Saturday, October 23, 2010

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

Also available online

The fifth in the series is here...

Woodford Reserve Masters Collection
Maple Wood Finish....$79.99 / 750ml

"Woodford Reserve has announced the release of Maple Wood Finish, the latest entry in its exclusive Masters Collection put together by Master Distiller Chris Morris. The new expression (as previewed on Luxist) is one of the most unique Master's Collection offerings to date as it is the industry's first bourbon to be finish aged in barrels made from sugar maple wood.

Though it was thought that whiskey barrels could not be crafted from sugar maple wood, the Brown-Forman Cooperage accomplished the feat, creating a toasted instead of charred barrel. The result is a smooth, elegant whiskey enhanced with hints of maple, honey and cinnamon.

Maple Wood Finish is the fifth in the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection series following the Four Grain, Sonoma-Cutrer Finish, Sweet Mash and Seasoned Oak offerings. Released periodically at the master distiller's discretion, the Master's Collection whiskeys are extremely limited in quantity and bottled only once in a proprietary package inspired by the copper pot stills of The Woodford Reserve Distillery.

The inspiration for the Master's Collection is rooted in the distillery's rich history and tradition. In the mid-1800s distillery owner Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow studied and recommended use of key processes like sour mashing and charred barrel maturation at Kentucky's historic Woodford County distillery.

These practices are still maintained in the bourbon industry and, today, the distillery receives more than 100,000 visitors annually and is the only one in America to triple-distill bourbon in copper pot stills. The Maple Wood Finish will go on sale throughout the United States on Nov. 1 in limited quantities with a suggested retail price of $89.99"
Info from

Friday, October 22, 2010

Getting ready for World Series winner

Looks like Budweiser is getting ready for the winner of the World Series as these four labels just got federal approval. --
I guess they do not need the Yankee one anymore...

GI Fleur arrives -- finally!

After hearing next week, next week, next finally is here!!
We will add it to tonights tasting!!

Goose Island Fleur....$6.99 / 22oz
(semi-limited, I ordered 5 cases and only got 3)

Brewmasters Notes:
A Belgian style pale ale blended with hibiscus and kombucha tea, Fleur is a beautiful, rose-colored ale with an aroma of strawberries and hibiscus flowers. Her flavor balance starts with a hint of sweet, ripe berry and finishes tart.

Recipe Information:
Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
International Bitterness Units: 32
Color: Rose
Hops: Super Styrian, Styrian Golding, Saaz
Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Sugar

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass

Next canned beer :D

Rock Wall Brewing Company, Rochester, NY
Dog Bite High Gravity Lager....$1.59 / 24 oz CAN

10% ABV

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Crispin Artisan Hard Ciders

Crispin Hard (alcoholic) Ciders are here!!!
Cider Tasting!
Come taste them all
Friday, October 22
4:00-6:00 pm
The Wine & Cheese Place Forsyth
Derek will be on hand tasting and talking about these great new ciders!!!

Crispin Honey Crisp Hard Cider....$4.59 / 22oz
ABV = 6.5%
New Crispin Honey Crisp Artisanal Reserve™ is a small batch, hand crafted, super-premium hard apple cider smoothed with real organic honey for a rich, creamy, full-bodied crisp taste. Smooth over ice.
Cloudy Hard Cider™. For the discerning drinker, Honey Crisp’s artisanal style is embodied in our unique Cloudy Filtration™ process, using racked unfiltered apple wine that leaves residual natural apple wine sediment in the bottle. Every bottle should receive a full Bottoms-Up! tilt and swirl before opening and enjoying.
Naturally fermented using a premium apple juice blend, not from apple juice concentrate, with no added malt, spirit or grape alcohol. Honey Crisp is smoothed with pure organic honey, with no added sugar, colorants or sorbate or benzoate preservatives. Honey Crisp's apple juice is a fresh pressed blend of 3 to 5 different apples. We do not use the Honeycrisp apple, a very fine dessert eating apple, but in our experience and in our opinion, not a fine base for apple wine." -- Crispin

Crispin Hard Cider The Saint...$5.49 / 22oz
Belgian Trappist Yeast and Maple Syrup
ABV = 6.9%

"Prepare to be converted. The Saint is a uniquely debonair & elegant cider, a cider to convert skeptics.
Naturally fermented using a premium blend of fresh pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, and fermented with Belgian Trappist beer yeasts, The Saint boasts a sweet floral bouquet that develops a yeasty, herbal complexity.
The Saint is uncorrupted by added malt, spirit or grape alcohols, and is free of added sugar, colorants, sorbate and benzoate preservatives, and is filtered cold for crisp refreshment.
A small batch, hand-crafted, super-premium hard apple cider, The Saint is smoothed with pure organic maple syrup for a silky, sustained mouth-feel that develops complexity on the palate. The Saint is vinted to a 6.9 percent ABV for a full body, yet remains exceptionally easy to drink from the first crisp sip to the last drop.It's very, very good. The Saint has an elevated drinkability that is never sacrificed to overbearing complexity.
Cloudy Filtration. The embodiment of artisanal style, The Saint uses rack-aged apple wine through our cloudy filtration process. Discerning drinkers will find residual apple wine sediment in each bottle for a rich full-bodied flavor that's true to the apple and good to the last drop. Give a full Bottoms-Up! Tilt & swirl to disperse the apple-wine sediment evenly and to ensure an even taste profile through the entire bottle." - Crispin

