Again, we attempt to brew this tripel using only base malt, sugar, hops and yeast. A touch on the dark gold side, this tripel is rich yet dry with a firm bitterness.
Browerij West Saison Extra Bottles...$4.99 / pint
brouwerij west is excited to announce the release of our Saison Extra in 500 ml bottles. As always, we use only imported belgian malt, german noble hops and our brouwerij west yeast.
We chose not to duplicate the standard "peppery/spicy" saison profile and instead go after bubble gum esters and noble hop aroma. Extra is Bright and malty, with a firm bitterness and a dry finish. Hazy gold in color.
Thanks to Jacob and everyone who made this possible.
Browerij Westmør mør - quad....$6.99 / pint
brouwerij west is excited to announce the release of our quad - "Mør Mør " in 500 ml bottles. As always, we use only imported belgian malt, german noble hops and our house yeast strain we isolated in belgium. 10% ALC/VOL and of course no spices added. Deep black-red in color with full palate and a dry finish.
We have chosen to take a step away from typical marketing and we move instead toward real art by asking artists to use the space on the label as they choose. All art and concept is up to the artist.
In addition, we are limiting the artwork to a specific edition number with each bottle numbered on the side. The total number of the edition is next to this number. When the edition is finished, we will move on to a new art work and label.
You can find the name and contact of the artist on the side of the label next to the edition numbers.
We will most definitely have a 2nd and 3rd edition of the labels sometime in the future.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about us and our labels. We would love for you to also take some time and visit the artists webpage links that we are so lucky to be working with.
A follow up to the Blonde Barrel Aged series is the Dark Ale Barrel Aged... Hof ten Dormaal Dark Chestnut brown, delicious, light beer of high fermentation brewed with care and skill. This beer reflects the peace and quiet of our farm: the fields, the cattle and everyday life. You forget about time. The combination of a multitude of flavours and aromas make the tasting of the beer a discovery. A fresh aroma, a beautiful round frothy collar and a malty and fruity full flavour go together with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. What else does a beer need? Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel Aged Dark Ale...$17.99 / 750ml Barrel Aged Versions just arrived...4 different ones arrived.
Stillwater/Mikkeller/Fanø Gypsy Tears Hoppy Stout...$10.99 / pint Lot Number 1 This beer was made together with our good friends from Stillwater Artisanal at the danish brewery "Fanø Bryghus". It is a stout, that has been fermented with Brettanomyces
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc...$9.99 / 22oz To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett IPA can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with Nelson Sauvin’s fruity and seductive personality, along with Bretts irresistible, overpowering, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you mad obsessing over how exactly you can create the perfect desirable tangy, funky, crisp, tart flavor in ya mouth.
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir....$9.99 / 22oz "To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett Black IPA can very easily become a fatal attraction for the brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with Brett's irresistable, seductive, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you mad obsessing over exactly ho you can create that perfect desirable tangy, funky, tart flavor in ya mouth.
Evil Twin Lil' B Imperial Porter.......$12.99 / 4pk Imperial Porter 11.5% ABV Rated 98/100 RateBeer "Shall one compare the to a fair beer, not even this perfect porter before thou will do thee justice. Thou art more complex, brave and cunning. Thou have changed more than a brew will ever. Thou may be lil' but thy mid is greater than words can speak and beer will ever taste." -- label
Widmer Kill Devil Brown...$11.99 / 22oz "Kill devil brown ale's flavor come from the use of ingredients traditionally used by caribbean distillers. sweet barbados and blackstrap molasses provide touches of toasted sugar, black licorice and blackened toffee while the palm sugars invite notes of subtle sweetness. as the beer conditions in puerto rican rum barrels, the vanilla and subtle oak flavors and aromas develop and integrate with the calypso hops' soft tropical and stone fruit aromas." -- brewery
Widmer Citra Summer Citra Blonde....$6.99 / 6pk "Citra hops lend their name to this interpretation of a golden ale. but that’s not all they bring to the party. their striking citrus aroma and thirst-quenching flavor are the perfect pairing for soft malt notes. together they create a beer that’s full in flavor and uniquely refreshing." -- brewery
"In today's world of brewing, it's rare and exceptional to find a beer like Seitz Farm Terroir. A beer in which the hops source (terroir) is a single farm. In this case...Seitz Farm (aka Zum Baur) located in Nietenhausen, Germany. Established in 1890 by George and Maria Seitz, Zum Baur is still owned and operated by Florian Seitz, a descendant of the orignial hop growers. Prost!" - label
We will taste them tonight at our Friday night tasting (4/12)
2nd Shift Ratsalad IPA...$9.49 / 750ml Bottled April 6
Just love making IPA's, so here's another one that uses a new hop blend called Zythos that is just delicious and should be enjoyed with a blow-up doll or something similiar. It is 8.5% ABV
2nd Shift El Gato Grande IPA...$8.49 / 750ml Bottled April 9
Heres a big hoppy IPA that is done the way they should be done and has about four truck loads of hops in it, although it's not very bitter at 62 IBUs. LOTS of Amarillo with a good bit of Citra and Columbus just for a good time." -- label
EGG is another IPA that we came up with. All you need to know is over 3 lbs. per barrel of Columbus, Amarillo and Citra. 7.6% ABV 62 IBU
OUR ORIGINAL HIGHLAND SMOKED SALMON - half pound packages
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
"unanimous...no comparison" - Marian Burros, The New York Times
Salmon just doesn’t get any better than this.
--Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press
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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.
Camargue Red Rice Salad: While best known for it’s hearty Cassoulet, a duck, sausage and white bean stew, the cuisine of France’s Languedoc region does have a lighter side. For this week’s recipe we are using Camargue Red Rice as the base of a wonderful quick and easy Spring Rice Salad.
1 Cup Riz Rouge Camargue Red Rice Blend ***
2 Cups Water or Chicken Stock
1 Can Roland White Asparagus Spears (chopped into ¼ inch pieces) ***
1 Batch Parsley Vinaigrette (blend together the following ingredients together in a food processor )
2 cups (packed) flat-leaf parsley (leaves and stems)
1/2 cup olive oil ***
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon Champagne vinegar ***
1 garlic clove, crushed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
*** Available at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth
Assembly:Add Riz Rouge Rice Blend to boiling stock, cover and simmer for 25 Minutes. Drain rice and let cool while making the Parsley Vinaigrette. Once rice is cool combine with vinaigrette, asparagus, cucumber and sardines, toss gently until mixed. Serves 2 as a dinner salad or 4 as a side.
Pair with these two wines:
2011 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet 2009 Domaine Aime Minervois
Here are a few that we expecting to see tomorrow at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth.
2nd Shift Ratsalad IPA 2nd Shift El Gato Grande Redhook Wisecracker Wit Widmer Citra Blonde Urban Chestnut Seitz Farm Terroir Evil Twin Lil' B in new 4pks Evil Twin Ryan the Beaster Bunny in new 4pks Evil Twin Even More Jesus Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc French Connection Amber Stillwater/Mikkeller Gypsy Tears Hof ten Dormaal Barrel Aged Collection (dark ale edition)
Perennial 17 Mint Chocolate Stout...$13.99 / 750ml 12 more bottles in stock of the "regular" 17 Mint Chocolate Stout at Forsyth. No reservations on this one, just first come. Plus you qualify for your name in the hat for the Barrel Aged Version.
It has been a few years since we have seen this one at The Wine and Cheese Place. New importer, but same great beer.
Du Bocq Blanche de Namur....$3.99 / 11.2oz Du Bocq Blanche de Namur....$8.49 / 750ml
In 1858, Martin Belot - a farmer in the village of Purnode, Belgium - began to brew beer during the winter months: there was an excellent well near the farm, and brewing was the perfect activity for winter, when there was little work in the fields. A wide range of different beers was offered, and sales in the the area around the brewery grew.
In 1960, farming ceased at Du Bocq so the family could concentrate only on brewing; a focus on traditional, bottle-conditioned Belgian ales led to continued growth. Du Bocq Brewery modernized their brewing equipment and began to export select styles from Belgium in 1983. Upgrades and improvements have continued at the brewery to the present, but always with careful attention to the brewery's history and to the classic flavors found in their beers.
The brewery is still owned by descendants of the original family, and has acheived an international reputation for quality. To this day, the village of Purnode and the surrounding region of Condroz retain their beauty and traditions, allowing Du Bocq to continue to help build Belgian brewing history.
George Clooney's Tequila is now in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place
Casamigos Tequila Blanco...$35.99
Casamigos Tequila Reposado...$37.99
Longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman love tequila. On the rocks, by the shot, at times, straight from the bottle. Tequila-filled nights with friends is how Casamigos was born. Their idea was to make the best-tasting, smoothest tequila whose taste didn't have to be covered up with salt or lime. So they did.
“Casamigos Reposado is smooth and clean with hints of caramel, while Casamigos Blanco is crisp and clear, with subtle hints of vanilla and a smooth finish. Both are great served neat or on the rocks, and are the perfect base for premium cocktails,” says Gerber.
Our Blanco tequila is distilled in copper-lined stills, then filtered, and aged two months in stainless steel containers.
