Friday, August 5, 2016

Woodford Reserve Rye - PRE-ARRIVAL

Pre-Arrival - set to arrive next Tuesday August 9th.
You can reserve it now for next week pickup.

Come taste it tonight at Forsyth from 4pm- 7pm - 

Woodford Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey...$32.99
Made in the traditional style of Kentucky Ryes, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey delivers bold flavors of pepper and tobacco with a long fruit and sweetly spiced finish. It’s available for purchase in select markets throughout the country.

Jester King and Crooked Stave -- surprise release

Surprise Release tonight!!!
Right before the Charleville Release Party! - click here to read about it
We will raffle off chances to purchase the bottles tonight.
Big night planned for STL Beer Week!

  • Come in and fill out your name before 5:20 this evening at our Forsyth location
  • Drawing will be at 5:30
  • You must be present to win.
  • Sorry, no reservations.  Must be present at Forsyth tonight
  • We will call out the names and you will be able to select 1 bottle to purchase.  
  • We will be releasing some bottles of the 5 Jester King beers below.  Plus some Crooked Stave Petite Sour Raspberry and Blueberry plus Origins

Plus at 5:15 tonight, we will open a bottle of these two.  (just a bottle of each until they are gone)

  • Jester King Brewery: Beachtimez Sportzketball
  • Jester King Provenance Lemon & Lime Ale Fermented with Citrus

Jester King Brewery: Beachtimez Sportzketball...$12.99 / 750ml
Grisette Inspired Farmhouse Ale Fermented with Texas Loquats
Beachtimez Sportzketball is a bioengineered battle fuel sent from the future-past to aid in the crushing of enemies. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, 100% naturally conditioned. Collaboration with Green Bench Brewing.

Jester King Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye India Pale Ale ...$12.99 / 750ml
The culprit behind the Salem Witch Trials was not demonic possession (which would have been kind of cool), but ergot-infected rye. Wild yeast native to our land in the Texas Hill Country lends a sense of place to this earthy, floral farmhouse rye beer. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Boxer's Revenge Sour Barrel-Aged Strong Ale...$15.99 / 750ml
Native yeast and souring bacteria captured from the land and air at our brewery in the Texas Hill Country slowly imparted a sense of place in this dry, tart, highly attenuated ale during months of fermentation in oak barrels. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Provenance - Lemon & Lime Ale Fermented with Citrus ...$12.99 / 750ml
Our second batch of Provenance takes the vibrant flavors and aromas of lemons and limes and presents them in the unique way that only wild fermentation with native yeast and bacteria can. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% bottle-conditioned.

Jester King 2016 Hibernal Dichotomous
Blended Farmhouse Ale with Rosemary and Genmaicha Tea 
...$12.99 / 750ml
For 2016 Hibernal Dichotomous, we used the method of bière de coupage by blending fresh Das Überkind with mature barrel-aged Funk Metal. Fresh rosemary and genmaicha were then added before allowing it to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Charleville Barrel Aged Barleywine!

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to release 
the first Charleville Brewing Barrel Aged Barleywine!

Released during St. Louis Craft Beer Week!

We have Tait from Charleville on hand for an open house tasting. 
Very exciting tasting!!!
The tasting is TONIGHT  August 5th from 6-7pm

The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd,
Clayton, MO 63105

Open house tasting - tell your friends!
Reservations are not required - but let us know you are coming on FACEBOOK

This will be the first chance to purchase the BA Barleywine!!

You will tasted all of these...
  • Charleville / TWCP Barrel Aged Barleywine!
  • 2013 Charleville Barleywine
  • 2014 Charleville Barleywine
  • 2015 Charleville Barleywine
  • 2016 Charleville Barleywine

Sip, Sit or Stand. The choice is yours, with one thing for certain, age defines grace. Our Barleywine style ale has proved to be no exception to this rule. Two Row Barley, Crystal malt, and Munich malt all prepare the canvas for an entourage of hops that will enlighten your pallet. Enjoy today and Savor tomorrow.

