Saturday, May 22, 2010

Meet Michael Ragg

Meet Michael Ragg
one of the owners of Mischief and Mayhem.
This coming Tonight! May 25, 2010
at The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth

Mischief and Mayhem
We are proud to have Michael Ragg at our store as his wines have received a lot of great press in the Wine Spectator and these wines are amazing bargains if you take the quality price ratio compared to other Burgundy.

"Mischief and Mayhem is the creation of Michael Ragg and Michael Twelftree, two great friends whose passion for wine, and for Burgundy in particular, inspired them to team up and create the company in autumn 2004.
Michael Ragg spent nearly ten years working with leading UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd before moving to Burgundy in spring 2003 and setting up his own wine consultancy and broking business in Aloxe-Corton. He's Mischief. Michael Twelftree is co-founder and driving force behind top Australian winery Two Hands Wines in the Barossa Valley. He's Mayhem." -- winery

We will taste all of these wines!!

Yes, we have more in at this fantastic price!!! 2005 and delicious!

2005 Mischief and Mayhem Bourgogne Pinot Noir...$19.99
only 550 cases made.
A great 2005 Red Burgundy and a real bargain for the quality here. This wine could easily pass for a Nuits St. Georges.

"Bright ruby red in colour with a touch of pink at the rim. Extremely fine, warm nose of damsons, red cherry, clove, nutmeg and raspberry fruit. Excellent, soft mouth feel, nicely integrated supple tannins, smooth and full with cherry pie, plum and vanilla notes, all nicaly balanced with a subtle acidic structure. Lovely even grip and balance leads into a dry, well rounded and full finish. Very nice indeed." -- winery

2006 Mischief and Mayhem Meursault...$75.99
Less than 270 cases made
"We produce this Meursault from Chardonnay vines with an average age of nearly 40 years, spread between several excellent sites around the fabled village of meursault and planted in rocky limestone and marl soils. The growing season and harvest in 2006 were superb for Chardonnay with wonderful ripeness of fruit, purity and minerality. Bottled after 14 months in barrel. This is a wine of real fruit character, richness and structure which we really hope you enjoy." --winery

2006 Mischief and Mayhem Volnay Vieilles Vignes...$63.99

Less than 100 cases made
"We produced this Volnay Vieilles Vignes from Pinot Noir vines with an average age of over 60 years, harvested from sites to the East and South-East of the historic village of Volnay. The growing season and ahrvest in 2006 were fine for Pinot Noirwith lovely ripeness of fruit, purity and structure. Bottled after 14 months in the barrel. This is a wine of real elegance, purity and finesse which we really hope that you will enjoy." -- winery

2005 Bourgogne Chardonnay...$19.99
only 750 cases made
"Hard work amongst the vines, terrific vintage conditions and superb vineyard sites with an average vine age of 40 years. Beautiful ripe fruit, so typical in 2005, light barrel treatment and early bottling, all intergrate to produce a wine of real character, purity and freshness. This is a classic white Burgundy and we really hope that you will enjoy it. Pale straw in colour with a touch of gold. Beautifuly clean, pure, mid-intensity nose of ripe melon, lemon zest, white peach, lychee and honeycomb, with traces of baked apple and shortbread. Lovely freshness in the mouth and excellent cleansing acidity with notes of pear, apple and lime with a beautiful soft, creamy finish. Excellent." -- winery

Friday, May 21, 2010

Some news

Just a quick note, We are basically sold out of Schlafly Lager in the cans and I am told no new batch until June 26!!

Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale -- Sold out at Forsyth.
Provisions and Rock Hill still have some.

Affligem is back!

Another Belgian is back after a long absence from St. Louis...

Affligem Double....750ml
Affligem Triple....750ml
Affligem Blonde...6pk

"Winner of numerous awards and international tasting sessions, Affligem is Belgium’s abbey beer. Brewed in the Flemish village, Opwijk, this top-fermenting beer is still brewed according to the original recipe.Affligem Blond, Affligem Dubbel, and Affligem Tripel" -- importer

Southern Tier Pale Ale

New Release!
First time in St. Louis
Southern Tier Pale Ale....$8.99 / 6pk

"Our Pale is an aggressively hopped, with immense overtones of grapefruit and tangerine wrapped in a delicately refined body of pale barley and wheat. 6.0% abv • Pale Ale" -- brewery

Canned Beer

Great Article about Canned Craft Beer
Clearing up Craft Beer in a Can
By Mike Sweeney

One of the benefits to doing tours at the Schlafly Tap Room is that I often get to meet a bunch of people that haven’t been exposed to the huge world that is craft beer. It’s also interesting to see some of the reactions that take place when I mention that Schlafly has just release their Summer Lager in a can. Sometimes that reaction is joy, but a lot of times it comes across as a sour look.
It’s at that point that I have to stop the tour and clear up their misconception of canned beer. So, with the addition of more and more canned craft beer coming into the St. Louis area, it maybe it’s time to do it on a larger scale, to explain some of the advantages and disadvantages. First, let’s lay out some of the things canned craft beer is not:

Isn’t canned beer supposed to be cheaper?

