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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Traquair House 2020

In stock now -- -- reserve some now online
Very limited release!

Traquair House 2020....$8.99 / 11.2oz

"An ale brewed to celebrate the first decade of the 21st Century and to be consumed before the end of the second decade. Traquair Brewery tiny historic and rooted with deep traditions is situated in Scotlands oldest inhabited house. Savour this authentic taste of Scotland." -- bottle

"Traquair 2010 was released earlier this year in Europe and will soon be imported to the U.S. under the name, Traquair 2020. This is a limited, one-time release with only 9,600 bottles being shipped to the U.S. It will available beginning January 1st, 2011 to commemorate the new decade (if your local liquor store is open on this holiday)." -- Beernews.org




Evan Benn's beers of the year



Evan Benn of Hip Hops picks his best beers of the year
-- read the full article - click here


And his pick of the day is Boulevard Smokestack Harvest Dance -- read more

Boulevard Smokestack Harvest Dance Wheat Wine...$8.49 / 750ml
available online also



"There was three men come out o' the west their fortunes for to try,And these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn must die,They ploughed, they sowed, they harrowed him in, throwed clods upon his head,'Til these three men were satisfied John Barleycorn was dead.
"This grim little verse belongs to one of the oldest of English folk tunes. It depicts the cultivation of barley as a series of abuses and indignities committed upon pour little John Barleycorn, who eventually triumphs, reborn as beer and whiskey. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John's cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes. And though it may appear that Miss Wheat is about to be cut down in her prime, have no fear: just pour a glass of Harvest Dance and you'll find she's alive and well."




Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Buffalo Bills Blueberry

In stock at Forsyth

Buffalo Bill's Blueberry Oatmeal Stout....$8.29 / 6pk
"A winter warmer brewed with real blueberries and oatmeal" -- label


Schlafly Vertical....

Schlafly 20th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner just arrived at Forsyth!!
I am not going to take reservations until after the tasting tonight. But is is availalbe for pick up in the store today. If there is any left after the tasting, I will take reservations.




Schlafly Vertical in stock now!!! Order online now




Check out the picture I took today of these great looking beers...





All in stock now at Forsyth!!!
2006 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$10.99
2007 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$10.99
2008 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$10.99
2009 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$10.99
2010 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$10.99

2007 Schlafly Barrel Aged Barleywine....$10.99
2008 Schlafly Barrel Aged Barleywine....$10.99
2009 Schlafly Barrel Aged Barleywine....$10.99



Schlafly Tasting with Dan Kopman
We will taste the whole vertical with Dan Kopman, one of the founders of Schlafly, on December 29th from 4:30 - 6:30.


Dan will taste these....

Pale Ale – the original Schlafly Beer – still brewed with 100% English grown hops
Verticals of the Imperial Stout and Barleywine
if that was not special enough....we will taste...
Schlafly Anniversary Vol 1 (of 4) – Imperial Pilsner -- scheduled to be released December 26th.






Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ommegang brewed in Belgium?


Ommegang just approved some new labels...now brewed in BELGIUM?
.
Hennepin "old label" says "True Belgian-Style Saison Ale" and the new one says "True Belgian Saison Ale"
New Label with "Product of Belgium"



Ommegang "old label" says "Brewed and bottled only in Cooperstown, NY" and the "new label" says "Brewed and bottled exceptionally in Belgium"


"Old Label"
"New Label"
Here is the old and new neck labels: the old one says "True Belgian Style" and the new one "True Belgian"






2011 Classes

We have started our 2011 Wine Class Schedule --

Wine Classes at The Wine and Cheese Place


Jan 13 (Thur) -- Beer/Wine paired w/cheeses
Feb 3 (Thur) -- Around the World through Cheese and Wine
Mar 3 (Thur) -- March: Classic Pairing of Wine and Cheese


Food and Wine Pairing Classes at Provisions Gourmet Market
Feb 8 (Tues) --Provisions "For Lovers (of Food and Wine)"
Mar 8 (Tues) -- Provisions Food and Wine Pairing "Irish Spring"

Reservations required --

click here to see more info

Monday, December 27, 2010

Berhheim Wheat Whiskey is back

Finally back in stock!!!

Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey...$25.99 / 750ml



Some info from their website....
What is a wheat whiskey?
A wheat whiskey is a type of straight whiskey that must contain 51% of a single type of grain, in this case soft winter wheat, plus a combination of other grains.

What makes Berhnehim different from Bourbon?
To be called Bourbon; at least 51% of the grain used in making the whiskey must be corn.

What makes Bernheim different from Wheated Bourbon?
Wheated Bourbons, such as Makers Mark and Old Fitzgerald, adhere to all of the laws governing Bourbon, but use a small amount of wheat in place of rye in their mashbill.

What makes Bernheim "America's only wheat whiskey?"
It is the first and only wheat whiskey available in the U.S. since prohibition.



Founders sold out!


Founders is empty!


This is our Founders Beer shelves -- none in stock and none at the distributor. Founders please send us some!! Founders is having trouble keeping up with demand. We have been struggling all month to have any Founders. Hopefully soon! At least we know it will be fresh!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Ommegang Gift Set



Ommegang Gift Set....$23.99



Includes a bottle each of
Ommegang BPA


"This fine pale ale has citrus and tropical fruit aromatic shared with a well-balanced – yet abundant – hop character. It uses our own Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops, and plenty of patience. Finishing touches include dry-hopping with Cascade hops and warm-cellaring."
-- Rated 96/100 RateBeer
Ommegang Triple Pefection
"Tripel Perfection. An audacious claim based on three years work at happily perfecting our take on a tripel. 8.9% ABV, lush aromas, full body, elegant tastes – with a hint of spicing – and a perfect body paired with lively effervescence. The tripel is among the most popular of Belgian ales. Brewed with simple ingredients and fierce attention, there is little room for error, but plenty of opportunity. Perfection isn’t easily achieved – but once achieved it is always memorable."

-- Rated 97/100 RateBeer
Ommegang Three Philosophers
"Three Philosophers is a remarkable limited edition strong ale brewed by Brewery Ommegang in response to a home brewer’s description of his dream beer. Realbeer.com, the internet’s largest beer website, hosted a contest called “Create a Great Beer.” Brewery Ommegang was chosen by Realbeer.com to brew the Belgian-style ale for the winning essayist. Noel Blake, a home brewer from Portland wrote the winning description for what his “dream beer” would be like."
-- Rated 99/100 Ratebeer


plus a glass.



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Crap Beer

Order Mikkeller online

Back in stock VERY RARE!!
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel...$13.99 / pint

10.9%
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A on BeerAdvocate

"This imperial Oatmeal stout is brewed with one of the world’s most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civet cats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma.
Ingredients :Water, malts, hops, yeast and Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee." -- Mikkeller




"Beer Geek Brunch from Mikkeller is the highest rated Danish beer at RateBeer.com. And with the massive media coverage up to its release in early January, demand has obviously been much higher than supply. Beer Geek Brunch is in other words almost sold out. So Mikkel is getting ready for making the next batch Beer Geek Brunch in Norway. And a huge consignment of Ca Pe Chon coffee should also be on its way. On the picture you can see Rob with a weasel-poo full of the coffee beans that are giving Beer Geek Brunch its unique taste." -- Mikkeller



"So what is special about this particular big beer (10+ % ABV)? “Shit coffee.” Here is a post from Wikipedia all about Kopi Luwak, a.k.a. Civet coffee, a.k.a. the most expensive coffee in the world. And here is the animal coffee that they are using.
“Civet coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet [...] The inner bean of the berry is not digested, but it has been proposed that enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee’s flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste. The beans are defecated still covered in some inner layers of the berry. The beans are washed, and given only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process.” - http://www.beernews.org/




Limited release!!

