Thursday, December 31, 2009
Stout drinkers check out Evan Benn's article in the Post Dispatch today....
Choices in stout go far beyond the obvious
By Evan S. Benn
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Dark beers can be intimidating to casual beer drinkers. Maybe that's because their only stout experience has been with Guinness, an Irish dry stout with a creamy mouthfeel that's a staple at many bars and restaurants. Truth is, Guinness isn't bad, but there is so much more out there that could convert occasional stout drinkers to full-on aficionados.Not all stouts are created equal. They fall into subcategories depending on what ingredients brewers choose to highlight, such as oats (oatmeal stout), lactose (milk stout) or hops (American stout). The most complex and high-alcohol of these brews are sometimes called Russian imperial stouts because they were first brewed for 18th century Russian czars.
click here to read the rest....
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Lowdown: This chewy sipper is perfect for a cold night. Bourbon-barrel aging imparts notes of smoke and vanilla. Pair it with ice cream or a cigar.
Price: $18.99 for four 12-ounce bottles
Where to find it: The Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton
Eisenbahn Lust...$25.99 / 25oz
"Eisenbahn Lust is the first beer in Brazil produced under the traditional champagne production method, the champenoise. After the first fermentation in the brewery the beer is sent to a winery, where it stays for three months and undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle. After that, the cuvee, remuage and dégorgement processes take place, ending in a fruit and refreshing beer, with a fine and persistent perlage. Ideal as an aperitif, pairing with cheeses and with desserts. The perfect beer for great celebrations." -- importer
Eisenbahn Defumada Smoke...$2.49 / 11oz
"Eisenbahn's Defumada, like the famous smoked lagers of Bamberg,Germany, is brewed with a special, smoked barley malt, giving it arich, smoky flavor and aroma." -- importer
check out their website
Odell "Single Serve Series"
In stock now! Order online
Apparently some accounts did not take their allocation.
We got cases in today at Forsyth. No limit now, buy what you want.
Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout....$13.99 / 750ml
"This limited edition offering begins with a full-bodied imperial stout that has notes of sweet milk chocolate, smooth vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Then things get interesting. We transfer it to Kentucky bourbon barrels where it’s aged for four months to let traces of oak and caramel come forward. The bourbon barrels have a remarkable effect on the beer. In turn, the beer has a remarkable effect on the senses." -- Odell Brewing
Odell Mountain Standard Reserve '09....$13.99 / 750ml
"This is more than a limited edition offering. It’s an enigma in liquid form. At first it looks like a deep mahogany ale, then you take your first sip and notice its distinct hoppy character. We begin with a ridiculous amount of Cascade and Chinook hop varietals from Western Colorado and bring out their flavor with the hop back. Then we double dry hop for even more of that aroma you love. The result is an unforgettable beer from the forgotten time zone." -- Odell Brewing
Odell Woodcut No.3....$24.99 / 750ml
"American oak plays a predominant role in Woodcut No. 3. Crystal, and Cara malts marry with Munich malts to create a pleasing red hue and a satisfying sweetness. Notes of raisin, rich caramel and toasted almond complement the hop pairing as a prominent oak aroma completes it all. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited-edition beer made with select hops, fine malted barley and our brewers careful aging process.
In the fall of 2007, we received our first shipment of oak barrels from Canton Cooperage in Kentucky. The barrels, cut from new American oak, were specifically crafted with a medium toast to give beer added flavor and depth. The Woodcut series of barrel-aged beers was born. Woodcut offerings are crafted with select hops and malted barley on our pilot brewing system. After fermentation, the beer is chilled and then transferred to the oak barrels for aging. As the beer ages, the wood imparts unique and complex flavors. Brewers evaluate various barrel blends, carefully selecting the blend to bottle. Woodcut ales are then bottled conditioned in 750ml Belgian-style bottles with a cork-and-cage finish." -- Odell
of the Jacobite Rebellion. A strong ale based on an ancient recipe, Jacobite Ale is
spiced with hops as well as another traditional and ancient seasoning: coriander.
Deep brown color; rich aroma of spice, chocolate and leather; full, creamy body.
