Thursday, December 3, 2020

Heavy Riff Dear Agony TWCP Barrels

Heavy Riff / TWCP Dear Agony Knob Creek 15 year Old Barrels!
It is rough sometimes being patient!  But patience can be rewarding!  Back in October of 2019, Heavy Riff grabbed two freshly dumped Knob Creek 15 Year Old Barrels from The Wine and Cheese Place. After ageing their famous and sought after Dear Agony Stout in them for over a year, they are being bottled this week! I got a chance to go taste them today! Initially the plan was to blend and make one bottling, but based on how different each barrel ended up tasting, Heavy Riff is going to bottle each barrel separately!  
We will have two separate Dear Agony Stouts to release.

We will release it through the BRC - Beer Reward Club.
Based on the last 6 month purchases through Friday December 11th at 7pm.
Emails will go out Saturday Morning December 12th
Double points for all Heavy Riff beer purchases!

In stock now.  More beers should be arriving early next week, like a new batch of Velvet Underground.

Heavy Riff Love Gun Vanilla Cream Ale...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
4.6% ABV 10.0 IBU Vanilla Cream Ale
A light crisp medium-bodied Ale with an intense vanilla aroma and smooth mouthfeel.

Heavy Riff Runnin' Riot IPA....$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
IPA - American / 6.4% ABV / 55 IBU
With all the haze craze, the traditional IPA has almost been forgotten. It's been a while for us as well. Runnin' Riot West Coast IPA features Citra and Columbus hops.

Heavy Riff Ole St. Lou...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Lager - American / 4.8% ABV / 25 IBU
Ole St. Lou Premium Craft Lager is named after the song "Ole St. Lou" by Mama's Pride who's 6ft x 6ft replica 1976 album "Updown Lowdown" hangs in the taproom. This 1976 replica painting hanging in the brewery is a part of St. Louis music history.

Nightmare Brewing

Nightmare Brewing Blood Eagle Sour...$4.49 / 16oz can
Scandinavian-Style Sour Ale. Brewed with Lingonberries, Hawthorn Berries, Cloudberries, Strawberry, Plum, Pear and Tart Cherries.
7.5 ABV

Nightmare Brewing Exposure Double IPA dry Hopped...$5.29 / pint can
10.1% DOUBLE IPA DRY HOPPED with 100% Cryo* Mosaic and Citra. *Cryogenic process of preserving essential oils and resins at extremely low temperatures. Earthy herbal notes push through the boozy nose, until a presence of star fruit, honeydew and nectarine pit make themselves known. Initial cold hop bite of pine quickly dissapates to a balanced malt body, candied mandarin rind, strawberry jam and key lime zest.
Practitioners of FALUN GONG (a qigong meditation focused on moral philosophy, energetic exercises, breathing and promoting living in harmony) were perceived as a threat by the Chinese Communist Regime.
Since 1999 members were thrown into ‘re-education through labor” camps where they either renounced their beliefs or became victims of torture, organ harvesting and execution. Apart from forcing prisoners to lay face down in snow, throwing buckets of water on them in -20 degree environments and having them stand almost naked tied to a tree in Winter for 12 hour periods, EXPOSURE (also known as freezing torture) had been the governments favored form of persecution. In one instance, a woman on hunger strike, was chained to a tree in Winter. They returned the next day to find an icicle formed from her nose to her feet.
as of 2009, it’s estimated that at least 2,000 members had been tortured to death.
Pairs well with :
Ovid’s Withering -
“Panikon Deima”

Bill E's Small Batch Bacon

Bill E. Small Batch Bacon...$14.99 / 1 pound
"When Berkshire Red pigs and Chantilly White pigs get together, magic happens." — Bill E
Heavy heavy, thick kosher salt, brown sugar with real molasses, and then I use a pink curing salt with no nitrates. (FYI, that’s sodium nitrite, not nitrate). That's required, because that's what America's looking for right now. And that's it. Nothing else.”

