Saturday, June 7, 2014

2012 Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees

2012 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale...$6.99 / 9.3oz 
"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."

J.W. Lees 2012 plus older vintages

J.W. Lees are back in stock!

"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."

2012 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Lagavulin Casks...$8.99 / 11oz 

2011 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Port Casks...$8.99 / 11oz
2012 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Port Casks...$8.99 / 11oz 

2009 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Sherry Casks...$8.99 / 11oz
2010 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Sherry Casks...$8.99 / 11oz

2011 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Calvados Casks...$8.99 / 11oz
2012 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Calvados Casks...$8.99 / 11oz 

De Glazen Toren

Back in stock De Glazen Toren

De Glazen Toren Saison d'Erpe-Mere ...$12.99 / 750ml
The Saison was the first beer of the brewery.Saison is a blonde beer brewed according to the ancient Saison tradition of the province of Hainaut. The French sounding name of the beer clearly refers to this.

Saison d’ Erpe-Mere is brewed exclusively with natural ingredients: artesian water, barley and wheat malts, liquid sugar, hops and yeast.
The result is a dry, hoppy, fruity and slightly veiled beer with 7.5 % alc. vol.
Rated 96/100 RateBeer

Cuvee Angelique Historic Recipe...$12.99 / 750 ml 

Cuvee Angelique Historic Recipe...$32.99 / 1.5ltr
"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
Rated 96/100 RateBeer 

Toren Ondineke Tripel....$12.99 / 750ml
"Ondineke, subtitle Oilsjtersen Tripel (Tripel from Aalst) was the second beer of De Glazen Toren introduced under its own label.Ondineke derives its name from the main character of the most famous novel of the most renowned author of Aalst ( De Kapellekensbaan by Louis Paul Boon, translated into English in the early seventies as “Chapel Road”). A statue of Ondineke can be found at the entrance of the City Hall of Aalst. Ondineke is a classic tripel, brewed in the ancient way, again with exclusive natural ingredients: artesian water, malt (barley), hops, yeast and liquid candy sugar. As in the Saison no spices are added. Ondineke is an unfiltered top fermenting beer. It is soft, creamy, and of golden color. It is double hopped with the last real hops available from the region of Aalst (The variety is Hallertau Mittelfrüh). Just like the Saison, Ondineke is bottled in 25.4 oz. bottles. The self-designed wrapper is white, yellow and red (the city colours of Aalst).Ondineke has a positive taste evolution and the bottles are best kept standing in a cool, dark place. It is best before two years after the bottling date. 8.5 % alc.vol. makes this a beer to be savoured. Preferably Ondineke is to be served at a temperature between 6 to 10° C. Moreover Ondineke is at its best when served in the originally designed Glazen Toren glass.

Rated 94/100 RateBeer

Limited Schneider Weisse Tap X Meine Porter Weisse

We only have 6 bottles in stock

Schneider Weisse Tap X Meine Porter Weisse...$10.99 / 750ml
During a meeting of brewing artists in London, Georg VI. Schneider and his friend Alistar had the unique idea of uniting both the English porter and the Bavarian wheat beer styles... A thought turned into reality and Schneider Weisse’s newest TAP X ’Meine Porter Weisse’, was born! TAP X ’Meine Porter Weisse’ is a singularly stunning new creation which expertly showcases the depths of the range these two heavyweights of beer, when tapped into, then offer. For the creation of the new TAPX 2014, George Schneider drew inspiration from some of his English brewing colleagues, “If you intensively busy yourself with the history of porter, closely examine its aroma profile and compare it to a classic wheat beer, you’ll soon realize that there is a basis for the development of an expressive character on this union”, says Schneider Weisse brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler, when he explains the emergence of this new TAPX. “A historically bold but in taste ultimately a very appropriate combination of two wayward beer styles,”Drexler concludes. TAPX Meine Porter Weisse shimmers ebony-colored in your glass, crowed with a fine-pored, creamy head. Hints of chocolate and coffee come to your mind. The roasting flavors flatter your palate and award the beer with fine bitterness. A pleasantly dry mouthfeel completes this enjoyment. The complex aroma profile is the expression of a successful association of these contrasting beer styles. Georg Schneider himself gives us some of his own suggestions for possible food pairings with the new TAP X: „Personally, I’ve been enjoying the pairing of our TAPX ’Meine Porter Weisse’ most with hefty sausages or smoked is then, when some wonderful memories of ’evenings at the pub’ back in London, arise.”

Emelisse Creme Brulee Stout

Emelisse Creme Brulee Stout...$4.99 / 11.2oz
Rated 95/100 RateBeer

cannot find much else on this one.

Free State Wheat State Golden

Free State Wheat State Golden...$7.99 / 6pk
In Kansas, like other states in the Great Plains, the words “amber waves of grain” come alive. And as people who are no strangers to farms and farming ourselves, we thought it valuable to craft a beer that is made from the grain that Kansas is known for, and positively perfect for quenching your thirst at the end of a long, hard day of work – or play.

New from italy - Theresianer

New from Italy

Theresianer Pils...$11.99 / 6pk
Every time you experience the refined will have to go back again: Pilsen, a little town in the Czech republic, not far from Bavaria where the beer was invented. Here, fine-husked distichous barley and the delicate aroma Saaz hops, have been grown for years.  The heart and soul of this beer, whose uniqueness
steals your senses with its balanced, decisive scent, and leaves no room for any other.

Light, brilliant beer with a particularly dry flavour that in the finish is enhanced by the fresh hints of malt and hop, typical of Pilsner tradition.

Theresianer Vienna Style Lager...$11.99 / 6pk
You may have met there, in the streets of the hapsburg capital where it was created in the early 1900's. Perhaps you have already savoured the perfect balance of malt and hops it achieves. Perhaps you are already under the spell of its colour: coppery from the fruity notes that entwine with the dried fruit and rub
shoulders with caramel. Now discover how mellow it is: natural but never excessive.

Beer with character and a perfect balance between malt and hop.  Fresh and delicate, it offers fruity notes and hints of caramel.

Woodchuck Cider in CANS

Woodchuck original now in CANS!

Woodchuck Amber Cider...$6.49 / 4pk 16oz CANS
The original Woodchuck. People liked it so much we made four more styles. The Amber is sweet (but not too sweet) with a nice golden color and crisp finish.*
*Dislike of Woodchuck Amber may be a sign of serious tongue injury. Consult your doctor.

Hambleton Nightmare Yorkshire Porter

Hambleton Nightmare Yorkshire Porter...$7.49 / pint
 (5.0% abv)
“This dark stout or porter-type beer has black colour with a hint of ruby, and cappucino-coloured head. The nose is all about caramel and honey, with a biscuity richness. On the palate it is smooth and very creamy-textured, with a flood of bittersweet flavours. There’s a pungent hoppiness, but overlaid with dark chocolate and malt and a grippy, serious depth of flavour. With good length too, this is a fine, fine beer.” (4.5 out 5) Roger Protz,

Beer with Absinthe added

Piccolo Birrificio Chiostro...$17.99
Brewed using Wormwood / Absinthe leaves (Arthemisia absinthium)
Malt: Pilsner malt, wheat malt, rye malt
Yeast: Trappiste
Hops: Hallertauer
Spices/Herbs: Absinthe leaves and flowers {Arthemisia absinthium}

Alc/vol: 5%
Tasting Notes
Appearance: Huge white foam sitting on top of golden colored Chiostro.
Aroma: Fruity, critrusy (apricots), herbal nose (absinthe/woodworm influence).
Flavor: Malt-sweet with deep herbal & minerally notes.
Finish: Ending in a long hyper-dry/bitter finish (absinthe/woodworm influence).

New Holland Clockwork Orange

New Holland Clockwork Orange Liqueur...$24.99 / 750ml
Spiced orange liqueur made with oranges, orange peel, cinnamon, coriander and cardamon. Bright flavors contribute to cocktails with deliciously restrained sweetness.
Steeped with fresh oranges, dried sweet orange peel, coriander, cardamon, cinnamon and vanilla beans. Redistilled after a 5 day steep with a sugar addition before its filtered and bottled.

