Saturday, October 31, 2009

Food and Beer Pairing Class

Tuesday November 10 -- 6:30pm-7:45pm
at Provisions Gourmet Market

“Beer and Food Tasting”
Pairing rare beers of the world with fantastic food!

Five dishes with five paired beers for only $25!

For your enjoyment and education, we have "paired" two outstanding talents, Angela Ortmann, Certified Sommelier, and Scott Phillips, Executive Chef.

Menu coming soon

Since we are not limited to only one brewery as many food and beer pairings are, this should be a great event.  We have over 900 beers to choose from in our store.   We are planning to use some of the more rare and interesting beers that we have available to us.

Time: 6:30p – 7:45p
More details: Call Scott or Samantha, 314-989-0020.

Place: Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO

Payment is required at time of reservation. You may cancel up to 7 days prior to the class. No refunds after that date.

Reservations required
Call Samantha at 314-989-0020

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another fresh hop...

Left Hand Warrior IPA...$5.69 / 22oz
Warrior IPA with Colorado Fresh Hops
"The vibrant aromatics and flavors that are derived from the use of exuberant amounts of fresh flower hops are what helps create and set apart this most unique beer. New this year (besides the kick-ass new logo) is the fact that 100% of the Fresh Hops are grown right here in Colorado – from Rising Sun Farms in Paonia, CO (there are a few other varieties from our hop farm here @ the brewery, as well as from local growers right here in our area, but the majority are Cascades). We use Warrior hops for bittering, and Goldings for dry hopping. True to our fundamental belief system, the strong hop character is balanced by a strong malt foundation, allowing for an approachable, drinkable IPA that finishes amazingly clean. The beer is full-bodied, bronze in color, and tips the scales at 6.6% alcohol by volume and 60 IBU’s. Available in 22 oz. bombers and kegs. Modern Brewery Age’s December 2007 edition said “Warrior IPA takes no prisoners. It slays lesser brews…superb in every respect.” -- Left Hand 

Our first shipment of Pale Ale...

Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale....$8.49 / 6pk
Bottled Ocotber 22, 2009!
A testament to Cascade hops in a bottle. This medium-bodied pale ale has a distinctive floral hop aroma and refreshing citrus flavor. You’ll notice a slight malty sweetness with a balanced hop finish. Perfect to enjoy anytime, anywhere -- brewery

In stock at Forsyth now....

Thursday, October 29, 2009

We are excited to anounce the arrival of duganA

Avery DuganA IPA...$6.99 / 22oz

Bottled October 22, 2009
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
-- The latest edition to the great Avery IPA lineup.

A truly transcendental hop experience
Boulder, Co – After two years of experimentation, numerous test batches and countless tasting sessions, Avery Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of their much anticipated duganA IPA. Brutally bitter, dank, piney and resinous, this 8.5% abv monster offers a mystical and divine hop experience with 93 IBUs of hop goodness.
In the summer of 2007, as fervent devotees of hops and preachers of the profound art of the IPA, we found ourselves in the pleasant dilemma of wanting an IPA to drink that was somewhere in between Avery IPA and The Maharaja Imperial IPA. Enlightened, a test batch commenced immediately, and our two-year quest to create a truly transcendental hop experience was born.
“duganA IPA stemmed from our need for a more sessionable version of The Maharaja Imperial IPA. We wanted to capture the huge hop flavor of Maharaja and package it in a form that could be drank with more regularity” said Adam Avery, President and Brewmaster of Avery Brewing. He added, “many in the beer community will say that the world doesn’t need another IPA, but by putting our heads, palates and creative minds together, we were sure that we could make a very positive addition to our quiver of IPA’s and build progressively on what is available in the market. I think we did just that with duganA. We’re just beer lovers who can’t stop ourselves from making new beers. Quest is a bit cliche, but yes, that’s the only way to describe it: a maniacal quest for hop perfection.” --

Available online now

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Autographed Photo -- Raffle

Joan K. from Crystal city won the picture -- Congrats!!

Amazing Photo -- the original with the autographs should be arriving at Forsyth today or tomorrow.

Drawing is only 1 week away. Wednesday October 28 (you do not need to be present to win)
Since our Cardinals are not going to win the World Series this year, get this rare piece of history from their last World Series Victory!!!
Only $10 for a chance to win this photo valued at over $1500

Here is a copy of the picture without the autographs.

Order Raffle Tickets online now!

Proceeds benefit St. Louis Stray Rescue

Autographed 2006 World Series Champs Locker Room Celebration
(16 x 20 Photo)
Autographed by some of your favorites from the 2006 World Series Champs Locker Room Celebration.

This is a rare piece with autographs from Pujols, Carpenter, Edmonds and Molina all on one photo.
Come to the store and check out all of these autographs on the photo....
Hand signed by Gary Bennett, Chris Carpenter, Chris Duncan, MVP David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Tony LaRussa, Jason Marquis, Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, Scott Spiezio, Jeff Suppan, So Tagucchi, and Brad Thompson.

