Friday, March 13, 2009

New Sierra..

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
Well, phase one is done, Federal label approval has arrived along with the picture of the label (4.8%ABV). Now we need to wait for Missouri's registration and a release date--I will keep you posted.

“The second of Sierra Nevada’s two new year round releases will be Kellerweis Hefeweizen. It is a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen that we have been working on for a number of years. We are brewing it in the old school German way, using only open fermentation and top-cropping the yeast.We have a yeast strain that is from a very small Bavarian brewery, and we are the only American brewery using this truly unique yeast....
read more about it

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Beers in Ballwin...

New Beers at our Ballwin location...
The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road in Ballwin

Some hard to get and very sought after beers have just arrived...

Black Albert -- read more
Southern Tier Jah*Va -- read more
Southern Tier Oak Aged Un*Earthly -- read more
Mikkeller Simcoe IPA Single Hopped -- read more
Rogue Kells Irish Ale

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Flemish ale...

It has been a few years since we have seen this Flemish red...
Vichtenaar Flemish Ale....$14.99 / 4pk
Vichtenaar Flemish Ale...$3.79 / 11.2oz
"VICHTENAAR from Brouwerij Verhaeghe is a traditional Flemish red-brown ale. This refreshing ale is matured in oak casks for a minimum of 8 months and bottled without any further blending. This traditional ale has a fruity sour oak notes and refreshing aftertaste. It is lively and layered with notes of Madeira, vanilla, oak and the acidity of a fresh apple." -- importer
“Vichtenaar” is a beer, brewed with roasted malts, spicey hops, fruity yeast and soft water, pumped up from a 172 m deep well, guaranteeing constant quality and pureness of the liquor. After primary and secondary lagering, “Vichtenaar” gets a ternary fermentation in oak vessels during 8 months. These oak pipes are big tuns with a capacity varying between 500 and 2500 hectolitres. “Vichtenaar” is a traditional and specific Western Flemish beer, from the northwest of Belgium. Its taste can be described as mild-sourish and suitably complex, thanks to the long lagering on oak. This tart flavour makes it eminently suitable for the hot summer months. “Vichtenaar” is one of the last Flemish “Oud bruins” that are really lagered in the oak tuns, and are as such appreciated by the connoisseur, looking for authenticity. As early as 1958 “Vichtenaar” was crowned as the top in an international concours in Gent." -- importer
Rated A- by BeerAdvocate

Sunday, March 8, 2009

French brews...

Theillier La Bavaisienne
Farmhouse Ale...$11.99 / 750ml
"A beautifully balanced Biere de Garde from France's oldest working brewery. Malty, hoppy amber ale from Brasserie Theiller Bavay, France."

Theillier La Bavaisienne Blonde...$11.99 / 750ml
"Rustic refreshing Ale from France's oldest working brewery. A bold, straw-colored Blonde from Brasserie Theillier Bavay, France...7%ABV

"French bière de garde - literally, “beer for keeping”- is hardy, big-flavored ale. It was traditionally brewed in late winter, then laid down for consumption in the summer months when the heat made brewing impossible. In the little town of Bavay, only a few miles from the border with Belgium, the Theillier family has crafted its fine bière de garde for generations. The charming brewery is built into the Theillier family home, which was constructed in the 1600’s on sturdy Roman foundations. The newest heir to the family tradition, Michel Theillier, hand-delivers this popular beer within a small area around Bavay. La Bavaisienne is artfully brewed in very small batches using a resourceful combination of ancient and more modern equipment. This rare treat is a rich amber color with a gorgeous, dense head. Hearty malt taste in perfect balance with fresh hop bitterness, and a natural hint of spiciness that is distinctly French. To be cellared and enjoyed like wine.
La Bavaisienne has won the Platinum Medal, with 99 points – the highest score ever – at the 2004 World Beer Championships.