Friday, May 6, 2011

Some interesting labels get approved...

Beer news.....
Not sure if this will make it to St. Louis....
Bells bottling in 750ml?  They just got approval for their Sparkling Ale in 750 bottle!  The label says only 1,200 bottles made and bottled February 2011. 

Avery Eighteen Anniversary Edition --- A dry hopped rye saison.   We should see this one in St. Louis as we have gotten their previous Anniversary releases.


Amager Fusion

Available online
Amager Bryghus Fusion...$6.99 / pint
"We wanted to prove that we could make a low alcohol beer rich in taste... and we named the outcome "Fusion". As the name indicates it is a true fusion beer due to the fact that our inspiration came from different styles and countries. The yeast is classic German pilsner yeast, which we - against its will, fermented at 71.6°F. This is a technique know from the American styles "California Common" a.k.a. "Steam Beer". Consequently, we were able to combine the crisp freshness from lager beers with a portion of the fruity freshness found in top fermented beers.

Our choice of malt is somewhat unusual as we selected an English Mild Ale malt adding a dark, roasted character to the beer, as well as a couple of handful of German caramel malt adding sweetness and a soft touch to the beer.

And it wouldn’t be a true beer from Amager Bryghus, if we hadn’t been generous with the hops. We chose classic American aroma hops such as Centennial, Chinook, and Amarillo - you know, the ones which really massages your taste buds. Additionally, these hops leave behind the most pleasurable, citric-like freshness.

Are you confused? No reason to be as our Fusion is the answer to the many people who over the years have asked for an American/English/German top and bottom fermented pilsner ale, which has lots of taste but is low on alcohol!

Fusion was 1st runner up at the Copenhagen Beer Festival 2007 in the competition of brewing a beer at maximum 3.5% alcohol.


Belgian beers in crocks

St. Sebstiaan Golden....$10.99 / crock
St. Sebastiaan Grand Reserve....$10.99 / crock
Belgian Strong Pale
Heavy top-fermented beer with a soft malty flavour
St. Sebastiaan Dark....$10.99 / crock
Dark abbey ale, sweet and bitter on the tongue with a sweat perfume of caramel malt.


New Belgians...

Bokrijks Monsters....$16.99 / 750ml Crock
The second round of the Alchemic Ale series comes in a beautiful 750mL brown earthenware swing-top crock – with screenprinted art by underground comics legend and art-world anti-hero Mat Brinkman.
Filled with Bokrijks Belgian Ale, the showpiece of Meer, Belgium’s Brouwerij Sterkens, it has notes of fruit and spice. This medium bodied Belgian countryside maltwine also has a bitter bite as a result of secondary fermentation in the bottle – a perfect tonic to accompany a session of monster-gazing!

Hoogstate Poorter....$13.99 / 750ml crock
"Baltic Style Porter" from Belgium
Strong beer with a sweet aroma, bittersweet full flavour, and velvety aftertaste

Carpano Punt y Mes is back

The Wine and Cheese Place has Carpano Punt y Mes back in stock!!!

Carpano Punt Y Mes.....$21.99 / 750ml

Finally back after years of missing from St. Louis.

We also got in more of the Antica formula - click here


Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel

Sierra Nevada Collaboration with The Abbey of New Clairvaux in stock now at Forsyth

Ovila Dubbel....$10.99 / 750ml

We got in only 12 more bottles available
reserve yours now

Schlafly AIPA is here!!!

Its back!  Come and get it!!
(online also)

Schlafly AIPA is in stock at Forsyth now!!!

(this is last year's label, this year it is 7.2% ABV not 8.0)


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rare Venge wines

In stock at Forsyth now....

