Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pictures for TWCP Beerfest 2012

We want to say thanks to everybody that attended this year's event.  It was a great success, the weather was perfect, the crowd was well behaved and polite.

Thanks for all the local breweries that participated and 
all the beer distributors for making it a great success. 

The line waiting to get into Beerfest 2012 wrapped around the building!

We had a great crowd
Thanks to the Seoul Taco Truck for the great food

Schlafly - Cathedral Square - Urban Chestnut vans arrive

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Wine and Cheese Place Beerfest 2012

Saturday, May 12 - TWCP Beerfest 2012

Important:  Please use a designated driver or take the metro link -- it stops in our parking lot!

1pm-2pm - Limited Admission 
Limited to 100 people - $10 per person.   Reservations are required 
Sorry,  1pm-2pm event is sold out now

Thanks again to Schlafly for sponsoring the glasses for the event. Everyone in the "Limited" session gets a commemorative Schlafly tasting glass and the first 150 people to the "General Admission" Session also get a glass. 

No Reservations Required for the 2pm-4pm event
but let us know on facebook
2pm-4pm General Admission
$5 per person.  Reservations not needed, if you are on facebook, let us know you are coming - click here.  Just show up at 2pm and pay at the door.

Plus this year, we will have the Seoul Taco Truck on hand for food this year!
Check out their menu

Already confirmed to pour

Perennial Artisan Ales - Missouri

  • Saison de Lis (Chamomile Saison)
  • Hommel Bier (Dry-Hopped Belgian Pale)
  • Black Walnut Dunkel (brewed with Missouri-grown black walnuts!)
  • Heart of Gold (a Wheat Wine from our "Cellar" series of beers)
  • Mint Chocolate Stout - Preview - not for sale
  • Plus, visit the Perennial table and fill out a raffle ticket to win tickets to the Perennial Devil's Heart of Gold Releae Party!

4 Hands Brewing - Missouri  (not for sale yet in bottles)

  • Divided Sky Rye IPA 
  • Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown 
  • Reprise Centennial Red 
  • Single SPeed Session 
  • Prunus - our sour cherry saison 
  • Contact High - a hoppy blonde ale with fresh orange zest 

Bells Brewing - Michigan
  • Two Hearted CASK (CONFIRMED NOW!)
  • Oberon 
  • Pale Ale 
  • Oarsman
  • Porter
Schlafly - Missouri
  • Keglet of AIPA
  • Keglet Yakima Wheat
  • Raspberry Hefe in bottles
  • Hefe Weizen in cans
  • Helles Summer in cans

Major Brands Table

  • Firestone Walker #15 (tasting only, none for sale) 
  • Great Divide Chocolate Yeti 
  • Great Divide Colette 
  • Great Divide 18th Anniversary 
  • Avery Karma 
  • New Belgium La Folie 2012 
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout 
  • Affligem Dubbel 
  • Avery Joes Pilsner 
  • Avery White Rascal 
  • Avery Collaboration not Litigation 
  • New Belgium Shift 
  • New Belgium Somersault 
  • New Belgium LOF Biere de Mars 
  • Stone Arrogant Bastard 
  • Stone Pale Ale 
  • Firestone Walker Reserve Porter 
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack 
  • Nectar IPA 
  • Great Divide Belgian Yeti 
  • Crispin Ciders

Goose Island - Illinois
  • 312 Urban Wheat
  • Summertime
  • Matilda
  • Pepe Nero
  • Juliet 2012 -- just announced, none for sale

Boulevard Brewing Company - Missouri

  • Saison-Noir 8.75% ABV -- TEST BATCH!!! Not for sale
  • Long Strange Tripel 
  • Double Wide IPA 
  • Smokestack Series Rye on Rye 
Charleville – Missouri
  • Ale Mucho Hoppo Double IPA
  • Hoptimistic IPA
  • Triple Wit
Cathedral Square - Missouri

