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Saturday, June 23, 2012

What's in that bottle of Van Winkle anyway?


With all the interest in Van Winkle Bourbon -- I thought this was a very interesting read from the Whiskey Advocate Blog

We get limited amounts of Van Winkle each spring and fall -- sign up for our email to find out when they are released -- click here to sign up


What's in that bottle of Van Winkle anyway?
JUNE 11TH, 2012
JOHN HANSELL

A few weeks ago, when I posted my review of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 year old here, a big discussion ensued about the source of this whiskey (and other Van Winkle expressions). I noted at the time that the comment thread on my review was neither the time nor place to discuss something as in-depth as this. I wanted to focus on the quality of the whiskey, not the politics behind it.

We approached the person who we feel knows as much about the subject as anyone, Whisky Advocate contributor Chuck Cowdery. He went directly to Julian Van Winkle for the facts, and here’s his report.

It’s no secret that the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery isn’t a distiller. It’s a marketing company, and a brand, run by Julian Van Winkle III and his son, Preston, with partners the Sazerac Company.

Van Winkle, as a brand name, was retained by the Van Winkle family when Julian’s father sold the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in 1972. Julian took over after his father died. The company continued to operate as a non-distiller producer, mostly selling whiskey made at Stitzel-Weller, which stopped distilling twenty years ago.

About ten years ago, with whiskey from Stitzel-Weller no longer available, the Van Winkles entered into a joint venture with the Sazerac Company to secure a future supply. Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace Distillery made wheated bourbon sporadically between 1991 and 1999, and in earnest after 1999. When Sazerac acquired the W. L. Weller brand in 1999, it received stocks of wheated bourbon made at the new Bernheim distillery between 1992 and 1999.

That’s where things stand now.

Because the Van Winkle whiskeys are so rare, esteemed and costly, there is always a great deal of interest in where they were made. Sources changed over the years and it can be hard to keep up. It is impossible for anyone, even the Van Winkles, to say with certainly what any given bottle contains, though except for the rye, everything in recent years has been Buffalo Trace, Bernheim, or Stitzel-Weller, individually or in combination. They create a profile prior to bottling, based on what they have available and how much whiskey they need, then dump barrels accordingly.

Here, specifically, is the make-up for the upcoming (Fall 2012) bottling. This information comes directly from Julian Van Winkle.

The Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye has long been a 50/50 combination of Medley (Owensboro) and Cream of Kentucky (old Bernheim in Louisville) rye whiskey. The whiskey was all dumped into stainless steel tanks years ago. Each fall, some of it is withdrawn and bottled.

This fall’s Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old will be wheated bourbon made entirely at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.

Van Winkle Family Reserve 12 year old (‘Lot B’) will be a mixture of wheated bourbons made at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort and the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville.

Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old will be a mixture of wheated bourbons made at Buffalo Trace, Bernheim, and Stitzel-Weller; every bottle will contain some whiskey from each distillery.

Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old and Pappy Van Winkle 23 year old will be a mixture of wheated bourbons made at Buffalo Trace and Stitzel-Weller.

Eventually, as current stocks are depleted, everything will become Buffalo Trace.

–Chuck Cowdery

New Extra Rare Crown Royal!





Crown Royal XR Blue....$124.99 / 750ml

Taste the latest in our Extra Rare Whisky Series, handcrafted with a unique blend that includes the final batch of whiskies from the renowned LaSalle distillery. Located on the island of Montreal, the LaSalle distillery produced whiskies with a unique richness, attributed to the fine water surrounding the island. The resulting whiskies were full-bodied and exceptionally smooth.
Experience its sophisticated blend of dried fruits and honey in a harmonious balance with spicy notes of Canadian rye, finishing in a lovely, round taste of raisins, cocoa and brown sugar.


Crown Royal XR Release #2 (LaSalle)
"This is the second release of Crown Royal XR. This one contains whisky from the old LaSalle distillery. (The first release contained whisky from the Waterloo distillery.) I like this whisky a lot. It’s nicely matured, very smooth and balanced, and dangerously drinkable. And it’s superior to the first release, which I felt showed too much wood for balance–especially on the finish. ($130)" -- Whiskey Advocate Blog

Wine Sampler Pack



United Estates 12 bottle case!



The savings is much better than our normal case price.  Missouri state law does not allow us to tell you how much you are saving.  Check the stores for details.  We want you to experience this new importer so we are offering this intro sampler pack.   The wines are great across the board.  This is a great gift idea also.

You receive 1 bottle each of the wines below.  Includes 1 sparkling wine, 3 white wines and 8 red wines.  All from Southern France and the Rhone Valley.