Exotic, engaging finish with notes of warmth and oak. ABV: 8.0%" -- importer
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
(I am told Aperol sells more than Campari in Italy)
Aperol (similar to Campari) is traditionally served with a splash of Sparkling water and an orange slice. (or substitute Prosecco for the sparkling water)
Info from their website
Aperol was launched by the Barbieri company, based in Padua, in 1919 on the occasion of the Padua Exhibition - introducing the revolutionary idea of an aperitif with an alcohol content of only 11%. After the second world war, it really took off, becoming a major success in Italian homes and bars. Today it is enjoyed by over 3.4 million Italians and is available in every bar and main food retailer in the country.
Aperol's unique flavour and colour is achieved through a subtle blend, with a perfect balancing of different erbs and roots.
The ingredients' quality allows a very low alcoholic strength: 11%Vol.
A secret recipe that has been unchanged since its first creation in 1919.
Please note: the bitter and sweet Aperol taste is not a banality, it is perfectly "aperitivo".
Click here for drink recipes
"Clean, crisp and flinty, with green apple, lime, quince and spicy hazelnut notes that are pure and focused, gaining depth on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 5,500 cases made. –JL"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
"The non-malolactic barrel-fermented, green/gold-colored 2007 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch offers loads of tropical fruit, pear, and honeysuckle characteristics in its full-bodied personality. The oak component has been downplayed over recent vintages, and the wine is all the better for it, displaying gorgeously pure fruit. It should drink nicely for 2-4 years. This family-owned winery routinely fashions exceptional wines from their Stags Leap vineyards. Moreover, they have long been the reference point for what can be achieved in Stags Leap. My highest compliments to this great winery."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
2007 Pahlmeyer SONOMA Chardonnay....$66.99
"For starters, the 2007 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast may be one of Pahlmeyer’s finest Chardonnays to date (it’s coming right on the heels of their two brilliant 2006 Chardonnays). Most of the fruit comes from the Ritchie Vineyard, a site from which Mark Aubert also produces incredible wines. This 1,600-case cuvee is fashioned from the old Wente and Mt. Eden clones. Like the finest California Chardonnays, it reveals a light greenish hue to its straw color in addition to a beautiful perfume of nectarines, brioche, subtle smoke, crushed rocks, and gobs of white peach and pineapple fruit. This full-bodied beauty should drink easily for 5-6 years."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
2005 Pahlmeyer Red....$299.99 / MAGNUM
"The 2005 Proprietary Red is significantly better than what I tasted last year, although I certainly gave it a high score. This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25-30+ years It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
It is a blend from the 7 main distilleries of Islay:
Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Laphroig.
Black Bottle Scotch....$15.99 / 750ml
"Being ordinary is easy. Just keep your head down, follow the crowd, do as you’re told, never complain and stick to the straight and narrow. Safe, secure, straightforward. Painless, pedestrian and predictable. But dull, deadly dull.
And then there’s Black Bottle, a singular dram that stands up, demands attention and delivers huge chewy mouthfuls of flavour that cannot be ignored. Never reserved for feint praise, it’s adored by the critics, loved across the land and inspires the kind of passionate devotion that can last a lifetime. Ordinary it is not.
Capturing the very essence of Islay in an artful marriage all seven of the island’s classic malts alongside some of the finest grain available, this is a blend to savour. Every sip is a celebration, every glass an occasion, every mouthful is smooth, full-bodied and uncompromising.
Being extraordinary may not be easy, but it’s so much more satisfying. Dare to be different, insist on Black Bottle every time.
Black Bottle’s much lauded taste profile proudly wears its North East heritage on its sleeve.
While the taste is now skilfully crafted from the worlds renowned Islay malts, the original blend was cut from the peaty bogs of the Aberdeenshire crofters and washed by the salty seafront warehouses where the Aberdeen fishermen docked. Married within these bullish tastes and lightening the blend is a Speyside sweetness known throughout the world for its delicate footprint.
These tastes combine to create a dram that makes no apology for its complex character and consistently tips a wink at its Islay cousins, remembering a time when the fishermen of the North East stowed a Black Bottle in their cabins for a reminder of home." -- Black Bottle Website
Monday, December 28, 2009
Featuring Certified Sommelier, Angela Ortmann
Angela, STLwinegirl (http://www.stlwinegirl.com/) and recently named “goddess of wine” by Sauce Magazine, is an independent wine and food consultant.
