Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rum, Vermouth and Wine Tasting -- Ballwin location...

Tasting this Friday July 28th. Time is 5p-7p

Join us for this open house tasting - 

The Wine and Cheese Place - BALLWIN
14748 Clayton Road in Ballwin

Here is what we will be tasting:

  • Arehucas Ron Miel Honey Rum 
  • Cruz Conde Vermouth Montilla Moreles
  • Left Coast White Pinot Noir 2015 (Oregon)
  • Bernard Fouguet Domaine des Aubuisieres Cuvee de Silex Vouvray 2014
  • Laird Jillian's Blend 2012

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Turned it off online now - still some left at Forsyth.

You can call to reserve it you like 314.727.8788

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA...$8.49 / 12oz bottle
Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it's the Holy Grail for hopheads!

We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles -- some to enjoy and some to age.

New Sherry Cask finish gin

Amontillado Finished
Pinckney Bend Gin Amontillado Sherry Cask Finished...$27.99 
This specialty spirit begins with Pinckney Bend’s award winning American Gin, which is smooth on the pallet, with bright juniper and well-balanced citrus notes.
Finished in Sherry Casks

Wasatch Polygamy Nitro Porter

Wasatch Polygamy Nitro Porter...$7.99 / 6pk
She's on Nitro! Meet the sister-wife of our classic brew. This nitrogenated version is as chocolately and easy drinkin' as the original but even softer and creamier. It's OK to love them both

Labatt Blue Light Grapefruit

Labatt Blue Light Grapefruit...$12.99 / 12pk bottles

Labatt Blue Light Grapefruit is a premium 4% ABV lager with the perfect touch of natural grapefruit flavor, making this easy drinking brew the perfect summertime beer.

Dogfish Head Lupu Luau IPA

Dogfish Head Lupu Luau IPA...$13.99 / 6pk

The story of Lupu-Luau began when Sam was hanging outside with coworkers during an overly-sunny day. One present coworker in particular was lacking heavily in the melanin department, to put it lightly. A friendly joke about a total tan aversion led to this legendary comment, “You can say it, Sam, I’m pale as f**k.” The brewer in Sam thought that would make a cool name for a super pale beer. From there the wheels started turning and the iterative R&D process began.

Sam set out to make a hazy, overly pale, beer but the test batches weren’t quite there yet. However, during that process, he found out how great coconuts work in an IPA and decided that the new goal was to make an IPA using as much coconut as possible. We started with a combination of Pils malt with flaked barley, rolled oats, and malted and raw wheat to get it all hazy. Then we introduced coconuts three ways by adding toasted coconut, dehydrated coconut water and an experimental hop variety that provides a unique coconut & woody aroma.

The result? A lupulin-loaded, coconut-centric ale. Our Lupu-Luau IPA!

New Glarus Collab

De Preof / New Glarus Collab Abtsolution....$15.99 / 750ml
We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Carey of New Glarus Brewing as our 11th annual partner in this series. A long-time student of classic Belgian ales and early practitioner of Belgian-style brewing among American brewers, Daniel brings a rich and divers background to this collaboration. In the true spirit of the project, we have created a beer based on the classic Belgian Abt style, with unique Wisconsin contributions including Santiam and Chinook hops. To further highlight the Dairy State we’ve added lactose for extra mouthfeel and richness. The result is a dark ale with fruity esters, a velvety smooth palate and balancing wood notes from our use of French and American oak along with spicy hop notes. This ale is designed to drink now, but we believe will evolve beautifully over the next 1-2 years.

Uinta Brett Tripel with Pink Peppercorns

Uinta Bretta Tripel...$11.99 / 750ml
Ale brewed with Pink Peppercorns and brewed with Brettanamyces

Genesee Brewhouse beers

Dean Jones is an award-winning brewer with over 25 years of experience in the brewing industry. Since 2012, he has been the Brewmaster of the Pilot Batch System in the Genesee Brew House, and he frequently collaborates with other Rochester brewers and artisans on his brews.
Each beer in the Pilot Batch Series was originally created and first crafted on the 20-barrel pilot system at the Genesee Brew House, and is now proudly brewed and bottled at the Genesee Brewery

Genesee Brewhouse IPA...$9.49 / 6pk

A traditional IPA with a caramel malt profile, loaded with hops for an intense but balanced bitter flavor.
Genesee Brew House Pilot Batch Series

Genesee Brewhouse Orange Honey Cream...$9.49 / 6pk
A silky smooth spin on our American classic. Light-bodied with flavors of orange, honey, and a special blend of spices balanced by just the right amount of hop bitterness to create a crisp, citrusy-sweet beer.
Genesee Brew House Pilot Batch Series