2010 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Blanc
Blend: Marsanne 40%, Roussanne 40%, and Viognier 20%
Tasting Notes: Château Virgile’s white is truly a classic Rhône blend. The Roussanne, with peach and apricot flavors, gives the wine weight, texture, and body. Next, the Marsanne adds lively acidity, a hint of minerality, and citrus fruit flavors. Finally, the Viognier adds tropical fruit flavors to the wine, as well as beautiful, floral aromatics. This is a great wine for just about any type of shellfish, especially seared scallops

2011 Domaine La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet
Tasting Notes: For a grape variety that can sometimes be aggressive, this is an beautifully balanced Picpoul. The nose is perfumed with floral, and tropical fruit notes. In the mouth the wine is full of stone fruit, melon, and fruit cocktail notes. The soft fruit is tempered with an intense minerality, and citrus notes. Picpoul de Pinet has always been a textbook match for oysters, mussels, and just about any other type of shellfish you can imagine.
Schreyer Alsace Edelzwicker

50% Pinot Blanc, 20% Pinot Gris,20% Sylvaner, 10% Gewurztraminer
Tasting Notes: Since understanding what the grape varieties in this blend contribute to this wine greatly helps in its appreciation, here is a breakdown of the grapes, and the general characteristics they add to this wine. Pinot Blanc - is a crisp, bright grape variety that gives the wine a hint of peach and citrus fruit flavors. Pinot Gris - adds structure, body, and richness, it also imparts rich apricot fruit flavors. Sylvaner - is a lighter-bodied grape variety that brings a subtle earthiness to the wine. Gewurztraminer - gives the wine its floral nose, and adds notes of tropical fruit (lychee) and spice to the wine. The Schreyer Edelzwicker is a fun, easy-drinking wine that makes an excellent aperitif. Its wonderful aromatics and bright fruit make it a perfect match for fish, poultry, and Asian cuisine.

Jean Louis Denois Brut Chardonnay
"Denois’s non-vintage Chardonnay Brut Blanc de Blancs. Legally, this “traditional method” wine is merely a vin mousseux, yet it is in fact a tribute to the terroir of Limoux (whose sparkling wine appellation must be based on the local Blanquette de Limoux a.k.a. Mauzac grape, for which Denois evidently has little respect). It will be hard to find a more delicious and interesting sparkling wine for the price. Ripe apricot, grapefruit, blueberries, and lily in the nose lead to an intensely pit-fruited palate that – despite a mere five grams of residual sugar – suggests a hint of sweetness on account of its sheer ripeness. Yet, there are suggestions of saline, chalky minerality here as well, a fine mousse, and a refined finish. This will be easy to guzzle but not to forget. Bravo Denois!" -- The Wine Advocate


2009 Domaine Aimé Minervois
Tasting Notes: This is a very rich and silky Minervois. The nose is full of briar fruit and spice, with hints of sandalwood and white pepper. In the mouth the wine is lush with black raspberry, cherry, and garrigue notes. In contrast to the rich flavors in the wine, the finish is soft and silky, with extremely ripe tannins. This is a very versatile wine that would be a perfect compliment to most grilled meats, and barbeque dishes. 70% Carignan, and 30% Syrah

2010 Terres Falmet Cinsault
Tasting Notes: It is rare to find a red wine made entirely from Cinsault, and rarer yet to find one with this much concentration and character. Since this wine is made exclusively from older vines grown on hillsides, the wine is unusually concentrated for Cinsault. However, thanks to the nature of Cinsault, the wine is round with incredibly soft tannins. We equate the weight of the wine to a well made Pinot Noir. However, the flavors are quite different. The wine is full of black fruit, with hints of blueberry, and white pepper. This is a versatile wine that can be served with everything from red meat, to poultry, tuna, and pizza.

2009 Monplézy - Coteaux du Languedoc, Pézenas “PLAISIRS”
Tasting Notes: This is a rich ripe wine with a lot of black fruit. The Syrah and Grenache give the wine its lush black cherry, raspberry, and cassis fruit flavors. Meanwhile, the Carignan grapes, from vines planted in 1955, add an exotic spicy dimension to the wine. Finally, the Cinsault adds a silky texture to the wine, helping to tone down the tannins. The combination of flavors in the “Plaisirs”, along with its nice silky texture, makes it a very versatile wine. It is a great match for summer barbeque, as well as winter roasts.

2009 Château Haut Lignières Faugeres 1er
Tasting Notes: With its relatively high percentage of Mourvèdre, this is a dark and brooding Faugères. In the glass the wine has a concentrated, deep purple color. The nose is perfumed with sweet blackberry and black raspberry aromas. In the mouth it is lush with rich black fruit flavors, and hints of blueberry and coco. Even with its deep concentration, the tannins are surprisingly supple and silky. This wine is simultaneously a sumptuous wine built for enjoyment, in addition to being an age worthy wine for the cellar.