Stop by the Wine and Cheese Place (currently just Forsyth or Provisons) and purchase a $10 Raffle Ticket
(We have a copy of the photo at both stores)

We will draw the name on October 28 and contact the winner via phone/email.

Raffle Tickets are $10 per ticket, purchase as many as you like.
(must be paid in cash, no limits per person)
Proceeds to benefit St. Louis Stray Rescue.

More info call 314-727-8788

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The wait is over...Van Twee

Here is a look at the label and the description:

De Proef (Belgium) collaboration with Bell's Brewery (Michigan)  Van Twee has arrived.

Van Twee Belgian Ale....$14.99 / 750ml
- Dark Belgian Ale Brewed with Cherry Juice

John Mallet - Bell's Brewery
Dirk Naudts - De Proef Brouwerij

"Ingredients and techniques from two different areas come together to produce the beer in this bottle. Van Twee (From Two) is the remarkable result of a collaboration between two breweries known for extreme innovation: Bell's Brewery of Kalamazoo, MI and De Proef Brouwerij of Lochristi, Belgium.
Special emphasis was placed on using ingredients from both Belgium and Michigan in designing this beer. Michigan is renowned for producing sour, dark cherries of superior quality, and a significant quantity of cherry juice was added to the brew. Deep hued Belgian candi sugar adds to the complex flavor of the beer. The sugar used for bottle conditioning came from native Michigan sugar beets. A finishing fermentation with the vinous Brettanomyces strain of yeast complements the unique New Zealand hop variety Nelson Sauvin.
The result is broadly a cherry infused 'mash-up' of the Porter and Dubbel styles, brewed to an original gravity of 1.072 and fermented with multiple strains of yeast. Each ingredient used brings a subtle hint of varied fruit such as plum/prune from the roasted malts; gooseberry/grape from the hops' pear/banana from the yeast and specialty sugar; and of course cherry. These flavors are wrapped in a rich and complex roasted malt base that imparts flavors reminiscent of chocolate and coffee-much like the famous filled chocolates of Belgium.
We hpe you enjoy drinking this beer as much as we enjoyed making it for you." -- label

Order De Proef online -- click here

We are still able to get these great beers from the series!!

De Proef Signature Ale...$13.99 / 750ml

Collaboration with Tom Arthur, the head brewery, at The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing
"A unique collaboration with noted San Diego brewer Tomme Arthur. A complex hybrid of aggressively hopped west coast IPA, combined with traditional Belgian brettanomyces fermentation. Strong citrus hop notes followed by hints of sourness and delicate spice and a long fimish. July 2007 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer club. 94 points - World Beer Championships." - importer Original Gravity: 1076 IBU's: 45-50 ABV: 8.5%

De Proef Signature Ale Les Deux Brasseurs...$15.99 / 750ml

Collaboration with Allagash
This is an exciting brewery and brew -- don't miss it!!
"Commercial Description: Golden ale Fermented with Multiple strains of Brettanomyces yeast. Collaboration with Allagash"
Rated 98/100 percentile from
"Les Deux Brasseurs 8.5% abv. Our Brewmaster, Jason Perkins had the honor of traveling to Belgium in early March to collaborate on Les Deux Brasseurs with Dirk Naudts of De Proef Brouwerij. Les Deux Brasseurs meaning The Two Brewers; represents the joining of two cultures. Les Deux Brasseurs is a Golden Ale fermented with two strains of Brettanomyces. Our Brettanomyces, discovered and isolated at our location was flown in fresh for this special occasion. With Dirk’s favorite strain of Brettanomyces, the beer was brewed using Pilsner Malt and a small amount of Torrified Wheat. The Golden Ale was then hopped with German Hallertau and fermented and aged for four months. In the course of the brew it was dry hopped with Czech Saaz. The result is a beer of remarkable character with significant fruit tones, including; pear, apple and pineapple. This beer also produces the flavors of graham cracker, barnyard character and is rounded by an herbal spicy hop finish." -- Allagash Brewery

Hook Norton Twelve Days

Hook Norton Twelve Days...$4.59 / pint

"A strong, dark brown beer, offering a dominantly malty palate with nutty overtones. The finish is lyrically sweet which speaks for its strength. A fine partner to the Cheese Board." -- importer

Mikkeller Holiday Ale...

Mikkeller From/To....$12.99 / 750ml

Baltic Porter
The second Christmas porter from Mikkeller. A spiced porter with fine malt background and lovely hop aroma and flavor. The label is designed as a ‘From To’ card – fill in the names and put the bottle it under the Christmas tree. The perfect give away gift for the lazy man/woman…!

Ingredients :
Water, malt (pale, smoked, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), roasted barley, dark cassonade, hops (amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (star anise, clove, cinnamon and coriander seeds) and yeast.

Rated A- on BeerAdvocate

Order Mikkeller beers online now

New Samuel Smith...

Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo....$10.99 pint


Stingo, traditional strong ale originating in the north of England, is mentioned in literature before 1700. Samuel Smith's Stingo melds the fine history of this style with the signature elegance of the brewery. Brewed from British malt and multiple hop varieties, Stingo is fermented in open-topped stone "Yorkshire Squares," with the Samuel Smith ale yeast strain. It is then aged for over a year in oak barrels that previously held cask-conditioned ale, gaining complexity and depth from the wood. Bottle conditioning - bottling the beer with live yeast for carbonation - produces soft conditioning as well as a fruity aroma and finish; it also allows Stingo to age and develop in the bottle for many months.

Rich, deep, flavors of toffee, raisin, dried fruit, caramel; waves of flavor ascend and ebb leaving soft oak notes. Bottle conditioning creates elegant conditioning and satisfying fruitiness.

Stingo is a wonderful digestif when served alone, and also pairs well with beef, wild game, or demanding deeply-flavored foods. Try with strong aromatic cheese, pickled fish, cured meats, duck, or Kalamata olives. Serve at 55 degrees in a small nonik, or serve in a stemmed wineglass.

Twelve 18.7-ounce "Victorian Pint" bottles.

Special limited Fraoch 20th release

Available online also

Fraoch Heather Ale 20th Anniversary....$15.99 / 750ml

History of Fraoch "A long time ago, in a home brew shop not too far away……..
A lady of Gaelic decent came into the Williams owned homebrew shop in Partick, baring a translation of a 17th century recipe for “Leanne Fraoch” (Heather Ale), Inherited from her Gaelic family. It was her goal to try to recreate recipe made famous by the old legend of
the Pictish king who supposedly through himself off a cliff after the English king captured and tortured his son in an attempt to coax the recipe from the Pict King. This translated recipe was developed in homebrew size quantities by shop owner Bruce Williams to the recipe that is used today.

The company started life in 1988 with Bruce brewing our flagship beer Heather Ale, in a tiny brewery in Taynult, where we could producing no more 5 barrels per batch, just
enough to supply 5 pubs across Scotland; 2 in Edinburgh, 2 in Glasgow  andThe Clachaig Inn in Glencoe. As demand grew the project expanded  and a bigger brewery was needed to brew the larger quantities required. So the recipe was taken to the old Maclay’s brewery in the traditional Scottish brew town of Alloa. Along with Heather Ale, 4 other historic Scottish ales were developed using natural Scottish produce such as elderberries, the shoots of Scots pine, seaweed  and gooseberries. In 1998 the Heather Ale brewery moved its production of cask ales and office to Craigmill outside Strathaven where we remained for 6 years before taking over the New Alloa Brewery at Kelliebank, Alloa, where we are the last remaining brewery in the old Scottish brew capital.

"Fraoch celebrates 20 years of brewing this very special limited edition, 11% alc/val, triple version: matured in ex-sherry casks previously used to mature single malt speyside whiskey for 20 years. The resulting ale has a unique oak / sherry / whisky character, which is best appreciated slightly chilled in a large wine glass. Slainte!" -- label
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wineskin for travel --

Back in stock now!

We get a lot of requests from people about packaging a wine to go in their suitcase for travel. We now have a solution!!

Wineskin is a new product to package your wine for transporting in your suitcase. It is a thick vinyl bag lined with bubble wrap and a 3M solid seal. If the bottle happens to break in your luggage, your clothes will not get ruined with wine and glass--the bag will hold it inside.

Wineskin Bottle Protector...$2.50 each
"Introducing WineSkin® (pat.pend.), the revolutionary new product designed to provide safer transport for wine and fortified spirit products, whether purchased directly from the manufacturer, through a distributor, or at a retail location.

Consider the challenges associated with the shipment and transport of wine:
* Prohibitions against carry on liquids on flights
* Potential for breakage when packed in checked luggage
* Packaging costs associated with parcel shipments
* Other similar packaging that is bulky, clumsy and/or ineffective
* Cost

WineSkin is the solution to each of these issues. WineSkin is:
* A tough, flexible and durable plastic wrap with dialectrically sealed seams all around
* A protective, bubble-wrap interior designed to provide shock- and impact-absorption
* A dual-strip sealing system that provides a leak-proof lock against liquid loss in the * event of breakage
* Affordable

Very limited scotch...

A rare one from Macallan....

Glen Taite 19 year old....$99.99 

Macallan Distillery

The Highlands have a few different sub regions and styles- this one is considered a Speyside by location and style/profile. Macallan uses smaller pot stills that are directly fired (read fire under the still- not steam coils or jackets) and slow distillation to make it's whisky. This is also probably one of the few whiskies left that used 100% Golden Promise barley (a more expensive, lower yield, barley but resulting greater weight and taste to the malt) and five different yeast strains - a practice that stopped in the mid 1990's, making such Macallan Whiskies an endangered species that should be hunted to extinction by those who care about such things." --

"Deep golden amber color. Complex and subtle aromas of soda bread, anise cookie, melted butter, leather, praline, and lilacs follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with toffee, golden raisin puree, candied ginger and pepper spice. Finishes with a zesty, peppery dried citrus, white chocolate and mossy river stone fade. An impressively elegant and articulated single malt. (tasted on Apr-16-2009)"
Rated 93/100