Missouri Beverage Table
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock
  • Liefmans Fruitesse
  • Ace Joker Cider
  • Thomas Creek Banana Chocolate Stout
  • Arcadia HopRocket
  • Arcadia Whitsun
  • Bacchus Flemish Red Ale
  • Bilboquet MacKroken Flower
  • Brother Thelonius Ale
  • Cains Dark Mild Cans 
  • Duchesse de Bourgogne
  • Ephemere Apple
  • Founders Double Trouble
  • Founders Red's Rye
  • Gulden Draak
  • Jan de Lichte Witbier
  • Kasteel Rouge
  • Monk's CafĂ© 
  • New Holland Dragon's Milk
  • New Holland Envious   
  • Omer Belgian Blonde 
  • Reissdorf Kolsch  
  • Ska Decadent 
  • Ska Mexican Logger CANS
  • St Bernardus Abt 12 
  • St Louis Peche/Peach 
  • Unibroue Anniversary Ale #17
  • Wittekerke Belgian White CANS
  • Bear Republic - (if they are back in time)
  • Civil Life Milk Stout
  • Civil Life Bitter
Widmer Brothers
  • Drifter Pale Ale
  • Oatmeal Porter
  • Rotator IPA
  • Limited Release BRRRRBON
Urban Chestnut - Missouri
  • Zwickel
  • Winged Nut
O’Fallon - Missouri
  • Wheach
  • Kite Tail - New Summer Seasonal
  • 5 Day
Deschutes - Oregon
  • Mirror Pond
  • Black Butte
  • Twilight Summer Ale
Six Row - Missouri
  • Whale
  • Porter
  • Double IPA

Pyramid Brewing - Washington

  • Outburst Double IPA
  • Apricot
  • Curveball Hefeweizen
  • McTarnahan’s – Spine Tingler

Boston Beer – Massachusets
  • Norse Legend Sahti - just added
  • Verloren Gose -   just added
  • Cinder Bock
  • Dark Depths
  • Angry Orchard Crisp, Ginger Apple, Dry

McSorleys - New York
  • Irish Pale Ale
  • Black Lager
Lagunitas - California
  • Little Pale Ale
  • Wilco Tango Foxtrot
  • Hop Stoopid
Summit Brewing - Wisconsin 
  • Maibock
  • EPA
  • Unchained No. 9
Tallgrass Brewing - Kansas

  • 8 Bit 
  • Buffalo Sweat 
  • Halcyon Wheat 
  • Velvet Rooster 

Green Flash - California

  • Rayon Vert 
  • West Coast IPA 
  • Barleywine 

Glazer Table
  • Southern Tier Southern Hemisphere FRESH HOP
  • Ommegang Art of Darkness - new release
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo cans
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale cans
  • Anchor Breckle’s Brown
  • Odell Shenanigans - very limited 
  • Odell Double Pilsner
  • Rogue Mogul Madness -  new release
  • Rogue John John Dead Guy
  • Westmalle Dubbel
  • Murphys Red
  • Belhaven Scottish cans
  • Traquair House Ale
  • Samuel Smith Apricot 
  • Fullers Honey Dew
  • Lindemans Faro
  • Maredsous Blonde
  • Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA 
  • Bitburger Cans 
  • Kostritzer 
  • Blanche de Bruxelles Cans  new release

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105  314.727.8788Beers subject to change based on availability.  Plus, we will add some new and exciting releases if they make it in time.
Must be 21 years of age -- IDs will be checked at the door.

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Beer Tasting

No tasting tonight -- join us for Beerfest tomorrow!!!

Two new Blue Moon beers...

In stock now at Forsyth!

Blue Moon Farmhouse Red Ale...
Inspired by Farmhouse and Belgian Red Ales, our interpretation blends grains, wheat, and speciality malts for a pleasantly tart finish. 

Blue Moon Belgian Style Pale Ale...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ardbeg Rocket Tour - May 10

The Ardbeg Rocket's visit to The Wine and Cheese Place!!

The Rocket has landed at our Forsyth location!!!

The Ardbeg Rocket Tour 
is coming to 
The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105   314.727.8788

Weather looks perfect!!!
Thursday,  May 10, 2012
6pm - 7:30pm

Open House -- bring your friends!

You will taste with the Ardbeg Rocket Tour Manager
Ardbeg 10 Year Old
"Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.  Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. It’s whisky with none of the goodness taken out!" -- Ardbeg
Ardbeg Uigeadail
"In 2009, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible named Ardbeg Uigeadail ‘World Whisky of the Year’ – in praise of its “utter silky brilliance” and “complexity on a level only a handful of distilleries in the world can even dream of reaching.”  Ardbeg Uigeadail (pronounced ‘Oog-a-dal’) is a special vatting that marries Ardbeg’s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. It's non chill-filtered at high strength, which retains maximum flavour and gives more body and added depth." -- Ardbeg
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
"Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram.  Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted!" -- Ardbeg

Come see the Ardbeg Rocket
at its first stop in St. Louis

Ardbeg is bringing a 30+ foot rocket to The Wine and Cheese Place.  You will be able to get your picture taken with the rocket!   The rocket will be brought on a 47 foot trailer and will be raised up to a 45 degree angle for pictures.

