Saturday, March 6, 2010

New Smokestack Series....

Smokestack update

Orval Collaboration is here! -- read more
We are also still waiting on Tank 7 -- read more

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In stock now and available online also now.

Boulevard Smokestack Rye on Rye....$11.99 / 750ml

Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than beer. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of Bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton rye, we asked ourselves, "Why not? Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warthm of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide a spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish." -- back label

Boulevard Smokestack Dark Truth Stout....$8.49 / 750ml

"Throughout the ages, man has been fascinated by the quest for hidden knowledge, the search for the secret to transforming the elemental into the extraordinary, the simple into the sublime. Ladies and gentlemen, we present for your consideration this exotic, inky concoction, the almost magical creation of our modern day alchemists who have turned humble grains -- barley, wheat, rye, and oats -- into black, liquid gold. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espesso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a day, smoky finish." -- back label

Thursday, March 4, 2010

O'Fallon Wee Heavy

Here is a look at the new O'Fallon Wee Heavy label--great looking label! The Wee Heavy was announced back in January by O'Fallon. This one will hopefully arrive soon, and it is on the schedule to taste at our BeerFest on April 10, 2010.

Marietta Winery

2005 Marietta Angeli Cuvee....$26.99
The top wine is the brilliant 2005 Angeli Cuvee, a Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignan blend crafted by proprietor/winemaker Chris Bilbro. One of the finest examples of this wine he has yet made, the 2005 boasts a dense purple color as well as plump, succulent, sumptuous blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with notions of wood spice, earth, and pepper. The wine cuts a full-bodied, fleshy, multidimensional swath across the palate, and the finish lasts over 40 seconds. Very drinkable already, it should evolve effortlessly for another 7-8+ years.

For over three decades one of the great values in dry California red wine has been the non-vintage kitchen sink blend from the Bilbro’s family-owned Marietta Cellars."
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Marietta Old Vine Red Lot #50...$12.99 / 750ml

"The non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot #50 (the 50th incarnation of this cuvee) offers a dark ruby/purple color along with a big, peppery, spicy, fruit-laden bouquet, chewy, fleshy, meaty flavors, plenty of body, but no hard edges. It is the ideal bistro/brasserie/trattoria red for luscious drinking at a bargain basement price. This wine flies off retailers’ shelves, so smart consumers take note."

Rated 89/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

More bacon goodies...

We have promoting delcious artisan bacon all year and having fun with some strange bacon products. Check out this article from MSN news on 12 Bizarre Bacon products - we carry some of them.

The first cases moved fast, now more in stock of both of these items...
Bacon Salt - click to read more
Baconnaise - click to read more

Plus some new stuff...
Maple Bacon Pretzels....$3.49
Vibrant Flavors introduces a brand new product line of Pretzels explode with clean, crispy crunchy awesomeness. Munch them right out of the bag or enjoy with your favorite dip or topper.

Bacon anything sounds wonderful. Combined with maple and the crunchy goodness of our pretzels – a match made in heaven.

Redhead Bacon Peanut Brittle....$5.19
“Peanuts. Maple syrup. Some spices—cayenne and thyme. And bacon. All tossed together and roasted until the tacky bacon bonds with the crunchy peanuts, creating what may be the best beer nut in America, now being served at Redhead in New York’s East Village.”
- Esquire Magazine

More fun stuff...
Bacon Wallet....$11.39
Put some hip into your hip pocket with a whimsical Bacon Wallet! Great for bringing home the bacon (sorry). Sleek, yet meaty. Each 4-1/4" x 3-3/4" faux leather wallet has plenty of pockets for your cold hard cash and copious cards.

Bacon Tuxedo Puzzle...$9.49
Ham? Too casual. Meatloaf? Too retro. Make no mistake about it, bacon is the best meat for formalwear! This bizarre jigsaw puzzle features a dashing young man in a bacon tuxedo posing with his date for a prom picture. She must have been so proud. Also includes a 48 piece bonus mystery puzzle! Each 500 piece puzzle is 14" x 18"

Bacon Toothpicks...$2.29
These slender sticks of wood are generously infused with the unparalleled, drool-inducing flavor of bacon. Each 3" x 1-1/4" x 1/2" tin contains eighty toothpicks.