Crispin Lansdowne Hard Cider....$4.59 /22oz
Irish Stout Yeast and Molasses
ABV = 6.9%
Extra Stout Bodied. A full bodied, confident & imposing cider. Fermented from a premium blend of fresh pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, using Irish stout ale yeast. It produces a slight hint of butterscotch, balanced by a subtle fruitiness and slightly dry crisp finish and a uniquely full & buttery mouth-feel.Artisanal Reserve®. Small batch, hand crafted, super-premium hard apple cider smoothed with pure organic molasses and a kiss of organic honey for a complex, bold, heady flavor. No added malt, spirit or grape alcohol and no added colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives. 
Cloudy Hard Cider.™ Lansdowne is an unfiltered artisanal ‘cloudy” hard cider. Discerning drinkers will find residual natural apple-wine sediment remains in the cider for a rich, full-bodied flavor. Give a full bottoms up tilt and swirl to disperse apple-wine sediment evenly and ensure and even taste profile through the bottle.

Crispin Hard Cider Original...$6.49 / 4pk
Crisp over ice. A classically styled, but untraditional hard apple cider. Fruit forward, with a fresh, crunchy appley nose and a deliciously creamy, refreshingly crisp mouth feel.

Crispin Hard Cider Brut...$6.49 / 4pk

European-style extra-dry over ice. The ”champagne” of ciders; combining subtlety and sophistication; the epitome of unforced elegance. A crisp fresh apple bouquet with a brisk, refined finish that lingers on the palate.

New Holland Tasting!!!

New Holland Beer and Spirit Tasting!!
Tonight until 7pm

Special update -- he brought some New Holland Hopivore with him to taste- this is their Fresh Hop beer.

We have a special tasting on Thursday with Rich Blair, New Holland Regional Spirits Ambassador & Spirited Advisor.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 (5pm-7pm)

The Wine and Cheese Place

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO, 63105

Rich from New Holland will be on hand to introduce their new Spirits to St. Louis.
We will taste:
New Holland Hatter Royale Hopquila
New Holland Zeppelin Bend Straight Whiskey
New Holland Knickerbocker Gin
New Holland Dutchess Citrus Vodka
New Holland Dutchess Vodka
New Holland Freshwater Rum - Huron White
New Holland Freshwater Rum - Michigan Amber
New Holland Freshwater Rum - Superior Single Barrel

Plus we will try a few of their beers....
New Holland Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock
New Holland Imperial Hatter
New Holland Full Circle Kolsch
New Holland Mad Hatter
New Holland Poet Stout

Artisan spirits from New Holland in Michigan....great package.
In stock at Forsyth!!!

New Holland Hatter Royale Hopquila....$24.99 / 750ml
"For centuries, cultures all over the world, have celebrated the benefits, aroma and flavor ofHumulus lupulus, a.k.a. "hops." Their lively aromatics and punctuated bitterness are best known for their most infamous role in brewing. Hatter Royale is the innovative creation, Hopquila which invites the herbaceous perennial to the exciting world of distilled spirits.A fermented wash of 100% barley is twice distilled, then steeped with Centennial hops. The vivacious spirit features a grain-centric body framed by citrus-laden hop character in the nose and finish. Hoparitas!

Only 540 bottles made. Each hand numbered

New Holland Zeppelin Bend Straight Whiskey....$24.99 / 375ml
Zeppelin Bend is a culmination of New Holland’s brewing roots and a growing passion for distilling. A straight-malt whiskey, it begins with a brewer’s mash coaxing sugars from malted barley into a liquid wash. This wash is twice distilled and aged in new American oak with a heavy char. Notes of vanilla and clove arise from the slightly caramelized spirit leading to a classic American-oak finish.

New Holland Knickerbocker Gin...$21.99 / 750ml
Knickerbocker Gin is a vibrant, aromatic spirit twice distilled and infused with flavors from more than a dozen herbs and spices. Generous amounts of juniper-berries contribute a bright citrus and evergreen body, bursting with flavor before a clean, dry finish. Named for the Dutch explorers of a new world, Knickerbocker celebrates modern exploration in the historic realm of distilling.

New Holland Dutchess Citrus Vodka
For those who appreciate a well-crafted cocktail, we present Dutchess Citrus vodka. A crisp spirit, with lively citrus notes infused from real fruit, Dutchess Citrus brings fresh flavors to every drink.
A spirited drink for your spirited life.

