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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Very rare and limited: Barrel Aged Cellar Door...


Barrel Aged Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales...




Only 140 cases made and no score yet on RateBeer


Stillwater Barrel Aged Cellar Door....$18.99 / 750ml 
Ale brewed with White Sage : Aged in Oak Wine Barrels" - label


"Cellar Door which is my version of a wit beer (currently the #1 Wit in the world on Ratebeer). Aged in Red Wine French Oak barrels with Brett.. only 140 cases produced." -- Brian, Stillwater


Order all Stillwater online now also

Currently the #1 Witbier on RateBeer.com
Rated 98/100 
Stillwater Artisanal Cellar Door...$10.99
over the ages the term ’cellar door’ has numerously been referred to as the most beautiful term in the English language. upon setting out to create the first summer addition to the Stateside line up of ales; the feeling that almost instantly came to me was that of beauty & cleansing. many summer offerings tend to lack the complexity of their bigger, colder season counterparts; so my goal was to craft an ale of extreme balance with a delicate complexity that allows for contemplation while also providing quaffable refreshment. starting with a base of German wheat & pale malts this crisp slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops providing a intricate blend of herbal grass & tangerine citrus flavors and aroma. to pull this all together and to complete the ’cleansing’ aspect of my vision i gently finished the ale off with a touch of white sage, lending a mild earthy spice character to the blend. of course let’s not forget our house saison yeast that brought all the elements together leaving a dry yet intricate finish.

Top 10 Witbiers on RateBeer.com

Tilquin makes its debut in this year...


Now in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place and available online now

Tilquin Oude Gueuze A l'ancienne....$9.99 / 375ml


Tilquin Oude Gueuze A l'ancienne....$18.99 / 750ml



"Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Old Gueuze Tilquin is made from the blending of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics.  Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.  Ingredients: water, malt, yeast, hops." -- back label  
6% ABV

Tilquin is the first new Belgian Lambic producer in to open in over 15 years.

I hear that it is a blend of straight Lambics from Cantillon, Boon, and Lindemans.

Pouilly Fume


Great Sauvignon Blanc from Loire -- new release!


2010 Domaine Tinel-Blondelet Pouilly-Fumé "Genetin"...$25.99
The soil is made of "caillottes" (limestone stones).
"Genetin" is a name given in homage to the original name for Sauvignon Blanc: Muscat Genetin.  The Genetin bottling is normally reserved for the most powerful Cuvées in the winery. No oak.  Produced from 25 year-old vines coming from the Villiers limestoneterroir, situated in Bouchot.  A golden colored and mineral wine with elegance and finesse. Can be cellared for 2-3 years.  A mineral-laced smoky accent and citrus aromas. Elegant and powerful on the palate.   Food pairing: shellfish, goat cheese such as “Crottin de Chavignol”. Perfect also as an aperitif.

Friday, September 30, 2011

RJ Rockers new beers

A couple of new ones from RJ Rockers...



RJ Rockers PATRIOT PALE ALE...$9.99 / 6pk
 
Our American pale ale is aggressively hopped with Challenger and Cascade and has a sweet caramel finish. The flavor that launched RJ Rockers – and brewer Mark Johnsen’s personal fave.
6.0% abv


RJ Rockers BALD EAGLE BROWN ALE....$9.99 / 6pk 
A traditional English-style brown ale, but with more body. Its deep brown color comes from a combination of Chocolate and Black malts. Tall, dark and smooth – the perfect cure for the domestic beer blahs.
5.6% abv



2011 Best Brown plus fresh Two Hearted


Bells Best Brown arrives for the season!


Bell's Best Brown Ale...$9.89 / 6pk
"Rich brown ale perfect for the fall and winter. Plenty of malt character and smooth sweet finish give this brown ale its distinct character." -- brewery

Plus
Bells Two Hearted just arrived back in stock today -- fresh again -- bottled 9/15/11



Thursday, September 29, 2011

2nd Shift Brewing plans on bottling....


2nd Shift Brewing gets their first bottle label approved!  St. Louis' beer scene just gets better and better.  I have only tasted a few of their beers so far, but have loved them!


