Thursday, December 8, 2016

BALLWIN's Friday night tastings continue

Friday - December 9th
Every Friday from 5-7. We will be tasting a featured winery/region.


2013 Walter Hansel Winery • Chardonnay Estate 
There are 1,260 cases of the 2013 Chardonnay Estate, a great bargain. At a retail price of $25 a bottle, it is hard to get more flavor and complexity in a Chardonnay than this cuvée possesses. Notes of poached pear, honeysuckle and white peach notes are offered in an elegant, medium-bodied, lively style. Like all of the Walter Hansel Chardonnays, it went through 100% malolactic fermentation, and was aged 10 months in 30-40% new French oak. Consume it over the next 5-6 years. 91 Parker $27.99

2013 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Hansel Family Vineyard Cuvee Alyce 
Made from the Hyde and Hudson selections of the Old Wente clone blended with Clone 95. It sees 40% new oak, and comes across as the richest, most intense of the Hansel Chardonnays. Clean, pure, white peach, honeysuckle and crème brûlée notes are followed by a touch of brioche and subtle oak. This is a beautifully crafted, medium to full-bodied, rich, stunningly proportioned wine to enjoy over the next 7-8 years. 93 Parker $39.99

2012 Caymus • Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
 - Dense blackish/purple color and creamy, sweet crème de cassis fruit, blackberries, a touch of graphite and vanilla, This exuberant, boisterous, in-your-face style of Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly a fruit bomb, so be warned. Full-bodied and opulent with stunning concentration and richness, the wine has no hard edges and is much in the Caymus style of terrific fruit intensity , voluptuous texture, and a stunning finish with plenty of glycerin, wood and spice. The alcohol on the label is listed at 14.8%, which seems about accurate. The Caymus Special Selection can be drunk now, or cellared for 20+ years. 96 Parker $148.98

2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvigon – Although this wine has NOT been reviewed, It is still Caymus and it is still delicious! $64.98

Perennial Abraxas GROWLERS!!!

The Firestone Walker / Russian River STIVO is gone --- and now we have in its place....

Perennial Abraxas is now available at our Forsyth location

We are very excited to get a 1/6 barrel of this one....

Perennial Abraxas....$30 / 32oz Growler
1 - 32oz Growler per person

4 Hands The Devil's Invention

4 Hands The Devil's Invention...$8.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Stout brewed with Coffee
The Devil's Invention is a full bodied stout brewed with coffee. Inspired by one of the early nicknames for coffee, "the bitter invention of Satan", this stout has a bold chocolatey aroma with complex notes of coffee and a smooth, sweet finish. The Devil's invention pours black in clor with a tan head.

Boon 2013 Kriek

Boon 2013 Kriek...$12.99 / 750ml
For this speciality, we use old and young lambic beer that has aged in our oak casks. When the lambic is 6 months old, we add 25% black cherries. This provokes the second fermentation. We then clarify, filter and bottle it. Kriek Boon has an alcohol volume of 4% 

Prairie Noir and BA Bomb!

The left overs of the Prairie - 
there is not much left, but we are going to send the left over bottles to the other 3 stores for those customers to get some.
None is left at Forsyth.

Prairie Artisan Ales Noir $9.99 / 12oz
Imperial Stout Aged in Whiskey Barrels
11% ABV

Prairie Artisan Ales Coffee Noir...$9.99 / 12oz
Imperial Stout Aged in Whiskey Barrels with coffee beans
Coffee Noir is Prairie Noir kicked up a notch! Whole roasted espresso beans are added to the barrels in order to enhance the roasted and chocolate malt flavors in this intense beer.

Prairie Artisan Ales Barrel Aged Bomb!...$9.99 / 12oz
Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey Barrels with Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans and Chillies


Prairie Artisan Ales Vanilla Noir...$9.99 / 12oz
Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Whisky Barrels with Vanilla Beans
Vanilla Noir is Prairie Noir aged on organic, fair trade vanilla beans, and let’s just say it takes a lot of beans! The vanilla flavor compliments the whiskey barrel aging process and adds a delicious layer to the beer.

Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Noir...$9.99 / 12oz
Imperial Stout Aged in Jamaican Rum Barrels
Pirate Noir is our Jamaican rum barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout. This beer takes our already delicious Prairie Noir and adds intense notes of vanilla, coconut, and rum to the beer.
ABV 12%

The Bruery

If you are interested in any The Bruery Beers that are left ---

click on the order link and put a wish list IN THE NOTES in the order of your preference and how many bottles of each you would like.

We cannot guarantee you will get what you want, but we will try.
The link will stay live until 10am (or sooner if too many orders come in)  this morning so that we can get transfers to the other stores.

I will print the orders in order and fill based on first come on the orders.   At this point we will most likely limit it to 2 bottles per person.  If there are leftovers, we will add more to your order if you requested more.

The Bruery Jardinier...$6.99 / 750ml
Jardinier, which is French for “gardener,” was inspired by the fresh, sessionable beers so often found on the Belgian dinner table. Bright and flavorful with an assertive hop character, Jardinier is a perfect beer for any occasion, casual or ornate.
Pronounced: jhar-dee-nyier

The Bruery Mischief...$7.99 / 750ml
Mischief is a hoppy Belgian-style golden ale. This wickedly good golden ale is fiendishly dry-hopped with American hops to add a layer of complexity and mystery to its fruity, dry Belgian-style character. Citrus and resin diabolically combine with ripe melon, pear and slight peppery spice in a precariously effervescent mixture. Enjoy it, but you’ll want to keep an eye out. Gold Medal – 2016 Great American Beer Festival, American-Belgo-Style Ale.

The Bruery Autumn Maple....$9.49 / 750ml
Brewed with 15 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the “pumpkin” beer style. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup, and fermentation with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, make this bold and spicy beer perfect for a cold autumn evening.
We have also created bourbon barrel aged, 100% brettanomyces and soured versions of Autumn Maple.

The Bruery Trade Winds....$7.99 / 750ml
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

The Bruery White Oak....$12.99 / 750ml
White Oak is a hardy, blended wheatwine-style ale, grafting elements reminiscent of caramel, vanilla, coconut and warm oak with the creamy complexity of wheat. Crisp effervescence spirals around sweet bourbon barrel-aged layers, expanding into a refreshingly robust ale.

The Bruery Poterie 2016 Anniversary....$23.99 / 750ml
Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

The Bruery Terreux Sour in Rye....$16.99 / 750ml
We’ve all come to know and love our barrel-aged sour rye ale, Sour in the Rye. Now it’s time to enjoy a bright variation of it that has kumquats added to the mix. Not only is “kumquat” one of the most fun fruit names to roll off the tongue, it also treats the entire palate to a unique display of fruity characteristics. The tart, sweet, citrus and tropical notes of both the kumquats and tangerine zest strike a balance with the honey, vanilla and woody character imparted from barrel-aging. At the same time, the unique bitterness of the citrus fruit locks step with the clove and pepper notes imparted from the rye. It’s a combination that’s hard to define (like a kumquat), but after you’ve had your first taste, you’ll be rewarded with tangy clarity.

The Bruery Terreux Rueuze.....$16.99 / 750ml
Rueuze is our take on the traditional Belgian-style blend of lambics of different ages. We carefully select a number of oak barrels from our warehouse that have been aging our sour blonde ale for anywhere from several months to several years and blend the beers together to what we find to be the ideal flavor. This is one complex beer. Notes of hay, barnyard funk, apricots and olives play wonderfully with the balanced acidity.

The Bruery Terreux Beret...$12.99 / 750ml
Beret is as artistic as those who wear its namesake cap. Our brewers developed a silky, full-bodied wheat ale which we began fermenting with a Belgian-style witbier yeast strain. To finish the fermentation, we added our collection of barnyard bacteria, intended to slowly sour the ale, bringing out a slight funk and refreshing piquancy. Finally, a small dose of pureed raspberries were added for just a hint of fruity tannins, putting the berry in Beret.