Monday, July 24, 2017

Growler Board Update

Firestone Walker West Side Beavo IPL
Collab with Beavertown

Beavertown Brewery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company are set to release a skeleton from the closet with “West Side Beavo” IPL—a cross-continental mashup of likeminded breweries.
West Side Beavo is a one-off collaboration by brewmasters Logan Plant and Matt Brynildson, inspired by a friendship forged at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. “Logan has been to the fest several times, and we’ve been talking about doing a collaboration for a few years now,” said Brynildson, Firestone Walker’s brewmaster. “We’ve both been itching to do our own IPLs, so we thought it would be a perfect style to explore together.”
Bad to The Bone: West Side Beavo was fittingly brewed with hops from the Pacific Northwest and the United Kingdom, most notably Jester.
“Jester is the newest flavor-forward hop from the U.K.,” Brynildson said. “It gives the beer a hint of lychee fruit with a familiar English earthy, herbal element. The American hops are more new-age in style, bringing a more tropical, citrusy character to the beer.”
The result is an IPL, a beer that speaks to both breweries’ penchant for brewing hoppy beers with complexity and balance. The alcohol is 6.5 percent.

Bent River Haze IPA
IPA · 6.9% ABV
QC Haze is our take on the New England style IPA, and as the name states, it is a hazy golden color. It is loaded with the most late addition hops that we have ever brewed with. The hops include Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe.

Crane Brewing Orange Gose -- Dry Hopped version
If you find yourself sailing the open sea, the local lake or lying just lying on the beach for an extended period of time, you are going to need an extremely refreshing beverage. This orange gose will do the trick. Enjoy the salty zing wherever the wind takes you.

Civil Life German Wheat (almost gone, come get it)
Classic hefeweizen traits make this an easy-drinker anytime of year. Hazy golden colour with dense white foam. Complimentary banana, clove, and black pepper notes, with hints of lemongrass and orange blossom honey. Husky whole-wheat graininess, balanced sweetness with a smooth mouthfeel. Perfumey noble hops. Pairs perfectly with our soft pretzels and Dusseldorf brown mustard. Take home a growler so you can add some Civil Life German Wheat to your favourite banana bread recipe.
*Check out our recent blog post below elaborating on the world of German Wheat beers!*

Perennial Citra Paradisi TWCP 35th Anniversary Beer
Saison with grapefruit, 26 IBUs, bottle-conditioned - Mostly citra hops, rounded out with a bit of simcoe and mosaic, grapefruit zest. Fermented with a blend of the Blaugies strain and Brett Claussenii -- Jonathon Moxey at Perennial

Crooked Stave Salvador Cybies with Cherries
Belgian Style Daro Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Colorado Cherries
Primary fermented in oak foeders with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria. Salvador Cybies has an unmistakable Belgian Character backed by a strong malt base. For our Harvest 2016 release we've embraced aged old tradition by conditioning the beer for extended periods of time in oak barrels before a heavy handed addition of local cherries from our partner farmers on the Colorado Western slope.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Perennial / TWCP Corail de Sang - coming soon

Our second beer from Perennial is coming to help us celebrate our 35th Anniversary this year.  The first beer was Citra Paradisi (still some available) and it is a delicious beer especially for this hot weather.

We cannot say thank you enough to Perennial.  

Perennial Corail de Sang - coming soon!
Will post online when it arrives!
"Corail de Saing is a Belgian style Saison with torrified wheat aged in red wine puncheons with Brettanomyces for seven months.  Bottle conditioned, oak aged and brewed in collaboration with Paul Hayden and The Wine and Cheese Place to celebrate their 35th Anniversary." - label

We started planning this beer over a year ago now.  Chris Kinast of Perennial was the mastermind behind this beer.   The name is French for Blood Coral as Coral is traditional for 35th Anniversary.  Blood Coral is considered the finest Coral.

Chris Kinast at Perennial brewing Corail de Sang.   I got a chance to head down there the day he brewed it. 