Could Bill E’s small batch bacon become the next Benton’s?
SCOTT GOLD - Extra Crispy
There was a moment during my adventure at the World Food Championships that I’ll never forget. One of my fellow judges, an amazingly friendly grillmaster named Michael McDearman, struck up a conversation with me once we’d completed our official duties as bacon judges. After telling him a little bit about my very fortunate life as a Bacon Critic, he said, rather matter of factly, “There’s someone you need to meet.” Intrigued, I followed him over to the event’s “Tasting Village,” where he introduced me to William “Bill E” Stitt, chef and proprietor of the Old 27 Grill in Fairhope, Alabama, not too far from Mobile.

Stitt (“the second T is silent,” he noted) fashions his own brand of porcine goodness from the humble Fairhope roadhouse, a charming, wooden joint out on the verdant Alabama Highway 181. He was there that day to demo his bacon, which my new buddy Michael said “is absolutely going to be the next Benton’s.” And if you’re familiar with Benton's—beloved for years now by top chefs for their brilliant country hams and, naturally, bacon—you’ll know that this is not a small boast.

After trying Bill E’s bacon, however, that boast didn’t seem so outlandish. This is some lovingly, painstakingly handcrafted stuff that literally made me moan in porky, smoky ecstasy—and this, mind you, was after I tasted ten rounds of bacon dishes that morning.

What makes Bill E’s bacon so jaw-droppingly good? Here’s where the piggy mastery lies:

It all starts with the hogs
According to Stitt, “What I'm looking for is a combination of Pure Rock Red and Chantilly White pigs. I like that good mix of hog, and I like that I can get them to the weight I desire. They come from small family farms, sometimes third or fourth generation, in Southern Iowa and Southern Illinois. And I'm really pleased with the quality of the product I get... when I get it, it was slaughtered that day or the day before. And when they arrive on the truck, they're not even stored anywhere; they immediately go into the cure that day. I get the whole bellies, guaranteed to come from the same hog, and with absolutely nothing done to them.

“A lot of people pick on me and say, ‘Bill E, why don't you use Alabama hogs?’ And I learned a whole lot about the hogs by spending a lot of time on the farms and with the farmers. Back when I was in Yazoo City, Mississippi, as a kid, I was in 4H raising hogs. It's not that I'm against getting hogs from Alabama, but I've just never been able to find the quality premium protein in the quantity that I'm looking for. It's the same reason I don't buy Wisconsin oysters. I want my pigs to come from where the feed is.”

The cure is super simple
“It's very traditional,” Bill E says “Heavy heavy, thick kosher salt, brown sugar with real molasses, and then I use a pink curing salt with no nitrates. (FYI, that’s sodium nitrite, not nitrate). That's required, because that's what America's looking for right now. And that's it. Nothing else.”

There’s science behind the smoke
“It’s all about hickory,” according to Stitt. “That's where it all started. Just one smoke. It has nothing to do with time, and everything to do with temperature. The hickory doesn't give it too much smoke. You know, people will talk about smoke levels from one to ten, and when you start to get to six and a half, seven and above, you're starting to lose that pork, and I want the pork to stand out. So that's what I get from hickory. I don't cremate it.”

It’s been sung to (really)
“We make our bacon right behind the stage at the Grill, so therefore it's 'serenaded by songwriters.' When I opened up the Old 27, I built a little room in the back where I could perfect my recipes, my smokes, and cures, and eventually came up with a product that's second to none. I just really want to offer a great traditional protein that chefs are going to look at and say, 'I want this on the center of the plate.' I don't want it on top of a burger... I want a burger on top of it! ... That’s my ultimate goal: bacon being on the center of the plate, not just on top or wrapped around something.”

Or, as Bill E is noted to say, “Give the L and T an inferiority complex on your next BLT.”

Consider me sold.

Two Knob Creek Single Barrels

TWCP did not select these single barrels.

We scored 60 bottles of Longhorn Steakhouse Barrel pick.   Distributor asked if we wanted them and we said yes!

Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Longhorn 14+ years old...$46.99
  • Barrelled 06/13/05
  • Bottled 10/21/2019
  • 120 proof
  • 14+ Years Old

Knob Creek Single Barrel Missouri Selection 9+ Years Old...$46.99
Single Barrel "Selected four our Missouri customers"
Barrelled 02/09/11
Bottled 7/14/2020
120 proof
9+ years old

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Boulevard / 3 Floyds Deep Flux Barleywine.

Boulevard / 3 Floyds Deep Flux Barleywine...$13.99 /4pk 12oz bottles
DEEP (adj) extending far down from the top or surface.
FLUX (n) describes something that constantly changes
A while back, we took our friends at 3 Floyds on a long strange trip down a deep, dark hallway past thousands of our bourbon, rum, tequila, and red wine barrels. We stopped to rest next to a collection of rye whiskey and Madeira wine casks, and after a few beers, we agreed that, yes, these were the chosen ones. A couple more beers and we heard them tell us they wanted to be filled with barleywine – and when barrels speak, we listen.

Deep Flux is a unique, pale barleywine that pours a rich auburn color with aromas of brown sugar, oak, and dark stone fruit. This malty brew is beautifully complimentary of its barrel aging, which spent 100% of its process in wood barrels and broke down into 60% in rye whiskey barrels and 40% in Madeira wine casks. The end result for Deep Flux is a big and boisterous barleywine with resplendent flavors of rye, Madeira, and oak lurking in the barrels.
We think you’ll agree that this beer is far from ordinary.

TWCP barrels of Dear Agony

Heavy Riff / TWCP Dear Agony Knob Creek 15 year Old Barrels!
It is rough sometimes being patient!  But patience can be rewarding!  Back in October of 2019, Heavy Riff grabbed two freshly dumped Knob Creek 15 Year Old Barrels from The Wine and Cheese Place. After ageing their famous and sought after Dear Agony Stout in them for over a year, they are being bottled this week! I got a chance to go taste them today! Initially the plan was to blend and make one bottling, but based on how different each barrel ended up tasting, Heavy Riff is going to bottle each barrel separately!  
We will have two separate Dear Agony Stouts to release very soon!

Watch for more release details in the next couple of days.

While they they made me taste some other beers :)
Dear Agony in 1792 barrel, 4 Roses barrel and 4 Roses Espresso variant. Also tasted their collab with 2nd Shift the Grand Collusion Orange/Choco Stout. Also tasted Oh Cherry, Fouder Fafa and a few others.

Great afternoon with Heavy Riff! Thanks to the Heavy Riff family!
He scored a few bottles to take home!

Bourbon Barrel Aged Prairie

Limited - 2 bottles each per person!

Prairie Artisan Ales - Barrel Aged Mocha Noir...$11.99/ 12oz bottle
Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout with Coffee

Prairie Artisan Ales - Bourbon Paradise....$11.99 / 12oz bottle 
Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout with Coconut and Vanilla

Prairie Artisan Ales - Bourbon Barrel Aged Weekend...$11.99 / 12oz  bottle
Bourbon Barrel aged with Cacao nibs, toasted coconut, marshmallow flavor and Vanilla

Perennial Abraxas Stout


Back in stock

Perennial Abraxas Stout...$19.99 / 750ml
An American Imperial Stout brewed to accentuate the sweet chocolate character and aged on Kakao cacao nibs, vanilla beans, freshly ground cinnamon sticks and ancho chile peppers. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Allkind Hard Kombucha Tropical Turmeric

From Odell Brewing - alcoholic Kombucha

Allkind Hard Kombucha Tropical Turmeric...$13.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
Pineapple, Turmeric, Passionfruit
6.5% ABV

Allkind Hard Kombucha Super Berry...$13.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
Blueberry, Acai, Elderberry
6.5% ABV

Brewed to be kind to ourselves, eachother, and the planet.

When we set out to make Allkind, we wanted to do it with kindness – A kombucha made with real organic ingredients and nothing artificial that’s brewed by real people whose passion for kombucha is steeped in tradition. We’re committed to making a real impact by giving back 1% of revenue to organizations that protect and support the planet.

