Friday, November 2, 2012

Wild Onion from Illinois

Wild Onion Hop Slayer Double IPA...$9.49 / 4pk cans
An intense Double IPA brewed for the "hopheads" of the world. This robust ale is so full of malt and hops that you can almost chew on it. Served in a snifter to bring out all of the nuances of malt, hop, and alcohol.
8.2% ABV * 100 IBU

Wild Onion Paddy Pale Ale...$8.49 / 6pk cans
This American Pale Ale is our flagship brand, celebrating hop bitterness and aroma. Dry-hopping with three different varieties in the fermenter gives our Paddy it's signature hop-forward bite and rich "nose". Breathe deep the wonderful aromas before taking a sip of this most satisfying session ale.

Wild Onion Jack Stout...$8.49 / 6pk cans
Style: Oatmeal Stout
A very full-bodied oatmeal stout with five different roasted malts and a thick, creamy texture. Served on nitrogen, this ale is truly a meal in a glass.

Sweet Sophie Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

In stock now and available online

The Wine and Cheese Place is very  proud 
to announce the release of 
Sweet Sophie!

Available at all 4 of our locations now.
Stop by any of our stores and ask for a taste!

This batch yielded 708 bottles.  Make sure you grab some before they are gone.  They will make perfect gifts for this holiday season for everyone on your list.

An exciting and original project for St. Louis....

Sweet Sophie Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup...$13.99 / 250ml 
Aged in a Jefferson 18 Year Old Bourbon Barrel
Serving suggestions: as a glaze for salmon, pork or bacon, as a sweetener for coffee, oatmeal, granola or yogurt, pour over ice cream and bananas, make exotic cocktails and of course on pancakes and waffles.  
The possibilities are endless.

As part of our 30th Anniversary this year, The Wine and Cheese Place started buying our own barrels of Bourbon.  After the bourbon was bottled, we sent the spent barrels off to local breweries to age beer for us (click to read more).    Currently we have 5  Bourbon Barrel aged beers have that been released and sold out and we have another 15 barrels in the works.  
What was the next step?
How about ageing some  Maple Syrup in a Bourbon Barrel!!!!
So we took a rare Jefferson 18 Year Old Bourbon barrel and delivered it to 4 Hands Brewing Company to be filled with Maple Syrup.
We ordered a 55 gallon drum of 100% Organic Pure Vermont Maple Syrup and hand pumped it into the barrel back on August 8th and let it age until October 30th - almost 3 months.  On October 30th, it took 3 of us almost 10 hours to bottle 708 bottles of this delicious golden nectar.  We had to hot bottle it at 190 degrees, what a sticky mess.  We are currently over the next couple of days hand labeling and hand dipping each bottle in wax to seal the top.   On the label, it says Batch #1, but it was a ton of work, not sure if there will be another batch or not.   

Right now we have about 280 bottles waxed and labeled.  
Should have the rest ready next week.

More beer...

In stock now---

Southern Tier 2XMAS
Southern Tier Oat
Southern Tier Krampus

Very Rare Midelton release...

Only 2,500 bottles produced per year.

Midleton Barry Crocket Legacy...$219.99

click on labels to enlarge and read more

Fantastic package!!!!!
More about Midleton
Situated in Co. Cork Midleton distillery is responsible for the majority of all Irish Whiskey produced in Ireland today. It is the Irish Distillers Group main distillery. 

The distillery started life as a woolen manufacturing business in 1796. By the 1820s the buildings were lying empty until three brothers James, Daniel and Jeremiah Murphy decided that the perfect purpose for these fine buildings should be the manufacture of whiskey. Initially run as a family concern calling themselves James Murphy & Co they ultimately merged with several other distillers in the area to be come known as the Cork Distillers Company. 

