Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Wine Enthusiast Wine of the Year

2004 Roederer L'Ermitage Brut...$35.99 - our price!
Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Wine of the Year!

Barrel Aged Big O Ginger Liqueur

The Big O BARREL AGED Ginger Liqueur....$64.99
Special limited release of 2 small barrels -- total between both barrels was only 23 bottles.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Old Crow Reserve - Bargain Bourbon

Rated #1 on Deadspin

1. Old Crow Reserve. You've got to respect the humility of a brand whose deluxe version costs $14 a bottle. OC Reserve is aged for four years to the stock model's three, and it's bottled at 86 proof rather than 80, but these fancifications don't hide the quick and sweet caramel character of the original. The Reserve is set apart by a light dose of cinnamon and a dark fruit edge that make it ideal for breakfast, dessert, and all meals in between.

Old Crow Reserve Bourbon Whiskey...$11.99 / 750ml
The regular Old Crow is a 3 year old and this one is a 4 Year old and a little higher proof.

Old Crow Bourbon is named for the inventor of the sour mash process, Dr. James C. Crow. In fact, in 1835 Old Crow bourbon was the first bourbon to begin using this process that today, has become a standard in the bourbon industry. Old Crow is the original sour mash bourbon.

Old Crow is one of the most historic bourbons. It was served in the presidential homes of Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, and Ulysses S. Grant. Old Crow was enjoyed and praised by the likes of Walt Whitman, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Jack London and Mark Twain.

During the Civil War, regiments from both the North and the South frequently received rations of bourbon. Some historians like to argue that General U.S. Grant received more than his fair share, although his drinking has always been exaggerated. Legend has it that after the battle of Shiloh, in which the Union suffered staggering losses, Grant’s critics came out in legion and went to President Lincoln and demanded Grant’s head, charging that he lacked leadership and drank too much. Lincoln, always a Grant supporter, was reported to have said, “Find out what kind of whiskey he drinks, and send a barrel to my other generals.” Grant, of course, drank Old Crow.

Blanton's Bourbon Half Bottles

So we are told that Blanton's Bourbon 750ml size is sold out until Mid-December!

So we bought all the half bottles that were left....not much though.

Half bottles of Bourbon - great gifts...
Blanton's Bourbon...$28.99 / 375ml
Buffalo Trace Bourbon $11.99 / 375ml

Odell Woodcut #7 Oak Aged Imperial Stout

Odell Woodcut #7 Oak Aged Imperial Stout...$18.99
Darkness has eclipsed the Woodcut Series for the 7th offering, a Russian Imperial Stout. The thick and hearty brew boasts a rich chocolate malt flavor with a touch of roasted coffee character. The bold base is enhanced by hints of vanilla, toasted hazelnut and oak from the new barrels. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and our brewers’ careful aging process. Enjoy!
12.5% ABV Alc. by Vol.

Evan Williams Bourbon of the Year

Top 50 Spirits in the World according to The Wine Enthusiast

The #1 Bourbon for 2013 is....
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2002
"Extremely flavored and rich with a lush caramel scent and notes of butterscotch, hazelnut, toffee and fig.  Savor with an ice cube or two.  The 2002 edition represents the 17th year of production for this bottling.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Vintage 2002 is sold out....
But, we just received our next barrel....

We chose our own single barrel of Evan Williams - this is our 3rd single barrel from them

2003 Evan Williams / TWCP Single Barrel 
Vintage Bourbon Volume III...$24.99
Barrelled on 04.04.03
Bottled on 10.30.13
Barrel #1042

In stock and online

The Wine Enthusiast Top 25 beers of the year!

The ones in red are still in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place
The ones in blue, we had but are currently sold out. 
The rest are not available in Missouri.

