Sunday, December 7, 2008

Know your styles -- Barleywine

Like to learn more about beer?
The St. Louis Beer blog,, is doing a style of the week.
What should you be smelling?
What should you be seeing?
What should you be tasting?
How should you be drinking it?

Click here to read about Barleywine on STL Hops.

Here are a few Barleywine style beer we have in stock now...
Nils Oscar Barleywine - Sweden
Norrebro Bryghus Little Korkny Barleywine - Denmark
Ridgeway Seriously Bad Elf - England
2005 Xyauyu - Italy

Nogne #100 Barleywine - Norway
Klein Erik de Noorman - Netherlands
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale - England
American Barleywine--
Anchor Old Foghorn - California
2008 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine - St. Louis
Pyramid Pugsleys Barleywine - Maine
Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine - Colorado
Great Divide Old Ruffian - Colorado

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New arrivals in beer...

Quick note on new releases in beer and cider...
I will post more info when I have time

Shipyard Pugsleys Signature Series Barley Wine 22oz...$9.39
"Barley Wine Style Ale is a big beer made with six different malts (Pale Ale, Crystal, Caramunich, Wheat, Chocolate and Roasted Barley) and balanced with a very full hop charge of Summit, Challenger and Fuggles hops. It is a deep reddish brown color with a complex fruity nose, a very full body, and an interesting balance between grains and hops which ends with a pleasing dry taste. To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 8.5% alcohol by volume." -- brewery
Shipyard Pugsleys Signature Series Imperial Porter 22oz...$9.39
"Imperial Porter is a full bodied, very dark, malty beer with a good roasted character coming from the Crystal, Chocolate and Black Patent Malts used in the mash. Warrior, English Fuggles, and East Kent Goldings Hops balance the malts with a good hop bite. The beer has an OG of 1.070, rounding out after fermentation with just a slight residual sweetness and cutting dry at the finish. 7.1% alcohol by volume." -- brewery

Altenmunster Winterbier Doppelbock Pint
D.Carnegie Stark Porter 2006
J.K. Scrumpy's Hard Organic Cider
Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouche Brut 2007

Charity Event

We have a special Charity Event this Thursday.
Our 2nd Annual Winter Wine Tasting
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
Thursday December 4th
$30 / person to a great cause
PKD Foundation

Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation
Proceeds from the event will go towards research to find a cure.
For more info or reservations
call Brianne Ventus...314-420-7767
Silent Auction
over 40 wines to taste!
Here are a few of the wines you will taste for only $30 donated to the charity.

Henriot Blanc de Souverain Champagne $42.99
Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc $26.99
Bogle Chardonnay $ 7.99
St. Francis Red Blend $ 9.99
The 75 Wine Cabernet from Tuck Beckstoffer $17.99
Torre di Luna Pinot Grigio $11.99
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay $19.99
Laurel Glen Reds $ 9.99
Torii Mor Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $27.99
Bennett Lane Maximus $31.99
Terra Romana Sauvignon Blanc $ 9.99
Vina Robles Chardonnay $16.99
Heavenly Retreat Riesling $ 7.99
Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon $15.99
Dreamer Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon $ 9.49
Il Follo Prosecco $ 9.99
Chateau de la Greffiere Macon Laroche Vineuse $16.99
Hedges “CMS” Cabernet/Merlot/Syrah $13.99
Domaine Grand Bois Cotes du Rhone Rouge $15.99
Pepperbridge Cabernet Sauvignon $48.99
Bennet Family Chardonnay $17.99
Fess Parker Riesling $12.99
Mischief and Mayhem Bourgogne Chardonnay $26.99
Martin Ray Pinot Noir $19.99
Martin Ray Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon $29.99
McManis Pinot Grigio $ 9.99
Les Fontenells Sauv Blanc $ 9.99
LaPlaya Merlot $ 7.99
McManis Cabernet Sauvignon $ 9.99
Campus Oak Zinfandel $10.99
Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay $26.99
Lindemans Shiraz Bin 50 $ 5.49
Spanish Quarter Cabernet/Tempranillo $ 8.99
Sbragia Family Zinfandel Ginos $24.99
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz $27.99

