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Friday, November 12, 2010

UNBELIEVABLE PRICE!!!

Avery Brewing -- order Avery online

We just got in 10 cases of each of these on closeout!

Great price -- only $1.79 / 22oz

Compare to $7.99 online at Binny's in Chicago


Avery Collaboration not Litigation Ale....$1.79 / 22oz
We are on Batch #3 now!
Salvation. The name of two intricate Belgian-style ales, created by us, Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing. After becoming friends a few years ago, we realized we both had a Salvation in our lineups. Was it going to be a problem? Should one of us relinquish the name rights? “Hell, no!” we said. In fact, it was quickly decided that we should blend the brews to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex and rich libation. In April 2004, in a top secret meeting at Russian River Brewing (well, actually it was packed in the pub and many were looking over our shoulders wondering what the hell was going on), we came up with the perfect blend of the two Salvations. Natalie, Vinnie’s much more significant other, exclaimed, “We should call this Collaboration, not Litigation Ale!” “Perfect,” we shouted! We celebrated deep into the night (or is that morning?). Fast forward to November 14, 2006. After talking about it for over two years, we finally decided to pull the trigger and Vinnie made the journey to Avery Brewing to brew his Salvation exactly as he does in his brewery." -- Avery



Avery Anniversary Ale Sixteen Saison...$1.79 / 22oz
Limited edition - brewed once and then it is gone! Beer Style: Saison Ale
Hop Variety: Sterling
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, pale malted wheat
OG: 1.065 ABV: 7.69%
Adjuncts: peaches, jasmine and honey
Availability: One and done. Bottled in May of '09

"Finally, we're SIXTEEN! Dad, can we have the keys? No really, we'll totally take care of her--keep her clean--fill up her tanks--show her off to our friends and let 'em see what we can really do. Really? Thanks, dude! Promise to make you proud. Now to go find Jasmin, Peches and Miel! Well, we got her started and decided to add a few things to the tank. SIXTEEN is a harmonious combination of jasmine, peaches and honey fermented with an unmistakable Belgian yeast strain, all weaving a marvelously spicy and fruity, massively estery and dry, saison ale." -- brewery



Great Tastings and wines....



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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quail Eggs

We have "All Natural Farm Fresh Grade A" Quail Eggs
Quail Eggs....$6.99 / 18 eggs

In stock in our deli case at our Forsyth location

Bells 5 liter cans...

Looks like Bells is continuing their "artist" 5 liter keg cans.

They just got approved two different ones for 2011 Bells Two Hearted Ale. We will look forward to these next year!!!




Robert Talbott Logan Chardonnay


Amazing Chardonnay Value


2008 Robert Talbott "Logan" Chardonnay....$17.99

"The 2008 Chardonnay Logan (a selection from the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard) is a slightly fruitier, more structured style of Chardonnay from Talbott. Light straw-colored, the wine displays notes of nectarine, kiwi, orange marmalade, honey, and subtle oak. Cutting a broad swath across the palate, it is full-bodied, rich, and impressively endowed. It is the best Talbott Chardonnay in a number of years.

This is the most impressive lineup of wines I have seen from Talbott in a number of years. Their less expensive second label is a noteworthy value. "

Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate


Also available online


Hestan helping out....

Buy some GREAT wine made by Mark Herold and help out!!

"Also in the giving spirit, Stanley and Helen Cheng, the owners of Hestan, a solar-powered winery in Napa, are donating $2 for every bottle of their Hestan, Meyer and Stephanie wine brands sold during the month of November to the Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration. We hope this trend holds water! (And that our puns get better.)" -- The Wine Spectator



2006 Hestan Napa Valley Cabernet...$79.99
Rated 97/100 Wine Enthusiast
From winemaking superstar, Mark Herold.
"Massive, dramatic, beautiful, intense, but young and firm in tannins, with a cut of fresh acidity. Shows concentrated blackberries, black currants, violets, minerals and cedar, leading to a long, penetrating finish. Very great Cabernet, vibrant and potent, just tremendous in structure. Potentially a near-perfect wine with 4–6 years in the bottle. S.H. (4/1/2010) - 97 Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast (MA)

2006 Hestan Stephanie Cabernet Sauvignon....$45.99
Rated 96/100 Wine Enthusiast
: Editor's Choice Classic and harmonious, a very solid Napa 100% Cabernet that's dry and firmly tannic in the mouth. Feels balanced, harmonious, ageworthy, a wine without seams or faults. Fruity, but not overly so, with the blackberries and black currants generously balanced by herbs, minerals and cedar. Very classic and noble wine, and one to cellar through at least 2018. (MA)

2006 Hestan Chardonnay.....$35.99
Bold, rich and creamy, with intense, concentrated fig, melon, spice and hazelnut flavors that fold together nicely, offering excellent depth and a long, persistent, elegant finish. Drink now through 2011. 400 cases made The only white wine that Mark Herold makes, this Chardonnay is gold, rich and creamy with intense melon, spice and hazelnut flavors and a long, persistent finish. Unfined and unfiltered. Mark Herold became one of Napa Valley's best-known winemaking consultants along with starting Merus, he has consulted on Kobalt, Kamen, Celani Family, Buccella and Hestan. His wines have scored extremely high in both The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate. (MA)