At some point in your life, I’m sure you’ve had to purchase a large amount of macro beer for a party. You’ve quickly noticed that buying canned beer is usually much cheaper than buying beer in bottles. Why is this? It’s simply the economics of scale. When you’re brewing over a 100 million barrels of beer each year, you’re going to need hundreds of millions (and possibly even billions) of cans. When you’re buying that many cans, the price decreases.
Local brewers just aren’t going to have the warehouse space to purchase the hundreds of thousands of cans necessary to drop the price and lower the cost for the beer as a whole. Not to mention the fact that neither brewer is canning these beers locally, they’re currently having the beers contract brewed at Steven’s Point Brewery in Wisconsin. That adds additional shipping and contract costs.

Don’t beer cans use BPA?

You’re right, they do. The companies that currently make beer cans are looking into new can liners that don’t contain Bisphenol A, but if BPA is a concern, then you probably should avoid cans for the time being.

Bleh, beer out of a can tastes like metal!
That’s because you’re committing a cardinal sin when it comes to drinking craft beer, you’re drinking it out of the can or bottle. Think back to the times you had a stuffy nose, remember how everything you tasted was a muted version of what you normally taste? That’s because your sense of taste is completely tied into smell.
When you wrap your lips around a bottle or can, you’re creating a seal that keeps the beer’s aroma from reaching your nose. If you can’t smell, you’re not going to fully enjoy the beer as it was intended. As mentioned above, the can or bottle is merely a transportation device to move the beer from the brewery into your glass.
Now, are there going to be times when you can’t pour it into a glass? Sure, which brings us to one of the reasons canned beer is so great:

This is probably the main reason most craft breweries have begun canning beer. Canned beer can go places bottled beer cannot. The park, beach, pool, float trips; basically any place that bottles aren’t allowed, cans can happily live. They’re just about the perfect summer beer vessel.
This also means that you may on occasion have to drink out of the can. Obviously it’s not the preferred method of drinking your beer, but sometimes you don’t have a choice.

No Light.
Light is probably the biggest enemy of beer. In just a short time, light is the thing that can make that wonderfully hoppy beer you’re drinking turn into something that smells like it came out of the backside of a skunk. This is one of the best places where canned beer excels, because it allows no light to hit your beer as it’s sitting at your favorite retail establishment.

Beer’s other big enemy. Oxygen is a bit of a toss-up as far as cans are concerned. When a brewer purges the bottle with CO2 to remove the oxygen, it pushes all of the oxygen out of a small opening. Cans are a bit more tricky as they have a larger opening which means it’s more difficult to get all of the oxygen out.
But, if most of the oxygen is removed, you’re left with a vessel that is airtight and will keep oxidation to a minimum. Another great aspect of the can.

Cans are lighter than bottles, which means you can ship more at a time, which means you can save extra trips back and forth from the brewery to the distributor. Cans are also easier to recycle and easier to chill down, both huge savings to using energy.
Are cans the ultimate device for transporting beer? That’s really up for you to decide. There are certainly a lot of advantages, but there are some disadvantages as well. Personally, I think they’re pretty swell and I’m always looking forward to more canned craft beer in St. Louis.
Mike Sweeney, Stlhops

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sam Adams and Weihenstephaner

Exciting beer news...
We have known since last year that Sam Adams Boston Beer Co. and Weihenstephaner were creating a new collaboration. Three possible labels got registered -- looks exciting. I am sure more news will come soon about their plans.
Hopefully we will see some here in Missouri since we get both Sam Adams and Weihenstephaner beers already.

Schlafly and Spiegelau Glass Event

Thursday, June 10
at Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143

What a difference a glass makes! See for yourself at St. Louis' first ever craft beer and specialty glass tasting event presented by Schlafly Beer and Spiegelau Glass on Thursday, June 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

Spiegelau Glassware uses fine powdered sand and a platinum purification process to c
reate a fine, scratch resistant premium glass with brilliant clarity and head retention - the ideal vessel for appreciating your favorite beers.

A representative from Spiegelau and Schlafly Beer will guide you through the tasting.

Tickets are $30 and include beer, snacks and your very own 4-piece Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Glassware Set (retail value $49.95). Do not delay, space is very limited.


