Friday, January 20, 2012

O'Fallon Beer Tasting

Join Tony Caradonna for a tasting of 7 O'Fallon beers plus 23 other brands.  

Tony said you will get a chance to try B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale as featured in Evan Benn's article -- read more

for tickets click here
more info - email

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another blast from the past

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year!!!

Here is the front page of our 15th Anniversary flyer -- 15 years ago

Sorry, these prices were only good through April 30, 1997.  You just missed it.

Interesting to note -- Kendall Jackson Chardonnay is still $9.99 at our store.  Same price as it was 15 years ago!!!  The Skyy Vodka 1.75 liter is about the price of a 750ml now.
Cheese prices have really gone up over the years.

Blast from the past

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary --

Working on plans for this year's 30th Anniversary of The Wine and Cheese Place,  I was going through some old mailers (yes, we used snail mail before emails/facebook/twitter) and thought it would be interesting to share some pages....

Here is a flyer from October 1999 with Three Stooges Beer and Schlafly.
Sorry we cannot honor these prices on Schlafly :(

Yes, instead of sending out emails, we faxed offerings and new releases to people!

Bat Creek from Missouri -

Also available online
From Bowling Green, Missouri

A new one from Bat Creek - a 7.1%ABV Pale Ale

Bat Creek Pike County Pale...$4.99 / 22oz
Pike County Pale Ale is a full bodied American Ale. Its copper color and complex hop flavor make it a pleasure to drink. We dry hop it to give it a subtle floral aroma that’s to die for. It’s an American beer that is a sweet vacation for the senses. This beer goes with just about anything.
Food Pairings: Fried foods, seafood, spicy foods, pizza, beef, lamb, wild game.

Plus more Machine Shed Stout...
Bat Creek Machine Shed Stout...$4.99 / 22oz 

"Black as the oil stains that once graced the floors of our beloved machine shed turned brewery, this cream stout was our first attempt at brewing a real beer. We use roasted and chocolate malts to give it the rich dark color and to balance out its delicate sweetness. After just one sip we’re certain it will become one of your favorites, just as it is ours.
Food Pairings: Dark Chocolate, chocolate and fruit desserts especially raspberry, pecan desserts, foods made with caramel.

Granite City in package

In stock now at Forsyth...

Granite City Northern Lager...$8.49 / 6pk
Brewed to the American standard of a classic lager, this light golden beer is our mildest offering with a creamy, smooth taste. 

Granite City Brother Benedict's Bock...$8.49 / 6pk
A German style lager, our Bock carries a brownish color, a medium body, and a mouthwatering smoothness from the wonderful malt flavor.

Granite City Duke of Wellington Pale Ale...$8.49 / 6pk
The copper color of this India Pale Ale hints at the strong malt character needed to support the huge hoppy flavors and defining bitterness of this classic beer.

Finally back in stock - Farm Fresh Eggs

Fresh eggs are in stock now!

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

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Some more Missouri labels approved...

It just keeps getting better for Missouri beer lovers....

Here are some new labels that have been approved.....cannot wait for the beers to be released...

Order other Missouri Beers while you wait for these - click here to see them

Hopefully coming soon to The Wine and Cheese Place -- stay tuned

4 Hands War Hammer Imperial IPA
 Augusta Brewing Co 1856 IPA - looks like Augusta is starting 12oz bottles
 Perennial Black Walnut Dunkel (brewed with 250 pounds of Black Walnuts)
 Weston Rip Van Winkle
2nd Shift Katy (Slightly Funky Farmhouse Ale with Brett)
2nd Shift Mullineaux (French style Saison)

Plus Cathedral Square labels for 12oz bottles have started getting approved -- watch for 6 packs soon from them.