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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Booth's Sherry Cask Mellowed Gin!!





Booth's Finest Dry Gin Sherry Cask Mellowed....$42.99


"The first edition The Savoy Cocktail book published in 1930 features an advertisement for a “barrel-aged gin”. Perhaps the most revered of all aged gins, Booth’s Finest Dry Gin, is sadly no longer made [they have now brought it back]. This was aged in ex-sherry butts at a time when sherry was still imported in butts with large numbers of casks arriving in London, the centre of gin production. The sherry oak gave the gin a distinctive flavour and pale golden colour." - from Citadelle Gin's Website

Corsair Whiskeys





Corsair Small Batch Triple Smoke...$39.99
We take three fractions of malted barley, each smoked by a different fuel – cherry wood, peat, and beechwood – to craft this deeply complex whiskey. Pot distilled then barreled in new charred oak, triple smoke has the sweetness and barrel notes of an american whiskey and a single malt’s rich smoke, broadened by tones of cherry and beech. Excellent mixed or neat.





Corsair Quinoa Whiskey...$43.99

American whiskey pot distilled from quinoa and malted barley
Quinoa is a south american grain crop grown for its seeds. Quinoa adds an earthy and nutty flavor to the whiskey. Quinoa seeds comes in red, white, and black varieties. This whiskey uses red and white quinoa grains.


Corsair Ryemageddon...$39.99
This is the aged version of our double gold medal winning wry moon, rye white whiskey.
American rye whiskey distilled from malted rye & chocolate rye.

Corsair Vanilla Bean Vodka, Pumpkin Moonshine and Red Absinthe







Corsair Red Absinthe....$47.99
We’ve started with traditional 1800′s recipes and herbs to give our absinthe superieure the clean notes of a classic blanche. Then we tweak with the unusual, including citrus, tarragon (dragon wormwood, a relative of the grand wormwood we use), and red hibiscus for floral tones and color. We’re pleased to share this unique result with you. Style clean, fresh, floral. Tweaked tradition.




Corsair Vanilla Bean Vodka...$23.99
We’re proud to use whole bourbon vanilla beans – the best fair trade beans we can find – to give our vodka all the richest, most authentic notes of real vanilla. The resulting spirit is more savory than you may expect, a terrific match for both sweet and dry drinks. And perfect by itself. Style rich, real vanilla. Crafted for cocktails.




Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine...$33.99
Commercial pumpkin spice beer is a product of the craft brewing movement of the 1890's. Before this, there existed a great tradition of vegetable beers using a variety of vegatables. Historical research shows pumpkin was used in beers by early american coloinists

Corsair "Gins"





Corsair Artisan Gin...$23.99
We make our gin in very small batches using our hand-hammered gin-head pot still. This uncommon step makes our gin crisp and very smooth on the finish. We’re proud to use an unusual mix of traditional botanicals, all sustainably harvested, to give our gin a unique and refreshing character.
Style citrusy, smooth, refreshing. Crafted for cocktails



Corsair Genever....$33.99
Genever can be described as the precursor to gin, but that takes away from the wonderfil grain flavors that make genever special.  We carefully pot distill our genever from mlated barley to preserve the grain's malty notes, and included juniper, ginger, orange peel, and a rich apothecary of other botanicals for an indulgent intensity.

Corsair Barrel Aged Gin....$33.99
To craft this limited release spirit, we've rested our signature vapor basket gin in charred oak barrels previously used to age our spiced rum.  This aging has mellowed the gin and introduced notes of oak, rum, and spices.  The melding of these flavors makes an absolutely and deliciously complex gin that can be enjoyed straight.

Founders Dark Penance

Back in stock!



Founders Dark Penance...$10.99 / 4pk
A heavy malt foundation includes Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat malt to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge, but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops.
ABV: 8.9%
IBUs: 100

Oktoberfest time!





Morgan Street Oktoberfest....$8.49 / 6pk
Oktoberfest/Marzen – This classic German lager is noted for its smooth, clean, and rather rich malt character. The maltiness is often described as soft and complex. There is a light to moderate toasted malt aroma that is brought out by its Initial malty sweetness, but the beer has a moderately dry finish.

New O'Fallon Pumpkins


Back in stock!


SOLD OUT
O'Fallon Vanilla Pumpkin Ale...$4.49 / 22oz
O'Fallon's Pumpkin Ale with VANILLA!