2009 Mas de Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales” – Vin de Pays Côtes de Thongue
Blend: 100% Old Vine Syrah (tiny yield of 25 hl/ha)
Tasting Notes: The 2009 “Cuvée des Cigales” is completely dominated by black fruit. The nose is full of deep blackberry and plum aromas. In the mouth black cherry and blackberry flavors mix with the exotic and complex spice flavors from the Carignan. This is a burly, muscular wine with a lot of character. While an ideal match for grilled meats and game, we also enjoy this wine with the more complex, spicier flavors of barbecue and chili.

2010 Domaine de Servans Cotes du Rhone
Blend: Grenache 78%, Syrah 22% from 40 year old vines
Tasting Notes: Domaine de Servans produces a truly classic Côtes du Rhône. The nose is perfumed with bright red raspberry, and cherry aromas. In the mouth the wine is dominated by the Grenache which produces dark black cherry flavors, with hints of black pepper and garrigue spices. The finish is balanced and silky with soft velvety tannins. This a fun, versatile wine that is a great match for grilled meats, burgers, back-yard barbeque and even pizza

2009 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Blend: Syrah 60%, Grenache 30%, and Mourvèdre 10%
Tasting Notes: This is a rich and intense Costières de Nîmes dominated by Syrah fruit in the blend. In the nose black fruit mixes with garrigue spice. The mouth is full of black raspberry, black cherry, cassis, and white pepper. This wine shows an extraordinary amount of character and complexity for a entry-level Costières de Nîmes.

2009 Natacha Chave Aléofane Crozes-Hermitage
Blend: 100% Syrah
unfined and unfilterred
"The superb 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Aleofane offers up complex aromas of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, black currants, roasted herbs and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is opulent, voluptuously textured, full-bodied, rich and silky smooth. It should drink well for a decade or more."
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Domaine Aimé Minervois






2009 Domaine Aimé Minervois....$14.99

Tasting Notes: This is a very rich and silky Minervois. The nose is full of briar fruit and spice, with hints of sandalwood and white pepper. In the mouth the wine is lush with black raspberry, cherry, and garrigue notes. In contrast to the rich flavors in the wine, the finish is soft and silky, with extremely ripe tannins. This is a very versatile wine that would be a perfect compliment to most grilled meats, and barbeque dishes.
Technical Notes: Rémi’s Minervois is a blend of 70% Carignan, and 30% Syrah, which is an unusually high percentage of Carignan for a Minervois. However, this unique blend seems to add a lot of depth and character to the wine. This is thanks, in part, to the age of his Carignan vines, which are 60 years old. The grapes are sustainably farmed, 100% destemmed, crushed, and vinified using indigenous yeasts. This wine is fermented and aged exclusively in tank. 
--info from United Estates Wine Imports

French butter with sea salt


In stock now at Forsyth....

Traditional churn butter with crystal sea salt!
come in for a taste of this decadent butter!

Wine Tasting Today!


Wine Tasting Today!
June 23 from noon until 4pm
At all four locations!!









2009 Leviathan Proprietary Red....$47.99 
Made and owned by Andy Erickson former winemaker at Screaming Eagle! 
Not to mention he has made wine at Harlan, Dalla Valle, Spottswoode, Arietta, Ovid and Dancing Hares Vineyard. Andy Erickson has made some of the highest scoring wines in California including the 2007 Screaming Eagle which scored a perfect 100/100 from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (and sells for more than $2,200 a bottle now)

Bullet points...
  • Made and owned by Andy Erickson former winemaker at Screaming Eagle! 
  • The next California Cult wine in the making.   
  • Andy Erickson does not just consult on this wine, he owns it along with his viticulturist wife - Annie Favia
  • 2008 scored a 93 from The Wine Spectator and made their top 100 wines of the year. (no press on the 2009 yet, but it will)






Plus we will taste these wines from United Estates


Famous Burgundy producers, Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot, invade the south and show off in the Minervois.   These wines are spectacular, they have taken Minervois to a new level.   These are two of the most exciting wines we have found in a long while....


2009 Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot Minervois "Les Fontanilles"..$29.99
This cuvée is made of 4 grape varieties, coming from soils dominated by Assignan sandstone, which face north and west. These small plots, surrounded by scrubland, pine trees, thyme, rosemary and cistus, comprised of: 20 year old Grenache,, 20 year old Syrah, year old Carignan, 40 year old Cinsault.  Each grape variety is complete, and brings to the cuvee its own characteristics. One adds fruitiness and freshness, another adds sweetness, another depth and length, and yet another distinction and energy. (We will let you guess which is which.)  This is a classic cuvée! It is fulfilling, full of harmony, and wellbalanced. Matured in casks, the Carignan and Syrah bring in a certain distinction.