Fantome Noel barely makes it before the holidays.

also online

Fantome Noel....$14.99
A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal beer, at a whopping 10% alc. by volume. Reportedly spiced with honey, caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients. “Beautifully warming with an amazing, almost overwhelming, depth of character. Well balanced bittersweet, fruity ale which must surely be the ultimate winter warmer.” (The Beers of Wallonia.) Both authors of The Beers of Wallonia also give this Noël beer perfect 10’s. The alcohol content probably goes a long way toward explaining that very warm and satisfied feeling one finds on the very first sip. A rich, dark-flavored beer with lots of deep-roasted chocolate malt, but still fairly dry, with a hint of sourness at the core. It is very spicy, with some winter spruce flavor in the bargain. The wild yeast sourness also adds to its welcoming character." -- importer



Ommegang limited release...




Also online


Ommegang Adoration...$13.99 / 750ml
Strong Winter Ale

Ommegang announces our first Strong Winter Ale, named Adoration, becoming available from
mid-October through December, all across the US. Ommegang Adoration, brewed in the authentic style of Belgian winter, or noel beer, is dark, strong, malty and assertively spiced.

At 10% abv Adoration is not a lightweight beer, and is best sipped before a roaring fire, or on a sleigh ride over the hills to Grandma’s house. (But let someone else drive.) It would also be a tasty accompaniment to dark roasts and wild game. Even at the strong abv, the beer is well-balanced and not at all hot or fiery. The dark malts give it lush, malty flavors and aromas, strongly complemented by the five spices, including coriander, cumin, mace, cardamom and grains of paradise. Hopping is modest, as befits such a beer.

Ommegang Adoration is the first in a series of special beers to be released every two months
through the end of 2010. Look for Chocolate Indulgence in January-February and then an
entirely new group of beers throughout 2010.



Limited Duvel release....

A new limited release from Duvel....


Duvel Triple Hop....$18.99
Hedwig Neven, Master Brewer at Duvel Moortgat, says: "The hops impart their specific aroma and flavours to the beer. For the brewing of Duvel Triple Hop, we selected three prestigious varieties of hops: Saaz from the Czech Republic, Styrian Golding from Slovenia and Amarillo from the United States. We also use the 'dry-hopping' technique, which consists, in addition to conventional hopping, of adding additional hop cones at a later stage. That makes
the character of the beer very special: a rich range of impressions on the palate, additional hop flavours and - the most perceptible characteristic - a pervasive zesty bitterness."

Duvel, Triple Hop (Belgium)





It pours a fairly light golden colour with a huge, high rise white head. The nose is extremely
powerful, soaring from the glass with plenty of clove and coriander seed spice, touches of banana and spearmint, and a grassy background note. It strikes the palate in a thick, creamy stream, with an initial burst of sweetness quickly swept aside by a powerful, bitter hop presence. On the
mid-palate this is really chewy and dense, with citrus and spice notes and that sweetness lying just beneath. This is a very substantial beer, but the hops regain control of the finish adding a cleansing bitterness. Very fine stuff this, and worth seeking out. 9.5% ABV.





Widmer Barrel Aged Reserve Series




Widmer Barrel Aged BRRRBON...$11.99
Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Limited Release #3

THE BROTHERS' RESERVE BEERS ARE ONE-OF-A-KIND.
Each run is limited, and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. These are beers for enthusiastic beer lovers, personally crafted by two of the most enthusiastic beer lovers around. Prost!
LIMITED RELEASE #3, September 2010
Barrel-Aged Brrrbon
The third release in the Brothers’ Reserve series is Barrel-Aged Brrrbon. Following the successful release of our previous products in this line, Cherry Oak Doppelbock and Prickly Pear Braggot, we wanted to again surprise beer drinkers with a twist on our existing Brrr Seasonal Ale. For this release, we’ve taken our winter seasonal Brrr and aged it in Kentucky bourbon barrels. At 9.4% ABV, Barrel-Aged Brrrbon is an attention-grabbing beer for the enthusiastic craft beer lover. Look for it on draught and in uniquely packaged 22oz. bottles.