O'Fallon Imperial Pumpkin...$7.99 / 22oz
O’Fallon Imperial Pumpkin is a new approach to our well-known Pumpkin spirit. We created an entirely new recipe and chose to brew a Wheatwine, a style similar to Barleywines in that they are big and malty, with rich, toasty malt and subtle toffee flavors. The difference is that the base malt for Wheatwine is wheat instead of barley, which adds a creamy depth and mouth feel to the beer.
We also kept the hops subdued to focus on the spices…cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and Madagascar Vanilla. Coming at 10% ABV and 50 IBU’s, this Brewer’s Stash Imperial Pumpkin will taste even closer to a slice of Pumpkin Pie than our original Pumpkin Beer, but be careful — the strength of the beer is hidden in its smooth and creamy flavor.
Alcohol: 10.0% ABV
Bitterness: 50 IBUs


Huge scores from Chateau Saint-Roch




These sold out extremely fast last year...


2013 Chateau Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec...$15.99
One of the most incredible values I've tasted in a long, long time, the jaw-dropping good 2013 Kerbuccio Maury Sec (this is a new appellation dedicated to dry wines from Maury) is 40% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Grenache, all from the black schist soils of Maury, that spent eight months in concrete tank prior to being bottled unfiltered. Its inky purple color is followed by fabulous aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, violets, crushed rocks and licorice. Full-bodied, seamless and incredibly textured, all while staying fresh and pure, it's an off-the-charts Roussillon that will drink well for 5-8 years, possibly longer. 

Rated 95/100 Wine Advocate



2013 Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres...$14.99
A joint venture between Jean-Marc Lafage and Eric Solomon, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres is just another example of the brilliance of the 2013 vintage in the Roussillon. Coming all from the schist soils of Maury and a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan that spent 8-12 months in 500-liter barrels and concrete, it possesses a deep purple color to go with savory notes of kirsch and assorted darker berry fruits, pepper, truffle and damp earth. Full-bodied, thrillingly textured and with incredible purity of fruit, this knockout effort stays lively and elegant, with fine tannin, terrific length and no hard edges. It will knock your socks off over the coming 4-6 years 
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate



2014 Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes...$13.99
The 2014 CĂ´tes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes is a terrific, medium-bodied, bright and juicy effort that’s loaded with notions of citrus blossom, lime and hints of green herbs. Made from 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne that was brought up almost exclusively in tank (10% in new oak), buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming year 
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Tallgrass Big RICC








Big RICC Russian Imperial Stout with Coffee and Chocolate..$13.99 / 4pk
Several years in the making and hitting shelves for the first time in October 2015, Big RICC is large and in charge. A big, bold Russian Imperial Stout, Big RICC rolls in at 10.5% ABV and packs a punch.
Tasting notes: Bold coffee flavor and aroma with strong chocolate notes. Pours jet-black. Subtle dark fruit flavors. Dark roasted grains. Slight, “warming” alcohol presence. Full-bodied and great for sipping.
Awards: Silver Medal, Coffee Beer Category, 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Perennial Artisan Ales Jack Rose






Perennial Artisan Ales Jack Rose....$10.99
Drawing inspiration from classic cocktails and new innovations, our Dealer’s Choice series is a celebration of mixed drinks and our talented friends behind bars across the country. Jack Rose is a hybrid of beer and cider fermented with a healthy dose of Illinois apple juice and finished with pomegranate and key lime juice. It’s a big burst of fruit accented with a twist of citrus and a bit of spicy rye. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, DC.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ommegang Game of Thrones Gift Set


Ommegang Game of Thrones Gift Set....$18.99 / 2 beers and glass


In stock now at Forsyth, you can call to reserve if you like
314.727.8788

BRC Update - BRC member please read



Just found out today,. our the new POS people could not transfer BRC purchasing history.


We go live with the new POS system on MONDAY. Your names and accounts will be transferred, but not your history.

So, Saturday before we shut down the old system, I will print the 6 month reports on BRC and we will use those for any releases that surface in October until probably November 20. Then after that, I will use a combo of the two until December 15th.  Part from the old 6 month report and part from the new report from the first month.   Eventually transitioning into the new POS report completely after 2-3 months when people have built up their history.

So I want to be straight forward and clear....
The gamble on your part, do you want to get your points on the old report or the new report?  
If you want it on the old report that we will use for the next month and a half, you need to purchase before 7pm on Saturday.