The Bruery Terreax Oude Tart....$16.99 / 750ml
Oude Tart is a Flemish-Style Red Ale aged in red wine barrels. It’s pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit and toasty oak. While this is one of the more classic beer styles that we make, it’s not a style that you can find too often in the United States. Originating in style from the Flanders region of Belgium, near the French boarder, this dark, sour ale has roots deep in brewing history and predates most of the ales that have become popular in contemporary culture. We’re doing our best to keep the tradition alive by brewing and aging this beer here on the west coast.

The Bruery Terreux Hottenroth Berliner Weisse.....$6.99 / 750ml
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse is brewed in memory of Fred & Sarah Hottenroth, Patrick’s grandparents. This tart, German-style Berliner Weisse is as authentic as it gets. We use lactobacillus and a hint of brettanomyces to sour this very unusual, low gravity wheat beer. To cut the tartness for those with sweeter tastes, raspberry or woodruff syrup is a traditional way to sweeten the beer. Almost an extinct style, we hope to help revive the Berliner Weisse in memory of two great people.

The Bruery Terreux Saison Rue...$9.99 / 750ml
Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.


The Bruery Melange No 14...$19.99 / 750ml
Our Mélange series is a chance to roll out the barrels, roll up our sleeves and explore flavors that cannot be achieved outside of the art of the blend or by any one beer. French for “blend”, this mélange fuses the mature character of some of our most vintage barrels of barleywine and old ale with the dark depth of our imperial stouts, including both Tuesday-themed releases and Share This. This mélange is one for all, with rich, complex notes and the signature kiss of oak.

The Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness....$16.99 / 750ml
Tart of Darkness is a sour stout that we aged in used oak barrels that previously housed beers such as Sucré™ or Black Tuesday®. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty sour stout. This very special edition has an addition of tart cherries and sweet vanilla beans. The additional cherries help bring the fruit character of the Belgian-style yeast to the forefront while the vanilla matches flawlessly with the burnt roastiness of the malt.

The Bruery 9 Ladies Dancing....$9.49 / 750ml
Here’s a pick me up for the latest verse in our Twelve Days of Christmas series. Inspired by flavors and ingredients found in tiramisu, including ladyfingers, 9 Ladies Dancing mimics the Italian dessert by whipping together flavor combinations and layers of its own. This includes notes of vanilla, chocolate and coffee – clearly the leading ladies in this rich, dessert-like beer.

Charleville Flanders Red with Cherries

Charleville Flanders Red with Cherries...$15.99 / 4pk
Flanders Red aged in two years on cherries.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Drink of the Month #6 - Vieux Carre

Drink of the Month #1 - Negroni - click here to see that one
Drink of the Month #2 - Manhattan - click here to see that one
Drink of the Month #3 - Chrysanthemum  click here to see that one
Drink of the Month #4 - The Jungle Bird click here to see that one
Drink of the Month #5 - Rosita click here to read about that one

DRINK OF THE MONTH #6 - Vieux Carre

Roughly, each month we will present a new drink that you can make at home with the guidance from a professional.  The professional that will be providing the recipes and the instructions will be mixologist, Jeffrey Moll.

Jeffrey Moll, the Head Barman at Randolfi's
Defender of both the fundamentals and DIY cocktailing. Reverence for all things liquid. Jason Molina fan. Avid cyclist. Loyal curmudgeon.

2015 St. Louis Magazine "A-List Award" Winner
Jeffrey Moll Jr., MIXOLOGIST
Dozens of the concoctions lining bartender Moll’s mixing station at Randolfi’s were formulated by the barkeep himself. Nabbing a tincture-side seat at the bar provides a nonpareil liquid education, with Moll dispensing as many answers as imbibers have questions. The cognoscenti gather, knowing that Moll’s labor-intensive seasonal creations (such as the garnish-laden Moll’s Cup No. 3) will keep them ahead of the cocktail curve.