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Beer Tasting!

BEER TASTING!
Tonight 12/22 at Forsyth!
From 4pm-6pm.

We will taste and assortment of Holiday Ales.
Vapeur de Bises with Fig Leaves
Struisse Tseejes
La Choulette Noel
Big Sky Powder Hound
(I might subsitute if something sells out)

Plus we will also have some wine open tonight.....


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche

This one is for Islay Scotch lovers....
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock...$5.19 / pint

"Following century old recipes all malts made at the Schlenkerla brewery are dried by wood fire. While for the classic “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” traditionally beech has been – and still is – used, the malt for “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is kilned with oak wood. The resulting Oak Smoke Malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt. The hence complex smokiness in “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and Bernstein color it matures for months in the deep brewery cellars underneath Bamberg into a special treat for smoke beer lovers for Christmas." -- Rated 99 on RateBeer


Available online






Goose Island Wish List

All sold out.

Info....


  • When it arrives, I will go down the list in order until it is gone.
  • Getting on the wish list is still no guarantee you will get some.
  • We will limit it to 1 bottle of each per person. If you want to put in the notes section of your order your interest in more, you never know.
  • Goose Island Vanilla.....$11.99 / bottle
  • Goose Island Rare....$37.99 / bottle
  • I will shut down the wish list link when it I know it is way past the amount we will get.

Thanks everyone, I have stopped the list. Everyone will be contacted when the beers arrive in the next couple of days.










Bell's Batch 10,000 has arrived

Bells Batch 10,000 is here!
Limited to 3 bottles per person.

I have it up online if want to reserve some now -- click here

-- in stock at Ballwin, Forsyth, Rock Hill and Provisions now!


The last of a series, Batch 10,000 Ale looks back to our roots, symbolizing the end of the home-brewing season with a creative take on "cleaning out the brewing supplies closet". After combing through the catalogs of many malt and hop suppliers, our brewers used over 100 different malts, grains, and other fermentables, and followed them up with a blend of 60 different hop varietals between the kettle additions and dry-hopping. The resulting beer presents a deep, chocolate brown hue and offers roasted and caramel notes from the malts mixed with an assertive hop character. Sharply bitter, the beer possesses a full mouthfeel without being heavy and will withstand aging in your cellar" -- Bells







Great sparkler!!

This is Segura Viudas' best sparkler!!
Segura Viudas ARIA is made from only the finest grapes grown on their ESTATE, unlike the brut Reserve, there is no purchased fruit in here!!

Segura Viudas ARIA Estate Brut...$8.99
"ARIA is a méthode champenoise sparkling wine from the Segura Viudas Estate in Torrelavit, in Spain's Alt Penedès region, and is styled after Segura Viudas' top-of-the-line cava, Reserva Heredad. ARIA is a blend of only the first gentle pressings of the Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes. Macabeo provides a fine, honeyed aroma; Parellada lends subtle elegance; and the Xarel-lo provides the backbone of the cava and gives both body and good acidity.
ARIA Estate Brut is a dry, lively refreshment appropriate for any occasion. Its flavor is dominated by fresh pineapple, almonds, honey and straw, with hints of pears and fresh bread." -- Segura Viudas






100 TOP VALUES OF THE YEAR
"An elegant Cava, this feels rich and composed. Its simple pearlike fruit integrates with the bubbles and dosage, providing a clean, complete and satisfying length of flavor. Easy to enjoy on its own, yet substantial enough for veal sauteed with sage and mushrooms." - Wine & Spirits








Over the years, Segura Viudas has earned a reputation as one of the top producers of sparkling wine, or cava. The winery has been noted for its high production standards, its labor-intensive approach to winemaking, and its penchant for releasing some of Europe's finest artisan sparkling wines. Segura Viudas has earned many honors over the past five decades, including being named “Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits magazine.

