Sunday, November 7, 2010

Schlafly Anniversary update....

Schlafly's 20th Anniversary Volume 1

Update was posted on

[11/4 Update: From Brewmaster, Stephen Hale: "We do indeed plan to have limited distribution for these four beers, primarily because of our batch size (~14 bbls., we’ll brew one for 750 ml. bottles, and one for draft). The distribution details are still being discussed, but I can give you the current estimated release dates for all four beers:

Beer #1 (Imperial Pilsner, as you know) 26 December 2010, but likely only at our two pubs, with further distribution beginning the next day.
Beer #2 sometime in March 2011
Beer #3 21 July 2011
Beer #4 26 December 2011
**all dates, of course, are subject to change

Since things can change so quickly, we can’t quite promise what the distribution of these beers is going to be, both with regard to the territory as well the volume of both bottle and draft available."]

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Name the state match with the beer

Can you name the state each of these beers come from ?

Sporcle - Mentally Stimulating Diversions

take the test -- click here

I got 23 with some major guessing.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Rogue John John Hazelnut

Also available online

Rogue John John

Hazelnut Brown Nectar Aged in Hazelnut Spiced Rum Barrels....$8.49 / 22oz

Style: Barrel aged Food Pairing: Pork, Beef

Tasting Notes:

This unique ale consists of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar aged in Rogue’s Hazelnut Spiced Rum barrels.

13 Ingredients:

Harrington, Klages, Brown, Carastan 13/17, Crystal 70/80, Crystal 135/165, Beeston Pale Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ malts; Saaz and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops; Hazelnut Extract, Free Range Coastal Water & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

Caldera IPA is back

Back in stock -- fresh batch just arrived of the IPA

Check out their canning line ==

Caldera from Ashland, Oregon
"One thing that sets Caldera apart from many other Northwest breweries besides the beer clarity is the incorporation of fresh whole flower hops into the brewing process. Whole flower hops have a cleaner taste than pelletized hops." -- brewery

Caldera was draft only until 2005 when the starting canning their beer -- the first craft brewer in Oregon.

Why cans?
Eliminates light and oxidation (causes skunkiness)
Quality beer for float trips and other places glass is not allowed
Click for more reasons and read about the "Myth of the metallic taste".

Caldera I.P.A....$11.99 for 6/12oz cans
"An American-style Indian Pale Ale brewed with plenty of body and assertive hop profile.
Grist: premium Two Row, Munich, Crystal, Carahell
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Amarilla
ABV = 6.1%
GOLD MEDAL: Category: Strong Beer 6.0% to 7.9%

Competition: Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Fest 2008- Sweden

SILVER MEDAL:Category: American Strong Pale Ale
Competition: North American Beer Awards 2008
SILVER MEDAL: Category: India Pale Ale

Competition: Australian International Beer Awards 2008

Bell's Winter Seasonals are here!

Order all Bells online now

Bells Winter White Ale.....6pk

"Taking its cues from Belgian-style white ales, Bell's Winter White Ale offers a lighter yet abundantly flavorful alternative to the traditional heavy winter warmers. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance, Bell's Winter White Ale is a beer for embracing winter." -- brewery

Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%

Bell's Christmas Ale....6pk

The basic inspiration for Bell's Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn't contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. At 5.5% ABV, it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus.

Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%

Goose Island Tasting!

Picture from tonight's great tasting with Karen of Goose Island....thanks to Karen and for everyone that attended!!!

From the owner of Domaine Pegau...

This great Rhone value is also available online now

2007 Laurence Feraud Gigondas....$31.99
"The brilliant 2007 Gigondas exhibits loads of crushed rock, blueberry, and boysenberry characteristics. A cool-climate style has given the wine a certain restraint, but the levels of concentration, depth, and richness are impressive. Drink this beauty over the next decade.

The negociant line of wines from Domaine du Pegau is sold under the label Selection Laurence Feraud, and they are all noteworthy efforts as one might expect given all the contacts Laurence and her father, Paul, have in the southern Rhone Valley."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Quick notes -- in stock now

CALDERA IPA cans are finally back in stock -- should be nice and fresh.
Bells Winter White 2010
Bells Christmas Ale 2010
Rogue John John Hazelnut Ale Aged in Rum Barrels

More Founders Breakfast Stout arrived...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bourbon County is here!!!!

Sold out!
Goose Island 2010 is here. EXTREMELY Limited this year. Not sure why. Last year we got 30 cases and this year each account only gets 1 case. Limit 1 -4pk per person
(I will save 1 - 4pk for Karen to pour this weekend at our Friday Tasting)

Reserve online now
2010 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.....$4.99 / 12oz btl.

Brewmasters Notes:
Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. A great cigar beer.

Recipe Information:
Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 13%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Willamette
Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Snifter
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40ยบ
Food Pairings: Flourless Chocolate Cake
Cheese Pairings: Capriole Bourbon Chocolate Torte
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

World Beer Cup Recognition:
Judging Category: Barrel Aged Beer
2006: Gold Medal

Boulevard Smokestack 12oz!!!!!

Boulevard Smokestack Series now in 12oz / 4pks
Very exciting news: We have recieved what the the KC Beer Blog dubbed "Little Smokies" --- 12 oz - 4packs!

