Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Balvenie 17 year old...

A new Balvenie....17 year old Peated Cask is in stock at Forsyth.

The Balvenie 17 year Peated Cask...$107.99


Most Handcrafted Single Malt Introduces Limited Edition, Collectible Whisky

The Balvenie, the world’s most handcrafted Single Malt Scotch Whisky, today announced the launch of a new and much-anticipated limited edition expression: The Balvenie Peated Cask aged 17 years. Available starting in September 2010, this latest addition to the lauded Balvenie 17 Year Old range is an exciting marriage of Single Malt Scotch whiskies aged in special peated casks and finished in new American oak.

Like past 17 Year Old Balvenie expressions – which include the highly sought-after Islay Cask, Sherry Oak, New Oak, New Wood, Rum Cask and last year’s Madeira Cask – this latest offering is the brainchild of the Balvenie master distiller David Stewart. More than 45 years of experience have given David an unparalleled expertise in single malt maturation. With a strong desire to experiment, David continues to look at the effects of age and wood upon The Balvenie spirit. The Balvenie Peated Cask is the result of David’s latest work and retains The Balvenie’s traditional honeyed complexity, but introduces layers of rich spice and smoke on the nose and palate.

In 2001, a heavily peated batch of barley was bought from a local supplier and distilled at The Balvenie Distillery. The distilled liquid was allowed to mature until David decided it was time to rejuvenate the maturation process and so the whisky was transferred to newly prepared traditional casks.

The casks that had originally held the peated liquid had taken on much of its character but were without purpose, until David decided to experiment by filling them with 17 year old Balvenie for a short period. The result was an intensely peaty whisky. Marrying this liquid with 17 year old Balvenie finished in new American oak casks produced a hugely complex single malt, rich and spicy with layers of smokiness.

David Stewart comments: “In the crafting of The Balvenie Peated Cask, we wanted to explore the impact of peat and new American oak upon The Balvenie single malt. What we have created is a wonderfully complex and unique whisky which is layered with spice and smoke whilst retaining the characteristic honeyed sweetness inherent to The Balvenie.”

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tastings this week....

The Wine and Cheese Place has been promoting great Artisan Spirits for some time now. We want to take it to the next level and let you taste them. We have some great tastings scheduled at The Wine and Cheese Place in September. Clear off your calendar in September!!! Here is what we have for you this week.

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

Just added...
Wednesday - September 8th -- Glenlivet Scotch Tasting

with Winston Evans, The Glenlivet Ambassador (read more)
We will taste these amazing Glenlivet scotches....
Glenlivet 18 yr old
Glenlivet 18 yr old Triumph
Glenlivet 21 yr old
Glenlivet 15 yr old
Glenlivet 16 yr old Nadurra

Thursday September 9th -- Tallgrass Brewing

Special Tallgrass tasting with Matt Bauer from Tallgrass Brewing.
Matt will be on hand to taste and talk about the great Tallgrass beers. Joins us for this open house event.

read more

Friday, September 10 -- Craft Distillers
Christopher Stephens, CSW will be tasting these amazing products
Germain Robin Fine Brandy
Germain Robin Shareholders Brandy
Germain Robin XO Brandy
Germain Robin Zinfandel Grappa
plus Los Nahuales Mezcals and Aqua Perfecta

Saturday, September 11 -- Balvenie
We are hoping to feature the new Balvenie 14 yr Caribbean Cask and 17 year Peated (both coming soon)

Saturday, September 11 -- Glenfiddich

Saturday, September 11 -- Corrido Tequila
We will taste
Corrido Silver
Corrido Reposado
Corrido Anejo
Corrido Extra Anejo
read more about Corrido

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Vodka by two St. Louisians

1860s Genuine American Vodka....$26.99 / 750 ml
Mesquite Charcoal Filtered
for a character and attitude that is uniquely American.

"Envisioned by two entrepreneurs in the historic Soulard district in St. Louis, Missouri, 1860s embraces rugged individualism and the American attitude. Handcrafted and distilled to perfection, a trailblazing spirit is embodied in every bottle. A 100% recycled and repurposed leather sleeve and modern bottle give 1860s the look of a true legacy." -- website

New package....