Founders Nemesis

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Our faithful blog readers see it first!!
Founders Nemesis....$4.79 / 12oz bottle
Limit 4 bottles per person
You can order online and pick up at any of our 4 locations. Customers liked this method we used on Batch 9,000, it seems to be the fairest.
Right now it is in stock at Forsyth, it will take a few days to get to the other locations.

Exciting news just reported on --

(Grand Rapids, MI) – There has been rampant speculation and questions surrounding Founders Brewing’s upcoming Nemesis Series beer #1 (Founders Nemesis 2009). Thanks to a Virginia beer distribution rep, we now know what the beer is.

He posts: “Description: The 2009 release of Nemesis is best described as a Maple Bourbon barrel aged wheat wine holding 12% abv and 70 ibu’s. The barrels have been resting deep in the mines of Grand Rapids for nearly 9 months and have been most effective in developing a great product.

The Bourbon barrels we used in this creation were once used to age Maple syrup from northern Michigan, then emptied, and procured for our use in aging this beer. The combination of American oak, Kentucky Bourbon, Michigan Maple syrup and our golden/tan wheat ale has provided a delicious malty sweet ale distinctive of strong vanilla and bourbon notes.”

It will be released in the next 2-4 weeks according to the representative.

For those not attune to what the Founders Nemesis Series is, it is a new line of one-offs that the brewery plans on releasing each year. This first beer was scheduled for release in December though there were delays.

If there was a chart of top 20 most-anticipated beers in 2010 list, this would undoubtedly be on it. Stay tuned for release details . . . " --

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New ones from Goose Island

Not sure if we will see it here in St. Louis, but I will find out! Stay tuned.
Goose Island just a got a label approved for Bourbon County Coffee Stout, their website says nothing about it yet.

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout (13%ABV) -- not currently available

"Every day we smell wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Intelligentsia. The put the same passion and skill into their coffee as we do with our beer. We brew this excellent stout with Black Cat Espresso beans from our friends next door. We think you'll like the combination. Cheers!" - Label

But I am told we will see these in a week or two!!

Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout

Info from Goose Island's Website:
A heavily-hopped imperial stout, Night Stalker is a heavyweight of a beer. It delivers a formidable punch of hops and rich roasted malt notes to the nose in a silky body that's as dark as night.

Recipe Information:
Style: Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 11.2%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Mt Hood, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-Bittered Black

Goose Island Demolition Belgian Style Golden Ale

Brewmasters Notes:
Brewed to honor the brave souls who kept our brewpub open in the early 90’s while wrecking balls tore down the mall around us. Dry and smooth, with a grassy, citrus aroma and honey malt middle.

Recipe Information:
Style: Belgian Style Golden Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7.2%
International Bitterness Units: 40
Color: Golden Straw
Hops: Saaz, Chinook
Malts: Pilsen


New Old Foghorn is here!

2010 Edition is here!
Anchor Old Foghorn....$16.99 / 6pk

"Old Foghorn® Barleywine Style Ale is brewed strictly according to traditional brewing methods, using only natural ingredients — water, malted barley, fresh whole hops, and yeast. Old Foghorn is based on traditional English barley wines.
Old Foghorn is highly hopped, using only Cascade hops. It is fermented with a true top-fermenting ale yeast. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called "bunging," which produces champagne-like bubbles. Our "barleywine ale" is dry-hopped with additional Cascade hops while it ages in our cellars.
We have been producing small batches of Old Foghorn since 1975. Today, it is available both on draught and in twelve-ounce bottles. The high original gravity and full flavor of this ale make it a unique product, perfect for sipping after dinner.
A lot of time and tradition goes into our Old Foghorn, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do." -- Anchor Brewery

Corsendonk is back!!!!!

The great beers of Corsendonk are finally back in St. Louis...

Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale...$8.29 / 750ml
Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale....$14.99 / 4pk
Rated 96/100 RateBeer

Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale....$8.29 / 750ml
Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale....$14.99 / 4pk
"Corsendonk Abbey in Oud-Turnhout, Belgium was founded through the munificence of Maria van Gelre, youngest daughter of Jan III, Duke of Brabant. You may recall that Jan I (Jan Primus) is today better known as Gambrinus. The monks of Corsendonk started a brewery in 1400, which flourished until 1784 when the abbey was closed by Austrian ruler Jozef II.