2005 Meyer Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$41.99
THE WINE INSIDERS "CLASSIC 95" RATING: A tremendous follow up to the 2004 vintage. Smooth, rich and creamy at the start, with spicy blackberry, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's well-centered, picking up subtle hints of anise and mocha. Teases you on the finish with a burst of fruit. Best from 2009 through 2016. 3,300 cases made. –JL (MA)


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"A southern California native, Mark Herold......Mark moved to Napa Valley to pursue winemaking in earnest. His first job was as research enologist for six years at Joseph Phelps Vineyards . Armed with the expertise gained at Phelps and motivated by the freedom to pursue his own style of winemaking, Mark and his former wife Erika Gottl launched their own Merus wines in 1998. Merus was named “one of California's most exciting new wineries” by the Wine Spectator, and Mark soon found himself in demand as a consulting winemaker specializing in limited production Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
In 2002, after been introduced to a bottle of Merus while dining at the French Laundry, Stanley and Helen Cheng hired Mark as consulting winemaker for their newly created Hestan label.



Mark Herold became one of Napa Valley's best-known Cabernet winemaking consultants, at in addition to Merus, he has consulted on Kobalt, Kamen, Celani Family, Buccella and Hestan. His wines have scored extremely high in both The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate.










Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jayson from Pahlmeyer

Jayson wines are named after Jayson Pahlmeyer. Jayson wines are made from the same barrels that go into Pahlmeyer. Jayson is the second label of Pahlmeyer and they represent some of the most amazing values from California in premium wine.



2007 Jayson Red....$47.99

48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
“The 2007 Jayson Red features layers of black fruit - blackberry, black cherry and plum - with milk chocolate, baker's cocoa dust, tar and earth. It is dense in the mouth with big supple tannins and a lingering finish. This focused and balanced wine is gorgeous now but will continue to develop over the next 8 to 10 years.” – Erin Green, winemaker



2008 Jayson Chardonnay....$41.99
Winemaking Notes
The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native wild yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 90% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered.

Tasting Notes
“This wine has a nice green-yellow color. Its juicy mouthwatering flavors boast layers of tropical fruits and peach nectar accented with apricot croissants. The finish is rich, long and lingering with each layer unfolding beautifully.” – Erin Green, Winemaker



Erin Green...began working part time for both Helen Turley and Sonoma-Cutrer....Erin continued to work with Helen Turley on her clients' wines, including Bryant Family, Colgin, Martinelli and Pahlmeyer. The transition to becoming Director of Winegrowing and Winemaker for Pahlmeyer in 2000 was thus a natural move.



Corsendonk Christmas

Corsendonk Christmas Ale...$8.49 / 750ml


"Corsendonk Christmas Ale....For the reddish brown Christmas beer, the Corsendonk brewer uses roasted special malts, the finest hops and selected yeasts, spiced up with a touch of coriander. With its delicate malty nose, Corsendonk Christmas Ale has everything what only the very best Christmas beer could possibly offer: a round, balanced taste with a dry and refined aftertaste.


Available online

Provisions Thanksgiving

Enjoy this holiday season, don't spend all your time in the kitchen --- let Provisions Catering do all the work for you.....


Provisions Catering
to order call 314-989-0020
Thanksgiving 2010


Entrées

Whole Turkey (fried (12-14# only) or roasted) $4.95* per pound
12 to 14 pounds OR 22 to 24 pounds, must buy whole turkey
Serving guide-1# whole turkey weight per person
Whole Turkey Breast (roasted) $9.95* per pound
Crab Stuffed Salmon $17.95 per pound
Cornish Game Hen $7.95 per pound
Beef Tenderloin $25.25 per pound
Prepared rare to medium-rare
Spiral Ham $9.95 per pound
Sliced w/ brown sugar glaze
Whole Duck $8.95* per pound
5 Pound average, must buy whole duck
*Sliced or de-boned, add $1 per pound


Traditional Sides
Giblet Gravy $10.00 per quart
Mashed Potatoes $4.50 per pound
Roasted Red Potatoes $4.50 per pound
Whipped Sweet Potatoes $5.50 per pound
Traditional Challah Stuffing $4.50 per pound
Cornbread Stuffing $4.50 per pound
Fresh Cranberry Salad $9.95 per quart
Steamed Asparagus $8.95 per pound
Honey Roasted Carrots w/ Pecan Glaze $5.50 per pound
Autumn Roasted Vegetables $9.95 per pound
Fresh Green Beans $6.50 per pound
Fresh Green Bean Casserole $5.95 per pound
Spinach Soufflé $6.50 per pound
Grilled Vegetables $9.95 per pound




Desserts
Pumpkin Cheesecake $16.00 (5in) $26.00 (8in)
Traditional Pumpkin Pie $14.00
Dutch Apple Pie $14.00
Pecan Pie $14.00
Cherry Pie $14.00
Carrot Cake $14.00 (5in) $24.00 (8 in)
Panache Truffle Cake $14.00 - $16.00 (5in) $20.00 - $24.00 (8in)


To guarantee your holiday order, all orders must be placed by Monday, November 22nd.
All orders received after the 22nd are subject to availability.
All orders are to be picked up Wednesday November 24th.








