Brewmasters Notes: Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. A great cigar beer.
Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Alcohol by Volume: 13% International Bitterness Units: 60 Color: Midnight Hops: Willamette Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black
Preferred Glass: Snifter Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º Food Pairings: Flourless Chocolate Cake Cheese Pairings: Capriole Bourbon Chocolate Torte Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years
World Beer Cup Recognition:
Judging Category: Barrel Aged Beer 2006: Gold Medal
"Peace offering is an American Brown Ale, brewed with a few hundred pounds of maple roasted Missouri Squash. We hope you enjoy our take on autumn and that the flavors remind you of the many great offerings that come with this distinctively wonderful season." - label
"Personally Selected by The Wine and Cheese Place" We tasted a number of barrels with our staff and our customers and we chose the best barrel...
Here is the label made for us....
Elijah Craig 12 year old Bourbon.
"The aromas have a light touch, offering honey and caramel and cocoa in a straightforward, confident balance. The flavours follow on the palate, with a full, spicy finish that explodes with simple pleasures. Smooth, warm and comfortable, this a sweet sipping Whiskey that's best in a snifter-without ice or water".
The father of Bourbon.
Selected barrel Bourbon.
Aged 12 years in new charred oak barrels.
Barrels hand selected by the master distiller from choice middle-of-the-rickhouse location.
Silver Medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2001
Two double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
"Best of Best" distinction among premium Bourbons in Whiskey Magazine's "Best of Best" tastings.
The barrel that this bourbon aged in for 12 years is now at Four Hands Brewing to be filled with Bona Fide Stout Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean.
"Taste: Some strong depth on this Bourbon with the spice and the rye and rounded with refined sweetness. Governor’s Reserve has some delicate and well-thought elements that make it reminiscent of a fresh French pastry and German strudel but enough rye characteristic to not make it overly sweet. The luscious flavors and layers are so pronounced that while it is bold, it doesn’t come across to the tongue with the heat of most 114 proof spirits. However, it still allows those of us who enjoy barrel proof whiskies to appreciate its strength and structure." -- www.bourbonblog.com
Rich, pale malt flavors provide a solid base for zesty Styrian Golding and Czech Saaz hopping. Trappist ale yeast contributes the fruity, spicy profile of classic, monk-brewed, Belgian ales. Our Trippel is a luscious, fiery, golden brew and a contemporary rendition of traditional Belgian Trippel.
ALC. BY VOL. 9.7% | IBUS: 24
Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale....$5.49 / 22oz
A four hour boil intensifies the caramel malts and enormous Pacific Northwest hop charge. The result is a rich, estery brew with toffee notes and citrus hop flavors layered throughout. Enjoy fresh today or lay it down and see how the flavors of each vintage evolve.
ALC. BY VOL. 10.9% | IBUS: 85
Green Flash Le Freak™ Ale...$7.99 / 22oz
An ‘out of the box’ modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA. Dry-Hopped and Bottle-Conditioned – it’s a zesty brew with enticing American hop and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics.