Made by the Kirk Venge (son of Nils Venge, the winemaker that produce the 1985 Groth Reserve - the first California wine to score a perfect 100 from Robert Parker)

2008 Venge Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve...$123.99
"An absolute joy and triumph. Just superb, showcasing the best of Oakville. Perfect tannins, as pure as velvet and sweet, and perfect oak, too, with beautifully applied char and wood spice. That the oak is 100% new is in keeping with the wine’s volumetrics. The wine’s flavors are a profound, heady expression of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and dark, barely sweetened chocolate. Just spectacular, a real achievement by any world class standard. Production was a scant 275 cases." —S.H."
99 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve Heimoff, June 2011 Issue
Rated 99/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2009 Venge Scouts Honor Proprietary Red....$34.99
"Yet another spectacular vintage in honor of our beloved winery dog, Scout. 2009 was a heavier yielding year as compared to its predecessor, 2008. The vintage was very intense and allowed for wines of wonderful concentration and stature in both the barrel and bottle. This vintage is an eclectic assemblage with light violets, crushed herbs, red cherry and licorice scents in the nose. The palate is driven with femininity from the Zin with loads of ripe red berry and cherry and enveloping masculinity of mineral, char and tannin flavors from the Syrah, Charbonno and Petite Sirah. This is a largely structured wine and not for the weak of heart nor imagination. With time this wine will certainly find itself developing wonderfully and finding even more harmony." - winery

2010 Venge Spettro Bianco...$24.99
"We started making our first white blend at the Rossini Ranch Winery—Venge’s former home. The wine was called “Bianco Spettro” and was a smash hit with our wine fans. When the Rossini Winery sold, we changed the name to “Champ des Fleurs” which translated means “field of flowers.” Many people still loved the wine but became tongue tied with the name. It soon became “the white blend.” We have often said that this wine benefits from the spectrum of the varietals that complete the blend, making a wine that is much more compelling than any of the varieties on their own. Spettro translated means spectrum and thus we found it appropri-ate in defining the wine perfectly. This year’s blend is a composition of 61% Yountmill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 31% Maldonado Vineyard Chardonnay, and 8% Baranek Vineyard Chenin Blanc. Crisp and refreshing with loads of meyer lemon, tart apple, grapefruit, a touch of minerality, and solid backbone. Devotees of dryer whites will appreciate this blend for what it is lacking—oak influence. Drink now, chilled over a bucket of ice." -- winery

2009 Venge Penny Lane Sangiovese....$32.99
"This stylish Sangiovese showcases a jammy, ripe red fruit style so endeared to this noble varietal. The nose opens with bing cherries, camphor and a dash of garden herbs. The palate has a depth and fullness to it that pushes ripeness in the direction of plum, black fruit with even a hint of cherry cough drop and barrel vanillin. This wine finds its support from fine acidity and well balanced tannins reminiscent of the prestigious Oakville Appellation terroir. Aged correctly, this wine will improve for 5 to 8 years or more." -- winery



Boulder Summer Seasonal

Boulder Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat....$8.49 / 6pk
"So what did the brewers at Boulder Beer Company compose for the 10th release in our looking glass series?   A filtered American Wheat, placed in perfect measure with muted tones of Blueberry.  Kinda Blue - a tasty and tasteful summer brew that you can't turn your back on.  It's as cool as the day is long.  Summer Seasonal" -- brewery
Blueberries added post-fermentation


Charleville Maibock in stock now!

Order Charleville online

Charleville Microbrewery - Ste. Genevieive, Missouri

Just released seasonal----
Charleville Maibock.....$4.69 / 22oz
"Maibock is a tradition from Bavaria brewed to celebrate the arrival of the spring season. Our Maibock is fermented with traditional Bavarian lager yeast prior to cold conditioning for eight long weeks. Two-Row Barley, Munich, and Carmel Malt build the base that facilitates the malty aromatic profile and deep bronze color. German Magnum, Hallertau, and Tettnanger hops make up the balance to form its depth and Character." -- Charleville

Don't forget their other great brews...
Half Wit Wheat
"A cross between an American Wheat and a Belgian Wit, this refreshing ale is made with white wheat, ground corriander, and fresh whole oranges! Simply delicious served with a slice of orange." -- Charleville
Tornado Alley Amber Ale
"Our Amber is a beautiful red color with slight sweetness and a wonderful blend of hops." -- Charleville
Hoptimistic IPA
"We are really excited to feature our new Hoptimistic IPA!!! This is a very hoppy IPA with lots of complexity and wonderful hops flavors. Yum!" -- Charleville

