Saturday, July 11, 2009

Picobrouwerij Alvinne

(side note - pico-means tiny, smaller than Micro and brouwerij means Brewery)

"Picobrouwerij Alvinne, one of the excellent new tiny breweries in Belgium, located in Ingelmuenster {Western part of Belgium, not too far away from De Dolle Brouwers & Brouwerij de Regenboog}. probably the smallest authentic brewery in Belgium right now with a batch size of about 65 cases! Established in 2003!" -- importer

Gaspar Belgian Bitter Ale...$4.49 / 11oz btl
Probably the hoppiest beer in Belgium!
Alc./Vol.: 8% alc/vol
Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Chocolate, Wheat
Hops: Challenger, Saaz, East Kent Goldings

Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned
Aroma: Fruity with strong hoppy aroma
Flavor/Taste profile: Spicy, malt-sweet, hoppy-bitter palate, with a very very long dry & bitter finish.

Podge Imperial Stout...$4.49 / 11oz btl

"Podge Belgian
Imperial Stout (10.5% ABV) Brewed at the request of English beer connoisseur Chris "Podge" Pollard (a CAMRA activist and craft beer authority), this strong stout is black in color and has a rich, silky mouthfeel and slightly spicy flavor, but very low carbonation and no head at all "for the English taste". Made with Pilsner plus six other malt varieties, crystalized sugar and dark candi sugar, and hopped with English Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops. After taste-testing of multiple strains, the Wyeast Irish Ale yeast variety was selected for this brew." -- Wikipedia

Wort is divided into four different parts with each part using a different yeast strain:- Irish yeast- English yeast- Dry yeast- “Witbread” yeast

Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Black, Chrystal, Chocolate
Hops: Challenger, Saaz , East Kent Goldings
Fermentation: 5 days
Maturation: 6 weeks
Aroma: Red wine character , licorice, dark fruits, molasse, coffee
Flavor/taste profile: Pronounced roasted/coffee/rich chocolate flavors with a touch of sourness [Stout character] combine with dark fruity flavors [Belgian influence]

Alvinne Extra IPA...$4.49 / 11oz btl
"(7.1% ABV) A dry-hopped strong golden ale. Brewed with Pilsner, wheat and caramel malts, crystalized sugar and English hops of the Fuggles, Target and East Kent Goldings varieties. 30
IBU." -- Wikipedia

Friday, July 10, 2009

So Tier Creme Brulee and Heavy Weizen

Just arrived!

Southern Tier Creme Brulee...$7.49 / 22oz
"crème brûlée Imperial Milk Stout -- “a stout of great contention”
We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition. By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew." -- brewery
10.0% abv • 25º plato • 195º L • 22 oz / 1/6 keg 2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon

Southern Tier Heavy Weizen...$5.99 / 22oz
Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale
forged with eloquent craft

"Heavy Weizen explores the inner depths of creativity and craftsmanship, taking a style of ale that is delicate and quaffable and shaping it into something exuberant and sturdy. The foundation of Heavy Weizen begins with prodigious quantities of North American malted barley and wheat. Next, the finest European hops are added to complement this ale’s unique disposition by giving it spicy aromas. Its spirit is forged during fermentation where our Bavarian weizen yeast consumes sugars and creates flavors reminiscent of bananas and cloves. then by aging this ale, we allow the divergent characteristics to blend together, becoming one. To capture Heavy Weizen’s spirit, this wheat ale remains unfiltered to leave some of the yeast in the bottle. Serving this ale with a wedge of lemon is recommended, but optional." -- brewery
8.0% abv • 4.5ºL • Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale • 22 oz / 1/2 keg / 1/6 keg

Bordeaux Values!

Who said you could not find Grand Cru St. Emilion wines that are affordable?

These are both delicious and affordable.
2004 Rol Valentin St. Emilion Grand Cru....$35.99
Next lowest price on WineSearcher is:$41.85 at Pops Wine and Spirits