The drinks will be presented in a "progressive" format so that you will end up with an amazing bar at home so that you can create every drink you would ever want.  Progressive meaning that next month you will not need to buy every ingredient, it will use some of the spirits you bought in the previous month(s) and so on.

Thank you to Jeffrey Moll for his help.  You can also head down to Randofi's and have Jeffrey make the drink for you!

For the sixth installment of The Drink of the Month.....


You'll never **not** see a certain two ingredients in my home bar (besides a gratuitous amount of amaro bottles). The first is Campari and the second is a good workhorse brandy/cognac. I find that almost every drink that calls for rye or bourbon whiskey is even better with a good cognac. ei: Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, Sazeracs, etc. Whiskey is truly the spirit of America, but there was a time when the brown spirit that stood supreme was brandy/cognac. I would definitely encourage you to revisit some of the past drinks and try them out after this with the cognac you'll need for this month's drink.

This month, you will be utilizing your bottles of Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine and Angostura bitters to make a drink called a Vieux Carre. For this drink you will need to get your hands on a bottle of Camus V.S. Cognac and a bottle of Peychaud's Bitters.

First, these are the tools one would need for this cocktail:

  •  Stirring Vessel
  •  Mixing spoon
  •  Hawthorn Strainer
  •  Conical Fine Strainer (optional, but recommended)
  •  A Rocks Glass
Second, these are the bottles and ingredients that you need for this cocktail.
  • Camus V.S. Cognac
  • Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
  • Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth
  • Benedictine
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Peychaud's Bitters
  • Luxardo Cherries
Lastly, here is the preparation for the cocktail:
  • .75 oz Camus V.S. Cognac
  • .75 oz Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
  • .75 oz Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 barspoon (1/8 oz) Benedictine
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 2 dashes of Peychaud's

- Add all spirits to your mixing glass
- Fill mixing glass 3/4 of the way with ice
- Stir gently, quickly and fluidly (no pun intended) keeping the bottom of the spoon in constant contact with the side of the glass for about 25-30 seconds
- Using your hawthorn strainer and fine strainer (if possessed) strain into an ice filled rocks glass.
- Skewer three Luxardo Cherries and place in the glass
- Enjoy!

Bonus Drink: The B&B
On the next cold night that need a drink to warm your spirits, pour equal parts (1.5oz ) Cognac and Benedictine into a rocks glass or snifter and drink neat (room temperature).

Magnus Gin and Vodka

Jos. A. Magnus Vigilant Gin...$29.99 / 750ml
SILVER MEDAL WINNER at 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition!
Inspired by our quest to make the perfect cocktail gin, we created Vigilant Gin — a London style dry gin, showcasing hand-foraged Oregon juniper berries, bright citrus, and balanced herbs.
Alc. by Vol. 42% / 84 Proof

Jos. A. Magnus Royal Seal Vodka....$27.99
BRONZE MEDAL WINNER at 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition!
Created by distiller Nicole Hassoun, Royal Seal vodka is a perfect cocktail vodka and is so smooth its great straight.

Tasting Notes - slight citrus nose, smooth clean finish, perfect in a martini.

Alc. by Vol. 40% / 80 proof

Priorat, Gratallops

We have just received another great shipment from one our favorite Importers, Eric Solomon. We are going to feature a few wines from a small subregion of Priorat, Gratallops. While we have had great success with the Black Slate wines from Porrera and Vila Alta in the past this is the first time we have been able to get the Celler Cecilio Black Slate Gratallops. August Vicent is not only the proprietor Celler Cecilio, the oldest registered estate in Priorat (established in 1942), but he happens to be a neighbor of Daphne Glorian, owner and wine maker of Priorat's most famous Estate Clos Erasmus. These wines have an amazing pedgree and we cannot recommend the highly enough:

2014 Celler Cecilio Black Slate Gratallops...$16.99
August Vicent makes characterful, lush and exotically-spiced wines from his vineyards in the village and has been persuaded to sell us some for our Black Slate Gratallops. It is a blend of Garnatxa Negra, Carinyena, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from vines ranging in age from 20 to 65+ years old. Fermented entirely with indigenous yeasts, it is aged in a combination of concrete and French oak barrels.