The Police Synchronicity Wine!

Also online now



2007 The Police Synchronicity Red Blend.....$12.99 / 750ml

Quite literally, this wine represents and manifests the notion of “Synchronicity” as it was interpreted by The Police with their classic album and this wine’s namesake.

Simply put, “to count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance”.

While listening to the album, winemaker Mark Beaman noticed a clear theme of light and dark - or as the Rolling Stone Magazine reviewer wrote, “it is an album of shimmering surfaces and glacial shadows”. From a distance the music is pop-like, romantic and has many bright melodies. If you listen closely to the lyrics, you will notice dark, heavy, and sometimes sinister themes of obsession, jealousy, yearning and anxiety.

The term Synchronicity, Sting’s magnetic vocals and the theme of light and dark in the music were the main influences on Mark while making the wine. Synchronicity as a meaningful mix of seemingly unrelated events resulting in a significant sum lead Mark to a red wine blend of varieties not commonly seen together. The playful, seductive, and haunting union of Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Viognier make this wine a compelling and delicious study.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of fresh rose petals and wild berries. Flavors of juicy strawberry, bright raspberry, with a lush lingering finish. The Grenache and Viognier definitely lighten up the heavy hitters making this a delicious, approachable, and very food friendly wine






Monday, December 20, 2010

Goose Island Limited releases....

We are hoping to see these before the end of the week...but no guarantee at this point.

With the release coming this time of the year it will be too tough to do the offering during store hours. So, I think the best plan will be to put the link up tomorrow night after I get home from work. Just start it as a wish list since I do not know how much I am getting.

So watch the our blog/twitter Tuesday (12/21) sometime between 9:30pm and 10pm for the link to get on the wish list. When it arrives, I will go down the list in order until it is gone. Getting on the wish list is still no guarantee you will get some.

Hopefully this will make it a little easier.


The other idea I was thinking for future limited releases: maybe do it like "line tickets" for a concert. Let everybody interested make a reservation and then do a drawing for the number of bottles I have from those names? That way if you are not able to be at the computer during the time I post, you will still have a chance. Not sure which is the fairest way? Leave me a comment if you have an opinion.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fresh beer...

Forgot to mention on Tuesday that we received fresh Bells Two Hearted...

Bells Two Hearted Ale -- Bottled 11/29/10
also
Schlafly Pilsner -- fresh -- bottled 12/08/10



New Holland Brewers Whiskey

Order online now.


BATCH #1

New Holland Brewers Whiskey...$25.99 / 375ml
Malt Whiskey aged six months in White Oak Barrels.
This is the first in the series and I believe each batch will be done differently. So its a one time shot to get it!




NH Cellar Series....

online also



2010 New Holland Blue Sunday Sour....$12.99 / 22oz
Ale Aged in Oak
Blue Sunday
This unique anniversary libation, heritage-blended from our library of barrel-soured beers, exhibits deeply layered flavors of malt and oak, with a tart finish.

Pairings: wild game,poultry & charcuterie.

8.7% abv





Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter sampler....

Magic Hat Winterland Variety....$14.99 / 12pk
Includes 3 bottles each of
Encore IPA
A genre - blending mix of an American wheat beer and a traditional India Pale Ale. Encore is hopped and dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, and has a pleasant grapefruit aroma that compliments its subtly sweet malty backbone. Grab a lighter and get up front!
No.9
Not Quite Pale Ale
A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there's never been anything else quite like it
Howl
Black-As-Night Winter Lager
Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, HOWL comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths out inner voids are warmed.
Odd Notion 2010
A red ale with a subtle spice and a slight zing from rye and Hibiscus petals.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Red Wine Sampler Pack

A great gift idea to your wine loving friends (or to yourself)!


Red Wine Sampler Pack
Our $100 red wine case of 12 bottles! Get 1 bottle each of some of our favorite red wines for $100 + tax. The savings is huge, check the store, (MO state law does not allow us to post the savings). We reserve the right substitute wines of equal or greater value in case of an out of stock. Great gift — delivery available.