Oskar Blues Death by Coconut Porter

Oskar Blues Death by Coconut Porter....$10.99 / 4pk
Bittersweet chocolate flavor comes together with raw, desiccated coconut and a malt bill based around Simpson's Extra Dark Crystal. The result is a rich, dessert-y flavor with a light, approachable mouthfeel.

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$18.99 / 4pk cans
Big, bad, and barrel-aged, this Imperial Stout camped out for four seasons in Bourbon Whiskey oak barrels before reaching absolute perfection. Aromas of molasses and vanilla mix with flavors of dark chocolate, espresso beans and roasted barley to bring you a bold yet smooth finish that leaves a hint of toasty bourbon goodness.

KC Cider

Kansas City Cider!
The use all Missouri Apples!

KC Cider Hop-Infused Cider So Hopped Right Now...$3.29 / 375ml bottle
Dry hopped with a blend of Azacca, Comet, and Mandarina Bavaria to bring out notes of citrus and tropical fruit, this hop-infused cider has the look and feel of a New England style IPA without the grain bill. Craft beer aficionados can get down with this hot little potato, but don't be fooled! It's an off-dry, hop-infused cider with the unique characteristics you've come to expect from your friends at KC Cider Co.

KC Cider The Scout Dry Cider...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

Here at KC Cider Co, we’ve been making dry, unfiltered, fresh-pressed ciders from the beginning, and we use this cider to showcase the unique characteristics of Missouri apples. We go out of our way to do as little as possible, not because we’re lazy, but because we want these apples to speak for themselves. The result is a pure, fruity, and bone-dry cider that changes with every batch. Every apple comes from local orchardists who carry the tradition of curated perfection for which the Missouri valley is known. drink and enjoy. from your friends in Kansas city, the Paris of the plains
Bone Dry (but has a great presentation of sweetness due to the balance of acid and tannin in MO apples)
7.5% ABV
Smooth, fruity, light bodied

KC Cider Co. Rose Hard Cider...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
This is far from basic. Crisp and refreshing, made for the vibrant and adventurous. Best enjoyed in a rosé tulip glass or straight out of the bottle. We don’t judge
Infused with Hibiscus and Wine Tannin to give you a beautiful, balanced, off-dry rosé style cider 7.5% ABV

KC Cider Co. Barrel Aged Cider...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
At KC Cider Co, we let everything ferment at a slow, natural pace, and age them as long as it takes to develop their natural complexities. HBC is aged and infused with honey and saigon cinnamon, giving you a warm and balanced experience. 7.5% ABV

4 Hands Cookie Beer

4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout Cookie Beer...$21.99 / 9 pk 16oz cans
Limit 1 - 9pk per person

Monday, November 30, 2020

Maker's Mark Private Select TWCP #3

Maker's Mark Private Select TWCP #3

TWCP Batch #3 - coming this Friday!
Stay tuned!  Will post online when it arrives!

Here is the recipe selected by Dillon for batch #3
  • 4 P2 - Baked American pure #2
  • 2 seared French cuvée
  • 1 Makers 46
  • 2 roasted French mocha
  • 1 toasted French spice

These were are previous two batches (both sold out)
TWCP Batch #1
4 - P2 Staves 
1 - Cu - French Cuvee Stave
1 - Makers Mark 46
2 - Mocha stave
2 - Spice French staves

TWCP Batch #2
5 - P2 Staves
2 - Cu - French Cuvee Stave
0 - Makers Mark 46
1 - Mocha stave
2 - Spice French staves

Here is the description of the staves. Each stave is different oak and different toasting methods and degrees.

P2 - stave
Name: Baked American Pure 2
Wood: American Oak
Toast: Low and slow in convection oven
Cut: Classic

Cu - Stave
Name: Seared French Cuvee
Wood: French Oak
Toast: Infrared
Cut: With ridges or ruffles

46 Stave
Name: Makers 46 stave
Wood: French Oak
Toast: seared, infrared toasting
Cut: Classic

Mocha Stave
Name: Roasted French Mocha
Wood: French Oak
Toast: Cooked high in a convection oven
Cut: Classic

Sp stave
Name: Toasted French Spice
Wood: French Oak
Toast: High and Low in a Convection oven
Cut: Classic

Sunday, November 29, 2020

TWCP WhistlePig Single Barrels 10yr and 15yr

Our Single Barrels of WhistlePig are here!