This month we are supposed to see a 4 Hands Imperial Stout aged in a special barrel, we are supposed to see 3 Side Project Beers soon.  Cory mentioned mid-November possibly on a few beers.


Forsyth location Cheese Feature: Montenebro

Forsyth location Cheese Feature: Montenebro
Come in for a taste

Montenebro
Possibly one of the most complex and wonderful aged goat cheeses the world has to offer. The rustic looking loaf is ashed and includes many molds. The interior is soft to firm in center with glorious flavor.   We can only get this one sporadically.  

New Ballas Cheese Feature: Gorgonzola Dolce



New Ballas  Cheese Feature: Gorgonzola Dolce.  Come in for a taste, all of our cheese is cut fresh to order.

Gorgonzola "Sweet" Dolce
One of the greatest blues made. Gorgonzola is a great cheese for melting or adding to salads. Young gorgonzola with a creamy moist interior paste and deep greenish-blue veining. Made with pasteurized cow's milk, it has a bold aroma and a hearty robust flavor.

Rock Hill Location cheese feature: El Bufalet Blue

Rock Hill Location cheese feature:  El Bufalet Blue
Come in for a taste...



EL BUFALET BLUE
This is a 100% Pasteurized Buffalo’s Milk cheese that is beautifully blue veined and aged 2-3 months. The creaminess of this cheese balances the more pungent blue with the slight tang of the buffalo milk showing through.

Ballwin Location Cheese Feature: Apple Cheddar

Our Ballwin location is featuring Kenny's Apple Cheddar -- come in for a taste



Kenny's Farmhouse Apple Cheddar
A seasonal Favorite, usually released in the Fall when the air starts to get a little crisp in the evening. We use a tart yellow apple, which tends to stand up well to the 9-month aged cheddar. The chopped apples are first soaked in hard cider from our friends at Thomas Family Winery and then rolled over and mixed in with the cheese curds before they are pressed and aged through the summer months. The cheddar still shines as it is aged quite a bit but the apples have themselves slightly fermented providing a really unique and full-bodied autumn profile.

Serve with a tall glass of unfiltered hard cider or a hoppy beer.
Wine Pairing: Reisling or Chenin Blanc
Food Application: Grilled Cheese with Caramelized onions (not for beginners)

Giant Champagne bottles....

In stock now at Forsyth, these are sure to get the party started!
Order now to reserve or call  314.727.8788






Taittinger Brut La Francais Champagne....$249.99 / 3 liter
Taittinger Brut La Francais Champagne....$499.99 / 6 liter

Well-cut and firm, with a smoky underpinning and a chalky texture, this shows an open-knit mix of black raspberry, slivered almond, lemon peel and star anise. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases imported. –AN
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Spirits from New York

Taste of of these New York Whiskeys with the Hudson Brand Ambassador Han Shan
click here to read more about the Giant Whisk(e)y Tasting Extravaganza on November 19th






From Tuthilltown, New York

New 750ml size on a few of them


Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey...$38.99 / 375ml
Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey...$46.99 / 750ml

Until Prohibition New York was known for its rye whiskey. This feisty spirit was the basis for the legendary MANHATTAN cocktail, made famous by Jenny Churchill (Winston’s Mum). Rye had not been produced in New York for over 80 years, but Tuthilltown Spirits’ HUDSON MANHATTAN RYE WHISKEY signals the return of the quintessential New York Whiskey. Our rye is made from whole grain rye one batch at a time. It is not the blended rye whiskey your parents used to mix with soda. This is honest rye whiskey. HUDSON MANHATTAN RYE is bottled at 92 proof. It is fruity, floral and smooth, with a recognizable rye edge that leaves no doubt the origin of the spirit. Each bottle is hand filled, capped, waxed and numbered. Enjoy the return of this classic American spirit.



Hudson Baby Bourbon.....$34.99 / 375ml
Hudson Baby Bourbon.....$46.99 / 750ml

"HUDSON BABY BOURBON is the first bourbon whiskey to be distilled in New York. This single grain bourbon is made from 100% New York corn and aged in our special small American Oak barrels. This unique aging process produces a mildly sweet, smooth spirit with hints of vanilla and caramel. The BABY is Tuthilltown’s first whiskey and the first legal pot-distilled whiskey made in New York since prohibition. BABY BOURBON is a perfect introduction to aged whiskey spirits. It is mild and friendly, bright to the tongue and warming all the way down. Each bottle is hand waxed and numbered. It is a true American classic. The BABY is our most sought after spirit. Make sure you alert your fine spirits dealer today to ensure your supply."