As reported on STLHops this week -- 2nd Shift Brewing plans to start bottling a couple of beers.  Well, their first label just got approved - Unicorn Killer Saison "UKII"
"Big Fancy Bottle Series"
Bottled in 750ml bottles.


Read more about them on their website

Avion Tequila featured on Entourage


Avion Tequila that was featured in the hit HBO show Entourage is now in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place.  This Tequila has been one of the hottest tequilas going since its feature on Entourage.  

And now, it is finally in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place!!!!
In stock at our Forsyth, New Ballas, and Rock Hill locations.




Avion Silver Tequila...$37.99
Avion Reposado Tequila...$43.99
Avion Anejo Tequila....$45.99


"Tequila Avion is love. The obsession to produce the world’s smoothest tequila begins high in the hills of Jalisco, 7000 feet above sea level, where the finest handpicked Blue Weber Agave slow roasts in brick ovens to bring out an unparalleled blend of natural flavors and aromas.

But before it’s bottled, Tequila Avión is loved a little longer. Ten times longer than other tequilas to be exact. The proprietary Ultra Slow Filtration process filters Tequila Avión into the smoothest Silver, Reposado and Añejo varietals in the world.

The result is a flavor profile and smoothness loved by everyone who tastes, including the judges at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition who honored Avion with Double Gold distinction.

Whether you sip it, mix it or enjoy it straight up, Tequila Avion loves everything and everyone." - Website

Founders CBS - update


Founders CBS:  It is worst than I thought.  We will only have 24 bottles to go around.   So we will stick with our "normal" way.   I will post the arrival on Tuesday October 4th with a link to reserve 1 bottle per person until they are gone.  I doubt it will take long.

We get our delivery usually on the early side.  I would guess I will be posting close to 9am.




Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout official release date is October 3
(which means we will get ours on Tuesday October 4, we are not taking pre-reservations.  We will offer it when it arrives. Watch our blog / facebook / twitter / emails .




Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 19, 2011—Founders Brewing Co. Vice President/Director of Marketing Dave Engbers announced today that the highly anticipated Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) will be the second release in the company’s 750mL “Backstage Series”. It will be released to the market on October 3, 2011, with a taproom release party on October 1.
There has been a great deal of anticipation and speculation regarding the upcoming release after the success of Blushing Monk, the series’ debut, earlier this year. Canadian Breakfast Stout is the epitome of why Founders launched the Backstage Series: it brings some of the brewery’s most sought-after beers, which have been available primarily at the taproom or at a few select events, to a much larger audience.
"Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates and then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. The final product has had stellar reviews and currently is the 5th highest rated beer in the world on BeerAdvocate.
As co-founder Dave Engbers explains, “Releasing small specialty batches is a great way for us to connect to our core beer enthusiast. Fundamentally, we are a small brewery that loves to do things our own way. This isn’t about flooding the shelves with a beer that we hope people will try; it’s about producing the best damn beer we can brew and offering it to those enthusiasts that have supported our passion for great beer.”
While we aren't ready to release the next beers in our Backstage Series, we maintain that it will consist of "popular one-offs” that have been offered in the taproom over the years and have become favorites among patrons and brewery staff.
“I think part of what people love about Founders, besides our beer, is that we listen to what they are saying,” says President Mike Stevens. “With our new line, now we can offer them more of what they’ve been asking for.”
We expect to release one additional product in the 2011 Backstage Series later this year and 3 more release in 2012." -- Founders



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beer vs. Wine Smackdown


Wine vs. Beer!
Going to be a great Event for both wine and beer lovers!






Next Monday!

October  3 (6pm-7:30pm) - Beer vs Wine Smackdown with Goose Island Beers
This class will feature wine vs. beer paired with some cheese and light appetizers. We have STLWinegirl picking the wines and Karen King from Goose Island picking the beers. Which will match better with the food?  This will be a fun and informative event for both wine and beer lovers.  Something for everyone!!