2014 Celler Cecilio Negre $23.99
Not Yet Rated, the 2013 was rated 95/100 by Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate
Its simple and unassuming name, Negre, somehow fails to do justice to this wine which is a blend of half Garnatxa Negre with old-vine Carinyena and younger-vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Harvested by hand it is fermented in stainless steel tanks by indigenous yeasts with a maceration of around 20 days before finishing in concrete tanks and large neutral oak barrels. At a very reasonable price, it captures the richness and power of the wines of Gratallops – relying solely on the quality of the fruit rather than the cleverness of the winemaker.

2014 Clos Erasmus Laurel....$51.99
I was really blown away by the aromatics of the 2014 Laurel. As soon as I put my nose in the glass I was transported to the vineyards of Gratallops, with a blast of wild herbs and flowers followed by a stream of smoked meat, juicy red currants and raspberries. It is mostly Garnacha but with some 10% each Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. This might very well be the finest Laurel to date. Simply stunning!
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Clos Erasmus Priorat $199.99
The palate shows power, elegance and a special mineral savoriness akin to licking stones. There is more Garnacha in the blend (there's only 15% Syrah) which gives a Mediterranean juiciness. A new life for Erasmus, very much recognizable as Priorat, Gratallops and Erasmus, but with a more elegant haircut. Only 2,000 bottles produced.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate

Truvee super value wines

2014 McBride Sisters Truvee Chardonnay...$5.99
was $12.99
compare to $13.99 at Wine.Com
The elegance of our 2014 Chardonnay comes from its subtlety and balance. Fresh pear, white peach and Fuji apple seamlessly weave together with hints of lemon zest and citrus blossom. The palate is fresh and expressive, with just enough oak and malolactic influence to enhance the complexity of the fruit and add weight and structure. Crisp fruit flavors give way to a lightly toasted finish, accented with subtle barrel spices. The well-poised profile allows this wine to be enjoyed with a variety of foods, from spicy tandoori chicken to simple, herb-roasted pork loin.

2013 McBride Sisters Truvee Red Blend....$5.99
was $12.99
compare to $13.99 at Wine.Com
Elegant and refined the red blend is evocative of Cotes du Rhone Village style. A rich layered wine with intense character and accessible delivery. Dark fruit and spice unfold into layers of cocoa, blackberry, cherry, rose, plum and spice. The palate is velvety and rich with a long finish.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New beers...

Against the Grain new releases at Forsyth - will get more info up later.  But they are ready to go....
  • ATG / Magic Rock Brewing Shades of Grey Black and White IPA....$14.99 / 4pk 16oz
  • ATG Pome and Grabbit....$14.99 / 4pk 16oz
  • ATG A Beer APA...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz
  • ATG / 3 Floyds Too Dumb to be Evil...$14.99  / 4pk 16oz
  • ATG / Hoof Hearted Brewing Clearly Everybody Wants Some....$14.99 / 4pk 16oz
  • ATG There Gose The Neighborhood...$14.99 / 500ml
  • ATG All Funked Up  Brett The Hipman Hop....$19.99 / 22oz
  • ATG All Funked Up T Rex Arcana....$23.99 /  750ml
  • ATG / Amager Bryghys Minor Axident Double IPA....$14.99 / 4pk 16oz

Plus these
  • Blackberry Farm Buckwheat Strawberry....$9.99 / 375
  • Urban Family Efflorescent Heartbeat Wild Rose Hip.....$9.49 / 500ml
  • Urban Family Agronomy....$9.49 / 500ml

Founders Lizard of Koz Stout

How about this one!!!
In stock at all 4 locations
1 per person, no reservations.  Come and get it.

