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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Trois Dames La Fiance Pinot Noir Saison






Trois Dames La Fiance Pinot Noir Saison..$5.99 / 11.2oz
Saison brewed with Pinot Noir Grapes
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
From the brewer:
“Like l’Amoreuse, La Fiancée is a combination of dry saison and the freshly-squeezed juice of local grapes, blended and fermented together. The result is a relatively dry beer with a light, fruity, vinous nose. In this case, Pinot Noir grapes are used.

Unfiltered, unpasteurized and re-fermented in the bottle, La Fiancée will continue to evolve and grow more acidic over time, thanks to the wild yeasts that occur naturally on the grape skins.”

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tallgrass Ginger Peach Saison


Tallgrass Ginger Peach Saison....$9.49 / 4 pack cans
Tallgrass Brewing Company turns it up to 11 with Ginger Peach Saison, the opening riff in a medley of Saisons.  Sessionable and refreshing with a strong balance of its namesake flavors, Ginger Peach Saison is perfect to rock out at the pool or on a patio.  Effervescent and fruity with a light to medium body.  It will make you sing.

New Holland Awesome Hatter



New Holland Michigan Awesome Hatter IPA....$9.99 / 6pk
This beer celebrates community, collaboration & local agriculture. Cascade hops from the Leelanau Peninsula provide bright citrusy counterpoint to the delicious and earthy malt notes from Michigan barley. Thanks to our collaborators, Michigan Awesome.

Stone Enjoy After 07.04.16

This is where are allocation was shipped, so we are leaving it there....

We have 12 bottles at New Ballas
We have 12 bottles at Rock Hill

First come first served at those 2 stores.  
No reservations.

This is all we are getting.





Stone Enjoy After 07.04.16....$11.99 / 750ml
This IPA is spiked at bottling with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that, over time, brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more. The operative words in our beer-cellaring thesis are “over time.” For those of you who are impatient or like to experiment, the earliest we recommend sampling this beer is 07.04.15. The beer won’t be fully carbonated until that date. Ideally, you’ll want to cellar the beer up to—or beyond—the Enjoy After date to help it reach its full evolutionary potential. At that point, some facets of the Brett characteristics will have mellowed, while others will have become more profound; it all matures into a fascinating and delicious culmination. Individual results will vary…and that’s both the beauty and the intent behind this beer.

Green Flash new look and fresh!

Green Flash is Back! and it is Fresh



Green Flash West Coast IPA...$7.49 / 4pk

As craft beer pioneers, we embarked on an expedition to brew the benchmark West Coast IPA. We ventured into the unknown and struck gold, discovering a tantalizing menagerie of hops. Simcoe for tropical and grapefruit zest, Columbus for hop pungency, Centennial for pine notes, Citra for citrus zest and Cascade for floral aroma are layered throughout the brewing process. West Coast IPA® exemplifies the Green Flash spirit of adventure and discovery.




Green Flash Double Stout...$7.49 / 4pk
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
We explored 19th Century British Stout recipes, then charted a fresh course to land on a modern American version of the old-world classic. Our Double Stout encompasses the very best of both worlds. Golden naked oats, dark crystal and roasted malt offer a luscious balance of bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee. Fair winds and following seas. Smooth sailing, all the way home.


Green Flash Hop Head Red....$7.49 / 4pk
THIS PERFECT TEN IS A HOP HEAD TURNER
A luscious beauty, Hop Head Red® exudes resinous hoppy qualities from Amarillo, Warrior and Nugget to overtake the full-bodied depths of a caramel malt base. Captivating and seductive floral aromas and alluring hop flavors are the result of dry hopping with mountains of Amarillo. The blissful union of Double India Pale and Red Ale make Hop Head Red an unforgettable obsession. Experience love at first sip. Every time.

Green Flash Le Freak - Trippel and IPA Hybrid





Green Flash Le Freak....$7.99 / 22oz

FLASH OF GENIUS05


BELGIAN-AMERICAN HYBRID
Le Freak™ is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. Spawned over barstool pontifications between Publican and Brewmaster, this zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Experience a legendary beer phenomenon.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The best Beaujolais....Desjourneys

Domaine Jules Desjourneys Beaujolais:
“These are unquestionably the most intense wines you will find in Beaujolais: In their youth, there are marked by their satin-like textures and certainly err much more toward the Cote de Nuits than Beaujolais.”-Neal Martin The Wine Advocate





