Saturday, September 12, 2020

Funhouse - POG Smoothie

Sudwerk Brewing Funhouse - POG Smoothie....$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
The Fun House series are limited runs of small batch releases featuring a rotating blend of freshly fruited kettle sour brews. Collect each limited release to compare and spot the differences on each label. Remember...we don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing! ​

Beer Stats
  • ABV: 6%
  • IBU: 5
  • MALTS: Pale, Amber, Lactose
  • HOPS: Mandarina
  • YEAST: House Lager Strain
  • Dosed with Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava & Vanilla

Sudwerk Brewing Big City Bustle Hazy DIPA

Sudwerk Brewing Big City Bustle Hazy DIPA...$15.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Beer Stats
  • ABV: 8%
  • IBU: 15
  • MALTS: Pale, Munich & Oats
  • YEAST: London-3 Ale Strain
  • HOPS: El Dorado, Galaxy & Citra ​

Kyoto Japanese Gin

Kyoto Distillery Ki No Green Tea Gin...$59.99
Ki No Tea has an exclusive blend of the finest Tencha and Gyokuro green tea from Uji as its heart., created in collaboration with Horii Schichimeien, a tea grower and blender founded during the Meiji era in 1879

Kyota Ki No Bi Kyota Dry Gin...$59.99
Welcome to The Kyoto Distillery,
Japan’s first dedicated artisanal gin distillery. We’re located in Minami-Ku, in the south part of Kyoto City, close to the Fushimi region, famed for hundreds of years for its production of delicious nihon-shu (Japanese sake).
Our aim is simple: we want to produce the best dry gin that we can,
utilising local botanicals wherever possible. We want every element of our final product to be completely authentic, from the local sourcing of the ingredients through to the designand craftsmanship of the packaging.
Our journey to bringing this first bottling of KI NO BI to you has been fascinating and educational and has thrown up a myriad of exciting possibilities for future products and collaborations.

The first Japanese gin made in Kyoto.
KI NO BI (‘The Beauty of the Seasons’) is inspired by tradition and is distilled, blended and bottled in Kyoto. Our gin is made in a recognisable dry style but with a distinct Japanese accent. KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin is created with Japanese botanicals such as yellow yuzu from the north of Kyoto Prefecture, hinoki wood chips (Japanese cypress), bamboo, gyokuro tea from the Uji region and green sanshō (Japanese peppercorn) berries. Bottled at 45.7% ABV, KI NO BI uses a rice spirit base and peerless water sourced in the famous sake–brewing district, Fushimi.

Mastering not only the science of distillation as others have done before, but also the age-old art of blending, we separate the botanicals in our gin into six different categories: Base, Citrus, Tea, Herbal, Spice and Floral and distil each category individually. Then we blend them in perfect balance and create the distinct KI NO BI flavour.

Prairie Artisan Ales Slush

Prairie Artisan Ales Slush...$10.99 / 4pk
Sour Ale with Strawberry, Raspberry, Lemon, and Lime

Jeppson's Bourbon

Jeppson's Bourbon....$19.99

A blend of 4 year old Straight Bourbon whiskeys
Non Chilled Filtered

Jeppson’s Malört...$18.99
Jeppson’s Malört is Chicago’s local beskbrännvin — a style of bitter, wormwood-based, Swedish schnapps. First developed during medieval times for its supposed medicinal benefits, it’s traditionally associated with the farms of Skåne, in Sweden, where wormwood grows wild. In the early 1900s, it was the most ubiquitous drink in Sweden and accompanied the nearly 1 million Swedes who immigrated to the U.S. during that period. One of those immigrants was a man from Ystad, Skåne named Carl Jeppson.

During Prohibition, Mr. Jeppson was into the business of producing legal “medicinal alcohol,” and sold his brand of besk bar-to-bar. After repeal, Malört was a staple of every Swedish bar on Clark St and by that time he had sold his recipe to Bielzoff Products Co., a Chicago distillery. George Brode, Bielzoff owner, helped push Jeppson’s Malört beyond its Swedish origins by introducing it to Chicago’s Polish population, who in turn introduced it to the rest of Chicago.

Through the decades, Jeppson’s Malört has been thought of as a rite of passage and even a purported hangover cure. But we think it is more than that — Jeppson’s Malört is a drink that has helped define the Chicago bar experience. So, join us for a shot, or a cocktail! As George Brode used to say- “You may not like the first, but after the second shot, you’ll be ours forever!” Skål!