New Holland Dutchess Vodka
A clean and crisp vodka distilled from organic wheat, Dutchess is an excellent companion to boundless ingredients. A spirited drink for your spirited life.

New Holland Freshwater Rum - Huron White....$21.99 / 750ml
Freshwater Rum is a series of rums inspired by the majestic Great Lakes. Huron white rum is distilled from a wash of fermented cane-sugar molasses. It is clean, bright rum with a delicate sweetness and hints of vanilla. Freshwater Huron is perfect for cocktails and Great Lakes outings by boat or on shore.

New Holland Freshwater Rum - Michigan Amber...$24.99 / 750ml
Freshwater Rum is a series of rums inspired by the majestic Great Lakes. Michigan amber rum is distilled from a wash of fermented cane-sugar molasses. Its oak-barrel aging reflects in a caramel color and deep body. A rich and smooth marriage of molasses and oak, Freshwater Michigan is classic rum excellent for classic cocktails or served neat, perhaps with a single ice cube.

New Holland Freshwater Rum - Superior Single Barrel....$33.99 / 750ml
Freshwater Rum is a series of rums inspired by the majestic Great Lakes. Superior single-barrel rum is distilled from a wash of fermented cane-sugar molasses. It showcases barrel-aging in robust, yet elegant flavors. Freshwater Superior is hearty rum sure to inspire and reward nautical voyages and incredible marine adventures

Ska Euphoria

In stock now at Forsyth -- I have the cooler loaded down. It just looks like it will be delicious.

Ska Euphoria Pale Ale....$7.99 / 6pk cans
FRESH - cannned 10/15/10

There is no mention of this seasonal on Ska's website -- looks like it has been a draft option for a few years, but canned for the first time last year. This will be the first time in St. Louis!

Here is some info from RateBeer

This seasonal beer is brewed in the Do It Yourself (DIY) spirit along with our friends from Bayfield at the Venture Snowboard Factory. An India Pale Ale, the Euphoria is crafted with piles and piles of Golding hops to provide a unique spicy finish. Great for after hitting the slopes.

Anarchic enlightenment: (1) Brewed in strict accordance to D.I.Y. methodology, the beer of choice for epic powder days. (2) brewed and bottled by ska brewing company, durango colorado using the finest hops, yeast, malted barley and san juan waters.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Info for next year's release of Sneaky Pete

Some beer news for next year....
More info about Sneaky Pete's Imperial IPA.
Scheduled to be released on 3/1/2011. Brewed and bottled for wine/beer distributor Fran Kysela.

It will be packaged in 4 packs
89 IBU's
10% ABV

Made with five hops, 30 % of which are Simcoe.
Each batch is brewed with 150 pounds of Clover Honey.

Sneaky Pete’s is Brewed as a single step Infusion mash with Pale ,Rye. Munich and Honey Malt. During the boil Honey is added at one of the later hop additions

The hops used are Simcoe, Glacier, Centennial. Vanguard and Hallertauer
It is 89 IBU and ranges from 10-10.3% ABV we use a classic west coast yeast that is known as the Chico Strain or US-56
The honey and Simcoe Dry- hops create the very grapefruit flavor combination that is awesome to smell and taste .
info from Fran Kysela

Monday, October 18, 2010

American Whiskey Tasting With Ted Kilgore

Ted Kilgore is coming back to do another "spirit" class for us.

October 19 (Tuesday) -- American Whiskey Tasting With Ted Kilgore (6-7:30)

Taste an overview of great whiskey made in the US, including Bourbon, Rye and a few new American straights. Plus a few surprises. (a cocktail maybe?)

$25 / person

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

Click here for reservations
or call 314-727-8788

We our proud to have nationally awarded and recognized d
rink mixologist, Ted Kilgore, to lead you through this classes. There is no doubt that Ted is "the" cocktail expert in St. Louis.

More info about the master mixologist....
Ted Kilgore was named...
"The Beverage Network’s 10 Trendsetting Mixologists" of 2008 in the Country!
Ted Kilgore
won the Bombay Sapphire ‘Most Inspired’ mixology competition in July

"The Last Word is anchored by the continued drive and obsession of Ted Kilgore, spirits and mixology professional. In the 12+ years that Ted has been in the business of drinks, Ted has become one of the most recognized mixologists in the Midwest.

In his thirst for knowledge, Ted has studied under such industry leaders as Paul Pacult, David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff, Steve Olson, Doug Frost, and Gary Regan. In May of 2007, he attended the B.A.R. (Beverage Alcohol Resource) in Manhattan and earned the prestigious B.A.R. Ready Certification. Attending Tales of the Cocktail, Grand Marnier Mixology Summits, and research and development travel have helped keep Ted apprised of the national and international cocktail and spirits scene.

Ted can currently be found mixing drinks at Niche Taste Bar in the beautiful Benton Park area of St. Louis, MO." -- The Last Word Cocktails