Hanssens Artisanaal

Back in stock -- 2 vintages

2011 vintage.....

2013 vintage.......
2011 Hanssens Artisanaal Scarenbecca Kriek....$21.99 / 375ml
2013 Hanssens Artisanaal Scarenbecca Kriek....$21.99 / 375ml
Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek Sour cherries and aged in oak barrels.
Rated 97/100 on RateBeer

Hanssens Oudbeitje Lambic...$9.99 / 375ml
Strawberry Lambic
"The strawberries announce themselves in the nose, where they mingle with aromas of earth, sharp cheddar cheese, vanilla, yogurt, and a Riesling-like petrol note. The flavors turn out to be surprising - gentle sweetness quickly followed by fine acidity, and a wonderful fruitiness right through the center." -- Garrett Oliver, The Brewmaster's Table

"Hanssens Artisanaal is the last independent geuze blender in the whole world. At Hanssens, no beer is actually brewed! Instead, they pursue a profession that was very important in the history of lambic style beers, they are solely blenders of beer.

Lambic beers are famous for being "wild fermented". Instead of adding a special yeast strain to cause fermentation, some brewers in the Senne river valley leave the warm, sweet, unfermented beer (called wort) open to the elements. Wild strains of yeast and other micro organisms will then seed the liquid. Normally when brewing beer, a brewers yeast will be used to turn sugar into alcohol and certain flavor elements of the beer. In these wild beers, yeast and others will turn sugar into alcohol, acid, and a huge variety of flavor chemicals.

Since each batch is different, the beer has to be blended with multiple batches to create a consistent product. Most lambics are created from a mixture of aged sour beer and young, sweeter beer. They are then barrel aged to combine the flavors.

Hanssens takes this a step further, and actually blends batches from different breweries in their area. This used to be a very common practice, but Hanssens is now the last remaining blender. They bring to this endeavor a variety of barrels, some up to one hundred years old, and a passion and a love for the tradition of Geuze and Lambics. They will also add whole fruits to some of their beers, to make even more flavorful blends.

Hanssens Bartholomeus, former major of Dworp, started to brew lambic in 1871, in the previous Sint-Antonius brewery. Documents have proven that he continued to brew, from 1896 onwards, in buildings located in the Vroenenbosstraat, Dworp. These premises are still used." -- importer

Boulevard Love Child No. 4

New Ballas has 12 bottles now
at Forsyth has 12 more bottles.

These will be first come, first served at the store.  2 bottles per person.

Boulevard Love Child No.4.....$16.99

Boulevard's Love Child Series of "wild" ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but don't we all?
50% Aged in Whiskey Barrels and 15% Aged in Wine Barrels.
8.8% ABV

BELLS is BACK at The Wine and Cheese Place

Back in stock now at Forsyth!

Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Oberon, Amber, Porter, Oarsmen, 3rd Coast Old Ale, Kalamazoo Stout are in stock now at Forsyth.

(New Ballas will have fresh Two Hearted and Oberon about 9:30 this morning)

Fresh Bells is here! 
Bottled June 2, 2014 !!! 
Bells Two Hearted Ale in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place!
Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

Bottled May 29, 2014
Bell's Oberon...$8.49 / 6pk
Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer

WOW Wine of the Week : Caspen

WOW - Wine Of the Week
Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.
Wine of the Week : Caspen Rouge Cotes Catalones
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday June 7 - from 11am-4pm

2011 Caspen  Rouge Cotes Catalones....$9.99

50% Syrah, 25% Marselan, 25% Mourvèdre

The name comes from the hamlet of Cases de Pene (‘Houses of Stone') and its rugged terroir deep in Roussillon, the French part of Catalonia. Produced by the cooperative winery of Cases de Pene, this distinctive blend is big on flavor and offers loads of character!

Tasting Notes: Offers ripe black fruit and spicy aromas, incorporating a hint of violet. The palate is moderately rich and beautifully balanced, with surprising freshness and lift.  This lip-smacker brings vitality and vivacity to an everyday meal, yet is fine enough to accompany an extraordinary dinner.