Yuzugin Japanese Gin

Kyoya Yuzugin Japanese Gin...$64.99
A well-balanced, dry gin made from a base of sweet potato shochu resulting in extra body and a touch of sweetness that is balanced by the bright, tart notes from the yuzu, exotic citrus, and sansho pepper from the locally sourced botanicals. The locally sourced and very rare citrus fruit, hyuganatsu and hebess, give YUZUGIN a remarkably unique flavor profile.

Bursting with notes of juicy, sweet citrus, playful spice, and earthy complexity.
This artisanal gin is perfect served straight up with tonic water or mixed in cocktails, such as a gin & tonic or gimlet, and is a refreshing alternative to dry gin.

Michael Ballard's Full Throttle S'loonshine Platinum Batch

We just scored 24 bottles at an amazing closeout price!!

Michael Ballard's Full Throttle S'loonshine Platinum Batch...$5.99
was $25.99
Michael grew up and went to school in the little town of Trimble, TN. It was a great place to raise kids--so his mom says. Michael was...well let's just say...full of life. The chief of police and Trimble judge called Michael: little Al Capone. At the age of 12 Michael was sneaking into the back of the Silver Dollar Cafe. This is where his interest for liquor started. The owner of the bar, Lewis Drummond, sometimes would want to throw Michael out because he was so young but Michael's uncle, Ralph Alford, was the bars number one customer and would tell Lewis to, "leave that boy alone."
Everybody within four counties used to come to Trimble to visit the Silver Dollar and that's where Michael's fascination with alcohol started. He would hang out and watch older people come into the bar, (I should hope so he was only 12) sit down with friends, and start drinking.
It was amazing what drinking did to them from Michael's point of view. They would go from being normal to getting real happy then loud to dancing. Michael still remembers family members going from drinking together to fighting each other back to drinking together. "It's all in a good time," is what Ralph would tell Michael. So from that point Michael wanted to be in the liquor business.
His first step, which was a huge one, was building the world's largest biker bar the Full Throttle Saloon. Now the Full Throttle Saloon is a house hold name (as seen on TruTV) and he plans to do the same with his Full Throttle S'loonshine (an authentic Tennessee Moonshine)
Michael, like a lot of people, had to leave Trimble to make his living but it's great that he is returning back to his hometown to build his moonshine distillery. It's also great how all the people of Trimble have welcomed him back. This will bring lots of tourists to Trimble and put some of the small town people to work. The distillery is set to open for business in the Fall of 2013 but the moonshine will hit the stores this June (2012). If you do not see it in your liquor stores or bars, ask for it!

2nd Shift Chico's Revenge

2nd Shift Chico's Revenge...$8.99 / 12 oz bottle

Imperial Milk Stout aged in Buffalo Trace and Willett Bourbon Barrels.
1 per person

2nd Shift Bourbon Barrel Aged Liquid Spiritual Delight

2nd Shift Bourbon Barrel Aged Liquid Spiritual Delight....$12.99 / 12oz
Liquid Spiritual Delight is our chewy, chocolatey imperial stout that we've aged in unrinsed bourbon barrels.
11.5% ABV

2nd Shift / Are Bryggompagni Kristina

1 per person!

2nd Shift / Are Bryggompagni Kristina...$9.99 / 12oz bottle
A blend of Swedish and American Wild yeasts.
6% ABV
This beer spent 1 year in neutral wine barrels and is soft, funky and lovely. A name that is especially important to our Swedish buddies. We hope you enjoy the product of this wonderful long distance friendship.

2nd Shift Black Noise Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

2nd Shift Black Noise Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$12.99 / 12oz
9.4% stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

Rebel Yell Wheated Bourbon

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon 80 proof...$13.99 / 750ml
Compare to $17.99 at Total Wine and More in St. Louis

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon 80 proof...$18.99 / Liter Bottle

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon 80 proof...$24.99 / 1.75ltr
Compare to $29.99 at Total Wine and More in St. Louis

40% ALC/VOL / 80 PROOF
The original mischief-maker. Made from our time-honored recipe, this whiskey packs a punch with a defiantly smooth body and full flavor.

Black Maple Hill

Very limited release!

online reservations only now - while they last

Black Maple Hill Oregon Bourbon Whiskey...$79.99
47.5% ABV

Black Maple Hill Oregon Rye Whiskey....$79.99

47.5% ABV

And the #2 Wine of the Year 2019!

2015 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder....$117.99
Youthfully compact, with tightly wound black currant, bitter plum and dark blueberry notes, this needs time to meld with the charcoal, bay leaf and tar streaks, but the mouthwatering cut on the finish suggests that won’t be a problem. Offers a long echo of juniper at the end. Best from 2023 through 2040.
Rated 96/100 Wine Spectator
And the #2 Wine of the Year 2019!