"The domestic craft beer boom is still in full swing, and there is a growing interest in imports. That’s what made the selection of our Top 25 Beers so difficult. The beers presented on the following pages are among the best-reviewed selections we tasted over the past 12 months, exhibiting extraordinary quality at prices that still represent affordable luxury. The list is all about balance—the balance of countries, brands, styles, prices and production sizes. This year’s Number One beer is a perfect balance of all the elements considered when compiling this list: high score, reasonable pricing, brand buzz, hot style and superb availability. In addition, however, you’ll discover a couple of high-scoring items here that might not be distributed to your area or are extremely limited in production; these are beer treasures that are definitely worth the hunt." -- The Wine Enthusiast
Here are the ones from the list that we stock at The Wine and Cheese Place
There’s a lot going on in this triple wheat ale, and it continues to evolve as it warms in the glass. The nose is heady and intense, as assertive aromas of orange, peach, white strawberry, yeast and spice mingle with hidden accents of barnyard and earth. The complexity continues in the mouth with a texture like liquid velvet: creamy but light and clean. The alcohol is remarkably balanced and the finish is dry and long, with an earthy spice flavor persisting throughout. — L.B. (7/1/2011) — 97
#2 Founders KBS -- Seasonal -- not currently in stock #3 Westmalle Tripel -- in stock now #6 Stone Russian Imperial Stout -- Seasonal -- not currently in stock #7 Rochefort 10 - in stock now #9 New Belgium Ranger IPA - in stock now #12 Samuel Smiths Pale Ale - in stock now #16 Odell Friek - was just here and sold out now #17 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - in stock now #23 Goose Island Fleur - in stock now
Brian Bauer Certified Specialist of Spirits will conduct the class
Here is what we plan to taste...check out this impressive list
William H.Harrison Governors Reserve
Elijah Craig 12yr "The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel"
Deaths Door White Dog
JJ Neukomm Whiskey
Hirsch 20yr Canadian Rye
Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey
Parkers Heritage Collection Bourbon Aged in Cognac Barrels
New Hollan Zeppelin Blend
"True to his tradition of innovation, Heaven Hill Distilleries' 6th generation Master Distiller Parker Beam offers a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Cognac Barrels, Select barrels of premium Bourbon, each aged 10 years, are transferred to 2 to 3 year old Limosin oak casks imported from France, in which Grande Champagne Cognac was aged. After nearly six months of aging, the Bourbon is infused with subtle notes of Cognac and is bottled at Cask Strength. Lack of chill filtering allows you to enjoy the natural taste and texture of this limited edition bottling, one you'll definitely want in your collection." -- back label
More Breakfast stout has arrived --- not putting it online for reservations -- it will be on the shelf first come --
Each of our stores is getting 2 cases today --
Founders Breakfast Stout..$9.49 /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)
A new South African winery arrives in St. Louis.....
2010 Riebeek Chardonnay....$11.99
This unoaked Chardonnay displays a brilliant green-gold color. The style is dry but fruity. The nose offers exceptional tropical aromas that follow through in the palate with a well-rounded finish of lingering citrus fruits. It is lovely with most entrees from crisp salads to creamy soups and chicken, whether served grilled or in a creamy sauce.
2010 Riebeek Pinotage....$11.99
20% of a blending component called Mocha.
The flavors of this unique South African grape varietal are complex and exciting with ripe plum and fruitcake all beautifully integrated and then finished with subtle oak for a lingering aftertaste.
Lovely with rare beef, barbequed lamb and casseroles. This versatile lighter style of Pinotage is also a lovely combination with spicy chicken.
Cole’s is the earth-friendly company dedicated to bringing you the finest, freshest foods from around the globe while preserving the delicate balance between nature and our own nutritional needs.
From our recycled packaging to selecting only all-natural products that meet our strict standards for sustainable farming and fishing methods, Cole’s brings you great gourmet taste with a conscience. Cole’s Fish have been carefully selected because…
Our trout are raised incorporating a semi-intensive farming method using a natural, closed-in stream that is constantly running and fed by pristine mountain springs. Every step is taken to make sure no chemicals enter the system and no “escapees” get away to threaten the local ecosystem.
Our mackerel are taken directly from the coastal waters off of Portugal using the line and hook method, to minimize the unintentional catch of other species. This traditional fishing method utilizes driftwood or other materials—even old rope—to catch a string of our prized mackerel.
Cole’s firmly believes in sustainable fishing practices, sound environmental stewardship, and in giving back to the farming and fishing communities who supply us to maintain their dedication to these same principles.
In stock now at Forsyth
Cole's Ventresca Tuna in Olive Oil 4.4oz Can
Regarded by some as the most luxurious tuna in the world, velvety Ventresca tuna comes from the belly of the fish and has delicious deep, buttery flavors.
Portuguese Sardines in Olive Oil 4.4oz can
Caught by local boats off the northern Portugal, these delicious sardines are sealed in pure olive oil.
Cole's Olive Oil Wild Mackerel 4.4oz can
Harvested using the traditional line and hook fishing method from the coastal waters of Portugal, this delicious ocean fish and is skinned, boned, and sealed with high-quality olive oil for maximum taste and freshness.
Cole's Smoked Rainbow Trout 3.2oz can
Our farm-raised rainbow trout is de-boned, then carefully smoked using aromatic apple wood and then packed in tins using high-quality olive oil to for freshness and delicate taste enhancement.
