Saturday, November 1, 2008

Verjus -- wine friendly!

Fusion Napa Valley Verjus Blanc...$12.99 /750ml
Fusion Napa Valley Verjus Rouge...$12.99 / 750ml

It is made from under ripe grapes and it is alcohol free and can be used on salads instead of vinegar and it is very wine friendly. Vinegar always kills the flavor of wine and it makes it difficult to match a wine with the salad course covered in a vinegar based dressing. Verjus solves this problem.

More info from their site:
"Verjus (pronounced vair-ZHOO) is the tart, fresh juice of unripe wine grapes. It is a culinary ingredient indigenous to the world's wine producing regions that is used in sauce making, for poaching fish and meat, and to dress lettuces, vegetables and fruit. Verjus or "verjuice" as it is sometimes called, literally means green juice in the sense that it's made from fruit that has yet to fully ripen — it's green. It is used to add acidity to foods, an important component in food and in cooking." - Fusion

"Jim Neal, a young chef in California's Napa Valley, entered the verjus business two years ago in partnership with Duckhorn Vineyards, also in Napa, and Marc and Janice Mondavi of the Charles Krug winery. Using a mixture of varietal grapes from the wineries, Mr. Neal bottled white verjus under the Fusion label. This year, he created a red verjus from red and white grapes. Such California chefs as Wolfgang Puck, Gary Danko and Thomas Keller have incorporated Fusion into their menus."
-- New York times
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Saison-Brett - Smokestack

Sold Out!

Boulevard Smokestack Series
Saison-Brett...$11.99 / 750ml

"Commercial Description: Unofficially known as The "George Brett" - a reference given at the Ommegang BCTC festival in 2006. George Brett is a baseball Hall of Famer who played in Kansas City, Boulevard's hometown, and the festival is held in the same town as the MLB HOF, hence the mildly humorous play on words."
Rated 98/100 percentile on
Rated "A-" Excellent on
Very limited--this is the highest rated beer from Boulevard
This is one of the best beers made in Missouri and it is a very limited production. Make sure you get some bottles in your beer cellar because this will improve in the bottle.

(only 12,000 bottles made and each one numbered)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lion and Amarcord Breweries

Lion Brewery from Sri Lanka
Lion Stout...$9.99 / 6pk

"Commercial Description:The 8.0 per cent abv, bottle conditioned beer is brewed from British, Czech and Danish malts with Syrian hops and an English yeast strain. All the ingredients are transported along precarious roads to the brewery located 3,500 feet above sea level."
Rated 96 by

Lion Imperial Lager...$9.99 6pk
8% ABV
"Lion Imperial Lager from Sri Lanka is specially brewed to acheive it's high alcohol content. The finest natural ingredients deliver a rich, smooth taste and refereshment. Enjoy it's bite." -- brewery

Lion Lager...$9.99 / 6pk
"We've been brewing Lion Lager in Sri Lanka since 1881. Lion Lager is made from the very best ingredients - it's malty, refreshing, and natural tasting. This is a beer of character for people of character. " -- brewery

Amarcord Brewery from Italy
Amarcord La Tabachera...$5.79 / pint
"Amarcord Double Brown Ale is a designer beer created for real ale aficionados! It is characterized by the amber-colour of traditional ale and by the distinctive flavour obtained from the use of select premium malts. 10.0% Alc. Vol."-- Brewery

Amarcord Prima Donna...$9.39 / 6pk
"Prima Donna Special Lager is a classic lager noted for its unique aroma and its unsurpassed hoppy flavour. It is characterized by a brillant golden color, a compact head, and its fresh, thirst-quenching qualities. 4.7% Alc. Vol" -- brewery

La Mi Dona...$5.79 / pint
"Amarcord Double Pale Ale is a unique, intensely flavoured, pale, top-fermented beer. It is characterized by golden nuances, a compact head and a satisfyingly rich finish. 6.0% Alc. Vol." -- brewery

La Putena...$5.79 / pint
"Amarcord Double Red Ale is a unique, intensely flavoured brown ale. It is characterized by a rich bland of complex Spring malt with mellow Saaz hops.6.5% Alc. Vol." -- brewery

Goose Island--

In stock now at Forsyth!

2008 is here...
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout...$17.99 /4pk
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout...$4.99 /12oz btl
(the price went up a little, but we decided to keep the price the same as last year)

"I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout—so big, the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation, we brought in some bourbon barrels that aged the stout. One hundred days later, Bourbon County Stout was born. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said it's a great cigar beer. But I have yet to try a cigar that can stand up." --Greg Hall, Brewmaster

Rated 100 on
Rated "A" on (455 reviews)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bell's big release time!!

In stock now at Forsyth, Rock Hill, and Provisions

Bell's Expedition Stout...$15.49 / 6pk
"The darkest beer we make; this Imperial stout contains double the malt and five times the hops of our Kalamazoo stout and is perfect for cellaring as its complex character will evolve over time." -- brewery
Rated 100 percentile on

Bell's Third Coast Old Ale...$13.99 / 6pk
"A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years." -- brewery
Rated 99 percentile on

Bell's Cherry Stout...$13.99 / 6pk
"A rich and powerful beer with tart cherry appeal, make this a fine stout." -- brewery
Original Gravity: 1.082
Alc. by Vol.: 7.0%

Bell's Double Cream Stout...$10.99 / 6pk
"Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts." -- brewery
Original Gravity: 1.075
Alc. by Vol.: 6.1%

Bell's Winter White...$9.39 / 6pk
A Wheat Ale brewed with American Wheat and a proprietary blend of Hefe and classic Belgian-style yeasts. A refreshing winter alternative created from the subtle fusion of two classic flavors." -- brewery

Also just in...

Samuel Smith Winter Warmer Vintage 2008/2009
$9.39 / 4pk
$3.99 / pint
"Throughout history, beer of somewhat higher alcohol and richness has been enjoyed for the winter holidays, when old friends get together to enjoy the season. Wassail, a festival to celebrate winter and the beer that goes with it, predates the Christian era. Winter Welcome is vintage-dated with a special label each year. Serve in a traditional tankard for the holidays.
Honey-amber-colored, creamy head of small bubbles, floral aroma and delicious malt flavor with great finesse." -- importer