The Midleton Distillery had many advantages being situated in the countryside not least of which was the low operating overheads as opposed to those experienced by the City Distillers. A greater advantage was perhaps that Midleton boasted not only Irelands but the world's largest still with a capacity of 31,618 gallons.
Old Pot Still Midletonl

In 1966 The cork distillers Company joined forces with their city rivals John Jameson and John Powers together these three formed the Irish Distillers Group. The newly formed Irish Distillers Group decided that a new all purpose distillery would be built and Midleton with it room for expansion was chosen as the site.
Old Midleton Distillery Co. Cork The opening of the new Midleton Distillery was impressive, whilst the new distillery was being built the workers continued their craft in the old distillery buildings. Then one evening in 1975 they finished work as usual and left the old distillery. The following morning they returned not to where they had left the night before but to the new distillery a few hundred yards away, from here they carried on their craft as if nothing had happened.

More beer..

Tough to keep up now....
In stock now...
  • Boulevard Nutcracker
  • Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
  • Summit Winter Ale

Guinness new 12 pack mix...
Guinness Foreign Extra
Guinness Black Lager
Guinness Draught
Guinness Generous Ale  -- NEW ONE!!!!

New package....Schlafly....

The 2012 versions of Schlafly Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels and the Barleywine aged on oak are in stock.

New vintage and fantastic new package!

Decision 2012

The election is upon is....

The straight bourbon whiskey proudly divided along party lines.

Let your voice be heard this election season, and proudly affiliate with your bourbon of choice: 
Blue State® Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$12.99.
The bold, smooth taste of this genuine Kentucky bourbon is as spirited as American politics. And much like politics, you ultimately must pick a side. What do you bring to the party?
America, the decision is yours. Be proud, and vote Blue!

Red State® Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$12.99
The bold, smooth taste of this genuine Kentucky bourbon is as spirited as American politics. And much like politics, you ultimately must pick a side. What do you bring to the party?
America, the decision is yours. Be proud, and vote Red!

97 Point Ornellaia

In stock now and online

2009 Ornellaia Bolgheri....$149.99 
(net, no additional discount)
"The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. There is little question the ability to blend grape varieties was a huge help in this vintage. In my opinion, that is the main reason Ornellaia is a slightly more complete wine than Masseto in 2009. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029."
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate 

One of the most anticipated releases for this year....

2009 Ornellaia Masseto Toscana.....$385 / per bottle
(net, no additional discount)
$500 suggested retail on The Wine Advocate
Lowest price on WineSearcher 
Only 17 bottles left
"The 2009 Masseto bursts from the glass with dark red berries, blackberries, flowers, licorice and tar. It shows lovely up-front juiciness and expressive inner perfume in a surprisingly accessible style for this wine. Like the Ornellaia, the 2009 Masseto has quite a bit of freshness, although it, too, is medium-bodied in structure. In this vintage the Ornellaia team was especially selective and only used part of the three vineyards that typically go into Masseto. I have been fortunate to taste every vintage of Masseto, most more than once recently. Masseto has a great track record for aging, even in the smallest, least promising of vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029."
Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate

Salmon is here...

Fresh batch landed at Forsyth.  

It has been a number of weeks since we have been able to get some, but finally it is here!!!  It arrived yesterday and there are only 7 pieces left already.
Smoked Salmon from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Usually the best things we find for our store are products that don't come looking for us, they are products that we go looking for them.  Durham's Tracklements Custom Smoked Provisions is one of those products.  I

Durham's Tracklements


Inspired by a stay in the Northwest Highlands and Islands of Scotland, a genuine hand-rubbed dry cure of salt with a bit of brown sugar, lightly smoked over our own blend of select hardwoods. Mellow fresh flavor with moist, firm yet buttery texture 

Best of the Best in 20 years of Tasting

" comparison" - Marian Burros, The New York Times

Salmon just doesn’t get any better than this.

--Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press

More info on Durham's Tracklements

Custom smoked provisions using the finest ingredients available, Since 1992. 

We cure and smoke in small batches with the careful, hands-on attention essential to providing outstanding freshness, flavor and texture. For our Salmon Specialties we use only farmed Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, where strong tides assure excellent growing conditions and make the regular use of antibiotics and algaecides unnecessary. Salmon are selected at the optimal size, and flown fresh direct to us each week!

 No additives of any kind, always dated for superior fresh flavor. The finest genuinely hand-crafted quality available--anywhere.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Conundrum RED!!!!!!!

We are proud to introduce Caymus Conundrum RED for the first time!!!