Scheduled to be released next week...
Tripel Wit
"A beer experience with a true distinction, our Triple wit is a unique bottle conditioned Belgian style ale. Made from two row barley, white wheat and rolled oats. To compliment the satiating taste only found by using a traditional top fermenting yeast, coriander and oranges are added. This addition during the brewing process lends to the delicate balance of flavors between the malt hops and yeast." -- brewery


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Woodford Rerserve Kentucky Derby 2011

Woodford Rerserve Kentucky Derby 2011....$39.99

In stock now!

Available online also

The official Mint Julep
Woodford Reserve Mint Julep

3-5 mint leaves
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 teaspoons water
2-2 ½ ounces Woodford Reserve Bourbon
crushed ice
Muddle (stir/gently crush) four mint sprigs and sugar in the bottom of a julep glass. Add water and continue to muddle. Add Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Pack the julep glass with crushed ice. Add a mint sprig for decoration and sipping straw.

If a metal julep cup is used, be sure to use a wooden muddler (bottom of a wooden spoon) instead of a metal spoon. This will eliminate the possibility of any metal shavings getting into the drink or scratching the julep cup.
from Woodfords website


Ska Mexican Logger

Looks like it  arrived just in time for Cinco de Mayo.   Ska Mexican Logger is in stock  The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth!.

Ska Mexican Logger...$7.99 / 6pk CANS
Hard-working refreshment.
Some beers work a little harder than others for your enjoyment.  This one chops down trees all day for it.  The perfect Mexican lager.  Light and refreshing, it really hits the spot after a long day of brutal chainsaw work.
4.2% ABV


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Beringer Chardonnay 94 Points!!!

All the press agrees, this is an amazing wine....we just had a bottle today and it is gorgeous!

2008 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve...$25.99
"The 2008 Chardonnay Private Reserve continues the success Beringer has enjoyed with this program. Notes of brioche, hazelnut, marmalade, honeyed tropical fruits, buttered citrus, and a gentle touch of smoke are found in this full-bodied, concentrated wine with impressive purity, depth, and length. It should drink well for 4-5 years."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate 

"Big, ripe and complex, with full-bodied apple, melon, pear and citrus notes that gain depth and turn creamy in texture, picking up a dash of anise and cedar on the finish. Drink now through 2014. 22,119 cases made. –JL"

Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

"Bright yellow. Grape and pineapple fruit aromas are enlivened by floral lift and solid minerality. Broad, dense, ripe and sweet, with a chewy, saline quality and some smoky oak notes contributing to this wine's impressively tactile mouth feel. Finishes long, ripe and sweet, with stone and citrus fruit flavors and solid underlying structure."
Rated 92/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar


Red Hook new package...

Red Hook is introducing new bottles and labels on their beer --
the IPA just switched to the new package...

Redhook IPA...$7.29 / 6pk

Plus we have their Spring seasonal
Redhook Mudslinger.....$7.29 / 6pk 
Mudslinger is a Nut Brown Ale with a Medium body and a fresh aroma. Its malty flavor is layered with light chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. Six barley malts and two hop varieties result in a surprisingly smooth, well balanced dark beer.

Mudslinger pairs nicely with grilled meats, stews, fowl, and even smoked oysters or salmon.
Style: Nut Brown Ale
ABV: 5.8%
Malts: Two row pale, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, Black, and a touch of Roasted Barley
Hops: Willamette and Northern Brewer
Bitterness Units: 30 IBU

info from their website


A new one from Breckenridge

in stock at Forsyth

Breckenridge Agave Wheat....$8.99 / 6pk
"This true American-style unfiltered wheat has something a little special – the nectar of the great Salmiana Agave. Agave complements the refreshingly light quality of our wheat and adds a subtle note of flavor that expands this beer’s uplifting taste profile. It is familiar, yet creative."

