Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ancient beer

A limited release to the U.S. from Japan -- Back in stock!

Hitachino Nipponia...$10.99 / 18.6 oz bottle
6.5% ABV
"This new “barley malt” {cross polination between the European “Golden Melon” and the Japanese barley malt “Shikoku”} disappeared a “relatively long time ago” {about 50 years ago}.
A few years ago Mr.Kiuchi acquired 16 seeds from the Department of agricultural history in Japan. He started to plant those 16 seeds {on a 2 sqft area!} about 5 years ago. After the first harvest they planted all new seeds again....and did the same the next year and the following .
Last year’s harvest yielded {for the first time} enough “Kanego Golden Malt” to brew the first batch of “Ancient Nipponia” {along with the historic Sorachi Ace hops}" -- importer

Banner year for new-to-Missouri craft beers

Evan explores what is new in the craft beer market here in Missouri -- check out the article....

"Need proof that craft beer is more popular than ever? Check the shelves of your local beer store or the lineup of tap handles at your favorite bar: They're more crowded than ever — and that's a good thing for drinkers.
St. Louis and the rest of Missouri have been flooded with beer from out-of-state breweries in recent months. The latest example is Firestone Walker Brewing Co., an award-winning producer of ales from Paso Robles, Calif., which confirmed to Hip Hops that it is close to signing a Missouri distribution contract and expects to have its beer here by next month...." --- read more

Spirits of St. Louis

Made right here in St. Louis from Square One Brewing

Spirits of St. Louis

Order online also

Spirits of St. Louis J.J. Neukomm Whiskey...$39.99
JJ Neukomm Whiskey ~ Our whiskey has been aged in small casks until it picks up the perfect taste & color. We begin with a blend of toasted malts & cherry wood smoked malt to craft an our own special character that you will not find in any whiskey at any price.

Spirits of St. Louis Island Time Amber Rum....$19.99
Island Rum ~ Our rum is made from 100% golden cane molasses directly from the sugar cane fields of Louisiana. It is fermented and run through our still to capture the true flavors that are reminiscent of rum from the Caribbean.

Spirits of St. Louis Regatta Bay Gin...$26.99

Spirits of St. Louis Gin ~ Our gin is an American gin, well balanced with a low Juniper and a higher citrus flavor. We use nine different botanicals including hops to balance this traditional sailing spirit.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Frozen Ghost Vodka

Mix up some drinks for Halloween

Sold out, no longer being made.

Frozen Ghost Vodka....$23.99 / 750ml
Frozen Ghost Vodka....$44.99 / 1.75ltr

The Legend of the Frozen Ghost
This is a story of people whose names are lost to time, set in a location which is a sworn secret, for reasons that will become clear at the end of this tale.

Generations ago, a family in Western Canada had a proud but small farm. They raised crops and livestock so plentifully, they outproduced all the other farms in the colony. Soon, people began to realize that the spring that watered their land was the sweetest and purest in the area and was thought to be the source of their success.

A jealous neighbor schemed to divert their water to his own property. Stealing onto their land one bitterly cold winter night, he was confronted by the farm’s owner, known only as Tobias. The neighbor struck him with his shovel, knocking him unconscious into a pond near the mouth of the spring. The water thief completed his work, diverting some of the spring’s output to his property by means of the underground channel he dug.

Tobias’s body was later discovered in the ice that froze the pond deep on that frigid winter night.

No one knew how he died. The secret was safe until the neighbor began to report a strange presence of Tobias that haunted his every step. A presence that ultimately drove him mad. He confessed everything as he was driven in a prison cart to the colony’s sanitarium.

The farm has changed hands many times over the centuries, and now that same spring’s water is used to produce Frozen Ghost Vodka. That pure water gives Frozen Ghost its unparalleled smooth, crisp character, even before it is distilled six times for the ultimate purity.

We won’t reveal the spring’s location for your own protection. For on the rare occasions that a visitor has attempted to approach the site, an undeniable chill overtakes the stranger, along with a dark foreboding that a more dangerous fate quickly approaches. It is said that Tobias is still keeping watch over his spring.

So don’t let your curiosity overtake you and tempt you to search for the water’s source. Just be satisfied that you can raise a glass to the one who is watching over the pure taste of Frozen Ghost Vodka, the supernatural super-premium.

Check out some drink ideas

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


LIMITED -- going to move fast...closeout!!!!

In stock at Forsyth only
Tommy Bahama Rum Silver and Gold


Compare to $31.99 / 750ml at Wallys

1.75 ltr.....$9.99

Fresh Ska!

Fresh Ska!!!
After weeks of being out of stock, a new batch has finally arrived!!!
Fresh Ska Modus Hoperandi is here!!

Terrapin - DeProef -- Monstre Rouge

Available online also

Monstre Rouge....$15.99 / 750ml
Terrapin Collaboration with DeProef

"Pushing the envelop and creating new beer styles is what Terrapin Beer Company is all about. When our Brewmaster, Brian "Spike" Buckowski, found out that he would get the opportunity to help create the next "Brewmaster's Collaboration" with Dirk Naudts from DeProef Brouwerij, all gloves and brewing boots were off!

To stay true to Terrapin Tradition, Spike and Dirk have outdone themselves by creating an Imperial Flanders Red Ale called "Monstre Rouge." Brewed at the DeProef Browerj in Lochristi Belgium, these two creative masterminds of malts and hops have come up with an offbeat style that combines new age American and old world Belgian brewing techniques.