$25 per class
February 4 -- Introduction to Wine: Demystifying the World of Wine
February 11 - Introduction to Wine: Demystifying the World of Wine
(same class, two chances to attend)
Covering the basics of wine including varietals, regions, wine making, components of wine, handling, serving, storage, cork vs. screwcap, when to decant
(same class, two weeks to choose from)
Here is what we will taste:
Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut
Big House Pink
Calistoga Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
Rodney Strong Chardonnay
Mandolin Pinot Noir
Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon
Martin Bros. Moscato Allegro
February 18 - Basics of Tasting Wine and Aroma Training
How to smell and taste wine, how to identify the aromas and flavors in wines, using the proper glassware, breaking down dry vs. sweet, tannins and acidity
February 25 - Old World vs. New World
How Does the U.S. Stack Up?
Learn and compare the differences in wine making styles and wines from European and domestic regions
White Bordeaux/Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc
White Burgundy/Napa Chardonnay
Germany/Washington State Riesling
Red Bordeaux/California Meritage
Red Burgundy/Oregon Pinot Noir
Italian Primitivo/Lodi California Zinfandel
March 4 - Price points
Popular wines shown in 3 different price points
under $15 ~ $15 to $30 ~ $30 to $50
March 11 - Worldly Whites
Showcasing the same varietals from 3 different regions of the world
Sauvignon Blanc - Loire Valley, New Zealand, South Africa
Chardonnay - Chablis, Chile, Central Coast California
Pinot Grigio/Gris - Italy, Alsace, Oregon
March 18 - Ravishing Reds
Showcasing the same varietals from 3 different regions of the world
Pinot Noir - Burgundy, New Zealand, Russian River Valley California
Syrah/Shiraz - Rhone, Australia, Central Coast California
Grenache - Chateauneuf du Pape, Spain, Mendecino California
March 25 - Everything Pink, Bubbly and Sweet
Taste through different sparklers, roses, and dessert wines.
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO, 63105
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Price: $25 / person
Reservations Required -- click here
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The new vintage has arrived
Fullers 2008 Vintage Ale
"Our 12th Vintage features two of our favourite English hop varieties, Northdown and Challenger. These, combined with floor malted Maris Otter malt, produce a rich fruit aroma laced with dark orange hop notes. A full luxurious mouthfeel is finished off with a satisfying alcohol warmth." -- Vintage Ale 2008
"Vintage Ale is a truly distinguished bottle-conditioned ale, crafted by Fuller’s Head Brewer, John Keeling. Each vintage is a blend of that year’s finest malt and hops, and of course our unique yeast, creating a unique limited edition brew.
Bottle conditioning means that a little yeast is left in the bottle after bottling, which will mature slowly over time like a fine wine or whisky - well beyond the best before date that we are obliged to state. Here at Fuller's, we recently opened (in the interests of research, of course) a few bottles of old Vintages: they tasted better than ever so stock up now and you'll be glad you did in years to come! " -- Fullers
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
"The unfined, unfiltered 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve spends two years in French oak and another year in the bottle before being released. This cuvee has a long track record of aging (the 1990 and 1991 are still going strong). The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2006 offers notes of new saddle leather, black currants, autumnal vegetation/forest floor, cassis, and cherries, superb richness, and a full-bodied, powerful finish. Cellar it for 5-6 years, and drink it over the following 25 years."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Eloge Proprietary Red Wine....$79.99
"The 2006 Eloge’s dark plum/ruby color is followed by a sweet kiss of plum, black cherry, earth, licorice, and spice box, a medium to full-bodied wine, abundant tannin, and impressive concentration, purity, and overall complexity. Reasonably evolved, and extremely seductive aromatically, with a slightly structured finish, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 15 years. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot."
2007 Anderson's Conn Valley Right Bank....$53.99
"Composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the inky/purple-hued 2007 Right Bank exhibits a celestial bouquet of blue and black fruits interwoven with notions of camphor, spice, subtle smoke, and incense. Full-bodied, powerful, youthful, and ageworthy, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age, and should drink well for three decades. These brilliant 2007s are some of the strongest efforts that have emerged from Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards over the last decade."