Beer Tasting from 4-6pm tonight at Forsyth
  • 10 Barrel Pina
  • Great Divide Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison
  • New Belgium De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale.
  • Breckenridge Brewery Lane Series Imperial White IPA
  • Breckenridge Mango Mosaic Tropical Pale Ale
  • plus some surprise bottles we will announce in a few hours.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Belgium De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale

New Belgium De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale...$9.99 / 4pk
A beautiful summer day in Antwerp; the sun pours past the belfry and rooftops and floods into the market center. A ballet of brightly colored shoppers twists and twirls through the commotion, pinwheels of color against the cobblestone square. You find two seats on the café’s patio, ordering beers to pair with the bustling view: De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale. This Lips of Faith collaboration with Antwerp’s historic De Koninck Brewery is a delightful burst of citrus and flowers, keeping pace with the color and commotion of summer. Sit back and enjoy the pop of key lime and whole lemons; breath in the fragrance of hibiscus, rose petals and strawberry-tinged Mistral hops; toast to life’s pleasant surprises. Soak in the summer scene with a Flowering Citrus Ale.

Side Project Twitter Post

EXCITING!!! Just posted on twitter by Side Project today!

Side Project Längst Adambier
"Traditionally, the Adambier was a slightly sour, strong, German Barleywine-like beer. Today, like the Old Ale, most are brewed to not be sour or tart. Our Adambier was fermented clean, without any souring, to showcase the strong malty backbone and beautiful barrel character." - Cory King, Side Project Cellar.

This was one of the beers we did the "name the beer" contest

Finally racking Längst for and ...

Ballast Point Pumpkin and Oktoberfest

More arrived today, we had sold out

Ballast Point Pumpkin Down....$10.99 / 6pk

A pumpkin ale that bucks the trend.
Some might think we’re out of our gourd for making a pumpkin ale, but our Pumpkin Down is not like the others. The caramel and toffee maltiness of our Piper Down Scottish ale is the perfect backdrop for a boatload of roasted pumpkin. Just before bottling, we add a subtle amount of spice to complement, but not overwhelm, the earthy flavor. It was a smash at the brewery, and we think you’ll agree.

Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest...$10.99 / 6 pack
A fresh take on a traditional festival beer.
Our Dead Ringer Oktoberfest lager is inspired by old-style Märzen brews customarily enjoyed during Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle; no lederhosen required.

Sierra Nevada / Mahrs Brau Oktoberfest

More arrived today....

Each year they collab with a different German brewery for their Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada / Mahrs Brau Oktoberfest...$7.99 / 6pk
A German-American collaboration on the classic festival beer.
We’re exploring the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. Each year, we partner with a different German brewer to explore a different approach to the style. This year we’re working with Bamberg, Germany’s Mahrs Bräu on a new version of the classic style. This authentic version of the festival beer is deep golden in color with a rich malt complexity, but with a noticeable spicy hop character from the use of the nearly forgotten Record hop varietal.

DRINK OF THE MONTH #2 - Manhattan

Drink of the Month #1 - Negroni - click here to see that one

We are excited to start a new program.  Drink of the month.  Roughly, each month we will present a new drink that you can make at home with the guidance from a professional.  The professional that will be providing the recipes and the instructions will be mixologist, Jeffrey Moll.
Jeffrey Moll, the Head Barman at Randolfi's
Defender of both the fundamentals and DIY cocktailing. Reverence for all things liquid. Jason Molina fan. Avid cyclist. Loyal curmudgeon.

2015 St. Louis Magazine "A-List Award" Winner
Jeffrey Moll Jr., MIXOLOGIST
Dozens of the concoctions lining bartender Moll’s mixing station at Randolfi’s were formulated by the barkeep himself. Nabbing a tincture-side seat at the bar provides a nonpareil liquid education, with Moll dispensing as many answers as imbibers have questions. The cognoscenti gather, knowing that Moll’s labor-intensive seasonal creations (such as the garnish-laden Moll’s Cup No. 3) will keep them ahead of the cocktail curve.

The drinks will be presented in a "progressive" format so that you will end up with an amazing bar at home so that you can create every drink you would ever want.  Progressive meaning that next month you will not need to buy every ingredient, it will use some of the spirits you bought in the previous month(s) and so on.

Thank you to Jeffrey Moll for his help.  You can also head down to Randofi's and have Jeffrey make the drink for you!