$25 / person

Reservations are limited and required - click here to reserve a seat


First Flight

Cheese course: a triple creme with fruit chutney
Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Second Flight
Assorted Olives and our fresh roasted nuts

Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Third Flight
Assorted Salami with mustard and crackers

Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Fourth Flight
Dogtown Pizza 

Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Fifth Flight
Chocolate: a selection of both milk and dark chocolate
Paired with a Goose Island Beer and a wine

Midtown Alley Street Fest


This Saturday....


3rd Annual Midtown Alley Street Fest!
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10am – 11pm

Where:
The Heart of Midtown Alley on Locust Street from Garrison to Hotel Ignacio. Download Festival Map (pdf).
Live Music On Two Stages:
Live Music includes: Kim Massie, Murder City Players, David Beeman
(of Old Lights), Derrick Streibig (of We Are Warm), Stickley & Canan, Animal Empty, Née, Union Tree Review, Pretty Little Empire, and The Blind Eyes.
Microbrew Beer Garden:
10am – 11pm
Breweries you will see include Schlafly, Ferguson Brewing, Urban Chestnut, Charleville, Augusta, Six Row Brewing, and Cathedral Square.

Food From Area Restaurants:
10am – 11pm
Saint Louis University’s Open Air Market:
10am – 5pm
Antique Car Show:
10am – 5pm
Kid Zone:
10am – 5pm

Hot new tequila....

Very hard to find....another load just arrived today to our Forsyth location.


On a tip from a customer, Jim Edmonds, formely of the St. Louis Cardinals---this is the hottest tequila in California now. 
He is also stocks it at his St. Louis Restaurant -- Fifteen
Fifteen Steakhouse
1900 South Locust
St. Louis, MO 63106
314-588-8889
"15 Steakhouse is an urban American steakhouse combining the finest in seasonal driven cuisine with eclectic charm. Our gorgeous dining room, and 6,000 square foot patio has played host to corporate events, celebrity chef cook- offs, meat roasts and family gatherings. We offer private dining facilities for groups of 10 to 350 from corporate events to weddings, or just an evening with close friends. For reservations please call 314.588.8899"






Premium Mexican tequilas Clase Azul Reposado Tequila in a fine ceramic bottle, and Clase Azul Plata, produced by Tequilas Premium, Jalisco, Mexico.

Clase Azul Plata Tequila....$67.99

Clase Azul Reposado Tequila....$79.99
in a Fine Ceramic Bottle
"The perfect marriage between the finest tequila and a beautiful hand-crafted, hand-painted Mexican fine ceramic bottle. Produced and bottled in Jalisco, from 100% agave (weber blue agave) and twice distilled.

Aging in fine oak barrels gives Clase Azul distinct, smooth flavors and aromas, as well as an excellent balance over the palate." -- The Tequila Source






Help us choose the next barrel

We just got in samples for our next Buffalo Trace Barrel.  We are down to less than 4 cases of the last barrel.

Come in to Forsyth while the supply lasts to taste the 3 and vote!



Fifty Pounds Gin


Fifty Pounds Gin....$28.99 / 750ml


Rare and Handcrafted London Dry Gin




The GIN ACT 1736



IMPOSED DURING THE REIGN OF HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE II
When William of Orange prohibited the importing of alcohol to England in the early Eighteenth Century, so began the production and consumption of (domestic) English gin by huge numbers of distillers, the majority being of dubious quality.Its popularity was such, especially amongst the poor, that gin was distilled and sold in one fifth of all London homes. This excessive and uncontrolled consumption provoked a rapid degradation of society, a period given the name the Gin Craze.

In trying to curb this ‘social evil’, the 1736 Gin Act was introduced during the reign of George II, whereby an annual levy of £50 was imposed on those wishing to produce and sell gin.
After six years, just two distilleries had agreed to pay this tax.

gin called FIFTY POUNDS

A SMOOTH DISCOVERY
Shortly after the Gin Act 1736 a family of independent London Distillers came up with an original gin recipe, known ironically amongst themselves as ‘Fifty Pounds’ in honour of the Gin Act levy, which was characterised by its particular smoothness and flavour.The recipe remained hidden for generations, until the descendants of those pioneering master distillers rescued it from oblivion and re-discovered its extraordinary qualities.
The specialist traditional methods employed in the creation of this superior gin means that production is limited, obtaining approximately one thousand bottles from each batch.
Each bottle of Fifty Pounds Gin is presented in an exclusive bottle, with a design inspired by the first gin bottles, known as case gin. Each bottle bears the individual distillation batch number, together with the year that it was distilled.