Rated 95-97/100 The Wine Advocate
2007 Beau Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet....$49.99
"A very good value in top-flight Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is Beau Vigne’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it exhibits a dark ruby/purple color in addition to abundant amounts of creme de cassis and floral characteristics, full-bodied power, supple tannins, a layered mouthfeel, and a long, savory finish. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 15+ years."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
2007 Beau Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.....$96.99
"More backward and structured, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve possesses copious black fruit, licorice, and forest floor notes as well as a boatload of tannin. While neither as charming nor accessible as the Juliet, it needs 3-4 years of cellaring, and should last for two decades thereafter."
Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate
2006 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon....$134.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
2006 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate....$129.99
"The prodigious 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate showcases this extraordinary area. Blue fruits intermixed with black raspberries, black currants, blackberries, camphor, spring flowers, and a forest floor-like character contribute to the complex aromatics. Opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, and seamlessly constructed with superb integration of wood, tannin, alcohol, and acidity, this beauty will be even better with 5-7 years of bottle age, and should last 30 or more years."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
2007 Far Niente Chardonnay....$39.99
"Far Niente’s beautiful 2007 Chardonnay Estate offers up copious aromas of lemon blossoms, poached pears, and brioche, crisp acidity, a hint of tropical fruits, a greenish-light gold color, and medium to full-bodied, elegant, pure flavors. It should drink well for 3-4 years."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
2006 Maybach Materium....$119.99
"Virtually all Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Materium boasts complex notes of lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, licorice, new saddle leather, and loamy soil undertones. The wine possesses extraordinary purity and texture as well as full-bodied power, elegance, sweet, velvety tannins, and impeccable balance. It can be drunk now and over the next 25+ years."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
2008 Orin Swift "The Prisoner"....$34.99
I love what he’s done with his 2008 The Prisoner, a blend of 46% Zinfandel, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache. With over 15% alcohol, this is a big, sexy, fruit bomb boasting abundant amounts of black, blue, and red fruits along with pepper, spice box, earth, and herbs. It tastes like the unmanipulated essence of the fruit of a Mediterranean vineyard. Soft tannins, medium to full body, and a heady mouthfeel make this a seductive wine to enjoy over the next 2-3 years."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate
2006 Phelps Insignia....$186.99
"The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16,000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine, it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, black currants, charcoal, black olives, and graphite. Full-bodied, pure, and rich with moderately high tannins, it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St.-Julien. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2045."
Rated 95+/100 The Wine Advocate
2007 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon....$106.99
"Displaying a more saturated ruby/purple hue, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers a sweet perfume of blueberries, black raspberries, black currants, and spring flowers. More open aromatically than on the palate, it reveals medium to full body, and an elegant, finesse-styled personality. Togni’s wines always have a Bordeaux-like structure. It is a gracious, savory effort that should age for 20-25 years."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
As many people mentioned in the comments on STLHops.com, we might not have Stone here, but we have an amazing array of beers to choose from here in St. Louis. Just tonight at the store we had the pleasure of drinking Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA, Odells Bourbon County Stout, Odells Mountain Standard Mahogany Ale, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Cappucino. How fun is it to taste and talk with customers and friends comparing Hop Stoopid with Double Trouble -- that is what it is all about! Both fresh and delicious. The night before we were drinking BrewDog Chaos Theory and Dogma plus some Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Lagunitas Maximus. All very sought after beers around the country.
Count our blessings -- Look what we get in St. Louis.....
Bells (16 + different brews-Two Hearted, Expedition Stout, Double Cream Stout, Third Coast Old Ale, HOPSLAM -- just weeks away)
Founders (Porter, Breakfast Stout, Backwood Bastard, Imperial Stout, Devil Dancer, Reds Rye, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (March 2010), Canadian Breakfast Stout plus more)
Odells (Woodcut 1,2, and 3, Single Serve Series, plus all their classics)
Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, New Holland, Moylans, Southern Tier, Mikkeller, Nogne, BrewDog, Dieu du Ciel, Fantome, and Cantillon
Plus local favorites like Schlafly, O'Fallon, and Boulevard. All 3 have amazing stuff and even more stuff up their sleeves. O'Fallon starting "big beers", Schlalfly AIPA and Reserve Series, and Boulevard Smokestack Series plus the collaboration with Orval.
I see how lucky we are everyday. It is fun to see people from other states coming to our store to stock up on beers that they cannot get back in their home state. Just today, I talked to customers from Oklahoma, Georgia, Michigan and Kentucky (plus plenty of Illinois customers) filling up cart loads of beer to take back home.