Info from Jeffrey

First: Here are the tools Jeffrey recommends for this cocktail (and you will need for future drinks)
  • Stirring Vessel (this can be anything from a shaker pint or a mixing tin OR a proper mixing glass)  ***
  • Mixing Spoon    ***
  • Hawthorn Strainer     ***
  • Conical Fine Strainer (optional, but i recommend one as, at a point it will become a requirement for some drinks)  ***
  • Large Silicon Spherical Ice Maker (also recommended if one prefers the drink over ice.)    ***
  • Fruit or Vegetable Peeler
  • Coupe Glass or Single Rocks Glass
  • 3"-5" Wooden Skewers (optional, but recommended if you purchase Luxardo Cherries.) this is the only new "tool" you will need from last month's drink

*** in stock at TWCP Forsyth

There is a fair amount of variance in this cocktail. at the very least you will need the following bottles:  We have them all in stock now
  • Rittenhouse 100-proof Rye Whisky  OR  Old Grandad 100-proof Bonded Bourbon Whiskey
  • Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth (you should already have a bottle from last months cocktail) or Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Luxardo Cherries (optional, but they are so dang good and you may need them for future cocktails)
All these ingredients are available at The Wine and Cheese Place (might not be available at all 4 locations)
You can click here to reserve the three spirits needed for this drink on our site.
We will let you know when they are ready to pick up at the location you choose.

You have a choice here with this drink. while both of these whiskeys are fantastic, I recommend that you try both. Some drinks just happen to be better with a spicy rye whiskey, while others do much with a sweeter and more smooth bourbon whiskey. Of course this is simply my opinion. My tastes gravitate toward a Rye Manhattan, personally. As well as getting to make a choice between to whiskey styles, you get to choose between making the more common sweet style Manhattan with your already purchased sweet vermouth, or a dry style Manhattan, which uses a dry vermouth letting the whiskies hold a stronger presence in the drink.

You will also need an orange and/lemon for this drink. often you will find that lemon will lend itself better for the rye version of this drink and orange will compliment the bourbon version.

Lastly, here is the preparation for the cocktail:

  • 2oz of Rittenhouse Rye Whisky OR Old Grandad Bourbon
  • 1oz Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth OR Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • 2-3 shakes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 OR 3 skewered Luxardo Cherries (optional, but NEVER do two as it is a sign of disrespect and bad luck. this applies to all types of skewered garnish)

  • Add all spirits to your mixing glass
  • Fill mixing glass 3/4 of the way with ice
  • Stir gently, quickly and fluidly (no pun intended) keeping the bottom of the spoon in constant contact with the side of the glass for about 25-30 seconds
  • Using your hawthorn strainer and fine strainer (if possessed) strain into a cold coupe glass or, if preferred, a prepared single rocks glass with fresh ice or one large ice cube (recommended)
  • Using your vegetable peeler, peel a sizable strip of orange peel (if bourbon) or lemon peel (if rye). gently grasp the smaller section of the peel between your thumb and index finger and squeeze to express the oils from the peel over the cocktail. place peel in drink.
  • If you decided to garish with Luxardo Cherries, go ahead and discard the peel after the oils are expressed
  • Enjoy!

Notes from Jeffrey:
As I mentioned there is a great deal of options in making this drink. Much like making a classic martini, there is a lot of room to personalize your drink by tweaking the measures of your ingredients. The recipe I provided is the classic one you find that most people use and what I enjoy as a sweet style Manhattan, but based of your choice of whiskey or vermouth you might find that your Manhattan tastes better to you in different measures. I find that when making a dry Manhattan, I enjoy a 50/50 measure of rye whiskey and dry vermouth. A typical cocktail is 3oz of ingredients, so I encourage to experiment and find what works for you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hirsch 20 year old is back!