Our Reposado tequila is aged for seven months in American white oak casks that have been reconditioned after originally being used for premium-aged whiskey.
To give each tequila its special flavor profile and ensure the finest quality, we use old-style copper-lined pot stills for distillation.
The unique flavor and profile of Casamigos Tequila comes from our extra-slow fermentation process, which takes 80 hours to complete (and is double the industry standard). Another special feature of the fermentation process is the use of bagasse from our agave, which results in a deep, rich flavor, and produces a tequila that is smooth with no burn.
* Our IPA is a session IPA, a smooth golden ale packed with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops. We crafted it in the spirit of the low gravity IPAs common in the UK where the style stands for hoppy, not heavy.
Schlafly American Brown Ale...$6.99 / 6pk cans
ABV: 5.0% | IBU: 30
Appearance: Dark brown
Process: Classic American Brown
Hops: Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe (US)
Malts: 2-row and caramel malted barley, chocolate malt
* Our American Brown Ale starts with a classic British brown recipe crafted with caramel and chocolate malts for sweetness and color. Then we fortify it with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops. Like many of the progressive beer styles seen today, American Brown Ales developed out of the culture of home brewing in the United States. Often home brewers would begin with the traditional British brown ale recipe but replace the milder English hops with the more aromatic American varieties.
Compare to $115 at the winery Shows striking intensity, density, focus and layers of flavor, with tiers of mocha, blackberry, mineral, black licorice and melted chocolate. The finish sails on, retaining focus and persistence. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made. –JL
The Wine and Cheese Place is excited to stock the eighth Trappist Ale -- Stift Engelszell
Stift Engelszell is even more rare than Westvleteren because their production is less than half of Westvleteren. Stift Engelszell only has a capacity of 53,000 gallons and Westvleteren produces 125,000 gallons.
Up until recently, there were only 7 breweries allowed to carry the Trappist logo...well there is now a number EIGHT!
These criteria must be followed: **The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by or under control of Trappist monks. **The brewery, the choices of brewing, and the commercial orientations must obviously depend on the monastic community. **The economic purpose of the brewery must be directed toward assistance and not toward financial profit. This association has a legal standing, and its logo gives to the consumer some information and guarantees about the produce. (criteria from Wikipedia.com)
Here are the EIGHT Bières de Chimay Brasserie d'Orval Brasserie de Rochefort Brouwerij Westmalle Brouwerij de Achelse Kluis Brouwerij de Koningshoeven La Trappe Brouwerij Westvleteren
Stift Engelszell - the latest Authentic Trappist #8
From The Wall Street Journal (click here to read the full article) "Despite the global interest in Trappist brews, even dedicated beer hunters might have trouble finding the beers, which are sold under the monastery's German name, Stift Engelszell. With a scheduled annual production of just 2,000 hectoliters, Engelszell is by far the smallest Trappist brewery, producing less than half of the volume of the next largest, Achel. By contrast, the three largest Trappist brands—Chimay, Westmalle and La Trappe—each turn out more than 120,000 hectoliters annually." -- The Wall Street Journal
[dark, strong, bottle/keg condi- tioned at around 9.7 % alc./vol.]
Named after Abbot Gregorius Eisvogel who first guided the refugee monks from Alsace/France to Abbey Mariawald and Abbey Banz [both Germany] until they reached their final destination, Stift Engelszell. Abbot Gregorius then led the Trappist Monastery for over 25 years. Its special recipe incorporates or- ganic honey from local beehives around St.Engelszell as well as the unique use of an “Alsacian wine yeast”.
From their website Welcome to our Engelszell! Engelszell, the only Trappist monastery in Austria, was founded in 1293 and has a very colorful history.Collegiate Church with its 76 m high tower is one of the purest style rococo churches in Austria. It was built from 1754 to 1764 and is equipped with valuable works of art by Johann Georg Üblher, Joseph German man and Bartolomeo Altomonte. After damage to the nave ceiling was designed in 1957 with a painting of Prof. Fritz Fröhlich new impressively.
Toren Cuvee Angelique Historic Recipe...$32.99 / Magnum
"The “Speciale Belge” beer style was created in 1904 for a brewing contest that was organized by the Universities of Belgium. The goal was to improve the quality of Belgian beer. The winner was a new style, called “Belge”. Due to the success in the contest, a number of brewers decided to brew the style and called it “Speciale Belge”.