Marchesi Antinori Cervaro della Sala - 94 Points

2011 Marchesi Antinori Cervaro della Sala....$43.99
Marchesi Antinori’s estate in Umbria is a revolutionary force for the region. The amazingly successful Cervaro della Sala has arguably done more to raise the image of Italian white wine than any other single bottle.

The 2011 Cervaro della Sala is an outstanding expression that will benefit from many more years of careful aging. The blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto opens to golden rays of luminous brilliance that glimmer through the glass. The bouquet is beautifully shaped by toasted almond, vanilla, clove, orange zest, stone fruit and honey. Mineral notes add dimension to what is otherwise a super-rich and balanced mouthfeel. The 2011 vintage shows unique energy and intensity. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wine Education : Brachetto d'Acqui

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste Brachetto d'Acqui  at all four of our locations 
this Saturday, June 7 from 11am-4pm. 
(each store will also have other wines out to taste)

We have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

Brachetto d'Acqui

As school closes for the year and temperatures heat up I find myself looking for lighter, lower alcohol drinks for the long lazy summer evenings. I'm calling it now Brachetto is the official summer drink of 2014.

Like many of the Italian wine regions, this wine has a story behind it. Traditionally it was very popular with the most famous character in the Italian comedy of masks, Gianduja da Gioan d'Laduja (Giovanni of the Jug). This character's high spirits and bubbly personality were compared to the fragrant red Brachetto d'Acqui wine in the jug he invariably carried around with him. Brachetto d'Acqui's unique aroma and flavor stems from its natural sweetness, intense aromatics and low alcohol (around 5.5% alcohol by volume). This usually semi-sparkling frizzante red is characterized by its perfumed bouquet reminiscent of rose petals, strawberries and raspberries, and has a soft mousse (delicate foam) and mouthfeel. It is an excellent aperitif and provides an ideal match for fruit tarts, chocolate or Amaretti di Mombaruzzo, a traditional amaretto biscuit from the Acqui Terme area.

Come taste this refreshing Italian sparkler this Saturday at all 4 locations.

Road Warrior Rye Imperial IPA

Finally in stock

Green Flash Road Warrior Rye Imperial IPA...$11.99
Our Imperial Rye IPA is brewed in the name of our Road Warriors— the sales team who tirelessly hit the streets, traveling from town to town and pub to pub sharing the Green Flash experience. Road Warrior™ charges full flavor forward. Columbus and Mosaic hops, rich crystal and spicy rye malts pave the way for Mosaic and Amarillo dry-hopping to boldly shine through in the finish. Raise a glass to those who never settle!

NEW Boulevard Entwined Ale

Boulevard Entwined Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Style: Malt Beverage Brewed with Grape Juice
Entwined Ale is the first production batch of a test beer formerly referred to as Nelson. While the recipe was adjusted slightly from the original tests, the use of Muscat juice remains the focus. The juice was combined with pale malt in the brewhouse for a beer that is light both in body and in color. It was hopped exclusively with a New Zealand hop variety called Nelson Sauvin, known for its tropical fruit and white wine-like aromatics. This unique session ale has a refreshing, slightly tart finish.

Stone Brewing Glassware!

Check out these awesome Stone Brewing glasses
In stock now at Forsyth!

Sorry, beer is not included with the glasses, but we have plenty of Stone Beer in stock to fill them up for you!
Stone Brewing Double Bastard Specialty Glass...$7.99
You're not just a Bastard you're a Bastard with class. Scratch that. You're a Double Bastard with class. This is the glass for you. Printed in Gold Metallic with the telltale interlocking gargoyles on one side and "Double Bastard Ale" printed in script on the other side. Pour a glass with your most Worthy friend or lover then toast with "To the Double Bastard in me and the Double Bastard in you." Capacity 9oz This is a new glass for the Double Bastard Ale release in 2009. Please note that it has a wider base now for more beverage security.