2010 Conundrum California Red Wine...$19.99 
The Wagner family is pleased to release the second vintage of Conundrum Red with expanded distribution.   This truly is a Conundrum in style which is unlike any other red blended wine.  “As a kid growing up I remember seeing my grandfather sitting at his kitchen table and he would blend different wines together. Didn't matter what the varietals were. He would blend, taste and explore. This inspired my dad, Chuck Wagner, to create Conundrum White - our family’s exotic white wine blend.”

“Conundrum Red is a non-traditional blend of California red grapes. What are the varietals used? It’s proprietary and we believe the fun is exploring this intriguing wine.  I am proud to be able to continue my grandfather’s practices…for three generations we have been breaking the rules.” This wine tastes great with many dishes; best with highly flavored foods, especially spicy tomato based sauces, dark spices or meats enhanced with BBQ sauce….and really…anything that will fit on your grill. Serve slightly to well-chilled.

“I hope your family and friends enjoy this wine as much as mine do.”
Charlie Wagner II

NOSE: Almost floral, with tones of lavender, dried berries, baking chocolate, bacon bits. Aromas are rich, velvety and wonderfully appealing. 
PALATE: Silky round entry with acid to balance and high fruit concentration. The nose leaves no doubt about the seriousness of this wine. The palate is fruit driven both before and after the high tannin middle core. The finish is long, not drying of tannin, and beckons a second sip.

In stock now!!

The Prisoner is back!!!

2011 Orin Swift The Prisoner...$39.99
The wine has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish.

51% Zinfandel
19% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Syrah
12% Petite Sirah
2% Charbono
1% Grenache

Alc/Vol 15.2%

Schlafly Christmas Ale!

Schlafly Christmas Ale has hit at all four of our locations!

Founders Harvest

Our New Ballas location finally got in their case of Founders Harvest Ale.

Plus we have Nectar Black Xantus a little left at Forsyth and plenty at Rock Hill.

New Chieftain's Scotches in stock

1995 Chieftain's Glen Keith Speyside 17 yr...$94.99
92 proof * 239 bottles produced
Nose: Light malt, camphor, dry hay
Body: Medium, round and soft
Palate: Ginger snaps, sweet oak, spicy
Finish: Lawyers of complex spicy malt, long

1998 Chieftain’s Glenrothes Speyside 13 yr...$79.99
(Barolo Wine Finish)
92 proof * 326 bottles produced
Nose: Flowery, Aromatic
Body: Silky, smooth but firm
Palate: Buttery, Grape Jam, Red Licorice
Finish: Old leather, Oak, Smooth and Dry

1991 Chieftain’s Craigellachie Speyside 21 yr...$169.99
 116.6 proof * 272 bottles produced
Nose: Sugared walnuts, light citrus, sweet barley
Body: Medium and soft
Palate: Malty, Nutty, Tangerines
Finish: Orange Marmalade, Nutty, Aromatic

 2000 Chieftain’s Isle of Jura Island 12 yr....$76.99
(St. Etienne Rum Finish)
92 proof * 329 bottles produced
Nose: Heather, Green Apple, Slat Taffy
Body: Medium, Light
Palate: Sweet malt, piney, sugared almonds
Finish: Spicy, Floral, Nutty

2001 Chieftain’s Bunnahabhain Islay 10 yr....$76.99
(Sherry Butt)
92 proof * 778 Bottles made
Nose: Raisins, coffee, sugared almonds
Body: Oily, creamy
Palate: Sweet malt, Tar, Burnt orange
Finish: Spicy, Long and Dry

16 hops, 16 malts, and 16% ABV

In stock now....and online

Jewbelation Sweet 16®
16th  Anniversary Celebration Ale 
Brewed with 16 Malts, 16 Hops, and Soaring to 16% Alc

He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16....$7.49 / 22oz
HE'BREW Beer's award-winning Anniversary journey:
Jewbelation Sweet 16®. A complex, enormous brown ale with a dynamic labyrinth of multi-layered flavors, Jewbelation Sweet 16® is brewed with 16 malts, 16 hops and soars to 16% alc. Since its inception in 2004, Shmaltz’s Jewbelation® series has been hailed by critics and showered with accolades."