Founders Lizard of Koz Stout...$16.99 / 750ml
Imperial Stout with Blueberries, Chocolate and Vanilla aged in Bourbon Barrels
This one is near and dear to our hearts. Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki wanted to make the birthday of his little sister, Liz, a special one. So he did what he does best and brewed a stout using a few of her favorite ingredients: fresh Michigan blueberries, rich chocolate and vanilla aged in bourbon barrels to round out those beautiful flavors. Liz was floored and we think you will be too.

Evil Twin

In stock now at Forsyth
Evil Twin Liquid Double Fudge Stout...$6.99 / 22oz
Style: Imperial Stout
Brewed: Two Roads Brewing Co, CT

Evil Twin No Hero...$9.99 4pk / 16oz Cans
An alien-like outsider, always flirting with oddity and exploring anxiety and paranoia. A style chameleon, a wonderful labyrinth and truly a transcendent genius. It’s impossible not to idolize out of proportion. This is a stout. It may not be a hero but it’s attractive, clever and hungry for stardom.
Style: Oatmeal Stout

Evil Twin Start Me Up....$9.99 / 22oz 

Inspiration can come from many places. A favorite song or even a favorite cocktail can get the creative juices flowing. Sprinkle in saffron, honey, ginger and lemon. It'll start you up.
Style: American Wheat with saffron, honey, ginger and lemon

Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

"Few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all – it must taste rare" - label

Evil Twin Brewing Falco IPA....$9.49 / 4pk cans
7% ABV
"What makes a great leader? First of all a perfectly balanced blend of qualities; the ability to stand out - be authoritative without overpowering. Show courage and endurance - you will lead the way and set standards. Very important; be appealing and refreshing to the people. This stereotypical portrait applies whether referring to politics, religion or maybe even this outstanding IPA." - label

Evil Twin Imperial Petit Four...$9.49 / 22oz
This is a small beer with a big ago. Basically we created Imperial Petit Four Break from the second runnings of Imperial Biscotti Break mash - this is an ancient brewing tradition where we get two different beers from one mash - then we added a little "je ne sais quoir" and sprinkled with the secret Imperial ingredient. The results is a slightly less arrogant but very cool session beer.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Big Muddy Beers -

Big Muddy Brewing - Illinois 

Big Muddy Vanilla Stout...$9.49 / 6pk

A traditional Milk Stout infused with pure Madagascar vanilla. Subtle vanilla flavor throughout with roasted notes and a slightly sweet, smooth finish.
6.00% Alcohol By Volume

Big Muddy Monster Brown IPA...$8.49 / 4pk 16oz cans
A marriage of an American Brown Ale with a hop-centric India Pale Ale. A very lively, distinctive aroma that hits the senses before the first sip is ever taken.
6.5% Alcohol by Volume

Big Muddy S'mores Stout...$5.49 / 22oz
5.5% ABV Stout

Big Muddy Backwoods Monster...$10.99
Imperial Brown Ale aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels
10% ABV
A marriage of an American Brown Ale with a hop-centric India Pale Ale. A very lively, distinctive aroma that hits the senses before the first sip is ever taken.

S.D. Strong Straight Rye Whiskey

S.D. Strong Straight Rye Whiskey...$44.99 / 375ml
The Rye Whiskey you are about to drink is distilled 65 below ground in cave.  Located in Parkville, MO.  S.D. Strong Distilling creates only "small batch" boutique spirits.  Our cave maintains an ambient temperature of 72 degrees, allowing for a consistent process throughout fermentation, distillation and barrel aging.  The result is an extraordinary Rye Whiskey that is as smooth as strong. -- Steve Strong

4 Hands Bona Fide

4 Hands Bonafide Stout with Espresso and Vanilla Beans....$9.99 / 22oz

"Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee Company, a local fair trade coffee roaster. Bona Fide pours black as night with a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years."