In 1906 Antonius Keersmaekers founded a secular brewery to revive the monks' brewing traditions. His award winning beers included Pater Noster (Our Father), a full-bodied, high fermentation brew of exquisite palate. Antonius' grandson Jef now continues the family tradition of brewing this award-winning abbey ale, under license from the current owners of the abbey, who have transformed it into an international conference center.

Abbey Brown Ale, known in Belgium simply as “Pater” was described by Michael Jackson as “A strong, Burgundy-colored ale in the style of the classic Trappist brews of Belgium. Has a very distinctive bouquet: yeasty, fruity and slightly smoky. In palate, it has notes of port, raisins and black chocolate. Matures greatly with age, becoming softer, smoother and deeper in palate. Ideally, should be stored for at least a year, and could mature for at least five.”

Belgian brewers refer to their practice of bottle-conditioning beer as their “methode champenoise”, meaning the beer can be laid down like wine to mature in the bottle. In the case of Corsendonk® Abbey Brown Ale it results in a rich, silky smooth beer delicious with meals or after them. We especially enjoy it with, and as an ingredient in, a Belgian dish of chicken with endive (that other famous Belgian export)." -- importer

New U.K. Brews

Some new ones from Broughton Ales of the U.K.

Black Douglas Ale...$4.99 / pint
"Sir James Douglas, known as Black Douglas and the G
ood Sir James, was the trusted friend of Robert the Bruce, joining him in the war for independence against England. Douglas' exploits made him the terror of the Border Country of Scotland, where Black Douglas™ Ale is brewed by Broughton Ales, Ltd.

In 1327 Douglas succeeded in ending the English campaign. At The Bruce's deathbed, shortly thereafter, he promised to take the king's heart to the Crusades and fight for the cause. This he did, but died in battle in Spain helping the Spanish king fight the Moors.

The power and character of this exceptional knight, one of Scotland's heroes is, we believe, reflected in this dark ruby, traditional ale which bears his name. Medium-bodied, with a subtle hop aroma, on the palate this luxurious beer has a deep, full flavor which balances a toasty maltiness, mild bitterness, and a hint of sweet herbs. It finishes clean and mostly dry, but with a faintly subtle sweetness." -- importer

Merlin Ale....$4.99 / pint
Merlin, the mythological yet historical bard at the center of Britain’s sixth ce
ntury history, possessed of wisdom and power for those who sought him out, was seen as "Trickster and Master of the Beasts, Lord of the Wild Hunt; and, emerging from the wilderness chaos, the Incarnation of Divinity, Guardian of the Grail, and sacrificial Savior and Victim."1

Though we claim no magical powers for Merlin’s™ Ale, or divine inspiration from drinking it, we do believe it will entice beer enthusiasts far and wide. Brewed in the heart of the Scottish Border Hill Country at Broughton, close to the site of Merlin’s forays in the Caledonian Forest, this eighty-shilling ESB style is an enchanting Scottish ale.

Deep golden in color, with a mildly hoppy aroma, it has on the palate a soft, magical balance of fruitiness and hoppiness, and a cleanly bitter, dry finish that lingers pleasantly, especially with roast pork, chicken, seafood and apple dishes. (Merlin is envisioned by scholars uttering his prophecies below a magical apple-tree, prophecies which were perhaps induced by the magical power of its fruit.1)

Old Jock Ale....$4.99 / pint
"Brewed in the heart of the Scottish Border Hill Country from where, for centuries, Scotland has recruited soldiers for her famous Highland and Lowland Regiments. The Scottish soldier—familiarly known as ‘Jock’—is renowned and respected the world over. These powerful fighting men, in the tradition of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, enjoy robust beers in their off-duty hours. Old Jock Ale is a tribute to them—and a “wee heavy” brewed to satisfy not only their lusty thirsts, but those of discriminating beer drinkers of every clan.

Dark copper in color, with a malty/fruity nose, this soft, medium bodied ale is just slightly sweet up-front, with malt and a hint of licorice throughout the palate, and more complex fruit mid-palate and at the finish, which lingers pleasantly. Less sweet than and not as “thick” as most Scotch ales, Old Jock could be the inspiration for the immortal words of Scottish poet (and brewer) Robert Burns: “We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne.” For auld lang syne or any other occasion, Old Jock is truly a cup of kindness for beer enthusiasts." -- importer


Monday, March 1, 2010

Mikkeller Big, Bad, Worse, Worst....