Our local distributor was able to score a few case of this limited edition 20 Year old Hirsch that was distilled back in 1987
We have not seen this one in over 6 years.
Hirsch Selection Special Reserve 20 Year Old American Whiskey....$132.99

Hirsch Selection represents a hand-picked series of single barrel whiskies chosen expressly for connoisseurs of small batch fine spirits. This spectacular 20 year-old Illinois Whiskey is truly worthy of the Hirsch Selection name. This American Whiskey was distilled from Bourbon Mash and left to age in used cooperage (oak barrels previously used for maturing spirits), a production totaling 120 casks, too few to support a standard bottling. No one could foresee when the whiskey was stowed away on February 27, 1987, that these secreted casks in Illinois would turn out to be this classic American treasure some two decades later. Preiss Imports is proud to add Hirsch Selection 20 Year-Old American Whiskey alongside its ancestors and contemporaries: the Hirsch 16 Year-Old Bourbon and 25 Year-Old Kentucky Rye. Be sure to keep a bottle with your collection of exceptional spirits. -- back label

Meet Robin Nance - National Brand Amabassador of Auchentoshan

Single Malt Scotch Tasting - open house
Meet Robin Nance - National Brand Ambassador

Tuesday August 2nd from 5:30pm until 7pm

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Open house, reservations are not required, 
but let us know you are coming on facebook and share it with your friends

Robin Nance, Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch,
National Brand Ambassador

Robin, or Nancy to her colleagues at Beam Suntory, is unusual. She reins as the National Ambassador for Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch. She earned her bartending chops back when drinks were blue and bartenders first aspired to be Tom Cruise, which led her to the role of Director of Operations for Bowery Street Enterprises, a restaurant

When not on duty Robin works as her dog Lu's personal Instagramographer and enjoys listening to music on large plastic disks.
Robin likes to keep fit by walking and chewing gum at the same time

Since it is St. Louis Craft Beer Week --
we decided to add a beer table to the event also...
Tuesday August 2nd from 5:30pm until 7pm

  • Harviestoun Ola Dubh Aged in 12 Year Old Highland Park Scotch Casks
  • Harviestoun Ola Dubh Aged in 18 Year Old Highland Park Scotch Casks
  • Kasteel Trignac XII - Tripel Aged in Cognac Barrels
  • Hanssens Lambic Experimental Cassis
  • 4 Hands Constellation Falconer's Flight
  • Kriek de Jacobins
  • Cuvee des Jacobins

Bonus Round - we will taste it tonight at 5:30 also.

It will also be available for sale 1 per person during the event at Forsyth.

Deschutes Black Butte XXVIII...$14.99 / 22oz 
Imperial Porter brewed with cocoa, vanilla, peated malt and sweet orange peel with 50% aged for 12 months in bourbon and scotch barrels
Every year, we celebrate our anniversary with an imperial, barrel-aged version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment and they always add some fun new ingredients to this beer like chilies, cranberries, figs and other such treats. This year, to celebrate 28 years of brewing, they’ve added the interesting mix of ingredients above for another multi-layered flavor experience.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

In stock now - 

The wait is over --

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Rated 96/100 RateBeer
Rated 99/100 RateBeer in it's style
A full-bodied, deep reddish amber beer made with pumpkin and butternut squash and spiced with nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Celebrate the bounty of harvest with this rich, malty ale and invoke the season of plenty.

Monk's Cafe Flemish Red in CANS

Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Red...$12.99 / 4pk CANS
"As Belgian beer lovers, you certainly know about the famous restaurant-bar in Philadelphia with the name Monk’s Café. This restaurant is known all over the USA as one of the best places to find an extensive selection of Belgian beers, and also great food cooked in Belgian beer. The owner Tom Peters is one of the many people who fell in love years ago with Belgian beer, and one of the few who had the passion and tenacity to learn all about it. He goes at least four times per year to Belgium, to emerge himself in the Belgian beer culture, to revisit his favorite bars (for example Brugge – De Garre) and restaurants (for example: ‘t Hommelhof in Watou), and to talk with as many brewers as possible. All his “Belgian” experience is translated in the concept, selection and menu of his famous restaurant. Go there
So, in 2002 he finally had the opportunity, and the courage to convince the Van Steenberge brewery to bottle its famous ‘BIOS - Vlaamse Bourgogne’ under private label for him. The Flemish Burgundy of the Van Steenberge brewery is an OLD BROWN in style, aged in oak, and is one of the oldest brews made by the brewery, at least brewed for over 300 years. Tom Peters knew the beer since long, but had always trouble to find some bottles, even in Belgium. Indeed, the beer is only brewed once a year. A final tasting of a whole line of Belgian Old Browns in the Brugs Beertje bar (Brugge) tilted the decision: this is the best Old brown ale in the world! And Tom went to the brewery to see Mr. Paul Van Steenberge and Mr. Jef Versele, the owners of the brewery." -- importer

Great Divide Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saiso

Great Divide Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison...$11.99 / 4pk 12oz
Nadia Kali is an inspired saison with cross-cultural influence. Nadia’s ruby pink glow comes from a generous infusion of hibiscus, while ginger root gives it a subtle spice and hint of woodsy maturity, and lemon peel adds a citrus tartness to keep you on your toes. Full of complexity and intrigue, this unfiltered beauty will show you just how deceiving looks can be..