     "Celebrating Ardbeg’s first experiment in orbit In the headlong rush of science, in the late autumn of 2011, a rocket ship blasted off this earth at 25,000mph. Deep within it no ordinary cargo: for the rocket carried research vials of precious Ardbeg-crafted molecules, the beginning of a fascinating first: a research experiment by Ardbeg ... in space! 
      This is the most audacious adventure ever undertaken by Ardbeg Distillery (or any other distillery for that matter). Ardbeg have been invited by US based space research company NanoRacks LLC to take part in an experiment to test these micro organic compounds in a maturation experiment (the inter-action of these compounds with charred oak) between normal gravity on Earth and micro-gravity, far up in space on the International Space Station. The vials contain a class of compounds known as “terpenes” – a set of chemicals which are very widespread in nature and often very aromatic and flavour-active – as well as other molecules. It is the interaction of these molecules with oak wood that forms the basis of this maturation experiment. This is believed to be the first time anyone has ever studied terpenes and other molecules in near zero-gravity. The experiment could explain the workings of these large, complex molecules as they will remain on the International Space Station for at least two years and help us uncover new truths about the change that these molecules undergo in this near zero gravity environment. The experiment will have applications for a variety of commercial and research products, including, maybe, one day, future generations of Ardbeg. Working in close collaboration with the Ardbeg Distillery team in Scotland, the team will closely monitor the experiment against control samples here on earth: both in Houston, Texas at the NanoRacks' facility and more familiarly, in Warehouse 3 at Ardbeg Distillery on Islay! 

It just goes to prove what Ardbeg aficionados have always known: Ardbeg truly is out of this world!"

Ardbeg requests....
Use the hashtag #ArdbegRocket on twitter and when you upload photos to Instagram
Check in on Foursquare when you come to The Wine and Cheese Place event

Our own barrel of Knob Creek arrived!!

Our next Knob Creek personal barrel arrived!

Barrel #138 bottled for
The Wine and Cheese Place

We tasted through barrel samples and selected this special barrel....

Knob Creek 9 Year Old "TWCP Single Barrel" 
Vol#2 Barrel #138 (750ml)...$34.99
This barrel only yielded 156 bottles (our first one was 174 bottles)

In stock at all four locations now and online

Mexican Logger is here for the Summer!

  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

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Finally back...Dalmore 12 and 15

Finally back at a few months of short supply....

Also online

Dalmore 12 Year Old....$42.99 / 750ml
The Dalmore spirit benefits from longer than typical maturation – 12 years, instead of the more regular 10. Judicious selection and the precise balance of American white oak and Oloroso sherry wood, delivers our most vibrant expression – robust yet elegant, with an aftertaste of brilliant complexity.

Dalmore 15 Year Old...$73.99 / 750ml
Time, different cask types, varying sizes, and warehouse conditions can all influence the maturity of a single malt. For this Dalmore, 13 years in American Bourbon Casks and then a year split between Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera have been elemental. And to achieve this extra layer of complexity, we marry these liquids together in an upstanding sherry butt for one final year. The redolence of these vessels delivers the perfect balance between spirit, wood and maturity.

The Famous Grouse Collection

New -- The Black Grouse....$26.99 / 750ml

Nose: Peaty-smoke then delicate sweetness. Golden raw sugar, traces of malt and oak.
Taste: Subtle smoky-sweet tones. A silky smooth delivery with hints of cocoa and spice.
Finish: Long, peaty, aromatic. Gentle smokiness, giving way to a resonant oaky note.

The partnership between the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) and The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky has been ongoing since its launch in 2008 and has seen a huge amount of money raised to help stem the decline of the endangered black grouse in four RSPB reserves around the country.
Since its introduction in 2008, they have raised around $500,000 dollars

Famous Grouse 
Did you know that Famous Grouse is the #1 selling Scotch in Scotland.  It is made from a blend of Macallan and Highland Park!

Here is the full line we have in stock now....

Famous Grouse Blended Scotch 750ml and 1.75ltr
Our signature whisky is named after the Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus), Scotland´s national game bird. The Famous Grouse is testimony to the unsurpassed blending skills of Matthew Gloag and Son, a family business founded in 1800. The secret is in the way we marry the finest malt whiskies, such as The Macallan and Highland Park, with exceptional grain whiskies for an unusually long period in fully seasoned oak casks. The result is a blend of the smoothest possible character. Raised in the Highlands, The Famous Grouse is proud to be Scotland´s favourite whisky. 

