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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fresh batch of eggs in stock

FARM Fresh eggs Non factory produced from right here in Missouri -- in stock now!!! In stock now at Forsyth Farm Fresh Eggs, free range


"We grow with nature, not against it" -- Dry Dock Dry Dock Farm Heritage Breed Farm Fresh Eggs...$4.99 / per dozen We have been tasting and searching for the right eggs for our store to go along with our artisan Bacon program. We have found them with Dry Dock Farms. Dry Dock Farms has all free range Heritage Breed chickens. Tomorrow we are getting our first batch, it will be an assortment of heritage breeds. Once you try these farm fresh eggs, you will not be able to go back to the "grocery" store mass produced eggs. The flavor is so much fresher and richer. What is Heritage Breed? Basically many of these "heritage" breeds of chickens (and other animals) were becoming threatened because the large egg producers were favoring chickens that produced a quantity of eggs and not quality. To quote The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "Modern food production now favors the use of a few highly specialized breeds selected for maximum output in a controlled environment. Many traditional livestock breeds have lost popularity and are threatened with extinction. These traditional breeds are an essential part of the American agricultural inheritance." Some of the Heritage breeds that Dry Dock has includes: Ameraucana Chickens - "Easter Egg Chicken" -- produces blue and green eggs Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens -- Brown Eggs - pre-World War II - this was the most popular and most likely the eggs being eaten. Rhode Island Red Chicken -- Light to Dark Brown Eggs New Hampshire Chicken (see picture from Wikipedia above) -- Light brown eggs "Dry Dock Farm is 3 acres of rich river bottom land near the village of Silex, Missouri. We purchased our farm in 2005. We are remodeling our turn of the century farm house and barn. We grow Heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Our Heirloom tomatoes are bursting with that old time “picked from Grandma’s garden flavor”. We grow our produce and flowers using bio-intensive, no chemicals, no GMO seeds, and we enrich our soil with natural minerals, cover crops, worm castings and compost. We also raise Heritage chickens, turkeys, geese. ducks and assorted other poultry. Our birds are raised on pasture with fresh air and sunshine. They are fed a vegetarian diet, to provide you with the best tasting farm fresh eggs. Dry Dock Farms runs a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) In basic terms, CSA consists of a pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members or shareholders of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm throughout the growing season as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land. (USDA definition) Read more about CSA

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Friday, April 1, 2011

last minute beer delivery...

Just got a shipment in that included some new ones...


Sam Adams WEE HEAVY

Shiner Ruby Redbird Seasonal

Leinenkugels Summer Sampler - CANS!

12 pack mixed CANS - Berry Weiss, Sunset Wheat, Honey Weiss




RARE SCOTCH!

In stock at Forsyth now.


Very, very limited and rare....it will only be made once.




Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix....$84.99


The Great Warehouse Collapse of 2010

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix commemorates a moment of drama in the long history of The Glenfiddich Distillery. It all began in December 2009 when it started to snow - it kept snowing for several months. After weeks of record low temperatures and alternate freezing and thawing there were four feet of densely compacted snow on the distillery roofs. On the evening of Thursday 7th January, in the most remote part of the snow covered distillery, some of our warehouse roofs collapsed, ripped open by the sheer weight of snow, leaving maturing oak casks of Glenfiddich exposed to the winter sky. It was as if some of the distillery angels had finished their 'share' and had come back looking for more.



In all 4 roofs collapsed and several more were badly damaged. The distillery engineers calculated that there were 400 kilograms of snow on every square metre of warehouse roof - the equivalent of a herd of elephants standing on top of each warehouse. The Glenfiddich Distillery team immediately swung into action - working around the clock to clear snow from the distillery and neighbouring warehouses to make everything safe. Enduring temperatures as low as -19°C (-2°F) they could only work for a few hours in the bitter cold before having to go indoors to thaw out. Before the rebuilding of the warehouses could start, all the casks of maturing Glenfiddich had to be moved to other secure places where they could continue their maturation undisturbed. I came to see the warehouses for myself and standing amongst the wreckage decided to create a special Glenfiddich whisky to mark this moment in the distillery's history and recognise the fantastic and difficult work carried out by the distillery team.