"A shrubby, resinous and pungently herbal overtone suggestive of marjoram and rosemary, along with notes of blond tobacco compliment the scents and flavors of ripe, diverse black fruits in Gros and Tollot's 2009 Minervois Les Fontanilles, which offers a seamlessly ripe, texturally-refined, and luscious intensity all the way through to an invigoratingly pungent, saliva-inducingly saline finish. This ought to perform well for at least 5-7 years." 
-- Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate




Schreyer Alsace Edelzwicker....$13.99 
50% Pinot Blanc, 20% Pinot Gris,
20% Sylvaner,  10% Gewurztraminer
Tasting Notes: Since understanding what the grape varieties in this blend contribute to this wine greatly helps in its appreciation, here is a breakdown of the grapes, and the general characteristics they add to this wine. Pinot Blanc - is a crisp, bright grape variety that gives the wine a hint of peach and citrus fruit flavors. Pinot Gris - adds structure, body, and richness, it also imparts rich apricot fruit flavors. Sylvaner - is a lighter-bodied grape variety that brings a subtle earthiness to the wine. Gewurztraminer - gives the wine its floral nose, and adds notes of tropical fruit (lychee) and spice to the wine. The Schreyer Edelzwicker is a fun, easy-drinking wine that makes an excellent aperitif. Its wonderful aromatics and bright fruit make it a perfect match for fish, poultry, and Asian cuisine.


2009 Monplézy - Coteaux du Languedoc, Pézenas “PLAISIRS”...$17.99
Tasting Notes: This is a rich ripe wine with a lot of black fruit. The Syrah and Grenache give the wine its lush black cherry, raspberry, and cassis fruit flavors. Meanwhile, the Carignan grapes, from vines planted in 1955, add an exotic spicy dimension to the wine. Finally, the Cinsault adds a silky texture to the wine, helping to tone down the tannins. The combination of flavors in the “Plaisirs”, along with its nice silky texture, makes it a very versatile wine. It is a great match for summer barbeque, as well as winter roasts.


2009 Château Haut Lignières Faugeres 1er...$19.99
Tasting Notes: With its relatively high percentage of Mourvèdre, this is a dark and brooding Faugères. In the glass the wine has a concentrated, deep purple color. The nose is perfumed with sweet blackberry and black raspberry aromas. In the mouth it is lush with rich black fruit flavors, and hints of blueberry and coco. Even with its deep concentration, the tannins are surprisingly supple and silky. This wine is simultaneously a sumptuous wine built for enjoyment, in addition to being an age worthy wine for the cellar.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Bells news...




I think this is the freshest we have seen their Pale Ale...

Bells Pale Ale....bottled 6/11/12
Pale Ale stands apart from the model of completely hop-dominated pale ales, offering a noticeable degree of malt body to counter the hop bitterness. A blend of floral & herbal hop notes provide the aromatic & flavor highlights, alongside the distinctive contribution of our house ale yeast. A crisp bitterness finishes the experience without being harsh.

Plus we got in more Bell's Oberon Mini-Kegs --
 I am told that this is the only batch of Mini Kegs of Oberon we will see this year.  Buy them now or miss out!

Rare Whiskey


Very limited releases!

In stock now 
Very limited -- sure to go fast

Elijah Craig 20 Year old -- sold out
Ardbeg Day Scotch - sold out

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Charleville Brewing Day!!


Watch the blog tomorrow morning for the release of our next Bourbon Barrel Aged beer!




June 22, 2012
Release of Charleville Bourbon Barrel Aged Hairy Cow....$14.99 / 750ml
2 bottles per person limit
(those of you lucky enough to get tickets to the Release Party can also purchase up to 2 bottles of the Hairy Cow sealed with wax)  The rest of the bottles do not have the wax seal.






BEER TASTING
Since we are releasing the Hairy Cow,
 we have Tait from Charleville hosting our 
Friday night tasting from 4pm-6pm at our Forsyth location.
We will be tasting....


Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo
Charleville Half Wit Wheat
Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
Charleville Tononado Amber




Deschutes / Hair of the Dog Collage



Very, very, limited!
Deschutes Collab with Hair of the Dog Brewery





SOLD OUT now




Limit 3 bottles per person
Deschutes Collaboration with Hair of the Dog Collage...$10.99 / 12oz

Conflux Series No.1
Strong Ale  - Alc. 11.6%

Deschutes Brewery and Hair of The Dog Brewing Company join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. Damn, beer is fun.

Barrel Aging: Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak
Rated 99 on RateBeer





About the beers in this Collaboration

Deschutes The Dissident
The Dissident is an Oud Bruin, a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a fruity aroma and flavor. Our first and only wild yeast beer, we use Brettanomyces to give The Dissident its characteristic sour taste. Our stiffest brewing challenge, it must be fermented in isolation from our other beers for a full 18 months, partly in pinot and cabernet barrels. The words coddled, costly and “worth it” come to mind. 

Deschutes The Stoic
A prized, potent, Belgian-style Quad of stirring depth and complexity.Four nuanced fermentations. Aged, sequestered, in select rye whiskey & wine casks. Ergo a stoically brewed quad, with the spellbinding complexity of its medieval ancestors.