Fifty Pounds Gin is produced in a small and legendary distillery located in the south-east of London, with a tradition of more than two centuries behind it. The method is carried out in a still manufactured by the legendary John Dore & Co Limited, in which a perfectly balanced, secret combination of herbs, spices, fruits and flowers, together with grain spirit (a neutral alcohol, previously distilled four times to achieve a greater purity) is distilled.The distiller, Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, has made use of the process used centuries ago, known as Batch Process Distillation, which is the purest and most efficient way of obtaining ‘the finest gin spirit’.


The ORIGINAL RECIPE


THE BEST GRAIN SPIRIT AND BOTANICALS
Afurther key to this centuries-old recipe is in the combination of the grain spirit, distilled four times to guarantee its purity, with the perfect proportion of botanicals used in each distillation.The botanicals, from four different continents, have been bespoke-selected by the plant expert, depending on the season, always choosing the highest quality plants at all times, from wherever they are sourced.

Some of the botanicals used in the fabrication of Fifty Pounds:
Juniper Berries
From the hills of Croatia. Juniper, the principal ingredient in the fabrication of gin, imparts an aroma with traces of pine.
Coriander Seed
From the Middle East. The seeds accentuate the exotic flavours, spicy hints, citric elements and freshness.
Grains of Paradise
From the Gulf of Guinea, Eastern Africa. A rare, hard to source variety, imparting subtle, peppery flavour with hints of lavender.
Savory
From the South of France, with a delicate aroma & traces of mint, affording extra freshness.
Orange & Lemon Peel
From the East of Spain and Southern Spain respectively, creating a subtle balance between the citric aromas and flavours, enhancing the gin’s superb dryness.
Liquorice
From Calabria, southern Italy, giving the spirit its delicate, woody and bitter notes.
Angelica Root
From Western Europe, which homogenises the flavour of the remaining botanicals, giving the gin a delicate earthiness on the palate.

COCKTAILS

MOUTH-WATERING, THIRST - QUENCHING COCKTAILS
Classic G&T
60 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
150 ml Fever Tree tonic
Lemon peel
Fifty Dry
55 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
7,5 ml Fino or Amontillado
One olive
Red Pounder
45 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
90 ml tomato juice
Salt, pepper, Tabasco, Perrin's sauce,
lemon juice & a pinch of celery salt
Fifty on the Road
50 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
Ice & a lime wedge
Pink Craze
60 ml Fifty Pounds Gin
150 ml Fever Tree tonic
3 mashed raspberries

Founders Wet Hopped Ale


Founders Harvest Ale is here


Limit 1 - 4pk per person - Very Limited.




Sold out at Forsyth -






Founders Harvest Ale...$9.39 / 4pk

This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a white, two-finger head. Your first sip of this beer rewards you with a super juicy hop presence bursting with citrus, then finishes to introduce toasted malt undertones.
6.5% ABV70 IBUs




A new Pinot Grigio



Vitas Pinot Grigio


2010 Vitas Pinot Grigio Friuli...$16.99
 "Made from 100 % Pinot Grigio. This variety has French origins, but it has been cultivated in Friuli since the second half of the 18th century where it has found an ideal habitat to reach excellent results.
Elegant and intense bouquet with hints of acacia flowers, dry hay, walnut kernel, yellow peach and golden apple, intertwined with fresh and mineral notes. The palate is well-structured, mineral and flavorful. The alcoholic and fresh note gives the wine a pleasant consistency on the finish.
Ideal as an aperitif and with fish hors-d’oeuvres. It also pairs well with white soups, fish and shellfish." - importer

Rubus brings us a Lodi Zinfandel



A new Zinfandel...