The Wine and Cheese Place
is proud to sponsor this great event. You will have the opportunity to order more Spiegelau glasses at the event through The Wine and Cheese Place


Hurry up, sale ends on Saturday!
We will be tasting these great values on Saturday at Forsyth.
May 22, from 1-4pm

2007 Bogle Cabernet Sauvingon......$7.99
(net price, no additional discount)
Bogle 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (California) "Here’s a stellar example of how a really good Cabernet can be made without gouging the consumer. This is a dry, elegant and rich wine, with firm tannins housing flavors of blackberries, currants, herbs, spices and smoky cedar wood. It’s a terrific value. Best Buy."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2008 Bogle Chardonnay........$6.99
(net price, no additional discount)
"Bogle’s 2008 Chardonnay is a hand-crafted wine that has a little bit of something for everyone: barrel fermentation, sur-lies aging and partial malolactic fermentation. These careful processes create a wine with layers of complexity and generous character. Distinctively Chardonnay from the Clarksburg appellation, the aromatics shine of Bartlett pear and saucy apple. Mid palate, the texture shows off its silky, soft nature, allowing the creamy notes to envelop the fruit. New American oak adds nutmeg, vanilla and a hint of butterscotch to the finish, though never losing its perfectly balanced acidity." -- winemaker

2008 Bogle Pinot Noir....$9.99
"The 2008 Pinot Noir from Bogle represents some of the best varietal growing regions our state has to offer. Fruit from the cool confines of the Russian River Valley, from the coastal hills of Monterey and from the unique Clarksburg Delta combine to create a garnet-colored wine of complexity and finesse.
The first impression recalls a sun-dappled forest clearing, scattered with sweet wild strawberries and rustic mint. These hints of pine, bright berry and fresh herbs follow on the well-balanced palate, surrounded by soft suggestions of tea leaves and violets. Toasty vanilla winds itself throughout, wrapping around the finish: long, silky and elegant." -- winemaker


We just received these great Cachaca closeouts from our distributor.
"Cachaça is a liquor made from fermented sugarcane. It is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil....Cachaça differs from rum in that most rum is made from molasses. Use of molasses allows for the use of the byproduct of sugar production and a smaller still but has the taste affected by heating. Cachaca can be classified as a "rhum agricole" which is rum produced directly from cane juice." -- wikipedia

Can be used in any rum drink or make the classic CAIPIRINHA!
Click here for drink recipes

Cuca Fresca Silver Cachaca....$6.99

Compare to $16.99 at Total Beverage
Authentic Brazilian Rum

Crystal clear. The nose is wildly fruity offering a cool mélange of fruit scents ranging from guava to orange with hints of a tropical influence with accents of blanched almonds. The palate echoes the nose perfectly offering waves of silky soft fruit complimented by wet grass and pure cane juice. The ideal slate for cocktail creativity. —, Beverage Experts
Very smooth and flavorful. Tropical flowers, bananas in cream, and brown spice aromas. A round, silky entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body of banana cream pie, nuts, and powdered sugar flavors. Finishes with a very long, smooth and pleasant banana bread, sugar cane, and custard like fade. — Beverage Testing Institute

Double Gold Medal Winner
2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Highest Rated Unaged Cachaça & Gold Medal Winner
2007 International Spirits Review
Gold Medal Winner 2007
Beverage Testing Institute
2008 Gold Medal Winner
San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Cuca Fresca Pura Gold....$9.99 / 750ml
Compare to $21.99 at The Wine Specialist

Golden straw green color. Sweet spicy baked banana, suede, earthy mint, and creme brulee aromas follow through to a dryish silky medium-to-full body with nice toasted banana bread and mineral accents. Finishes with a peppery, banana, nutmeg, toasted almond and pepper fade. Nice purity and spice. — Beverage Testing Institute

Gold Medal Winner & Highest Rated Cachaça
2007 International Spirits Review
2007 Gold Medal Winner
Beverage Testing Institute
Silver Medal Winner
2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

94 point Paul Hobbs!

Order Paul Hobbs online now

Available at Forsyth (314-727-8788) and Ballwin (636-227-9001)

Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley....$43.99
"A classy 2008 that rides the freeway of flavors, showing wonderful aromatics of wild raspberry, anise, black berry and spice, with touches of mineral and sage. Full-bodied, complex, vibrant, focused, intense and persistent. Drink now through 2016. 3,644 cases made. –JL"

Rated 94/100
The Wine Spectator

"Fragrant with ripe raspberry and holiday spice, this ruby-hued pinot noir is bursting with Russian River Valley character. Its firmly structured, silky palate unfolds in a tightly-knit weave of Bing cherry and blackberry with hints of Darjeeling tea and cardamom. Subtle earthiness adds depth and is balanced by bright acidity that punctuates a lengthy finish. Alcohol 14.6%" -- Paul Hobbs Winery

Monday, May 17, 2010

Schlafly AIPA being bottled!