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HE'BREW Holiday Gift Pack®

2012 HE'BREW Holiday Gift Pack®....$26.99
Featuring Eight Delicious Shmaltz Beers Plus a Custom Glass, Chanukah Candles, and 
Instructions on How to Build Your Own Beer Menorah
New York, San Francisco, Beyond! – September 24, 2012 – This holiday season, Shmaltz Brewing Company celebrates its "Sweet 16" with the limited-edition release of the next stop on Annual 
HE'BREW Holiday Gift Pack® features 
eight 12 oz. bottles of beer which include 1 bottle of each:

  1. Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale®
  2. Messiah Nut Brown Ale®
  3. Origin Pomegranate Strong Ale®
  4. Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA®
  5. Hop Manna IPA
  6. Collaboration with Terrapin Brewing, Reunion Ale ’12 - A Beer For Hope®. 
  7. 2012’s rare, barrel-aged blend Funky Jewbelation®
  8. Jewbelation Sweet 16®. 

The Gift Pack® includes a custom glass, Chanukah candles and instructions on “How To Build Your Own Beer Menorah” –– which details how to enter the 3rd  Annual “Best Beer Menorah” Facebook competition for a chance to win a chosen prize!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout...$10.99 / 4pk

New Summit beer....Kentucky Common

Summit Brewing Unchained Old 152...$7.99 / 6pk
Sour mash in a beer? Yep, you read that right.
Brewer Eric Harper has gone old school for Summit Unchained #11. As in, Old 152. Inspired by the Kentucky Common beer style that was popular before Prohibition, it actually uses a sour mash of maize and rye in addition to traditional malts and Cluster hops (just about the only hop available in the U.S. back then).
The results are anything but sour, yielding a chesnut-colored brew with a slightly spicy floral aroma, biscuit, caramel notes and crisp, clean bitterness.

Mini KAH Tequila

We have the miniature KAH Anejo Tequila in stock at Forsyth

$9.99 for 50ml bottle.

Very cool looking miniature bottle 
Perfect for the adult Halloween

Deschutes The Dissident

sold out

Deschutes The Dissident...$13.99

Limited Quantities
Alc. 11.4% | IBUs 18
The Dissident is an Oud Bruin, a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a heavenly 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 and “worth it” come to mind.

Batch number 3 releasing at our pubs on September 7, 2012. Hitting store shelves in October.
from Deschutes

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Black Xantus

Nectar Ales Black Xantus...$13.99 / 22oz
Black Xantus (pronounced Zantis) is truly a unique bird. An Imperial Stout aged in American oak barrels, infused with fresh organic/ fair-trade coffee from our local coffee roaster, Jobella Coffee Roasters. This special, limited release beer bursts with bourbon and espresso aromas leading into chocolate and black cherry flavor. It’s 11% ABV is softened by time in barrels which also contributes to the beer’s appeal. We are very proud of this new addition to the Nectar Ales family.
Russian Imperial Stout
Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Alcohol By Volume - 11%
Color - Black
IBU - 50.0


Voodoo Doughnut

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale...$12.99 / 750ml

A Collision of Crazies
Rogue Ales has collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Bacon Maple Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.
Style: Brown Ale Food Pairing: Doughnuts & Pork
13 Ingredients:
Malts: Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts
Speciality: Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring
Hops: Perle, Sterling

Yeast & Water: Pacman Yeast, Free Range Coastal Water

Beer news...

Well, well well...spent the day hand bottling 700+ bottles of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup down at 4 Hands Brewing today.  Thanks to Kevin Lemp and the gang  for letting us destroy the place with this sticky mess!  We had to hot bottle it at 180 degrees.  The syrup tastes incredible but it was a lot of work for 3 of us from 9am until about 6:30 tonight.  It is all bottled but now we have to hand label and hand wax the tops.  

While we were doing that, a ton of new beer came in today. 
I will work on the posts later tonight hopefully....

Nectar Ales Black Xantus
Deschutes Dissident
Deschutes Chaisin Freshies
Rogue Pumpkin Patch
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale
Summit Unchained Old 152
Lagunitas Brown Shugga
Samuel Smiths Chocolate....
Plus I am sure I am forgetting few...