Friday, October 7, 2011

Fresh hop time....

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere is here!

Wet Hop Ale!

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest...$3.59 / 24 oz bottle
Bottled around Sept 22

Great Argyle Reserve Series Pinot Noir...

Just got in a great Pinot Noir at a great price...

In stock at Fosyth and Ballwin

or reserve it online

2006 Argyle Pinot Noir Spirithouse....$52.99
Compare to Agyle Winery Release price of $70
The 2006 Pinot Noir Spirithouse Knudsen Vineyard is medium/dark ruby with a splendid aromatic array of mineral, earth, cedar, spice box, and red and black fruits, Silky smooth, layered, bordering on opulent, and very sexy, this Pinot Noir will evolve for 2-3 years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Lithe, polished and appealing for the transparency of its raspberry, blackberry and sweet leather flavors, which linger gently on the harmonious, almost delicate finish. Drink now through 2014. 1,360 cases made. –HS
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Our own barrel of Knob Creek....

Our next barrel has arrived....

The Wine and Cheese Place's own Single Barrel of Knob Creek 9yr Old has arrived!

Old Barrel #66 was chosen by us and our customers for its exceptional quality.   Knob Creek botlled it for us an now it is here.  After evaporation, the barrel only yielded 174 bottles of this fine Bourbon which shows great intensity of vanilla and caramel sweetness.
Come in now for a taste at one of our locations.   

Knob Creek "TWCP" Single Barrel 9yr Old Bourbon...$34.99
Only 174 bottles made.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Silver Oak Tasting this Saturday

Taste 2006 and 2007 Silver Oak....

Silver Oak Wine Tasting
This Saturday - Ocotober 8 from 1-4pm

The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

Join us at Forsyth to taste the amazing Silver Oak wines.  
We will taste
2006 Silver Oak Alexander Valley
2006 Silver Oak Napa Valley

And just announced...we will taste the highly anticipated 2007 vintage!
2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley
The 2007 will be released next week, but you can taste it on Saturday and place an order for next week if you want some!

$5 / person and you get to keep the tasting glass!
Reservations are not required, but we only have a limited number of tasting glasses for you to take home, so you can make a reservation to guarantee yourself a glass

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rogue Double Dead Guy in stock now!

Rogue Double Dead Guy is back!

New package!

Style: Strong Ale       Food Pairing: Pork / Hot & Spicy

Tasting Notes:
Deep amber copper color. Buttery peanut brittle, orange blossom tea aromas follow through to a rich chewy and fruity full body with nice notes of caramel drizzled dried apricot and roasted grains and spice. Finishes with a long, tangy grilled grapefruit and chocolate fade.

7 Ingredients:
Malts: C15, Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare & Risk Malts.
Hops: Crystal & Rogue Micro Hopyard Rebel Hops
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

60 IBU
78 AA
25º Lovibond
World Class Package:
750ml Black Painted bottle.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In other beer news...

Bells 2011 Stouts stock now at Forsyth

In today...
Bells Cherry Stout
Bells Java Stout
Bells Double Cream Stout

Plus Rogue Double Dead Guy

Founders CBS

The Wine and Cheese Place will be starting Founders CBS Canadian Breakfast Stout Reservations around 8:15.

Since I am confident that it is arriving today and I have an allocation.    I thought I would start the reservations process at 8:15.   I would rather do this before we open and I am not interrupted with other things here.

sold out

After it goes live and  you click the link and see nothing, that means it is sold out and I have "turned it off".

  • We only have 24 bottles (well 23, we need to save one for us to beer geeks to drink at the store).  1 bottle per person.  
  • You can request pickup at any of our stores or shipping.  It might take a few days to get it transferred.
  • Just because you get your order in is no guarantee, I will need to confirm.  Our system has no way of automatically stopping at 23 orders.

  • Your confirmation will say something like your order has been reviewed and waiting for product.  You will then get another email telling you that the beer is ready for pick up at the store when it does arrive in the next few hours.

Founders CBS...$16.99 / 750ml

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

Ramey Larkmead is now Ramey Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

Apparently due to some disagreement between the Ramey's and the owners of Larkmead, Ramey went through the trouble of removing the "Larkmead" label from his 2006 and re-labeled it "Calistoga".  The same wine, just a new label.  They lowered the price by a bunch!

Also online now

2006 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley...$37.99
Compare to $80 suggested retail on The Wine Advocate
Our third release from this historic vineyard on Larkmead Lane surrounding the former Hans Kornell Winery—which in turn enclosed the historic Larkmead Winery. That winery dated from the 1880’s, when it was owned by Lillie Hitchcock Coit of Coit Tower fame. Located on the valley floor, we surmise that Ritchie Creek, separating the Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain appellations, once ran through this site, resulting in the prominent gravel and excellent drainage which distinguishes this vineyard. I had worked with some parcels from Larkmead while I was with Rudd, so I knew its potential for quality. This vintage is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot and 2% Malbec, and was aged eighteen months in sixty percent new French barrels.