Hair of the Dog Adam

Adam is a recreation of a historic beer style. Originally made in Dortmunder, Germany, it was the first beer I produced when I opened Hair of the Dog. Rich in flavor, Adam is best served as a dessert beer. It is great with chocolate or cigars, or just a warm fire and good company. It has 10% alcohol by volume and 50 IBUs. 


Hair of the Dog Fred
Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. Fred is a big inspiration for me and many other brewers. Fred's work in all-grain brewing and beer styles helped me become a better brewer. Fred the beer is a deep golden color. It is made with aromatic and rye malts and includes 10 different hop varieties in an effort to incorporate the whole world into this beer. It has 10% alcohol by volume and 65 IBUs. We hope that Fred will inspire you to share your knowledge with others as Fred has with us.  Alcohol: 10% by volume. 

Screaming Eagle winemaker....


Here is another wine that we found and asked them to get registered in Missouri, we tasted it months ago and finally the red tape is done and the wine is arriving today!!!  We continue to search for new wines that are not here in Missouri yet to introduce to St. Louis.


Forsyth -- IN STOCK
Rock Hill -- IN STOCK
Ballwin -- IN STOCK
New Ballas -- IN STOCK


will update as it arrives at each store.


2009 Leviathan Proprietary Red....$47.99 
net intro price!
Made and owned by Andy Erickson former winemaker at Screaming Eagle! 
Not to mention he has made wine at Harlan, Dalla Valle, Spottswoode, Arietta, Ovid and Dancing Hares Vineyard. Andy Erickson has made some of the highest scoring wines in California including the 2007 Screaming Eagle which scored a perfect 100/100 from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (and sells for more than $2,200 a bottle now)

Bullet points...
  • Made and owned by Andy Erickson former winemaker at Screaming Eagle! 
  • The next California Cult wine in the making.   
  • Andy Erickson does not just consult on this wine, he owns it along with his viticulturist wife - Annie Favia
  • 2008 scored a 93 from The Wine Spectator and made their top 100 wines of the year. (no press on the 2009 yet, but it will)
Scheduled to arrive at all four stores today!
order now
You will get an email confirmation when your order is ready for pick up.




The imagery that best captures this wine is Leviathan -- a monstrous sea creature, powerful and mysterious.
2009 Leviathan tasting notes....
"Ever the brave oceanic beast, our 2009 Leviathan has been lurking in the tumultuous waters of Sirenum scopuli. Aromas of espresso, cracked peppercorn and shiso leaves exude from the glass. Succulent red currants, cassis and dark cherries lure one in, and delivers a smooth, decadent finish with hints of raw cacao, cigar box, pavement and rustic bramble pie. This new creation has found true varietal balance, encompassing all of our favorite oenological aspects: ruby-cyan hues, mouthwatering acidity, ample but rounded tannins, and a truly insatiable nature. Don’t let this guileful creature slip away – acquiesce and delight in a glass… or a bottle now!" - Andy Erickson




More info about the winery.....
"Founded by Annie Favia and Andy Erickson in 2004, Leviathan's goal is to produce the best California red wine in a given vintage drawing on vineyard sources across the state forming a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Merlot.


Tapping into their collective 35 years of industry experience in both the field and cellar, and with stints at some of Napa Valley's most heralded properties, this couple crafts Leviathan from the best of what California has to offer every year.


"Blending is one of the most enjoyable and most creative parts of the winemaking process," says Andy. "Every year we are offered fruit from amazing vineyard sites, each one delivering interesting blending components from different varieties. Fitting these together like a puzzle creates Leviathan. It allows us to push the envelope, try new things, and have an outlet to give people something unique and, frankly, pretty damn delicious. What I love about Leviathan is that, if you look closely, you can pull out the nuances of the individual varieties. But the wine also has a character all its own."


"With all of the other projects I work on, for Favia, as well as for my winemaking clients, the focus is always on producing single vineyard, site-specific wines. With Leviathan I have complete latitude to create something unique from many different parts. It is like a puzzle, and very fun and exciting. California is rich and diverse in terms of grape-growing regions, and I love working to create something that reflects the best that California has to offer."


Leviathan is a rich, full wine with vibrant texture. Its complex flavors are derived from a unique blend and is carefully fine-tuned to create a bold, complex, enticing wine. Though this blended wine is worthy of cellaring, it can be consumed in its youth, showcasing its bright, fruit-driven character and is an incredible value relative to its peers."  - Leviathan




LEVIATHAN
LE”VI”A”THAN [LI-VAHY-UH-THUHN], NOUN
ETYMOLOGY: MIDDLE ENGLISH, FROM LATE LATIN, FROM HEBREW LIWYATHAN, DATE: 14th
CENTURY
1. OFTEN CAPITALIZED: A MONSTROUS SEA CREATURE
2. SOMETHING UNUSUALLY LARGE OR FORMIDABLE



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

TWCP Barrel Aged Beer




With the release of the Charleville / TWCP Bourbon Barrel Aged Hairy Cow on Friday -- watch for it (read more), I thought it was time to post pictures of the filling of the barrels at Six Row Brewing Company -- our next collaboration brew!