Stone Brewing IPA Specialty Glass...$6.99
Hops. What a beautiful word. What a beautiful thing. We hope this glass compels you to take a gander at the beauty surrounding you. Look back at the glass and see how well they complement each other. You're one of the lucky ones. Capacity 16 oz.

Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout Specialty Glass...$7.99
A beautiful Beer deserves a beautiful glass. Capacity 17oz

Stone Brewing Old Guardian Specialty Glass....$6.99
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Specialty Glass The wallop of malt character matched with a Stone-esque amount of hops immediately tells you that this is no standard barley wine. The Specialty Glass designed for it is equally distinctive with a profile that immediately tells you that this too is no standard goblet. Capacity 10.5oz

Stone Brewing Stone Pairing Glass...$4.99
NEW!! At Stone we're really proud of our glassware and how it suits the needs of Beer drinkers far and wide. We recently found a need to create a nice sized glass for the more elegant dining occasions while keeping it simple and timeless


Stone Brewing BBQ Sauces and Mustards!

Stone Brewing BBQ Sauces and Mustards!
In stock at Forsyth

Stone Brewing Smoked Porter BBQ Sauce...$6.99 / 12oz
Since you've been to the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens and loved this deep dark heck of a unique sauce; have it again. At home! Created by the Stone Brewing Co. and Carlsbad Gourmet.
Levitation BBQ Sauce...$6.99 / 12oz
Yes! This stuff is what dreams are made of. Put it on anything and it will make it tastier. Anything! Created by the Stone Brewing Co. and Carlbad Gourmet.

Stone Brewing Sublimely Self Righteous Mustard...$5.99
Straight to the top shelf of the condiment world is our Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Whole Grain Mustard Awesomeness. We've outdone ourselves. Again.

Stone Brewing Pale Ale Mustard with Chipolte...$5.99
Second time is a charm. We took our sweet time finding the right specialty R-FOOD producer to provide us the mustard we so desire with actual real Stone Beer in it. We've outdone ourselves. Again.

Stone Berwing Cali-Belgique IPA Dijon Mustard...$5.99
Second time is a charm. We took our sweet time finding the right specialty food producer to provide us the mustard we so outdone ourselves. Again

Stone Brewing Hot Sauces

Stone Hot Sauces in stock now at Forsyth!

Stone Crime Hot Sauce...$5.99 / 5oz
More than simply an ingredient, 2013 Crime-Lukcy Basartd Ale with freshly harvested jalapenos and black nagas (to name a few) added, then barrel-aged - provides the incendiary backbone for this hot sauce as well as entree into Stone's seedy underbelly, sentencing all samplers to time served in pepper-induced purgatory. 5 fl oz.
Stone Punishment Sauce...$5.99 / 5oz
Meant for only the most daring of fire-eaters, this seemingly simple condiment harnesses the hellish powers of 2013 Punishment- Double Bastard Ale with Caribbean red hots, fatalis, Moruga scorpion peppers and more added, then barrel-aged - providing a just dessert for any spice-taunting masochist who dares engage it. 5 fl oz.

Burning Trinity of Bastard Hot Sauces...$17.99 / 3 pack
Includes 1 of each
  • Arrogant Bastard Jalapeno Heat Hot Sauce
  • Oakded Arrogant Bastard Chipolte Hot Sauce
  • Double Bastard Double Burn Habanero
Introduced in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale immediately developed a following among "those who know" (a.k.a. "the Worthy"). Arrogant Bastard Ale is an aggressive beer and not for the timid or weak. As such, it demands pairing with food that takes the same stance. So when our similarly (and appropriately) arrogant friends at Carlsbad Gourmet approached us to collaborate on a hot sauce recipe made with Arrogant Bastard, not only did we say yes - we said, "Let's make three!" All these hot sauces are brewed, stewed and bottled on the edge of the Pacific Ocean - just a few short miles from our brewery. Only in such close proximity could we trust anyone to make these astounding sauces with our trio of black sheep ales. We keep a careful watch on them. And on you --- we are watching you now --- don't let yourself down, and do NOT let us down. This is the Bastard Trinity. They shall deliver you from mediocrity, whether you want it or not.