93 Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May/June 09
Glass-staining ruby. Deep, youthfully brooding cassis and dark cherry on the nose, with a strong licorice note building in the glass. Sappy black and blue fruit flavors are framed by dusty tannins and energized by a tangy mineral note. The licorice quality repeats on the finish, which is broad, sappy and impressively persistent. For a big boy, this is pretty graceful.

92+ Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate December 2008,
Issue 180

Although backward, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vineyard is extremely promising. Its inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of smoke herbs, graphite, crème de cassis, coffee beans, and toasty oak. With sensational fruit on the attack and mid-palate, and a finish filled with power, glycerin, depth, and impressive structure, this 2006 will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and should evolve for two decades or more.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Brewed with Bananas and raisins..

Bananatana is brewed with a unique blend of bananas and golden sultana raisins.

Drie Horne Bananatana....$9.99 / 750ml
While the thought of fruit in beer seems sacrilege to some real ale drinkers, brewer Sjef Groothuis has worked wonders with fresh fruit in his unique beers. He uses everything from bilberries to birch sap in his diverse collection of ales, and his focus is on natural ingredients and preserving traditional, diverse, flavors. Rest assured that his are not "fruit beers." They are beers that are brewed with fruit, which is a distinct difference; you'll find no syrups here. These beers are enhanced by the subtle aromas and textures of fruit with out the sugary sweetness found in other commercial drinks that claim to have a place in the beer world.

The Bananatana was commissioned by Bierlijn Nederland ( because "There are simply not enough beers fermented with real fruit." And who better to brew a new one than Sjef? Bananatana is brewed with a unique blend of bananas and golden sultana raisins. Nothing artificial. Simply beer and fruit.

Bink Bloesem

Kerkom Bink Bloesem...$3.49 / 11.2oz

made with pears and honey
"Here’s the latest from the little farmhouse brewery that is vigorously campaigning for quality and integrity in Belgian brewing. Bloesem is a celebration of the harvest, made with locally grown pears and honey. It is mellower and slightly sweeter than the normal hoppy offerings from Kerkom.

The Kerkom Brewery is a family operation built into a rambling farmhouse surrounded by Belgium’s best cherry orchards. In the summer beer lovers from all over the country come to drink fresh beer in the courtyard in front of the brewery." - importer

Some returning Mikkeller beers...

Order Mikkeller online

We just got some Mikkeller beers back in stock -- new batches

Mikkeller makes some of our favorite beers and some of the best in the world. If you have not experienced them, we have many in stock now now.

Mikkeller Draft Bear...$13.99 / 750ml

"A Danish pilsner is typically characterized by an alcohol content of 4,6% vol., piss-yellow colour and a sexless, slightly bitter taste. But it doesn’t have to be like this…! Draft Bear is Mikkellers interpretation of a ’pilsner’, heavyweight-style. With its powerful hop notes, high alcohol content and lovely golden appearance, the only reference to the pilsner style is the clean taste of the lager yeast." -- Mikkeller

Back in stock and a new lower price!!!  This one came way down in price which is great -- now only $11.99

Mikkeller Frelser (Triple Bock)....$11.99 / 750ml
"This Bock from Mikkeller is called Frelser. Means Savior in Danish. The name is a subtle reference to all Bocks Mother: Salvator. Originally the monks brewed Salvator because they needed a very strong and rich beer during Lent. Do not drink this beer instead of a meal, it contains 11% alcohol." -- Mikkeller

Back in stock now

Mikkeller Koppi "Coffee IPA"....$12.99 / 750ml

"(Copenhagen, DENMARK) – Mikkel Borg Bjergsø reveals another ace up his sleeve.
Mikkel said that he has never heard of a “Coffee IPA” and, for what it is worth, I can’t say that I have either (though it could be out there). Mikkeller Koppi will be ready this winter according to the nomadic brewer.
The coffee (Guji Natural) is specially made by a coffee roaster called ‘Koppi‘ in Sweden. Mikkel opted to use Tomahawk hops in this one.
The beer is brewed at De Proef which is typical of Mikkeller beers and is packaged in 750s." --
info from

Check out this video....

Our second release from To Øl

This is our second beer from  To Øl (Danish for two beers).... 

To Øl is a new brewery from two students of Mikkel of Mikkeller.  

To Øl Black Ball Porter....$4.79 / 11.2oz

Black Ball is a potent porter, boasted with dark cassonade sugar and a good heap of American hops to rebalance the edgy and full-flavoured malt profile. You will find notes of chocolate, caramel and sulphur. This result in a porter with a broad and delicate mouth feel, capable of a good kick and does not leave the mouth voluntarily.

Black IPA? No way! Hoppy Porters is here to stay!

For a perfect evening, Black Ball blends perfect with a Black Rocket from the Pivovar Matuška brewery and Mikkeller Black Hole (Royalties to Theis!)

Ingredients: Water, barley malt (Lager, smoked, chocolate, cara munich and brown), roasted barley, milled oats, dark cassonade, hops and yeast.

7.1% ABV, 330 ml / 11.2 FL OZ

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium

info from To Øl website

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
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

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.