2008 Jules Desjourneys Interdit...$44.99
The wine that will be known as 2008 Desjourneys is none other than Duperray’s 2008 Fleurie – combining Chapelle des Bois and Les Moriers – that was refused appellation and so is officially, merely, “vin de France.” Believe me, this is “vin de France” in the same sense that Debussy signed many of his late masterpieces “musicien francais.” The high-toned floral, herbal, and fruit distillate esters that memorably marked the Chapelle des Bois from cask as well as the black tea-tinged and more bittersweetly herbal and concentrated dark berries of the original Les Moriers, have been preserved in this marriage – in fact, after recovering from my chagrin at this wine’s having been denied its rightful appellation, I am now entirely reconciled to the two sites having been blended, inasmuch as the whole seems, remarkably, even greater than the sum of its already profoundly delicious parts! This finishes with mouthwatering salinity and a tenacious, almost Gewurztraminer-like meld of brown spices concentrated floral and herbal essences. I would anticipate it being worth following for half a dozen years, but on no account should it be missed earlier-on.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate


2008 Jules Desjourneys Moulin a Vent...$42.99
Pure blackberry and red raspberry in Desjourneys’s 2008 Moulin-a-Vent are garlanded in rose and violet, then mingled on a polished palate with roasted game pan scrapings and lobster shell reduction and tinged with iodine and iron filings, for a saliva-inducing and vibratory finishing impression. It’s easy to see why this wine’s author – at least when referring to fruit from his subsequently acquired Les Michelons and Chassignol parcels – compares the perfume of Moulin-a-Vent to that of a Chambertin or Clos des Beze. It’s also plain now – lest you accuse Duperray of arrogance – just how unjustly he slighted this wine by referring to it as “(merely) honorable”. And the same could almost be said for my review from barrel in issue 190, because the wine has taken on so much more richness of fruit and animal savor to complement its minerality and vibrancy. It will be profoundly worth following for 6-8 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate


2009 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie...$44.99
An even stronger black tea smokiness than accrued (from cask) to its 2008 counterpart caps the concentrated black fruits in Desjourneys’s 2009 Fleurie, which I tasted in its final assemblage comprised principally of Les Moriers, along with fruit from younger vines in La Chapelle and a touch of La Madone. Rich and polished, with its fine tannins sublimated, this wine’s strong salinity – allied to fruit pit, chalk dust, and iodine – render its entrancingly long finish irresistibly mouthwatering and invigorating. I expect it to be worthy of six or more years’ rapt attention.
Rated 93-94/100 The Wine Advocate


2009 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie Chapelle des Bois...$51.99
Ripe dark cherry and cassis are strikingly capped with high-toned herbal and floral distillates in Duperray’s 2009 Fleurie La Chapelle Des Bois Tres Vieilles Vignes (tasted in its final assemblage), rendering it highly reminiscent of its 2008 counterpart. Wisteria and elder flower further waft across this wine’s polished, deeply-fruited palate, while nut oils add rich depth, and saline savor of crustacean shell reduction helps render it irresistibly mouthwatering and invigorating. This finishes with sensational persistence, along with buoyancy such as few wines of this vintage can equal. I suspect this will perform memorably for at least another half dozen years.
Rated 94-95/100 The Wine Advocate


2010 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie Moriers...$51.99
While the corresponding La Chapelle des Bois appeared from cask to have had an edge on Duperray’s 2010 Fleurie Les Moriers Tres Vieilles Vignes, from bottle this dramatically different wine – which he describes as “the nose of Fleurie with the palate of Moulin-a-Vent” – is no less impressive than its immediate sibling. Deeply concentrated plum and cherry fruit are allied to iodine-tinged saline, sweet shrimp shell reduction intimated already in the nose and serving for saliva gland-milking in an amazingly thrusting, gripping finish. White pepper and musky rose radish tweak the nostrils and re-emerge as an invigorating adjunct that encourages me to imagine that a profoundly intense Gruner Veltliner Smaragd had been blended-in. Nutmeg and toasted pecan complement the intense ripeness of fruit, which however never turns superficially sweet thanks in large part to its sheer freshness and to the aforementioned biting invigoration. I would plan on following this at least through 2020.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate


2010 Jules Desjourneys Fleurie Chapelle des Bois...$51.99
I hesitated before offering another long note as purple as the wine it purports to describe, but from bottle, Desjourneys’s 2010 Fleurie La Chapelle des Bois Tres Vieilles Vignes has indeed well-exceeded even my exalted Issue 196 expectations, so I feel bound not just to offer an update, but one that reflects my awe. Almond extract, rowan, freesia, and dark berries and stone fruits shadowed by their distilled counterparts combine for a penetratingly high-toned and hauntingly complex aroma. The texture here has turned positively silky and this essence from centenarian vines finishes not just with the “pristine purity of fruit ... complex depth of flavor (and) vibratory intensity” on which I commented before it was bottled, but with a soaring sense of buoyancy and a kaleidoscopic interaction of floral, fruit, and mineral nuances. Although the track record for Duperray’s wines is short, I feel confident that one like this will remain awesome at least through 2020.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate


2010 Jules Desjourneys Moulin a Vent Michelons...$69.99
When most recently tasted last December, the Desjourneys 2010 Moulin-a-Vent Les Michelons Vieilles Vignes outdid the already high expectations I expressed in Issue 196, but I leave it to readers to consult my previous review for additional sensory details. I’ll confine myself now to the observation that stoniness and peat-like smokiness have strikingly added to the complexity on display here, the latter to the point where you can imagine a bit of malt whiskey (without its alcohol) having been mingled with the seamlessly ripe, yet freshly concentrated dark berry and plum fruit. Plan to follow this at least through 2020. (The Desjourneys “regular” Moulin-a-Vent, tasted alongside, performed in accordance with the upper bound of my Issue 196 point spread.)
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Great 2012 Cab - 95 pointer!







Guarachi Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley...$74.99
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a stunning bottle of wine. Dense ruby/purple with terrific texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, a nice chewiness, but not anything over-the-top or overripe, this is big, bold in-your-face style of Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 10-15 years.
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Fresh Brewligans with Amarillo Hops and a new batch of AON



New batch - this batch is made with Amarillo Hops

2nd Shift Brewligans Ale...$6.49 / 750ml
The St. Louligans are a supporters group for Saint Louis FS of USL, PRO, St. Louis Lions, Fire & Ice FC and FC Bordo. They also enjoy beer, we like making beer, we made them a beer to enjoy. A small hoppy one, so they can enjoy more soccer





New Batch!

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA....$7.49 / 750ml
AON is an Ipa that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight.
67 IBU








Public House Thorn & Heat Strawberry Wheat Ale






Public House Thorn & Heat Strawberry Wheat Ale...$8.99 / 6 pack
"Thorn and Heat. Time and Toil.  No one ever said brewing was easy.  Especially in Missouri where the summer heat is muggy and full of spite.  Sun in the eyes.  Heat pushing 105.  The result?  This buoyant, slightly tart wheat ale infused with strawberry that will satisfy you on even the most hellish of days.

Perennial Fantastic Voyage and Suburban Beverage

SOLD OUT



Perennial Suburban Beverage Gose Style...$9.99 
Suburban Beverage is a Gose-style ale brewed with salt, orange peel, lemon peel and key lime juice.  Tart and refreshing, it will certainly make you feel alright.







Perennial Fantastic Voyage...$17.99 / 750ml
"Fantastic Voyage is a harmonic melange of coconut and Imperial Milk Stout brought to us by brewer, Jim Leabig.  Loads of coconut, lactose and black malt balance each other to provide flavors reminiscent of chocolate covered coconut with a finish smooth like silk sheets.  Best enjoyed while listening to slow jams by candlelight."


(remember, you have 7 days to pick up or it goes back on the shelf)






Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Classic Beer of the Week: La Fin du Monde

Classic Beer of the Week!
We are featuring a "Classic" beer in our Friday night tasting when we can. So many people may have never had these beers because they are not the "new" or "hot" craft beer anymore.   La Fin du Monde was first introduced in 1994, over 20 years ago.    It was one of those beers that everyone talked back when you did not see too many "Triple" Ales on the shelf.




Unibroue La Fin du Monde
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
La Fin du Monde was developed through 18 months of research on a unique strain of yeast originating from Europe. It is brewed in honor of the intrepid European explorers who believed they had reached the “end of the world” when they discovered North America ‘the new world’. This triple-style golden ale recreates the style of beer originally developed in the Middle Ages by trappist monks for special occasions and as such it was the first of its kind to be brewed in North America.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Belgium Lips of Faith Eric's Ale

Call 314.727.8788 for reservations



Limit 2 per person

New Belgium Lips of Faith Eric's Ale....$12.99 / 22oz
Eric's Ale, from the creative and slightly diabolical mind of brewer Eric Salazar, is all about taking chances, breaking rules and being experimental, kind of like being back in high school. The beer began when Eric won the Loose Lips competition, where co-workers are given a blend of three different beers and challenged to identify the beers and what percentage of the blend each beer represents. The winner earns the right to brew a beer of his or her choice.

Eric's Ale was the first Loose Lips beer to be used as a full-scale release.