#1 New Glarus Wild sour Ale
#2 Rochefort 10 
#3 Deschutes Hop Henge IPA 
#4 Smuttynose Big Beer Series Baltic Porter
#5 The Bruery Oude Tart
#6 Anchor Porter
#7 Ayinger Brau Weisse Hefe Weizen
#8 Aleman Stone Two Brothers DayMan Coffee IPA
#9 Alaskan Brewing Smoked Porter
#10 Allagash FV13
#11 Sam Adams Double Agent IPL
#12 Dogfish Head Sixty One
#13 21st Amendment Hop Crisis
#14 Bocq Blanche de Namur
#15 Karl Strauss Blackball
#16 Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
#17 Harpoon Leviathan IPA
#18 Odell Amuste
#19 Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin
#20 Unit Crooked Line Detour
#21 Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale
#22 Hangar 24 Double IPA
#23 Hermannsdorfer Schweinsbrau Weisse
#24 Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA
#25 Full Sail LTD Recipe No. 05

Click here to see the whole report

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Goose Island BCS

Marc - says he already has way too many emails -- BCS and variants sold out

Marc at our New Ballas location has heard that a bunch of people are planning on camping out for the BCS on Friday so he has called an audible.

With us getting so little, he wants to avoid wasting people's time and is going to take first come first served reservations via Email.  That way you will have a chance of hitting other places Friday morning.   

email and he will do first come first served.
He will go down the list and send email responses back to confirm.

Happy Thanksgiving - store hours

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at The Wine and Cheese Place

Have a safe and happy holiday.  

Thank you very much for a great year so far.

Store Hours for all 4 locations:
Today, Wednesday from 9am-7pm
Closed Thursday - Thanksgiving
Black Friday - 9am-7pm
Saturday - 9am-7pm
Sunday Closed

And then back to 9am-7pm Monday though Saturday

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stillwater Debauched - 1st time we have seen this one

Stillwater Debauched...$9.99 / 25oz
Brewed with whole juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces) and a touch of smoke. Like a Viking Saison, yeah.
Rated 98/100 RateBeer

Free State Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA

Limited stock at Forsyth and online

IBU - 100
Free State Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA...$9.99 / 4pk
Take your love of hops to new heights.
A hop aficionado’s dream, this robust beer boldly combines three highly potent American hop varieties: Columbus, Chinook and Cascade. With its complex flavors and intense hop character, it delivers an experience that’s not for the faint of heart.

Maris Otter Pale Malt
Munich Malt
Melanoidin Malt


Crooked Stave - back in stock!

Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal...$8.99 / 375ml
"Artisan Ale aged in oak barrels.  Vieille meaning "Old" is an artisan barrel-aged Saison, lightly dry hopped" -- label
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Crooked Stave HopSavant ...$8.99 / 375ml 
"100% Brettanomyces Pale Ale. Dry Hopped Artisian Ale Fermented in Oak Foeders.
36% Citra, 36% Mosaic, 28% Simcoe. All versions of Hop Savant fall under this listing. Small hop changes in the boil are considered a tweak and any further dry hopping differences don’t constitute a new listing. This is confirmed via the brewer." -- Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Jolly Pumpkin is back after a few years!

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire....$8.99 / 750ml
Bottled: 7/23/2013
Bam Noire- Dark Farmhouse Ale
Dark, smooth, delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish. Only available for a few short months. Not to be missed.
4.3% Alc./Vol.

Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza....$9.99
Bottled 7/30/2013
Oro de Calabaza - Brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast.
#1 Rated Belgian Golden in the World, New York Times
8% Alc./Vol.

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere....$8.99 / 750ml
Bottled: 8/14/2013
Bam Bière - An artisan farmhouse ale that is golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast. 
Men's Journal- Top 25 Beers in America 
4.5% Alc./Vol.

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca...$8.99 / 750ml
Bottled: 9/12/2013
Calabaza Blanca- Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle, Calabaza Blanca is a Belgian Biere Blanche. Spiced with orange peel and corriander, you'll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderfully dry finish.
4.8% Alc./Vol.

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza.....$11.99 / 750ml
Bottled 10/23/2013
Ale aged in oak barrels
Rated 98/100 RateBeerNoel de Calabaza - Deep mahogany and malty, layered hops, figs, raisins, sugar plums, cashews betwixt rum laden truffles.
9% Alc./Vol.

Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono Autumn Fire...$11.99
Bottled 10/29/2013
"Fuego del Otono - To catch a bit of soft radiance in each bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. Gentle amber malt blend smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice. A beer to sip, contemplate and enjoy."