Here is their video announcement from Stone's Blog.....
Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA....$8.49 / 4pk
Bottled November 24, 2009
"An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish." -- Founders
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer.com
order Founders online
Monday, December 21, 2009
We have been lucky to be getting Odell beers in Missouri for many years now. They only distribute in 8 states.
Order Odell online now!
Odell Easy Street Wheat 6pk
Light and refreshing, Easy Street Wheat is an unfiltered American-style wheat beer. Leaving in the yeast gives the beer a nice, smooth finish and a slightly citrusy flavor. Easy Street Wheat gets its name by brewers “taking it easy” and not filtering the beer. However, for ultimate enjoyment, we encourage you to work just a little harder in pouring it: pour 2/3 of the beer into a glass, swirl what’s left to stir up the yeast, then pour the rest and enjoy.
Odell Levity Amber Ale 6pk
Levity is our lighter take on the amber ale. Munich and honey malts give it a full-bodied flavor and a happy-go-lucky personality. Then we let the finishing hops shine, for a beer that’s crisp instead of bitter. Levity was named by our brewers partly for its light color – and partly for the way it just refuses to take itself too seriously. Hey, we could all use a little levity once in a while.
5.1% Alc. by Vol.
Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale 6pk
The distinctive hop character of our 5 Barrel Pale Ale is due to the extraction of essential oils from select hops. We treat 5 Barrel Pale Ale to an infusion of fresh whole hop flowers in the Hop Back and the Fermentor, as well as four hop additions during the kettle boil. We like how this gives the beer a fresh, lively flavor and aroma.
5.2% Alc. by Vol.
Odell 90 Shilling 6pk
We introduced 90 Shilling, our flagship beer, at our opening party in 1989. For a while, we’d been wondering what would happen if we lightened up the traditional Scottish ale? The result is an irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale. The name 90 Shilling comes from the Scottish method of taxing beer. Only the highest quality beers were taxed 90 Shillings. A shilling was a British coin used from 1549 to 1982. We think you’ll find this original ale brilliantly refreshing, and worth every shilling.
5.3% Alc. By Vol.
Odell IPA 6pk
We took the traditional IPA, originally shipped from England to India in the 1700’s, and made it bolder and more flavorful – American Style. We’ve added new varieties of highly aromatic American hops to create a distinctive bitterness profile and an incredible hop character.
7.0% Alc. by Vol
Odell Cutthroat Porter 6pk
Not quite a stout but definitely no lightweight, Cutthroat Porter is smooth and robust. Inspired by the classic London porters, we use dark roasted malts to create a deep, rich color and flavor that hint at chocolate and coffee. We named it Cutthroat Porter as our tribute to the Colorado state fish – with its own rich heritage and unmistakable dark coloring. And while we’re big fans of small batches, here’s to the currently threatened Cutthroat population reaching mass quantities.
4.8% Alc. by Vol.
Rated 96/100 Malt Advocate
Rittenhouse Rye 23 year old....$149.99
Beers of the World Sampler Pack...$13.99
(8 beers in an attractive box with handle)
Beer selection varies.
Great gift for the Holidays.
Get eight great craft beers from the U.S. and around the world.
To keep the beer fresh, we are only making 12 at a time. Call first if you need large quantites and we will get them ready.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Monday --- 9am-7pm
Tuesday --- 9am-7pm
Wednesday --- 9am-7pm
Thursday --- 9am-4:00pm
Friday --- Closed for Christmas
Saturday --- 9am-7pm
Sunday --- Closed
Great story from last Saturday. A customer came in and was a little upset that last month he bought a Single Malt Scotch for $64.99 a bottle and then he said he bought the SAME scotch last week and it was only $45.99. He had both receipts to show me and was wondering why he paid $65 the first time? I took a look at the receipts and sure enough, the $45.99 he purchased last week was correct from OUR store, but the receipt for $65 was from ANOTHER wine shop in the area. We were $20 a bottle cheaper on the SAME Scotch. He said we earned a customer for life!
We have been telling people for years that our prices cannot be beat!! Please recommend our store to your friends and family. We survive on word of mouth as we do not have the advertising budget of the big chains. I am still shocked when I see "sale" prices and they are higher than our regular prices. Do not believe that "on sale" means the cheapest price or even a good price---not only for wine and liquor, but for furniture, electronics and many other consumer goods.