Having worked closely with our flagship wood cellar sour beer La Folie, Eric decided to play around with oak barrels. The result is a very drinkable sour beer hybrid with subtle peach tones and a warm, spicy finish. The aroma has pleasant hints of vanilla and tropical fruit, the wood characteristics are present but nicely muted.

Eric's Ale weighs in at 7% ABV and is best enjoyed while listening to the dulcet guitar work of Buckethead.

Stone Brewing SAISON - new 6 pack

Back in stock - new batch


Stone Brewing Saison...$9.99 / 6pk
In spring 2011, Stone bought the farm, literally, taking over 19 acres of fertile Southern California soil where we now grow pristine fruits, vegetables, herbs and more for our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurants. A taste of our homespun farm-to-tableism is provided in this farmhouse ale stoked with lemon zest, plus lemon thyme and lavender straight from Stone Farms. This spring-to-summer saison is citric and herbal on the palate with a dry, peppery finish. Thanks to the infusion of fresh West Coast ingredients, this isn’t your everyday saison. It’s our saison—100% Stone. Celebrate the sunny season with an authentic taste of our farm and, with it, our commitment to quality.

Deschutes Pinedrops


First load last week sold quick, more in stock now!!!





Deschutes Pinedrops IPA....$8.99 / 6pk

This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and Equinox hops. Inspired by the aromas and silence we experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from our brewhouse.

Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Munich, Crystal, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Northern Brewer, Chinook, Centennial, Equinox

Maharaja back in stock

Fresh Batch just arrived!


Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA...$6.99 (22oz)
Rated 100/100 on RateBeer
Beer Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
Hop Variety: Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, caramel 120L, victory
OG: 1.090 ABV: 10.24% IBUs: 102
Color: Dark Amber
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, - "great" and rajan - "king". Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley - fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence.

Prairie Artisan Ales Brett C

In stock now, no limit!
Prairie Artisan Ales Brett C...$8.99 / pint
A Farmhouse Ale brewed with Cascade and Citra Hops and a touch of sea salt

98 Point Clos Erasmus - very limited!






After not making their top wine in 2011, because of the unusual heat of the vintage, Clos Erasmus is back with an incredible effort. Sadly yields were tiny, but the quality is amazing.


2012 Clos Erasmus Priorat...$189.99
After no 2011 was produced, the 2012 Clos Erasmus comes with renewed energy, a much fresher approach and a more transparent wine while keeping the slate typicity of Gratallops even in a tiny-yielding vintage. Part of the wine aged in 700-liter clay amphorae and the rest in Burgundy barrels that added a spicy patina to the nose, yet very much respected the wet slate character of the vintage. Contrary to previous vintages, the core of fruit is red rather than black; the 2013 that I tasted (not in bottle) followed pretty much this same direction. The palate shows power, elegance and a special mineral savoriness akin to licking stones. There is more Garnacha in the blend (there's only 15% Syrah) which gives a Mediterranean juiciness. A new life for Erasmus, very much recognizable as Priorat, Gratallops and Erasmus, but with a more elegant haircut. Only 2,000 bottles produced.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate

92 Points from Robert Parker and only $10!!



Buy this by the case, put some in the basement to forget about for a couple of years and drink the rest now. An Amazing Rioja that strikes a great balance between old world elegance and modern power, one of the best values I have tasted in years.



On sale now!
2012 Bodegas Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja...$9.99
A spectacular wine assembled by Eric Solomon, Rafael De Haan and Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the 2012 Hazana Vinas Viejas is made from 45- to 70-year-old bush vines (85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano). Aged 12 months in French and American oak, it is difficult to believe a wine such as this could be available for under $35-40 a bottle, but here it is. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of lead pencil shavings, black currants, spice box, cedar and a touch of vanilla. Deep, medium to full-bodied and elegant yet suave, savory and expansive, this beautiful red is a perfect synthesis of the traditional and more progressive style of Rioja. Drink it now or cellar it for another 4-5 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ommegang Three Philosophers Cellared Set





Ommegang Three Philosophers Cellared Set....$34.99

1 bottle each
  • 2011 Three Philosophers / 750ml
  • 2012 Three Philosophers / 750ml
  • 2013 Three Philosophers / 750ml


Three Philosophers is a remarkable limited edition strong ale brewed by Brewery Ommegang in response to a home brewer’s description of his dream beer. Realbeer.com, the internet’s largest beer website, hosted a contest called “Create a Great Beer.” Brewery Ommegang was chosen by Realbeer.com to brew the Belgian-style ale for the winning essayist. Noel Blake, a home brewer from Portland wrote the winning description for what his “dream beer” would be like.

Rated 99/100 RateBeer