As reported earlier (read more) , Boulevard is coming out with 12 oz Smokestack! The labels just got approved for the new is the Double Wide 12oz label. We should see this in November.

Order Smokestack Series now in the 25oz bottle.

Also of note on a new package. Bell's continues to change their package on the 5 liter keg. We should hopefully see this in 2011 it looks like. The new label for the Bells Two Hearted Ale looks good....
Order other Bells Beer now

It is apparently part of a stained glass window at Bell's Eccentric Cafe...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Great Divide Rumble!

We will add it to tonights tasting!!!

Just arrived at Forsyth!! Order Great Divide online

Great Divide Rumble Oak Aged IPA...$9.99 / 6pk
Rumble IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Very inspiring. 7.1% ABV

Boulevard News.

Fresh hops just arrived at Boulevard today!!!

Order other Boulevard online while you wait

Here is a picture of the anniversary label...---->

Got some news from Boulevard....
Most of this should hit St. Louis in November...

We will be getting the.....
Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
Boulevard Smokestack Series in 4pks!!
.....Tank 7, Double Wide IPA, Dark Truth Stout, and Sixth Glass

More info on the Fresh Hop Anniversary Ale...

"This past weekend, we started celebrating the brewery’s upcoming 21st birthday by brewing a very special, one-of-a-kind batch. Why? Well, we are in the beer business, after all.
Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale is brewed in loving tribute to our flagship Pale Ale. When Boulevard founder John McDonald first brewed Pale Ale back in 1989, it was considered edgy, even over-the-top, and consumed by only the most dedicated craft beer loyalists. Today, pale ales literally pale in comparison to the latest trend of “imperialized” beers that are bigger, bolder, and even more flavorful. Our brewmaster, Steven Pauwels, says he hopes that Boulevard’s 21st Anniversary offering will have the same effect on beer lovers that our original Pale Ale had two decades ago.
On Friday, August 20th, our brewers prepared for the special batch by loading into the hopper more than 130 bags of specialty malt. Because it’s a Pale Ale, they determined that the malt should hail from the homeland of that style, Great Britain, so they employed England’s Maris Otter Pale Malt to give the beer a rich, nutty malt flavor. With Munich and Caramel malts added for color and body, the brewers ensured a strong malty backbone.
The mashing began Saturday morning, followed by lautering of the wort. The kettle was then filled, and a magnificent blend of Cascade, Hallertau, Magnum, Styrian Golding and Centennial hops created an incredible, intoxicating aroma throughout the brewery. Other employees gathered ‘round the brewhouse, sharing favorite Boulevard stories and memories. The brewers even opened a few other beers for all to sample (imagine that!), providing even more inspiration and ideas for future brews.
The beer is now happily fermenting. When finished, our brewers and cellarmen will wet-hop the 125-barrel tank with 500 pounds of fresh-from-the-vine Cascade hops. We’ll try to post some photos. Too bad we can’t post aromas…
Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale won’t be released until closer to our actual birthday, November 17th. It was on that date in 1989 that John loaded the first keg of Pale Ale into his pickup, drove it down the street, and tapped it at a local Mexican restaurant. We hope you will join us in celebration on that day, perhaps with a bottle of our 21st Anniversary brew, and raise a glass to craft beer." -- Boulevard Blog

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Beer and Cheese Pairing class...

Continuing our cheese pairing series....

Beer and Cheese Pairing
With some fun and different beers
Featuring Certified Sommelier, Angela Ortmann
STLwinegirl (

$30 per person

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
Thursday, September 2, 2010


Matched with great cheese
The Wine and Cheese Place - Clayton Cheese Pairing Series

Love beer? Love cheese? Oh, how well they go together!

Double creme paired with
Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Aged goat paired with
DePreof La Grande Blanche and Boulevard Two Jokers Double Wit

Pecorino cheese paired with
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown and Corsendonk Brown Ale

English Cheddar paired with

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