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stone 14th Anniversary Encore Emperial IPA

Stone 14th Anniversary Encore Emperial IPA...$7.49 / 22oz
We went to England this past spring as self-styled “IPA Hunters” on a mission to learn more about the confusing and often contradictory history of India Pale Ale—to look for some certainty where those before us have found mostly mystery and mercantilism. While our success in this pursuit is open to debate, there can be no question that we returned home inspired by the ghosts of Burton and by the experience of poring over 150-year-old brewer’s logs handwritten in (India?) ink. Stone Brewing Co., after all, traces its lineage back to the British Empire’s brewing history: We make ales, and all of our original offerings used traditional British styles as a jumping-off point. If this seems a roundabout way of letting you know that, yes, we are in fact brewing another IPA to mark our anniversary, well, so be it.

This one, however, promises to be different! From the imported white malt to the “Burtonised” water to the rare yeast strain to the most pungent hops Kent has to offer, we used all British ingredients to brew our “Emperial” IPA.* While we may have brewed Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA with our own distinctively modern, San Diego-style touch, what good is history if you can’t rewrite it to suit your tastes?

In this case, our tastes called for highly intemperate quantities of Target, East Kent Golding and Boadicea hops, bestowing upon this dry-bodied ale a powerfully spicy, earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness making a brief appearance before being beaten back by a long, complex, and decisively bitter finish. What better way to contemplate the fate of empires past, present, and future?

*Um, except for our filtered Colorado River water, of course.

Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream Liqueur

Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream Liqueur...$11.99 / 750ml
Ezra Brooks® Bourbon Cream perfectly marries natural cream and bourbon whiskey for a rich, creamy flavor that is the perfect choice for the colder months of the year.

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Malt Whisky

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Malt Whisky...$179.99
Only 166 bottles produced
58.6% ABV
Selected for Missouri Whisky Enthusiasts
Kavalan ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Kavalan ex-Bourbon is a delightfully complex, multi-dimensional single malt whisky, with vanilla, fruit and coconut highlights. Matured in hand selected American ex-Bourbon casks, the whisky is available at cask strength and non chill-filtered hence retains the fuller flavour of the natural single malt whisky.

Booker's Small Batch Bourbon Bluegill Creek Small Batch

Booker's Small Batch Bourbon Bluegill Creek Small Batch...$43.99
“I’m pleased to share the fourth release in the Booker’s Bourbon 2016 Batch Collection, Batch 2016-04, also called “Bluegill Creek.” This batch honors my dad, Booker Noe, and one of his favorite pastimes – fishing for bluegill. When I was selecting this batch, the hot and humid Kentucky summer weather reminded me of the days Dad and I spent together on the water. We used to go down to the creek and sit for hours, hoping to reel in some bluegill to fry up for dinner. When my son Freddie was a boy, Dad took him fishing too, and I know it’s a tradition that will continue to live on. I guess you could say fishing for bluegill runs in our family, so it seemed like a natural fit to name a batch in honor of one of Dad’s favorite pastimes.

I know Dad would enjoy “Bluegill Creek” for its signature flavors of robust vanilla true to every Booker’s batch. If he were here today, he’d sit down by the water with a glass of this bourbon in one hand and a fishing pole in the other.
— Fred Noe, Beam Family’s 7th Generation Master Distiller

Booker’s “Bluegill Creek” batch is made up of barrels from four different rack houses and five different production dates. It is bottled at 128 proof and was aged for 6 years, 5 months and 28 days. It was unseasonably warm even by Kentucky standards on the day that I selected the barrels for this batch, and it brought me back to the hot summers that my Dad, Booker Noe, and I spent together fishing for bluegill. When selecting this batch, I wanted something that could be enjoyed in the summer heat while staying true to Booker’s Bourbon standards, and I think Dad would be proud of how “Bluegill Creek” turned out.