Six Row is filling a Buffalo Trace Barrel with their Killer Whale
Killer Whale
"This is the Second Anniversary Beer for Six Row Brewing Company. We took our Whale, a longtime favorite, and beefed it up into it’s “Killer” status of what essentially amounts to a barley wine equivalent. Deliciously strong, fruity, and floral, this beer is not to be taken lightly."
(ABV: 9%, Bitterness Units: 62.8 IBUs)














check out more info about our barrel program

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary

In stock at Ballwin, Forsyth and Rock Hill now....
Each store is getting their own allocation....


off work today, so not doing online reservations....




Limit 4 per person


STONE RUINATION TENTH ANNIVERSARY IPA...$5.49 / 22oz
10.8% ABV
110 IBUs
ABOUT THE BEER Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA was created as an homage to the almighty hop. As the celebrated Stone Ruination IPA approached its 10th birthday this June, we knew we had to do something special, so we cranked it up from 7.7% to 10.8% and used twice as much hops–a whopping 5 pounds per barrel, including a pound each of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop. The results were GLORIOUS, but don't take our word for it. The only people more bitter than those who don't get any... will be those who do.


 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Can sampler pack...


Leinenkugel's Summer Sampler pack all CANS!


Includes CANS of
Berry Weiss
Summer Shandy
Honey Weiss
Sunset Wheat

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

Finally back in stock!!



2011 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$10.99
Our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is complex and strong, with rich chocolate and roasty flavors. The beer is brewed to have big malt flavor and hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the high alcohol content. After primary fermentation and conditioning, the beer is transferred to freshly-emptied bourbon barrels and aged for several months before being carbonated and bottled.
In the 18th Century, Imperial Stout was first brewed in London for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia. The beer had to have a higher alcohol content to prevent freezing during transport. The process of aging beer in liquor barrels, however, is new; there is no tradition for this process, as beer and liquor production have traditionally been kept separate. We hand-select bourbon barrels from a micro-distillery in Bardstown, KY and transport the barrels immediately to St. Louis to ensure the barrels do not dry out before being filled with Imperial Stout.



Arcadia B-Craft Black Double IPA


Arcadia B-Craft Black Double IPA....$9.49 / 4pk
"Massive in every way, B-Craft delivers a complex bundle of flavors with a citrus hop aroma strong enough to make a billy goat shake his head.  Moving past the massive hop aroma, rich roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate move forward only to be checked by an impressive hop bitterness.  Texture and flavor dance together so seamlessly that you may need to remind yourself that this beer slides down as a session yet delivers like an assassin!" - Arcadia

Ommission beer..



Omission Lager...$9.49 / 6pk
Omission Lager is a refreshing and crisp beer, brewed in the traditional lager style. Perfect for  variety of beer drinking occasions, Omission Lager’s aromatic hop profile offers a unique, easy-drinking beer for those looking for a lighter and approachable beer style.
MALTS: Pale, Caramel 10
HOPS: Citra, Sterling, Mt. Hood
IBU: 20
ABV: 4.6%
*Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten.



Omission Pale Ale...$9.49 / 6pk
Bold and hoppy, Omission Pale Ale is a hop-forward American Pale Ale, brewed to showcase the Cascade hop profile. Amber in color, Omission Pale Ale’s floral aroma is complimented by caramel malt body, making for a delicious craft beer.
MALTS: Pale, Caramel 10, Dark Munich, Carapils
HOPS: Cascade, Citra
IBU: 33
ABV: 5.8%

*Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten

A new cider from Doc's - Sour Cherry

Doc's Draft Sour Cherry Hard Apple Cider

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jean Louis Denois Brut Chardonnay

In stock at all four locations!

Jean Louis Denois makes his amazing sparkling in Limoux, which is best known for its Blanquette de Limoux, made from Mauzac grape.   Jean Louis felt that the Mauzac grape was inferior and ripped all of his out to plant traditional Champagne grapes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to make a better sparking wine!



This is the best sparkling you will find at $20
Jean Louis Denois Brut Chardonnay....$19.99
"Denois’s non-vintage Chardonnay Brut Blanc de Blancs. Legally, this “traditional method” wine is merely a vin mousseux, yet it is in fact a tribute to the terroir of Limoux (whose sparkling wine appellation must be based on the local Blanquette de Limoux a.k.a. Mauzac grape, for which Denois evidently has little respect). It will be hard to find a more delicious and interesting sparkling wine for the price. Ripe apricot, grapefruit, blueberries, and lily in the nose lead to an intensely pit-fruited palate that – despite a mere five grams of residual sugar – suggests a hint of sweetness on account of its sheer ripeness. Yet, there are suggestions of saline, chalky minerality here as well, a fine mousse, and a refined finish. This will be easy to guzzle but not to forget. Bravo Denois!" -- The Wine Advocate

Jean-Louis Denois is a troublemaker – for example, he battled the French authorities for the right to plant Riesling in the Languedoc – and we all know that a lot of good (though in his case no right to Riesling) can come from troublemakers.



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Terres Falmet Cinsault

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100% Cinsault -- very rare to find this grape bottled alone!
2010 Terres Falmet Cinsault...$12.99
Technical Notes: The grapes for this wine are 100% hand-harvested. Yves’ Cinsault comes from a plot of 50+ year old Cinsault vines planted on beautiful hillside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. The wine is vinified and aged in tank. There is no oak ageing. 
Tasting Notes: It is rare to find a red wine made entirely from Cinsault, and rarer yet to find one with this much concentration and character. Since this wine is made exclusively from older vines grown on hillsides, the wine is unusually concentrated for Cinsault. However, thanks to the nature of Cinsault, the wine is round with incredibly soft tannins. We equate the weight of the wine to a well made Pinot Noir. However, the flavors are quite different. The wine is full of black fruit, with hints of blueberry, and white pepper. This is a versatile wine that can be served with everything from red meat, to poultry, tuna, and pizza.

Domaine Monplézy - Coteaux du Languedoc, Pézenas “PLAISIRS”

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2009 Monplézy - Coteaux du Languedoc, Pézenas “PLAISIRS”...$17.99
Technical Notes: These grapes are sustainably farmed, with an occasional green harvest when required. At harvest the grapes are hand-picked, collected in 12 kilo cases, and sorted manually before fermentation. The yields are kept to a low 30 hl/ha. A portion of the wine is vinified using carbonic maceration, then blended back into the rest of the juice. The “Cuvée Plaisirs” is aged exclusively in tank. There is no oak ageing for this wine.

Tasting Notes: This is a rich ripe wine with a lot of black fruit. The Syrah and Grenache give the wine its lush black cherry, raspberry, and cassis fruit flavors. Meanwhile, the Carignan grapes, from vines planted in 1955, add an exotic spicy dimension to the wine. Finally, the Cinsault adds a silky texture to the wine, helping to tone down the tannins. The combination of flavors in the “Plaisirs”, along with its nice silky texture, makes it a very versatile wine. It is a great match for summer barbeque, as well as winter roasts.




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2009 Château Haut Lignières Faugeres

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2009 Château Haut Lignières Faugeres 1er...$19.99
Technical Notes: The average age of the vines at Haut Lignières is 40 years old. Through vineyard management and green harvesting, the yields are kept to a low 32 hectoliters per hectare. No herbicides are used in the vineyards. All grapes are harvested by hand. The grapes are then destemmed, crushed, and undergo a 30 day maceration. The wine is then aged 50% in tank, and 50% in 1,2,3 year old barrels for 12 months before bottling. 
Tasting Notes: With its relatively high percentage of Mourvèdre, this is a dark and brooding Faugères. In the glass the wine has a concentrated, deep purple color. The nose is perfumed with sweet blackberry and black raspberry aromas. In the mouth it is lush with rich black fruit flavors, and hints of blueberry and coco. Even with its deep concentration, the tannins are surprisingly supple and silky. This wine is simultaneously a sumptuous wine built for enjoyment, in addition to being an age worthy wine for the cellar.


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2010 Zind Humbrecht


"2010 will also be remembered as one of the smallest crops in Alsace for many years, with yields sometimes up to 70% smaller in some areas." -- Olivier Humbrecht

Very limited Zind-Humbrecht
Very rare wine....this is one to throw into blind Chardonnay tastings....
2010 Zind Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Chardonnay..$41.99
Yes, Chardonnay from Alsace?  You will notice the label above does not say Chardonnay on it because it is not legal in Alsace, it must be calld "Vin de Table".  There is less than 1% Chardonnay vines planted in Alsace and this is a very rare and delicious wine.
Clos Windsbuhl is a Monopole owned by Zind Humbrecht that is planted with Pinot Gris (Tokay d’Alsace), Gewurztraminer and Riesling. Then there is a surprise for Alsace especially for such a famous vineyard -- they have planted a small parcel of Chardonnay.
"Each year, the Humbrechts have vinified at least one barrel of pure Chardonnay from the Clos Windsbuhl to follow its potential..." - The Wine Advocate




2010 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turkheim V.V....$49.99
Oliver Humbrecht Tasting Notes:
3/2012: the influence of the old vines shows on the nose and palate. There are much less floral expression here and more complex spicy ripe fruits aromas. The palate has a great structure. Of course, the mouth-feel is rich and dense, but with this typical Gewurztraminer richness. Here, there is some noble rot influence, as the wine also develops some ‘roti’ character (phenolic) and chocolate aromas.
Yields: 18 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period: 2012-2030+
Average age of the vines: 64 years