Receive 1 bottle each of these great wines...




Spada "Spada" Toro
Great Spanish Tempranillo that offers up great fruit from the 2009 vintage
Red Tree Pinot Noir
One of our favorte bargain Pinot Noirs
San Elias Carmenere
Carmenere from Chile is really gaining popularity and this wine shows you exactly why.
Notro Sangiovese Bonarda
A great 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Bonard that fits that category as a great pizza/pasta wine.
La Valles Red
Great Spanish blend of mostly Tempranillo that will make you want to buy a case
Donjon Minervois
Grenache, Syrah Carignan Blend that shows you big fruit and lots of spice
Col des Vents Corbieres
The is one of the store favorite “go to” red wines from 2007 vintage. This is a great blend that will remind you of a Cotes du Rhone.
Pannaroz Jumilla
The perennial 90 point Parker wine. This wine always amazes people for its complexity and style
Cuvee de Pena
Carignan based wine from the base of the Pyranees. "...offers truly uncommon value" -- The Wine Advocate
Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon
This has been one or our top sellers this holiday season.
Altura 1024 Cabernet Sauvignon
The Argentine Cab is close to Bordeaux in flavor. It has more earthy, terroir driven flavors and not the oaky and fruit oriented Cabs from the new world.
Terre de Mistal Cotes du Rhone
“...offers a sweet perfume of black fruits, grilled herbs, and a touch of earth. There is terrific fruit on the attack, medium body, and a clean, pure finish….” —The Wine Advocate

Our $100 red wine case!



Great gift — delivery available call for details...314.727.8788
Reserve a case now paul@wineandcheeseplace.com

Blair Athol Single Malt

Rare Scotch
1998 Signatory Blair Athol....$52.99
Un-Chillfiltered
Aged 11 years
Only 361 bottles produced.

Blair Athol is also a chief component to the Bell's Blend, the most popular blended whisky in the U.K.

Available online






Caol Ila Distillers Edition

Very Limited Release.....

Caol Ila Distillers Edition...$62.99
Double Matured in Moscatel Cask Wood
Distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2010
available online




Odell Double Black IPA

Another limited release from Odell -- just got 2 more cases at Forsyth
(I think only 14 cases came into St. Louis)
No ratings yet on RateBeer, and no distribution yet (except us now)

Available for reservations online

Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA...$12.99 / 750ml

"As the Colorado hop growers prove they can produce world class hops, we as a Colorado Craft Brewer want to showcase what our state can offer, not only with our hand crafted beers, but also with the ingredients used in creating them. Mountain Standard, Double Black IPA, features the homegrown hops our Brewers helped pick from farms along Colorado’s western slope. MST pours committingly dark with a light tan head and a slightly roasted hoppy nose. An ephemeral bitterness, the result of combining roasted malts with an assertive American hop profile, contributes to MST’s act of balance and harmony. As the season’s darkness sets in, why shouldn’t your beer become darker too?"
brewery








Duvel Magnum and Gift Set

Available online now


Just in time for the holidays...

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale....$35.99 MAGNUM
and
Duvel Gift Set (4/11.2oz bottles + a Duvel Glass)....$14.99




Sierra Nevada Wet Hop Ale is here!!!

Wet Hop Ale!
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest...$3.59 / 24 oz bottle

4 more case ARRIVED at FORSYTH today + 1 more case of ESTATE!!!





De Molen Porter or SSS Stout

Order online

Not sure which beer we have? These are the labels we had before....



This is the bottle we have now? Combo of the two??

Anyway, this is what we have....
De Molen SSS "London Style Porter"...$15.99
Bottle May 23, 2008





Sunday, December 12, 2010

Going fast.......

We have gone through over 250. We were able to talk the importer into another 120 cases of this amazing wine -- that will be it!!!

