Friday, October 24, 2008

Colorado winter beer seasonals! - limited

Great Divide Hibernation Ale...$8.19 / 6pk
"Great Divide’s award-winning Hibernation Ale is Colorado’s original strong ale – it has been our winter seasonal each year since 1995. Since that time, Hibernation has become the most sought-after winter beer in Colorado. Hibernation’s massive flavors are so intense that it requires over three months of aging each year. Each summer, while our brewers are still spending their weekends in flip-flops and shorts, they prepare for July’s Hibernation brewing schedule.
We cellar Hibernation until late October, when it reaches the peak of perfection. This lengthy aging process gives Hibernation its revered malty richness, complex hop profile and hearty warming character, which is perfect right out of the bottle or cellared for longer periods of time. Hibernation is a lively treat that really beats the winter chill. This scrumptious, collectible, and imminently cellarable ale is only available for six weeks each year, from November 1 to December 15. Hibernation Ale is the perfect gift or accompaniment to your winter festivities." -- Great Divide

New Belgium 2 Below Winter Ale...$7.69 / 6pk
(Fort Collins)
"Pull on your wool socks and crack open a 2 Below Ale. This tasty winter warmer started life as a small batch beer brewed for the Al Johnson Uphill Downhill – a telemark ski race in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Uphill Downhill celebrates the exploits of Al Johnson, letter carrier extraordinaire, who delivered mail by ski in the late 1800’s. Dry hopping during fermentation creates a floral nose with a hint of pepper and spicy, subtle undertones. 2 Below provides a bright, hoppy palate and a cheery warm afterglow." -- New Belgium

Avery Old Jubilation Ale...$8.79 / 6pk
Beer Style: English Strong Ale
Hop Variety: Bullion
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, special roast, black, chocolate, victory
Alcohol By Volume: 8.0%
IBU's: 30

"Our winter strong ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 2 years." -- Avery
2006 - Best of the Rockies/Southwest - US Beer Tasting Championship - English Old Ale

Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale...$8.49 / 6pk
(Was Denver, now brewed in Maryland)

"The psycho in the pack...K-9 Cruiser is a dark, sweet and malty winter warmer that will captivate any adventurous craft brew drinker. A true Flying Dog original, K-9 Cruiser is the perfect brew to warm you up in those cold winter months.

Ideal Drinking Occasion: After you have pulled your first backside 180 and lived to tell the tale." -- Flying Dog

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Upcoming new releases!

A few people have been asking about some ETAs. These should arrive at The Wine and Cheese Place around these dates.

New Belgium 2 Below Winter Seasonal has just arrived!

I have also been told some bad news from our friends at Glazer that we will not get any Sierra Nevada Chico Harvest ale in St. Louis. They are also out of the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop. We have some left at our stores. Just a few cases.

These dates are not set in stone, but here it is...
Sierra Nevada Celebration--Oct 31

Bell's Cherry Stout--Oct 28
Bell's Double Cream Stout--Oct 28
Bell's Expedition Stout--Oct 28
Bell's Winter White--Oct 28

(Unfortunately, Bell's Christmas Ale will not make it to Missouri this year, registration with the state did not make it on time.)

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence--Nov 04

Anderson Valley Brewing--October 29

Southern Tier Choklat -- Due in November

Samuel Adams CHOCOLATE Bock -- due the first week in November.
(I am told only about 20 cases for St. Louis. This one will be very limited.)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Some more very exciting news...

Very limited beers in stock at Forsyth only right now!

Achel Trappist EXTRA...$15.99 / 750ml

This is one of their hardest to get....
"Huge, copper-colored, bottle-conditioned ale, still hot off the presses, Achel Trappist Extra is the latest from the tiny brewery at the St. Benedictus Abbey at Achel, in the Northeast of Belgium. At this year's World Beer Championships in Chicago, the Extra was easily the best of the many Trappist beers tasted, scoring 97 points and an "Exceptional" rating. You will find this a very satisfying beer, with just a little malt sweetness, dried fruit flavors, warm sherry notes, and a brisk balancing backdrop of fresh hop bitterness.
Achel is by far the smallest of Belgium's six Trappist monasteries, and one of only two in which the monks themselves still take a hand in the daily operation of the brewery. We think you'll agree that the care and time that a little hands-on brewery devotes to its beers makes all the difference." -- importer

One of the most sought after Mikkeler beers is in stock now!
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast...$11.99 / pint

"Ask any beer geek . . . . a hearty, complex stout is the tastiest way to begin the day. This unique mix of an oat and coffee stout creates an intense, full-bodied beer that is surprisingly balanced and full of new taste adventures with every sip." -- importer

Rated 100 percentile on

Kerkom Bink Tripel...$13.99 / 750ml
Here at last is Bink Tripel.
"Look, it’s a big bottle! Not so easy to misplace. And people are saying already that Bink is the best Tripel of Belgium – earthy, deep, complex, but light in color and on the palate, as befits the style, and it packs a very healthy wallop of whole fresh hop aroma. The Kerkom brewery is a shrine to the noble hop, and the brewer, Marc Limet, is the guardian of the eternal flame at a time when most Belgian breweries have forgotten that hops ever existed. So it is no surprise that this beer is purported to be the hoppiest of Tripels. Actually, Bink Tripel isn’t quite hoppy enough for us – not yet. But since things only get hoppier and hoppier at Kerkom as time goes by, we are content to drink, and wait. As Marc says, “ it's getting better all the time . . .” -- importer

Drie Fonteinen Brewery -- Belgium
"Drie Fonteinen is the only remaining traditional geuze blender in Belgium, using only 100% spontaneously fermented lambik beer, aged in oak casks, with no artificial sweeteners or other additives." -- importer

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek...11.99 / 375ml
"Perhaps the best sour cherry beer in the world. Positively loaded with real cherries, which are added whole into slowly fermenting oak casks." -- importer

plus more of these...
Nogne Imperial Stout

Nogne IPA

Haandbryggeriet Dark Force Extreme Imperial Wheat
(new batch -- #116)

Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood