Saturday, August 4, 2012

Amazing Petite!

2009 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah "Peterson"....$53.99
A blueberry and boysenberry pie! So ripe and jammy you could spread it on an English muffin! A huge wine with intensely concentrated fruit that is framed by abundant tannins that are gripping, yet surprisingly soft and silky. There is nothing angular about this wine. A sweet, rich mid-palate coats your palate and leads to a long, lasting finish. - Bob Foley

The 2007 and 2008both scored a 95+ from The Wine Advocate, no score on the 2009 yet.

Robert Foley, Winemaker

Bob began his winemaking career in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding winemaker. Today he continues to focus on his own Robert Foley Wines, as well as Switchback Ridge andHourglass, and is having a blast traveling around the country with the Robert Foley Band!

Gin Tasting!

Thursday, August 30 (7pm-8:30)
Classic and Artisanal Gin Tasting
$15 / person
Certified Specialist of Spirits, Tony Watson, will be on hand to run you through some classic gins and some new artisanal gins.  Gins scheduled to be tasted include—Nolets (Dutch), Deaths Door (Wisconsin), Beefeater London Dry (English), Beafeater 24 (English), Brandons (Arkansas), Fifty Pounds (English) , Botanist Gin (Scottland from Bruichladdich), Tanqueray Gin (English) , and Tanqueray 10 (English). 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Kinnickinnic Whiskey

Bourbon mixed with Wisconsin Whiskey

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great Lakes Kinnickinnic Whiskey...$36.99
Kinnickinnic: [KIN-I-KUH-NIK] An Ojibwe word meaning "what is mixed".

Our Kinnickinnic Whiskey is a blend of Straight Bourbon we have sourced from one of Americas finest distilleries and a Malt whiskey we produce here at Great Lakes Distillery. We bottle it at 86 proof and we don't filter it so we can ensure ALL the very best flavor is making it into the bottle.

About that name-On the south side of Milwaukee we see Kinnickinnic everywhere- there is a main street through the Bay View neighborhood and a river named for it and several businesses include it in their name. To keep it quick and simple for locals and outsiders alike, many abbreviate it "KK" in writing and conversation. Kinnickinnic is an Ojibwe word meaning a blend or mix of tobacco and other plants. (There's a good description on the Wisconsin Historical Societysite).

What does this have to do with whiskey? Well, we think there are some pretty good analogies- Bourbon is often described as having a fresh tobacco like flavor, and like those Native American's we found blending our "tobacco" with another plant (in our case malted barley) produced a truly unique and delicious spirit. In our own experiments we have also determined this whiskey which is spectacular neat or with a few ice cubes is great mixed too!

Kinnickinnic Whiskey Won a Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Kickinnic Whiskey has won a Gold Medal at the 2012 Denver International Spirits Competition.

Tasting Note from the Beverage Testing Institute where Kinnickinnic was awarded the Silver Medal;

"Minutely hazy light amber color. Light grainy, husky aromas are suggestive of buttery nut brittle, brown spices and chocolate oatmeal cereal with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hint of mocha, mossy stone and pink pepper on the zesty finish. A nice choice for craft cocktails".

"The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts" -Aristotle

Concannon Irish Whiskey

Limited release

Concannon Irish Whiskey...$21.99 / 750ml

Introducing our new hand-crafted Concannon Irish Whiskey!

We’re excited to tell you about a brand new product we’ll be introducing in February – Concannon Irish Whiskey. Crafted in Ireland in conjunction with Cooley Distillery, our artisan whiskey has been years in the making, a true labor of love and a salute to our Irish heritage.

What makes it different: Concannon Irish Whiskey is a refined blend of malt Irish whiskey and grain Irish whiskey created by master blender Noel Sweeney. Double distilled for proper balance, character and purity, the whiskey is then matured in barrels for at least four years. What sets Concannon Irish Whiskey apart is that we age it in former Concannon wine barrels in addition to traditional ex-bourbon barrels! This unique step lends extra fruity notes to the final blend.

How it tastes: Our new Concannon Irish Whiskey is a unique beverage with aromas and flavors all its own. It offers classic notes of sweet honey, citrus, malt, caramel and golden raisin. Thanks to years spent gently resting in barrels through Ireland’s cool summers and mild winters, it also boasts enticing flavors of oak and vanilla. Traditionally, fine Irish whiskey is enjoyed neat or on the rocks. However, we’ve also discovered that Concannon Irish Whiskey can be used to craft a wide array of delicious cocktails. We’ll be sharing recipes in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!

Where to find it: Look for Concannon Irish whiskey at your local retailer beginning in February. If you can’t find it in stock, ask the store manager to order it, and help spread the word about our new Concannon Irish Whiskey. Slainte!

From Concannon

Stone Brewing Cellar Releases

You will get a chance to taste these on Friday night at The Wine and Cheese Place
Forsyth -- open house format
TONIGHT Friday August 3, 2012 from 4-6pm

We are proud to have Nate Sellergren and Jason Armstrong from Stone Brewing on hand.....(they might have to leave before 6 to hit their next event)

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to host a special Stone Brewing tasting
including a few very rare beers...
  • Stone Brewing Double Bastard Ale 2009 Vintage Ale..$6.99 / 22oz
  • Stone Brewing 15th Anniversary...$5.99 / 22oz - The limited edition collector's "Comic Bottle" sold mostly only at the brewery.
  • Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout 2008...$5.99 / 22oz
  • Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout 2012...$5.99 / 22oz
We will have 22 bottles of each of these available for sale that night until supply lasts.    If any are left, I will put them on the shelf Saturday morning.

plus we will taste some other Stone Beers including....
  • Stone Ruination
  • Stone Cali-Belgique
  • Stone IPA
  • Stone Arrogant Bastard

Ommegang Biere d'Hougoumont -- NEW!

Ommegang Biere d'Hougoumont...$13.99 / 750ml
"Hougoumont is brewed with French Ale Yeast, eight malts, French Strisselspalt hops, and aged on wood.  A traditional Biere de Garde style, this malty French style farmhouse ale is brewed to be aged.  The name honrs the Hougoumont Farmstead at the pivotal center of the Waterloo Battlefield.  Napoleon repeatedly failted to take the Farmstead, then lost the battle, and "Met his Waterloo" -- label

New Soda

New Soda at Forsyth

Flathead Lake Blueberry Pomegranate
Flathead Lake Sour Cherry
Flathead Lake Huckleberry

New Spirits...

In stock at Forsyth now

Will post more info later...

Alipus Mezcal -- #1 Selling Mezcal in Mexico
Great Lakes Rehorst Gin - (Includes basil and ginseng as botanicals)
Great Lakes KinnicKinnic Whiskey (Like a bourbon and scotch blend)
Great Lakes Roaring Dan's Maple Rum
Concannon Irish Whiskey

Firestone Walker DDBA

Firestone Walker Double DBA...$12.99 / 22oz
DDBA is our flagship beer brewed at double strength. It is amazingly similar in many respects to our barrel fermented DBA and possesses everything we love about that beer times two. English caramel malts lend rich toffee character that pairs well with assertive medium toast American oak barrels.

REMEMBER: Watch for bottled on dates located on the necks or bottom left corner of the label for each of our beers. Our Proprietor's Reserve Series, Barrel-aged beers are built to aged carefully. Storing in a dark place at or below 40F will allow them to best age for several years.

Rock Hill has theirs in stock now -- call Chris 314.962.8150
New Ballas has some in stock now also -- call Marc 314.989.0020

Weihenstephaner Festbier

2012 Festbier here!

Weihenstephaner Festbier....$11.99 / 6pk
5.8% ABV
"A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor. Prost!" -- brewery

"The oldest existing brewery in the world, The BavarianState Brewery, Weihenstephan, dates back to the year 1040. Internationally recognized as a site for brewing science and education, Weihenstephan combines tradition and craft to produce high-quality premium brews." -- importer

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blind Beer tasting results

The Medal Ceremony
The Wine and Cheese Place Blind Beer Tasting
for 4th Annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week

14 people voting

Flight # 1 - Zwickel
Gold Medal   (22 points)    Urban Chestnut Zwickel (Missouri)
Silver Medal  (20 points)   Innstadt Edelsud Zwickel (German)

Flight #2 - Firestone Walker Union Jack Flight

Gold Medal         (43 points) - stored dark, but in and out of the fridge
Silver Medal       (40 points) - stored dark, but in my 90+ degree garage
Bronze Medal   
 (34 points) -  ideal storage, stored in a cool dark place
4th place          
 (24 points) - over exposed to light for an extended time

Flight #3 - IPA Flight
Gold Medal       (64 points)  - Odell IPA - Colorado 
Silver Medal      (54 points) - Schlafly AIPA - Missouri 
Bronze Medal   (50 points) -  Stone IPA - California
4th place          
 (37 points) - Bells Two Hearted Ale - Michigan 
5th place            (35 points) - O'Fallon 5 day - Missouri
6th place            (31 points) - Charleville Hoptimistic IPA - Missouri

Flight #4 - Porter Flight 
Gold Medal      (69 points)     - Founders Porter - Michigan    
                                                  (7-1st place votes) 
Silver Medal     (59 points)    - Odell Porter - Colorado           
                                                  (3-1st place votes)
Bronze Medal   (54 points)    - Deschutes Black Butte Porter - Oregon 
4th place          (36.5 points)  - Boulevard Bully Porter - Missouri 
5th place           (33 points)     - Crown Valley Porter - Missouri 
6th place           (21.5 points)  - Six Row Porter - Missouri

A new Baetje Farm Cheese

From Missouri

New for us....only at Forsyth right now...

Baetje Farms Cherbourg Cheese

Cherbourg: a washed rind cheese with a creamy and delicate balance of flavor notes of toasted wheat bread with real butter, sour cream, and salted green pistachios fresh out of the shell. Very silky and sticky paste. An addicting cheese. 

American Cheese Society 2010 Competition in Seattle Washington
Cherbourg: 1st Place 

As it has been for over 30 years now at The Wine and Cheese Place -- come in and taste before you buy!

Evil Twin Rare ones....

Just received another case of Evil Twin Even More Jesus!

Order Evil Twin online

Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout...$10.99 / 11.2oz
Aged in Whiskey Barrels
Rated 99 on RateBeer
"Few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all – it must taste rare" - label

Evil Twin Epilogue...$10.99 / 11.2oz
Aged in Brunello Wine Barrels

Rated 93 on RateBeer
"This is still a true story about a dedicated Belgian brother who spend all his hard earned money on an all inclusive Barbados vacation to pursue a life long dream – brew an old fashion dark Belgian infused with local muscovado sugar aka Barbados sugar… On his way back  he came across a five-star Brunello Barrel, let the beer rest for 6 months and created yet another pleasing treat. Hell’elujah." - label

Evil Twin  Sønderho Hipster Pale Ale....$10.99 / 11.2oz
Aged in White Wine Barrels
Rated 94/100 RateBeer
"Perhaps you heard of a worldwide beer-movement that tributes favorite hipster neighbourhoods across the globe. First came Istedgade, then Södermalm followed by Williamsburg and Shoreditch accompanied by Trastevere & El Raval. This Hipster ale was aged for 4 months on white wine barrels and then dryhopped with Citra, Summit, & Cascade – perfect as a tribute to our favorite up-and-coming Hipster neighborhood, Sønderho, DK. Cheers to picture-perfect white sandy beaches, the Wadden Sea, and thatched-roof homes. Beware first movers!" - label 

Evil Twin Auld Yin Imperial Taiji Stout...$10.99 / 11.2oz
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
"First came a toasted smug called Yin followed by a hoppy fella called Yang. Let me introduce you to Auld Yin – a wrinkly more experienced take on youngster Yin, 9 months in the company of an insightful, complex, whiskey cask made  a pretty interesting spin on this imperial tajii taste adventure. Aye!" - label

Evil Twin Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados....$11.99 / pint
"This is a true story about a dedicated belgian brother who spend all his hard earned money on a all inclusive Barbados vacation to pursue a life long dream – brew an old fashion dark Belgian infused with local muscovado sugar aka Barbados sugar – luckily the outcome is a first class candy coated, full-bodied and escapist beer – the best he ever made. Halleluja." - label

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project

We got in another limited batch of 
Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project...$49.99 / 375ml
call 314.727.8788

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blind beer tasting, fun and informative

The Wine and Cheese Place is involved in a number of events 
for 4th Annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week

This Thursday August 2nd
Local Breweries VS. America
$20 / person
With the increased choices in beers from St. Louis and the local area, we wanted to see how they stand up on the national level.

Reservations are required click here to make reservations or call (314-727-8788) 

Thursday August 2nd (6pm:7:30) 
$20 / person 


          IPA Flight
  • Schlafly AIPA - Missouri
  • O'Fallon 5 day - Missouri
  • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA - Missouri 
  • Bells Two Hearted Ale - Michigan
  • Odell IPA - Coloroado
  • Stone IPA - California

  • Porter Flight
  • Six Row Porter - Missouri
  • Crown Valley Porter - Missouri
  • Boulevard Bully Porter - Missouri
  • Founders Porter - Michgian
  • Odell Porter - Colorado
  • Deschutes Black Butte Porter - Oregon

Check out the bonus flight -- should be quite interesting
Plus we will have a bonus Union Jack flight -- this is the bonus round for research and education.  It will be a blind flight of 4 glasses of Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA.  I took a case of Firestone Walker and will treat each 6 pack differently.    We will see how much these factors will affect the beer...
  • One will be perfect shape, stored in a cool dark place
  • One is stored dark, but in my 90+ degree garage
  • One is stored cool, but over exposed to light for an extended time
  • One is going be stored dark, but in and out of the refrigerator repeatedly.
Plus, I thought it would be fun to try
Urban Chestnut Zwickel vs. the German Innstadt Edelsud Zwickel

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Some new spirits...

Salers Aperitif Labounoux...$19.99
"One of the most classic of French aperitifs is a pour of gentiane liqueur on the rocks with a squeeze of lemon. Salers is today the oldest of the producers and also from the Massif Central, birthplace to this style of product. Unlike the large corporate producers that today add artificial colorant, Salers is all natural, with a drier and rustic character that has historically defined this drink. True to its roots, Salers sources its gentiane solely from the Auvergne. Enjoy in a traditional manner with ice and lemon, or in a variety of mixed drinks."

Byrrh Grand Quinquina...$17.99
"Byrrh Grand Quinquina is made to the original late 19th century recipe that earned fame both in France and overseas. Its long legacy is also documented by a half century of magnificent poster art. This aperitif brings together cinchona (quinine), exotic spices and botanicals onto a base of mistilles and local Grenache, then rested in large oak barrels. Byrrh Grand Quinquina offers a lucious balance of ripe fruit and subtle spice. Delicious alone, or try in some of the old classic Byrrh drinks."

Strawberry Blonde Ale

Buffalo Bill Strawberry Blonde Ale 6pks
Seasonal -- in stock now

Sour Power

In stock at Forsyth

Sour Power Mixed.....$19.99 / 6pk
2 bottles each of
Petrus Oud Bruin
Petrus Aged Pale
Monk's Cave

96 Point Roederer

2003 Roederer L'Ermitage Brut...$35.99
Compare to release price: $70 on The Wine Spectator:
"2003 was a great vintage for Roederer Estate. This, their top vintage wine, is very great, and the price is an absolute steal for this world class sparkler. It’s enormously rich in the strawberries from Pinot Noir and the limes from Chardonnay, while the toast and rich lees combine for a perfect champagne-style smokiness. And so smooth, it's like a kiss of silk. At the age of eight years, this wonderful wine is just getting started.
Editors' Choice"
Rated 96/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Rated 94/100 Wine & Spirits
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
#55 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2011

Monday, July 30, 2012

Evil Twin Hop Flood

Evil Twin Hop Flood...$9.49 / 22oz

On a beautiful summer night in July while peaceful Danes rocked at Roskilde Festival and sipped wine in their picturesque summer retreats, an apocalyptic tidal surge flooded the famous Ølbutikken in Copenhagen and drowned thousands of precious beer – Hop Flood is a bitter tribute to the heroic bottles that didn’t make it. 