2009 Rubus Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel....$15.99 
After selling over 400 cases of Rubus Cabernet, we decided to see what else Rubus had to offer for us. We tasted their 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel and fell in love with it. For $15.99 you are getting a quality Zinfandel for a bargain price. Rubus is not a winery, but a label created by our friend, Fran Kysela. With the wine glut we are seeing now, he goes out and purchases surplus wine from well known wineries and bottles it under his own label (same thing Cameron Hughes does). Fran Kysela is a master taster, he became only the 12th United States member of the Master Court of Sommeliers back in 1989.

Lodi, American Viticulture Area (AVA) – The Lodi AVA is located in the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley California, east of the San Francisco Bay. Lodi has warm days and cool nights, similar to the Mediterranean climate. The lower temperatures that occur in Lodi result in fruit with good acidity. A wide range of soils are found in the Lodi AVA, but they generally are deep, loamy, sandy, rocky soils similar to that found in southern Rhone valley.

Zinfandel – The Zinfandel grape is a hearty variety that produces grapes with high sugar levels, often resulting in wines with a high alcohol content. Thought to be a relative of Primitivo that is found in southeast of Italy (the boot heel), Zinfandel can be made into a wide range of wine styles, including White Zinfandel, light or full bodied red wines, and even late harvest desert style wine. However Zinfandel, especially Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi, is usually made into a full bodied, spicy red wine with characteristics of red fruit, raspberry, and cherry.
Produced in the heart of Lodi AVA from vines owned by Van Ruiten Winery. From their 1,000 acres of vines are chosen a select lot of 1,200 cases of Zinfandel.
Bottled after aging in French and American oak for 9 months.

Ruby red in color, with red fruit, raspberry, and spice on the nose. This wine is medium in body, with notes of ripe cherry, cedar box, cinnamon, anise, black pepper, and hint of smoke on the palate. It has a long, silky finish. 


info from Fran Kysela

Monday, September 26, 2011

Barrel updates....



Buffalo Trace Barrel - Our barrel of Buffalo Trace is almost gone -- about a case left at each store. Waiting on samples to pick out a new one.


Knob Creek Single Barrel - we have the rack waiting to be filled with old barrel No. 66 that we selected -- should be this week.


We have selected our Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Single Barrel. They just sent us a picture of the label!

It will still be a few weeks before they get it bottled and shipped to us though....you know I will keep you posted...

Saffron Gin in stock now!


Saffron Gin is in stock now at The Wine and Cheese Place


Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin
"Saffron Gin comes from a recipe rediscovered in the Boudier archives. Saffron Gin is the result of an alliance between Great Britain for its London Dry Gin, India for its spice used extensively in cooking and in religious ceremonies, and French know-how developed by Gabriel Boudier. This original product with exotic notes is manufactured entirely at Dijon and is used in numerous cocktails, the most famous being Saffron gin and tonic." -- Gabriel Boudier Website

Ardbeg Alligator - limited scotch release


Very Limited!

If you missed the initial Alligator offering....here is another chance

Ardbeg Alligator....$79.99




"Bubbling under is an Ardbeg of hidden depths. Extremely fierce charring of the cask - 'alligator char' - gives Ardbeg a unique spicy bite that'll catch you unawares. Charge your glass with a splash of water and roll it around and around in your jaws!"

Update....bad news...


Just got word that Founders Breakfast Stout got shorted on the distributors truck.  We are now told that we will not see any until Mid-Late October  -- 



Founders Breakfast Stout...4pk
ABV = 8.3% and 60 IBUs
"The coffee lovers consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh roasted java nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that goes forever." -- Founders
"You’ve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. We’re actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever. "
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer (over 1,100 ratings)
Rated A on BeerAdvocate (over 1,100 ratings)



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Great Aligote....



Domaine de Regusse Aligote



2010 Domaine de Régusse Aligoté...$16.99
 Made from 100% Aligoté, this wine is fresh, crisp and fruity. An easy drinking aperitif style, it is best enjoyed with shellfish, grilled chicken, and salads.
The wine made from the Aligoté grape was used to make the original "Kir". The Kir is a popular cocktail that was created by Mayor Kir of Dijon, France. The acidity of Aligoté works perfectly with the Creme de Cassis to make the perfect Kir.