Beer Tasting this Friday

Have not decided on the full list for this Friday (4-6pm),

but we will taste for sure...

Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Ale
Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Celebration Ale
Anchor Christmas Ale
Bells Christmas Ale

I will post final list tomorrow....

Boulevard 21st Anniversary

In stock at Forsyth!!
Should be in good supply in the beginning, so reservations are not necessary. No limit.

Order it online now

Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale....$11.99 / 750ml




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






Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Boulevard Saison Brett

Available online - click here - sold out


Sold out again

Boulevard Smokestack Saison Brett Batch #2...$11.99 / 750ml
"Our gold medal-winning Saison was the starting point for this limited edition ale. It was then dry hopped, followed by bottle conditioning with various yeasts, including Brettanamyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the "Brett" character, if that's what your after. Our Special Release Ales are produced in batches so small that we individually number each bottle. When they're gone, they're gone." -- back label






Anchor Christmas is here!! 2010

online now
In stock at Forsyth now!!

Anchor Christmas Ale 2010....$11.29 / 6pk
Anchor Christmas Ale 2010....$$16.99 / magnum

"The brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer are proud to announce the release of our thirty-sixth annual Christmas Ale.

Every year since 1975 the brewers at Anchor have brewed a distinctive and unique Christmas Ale, which is available from early November to mid-January. The Ale's recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. Our tree for 2010 is the Ginkgo biloba tree." -- brewery




Monday, November 8, 2010

Christmas beers

Also available online


Ridgeway Brewery -- Crazy labels

Bad Elf Winter Ale...$4.99 / pint
"Olde England meets the New World in this strong, warming golden ale. A generous amount of famous English malt is masterfully balanced with an astounding 45 ounces of fresh hops – including English Cascade – per barrel. Bad Elf is brewed by Peter Scholey, master brewer for the late and much-lamented Brakspear Brewery of Henley-on-Thames, England. Peter has bought up the entire crop from the single row of Cascades grown in the U.K.
ELF WARNING: Consumption of too much Winter's Ale may be bad for your elf and may impair your ability to drive a sleigh or operate toy-making machinery." -- importer




Very Bad Elf Special Reserve Ale...$5.49 / pint
"It seems like every year these Elves just get worse and worse . . . This Very Bad Elf is stronger and darker than its predecessor. Anyone out there remember Brakspear’s Vintage Henley? That was one very special brew. This is Vintage Henley cranked up to 7.5%, for the sole purpose of making your holiday bright.
Based on an original recipe from 1795, Very Bad Elf has nutty and sweet-roasted flavors attributable to its use of an ancient pale malt, uniquely recreated for this delightful ale. A rare variety of Fuggles hops dating to the mid-1800’s gives the beer a soft, rounded bitterness and uncanny drinkability.
The illustration for the Very Bad Elf label was painted by Massachusetts artist Gary Lippincott." -- importer



Seriously Bad Elf English Double Ale...$5.99 / pint
"Seriously Bad Elf is Peters's very English interpretation of a Belgian Tripel, brewed to warming 9% alcohol, especially for his rapidly-growing American following.
Seriously, you don't want to miss this beer.
BREAKING NEWSSeriously Bad Elf has been banned in Connecticut! That little red speck you see in the background of the label? Why, that's none other than Kris Kringle, Santa Claus, who, according to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, cannot appear on a beer label. Sleep well, Connecticutians! Your government is working overtime to protect you. (By the way, you can buy Seriously Bad Elf in Massachusetts. And New York. And Rhode Island. But please do not carry the offending bottles across state lines.)" -- importer






Criminally Bad Elf Barleywine Style Ale...$6.29 / pint
It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, of course - wrong place at the wrong time...but Claus was soon back on the the street with the polite apologies of the authorities - no questions asked. All's well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to know...it takes its toll, doesn't it? "Indeed," sighed Claus, "my elf is going crazy, and I fear that I shall soon go crazy as well." And with that he hoisted a great flagon of his favorite Barleywine-style ale, silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work in the first place.





Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout...$5.99 / pint
"Looking forward to a depressing holiday? Here is liquid consolation. This 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is the best you could hope for in these dark times. Actually, come to think of it, considering how bad you’ve been, this little coal-black gem is more than you deserve for Christmas this year.
The handiwork of vastly talented (but altogether too cheery) master brewer Peter Scholey, Lump of Coal is the perfect stocking stuffer for the beer lover or manic depressive in your family." -- brewery



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Schlafly Anniversary update....


Schlafly's 20th Anniversary Volume 1


Update was posted on Beernews.org

[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."]