WhistlePig / TWCP 10 Year Old Single Barrel Rye...$84.99
  • 112.7 proof
  • Aged 10 Years
  • 240 bottles produced
  • Barrel Number 72349
  • Barrel Selected by The Wine and Cheese Place

WhistlePig / TWCP 15 Year Old Single Barrel Rye...$269.99
  • 116.5 proof
  • Aged 15 years
  • 132 bottles produced
  • Barrel Number 2482
  • Barrel Selected by The Wine and Cheese Place

Black Friday Sales!

Our Forsyth location is open today !  

Sunday 10am-3pm

We decided to extend these sales one more day!

sorry, Forsyth only. 

In store only
No reservations
Subject to stock on hand

Highland Park Magnus 50ml at .99 each ==
$14.85 if you by 15 of them which is the same as buying a full 750ml bottle!
a 750ml sells for $31.99
this is half price!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Left Hand Brewing Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Left Hand Brewing Peanut Butter Milk Stout...$9.99 / 6pk cans
Rich milk chocolate notes team up with peanut buttery perfection for a deliciously dark duo.
Rhythm and Blues. Batman and Robin. Peanut Butter and Chocolate. These classic duos never go out of style. Enter Peanut Butter Milk Stout. We took the pure milk chocolate bliss of our classic Milk Stout and added peanut buttery goodness. It’s like an adult peanut butter cup you can drink. It’s rich and decadent on the palate and lusciously lingers into a nutty, dry finish. A perfect pair you’ll want to share.

Against the Grain / Upland Brewing Overcompensation DIPA

Against the Grain / Upland Brewing Overcompensation DIPA...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Upland thought they could be better than us. Bigger, faster, more souped-up. Turns out they are, but what they don’t have is our expert ability to shot gun beers with movie stars, wear crochet suits, commandeer strip clubs, AND make a bigger IPA. There we said it. Ours is better, so drink up.

Against the Grain Citra Ass Down...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Citra ass down and crush this beer!
This is a very hop forward American style IPA. Brewed with Pale, Vienna, Munich and wheat malt for a solid base for all American hops, focusing mainly on the variety “Citra.” Citra hops are a relatively new variety introduced in 2008. It was bred as a hybrid of a number of different hops, including Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, U.S. Tettnanger, East Kent Golding, Bavarian, Brewers Gold, and other unknown hops. The resulting hop, Citra, has a distinct citrusy and tropical fruit flavor and aroma. In Citra ass down we used American Columbus for bittering and 11# of Citra at the end of the boil for late kettle addition flavor and aroma. Then we added 6 more pounds Citra and 5# Centennial post fermention for aroma. Rebrewed for your tasting pleasure!

Against the Grain Brown Note...$10.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Caution: so good it WILL make you shit yourself!!!!
The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. You’ve reached the pinnacle. A healthy blend of traditional British malts give this popular style a semi-sweet, biscuity, slightly roasted flavor. Oats thicken the mouthfeel, and a handful of specialty malts add complex chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. The hops are mostly traditional, earthy British hops, but we cocked it up a bit with some Cascade late in the boil just to show those snooty Brits that we don’t approve of that Constitutional Monarchy crap.

St. George Spirits Single Malt Whiskey SM020

St. George Spirits Single Malt Whiskey SM020...$89.99
For 20 years now, St. George Single Malt Whiskey has been an American original: distilled, aged, blended, and bottled by us out of love for what a handcrafted single malt can be.

If you’ve tried any other St. George distillate, you owe it to yourself to taste the spirit that compelled master distiller Lance Winters to start distilling in the first place.

1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die says our whiskey “might just be the best U.S. single malt available today”—and by George, we agree.