We appreciate your business! Thanks for another great year!!
Friday, December 18, 2009
If you have a facebook account -- click here to see the video
"The hop plant: in Latin humulus lupulus. Lovely, aromatic hops are what this aromatic ale is all about.Just two years ago, Pablo Vijande and friends founded Spain's first commercial craft brewery in the small town of Seva, north of Barcelona at the foot of the Montseny mountains. For years Pablo has been the odd man out in wine-drinking Spain, where no hops or barley for malting are grown. He sold home-brewing materials, ran an instructional brewer's festival, and even worked as a volunteer in an English ale brewery for a spell -- all the time saving up money to start up CCM.
So far, the brewery has focused primarily on three year-round beers, and these three are the first to arrive in the U.S. They are all in English styles, naturally, all made with great care and the best ingredients, and all brewed to the sound of Flamenco music reverberating through the small, spartan brewhouse in Seva. The hops they throw into the kettle at CCM are mostly Nugget, not the noblest of varieties, but the one most widely used by the larger more established Spanish breweries. Pablo feels that they give the beer a particularly Spanish character. The yeast is a complex English strain, which, like so many British tourists, is really flourishing in the hospitable climate around Barcelona.The province of Catalonia is the epicenter of true beer appreciation in Spain, and that's where all of Pablo's beers have been sold -- until now, of course. For the U.S., the CCM beers have been outfitted with new labels based on the painting of Joan Miró, whose rich, quirky, mysterious work is emblematic of Barcelona and Catalonia. (We at Shelton Brothers just love the simple things in life: art and beer.)" -- Importer
Montseny Lupulus Iberian Ale....$4.49 / 330ml
Beer style: IBER ALE – top-fermented lager style of our country. With this top-fermented beer we rediscover the traditional beers of our Iberian ancestors (Archaeological sites: The village of Geno (Lleida) dates to 1,000 BC Bronze Age; Can Sadurni Begues (Barcelona) dates to 3000 BC Neolithic Age). The recipe includes malts and hops used in current high-consumption domestic beers of the Pilsen style (bottom-fermented) or Lager family. Tasting notes: All the intensity of hops in combination with Pilsen malt, to quench the thirst.
Malt: Pilsen, wheat and caramel
Hops: Cascade, Fuggles, Nugget, Target and Styrian Golding. Yeast.
Monteseny Negra Stout...$4.49 /330ml
Beer style: STOUT ALE – Top-fermented dark Irish stout with 4 cereal grains (barley, wheat, oats and rye). It is a style known worldwide for the Guinness brand, but in its more natural state (without filtering or pasteurising) it is known as Real Ale.
Tasting notes: Combines the complexity of toasted flavours with the mellowness of the cereals to give rise to a nutritious and regenerative beer.
Malts: Pale Ale, crystal, chocolate, coffee, caramel and black malt; Cereals: toasted barley, flakes of barley, wheat, oats and rye.
Hops: Hallertau Hersbruck, Northern Brewer and Styrian Golding. Yeast.