Thank you Perennial!
Perennial Citra Paradisi TWCP 35th Anniversary Beer...$9.99
Saison with grapefruit,  26 IBUs, bottle-conditioned - Mostly citra hops, rounded out with a bit of simcoe and mosaic, grapefruit zest. Fermented with a blend of the Blaugies strain and Brett Claussenii -- Jonathon Moxey at Perennial

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Brotte Les Hauts de Barville Chateauneuf du Blanc - great score, great price

Brotte Les Hauts de Barville Chateauneuf du Blanc...$31.99
This has a lovely mix of yellow apple and white peach fruit flavors inlaid with verbena, quinine and lemon shortbread notes. The richness is offset by a stony echo. Drink now through 2018. 2,000 cases made.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra

2013 Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra...$95.99
The 2013 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Sorì Ginestra shows a whole other level of fiber and textural richness. This is a stunning wine from thicker soils that deliver more structure, firmness and overall depth. With that superiore richness, the wine is also endowed with balanced acidity, plump primary fruit and an elegant touch of balsam or menthol herb on the finish. This drives the finish forward for a few long and glorious minutes. Dig deeper still, and you find a sweet note of chocolate hazelnut.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 95/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2013 Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra...$89.99
The 2013 Barolo Castelletto Vigna Pressenda sees fruit sourced from the middle part of the Castelletto vineyard where there is a mix of lighter, sandy soils. These loose soils have impacted the wine's distinct character. The bouquet is subdued and graceful. Overall, there is less primary fruit intensity. Instead, the aromas veer towards ethereal tones of licorice, dry hazelnut and medicinal herb. The mouthfeel, on the other hand, is very direct and pointed. The tannins are firm and tight. The wine needs a few more years to get out of this more reticent phase.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Onx Indie Rose

2016 Onx Indie Rose of Tempranillo...$16.99
Next lowest price online is $19 on Wine SearcherAn origami doll, a daylily, the perfect sunrise – the essence of ephemeral beauty.
The 2016 Indie rosé is like a tempest in a teacup. It romantically leaps out of its glass to greet its taster with a flurry of peaches, nectarines, blood oranges, and rose hips. The wine enters the mouth softly and sweetly, like the first bite of a freshly picked strawberry, then persists on the tongue with a bright, refreshing acidity that subtly hints of tamarind and passion fruit. Indie then gently trails into a pleasing finish that stays with the taster like an opening act that blows away the headliner! 852 cases produced.

Hitachino Commemorative Ale 2017

 Back in stock now
New 2017 version
Hitachino Commemorative Ale 2017...$8.49 / 11.2oz
Full bodied beer with sweet wheat flavor and beautiful dense foam. Pleasant bitterness and unique spicy aroma with Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans

Hitachino Red Rice Ale...$4.99 / 11.2oz
Complex sake like flavors with malt sweet notes. Hints of strawberries in the nose and palate. An intriguing mix of sake, malt , and bitter notes in the finish.

2015 Cherry Pie Three Vineyards Pinot Noir

2015 Cherry Pie Three Vineyards Pinot Noir...$18.99
The 2015 Cherry Pie Pinot Noir jumps from the glass with aromas of raspberry, nutmeg, sandalwood and light smokiness, lifted by a floral note. Silky and delicate up front, with ripe acidity framing the rich, sweet flavors of red berries, and finishing with red cherry and earth.

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellations: 72% Monterey County; 20% Sonoma Coast; 8% Santa Barbara County
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 20% New

Combining three vineyards, each in its own distinct AVA, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir showcases the best of each unique flavor profile. The Rodgers Creek Vineyard, located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, rests on a ridge in the Petaluma Wind Gap; a low spot in the Sonoma Coast Range that allows a constant flow of cool air directly from the Pacific Ocean. Well-draining White Rhyolite Volcanic Ash soils allow the earthiness of the Pommard & 777 Clones to shine. The Alta Loma Vineyard is located in the Monterey County AVA, overlooking the Salinas River Valley and planted on Arroyo Seco gravelly loam soil. These sparse, well-drained soils reduce yields, creating rich, concentrated flavors in the fruit. The Los Alamos Vineyard lies tucked into a canyon in Santa Barbara County that leads directly to the Pacific Ocean. The sandy soils, bright sunshine and cool ocean breezes combine to lengthen fruit ripening and extend hang time, resulting in intense aromatics and great acidity.

Cherry Pie defines a winemaking approach and technique created by cult winemaker Jayson Woodbridge whereby a micro fermentation approach is applied to a single-vineyard wine. Each vineyard lot is fermented in open top oak puncheons to allow more complexity and variety in the phenolic, aromatic and flavor components of the wine. This micro-fermentation produces a completely unique representation of the fruit from each vineyard.

Bellisima from Christie Brinkley

From Christie Brinkley

Bellisima Zero Sugar Sparkling Wine...$19.99

Made With Organic Grapes

By leaving our organic Glera grapes in autoclave for 7 months, we achieve a fresh sparkling wine with zero sugars or artificial flavors. Perfectly balanced and pleasantly acidic, it is velvety and dry, with hints of white flowers and grapefruit.

