Saturday, December 11, 2010

Boulevard Harvest Dance returns...

Boulevard Smokestack Harvest Dance Wheat Wine
available online also

"There was three men come out o' the west their fortunes for to try,And these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn must die,They ploughed, they sowed, they harrowed him in, throwed clods upon his head,'Til these three men were satisfied John Barleycorn was dead.
"This grim little verse belongs to one of the oldest of English folk tunes. It depicts the cultivation of barley as a series of abuses and indignities committed upon pour little John Barleycorn, who eventually triumphs, reborn as beer and whiskey. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John's cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes. And though it may appear that Miss Wheat is about to be cut down in her prime, have no fear: just pour a glass of Harvest Dance and you'll find she's alive and well."

Friday, December 10, 2010

Boulevard BBQ arrived at Forsyth

In stock at Rock Hill, Forsyth and Provisions now!

now --
also online

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad...$11.99 / 750ml

"Based loosely on the Smokestack Series Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel, after fermentation on cherries, was separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels, where it aged for varying lengths of time, in some cases as long as a year. Selected barrels were then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore." -- Boulevard

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Brewery The Musketeers

New Belgian beers to The Wine and Cheese Place....
also online now

Troubadour Magma...$18.49 / 4pk

Rated 97 on Ratebeer
"Tripel IPA that combines the hop bitterness of an American IPA with the fruity characteristics of a Belgian Tripel. Stefaan Soetemans, one of the founders of Brouwerij The Musketeers, gave us a little insight on the upcoming release as well as his thoughts on European and American beer cultures.
Some might look at Magma and begin jumping to conclusions without having tasted the beer. But to Stefaan Soetemans, that’s part of the experience. Along with co-founder Kristof de Roo, Stefaan aims to dispel some preconceived notions that beer drinkers in the United States and Belgium might have regarding beer styles.
The Musketeers are no stranger to this approach. It began with Obscura, a cross between a stout and a Belgian brown ale. The idea was simple: produce an easy-drinking, Belgian-inspired IPA. By taking the essential elements of both beers and combining them, they had a hit on their hands.
But they haven’t stopped there. The new Magma Tripel IPA provides a formidable hop presence and is dry-hopped with American Simcoe hops, but is also tempered by the fruitiness that comes from the yeast during the fermentation process." -- importer

Troubadour Blond...$4.19 / 11.2oz
"The clear, golden, attractive color is what strikes you first. A firm white head is the crown of this golden ale. Your first experience, while sipping the BLOND, will be a refreshing, sparkling effect on your tongue, followed by a mild bitterness enhanced by a spiciness, that finishes with a sweeter sensation. A good nose recognizes the hops, in combination with fruity esters.

With its 6.5 % alcohol by volume it is somewhat stronger in alco
hol content than regular beers, but it’s not overpowering, and it allows one to easily drink more than one glass--especially with dinner, where we recommend it certainly with fish dishes. Although it is a typical beer to sharpen the appetite, while drinking it with your friends, family or business partners before actually having dinner. And of course we will not refrain you from drinking a few more after dinner while having more fun with your company." -- importer

Troubadour Obscura Mild Stout...$4.19 / 11.2oz

Rated 96/100 RateBeer
"Pretty dark color, as you would expect from a stout. Slightly more red-brown, though, when compared with Irish stouts. A dense rich creamy beige head crowns your glass. Thanks to the refermentation in the bottle, we have the natural carbonation. The flavors are deeper, richer, more pronounced: malty, clearly roasted (is it hints of coffee, is it hints of chocolate?) Deceptive, because the relatively high alcohol content is not immediately felt, except maybe a slight glowing sensation. A complex aftertaste, with some licorice undertones, and a pleasant bitterness survives last. Absolutely a beer to savor and enjoy—let you taste buds experience every ounce of flavor. A lot of lace is left on the empty glass." -- importer

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nogne Islay Edition

Order Nogne online

Nogne Winter Islay Edition....$17.99 / pint The label sounds like a challenge....

"Please be aware that this is not a sublte beer. If you are unable to appreciate the flavor of Islay Scotch Whisky , then this beer is certainly not for you. Three months of aging in fresh Islay whisky barrels did this. Certainly great for whisky lovers, but not necessarily for those in search of subtle balanced flavors. The timid should look elsewhere! We love it though!" -- label

Monday, December 6, 2010

De Struise Holiday ale...

2010 is here!
De Struise Tsjeeses.....$7.49 / 11oz

"Deep to orange blond abbey triple winterbeer which has been lagered for 8 months on different stonefruits. Tsjeeses was born out of a 5 year brew experience regarding x-mas beer without being capable of finding a suitable name up to now. With the name came a face, a caricature actually, that was drawn on the day Urbain, our brew master and master brewer, drank too many Tsjeeses's. Every time he drinks one, he says "Tsjeeses, what a beer". Therefore the name is more an expression of stupefaction than a curse. We have had already many discussions around the pronounciation of "Tsjeeses". Very close would be that you say "cheeses" or cheese in plural." -- brewery website
Rated 98/100 percentile on RateBeer

Order all Struise beers online

Boulevard Beer Dinner

As reported on

Don't miss out, looks like a great dinner..

Luciano’s will be holding a beer dinner on December 8th, starting at 6:30PM, featuring beers from Boulevard Brewing Company. This four course dinner was designed by Luciano’s Executive Chef/Owner Marc Del Pietro and Boulevard’s VP of Marketing and Sales Bob Sullivan along with the Director of Marketing Jeremy Ragonese will be there to discuss the beer.

Tickets for this meal will be $45 (not including tax and tip) and reservations (which are required) can be made by calling 314-863-9969. Here’s a list of the courses along with the beer pairings:

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Pan roasted striped bass, littleneck clams, mussels, sauce boulilbasse

Double-Wide I.P.A.
Porchetta & seared sea scallops cauliflower purée, apple slaw, cider vinegar gastrique

Long Strange Tripel
Roasted rack of lamb, house~made gnocchi, lamb bolognese, wild mushrooms, roasted garlic oil

The Sixth Glass
Vanilla pound cake, fennel seed & orange ice cream, honey reduction