"Fresh and aromatic, with blackberry, chocolate and raspberry. A gorgeous nose. Full-bodied, yet balanced and refined, with caressing tannins and a long finish. Wonderful for the vintage. Harmonious. Consistently outstanding. Best after 2010. 1,585 cases made. –JS"
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

order online

2006 Chateau Teyssier
St. Emilion Grand Cru....$22.99
“The 2006 (90), which I did not review in my report published in issue #181, is an outstanding success as well as a sleeper of the vintage. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by plenty of black fruit, licorice, earth, and spice characteristics. It should drink nicely for 8-10 years..”
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

order online

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wine Class

This Monday's wine class!
Monday, July 13
The Wines of Oregon
Chris Hoskins will lead
us through these great wines
2007 St. Innocent Pinot Gris Vitae Springs Vineyard (Willamette)
2007 King Estate Pinot Gris Oregon (Eugene, Southwest Oregon)
2005 Shea Wine Cellars Willamette Chardonnay Shea Vineyard
2005 Belle Vallee Cellars Southern Oregon Red Wine
2007 Foris Pinot Noir (Rogue Valley)
2006 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir (Willamette)
2006 Elk Cove Pinot Noir Windhill Vineyard (Willamette)
2006 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Yamhill Cuvee (Wilamette)

Reservations required
Call 314-727-8788 for reservations
Seating is limited!
Or sign up online --click here

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Breckenridge

In stock at Forsyth...
Small Batch Series --

Breckenridge Small Batch Mighty Brown....$7.99 / 22oz
"Breckenridge Brewery's Mighty Brown is a towering behemoth of a brown ale, rich, robust and full of personality. And it will go well with every other big event, meal or day in your life. Savor it. And ration it accordingly."-- brewery

Breckenridge Small Batch Extra ESB...$7.99 / 22oz
"471 ESB - Extra Special Bitter
Extra, extra? You better believe it. We like to say it’s double extra special. The balance of malt and hops makes it truly one-of-a-kind. Warming malt notes at the onset with a hop kick in the back and opens up to a nice dry finish. Our small batch ESB is a big traditional ale with characteristics that break tradition and a complexity that constantly surprises."
Yeast: Scottish Ale
Malts: English Pale, Amber, Crystal and Roasted Barley
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Fuggle
Bitterness Units: 55
Alcohol By Volume: 7.8%

Breckenridge 471 Imperial Porter....$7.99 / 22oz
Cannot find out anything on this one. It must be brand new.

Breckenridge 471 Small Batch Double Hopped IPA...$7.99 / 22oz
"471 IPA. Aggressive Hoppiness
Hoppy? Brother, 471 IPA redefines hoppy. 471 is a small batch, limited edition ale that was created by our Brewmaster to separate the weak from the strong. 471 is a double IPA, that combines Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils and Torrified Wheat malts, with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles hops. It has a big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness than you've ever had at one time. Enjoy" -- Brewery

Yeast: British Ale Yeast
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils, Torrified Wehat
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Fuggles
Color: Copper
Bitterness Units: 70
Alcohol By Volume: 9.2%

All painted on label bombers

Premium cans!!

Back in stock -- fresh batch just arrived of the IPA and Pale Ale
Plus a new one---

Caldera Ashland Amber....$11.99 / 6pk cans
"A crisp, well balanced, refreshing amber. Simplicity is the key to this recipe." -- brewery

Grist: premium two row, crystal
Hops: Cascade, Galena
ABV = 5.6%

Check out their canning line ==

Caldera from Ashland, Oregon
"One thing that sets Caldera apart from many other Northwest breweries besides the beer clarity is the incorporation of fresh whole flower hops into the brewing process. Whole flower hops have a cleaner taste than pelletized hops." -- brewery

Caldera was draft only until 2005 when the starting canning their beer -- the first craft brewer in Oregon.

Why cans?
Eliminates light and oxidation (causes skunkiness)
Quality beer for float trips and other places glass is not allowed
Click for more reasons and read about the "Myth of the metallic taste".

How about some west coast hops...
Caldera I.P.A....$11.99 for 6/12oz cans
A- on BeerAdvocate (with over 70 reviews)
"An American-style Indian Pale Ale brewed with plenty of body and assertive hop profile.
Grist: premium Two Row, Munich, Crystal, Carahell
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Amarilla
ABV = 6.1%
GOLD MEDAL: Category: Strong Beer 6.0% to 7.9%

Competition: Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Fest 2008- Sweden
SILVER MEDAL:Category: American Strong Pale Ale
Competition: North American Beer Awards 2008
SILVER MEDAL: Category: India Pale Ale

Competition: Australian International Beer Awards 2008

Caldera Pale Ale....$11.99 for 6/12oz cans
A West Coast-style pale ale balancing plenty of hops with a malty backbone.Grist: Two Row, Light Munich, CrystalHops: Cascade