From Schlafly's facebook page -- pictures of the AIPA being bottled -- hopefully we will see it tomorrow or the next day very fresh!!!

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary...

For their 30th Anniversary, Sierra Nevada is creating some exciting new beers. So exciting, they have created a brand new website just for the occasion.

In stock at Forsyth now!! We have 7 more bottles now!!

no limit!! First come first served
Fritz and Ken is in stock now

The best way to guarantee a bottle is to click here

Fritz and Ken's Ale....$10.99 / 750ml
Available Mid -March 2010
"Fritz Maytag, owner of San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company, is regarded as the godfather of the craft brewing movement. Fritz agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor fo our 30th Anniversary. As a nod to the robust black ales that seduced both Fritz and Ken in the early years, we bring you this Pioneers Stout, a rich and roasted ale, perfect for aging, and worthy of yor finest snifter. Enjoy!

Coming later
Charlie, Fred and Ken's Ale

Available Mid-May 2010
"Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhart are the men who launched a thousand breweries. Their writing on the art of homebrewing and steadfast promotion of beer culture helped propel the craft brewing movement. Charlie and Fred agreed to work with us on this special ale in honor of our 30th Anniversary. This Imperial Helles Lager is a testament to the ever-evolving brewer's art. Bold yet balanced with distinct toasted malt character, moderate sweetness and clean and floral hops. Enjoy!

Jack and Ken's Ale
Available Mid-July 2010
"Jack McAuliffe is the original microbrewer. McAuliffe's tiny New Albion Brewery in Sonoma, California inspired countless brewers to start small-scale breweries of their own. Jack agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th anniversary. This American barleywine is a nod to the big ales New Albion served at their legendary sommer solstice parties. It is robust and complex -- brewed with 100% American Cascade Hops.

Our Brewers Reserve: Oak Aged Ale
Available Mid-October 2010
Brewers Reserve is a special ale highlighting our pioneering history and the innovative spirit that has carried us through all these years. It is a marriage of our three most acclaimed ales: Oak Aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale blended together and generously dry hopped. Come join us in celebrating thirty years with this most special brew. Drink it now, or save it for a future anniversary of your own."

Info from their website

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hof ten Dormaal

Small production, first time in the U.S.
(TWCP is the only place currently showing availability in the U.S. as of 5/16/10)

Hof ten Dormaal - Belgium
Estate bottled beers -- they produce/grow all of their own barley malt and hops on their farm!!
"The tiny Hof ten Dormaal farm brewery is situated in the vally of the Dyle River in Tildonk, Belgium. The new brewery began with the abiding principal of introducing original ales brewed with a strict adherence to Belgian brewing traditions. As part of the painstaking, hand-crafted art of their brewing process, owner/brewmaster Andre Janssens and son Dries use only barley malt and bittering hops that they themselves grow on the farm. The Hof ten Dormaal brewery also uses oil from rapeseed (a close relative of canola oil) produced on the farm as the primary source of energy for the boiling and cooling processes in their brewing, rendering the smal farmhouse a uniquely self sustaining brewery." -- back label

Hof ten Dormall Amber...$6.19 / 375ml
"Hof ten Dormaal Amber is an original Belgiam amber-colored ale brewed strictly via traditional methods. It is bottle-conditioned and uses a top-fermenting house yeast strain. The grain and bittering hops are produced on the Hof ten Dormaal farm.

Hof Ten Dormaal Blond Ale....$6.19 / 375ml
"Hof ten Dormaal Blond is an original farmhouseblond ale brewed strictly via traditional methods. It is bottle-conditioned
and uses a top-fermenting house yeast strain. The grain and bittering hops produced on the Hof ten Dormaal farm." -- label

Available online along with other beers from 12 Percent Imports

Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Kamperland. Zeeland, The Netherlands.

From this small Dutch brewpub situated on an island in southwestern Holland we bring you the extraordinary creations of brewmaster Kees Bubberman. Prior to running the show at Emelisse, Kees was
widely regarded around the Dutch beer geek circuit as the best homebrewer in the country. Running joke was that in any beer competition Kees entered, everyone else was fighting for 2nd prize. He established a well-earned reputation as a first-rate artisanal brewer, and the Emelisse brewpub came calling. Today, he’s turning out some of the very finest stuff Europe has to offer, and though the Emelisse beers are still largely undiscovered except by those in the know across the pond, that is seriously about to change. We’re here to help with that.

Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout....$5.89 / 11.2oz
Style: Imperial Stout, refermentation in bottle
Alcohol Content: 11%
Color: pitch black; creamy, khaki head
Tasting Notes: dark roast, richly complex, berries, black coffee, bitter chocolate

Rated 98/100 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A- on RateBeer