Beer Style: American Unfiltered Wheat Ale with Agave

Flavor: Light, refreshing, yet interesting
Yeast: American Wheat
Malts: Pale, White Wheat, Torrified Wheat, Carapils, Caramel, Munich
Hops: Fuggle, Cascade, Willamette
Color: Golden Opaque
Bitterness Units: 9
Alcohol By Volume: 4.2%

info from their website


Nova Scotia beer "style"....

In stock at Forsyth...

"Alexander Keith's is a Canadian brewery founded in 1820 in Halifax, Nova Scotia making it one of the oldest commercial breweries in all of North America. It was founded by Alexander Keith who emigrated from Scotland in 1817. Today, the brewery is under the control of Labatt, a subsidiary of Anheuser–Busch InBev, formerly Interbrew. The brewery also produces Oland Brewery beers, distributed in Eastern Canada.

More recently Alexander Keith's announced that they would begin selling beer in the United States after nearly two centuries of being available in Canada alone." -- wikipedia

They are apparently now brewed here in St. Louis by Anheuser Busch....

Keith's Nova Scotia Pale Ale....$6.69 / 6pk
Keith's Nova Scotia Brown Ale...$6.69 / 6pk
Keith's Nova Scotia Lager....$6.69 / 6pk

Magic Hat in CANS

Canned beer is on a role... they just keep coming...

Magic Hat No.9...$14.99 / 12 pack CANS


Stella Artois in cans.

We now have cans of Stella for your floating needs...

Stella Artois CANS...$14.99 / 10 pack 14.9oz cans
Stella Artois CANS...$7.49 / 4 pack 14.9oz cans


Mendocino Imperial IPA

Mendocino Seasonal release...

Mendocino Imperial IPA....$9.49 / 4pk
"Imperial IPA - This full bodied Imperial IPA is brewed with massive amounts of premium varieties of hops such as Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe and Crystal and paired with a rich blend of luscious Munich, caramel and 2-row pale malts. The result is a perfect balance of luxuriant malt and heady, exhilarating hop flavor. After primary fermentation is finished, we dry hop our Imperial IPA with copious quantities of the above mentioned hops. It is then cold conditioned for a few weeks. The result is an outstanding and unforgettable hop aroma. Starting with an original gravity of 20 Plato and finishing at 8.0% alcohol by volume, this Imperial India Pale is a hop tour de force!" -- brewery


Liefmans are back at TWCP!

Also online

The Wine and Cheese Place just got in a shipment from Liefmans!
New packaging since last time we had it....

Liefmans Goudenband....$9.99 / 750ml
Rated 98/100 on RateBeer
"Liefmans Goudenband is a brown beer of high fermentation, brewed with special malts.  This beer will mature for 4 to 8 months in the cellars.  the taste of this typcial provision beer evolves positively over time.
8% ABV
Taste: Smooth body, with a dry, complex, caramelish maltiness and a nutty, raisingy montilla note.   Try it with goat's cheese 

Liefmans Cuvee Brut - Kriek....$9.99 / 750ml
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
6% ABV
This Kriek is made with completely different method from Kriek Lambic.  It starts with old brown beer which is macerated with fresh whole cherries in shallow, horizontal tanks (every 100 liter brown beer holds 13kg cherries).   Then it matures for about 1 year, afterwards it is blended with both Oud Bruin and  Goudenband of different ages.  The result is a well balanced sour and sweet kriek of great complexity. 

Liefmans Fruitesse...$8.99 / 750ml
"Refreshing fruit beer, matured on cherries with natural fruit flavors (cherry, raspberry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry) sugar and sweetener.  Contains barley malt." -- label
4.2% ABV


TWCP - Home of the fresh beer in town....

Some new batches are nice and fresh and Forsyth
Back in stock now --
Bells Two Hearted Ale -- bottled 4/20/11
Schlafly Kolsch -- bottled 4/20/2011
Founders Double Trouble IPA -- bottled 4/22/2011
Founders Porter -- bottled 4/28/2011