To create this whisky I selected the finest casks from the snow damaged warehouses – marrying together different ages of mature Glenfiddich – some very old. Some of these casks had previously held Oloroso sherry and others were traditional whisky casks made of American oak. Each one was specially chosen to make a unique contribution to the taste and aroma of the final whisky. We have called it Snow Phoenix - a great Glenfiddich Single Malt born of chance and adversity. It is a limited edition, one of a kind and will only be bottled in 2010


Brian Kinsman

Glenfiddich Malt Master






Yeti in 4pks now!!


Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout is now in 4 packs!!!

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout....$12.99 / 4pk



Wayne Gretky Wine

Hockey and wine fans...


Wayne Getzky Estate No.99 Cabernet Sauvignon...$11.99

"This wonderful wine, made from the legendary hillside Cabernet Sauvignon grapes of the Napa Valley, has been created in the service of my foundation -- which means that with every bottle you enjoy, less fortunate kids will be able to participate in the passion of playing, watching and learning from the world's best game." -- Wayne Gretzky


"Estate No.99 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the depth and complexity of this vintage. Rich and elegant, it offers ripe dark fruit, cinnamon, and cassis on the nose, while on the palate velvety plum, black currant, and mocha notes lead into a lingering, spicy finish. Subtle oak undertones result from careful selection and blending of batches from both French and American barrels. Cheers and drink responsibly." - Winemaker





Thursday, March 31, 2011

Great Rhone Value


2009 Delas Freres Cotes du Rhone St. Esprit....$11.99


Delas Freres has produced two other outstanding sleepers of the vintage, and both wines dramatically over-deliver for their appellations. The brilliant 2009 Cotes du Rhone St.-Esprit is the best Cotes du Rhone I have ever tasted from Delas. Seventy percent Syrah, twenty percent Grenache and the rest Carignan and Mourvedre, this wine comes primarily form the Cotes du Rhone village of Cairanne. The wine has great fruit and a sweet raspberry and black cherry nose with some herbs, licorice, and pepper. Aged all in tank, the wine is medium to full-bodied and possesses sweet tannin as well as a long finish.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate



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Michigan beer news...

Founders News:

Our friends at Founders have a NEW IPA coming out and they want help picking the label....go to their blog and vote now. Looks to be a sessionable IPA. You only have until April 4th to vote.



Bells News:
An article in the Grand Rapids press reports that Bells Brewing will start canning beers in 2012. It will be exciting to see the likes of Oberon and Two Hearted Ale in cans! -- read the article

Arcadia News:
The article also mentions that Arcadia will start canning in April. In other Arcadia news -- have you tried the Barrel Aged Shipwreck. This one is flying off the shelf, we have gone through over 12 cases already and have another 10 cases coming tomorrow. It is getting a lot of great reviews and many people are comparing it to KBS? Read more about it



Vuur and Vlam from DeMolen

Also available online Rated 97 on RateBeer


De Molen Vuur & Vlam IPA....$7.49 / 11.2oz
"Fire and Flames"
Info from the label
Brewed Nov 19, 2010
Bottled Dec 21, 2010
Bittering Hops: Galena as latehops. Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo. Dry hopping with Cascade.

"This beer will be good for 5 years" -- that's what the label says?


Boulevard Imperial Stout

1 more case arrived -- 12 bottles in stock now at Forsyth- You can also order online

2011 Version Boulevard Smokestack Imperial Stout...$11.99 / 750ml


Brewery Description -- "Like India Pale Ale, Imperial Stout was originally brewed with high levels of alcohol and hops to withstand the rigors of a long sea journey, not to India, but to Imperial Russia and the Baltic States. These beers were exceptionally strong and complex, and were said to age well for as long as seven years. Our not-so-traditional version starts with a huge grain bill featuring several kinds of malted barley, wheat, rye, oats and spelt. Hopping is no less generous, with large portions of Fuggles and Hallertau Magnum, along with Hallertau Perle and Athanum. To enhance the body of the beer, we employ an ancient technique which uses the last runoff from the lautering one brew as mash-in water for the next. During fermentation, Belgian yeast contributes a most uncharacteristic fruitiness and complexity. Finally approximately 10% of the batch is barrel-aged for four months, then blended with fresh beer before bottling. The result is a unique blend of english tradition, Belgian eccentricity, and American ingenuity. Due in part to its strength, our Imperial Stout is an excellent choice for long cellering, so be sure to put a few bottles by for some deferred gratification. And check back with us in seven years or so." -- Boulevard Brewery 11% ABV