Boulevard Smokestack Tank 7.....$9.99 / 4pk
Boulevard Smokestack Sixth Glass Quad.....$9.99 / 4pk
Boulevard Smokestack Double Wide IPA.....$9.99 / 4pk
Mix/match 4 packs of the Little Smokies if you like and we will sell them as singles!!!
"A new chapter begins at Boulevard Brewing Company this week as we started shipping some of our Smokestack Series brews in a 12-ounce proprietary bottle. It has been a project we’ve been working on for some time. The process to get a glass completely unique to Boulevard took more than a year to come to fruition. Then there was making sure the beer would live happily in the new size as it does in the 750mL bottle and of course all of the artwork that goes into a new package isn’t created overnight either.
We committed ourselves to a smaller serving size offering after receiving much feedback from Boulevard loyalists who said sometimes it is a challenge to get through an entire 750mL bottle, even when sharing with friends. The 12-ounce size brews will be sold in four-packs and the beers selected to be part of the line are
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, The Sixth Glass, Double-Wide I.P.A. and Dark Truth Stout. For now, these ales will continue to be available in the 750mL size and Tank 7 has definitely found a home on draught too. While we haven’t ruled out adding other beers to the 12-ounce size, there are no current plans on expanding the line up anytime soon.
The end result is truly exciting. As we sit and listen to the clank of the bottle line, and
watch the new little bottles at work, we know there will be some very happy Boulevard fans, including all of us here at the brewery. Cheers!
" -- Boulevard

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Compass Box available online

Very limited release!

4,186 bottles made

Compass Box Flaming Heart....$79.99 / 750ml

Flaming Heart is back. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, Flaming Heart returns in its third limited edition, with a new label illustrated by Alex Machin. Flaming Heart combines Highland, Islay and Island single malts, aged in a combination of American and French oak casks, to create a smokysweet flavour profile like no other Scottish malt whisky.
This is a whisky inspired by a rock song. Appropriate, perhaps, as rock music has long been associated with rebellion against various societal norms. And our humble company has been associated, for better or for worse, with a reaction against the industrial “traditions” of Scotch whisky production. We like to think of our approach as reflecting a craft ethos--making
whisky better for the sake of it. Flaming Heart is an ideal example of this approach. It is a whisky that combines superior, new French oak-matured Highland single malt whiskies – with all their fruitiness, richness, spice-like character and sweetness – with heavy-peated Islay single malts. The combination yields a complex flavour profile like no other Scotch malt whisky: big, bold, rich, sweet, smoky. In the melodramatic parlance of a rock lyric, it is a whisky born of fire, yet one with a big heart. Share and Enjoy." -- Compass Box

Mikkeller Ris a la M'ale

Cannot find much about this one....
Brewed with Almonds and Cherries --

Mikkeller Ris a la M'ale....$8.79 / 12.7oz
"A Rice a la M'ale brewed: Rice, milk / cream (lactose), vanilla, almond extract, sugar, salt and cherries. And then a little water, malt, hops and yeast." - from RateBeer

No U.S. distribution on RateBeer except us now.

also online

Mikkeller Holiday Ales arrive....

Available online
A new one in the long line of Mikkeller Christmas Ales....
Mikkeller Red White Christmas...$28.99 / 1.5ltr
(only available in magnum)
"Mikkellers Red/White Christmas is a mixture of a British Red Ale and a Belgian Wit Bier. To make sure, that this beer would bring you the Christmas spirit, it has been stuffed with bitter orange peel. American hops, orange peel, Red Ale and Wit Bier in combination makes this beer something special." -- Mikkeller

Very limited, we only received 6 bottles.

Founders Backwoods Bastard is here

In stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill!
Looks like we should have enough. No limit anymore.

order now

Founders Backwoods Bastard....$11.99 / 4pk
10.2% ABV 50 IBU’S

Big and delicious for your ‘perty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the pallet.
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate
Rated 99/100 percentile on RateBeer

Founders beers available online also

Amazing price --- Modus

Available online also

On Sale!

2006 Ruffino Modus Toscana.....$17.95
(net, no case discount)
Blackberry, violet and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, with silky tannins. This has sweet fruit, with toasty oak and citrus fruit on the finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best after 2010. 16,670 cases made. –JS
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

Grand Teton Weisse Bier 6pk

Order Grand Teton online

A new 6 pack from Grand Teton....

Howling Wolf Weisse Bier....$8.99 / 6pk

"Howling Wolf Weisse Bier is an unfiltered Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. Brewed with a hearty amount of wheat, this Weissbier pours a light clouded golden color with a generous head. Gently hopped to balance the malt sweetness, Howling Wolf’s flavors and aromas are subtle with a hint of fruit and spice. At 5% alcohol by volume, this light-bodied ale is a refreshing session beer for any time of year." -- brewery

Rombauer on sale

Amazing price for this amazing wine!
Price good through Nov 6, 2010

2009 Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros....$25.99
Compare to $32 at

(net, no additional discounts)
We have the 2009 in stock now and it is a very impressive Chardonnay! Much better than the 2008, and equally as good as the 2007 if not better. Even though Rombauer never makes a bad Chardonnay, most thought the 2008 was not quite as good as the 2007. If you liked the 2007, try the 2009 it is better!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Provisions Beer Tasting...

Karen King from Goose Island will be pouring some lunch time treats at Provisions Gourmet Market on Wednesday November 3 from 11:30am-1:30pm

Join them for a beer tasting at Provisions and grab some lunch and taste some delicious Goose Island beer:
taste --
Demolition, Sofie, Matilda & Pere Jacques

Wine and Cheese Classes with Angela Ortmann

TWCP Clayton - Wine and Cheese Pairing Series with STLwinegirl

These classes will be taught by Certified Sommelier, Angela Ortmann. She will be featuring a different country during each class. Matching wines paired with cheeses from our award winning cheese department to enhance your experience!

First Thursday of each month.
THIS THURSDAY -- Still some room left
Thursday November 4 - Wines and Cheeses of Spain
6pm-7:30pm -- $25 / person

Thursday December 2 - Wines and Cheeses of France
6pm-7:30pm -- $25 per person

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

Reservations required--- 314-727-8788
Or sign up online