George Remus & Rossville Union Zoom Tasting with MGP Master Blender Sam Schmeltzer

George Remus & Rossville Union Zoom Tasting with MGP Master Blender Sam Schmeltzer.
Wednesday, September 23rd

Time 6:30-7:30pm

Purchase a minimum of one bottle to be included in the zoom tasting
Pick any one of the Remus whiskies below and we’ll email you the Zoom invite.

George Remus / TWCP Single Barrel Bourbon Cask Strength...$52.99
Barreled 2014 ( about 6 years old)
Proof 125.7
Yield was only 96 bottles
Mash Bill: 36% rye, 60% corn, and 4% barley

Rossville Union/TWCP Single Barrel Rye Bottled in Bond $43.99
Barrelled 2015 (5 years)
Proof 100
Yield 225 bottles
Mash Bill 51% rye, 45% corn, and 4% barley

George Remus Repeal Reserve IV Straight Bourbon..$75.99
Barrelled 2008
Proof 100
77% Mash Bill #1-75% corn, 21% rye, 4% Barley
23% Mash Bill #2-60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley

Mason Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Great Value!!

2018 Mason Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc...$11.99
Compare to $31.49 at Total Wine and More
A pretty lemongrass overtone accents the lime Jell-O, apple and pear flavors at the core, with a light, crisp frame. Drink now. 7,500 cases made. — MW
Rated 88/100 The Wine Spectator
Our Mason 2018 Sauvignon Blanc greets the nose with tropical fruit, figs, and honey. The palate offers creamy pear and fig flavors before giving way to a long, lingering, bright finish with hints of grapefruit. This wine is a stunner with extraordinary mouthfeel and texture. -- Winery

Friday, September 11, 2020

Babs Pinot Noir from Adam Lee and The Wine and Cheese Place

A collaboration between John Wagner, Adam Lee and The Wine and Cheese Place
Only 92 cases produced.   

This wine is quite amazing and at $30 it is a steal!  

It could easily be a $50-60 dollar Pinot Noir
2019 Babs Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir...$29.99
This brand is a partnership between Sonoma County Winemaker Adam Lee and Santa Barbara County vineyard owner John Wagner. This inaugural bottling begins with aromas of baked black plum, star anise and cinnamon, leading into a palate of hefty mulberry, wild berry, grilled meat and purple flowers. The acidity penetrates throughout
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

A four barrel blend of Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County, Babs is a collaborative effort between The Wine and Cheese Place and Pinot Noir legend Adam Lee of Clarice Wine Company and previously Siduri. Juicy red fruits dominate the nose, with subtle notes of umami and sandalwood. The palate reveals a fruitier side, with notes of bing cherry and pomegranate at the forefront. Bright acidity and minerality are balanced by partial whole cluster fermentation, and a small amount of new oak creating a long juicy finish. Fruit for the project was sourced exclusively from cooler blocks of the Sierra Madre and Peake Ranch Vineyards located in the Santa Maria and Sta. Rita Hills Appellations. A beautiful representation of central coast Pinot Noir!

The Blending Session

We did a zoom tasting and blending with Adam Lee with the barrel samples!

Our goal was to showcase the sophistication of Adam's wines while making an approachable blend that our customers would enjoy in every setting, with or without food. We began our blending session by tasting five distinct barrels; each had its own personality.

Barrel #1 was jammier than the others and very juicy. 
Barrel #2 was similar to the first, but with stronger structure and balance. 
Barrel #3 had wonderful umami flavors. 
Barrel #4 had a strong backbone and fresh notes of cranberry and cherry. 
Barrel #5 was bold and spicy.

After mixing and tasting many blends, we decided on a combination of Barrels #2 (structure/balance), #4 (acidity/berry flavors), and #5 (spicy notes). It was a great experience that yielded a fantastic wine!

Greg Norman Cabernet Merlot Limestone Coast

2017 Greg Norman Cabernet Merlot Limestone Coast...$9.99
Compare to $12.79 at Total Wine and More

The wine opens with vibrant aromas of blackberry, blueberry, brown spice and light vanilla notes while the palate is layered with hints of violets, clove and ripe, juicy berries.

2015 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

A 95 Point Cabernet from one of Napa's most iconic Vineyards
2015 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon....$54.99
Compare to Total Wine and More at $69.99
A dense, succulent wine, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon captures all the raw power and density of the year. The 2015 is just starting to soften, but ideally it needs another few years in bottle to be at its finest. Readers should expect an especially opulent style, and yet the 2015 has more than enough depth to drink well for another 15+ years or more.
Rated 95/100 Vinous Media