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year 2008

Here is what we have in the top 100 at Forsyth
Updated stock status -- in stock now---
#88 Château de St.-Cosme Gigondas 2006
Rated 92/100

#82 Luca Malbec 2007
Rated 93/100

#77 Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne NV
Rated 91/100

#68 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evestad 2005
Rated 93/100

#47 Beringer Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve 2006
Rated 92/100

#38 Colome Malbec 2006
Rated 92/100

#34 Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Crianza 2005
Rated 93/100

#28 Château Cos-d’Estournel St.-Estèphe 2005
Rated 98/100

#15 Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno 2006
Rated 96/100

#10 -- 2007 Seghesio Sonoma Zin..$20.99
.................93/100 Wine Spectator
.................sold out

#9 -- Mollydooker Carnival Shiraz
.................Not available in St. Louis
#8 -- 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape...$81.99 (no disc)
.................Rated 96/100 Wine Spectator
..................Available -- call 314-727-8788
#7 -- 2005 Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac
.................Sorry, we already sold out
#6 -- 2004 Pio Cesare Barolo...$62.99
.................Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
.................Sold out now!
#5 -- 2005 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape
.................Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator
.................2005 sold out...2006 in stock now!.
#4 -- 2005 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes
.................Sold out a few months ago
#3 -- 2005 Quinto de Crasto
..................Not Available
#2 -- 2005 Rauzan Segla Margaux
..................Sold out a few months ago
...................Forsyth -- FYI - We did get their second label in stock. 2005 Segla Margaux

#1 -- 2005 Clos Apalta from Chile....$59.99
...................96/100 The Wine Spectator -- Sold out!

Monday, December 1, 2008

#1 brewer in the world!

In stock at Forsyth!
In stock at our Rock Hill location!
In stock at our Ballwin location!
In stock at Provisions Gourmet Market!
After a year of begging each week,
we finally received an allocation of Struise.
I have been ordering it each week from the importer for a year now.

#1 Brewer in the world!

(#1 out of 5,836 brewers on the list)

2007 Struisse Pannepot...$6.49 / 11.2oz
"Commercial Description:In the early 1900s, the village of De Panne, close to the French border, was famous for two things -- the ‘Pannepots,’ or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fisherman’s Ale is a tribute to these hardy sailors and their rich, flavorful brew. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Bottle-conditioned in 33cl and 75cl" --
Rated 100 percentile on
That is the top, there is nothing better

#1 Brewer in the World 2008 - as voted on
STRUISE -- Belgium
#1 Struise Woesten-Vleteren -- Just Arrived!
Three Floyds Brewing Company Indiana (n/a in MO)
Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, California (n/a in MO) **
Bells Brewery, Kalamazoo, Michigan - In stock at our stores!
Närke Kulturbryggeri, Sweden (n/a in MO)
Mikkeller, Denmark - In stock at our stores!
Founders Brewing Company, Michigan (n/a in MO)
Russian River Brewing, California (n/a in MO)
Stone Brewing Co., California (n/a in MO)
#10 AleSmith Brewing Company, California (n/a in MO)
** -- We have the De Proef Collabation with Port Brewing/Lost Abbey

in stock now- it is delicious! More info.


"All brewers listed are gold medal winners. (The total number of brewers in our contest is 5,836. The 100 listed represent the top 1.7% of all brewers -- the creme de la creme of world brewing; a greater percentage of the population qualifies as genius for comparison.)
With the Ratebeer winter awards of last year, we were already very happy to enter their Top 100. Since that day, Struise team has been working even harder on issues like quality, creativity, and most off all originality.
Today we are very honoured receiving this award, and it will have a special place at our office and in our hearts. It will give us the necessary courage every day in the future to try and do better."


Struise Team