Famous Grouse 12 Year Old
Try something a little different, with this rare balance of soft oak and citrus. The Famous Grouse 12 year old malt whisky is created from the finest single malt scotch whiskies including the world renowned The Macallan and Highland Park. These whiskies are left undisturbed to mature for a minimum of 12 years. The result is an invigorating spirit with a long, rewarding finish. 

Famous Grouse 12 Year Old Gold 
A century of craftsmanship and an outstanding commitment to quality has inspired the creation of The Famous Grouse Gold Reserve Deluxe Scotch whisky. Its exceptionally rich, silky smooth taste is the result of 12 years of careful ageing in oak. With a long, full finish, it has a truly outstanding character. 

Famous Grouse 18 Year Old
Dive into the depths of the award winning The Famous Grouse 18 year old malt whisky. Its dark amber colour and scents of jasmine beckon you to luxuriate in a taste suffused with dried fruits. It is created from the finest single malt scotch whiskies including the world renowned The Macallan and Highland Park. These whiskies are left undisturbed to mature for a minimum of 18 years. Only then is each cask individually selected to unleash this fully flavoured malt whisky. 

The Black Grouse
The Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) is a rare relative of Scotland’s national game bird, the Red Grouse. Similarly, The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky, born out of a marriage of The Famous Grouse with Islay malt whiskies, is a breed apart. The smoky influence of the peated malts is balanced by the trademark smoothness of The Famous Grouse to create underlying hints of cocoa and spice. With a long, smoky, aromatic finish, it’s hardly surprising that The Black Grouse has been listed as The Best New Scotch Blended Whisky in Jim Murray’s 2008 Whisky Bible.

Blanche de Bruxelles

In stock now at Forsyth 

Blanche de Bruxelles...$7.99 / 4pk CANS

Blanche de Bruxelles...$8.99 / 4pk Bottles
The “Witteke” is a typical beer from the past. It was characteristic for farm-based breweries.

The craft brewers used the best ingredients from their own harvest. Blanche de Bruxelles owes its natural cloudiness to the presence of wheat (40%). During the boiling process, natural aromas are added - coriander and dried orange peel.

You will note its freshness and refinement upon tasting, typical for this extraordinary white beer. The brewing method, which includes the gradual addition of hot water, takes a long tim

Just like all the other beers produced by Lefebvre, this beer is not filtered. If served correctly, it produces a cloudy beer with a white head.

Ommegang Art of Darkness

In stock now at Forsyth

Ommegang Art of Darkness...$13.99 / 750ml
"Let us now acknowledge the dark arts of brewing. Our limited edition Art of Darkness Ale is deep, dark and magical, with champagne-like carbonation and rich matiness from a complex recipe of multiple barley and wheat malts, as well as flaked oats.

Using no spices or flavorings, Art of Darkness gains all its rich aromas, tastes, and apparent spiciness from the malts and Ommegang’s proprietary house yeast.

There are no secret ingredients or magical incantation. There is only Ommegang brewers’ creating the finest quality dark, strong ale of complex and deep character.

Art of Darkness is a fine ale to enjoy immediately, and is excellent to cellar.

Malts: Pils, pale, cara crystal, aroma, Midnight Wheat, Cara Pils, flaked oats. Hops: Spalter Select and Styrian Golding. Yeast: Ommegang house yeast. Spices: None"

Rated 97/100 RateBeer

Ale Mucho Hoppo

In stock now at Forsyth
Also available online

Charleville from Sainte Genevieve.....

Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo Double IPA...$7.49 / 22oz
9% ABV
"Hop headed and havy handed with 100 IBU.  This luchador is not know for subtleness.  In fact, it's Ale Mucho.  Agressively hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus." -- label
100 IBU

 Charleville beers online

Sam Adams Gose and Sahti

In stock now at Forsyth (and online now)

Sam Adams Verloren  GOSE...$6.39 / 22oz

A link to the ales of Saxony that have all but vanished, Verloren (translating to “lost”) is a peculiar yet captivating brew. This gose style (pronounced “goes-uh”), with its base of an unfiltered wheat ale, is light and refreshing yet also has a softness to it. Verloren’s flavor is brought to life by an unexpected touch of salt for a mineral quality, and coriander for a peppery spice. The result is an unusual and delicate brew that’s full of flavors to discover.