Mikkeller brings a new one...again!!

First it was Big Bad Barley Wine

Second it was Big Worse Barley Wine

Now -- Big Worst Barley Wine -- a whopping 17.6% ABV

Mikkeller Big Worst....$12.99 / 12.7oz
The label says this batch is 17.6% ABV

"In 2009, Mikkellers Black, kicked all other beers with 17.5% Alc. and was the strongest in Denmark so far. But now a new player is on the loose, and the name is Big Worst. The first batch is at 17.6% Alc., but Mikkel hope that new batches will go even higher, and is already in process." -- Mikkeller

Mikkeller Big Worse....$9.49 / 12.7oz
Barley Wine Style
12% ABV
"Big Worse is the long awaited big brother of the small test brew Big Bad Barley Wine. The idea behind Big Worse is still to make a simple yet heavy barley wine - just like it’s smaller brother. But this time both the alcohol and bitterness has been pumped up! Big Worse is both thick and sweet and is the perfect beer for desserts. Enjoy it now or keep it for many years. Best stored dark and at cellar temperature." -- Mikkeller

Ingredients :
Water, malt (pils and caramunich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and ale yeast.


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All 10 Single Hops from Mikkeller were supposed to show up today....
Actually 1 got shorted, the Cascade did not show up.
So we have 9 out 10 in stock now!!!

Mikkeller continues his series if IPAs using a single hop variety.
We now have 9 of the 10 different hops in stock now at Forsyth. This is a great study on beer, the base of the beer is exactly the same recipe -- the only difference is the hop used!
Here are the ingredients in all of them:
Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (insert singe hop here) and yeast

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Mikkeller Centennial Single Hop IPA....$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 96/100 RateBeer
"American aroma-type variety bred in 1974 and released in 1990. Similar to Cascade and Chinook. One of the "Three Cs" along with Cascade and Columbus." -- Wikipedia

Mikkeller Chinook Single Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 93/100 RateBeer
"American cross between Petham Golding and a USDA-selected male. Slightly spicy and very piney. Substitutes: Bittering - Eroica, Galena, Nugget. Aroma/Flavor - Southern Cross, Sticklebract." -- Wikipedia

Mikkeller Nugget Single Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 88/100 RateBeer
"Floral, resiny aroma and flavor. Primarily a bittering hop. Substitutes: Galena, Olympic." -- Wikipedia

Mikkeller East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 64/100 RateBeer
"The traditional and very popular English aroma hop. Developed prior to 1790. Widely cultivated. Called East Kent Goldings if grown in East Kent, Kent Goldings if grown in mid-Kent, and Goldings if grown elsewhere. Tend to have a smooth, sweet flavor. Any type of Goldings will work in place of another (Styrian Goldings for East Kent Goldings, e.g.)" -- Wikipedia

Mikkeller Tomahawk Single Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 94/100 RateBeer
"Columbus: A high yielding, high alpha acid American bittering hop. Also known by the trade name Tomahawk. One of the "Three Cs" along with Cascade and Centennial. Like the others it is citrusy and slightly woody. Substitutes: Bittering - Nugget, Chinook. Aroma/flavor - Cascade, Centennial" -- Wikipedia

Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
"Popular American mid-range alpha variety developed by Virgil Gamache Farms in late 20th century. Also known as VGX001, its strain number." -- Wikipedia

Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA....$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 97/100 on RateBeer
"A new variety developed in Nelson, New Zealand. Named with more than a nod towards the Sauvignon Blanc grape." -- Wikipedia

Mikkeller Cascade Single Hop IPA...did not show up
Rated 93/100 on RateBeer
"Very successful and well-established American aroma hop developed by Oregon State University's breeding program in 1956 from Fuggle and Serebrianker (a Russian variety), but not released for cultivation until 1972. Gives the distinct citrus/grapefruit aroma to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. One of the "Three Cs" along with Centennial and Columbus. Named for the Cascade Range. " -- Wikipedia

Mikkeller Warrior Sinlge Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 92/100 on RateBeer
"New American bittering hop, popular with growers and brewers." - Wikipedia

Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2 oz
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
"American high alpha variety released in 2000. Used for both bittering and imparting a distinct aroma/flavour as a late addition." -- Wikipedia