2010 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Clos Hauserer...$54.99
Oliver Humbrecht Tasting Notes:
3/2012: this wine is starting to express some beautiful stony, mineral aromas. It will take probably a year after the bottling for the fruity character to eventually come out. The palate shows a firm crisp minerality with a long aftertaste. The Clos Häuserer is a very elegant wine in 2010 with a medium alcohol power. The little residual sweetness brings a small sensation of roundness which is very short, because the firm acidity makes the finish taste dry. This is a true Indice 1 wine!
Yields: 29 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period: 2014-2030+



2010 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl...$67.99
Oliver Humbrecht Tasting Notes:
3/2012: there are already lots of fruity and exotic aromas at first, but then quickly, as the wine is opening up, more complex spicy flavours develop on the nose. There is a sense of richness and sweetness on the nose, probably enhanced by the presence of crystallised fruit aromas. The palate is unctuous and round, really close to a late harvest in style. The important sweetness is well into balance and the finish leaves a nice impression of harmony. Falsely ready today, this wine will need lots of extra ageing time.
Yields: 17 hl/ha
Optimum Drinking Period: 2014-2040+
Average Age of the Vines: 40 years


2010 Zind Humbrecht Muscat Goldert Grand Cru...$54.99
Oliver Humbrecht Tasting Notes:
3/2012: the nose is still going from full floral notes to mineral stony aromas. Full lees contact has also made the wine less developed. The palate shows a discreet sweetness and very nice Riesling-like texture. The acidity, well present on the middle palate, and the lower alcohol make it extremely elegant. The flavours are long lasting and that little sweetness is almost not perceptible. There is no doubt that this Goldert will age for a very long time.
Yields: 45 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period: 2014-2025


2010 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Turkheim...$35.99
Oliver Humbrecht Tasting Notes:
3/2012: gravely/silt soils produce very aromatic expressions of Riesling, and here there is no exceptions in the rule. This is probably the most open Riesling of 2010. The nose shows typical fruity flavours enhanced by this little noble rot touch (white fruits, light bee wax). The palate is generous and quite ample, but before we expect some sweetness, the acidity kicks in and allows the finish to be drier than expected. This wine surely has a nice ageing potential, and with age, it will taste even drier.
Yields: 45 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period: 2012-2025

Urban Chestnut in bottles!




In stock at Rock Hill, Forsyth, New Ballas, and Ballwin now!


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Revolution Series: Our contribution to the renaissance of craft beer—brewing artisanal, modern American beers. 

Urban Chestnut Winged Nut (Revolution Series)...$8.99 / 4pk pints
or $2.29 pint
We affectionately refer to the first beer in our Revolution series of modern, American craft beer, as our unusual little bird. It’s a little on the flighty side @ 5.7% ABV, and it’s a little on the wacky side because we brew it with finely milled chestnuts (genus castanea …for you nut freaks), Willamette hops, and we ferment it with a Bavarian Weissbier yeast strain. All of these nuances contribute to its ‘nutty’ personality. Stats: 25 IBU, 5.7% ABV, 14.5 Original Gravity 



Revererence Series: Our celebration of beer’s heritage ~ brewing classically-crafted, timeless European beer styles. 
Urban Chestnut Zwickel (Reverence Series)....$8.49 4pk pints
or $2.29 / pint
Our flagship lager, pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’, is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, German classic that finishes as a smooth-drinking, vitamin rich (from the yeast), naturally cloudy bier. Hops: Hallertau Malts: Two-Row & Pilsner ABV- 5.1%, IBU’s- 19, OG – 11.5 Plato



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wine Classes








Tuesday June 26, 2012 (7pm-8:30pm)
White Burgundy vs. California Chardonnay
Blind Tasting Class

$20/person 
Many believe the world of wine has become too homogeneous that wines no longer have a sense of place, we beg to differ but hey, you be the judge. Come taste 8 great Chardonnay’s from California and France. This is a very informative and fun style of class. You get a chance to try the wines without label bias. 

Here are the wines we will taste....
2010 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
2010 Travis Chardonnay
2009 Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay
2009 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay
2010 Drouhin Macon Villages
2010 Louis Latour Poully Fuisse
2010 Domaine Marc Colin Bourgogne La Combe
2009 William Fevre Chablis “Valurent” 1er Cru



Wednesday July 11th   (7pm-8:30pm)
The Southern Rhone Valley
$20/person
With 2 spectacular vintages back to back 2009 and 2010 we have an amazing breadth and depth of wines to choose from for this class. Come taste what makes the Southern Rhone one of our favorite regions for both every day value and special occasion gems. Taste 8 wines featuring some of the biggest names in the Rhone Valley, Chapoutier, Pegau, and many more.




classes is held at our location in Clayton at 7435 Forsyth Blvd -- 314.727.8788