Cole's "School of Fish" Serving Tips
Enjoy it straight out of the tin!
Pour your favorite wine and relax with a fine cracker and cheese
As a complement to just about any salad with spinach, lettuce and greens
Blended with a mixture of herbs, chopped green onions, a bit of balsamic and a touch of mayo
As a topping for a truly gourmet pizza
In your favorite dish accompanying rice or pasta
Place the fish on top of thick slabs of fresh tomatoes. Drizzle some of the oil from the can over, and then sprinkle with zahtar (a middle eastern spice blend), salt and pepper. Or place onto a slice of your favorite crusty bread.
Angostura Orange Bitters are in stock now at our Forsyth location.
The master of bitters, Angostura, releases for the first time in 2008 -- Orange Bitters.
We finally have them in stock!
ANGOSTURA® ORANGE BITTERS
Blending two varieties of citrus essence with their distinctive herbs and spices – creates a truly unique new style of bitters. A harmonious balance of bitter orange fruit and sun-ripened sweet oranges from the Caribbean bring a depth of orange flavour. The perfect enhancement to an endless variety of culinary delights and cocktails
Global trends in the bitters category have been diversifying into flavoured segments. Angostura, world renowned for its aromatic bitters has used nearly 200years of experience to formulate this zesty new new orange bitters.
I am not exactly sure when they switched, but I noticed today that both the Hennepin and the Ommegang we have on the shelf are the ones that are brewed in Belgium, not Cooperstown New York. I know a lot of people wanted me to inform them when these arrived. Well, they are in stock now at our Forsyth location. The labels are only slightly changed is why I had not noticed before.
Tis true: Duvel will again brew some Ommegang beer for us in 2011.
We're closing Brewery Ommegang for two weeks in late January 2011. We'll completely tile the brewhouse and packaging hall as well as make other improvements. Our objectives are improved efficiany, better and faster sanitation, and an enhanced ability to grow.
Increased demand has seen our brewing schedule literally double in the past 14 months. While we're delighted with the growth, we now need some additions, improvements, and renovations to allow brewing and packaging to run more efficiently.
You may know that Duvel brewed some Hennepin, Abbey and Three Philosophers for us back in 2007/08, while we dealt with production issues centered around upgrading our aging bottling line. We were uncertain how people would respond, but quickly discovered that serious beer folks were comparing the beers to see if they could detect any differences. It turned out to be an interesting and enjoyable exercise.
Duvel, of course, has impeccible brewing skills and facilities and did a bang-up job filling in for us last time. We expect nothing less this time. Our brewmaster Phil Leinhart and Duvel's Hedwig Neven will stay in close touch throughout the process while Duvel brews Abbey Ale and Hennepin, which will probably appear on shelves in April at the earliest.
While the tiling and other interior changes are made we'll also be installing two exterior 360hl unitanks in early February, bringing us to a total of eight. I'm looking out the window at the just completed footings.
Also, our store and tasting room will move out of the brewhouse to a dedicated new building about 100 feet from the brewery. This new 4000 sq.ft. building will house an expanded store and tasting area as well as a huge new indoor/outdoor bar and patio, and ta-da! The long-threatened restaurant: Cafe Ommegang.
We expect the store move to be in mid-to-late Jan, and that the cafe will be open in late Feb/early March, depending on permits from the NY State Liquor Authority. The interior finishing in the store/bar/cafe is going on right now.
All in all, it's an extraordinarily exciting time at Ommegang. We're preparing for continuing growth and brewing more fantastic (and some new) beers. Including a Chouffe collaboration beer, tentatively named Gnomegang, coming out in April. Yes, you read it first right here.
We planned to release all this news next month but you sleuths beat us to it.
Pinckney Ben Hand Crafted American Gin...$22.99 / 750ml
This is their very first release -- and their first stop in St. Louis was to The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton!! The gin has a great balance of juniper and a touch more citrus than most other gins.
"All gin is not created equal. The nine botanicals used in Pinckney Bend gin are all grown in the USA. They are distilled individually, and then blended in small batches. The result is a premium quality American gin with nuanced layers of flavor and aromatics. Pinckney Bend gin is exellent on its own in a martini, but it also plays exceptionally well with others as a mixer." -- label