This batch would make a great Kentucky Tea, which was one of Dad’s favorite ways to enjoy his Booker’s and includes a healthy splash of water in the glass, which really opens up the flavors and aromas of the liquid. “Bluegill Creek” contains the robust flavors of vanilla that Dad always looked for when selecting batches of Booker’s, and I know he would be proud to have a batch of his bourbon named after one of his favorite pastimes.
-- Fred Noe, Beam Family’s 7th Generation Master Distiller

Age: 6 years, 5 months, 28 days
Proof: 128.0

TWCP Single Barrel Smooth Ambler 11 Year Old

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Smooth Ambler Old Scout TWCP Single Barrel 11 Year Old...$51.99
Aged : 11 years old
ABV: 48.5 %
Barrel # 3802
Yield only 181 bottles

11 year old barrel with a high rye content of 36%, this fine whiskey has exceptional taste and smoothness. Non chill filtered, non carbon filtered. It’s strong, but deliciously drinkable like all of Smooth Ambler’s offerings. Bold, sweet-spicy flavors with subtle apple, cherry and tobacco aroma.
60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malt – a ‘high rye’ bourbon

Russian River Collab at the Growler Station

New to the growler station - 
Russian River Collaboration Pils!!

Firestone Walker Collab 
          with Russian River Brewing
STiVO - Keller Pils

94/100 Ratebeer overall
99/100 RateBeer in its style

After a lengthy courtship, Russian River Brewing Company and Firestone Walker Brewing Company:

STiVO—an immaculately conceived mashup of their respective craft pilsners, STS and Pivo.

A collaborative beer made by Russian River owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo and Firestone Walker’s Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Both brewers say that STiVO is as much a testament to personal friendship as professional collaboration.

“This beer has 10 years in the making,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Vinnie and I respect each other immensely as brewers, but more important, we’re good friends.”

Brynildson noted that when the Cilurzos built their brewery, Vinnie Cilurzo would call regularly seeking technical input. Conversely, when Firestone Walker established its Barrelworks wild ale facility, the brewing team leaned on Cilurzo for his expertise. Cilurzo even gifted his original bottling line to Barrelworks. In 2014, when Russian River was undergoing a brewhouse expansion, Firestone Walker temporarily brewed Pliny the Elder to help keep the taps flowing (“That was the ultimate collaboration,” Brynildson said). Both brewers are also founding members of Hop Quality Group.

“It had to be inspired…”

Naturally, over the years, pressure began to mount with regard to a potential collaboration brew. “People have been asking us for years about a collaboration beer, but we never wanted to force it,” Brynildson said. “It had to be inspired.”

That inspiration finally struck when they began discussing the idea of a collaborative pilsner to commemorate the 2016 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest.

“Neither Matt nor I started out as pilsner brewers when we each got our start in the craft beer industry, but it’s a style we are both passionate about,” Cilurzo said.

Added Brynildson, “I think people were expecting us to come out with something like Pliny The Elder-meets-Double Jack on steroids, or some extreme barrel-aged beer. But it ultimately came down to us wanting to make the type of beer we personally like to drink when we’re hanging out.”

The result is STiVO, a happily arranged marriage of the STS and Pivo recipes. “Our water philosophies and malt profiles were already essentially the same, and our yeast strains were pretty similar, so it really came down to how we wanted to handle the hops, and the overall weight of the beer we wanted to make,” Brynildson said.

“Although many pilsners from around the world have influenced me, none give me more inspiration than Pivo,” said Cilurzo. “Blending our two pilsner recipes to create this special brew for the 2016 Firestone Invitational seemed only natural. Natalie’s and my friendship with Matt and the Firestone Walker family is at the very heart of this beer.”

Cilurzo and Brynildson ultimately split the hops down the middle between Pivo’s German Saphir hops and STS’s Alsatian Aramis hops, both of which belong to the new wave of European hop cultivars.

“These hops are more similar than they are different, and they blend really well together,” Brynildson said. “They don’t taste like fruity American hops, but they’re not like Old World Hallertau hops, either. They’re perfect for this idea of a new age hoppy pilsner.”

Cilurzo and Brynildson also bumped up the front-end malt for a slightly higher gravity and a resulting ABV of 6.3%, a distinct notch above the 5.3% of STS and Pivo while still remaining dry and super drinkable. Also, like STS, STiVO was racked to kegs unfiltered and will be presented in the classic keller style, naturally carbonated and slightly hazy.

As Brynildson put it, “STiVO is the desert island beer that Vinnie and I would share if ever we were thrown off the boat together.”