Perfect for gifts, perfect large party wine!!!
2009 Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon....$9.99
2009 has not been rated yet, but it is better than the 2008, and this is what The Wine Advcocate said about the 2008...
"Villa des Anges 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is as remarkable and improbable a wine value as I have tasted in years....done the seemingly impossible – even forgetting the price – by crafting a full-bodied, subtly oily-textured, palpably dense, lip-smacking, not vegetal, yet not sweet Cabernet in the Languedoc...you’ll want some of this just to stump other wine snobs in blind tastings....and who knows, perhaps the 2009 will be even better. ." -- The Wine Advocate









Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rare Ardbeg Scotch!

We got in more of two Rare Ardbeg Scotches

Available online

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Scotch.......$79.99

Ardbeg Corryvreckan: in a league of its own "Man the lifeboats! Here comes the second wave of this deliciously deep, powerfully peaty and wonderfully wild whisky. Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram. Its briny character of crisp seaweed, sweet vanilla and rich, dark melted fruits draws you into a long deep finish. Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted!" -- distillery

"Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! "
96/100 The Malt Advocate




Ardbeg Supernova SN2010....$109.99




The new 2010 expression is out of this world – even deeper, stronger and earthier than the award-winning 2009 edition.* 60.1% ABV* Non-chill filtered

Colour
Deep gold

Aroma
Big and powerful with peaty, earthy and deep herbal notes.

With the first sniff, encounter deep earthy peat oils and crushed black pepper embedded in the darkest chocolate. Swirl the glass and dip your nose into herbal infusions of juniper, elderflower and agave. Tarry ropes and creosote-soaked elm follow with flowering currants, olives and hot chilli peppers.

Swirl water into the glass, and voyage into the unknown with smoky coal tar, an open box of rolling tobacco, peat moss and roasted malt. A barbeque of smoky charcoal rises above the peat moss, softened by camomile, cedar and heather bloom. A blast of brine, white pepper and smoky asparagus escapes into the atmosphere with a spritely display of gooseberries and greengages.

Taste
Ardbeg challenges the palate with a smoke and salt explosion - hot, sizzling and gristy sensations effervesce and explode on the tongue with a powerful peaty punch. Black and white crushed pepper pop with chilli and chocolate. Chewy sweet rolling tobacco, linseed oil and newly tanned leather roll backwards on a wave of brininess and burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke builds up to a crescendo before drying out to bring dark roast earthy coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root.

Finish
Long, deep and powerful, refusing to fade away – remaining warm and drying with tarry peat, cocoa and chilli.

Info from Ardbeg.com



Boulevard Harvest Dance returns...


Boulevard Smokestack Harvest Dance Wheat Wine
available online also

"There was three men come out o' the west their fortunes for to try,And these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn must die,They ploughed, they sowed, they harrowed him in, throwed clods upon his head,'Til these three men were satisfied John Barleycorn was dead.
"This grim little verse belongs to one of the oldest of English folk tunes. It depicts the cultivation of barley as a series of abuses and indignities committed upon pour little John Barleycorn, who eventually triumphs, reborn as beer and whiskey. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John's cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes. And though it may appear that Miss Wheat is about to be cut down in her prime, have no fear: just pour a glass of Harvest Dance and you'll find she's alive and well."



Friday, December 10, 2010

VERY LIMITED WHISKEY!

We only have two bottles....call to reserve 314.727.8788

or email paul@wineandcheeseplace.com


Only 876 bottles made
Compass Box The Double Single.....$124.99

To celebrate our 10th anniversary we have brought back a small-batch whisky we first and last made in 2003. Double Single is a marriage of two single whiskies - one single malt and one single grain. The idea highlights the true virtue of blending grain whisky with malt whisky to create a truly elegant style.
The Art of Blending
What if we were to match perfectly one single malt whisky with one single grain whisky in just the right proportions? That is, what if we were to make a blended Scotch whisky with only two components, only two single whiskies rather than many? What if we were to make… a “double single”? This is the question our friends Duncan Elphick and Tatsuya Minagawa of the Highlander Inn on Speyside asked us in 2003, resulting in our first limited release bottling of The Double Single. For our 10th anniversary year, we’ve decided to bring it back.