Monstre Rouge is loosely based off Terrapin's "Big Hoppy Monster" recipe with a little of Spike's favorite ingredient (Rye Malt) thrown in for good measure. Fermented with one of Dirk's coveted yeast strains (Brettanomyces) and aged on toasted American oak, this beer is tart, sour, sweet, hoppy, and woody all wrapped in a beautiful red color. Brewed with copious amount of crystal malts ranging in color from 20-75 lovibond as well as Munich and Rye, the Monstre Rouge is not your ordinary Flanders Red. American hops impart hints of citrus and pine complementing the complex malt and yeast flavors.

We hope you enjoy our creation of water, malt, yeast and hops.

Info from the label

Opus One 2007

In stock now

6 bottle price available
2007 Opus One Proprietary Red....$169.99

"Two of the strongest wines ever made at Opus One, the 2007 has terrific black currant fruit, licorice, incense, and subtle smoke, an opulent, even voluptuous mouthfeel, dazzling purity and texture, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel. This is a sensational Opus One, with sweet tannin and impressive precision and depth. It can be drunk now or cellared for 25+ years. ."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
(highest score Parker has given Opus)

Tight and firm, with a chewy edge to the dried currant, graphite, blackberry and mineral notes. Full-bodied and intense, without being weighty, this is well-structured with a complex, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2012 through 2022. 17,500 cases made. –JL
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

"Deep red-ruby. Very sexy, perfumed aromas of ripe black raspberry, roast coffee and flowers; there's a wildness here that I find compelling. Quite fresh and juicy in the mouth, but with a slightly exotic character to the dark berry, black cherry, smoky oak and bitter chocolate flavors. Not a fat style of 2007 but perfumed and energetic. Most impressive today on the firm, long finish, where substantial ripe tannins reach the front teeth. Built for a long evolution in bottle. I'd love to compare this against the 2006 in ten years."
Rated 93/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
(highest score Tanzer has given to Opus)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Great cheese is back...

Back in stock at Forsyth
Nettle Meadow Kunik
New York
"This cheese is a sumptuous concentration of the organic grains and wild herbs our goats eat every day, including wild raspberry leaf, nettle, kelp, comfrey, garlic, barley, goldenrod." -- label

This is an amazing cheese that we only get in periodically. This new batch is quite delicious. We normally have the 8 oz "buttons", but this time we got in the 1 pound wheels. It is a white mold ripened triple cream cheese made from a blend of Jersey cow cream and from goat's milk. The delicious white paste inside the rind is rich and buttery from the Jersey cow cream and the goat's milk gives it a nice tanginess. Come in and ask for a taste and you will be hooked also.

More information about Nettle Meadow if you are interested...
Nettle Meadow Goat Farm and Cheese Company
Happy Goats - Great Cheese
"Nettle Meadow Goat Farm is a 50 acre 2300 head dairy and cheese company in Thurman, New York just below Crane Mountain in the Adirondack just between Gore Mountain/North Creek/NY and Warrensburg New York. It is owned and operated by Lorraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan. Both have a great love of animals, goat cheese and the simplicity and challenges of farm life. Our farm is run with the assistance of farm manager, Stephen Hitchcock, assistant manager Sam Saunders, Joan Flanagan, Mellanie Groff, Adam Clute, Nathan Groff and Janissa Parker. Nettle Meadow farm was originally founded in 1990 and is the home of 250 goats, several dozen sheep and a small group of happy Jersey cows.Nettle Meadow is committed to the principles of natural ingredients, happy and healthy goats, and carefully hand-crafted artisan goat cheeses. We make several varieties of soft goat cheeses including plain chevre, tellicherry pepper and lemon verbena chevre, chevre with mixed herbs, horseradish, olive oil and garlic chevre, maple walnut chevre, pumpkin spice chevre and herb, pepper and garlic chevre as well as fromage blanc, honey lavender fromage blanc, and rosemary infused fromage blanc. We are also well known for our semi-aged cheeses, including triple cream Kunik made from goat milk and jersey cow cream, and Crane Mountain made from 100% goat's milk as well as our most recent creation - Three Sisters (named after Three Sisters mountains which overshadow our farm) and made from farmstead sheep, goat and jersey cow milk.
Nettle Meadow's Sanctuary is also home a number of retired and rescued farm animals which includes several young male goats looking for good homes as pets or brush goats and male and female young kids free to good homes for pets and brush goats year round." -- website

Friday, October 1, 2010

Doubled and Twisted

Marko K. Spirits Doubled and Twisted Whisky....$51.99 / liter
Only 200 - 6 bottle cases made.
Made from distilling a hoppy IPA Beer!

Here is his story:

The term Doubled & Twisted was from the days of not knowing the exact proof coming out of a copper pot still on the second run. It’s the best stuff! The heart of the heart cut. Just after 4am, D&T was coming out of the still at about 162 proof and twisting on itself, so that’s when I took the picture that would later turn into my label.

Whiskey is distilled from beer, globally. If the final result is a 20 to 1 reduction, doesn’t it make sense to use the best beer possible? That’s what I did and I am sure the IPA beer I used, hops and all, is the most expensive beer ever used to make whiskey. The result of using a great IPA is all the hop flavors and two row malty flavors distilled over into the final spirit. The hops give the D&T a fruity, floral, very green spicy character, unlike any other whiskey out there. That is exciting to me. I did not want to duplicate anybody’s style of Whiskey; I wanted to make my own style that accents the ingredients.

It was barrel aged for a day and then bottled clear to capture the true whiskey flavors.

Jenni & I bottled 200 cases (6-pack, liter bottles). The intent is not to take over the world; just to make the best whiskey possible and take care of friends.

We like to serve D&T on the rocks.