 Le Grand Clos Chardonnay....$11.99
    Facing the Pyrenees, surrounded by vines on hillsides speckled with trees and flowers, this pirvately owned winery is nestled in a large pine forest. Le Grand Clos is located near the world famous medieval city of Carcasonne. Exceptional climate conditions and terroir allow us to produce high quality wines. Le Grand Clos Chardonnay has a beautiful nose with aromas of stone fruit, white flowers, and subtle oak and ginger spices. The palate is lively with bright acid backbone. Flavors of nectarines, peaches, and juicy citrus fruits abound in this wine. This wine has a delicate texture with a flinty minerality, and creamy notes of vanilla, brioche and hazelnut in a generous finish.

    Le Grand Clos Sauvignon Blanc...$11.99
    "Le Grand Clos Sauvignon Blancis full of the classic lemon boxwood, and floral notes one would expect. In the mouth, ripe citrus fruit flavors combine with a flinty minerality. This wine is aged on its lees, giving additional depth, and complexity, to this lively wine.

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Hermitage Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Ryetopia

    New batch is here!!

    Hermitage Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Ryetopia....$13.99 / 750ml

    Ryetopia has been, literally, a year in the making. This beer is the first, of hopefully many, beers that will come from our barrel aging program.

    Ryetopia was brewed with a generous portion of malted and crystal rye, which lends a spicy complexity to the beer. To balance out the malt flavors, Ryetopia was hopped with Bravo, Apollo, and Cascade hops. Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this is a smooth sipper of a beer that will age well in the years to come. According to HBC Head Brewer Greg Filippi has this to say about the beer.

    Ryetopia is our homage to the delicious yet often overlooked rye malt. We started with a big bold barley­wine style ale, then beefed it up with a healthy dose of rye malt and crystal rye (about 16% of the total grist). Rye is known for its dry, slightly spicy flavor in beer. Crystal rye goes through a different malting process which converts some of the starches in the grain into simpler sugars before we add it to our mash. This results in a sweeter flavor, adding hints of licorice and toffee to the finished beer.