Rated 96/100 RateBeer

Rated 100/100 RateBeer for style

Praga Czech

I got an update/confirmation from Sampson brewery..
"Our brewery today named Samson was established in 1795 and was the first brewery in the world to brew a beer labelled Budweiser – We also shipped beer in 1872 into the USA labelled Budweiser – before AB started to call any beer Budweiser in – 1876.

Czech Budvar (Czechvar) started to brew Budweiser in 1895 but got many trademark right transferred from Samson, under Communism when all breweries in Czech was government owned.

Samson sold all it’s remaining right to Budweiser to AB INbev and today can not use the name Budweiser in the agreement."  - Sampson Brewery


Praga is produced at the famous Czech Brewery Pivovar Sampson which is the original producer of Budweiser.

Here is a timeline story about 
Pivovar Sampson... 

  • 1795 Budweiser Bier Bürgerbräu started producing Budweiser (to be sold as B.B. Bürgerbräu in the U.S. after the trademark lawsuits)
  • 1874 Budweiser Bier Bürgerbräu is exported to the U.S.
  • 1896 Anheuser Busch starts producing Budweiser in the U.S. This is when trademark disputes started
  • 1960 the brewery was renamed Sampson Brewery 
  • 1989 the brewery was renamed "První budějovický pivovar Samson" (First Budweiser brewery Samson)
  • Late 2011/early 2012 - Samson AS sells a small unit of their company called Budejovicky Mestansky Pivovar to AB-InBev. No brewery was sold, just some land and the rights to "Budweiser Bier" trademark in some countries.

Deciphered from info taken from an article in The Wall Street Journal, Wikipedia and Pivní Filosof - Beer Philosopher (interesting read)

Not sure if I am correct on all of this as it is very confusing. It is also interesting to note that B.B. Bürgerbräu is not available here now and is owned by AB-InBev. The last importer that had it in the U.S. no longer shows it on their website. Now AB-InBev no longer distributes Czechvar in Missouri either, we stopped seeing it earlier this year right around when the sale of Budejovicky Mestansky Pivovar was announced? Not sure what the giant AB-InBev has planned for B.B. Bürgerbräu, Czechvar and the Budweiser name?

That brings us to the new beer in the U.S. and to The Wine and Cheese Place
We now have a new Czech beer from the original Budweiser producer...

Praga Premium Pils...$2.49 / pint
Praga Dark Lager...$2.49 / pint
Praga Dark Lager...$10.99 / 6pk
What is “Praga”..
Praga is the old name for city of Prague
Independent brand / No big brewery groups

“Praga” lager and dark is built on more than 200 years of the Czech brewing tradition
Our brewery has existed since 1795 and is known for the highest quality beers.
We brew Praga with passion for quality and use only the best ingredients
The Praga brand has been a sleeping brand that we have re-designed, re-positioned and re-launch in 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Goose Island beer and cheese pairing

The Wine and Cheese Place is involved in a number of events 
for 4th Annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week

We are excited to have Suzanne Wolcott, Head of Education for Goose Island Brewery and Certified Cicerone, at The Wine and Cheese Place to conduct this fantastic event...

Tomorrow -  Monday, July 30th (only 4 seats left)
Goose Island Beer and Cheese Pairing

 – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 6PM-7:30PM

$15 / person - 
Reservations are required click here to make reservations or call (314-727-8788) 
(not many seats are left)

Join Goose Island’s Suzanne Wolcott (Head of Education for Goose Island and Certified Cicerone ) as she pairs some delicious vintage ales from Goose Island with the extensive and equally delicious cheeses from the Wine and Cheese Place. 

Here are the beers and cheeses we are scheduled to taste:  

Goose Island IPA - reception beer 

Matilda paired with Tallegio (raw milk)

Sofie paired with Delice de Bourgogne Triple Creme

Pepe Nero with Cave Aged Gruyere

Pere Jacques paired with a with 5 year Old Gouda
plus we will have the very rare...
Goose Island Bramble Rye paired with chocolate