Admiral Rodney Rum

Admiral Rodney HMS Princessa Rum...$54.99
Rated 92/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Fine and Mature Saint Lucia Rum

Admiral Rodney Princessa HMS Princessa was originally a Spanish vessel captured by the British in 1780 at the battle of Cape St. Vincent. Captained by Charles Knatchbull with Rear Admiral Francis Samuel Drake abroad, this 70 gun ship of the line was one of the first ships to engage the French in the Battle of the Saints. Fighting valiantly, the Princessa engaged the enemy throughout the battle and inspired us to create this rum which embodies power and integrity. Rum Blend: Admiral Rodney Princessa contains Coffey still rum pulled off lower sections of the still resulting in a robust and complex flavor profile. This rum is aged from 5-9 years in Bourbon and Port casks before being blended together by our Master Blender. Tasting Notes: Deep mahogany color with honeyed raisins on the nose and a hint of vanilla and tobacco. Sweet with intense brown sugar, crème brulee tones balanced by dry toasty oak. Complex finish with good oak integration, caramel, and tropical spice.

Admiral Rodney HMS Royal Rum...$73.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Extra Old Saint Lucia Rum

Admiral Rodney Royal Oak HMS Royal Oak was in the vanguard of ships to engage the French in the famoos Battle of the Saints. Captained by Thomas Burnett, the Royal Oak maneuvered skillfully and brought to bear all of her 74 guns on the enemy for the duration of the battle. With 8 men lost and 20 wounded, the Royal Oak played an integral role in the first skirmishes of the battle and encouraged us to create a rum of rarity, intensity, and boldness. Rum Blend: Admiral Rodney Royal Oak, the original Admiral Rodney blend, contains 7-12 year old Coffey still rum that has been aged exclusively in previously used Bourbon casks and blended to perfection. Tasting Notes: Bright amber color with a nose of prunes, raisin fruit, toasty oak and tropical spiced. Intense mouth-feel of sweet sultana fruit, tobacco, and chocolate, with vanilla from the oak. Complex finish with sweet fruit, caramel, and spice

Admiral Rodney HMS Formidable Rum...$92.99
TOP 100 SPIRITS 2020
Rated 96/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Rare Saint Lucia Rum
Admiral Rodney Formidable HMS Formidable was Admiral Rodney’s flagship in the famous Battle of the Saints. Formidable was in the center of the British fleet and took advantage of a sudden change of wind to “break the line” and sail into the French fleet unleashing her 98 guns on Admiral de Grasse’s ships. Fighting with gusto and courage, Formidable’s gallantry has inspired an exceptional rum that celebrates valor, honor, and service. Rum Blend: Admiral Rodney Formidable contains rums pulled exclusively from the lowest portion of the Coffey still possible resulting in a much heavier and more flavorful rum. These rums are then aged from 9-12 years in previously used Bourbon casks and expertly blended. Tasting Notes: Intense dark golden color with a nose of wonderful honeyed raisin fruit, spiced and vanilla. A complex palate of luscious sweet sultans fruit balanced with a toasty oak. Long finish to leave a lasting impression of the brilliance of great rum.

Pere Labat 8 Year Old Agricole Rhum Extra Vieux

Pere Labat 8 Year Old Agricole Rhum Extra Vieux...$119.99
42% abv • 750ml • 8 years old No additives • Distilled from fresh sugarcane juice
This rare rhum agricole vieux from Distillerie Poisson was aged in the tropical climate of Marie-Galante for eight years in 200L oak barrels. Evaporation loss reached 40% of the initial volume put into the casks – this means after eight years, 80 liters of rhum from each cask were lost to the angel' s share.
Rhum Père Labat is distilled on the island of Marie-Galante, part of Guadeloupe. The distillery, aging facilities, and the estate ' s sugarcane fields sit on 1300+ acres. Producing rum since the early 1900s, Père Labat utilizes estate and locally grown sugarcane varieties native to the island. As rhum agricole, these spirits are produced from fresh-pressed sugarcane juice rather than molasses. The distillery is the oldest on the island of Marie-Galante and houses one of of the oldest stills in the Caribbean.