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja....$10.99 / 750ml
Bottled 10/21/2013 Blend 32
"La Roja – An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months." -- brewery

Quick news --

In stock now.

Some of these are very, very, very limited - 
With the crazy business today and tomorrow, not doing online reservations.

First come first served at Forsyth right now.  
Will try to get some online later if there is some left.

  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
  • Jolly Pumpkin Ora de Calabaza
  • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
  • Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire
  • Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza
  • Crooked Stave Hop Savant - back in stock
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Eli5abeth  - back in stock
  • Evil Twin Justin Blaeber
  • Stillwater Debauched
  • Hermitage Ryetopia Aged in Bourbon Barrels (very limited)
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscottin Bourbon Barrel Aged  (very limited)
  • 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Free State Cloudhopper Imperial IPA 4pk
  • Great Divide Peach Grand Cru   (very limited)

Tilquin Oude Gueuze

2012/2013 Tilquin Oude Gueuze A l'ancienne 375ml...$10.99
(best before 12/02/2023 batch)
2012/2013 Tilquin Oude Gueuze A l'ancienne 750ml....$19.99
(best before 22/03/2023 batch)

In stock now and online
Back in stock, no limit.  Last batch of the year.  Just a few cases of each.

"Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Old Gueuze Tilquin is made from the blending of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics.  Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle.  Ingredients: water, malt, yeast, hops." -- back label  
6% ABV
Tilquin is the first new Belgian Lambic producer in to open in over 15 years.
I hear that it is a blend of straight Lambics from Cantillon, Boon, and Lindemans.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Prairie Artisan Ales - back in stock

In stock now and online
Prairie Artisans Ales Standard....$2.99 / 12oz
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
Prairie Standard is our everyday beer. Its a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. This beer is dry hopped 1lb per bbl with Motueka hops. A lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.

Prairie Artisan Ale Prairie Ale..$8.99 / pint
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.ABV8.2%

These are just released and only have 1 and 4 reviews on RateBeer....

Prairie Artisan Ales The Beer that Saved Christmas...$11.99 / pint
Old Ale Aged in Oak Barrels
"The Beer that Saved Christmas is an old ale aged in oak barrels with a mixture of wild bacteria and notes of chocolate, cherry, vanilla and caramel." - Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie Artisan Ales Eliza5beth...$8.99 / pint
"Eliza5beth is a golden farmhouse ale that is aged on a small amount of apricots with brett cultures." - Prairie Artisan Ales

Shelton Brothers

New packages

Fresh Firestone Walker - new package

Duvel - both in new packages now

Pinckney Bend Classic Tonic Syrup

In stock now at Forsyth!

Pinckney Bend Classic Tonic Syrup...$13.99 / 16.92oz

Founders Harvest Ale

Back in stock 
Another 5 cases just showed up?

No limit

Founders Harvest Ale...$9.39 / 4pk
This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a white, two-finger head. Your first sip of this beer rewards you with a super juicy hop presence bursting with citrus, then finishes to introduce toasted malt undertones.
6.5% ABV70 IBUs 

Great sparkler....

We are very excited about these Sparkling wines for the holidays...
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!

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.

Jean Louis Denois Rose Sparkling...$21.99
This wine is a rosé de presse, where the red grapes are pressed just until the right amount of color is extracted. This technique lends itself to producing serious, structured sparkling rosés.
 This is a very sophisticated, structured, and complex sparkling rosé. The quality of this wine greatly exceeds what many people would expect from this region, which is better known for its large volumes of bulk sparkling wine. Denois’ Pinot Noir Brut Rosé is pale pink in color, with very fine bubbles. This wine is densely packed with strawberry and cherry fruit flavors, with hints of almond and marzipan. The finish is bright
and crisp. Ideal as an aperitif, this wine is also well suited to foods like tuna, salmon, and roast pork loin.

Jean Louis Denois Brut Classique....$19.99
This is an unusual blend of 30% Chardonnay, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah, 20% Macabeu, combines the complexity and richenss of red grapes with the elegance of the white grapes.  The second fermentation takes place in the bottle and the wine spends a minimum of 12 months on the lees before disgorgement.