Lagunitas WTF

Order Lagunitas online now

In stock now at Forsyth!
Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
"WTF"....22 oz

A big Ol' Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey. "In the murky realm of things that make you go "Hmmm..." 2010 should rank way, way up there. From the curious per curiam decision of 531 U.S. 98 in 2000, to WTC7, to the House of Lehman, to the Nobel President's Afghan Expedition escalation, to the oxymoronic Jobless Recovery of 2010; we have been confused. So, we did the only thing we could, we made beer and lots of it. 5,643,420 cases of it to be exact. And as far as we know, you drank all of it. Thank you for that, because if you had not, we would have been looking for a bailout of our own, and we haven't heard about any breweries either needing or receiving any of those spicy Yuan TARP dollars....although we have rad that the Las Vegas adult video industry did. Nobdoy knows why. So, in a wolrd that is once again the proverbial "Ball of Confusion", craft beer alone seems to carry its own weight. It's nice to be on the winning team and thank you for your patronage and imbibiliciousness." -- Label Share

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stone Brewing Update


Stone is still scheduled to hit St. Louis around April 19th. If you have not already -- become a friend of Stone in Missouri on Facebook and show your support. Plus as they are doing in Minnesota this week, Stone will keep you updated on the events here in St. Louis for their kickoff week via their facebook page.


Many have been curious and interested in what the pricing will be on their beers. I did finally get a list of prices.

These should be our prices when they do arrive late April.

The beers are not here yet, coming soon!

Stone IPA....$9.69 / 6pk

Stone Levitation Ale...$9.69 / 6pk

Stone Pale Ale....$9.69 / 6 pk

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard...$14.99 / 6pk

Stone Ruination IPA...$14.99 / 6 pack

Stone IPA and Smoked Porter...$3.79 / 22oz

Stone Arrogant Bastard...$3.99 / 22oz

Stone Cali Belgique IPA...$5.49 / 22oz

Stone Ruination IPA....$5.49 / 22oz

Sublimely Self Reighteous Ale....$5.49 / 22oz

Obviously stay tuned, I will post when they arrive and when we will have a kickoff tasting at our store.


Also, if you did not read it on Stlhops.com, Stone has created a special back label for the Stone IPA here in St. Louis. Watch for it when the beer arrives.




Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In stock now!!

Bottled March 25th! -- FRESH!!!
Schlafly Bavarian Weissbier....$7.99 / 6pk
Our Bavarian-style Weissbier is an authentic German-style unfiltered wheat beer, full of clove and banana characters. The unfiltered beer results in haziness, leaving the yeast and grain protein to provide extra mouth feel. While not a hoppy beer, the German Tettnang and Hallertau Tradition hops provide a minimum level of bitterness. The unique Bavarian ale yeast strain gives clove and banana flavors in the final beer. Weissbier means “white beer” in German. Before the development of lighter colored malts, Germans produced beers from wheat, darker in color and not categorized as wheat beers. In 1516, German Purity Laws went into effect, making barley the only acceptable malt in the brewing of beer. This should have ended the production of Weissbiers. Luckily, German nobility allowed brewers to continue brewing Weissbiers in exchange for large bribes. Weissbier has grown in popularity since World War II, and sales now rival those of Bavarian lager brews.
--Schlafly

Bells 2011 Oberon is here...

In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth! --


This is Bell's #1 seller and it accounts for about 50% of their sales--find out why and pick up a 6 pack!

Bell's Oberon -- 6pks

Released late in March each year. One of our favorite and most popular beers! When Oberon arrives, you know it is Spring and baseball season. "An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a summer afternoon." -- Brewery