Pietra Corsican Chestnut Ale....$6.99 / 750ml
"Pietra beer, the first beer Brasserie Pietra brewed, is a bottom-fermenting amber ale brewed with chestnut flour, mixed into the malt during mashing. It was important to founders Dominique and Armelle Sialelle that this beer include chestnuts, as they are a symbol of Corsica. They write on on their website: "In Corsica, chestnut trees are almost sacred. They are called “bread trees” or even the “tree of life”. “From birth till death, a Corsican’s whole time is lived under the influence of the chestnut tree”. This old saying illustrates perfectly the Corsicans’ fondness for this splendid tree. Corsica has even been called “the civilisation of the chestnut tree”. Corsica is one of the last regions in Europe where the dried fruit of the chestnut tree is still made into flour which is then used in many different dishes: the delicious pulenta or different types of cakes, nicci...As you can see, the sweet chestnut is used as a cereal in Corsica. And beer is mainly a matter of water and cereals...The sweet chestnuts used in making Pietra beer come from a chestnut orchard in Castagniccia, probably the highest in Europe at over 1,000 metres altitude. The fruits are picked up by hand in the traditional fashion then brought down – in part on donkeys’ backs for those trees are in the most difficult spots – then sorted by hand. This guarantees high-quality flour, coming from a totally natural growing process and age-old skills."The chestnut flour makes Pietra "strong and woody, with a delicate bitterness". A lovely taste of the island of Corsica." -- importer
Pietra Colomba....$6.99 / 750ml
"A perfectly refreshing and full-flavored wheat beer, made with beguiling herbs and spices that grow naturally on the mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica - Corsica, the birthplace of Napoleon, and a place of striking contrasts that displays at once a lush French Riviera-style sophistication, and warm-blooded Italianate passion and intrigue." -- back label
Inveralmond Ossian Ale....$4.99 / 500ml
"Ossian, Son of Fingal, was a legendary 3rd century Scottish warrior. Sir Walter Scott wrote:
’In this still glen, remote from men, Sleeps Ossian, in the narrow glen’This superb golden ale continues to win awards including, in its cask version, the Champion Beer of Scotland. It is perilously smooth and drinkable with distinct nutty tones and fruitiness. First Gold, Perle and Cascade hops create our unique spicy orange zesty aroma and refreshing flavour." -- brewery
Ise Kadoya has made miso and soy sauce according to ancient tradition in a centuries-old wood building in old Ise for hundreds years, and now brews beer in small batches in the same traditional, natural way.
Ise Kadoya Brown Ale....$7.49 / 500ml
"After our success at the 2003 Australian International Beer Awards, our brewmaster, Mr. Nakanishi, set his sights on creating a beer that would exceed the successes of our Pale Ale. The result was Brown Ale. By using the ideal combination of four different kinds of hops. Wonderfully layered, Brown Ale has a delightfully broad range of aromas and flavors that compared with Pale Ale, is slightly more complex and richer. This complex yet smooth ale is a testament to Ise Kadoya’s continuous efforts to creating a better beer."" - importer
Ise Kadoya Stout....$7.49 / 500ml
"Heavily roasted black and chocolate malts are added to our Pale base malt to create a uniquely bitter and rich finish to our Stout. With a rich, coffee-like texture and a dry and smooth finish, it’s the perfect winter companion with any of our winter oyster dishes. And if that weren’t enough, it makes the perfect black and tan along with our Pale Ale."" - importer
Available online also
Mahrs Saphir Weiss....$4.49 / 500ml
Extra Hoppy Amber Weiss
"Mahr's master brewer Stephan Michel has a new love -- an exciting and saucy new variety of Hallertauer hop called Saphir, German for "sapphire". There's a metric ton of Saphir hops in this ground-breaking Weiss." -- back label.
2009 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
"We aged this Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels, which contribute caramel and oak flavors to balance the roasty maltiness of the stout. This 2009 vintage will age well in a cool, dark place for several years but is ready to enjoy now. Try it with a piece of chocolate and see why we went to the trouble." -- label
2009 Schlafly Ale Aged on Oak Barleywine
"This Barleywine-style ale was aged on oak, adding a nutty, roasty-flavor to the sweet bready character of the ale. This 2009 vintage will age well for several years but is ready to drink now. Enjoy it with spicy dishes and grilled meats -- especially game-to bring out its best flavors." -- label
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Meet Dan Kopman Co-Founder and Vice President
He will be on hand to talk about and taste....
Here is what we will taste:
2009 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
2008 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
2007 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
2006 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
2009 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
2008 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
2007 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
2006 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
Plus Schlafly Christmas Ale
(not at all stores call 314-727-8788 for info, we can transfer to the store closest to you)
"Wine needs to breathe. Wine which has been allowed to breathe tastes better. As wine breathes, it opens up, and releases its intended aromas and flavors. Traditionally, decanters were used to aerate wine. However, decanting is time consuming, cumbersome, and inconvenient. Vinturi's patent pending design speeds up this process with ease and convenience. Perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass. All the taste with none of the wait. Simply hold vinturi over a glass and pour wine through. Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. You'll notice a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and smoother finish. It's that fast. It's that easy." -- Vinturi
9 vials of the most common essences (tastes) found in wine, including fruity and oak
9 essence coasters for identifying specific wine tastes
2 tasting glasses for sampling wine essences
36 vials of the most common aromas found in wine, including dark chocolate and apple
36 aroma cards describing scents and the specific wines in which they are present.