Hudson Single Malt Whiskey....$37.99 / 375ml
HUDSON SINGLE MALT WHISKEY is made in the classic fashion with whole ground malted barley and nothing else. Aged in our small American Oak casks, this whiskey is a departure from popular single malt Scotches. The new oak lends a deeper woody affect to the spirit. Rich in color and full flavored, our single malt is an American reinterpretation of traditional Scottish and Irish whiskies. Bottles at 92 proof, HUDSON SINGLE MALT stands up nicely to a splash of water, which releases aroma and softens the spirit on your lips. And as with all our whiskey, this spirit improves in your glass as it opens up. Enjoy it slowly


Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey....$37.99 / 375ml
Hudson Four Grain bourbon whiskey brings together the distinct characteristics of corn, rye, wheat and malted barley. Each batch starts with 800 pounds of grain which is ground at the distillery, cooked and fermented, then distilled twice. It is aged in our signature small barrels. Our Four Grain Bourbon is a rich full-flavored spirit. The grains are perfectly suited one to the others so that the end result balances the soft richness of corn, the sharp peppery notes of rye, all the smooth subtlety of wheat and the sweetness of malted barley. Each bottle is hand numbered.


More info:
DISTILLING AT TUTHILLTOWN
Before Prohibition more than 1,000 farm distillers produced alcohol from New York grains and fruits. Tuthilltown distillers are bringing back traditional batch-distilled spirits.
For 220 years Tuthilltown Gristmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, used waterpower to render local grains to flour. In 2001 Ralph Erenzo and Vicki Morgan acquired the property and with the help of partner Brian Lee, they converted one of the mill granaries to a micro-distillery.The partners worked tirelessly to teach themselves the craft of small-batch distillation while navigating the legal and administrative aspects of building the company.
Two and a half years later Tuthilltown Spirits produced their first batches of vodka from scraps they collected at a local apple slicing plant. Now the distillers use fresh cider from nearby orchards. Production includes vodkas, whiskeys, rum, eau de vie, brandy, and infusions. New York's first Bourbon is HUDSON BABY BOURBON, distilled from 100% New York corn. Tuthilltown whiskeys are the only legally distilled and aged grain spirits produced in New York since Prohibition.
In 2007 Gable Erenzo, joined the team and the distillery sent off the first international shipment to Paris. The team has continued to grow with the addition of Joel Elder, Jared Powers, and Nick Stoughton to the production team. Cathy Erenzo has come on board to manage compliance and administration.
The Tuthilltown Spirits Team is thrilled to bring the craft of small batch spirits distilling back to New York." -- from their website

1964, 1965 and 1966 Port Vintage!

1966 just arrived! What amazing gifts! 


1964 Single Harvest Tawny
In stock now
1964 Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port...$279.99 

Limited Edition 
I allowed my glass of 1964 Taylor’s Very Old Single Harvest Port a couple of hours to open up in the glass, monitoring its evolution along the way. It is not a shy or retiring Port. Clear mahogany in color with a slight green tinge on the rim, the nose races out of the blocks like a young terrier let free in the garden, with intense aromas of grilled walnut, smoke, brown sugar, hints of caramel and a fug of alcohol that ebbs with time. The palate is smooth and honeyed on the entry, a very seductive Port wine, quite sumptuous in style, but with enough volatile lift to maintain fieriness toward the viscous finish. I speculate that had the 1963s not been so prodigious, Taylor Fladgate would have elected to follow their 1960 declaration with a 1964. That is all in the past. It is a delicious Vintage Port firing on all cylinders, ready to drink and enjoy now rather than cellar.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate




In stock now
1965 Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port...$299.99 
The 1965 Very Old Single Harvest Port, that is, a Coheita, single vintage tawny, is part of Taylor's continuing series of releases of old Colheitas. A field blend of typical grapes, it comes in at 157 grams per liter of residual sugar. In the overall context of amazing old Colheitas, it may not take 1st prize, but it will strike anyone who loves them as pretty fine. Get ready for those aromatics that are powerful from several feet away. Irresistible on opening, it has an up-front rush of sugar, concentrated aromatics and remarkable concentration of flavor on the finish. Laced with classic old tawny nuances, including a bit of molasses and treacle, it ends with a dark, burnished feel. The mid-palate depth is just average. There are some whiffs of brandy that are sometimes rather too obvious here and there, but not often. Overall, it is bright and lively, with its good acidity cutting through the sugar and concentrated flavors. The two balance each other well. Some tawnies are caressing and sensual; some are rich and lush; some lean more to bite and focus. This is in the latter category, but the price of admission here is that concentration of mature, old tawny Port flavors. The acidity and the sugar lace those flavors into the palate. It emphasizes treacle more as time goes on. It's pretty fine.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate




In stock now
1966 Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port...$249.99 
Taylor's holds one of the most extensive reserves of very old cask aged Port of any producer. They include a collection of rare Single Harvest Ports. These are Ports from a single year which age to full maturity in seasoned oak casks and display the year of harvest on the label. Taylor’s has decided to make a limited release, each year, of a Single Harvest Port made 50 years previously.
(not scored yet)


Cismontane from California



Cismontane Brewing Co. was started by two native southern Californians, Ross Stewart and Evan Weinberg. They chose the name Cismontane because the geographical area it represents, coastal Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego. As a brewery we are dedicated to creating the finest beers to represent the unique culture and diverse natural aspects of this region. Each beer is named after a local feature that is unique to the area.

The Brewery is located on the side of the largest mountain in Orange County in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita. The great views from Santiago peak and the trails through the canyons provide some of the natural inspiration for the beers and the company.

The brewery is small and accessible to all with a warm and comfortable tasting area. So don’t hesitate to come by when in the area.

(cis-mon-tane):  “This side of the mountains”, in reference to coastal Southern California. This was a common term used for Southern California while it was forming its identity during the gold rush and before prohibition.


Some are very limited and we got less than 12 bottles.


Cismontane Coulter IPA...$4.99 / pint

Named after the coulter big cone pine tree this is a well-balanced I.P.A. It brings the beer style back to its roots. Brewed with a hit of rye for head retention and a deeper malt character, this beer has the best of all worlds, great hop aroma, a strong body and deceiving strength. 7.2% ABV 60 IBU

Cismontane Hop Dumpster $8.49 / pint
Our first West Coast Double IPA ever!!!! About time.... 9% - 85 IBU - Citra, Amarillo, Chinook, Bravo. Hoppy, bitter, dry, boozy, citrusy, piny, eeeeeeeekkkkk

Cismontane Saint Peter Barrel Aged Belgian Style Pale...$15.99 / pint
50% Chardonnay barrel-aged Belgian pale 15 months 50% Belgian pale ale 5.5% ABV 19 IBU


Cismontane Temporada...$12.99 / pint
8%er Saison aged in Conundrum Chardonnay barrels 12 months. Fermented with DuPont saison yeast 8% ABV 20 IBU




Cismontane The Citizen...$4.99 / pint
The California Common almost disappeared after prohibition as did the term Cismontane. Our interpretation of this style is a golden warm fermented lager with sufficient hop aroma. As a brewer and citizen of Cismontane California it is our obligation to produce a fine Californian Common. 6% ABV 45 IBU

Cismontane The Mesa....$12.99 / pint
A new school testament to the tradition of brewing beer with grapes. It is a blend of 20% Chardonnay, 20% Grenache Blanc and 60% Pilsner from Cismontane. This beer is brewed entirely with Nelson Sauvin hops. Soured with Lactobacillus to enhance the natural grape acidity and fermented with a blend of wine and beer yeast. This process highlights the flavors that beer and wine have in common. The collaboration beer made by longtime friends Charlie Wagner and Evan Weinberg. 
6% ABV IBU N/A

Cismontane Whiting Wit....$4.99 pint
Belgian Style Witbier 
5% ABV 



Cismontane Black’s Nocturne...$18.99 pints SOLD OUT
 (First Time Ever distributed outside of California)
We took everyone’s favorite Imperial Stout (sans coffee) and aged it for nearly a year in fresh Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels, which we then blended in an attempt to tame the bourbon beastliness. Creamy vanilla and smooth oak on the nose complement and round out the roasted, bitter chocolate characteristics. A kiss of bourbon booziness on the palate provides the perfect finish for this rich and decadent tribute to the dark months ahead. Be prepared…winter is coming. 12% ABV 50 IBU