The whiskies we’ve chosen this time: an 18 year-old malt whisky distilled at Glen Elgin distillery (76%) and a 21 year-old grain whisky distilled at Port Dundas (24%), both aged in American oak. The combination yields a full, soft palate of flavours reminiscent of pear fruit, maltiness, vanilla and crème brûlée. This whisky is a testament to the virtues of combining grain whisky
with malt whisky, a testament to the virtues of blended Scotch whisky. The grain whisky creates a lovely, soft, sweet pillow on which the malt whisky flavours luxuriate. This is just as great blended Scotch whisky should be. Share and Enjoy.







Boulevard BBQ arrived at Forsyth

In stock at Rock Hill, Forsyth and Provisions now!

now --
also online

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad...$11.99 / 750ml


"Based loosely on the Smokestack Series Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel, after fermentation on cherries, was separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels, where it aged for varying lengths of time, in some cases as long as a year. Selected barrels were then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore." -- Boulevard







Thursday, December 9, 2010

Brewery The Musketeers

New Belgian beers to The Wine and Cheese Place....
also online now



Troubadour Magma...$18.49 / 4pk

Rated 97 on Ratebeer
"Tripel IPA that combines the hop bitterness of an American IPA with the fruity characteristics of a Belgian Tripel. Stefaan Soetemans, one of the founders of Brouwerij The Musketeers, gave us a little insight on the upcoming release as well as his thoughts on European and American beer cultures.
Some might look at Magma and begin jumping to conclusions without having tasted the beer. But to Stefaan Soetemans, that’s part of the experience. Along with co-founder Kristof de Roo, Stefaan aims to dispel some preconceived notions that beer drinkers in the United States and Belgium might have regarding beer styles.
The Musketeers are no stranger to this approach. It began with Obscura, a cross between a stout and a Belgian brown ale. The idea was simple: produce an easy-drinking, Belgian-inspired IPA. By taking the essential elements of both beers and combining them, they had a hit on their hands.
But they haven’t stopped there. The new Magma Tripel IPA provides a formidable hop presence and is dry-hopped with American Simcoe hops, but is also tempered by the fruitiness that comes from the yeast during the fermentation process." -- importer


Troubadour Blond...$4.19 / 11.2oz
"The clear, golden, attractive color is what strikes you first. A firm white head is the crown of this golden ale. Your first experience, while sipping the BLOND, will be a refreshing, sparkling effect on your tongue, followed by a mild bitterness enhanced by a spiciness, that finishes with a sweeter sensation. A good nose recognizes the hops, in combination with fruity esters.

With its 6.5 % alcohol by volume it is somewhat stronger in alco
hol content than regular beers, but it’s not overpowering, and it allows one to easily drink more than one glass--especially with dinner, where we recommend it certainly with fish dishes. Although it is a typical beer to sharpen the appetite, while drinking it with your friends, family or business partners before actually having dinner. And of course we will not refrain you from drinking a few more after dinner while having more fun with your company." -- importer




Troubadour Obscura Mild Stout...$4.19 / 11.2oz

Rated 96/100 RateBeer
"Pretty dark color, as you would expect from a stout. Slightly more red-brown, though, when compared with Irish stouts. A dense rich creamy beige head crowns your glass. Thanks to the refermentation in the bottle, we have the natural carbonation. The flavors are deeper, richer, more pronounced: malty, clearly roasted (is it hints of coffee, is it hints of chocolate?) Deceptive, because the relatively high alcohol content is not immediately felt, except maybe a slight glowing sensation. A complex aftertaste, with some licorice undertones, and a pleasant bitterness survives last. Absolutely a beer to savor and enjoy—let you taste buds experience every ounce of flavor. A lot of lace is left on the empty glass." -- importer