Our rendition of an old German style, Verloren is brewed with 50 to 60 percent malted wheat creating a fine haze, cloudy straw color, and crisp twang. The singularity of this brew however, comes from its soft creaminess, dry finish, and spices. The addition of salt creates a slight sharpness against the soft cereal character and enhances the other flavors around it, while ground coriander creates a peppery bite to enliven the brew.

Gose is an old and peculiar German style that falls outside of the Bavarian tradition. Originating in Goslar (near the Harz Mountains), Saxony, Gose was popularized in 1738 when Duke Leopold of Anhalt-Dessau (The old Dessauer) brought it to nearby Leipzig where it quickly became the city’s official beer style. 

Leipzig lies outside of Bavaria where the German Beer Purity Law of Reinheitsgebot originated. The law dictated that beer only contain the three primary ingredients, water, malt, and hops (yeast was not yet known). But Leipzig’s Gose was an exception as a regional specialty and continued to be brewed with its signature coriander and salt. Its distinctive softness and slight sourness is also the result of lactic acid that gives the beer an unexpected. Like many beer styles, Gose eventually began to disappear as light pilsners grew in popularity in the 20th Century, pushing several styles into near extinction

Sam Adams Norse Legend SAHTI...$6.39 / 22oz

Legend has it that barrels of sahti were found on sunken Viking ships off the coast of Norway. This ancient Nordic ale took root in Finland becoming one of the oldest continuously brewed styles. Deep amber in color, this rugged brew’s distinctive aroma and flavor comes from aging on a bed of juniper berries. The herbal, woodsy, and ripe citrus character of the juniper enlivens a sturdy and smooth malt backbone for a fresh and flavorful brew.

For us, the legend of this sahti goes way beyond its Nordic roots. It’s been a labor of love, or at one time some may have said hopeless pursuit, among a few of our brewers. For almost 8 years we’ve been tinkering with it, from experimenting with its traditional, if rudimentary, technique of brewing with full juniper branches to trying variations of berries, malts, and rye. We kept searching for just the right combination of ingredients and process to capture this brew’s distinctive character of woodsy earthiness, citrus, and spice. 

After all of those trials, we’re excited to finally get to share this unique brew outside of our brewery.

History of Sahti
The history of sahti can be traced back to the days of the Vikings (around the 11th century) where barrels of this primitive brew were found on sunken ships off the coast of Norway. The style took hold in Finland where it’s been continuously brewed for over 500 years. 

To keep the style going for all of those years, sahti’s brewing tradition was passed down in households and taverns as a family recipe. It was traditionally homebrew by women across Scandinavia using local ingredients of juniper as well as oats, rye, or even bread in place of barley. In keeping with the tradition of the women’s sahti, our recipe was developed by one of our brewers, Jennifer Glanville

The ancient brewing process of sahti is also unique. The mash was filtered through a wooden trough called a kuurna and filtered through a bed of full juniper branches. The fresh, resiny flavor of juniper was infused into the brew. For some sahti’s the juniper worked in place of hops to balance the brew and act as a preservative.

One of the key characteristics of Sahti is its juniper flavor. Traditionally this was achieved through filtering through full juniper branches. Although this works well through the hand-carved kuurna, (wooden trough), it proved to be quite a challenge in our brewery. With some more experimentation we developed a recipe where we age the beer on a bed of juniper berries that impart an herbal, woodsy, and fresh evergreen character.

The distinctive juniper is combined with the dry spiciness of rye and a base of roasted sweetness from specialty malts. Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops bring a fresh citrus flavor that perfectly complements the brew’s rugged character

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Beer news....

Been crazy busy day in the wine world today and beer world....

Here are some quick notes until I get time to post more details tonight...

Bells Two Hearted Ale -- Fresh Batch -- Bottled 4/23
(I'm like a broken record, but we like it fresh)

Blanched de Bruxelles White in BOTTLES
Blanche de Bruxellels White in CANS
Ommegang Art of Darkness Limited Edition
Rogue Mogul Madness Ale
Sam Adams Verloren  GOSE
Sam Adams Norse Legend SAHTI

IN stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill 
New Ballas in 10

Bottled 4/26/12-- 

Coming also today -- 

Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo - coming on Wednesday now

Another new Perennial label...

Another beer to look forward to from Perennial....

I will obviously update you when it is released!

Belgian Style Ale brewed with pluots  --

Order your other Perennial beers online while we wait for this one!!!