ABV: 6.3%

Becks Oktoberfest

Becks Oktoberfest....$7.99 / 6 pack

(originally brewed in Germany, not brewed here in STL)
This seasonal specialty is brewed in limited quantities. Beck’s brewmasters create the distinctive, malty-sweet, amber-colored brew so people throughout the world can celebrate the season popularly known in Germany as Oktoberfest

Goose Island Oktoberfest is here!

Goose Island Oktoberfest...$7.99 / 6pk
Brewer's Notes: Brewed in the traditional Märzen style our Oktoberfest pours a brilliant copper over rose color with a bone white head. Notes of toffee and burnt sugar in the aroma and flavors of sweet dried apricots are delivered in a dry malty body with the mild earthy bitterness that is the hallmark of Hallertau hops. 

Spaten Oktoberfest

Spaten Oktoberfest Beer...$8.99 / 6 pack
World’s First Oktoberfest Beer
The beer of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest: aromatic, savoury, gold-colored.
Alcohol by volume: 5.9%

New Golden Road from L.A.

Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds IPA...$9.49 / 4pk 16oz Cans
ABV: 8.0%
IBU: 80
Malts: 2-Row, Golden Promise, Malted Rye
Hops: Columbus, Chinook, CTZ
Gold in color, this full-bodied IPA is a balanced showcase of the majestic hop specie, in Latin, Humulus Lupulus, which translates “Wolf Among Weeds”. At 8%, Wolf will sneak up on you from behind the dank earthy hop notes and subtle rye spice.

Golden Road Wolf Pup Session IPA...$9.99 / 6pk

ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 50
Malts: 2-Row, Maris Otter, Malted Rye, Crisp Dextrin Malt
Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Equinox, Mosaic, and Galaxy
Hoppy and refreshing, Wolf Pup is our riff on a Session IPA. Highly drinkable with a wildly aromatic tropical and citrus character, it’s the perfect companion to keep on sippin’ for those long, sunny days.

New from Breckenridge

Breckenridge Brewery Lane Series Imperial White IPA...$11.99 / 750ml
We built our new home on Brewery Lane in Littleton, Colorado, to cultivate creativity and nurture innovation. The Brewery Lane Series captures the essence of our ambition. These special hand-crafted ales are bold and adventurous. Imperial White IPA offers flavors of honey, clove and banana from its Belgian yeast. Subtle wheat flavor is in harmony with lemongrass, which adds a hint of citrus. Citra and Amarillo hops impart pleasant hop flavor and aromas of tropical fruit and pine.
Strong, balanced, flavorful.  Welcome to Brewery Lane.

Breckenridge Mango Mosaic Tropical Pale Ale...$8.99 / 6 pack
Mosaic hops naturally give off aromas of guava and mango, lending a unique sweetness to the hop character of this pale ale. To build upon the tropical attributes of the hops, we've added a healthy dose of mango. Mango Mosaic Pale Ale is a well-balanced montage of fruit flavors, fresh aromas, and refreshingly crisp goodness.

Breckenridge Agave Wheat....$8.99 / 6pk
Agave complements the refreshingly light quality of our wheat and adds a subtle note of flavor that expands this beer’s uplifting taste profile. It is familiar, yet creative.
Beer Style: American Unfiltered Wheat Ale with Agave
Flavor: Light, refreshing, yet interesting
Yeast: American Wheat
Malts: Pale, White Wheat, Torrified Wheat, Carapils, Caramel, Munich
Hops: Fuggle, Cascade, Willamette

10 Barrel Pineapple Passion Fruit Summer Ale

10 Barrel Pineapple Passion Fruit Summer Ale...$8.99 / 6pk

Piña is a light easy drinking Summer Ale made with pineapple and passion fruit. The perfect beer to run away with on those warm Summer days.