A “Speciale Belge” is pale amber in color (slighly darker than a pilsner) as brewers tried to copy the color of pilsner in a top fermenting ale. Later the color became darker as pilsners became very common to prove that the style is something special." - importer
Goes back to ancient history, nomads and pyramids, spices and KAMUT ® khorasan in the Egyptian language that meant "soul of the earth." Its warm color, orange amber, was covered with an abundant foam that releases notes of oriental spices, ABV: 6.8%
Baladin Wayan Sour 2010...$16.99 / 750ml
Sour Edition of Wayan
Description of "regular" Wayan
It comes from a mixture of cereals, barley, spelled, wheat and evokes memories of sunny fields and orchards that with their scents blend well with its hints of orange blossom, pear and bergamot. Crisp and very refreshing, golden color load is slightly turbid, sometimes opalescent.
"J.W.Lees Vintage Harvest Ale is only brewed once a year for release on December 1 of each year. It is a Limited Edition Vintage to celebrate the first brew from each year's harvest of barley and hops. Only the first delivery of the year's classic barley malt 'Maris Otter' and the classic hop variety 'Goldings' from East Kent is therefore used."
In stock now! 2008 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale...$6.99 / 9.3oz
Schneider Weisse Mein Nelson Sauvin....$16.99 / 750ml
Rated 98/100 RateBeer We only have 6 bottles in stock
"A rich golden and cloudy bottle fermented wheat beer. The aroma reminds you of blossoms, freshly mowed grass, even grapes, gooseberry and kiwi. These intensely fruity aromas are balanced by a malty nose. You feel a thrilling contrast of exotic flowery notes and malty spicy impressions finished by a fine bitterness surrounded by slightly sour fruitiness." -- importer also online
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.
2005: Taiwan builds the highest skyscrape in the world * The famous new soccer arena "Allianz Arena" in Munich is opened * Angela Merkel become Germany's first femail chancellor *
Aventinus Vintage 2006...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.
2006: Summer Olympics take place in Athens Greece * Highest Bridge in the World opened in France * Indian Ocean Tsunami hits eleven mostly poor countries * Shuttle Mars explores the planet * Best Picture at 2004 Academy Awards: Lord of the Rings * Bill Haley invented Rock n' Roll fifty years ago * New England Patriots win Super Bowl........
Aventinus Vintage 2007...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.
2007: Australia is the first country in the world to ban normal electric bulbs * A general speed limit is suggest in order to save the environment * G-8 meeting in Heiligendamm goes for a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions worldwide *
Aventinus Vintage 2008...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.
For the first time in history, oil price is above 100 USD per barrel at the NY Stock exchange * Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly 50 years *
only 250 cases made each year.
Aventinus ageing in the Ice cellar
"Historical Ice cellar of the Weisse Brauhaus, Kelheim, Bavaria, now used for the aging and maturing of our special "Vintage Aventinus" (250 cases per year started in early spring of 1999)" -- importer
"The Schneider brewery was established in 1872 when Georg Schneider purchased the right to brew wheat beer by King Ludwig II. Up to that point wheat beer could only be brewed by the Bavarian royal family in one of their "Weisses Brauhaus" (wheat beer brewpub). He purchased and brewed in the Weisses Brauhaus im Tal/Munich and the Weisses Brauhaus in Kelheim. This second brewery has been used to brew wheat beer since 1607 and is therefore the oldest continually operating Weisse Beer brewery in the world." -- Importer
A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores. We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails
I have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".
Appellation Highlights: Minervois: Since being granted AC status in 1985 Minervois has consistently been a source of amazing Red Wine values. Located directly North of the Corbiers within the Cote de Rousillon, inland from the Mediteranean Sea, Minervois has a wonderful climate to grow the main Mediterranean Varietals of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre but in fact focuses on Carignan as it’s flagship varietal. Come taste what makes the wines of Minervois so appealing this weekend at all 4 Wine and Cheese Place Locations. Taste these two Minervois on April 13th from 11am-4pm 2011 Domaine Aime Minervois….$13.99 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. 2009 Domaine Gros and Tollot Minervois La Ciaude…$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.
STYLE: American Wheat Ale ABV: 5.1% NOSE: Bready wheat, light hop aroma, lemon rind, pine. FLAVOR: Balance of malts and hops, pleasantly bitter finish, light sweetness from wheat. BITTERNESS: Light BODY: Light, refreshing
Back in stock!!! Southern Tier 2X Double Milk Stout...$10.99 / 6pk "Milk stout, also called ‘cream’ or ‘sweet’ stout, is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness and body to the finished beer. Milk stouts have been claimed to be nutritious, and were marketed as such in the early 1900s with claims that would make the FDA wince. One ad read, “Ideal for nursing mothers, for the healthy, for the invalid, and for the worker.” Surely! Of course, we couldn’t stop at a traditional milk stout. Ours is a double, an addition to our 2X line, and at 7.5% abv is every bit as delicious as it sounds. To your health!" - Southern Tier