Caldera is a very small brewery
Last year Caldera brewed only 2,211 barrels of beer
Three Floyds about 6,000 barrels last year.
Schlafly produces about 23,000 barrels per year.
Stone Brewing produced 67,000 in 2007
Bells Brewery produces 91,000 barrels per year.
Boulevard produces 140,000 barrels per year
New Belgium produces about 440,000 barrels per year
Sierra Nevada produces about 700,000 barrels per year
Anheuser-Busch produced 24,000,000 barrels in 2007

They only distribute in Oregon, Washington, California, Virginia, Maryland, Puerto Rico and now St. Louis!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rick Ankiel Wine Notes:

In stock now -----
2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red....$55
2006 Rick Ankiel Wine with Autograph...$75
($20 is donated to St. Louis Stray Rescue)
Tasting notes:
A Note From the Winemaker:
Production: 56 cases
Composition: 57% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: 12% Beauterre, Oak Knoll Appellation, Valley Floor
10% Baker and Soda Canyon, Atlas Peak Appellation,
1500ft elevation
42% Dunlop, Napa Carneros
30% Glendale Ranch, Napa
6% Lazar Ranch, Wooden Canyon
Cooperage: 16 months in 85% French oak barrels, 10% American Oak, and 5% Hungarian Oak, (45% new barrels)
Alcohol: 15.28% alc, 3.65 pH, 0.63 TA

"This Cabernet Blend is our chance to create the best blend possible from the 2006 vintage. It allows us to use many small select lots made from specific sites farmed by the Hill Family that fall outside of the flagship Beauterre Vineyard. Blending this wine is always a challenge, as expectations are high, and the lots themselves have strong voices that do not always want to balance the way one would expect. The final blend shimmers and forms complex layers that will grow and improve for years to come. The nose takes off with really pretty blackberry and violets, some toasty oak; full, rich, and fruity with jammy berry and black licorice undertones and chewy tannin, but tasty and drinkable (palate softens and lengthens as it sits out in the glass)." -- winemaker

Rick Ankiel Wine!

Meet Rick and Lory Ankiel -- here is Rick opening the very first bottle of 2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red Wine at our last event. The first event was a great time! Get his picture and autograph. These bottles will be great gifts for the upcoming holidays and birthdays. Even plan ahead for Father's and Mother's day next year!

Order the wine online now

Rick Ankiel 2006 Napa
Valley Red Wine Party!
Hosted by Rick and Lory Ankiel
September 17, 2009

Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Street
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Join Rick Ankiel has he signs autographs of his 2006 Napa Valley Red Wine. Selected from a very limited harvest, only 56 cases of Rick's wine were bottled, making this a true wine and sports collectible. Join Rick and his wife Lory at Provisions Gourmet Market as they host this great event. Bring your camera and get pictures with Rick and he will sign autographs on his 2006 Napa Valley Red.

$25 per person
$25 includes wine tasting, a selection of finger foods provided by Chef Scott from Provisions Gourmet Market. Each couple are encouraged to purchase a minimum of 1 bottle of Rick Ankiel wine which includes an in-person autograph and personalized inscription for $75.
25% of proceeds from Rick's wine are donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis.
A number of select and truly unique sports collectibles and memorabilia pieces will also be through silent auction.

2006 Rick Ankiel Cabernet Blend
*Available With Limited Edition Autographed Winebat™...$699.99
*Limited Edition Custom Wine Box Including: The Winebat™ (Rick's game model Rawlings bat, hand-stained with "Hill Harvest Red" wine stain and autographed by Rick) & 3 bottles of Ankiel's Cabernet Blend.
*Only 100 hand-numbered boxes are available.

2006 Rick Ankiel Napa Valley Red
The Ankiels have chosen St. Louis Stray Rescue to donate part of the proceeds of the sale of the wine.

"As an elite athlete, Rick Ankiel accomplished what most said was impossible: making the switch from a starting pitcher to a star center fielder in professional baseball. His perseverance, dedication and work ethic have made him a true fan favorite in St. Louis. Off the field, Rick and his wife Lory are committed to helping animals in need and support Stray Rescue of St. Louis to ensure a safe home for all stray animals." -- back label of the wine

This is a very limited edition that will be a collector's item. This will make a great gift for any baseball lover as Rick Ankiel has always been a fan favorite for St. Louis and all of baseball!

Some websites worth checking out related to this event...
Visit Tag Sports for great sports collectibles

Rick Ankiel's website
Uncork for a Cause
St. Louis Stray Rescue