Uncorked at the very last minute, Bellissima Zero pairs beautifully with oysters, caviar, and raw fish.

Classification: Sparkling white wine
Grapes: 100% Glera

Since being discovered by a photographer in Paris while still in art school, Christie has appeared on over 500 magazine covers worldwide, served as a spokeswoman for CoverGirl, and performed on Broadway, in television, and in film.

Though undoubtedly beautiful herself, Christie has always endeavored to help others feel beautiful. She started Christie Brinkley's Authentic Skincare line to help fight aging, and helped create Hair2Wear, which offers women innovative and fashion-forward hair extensions for hair-to-go. Her New York Times best-selling book of beauty secrets, Timeless Beauty, offers guidance on what to eat, how to apply makeup, and what to wear.

Christie has also always found time to give back, and has received several awards for her work protecting our health and the environment. She has entertained troops from Bosnia to Kosovo, spoken out against nuclear weapons and power plants at the United Nations, and traveled to Africa in support of anti-elephant and rhino poaching campaigns.

Given Christie's commitment to creating and preserving beauty—in herself, in others, and in the natural world—it’s no surprise that her line of 100% organic Prosecco and sparkling wines are imbued with her Bellissima spirit.

As she says, "Dream big Bellissima dreams, and may they all come true!"

Vedrenne Supercassis

Vedrenne Supercassis de Bourgogne...$24.99
Supercassis is the flagship production from the house of Vedrenne since 1923 in Nuits Sait Georges. A state of the art production method allowing the finest available blackcurrants to be infused in premium spirit then sweetened to perfection in order to enhance the unique fragrances of the fruit. The obvious ingredient to all kinds of "kirs" and myriads of various coctails. Supercassis from Vedrenne is the number one recipient of gold medals and accolades in the world.

Alc./Vol.: 15%

Color: Pure black currant color, dense and shiny

Scent: Intense fruity aroma, the inimitable aromatic bouquet of the pure Burgundy blackcurrant.

Flavour: Intense and aromatic taste, potent and elegant, fruity and wonderfully lingering

Cocktail: Kir, Russian Spring Punch, Tequila Sunrise…

Neisson Agricole Rhum

Neisson Agricole Rhum Reserve Speciale...$64.99
Rums at the origin of this wine from a selection of different vintages.
No fewer than five different qualities of aged rums are components of this assembly, with aging put in over several years.
Rums behind the Special Reserve have aged between 50 and 60 months in barrels of less than 650 liters, with an average of 4 years and 5 months.  Initially, the white rums stay 6 months in new barrels of 350 liters, in Limousin oak. They are then transferred to older casks of various capacities and origins. Successive passes of the water spirits in barrels of different degrees of depletion ensure smooth extraction of perfume from the wooded character of oak lignin, while avoiding an excess tannins.
Reducing the alcohol content up to 42% takes place throughout the aging thanks to the annual two tools.

Serving suggestions:
Special Reserve appreciates pure, served in a snifter, or old punch with one stroke of the cane sugar syrup.

Agricole: French term for cane juice rum, a style of rum originally distilled in the French Caribbean islands from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice rather than molasses.

Four Square Single Blended Rum Criterion

Last call, we scored a little more...

Four Square Single Blended Rum Criterion...$76.99
Barbados Rum
Aged for 10 Years in Ex Bourbon and Ex Madeira Casks
56% ABV
2000 bottles made

Friday, July 21, 2017

Stiegl Radler Lemon

Stiegl Radler Lemon....$9.49 / 4pk cans

Great addition to the very popular grapefruit.

Back in stock at Forsyth now

Goose Island 49 IIPA

Goose Island Imperial 49 IIPA...$11.99 / 6pk
The label I found online says 4 hops - but the one we have says FIVE HOPS!
Amarillo - Calypso - Cascade - Chinook - Galaxy

Goose Island Brasserie Blanc

Goose Island Brasserie Blanc....$17.99 / 765ml
A golden ale aged in wine barrels with Orange Muscat juice, Brasserie Blanc has an aroma of semi-sweet Muscat grapes and a delicate body.   A touch of tartness is cut by a dry finish imparted by the yeast Brettanomyces, resulting in a flavor profile that is reminiscent of wild fermented old ales.

Big Muddy Dark Noon

basically gone, might be a bottle or two left at Forsyth

Big Muddy Dark Noon Russian Imperial Stout....$9.99 / 22oz
Limit 1 per person
Eclipse Beer - very limited!