Friday, January 30, 2009

Avery hot new release, New Belgium, Schlafly

Very limited, only 10 cases for Missouri
Avery Mephistopheles Stout...$7.99
Mephistopheles is the final installment of "The Demons of Ale" series we had the Beast and Samaels.
Beer Style: Stout
Hop Variety: Magnum, Styrian Goldings
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, black malt,roasted barley,Belgian special B, aromatic

Alcohol By Volume: 15.92%
Bottled on Novembe 2008
Batch #4
IBU's: 107

Color: Coal Black
"Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-
soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. IBU's 107. "
-- Avery
Rated 99 percentile on
Rated A- on

We also got in a brand new one from New Belgium
Mighty Arrow Pale Ale 12pk
"MIGHTY ARROW Pale Ale provides lots of pleasurable sniffs from Amarillo and Cascade hops with a fetching honey malt base. This is our brewed tribute to Arrow, Kim's Aussie/Border Collie mix who ran (literally) New Belgium for 12 years. When she wasn't patrolling the brewery grounds, she was famous for her office visits: She never met a tummy rub she didn't like. Atta girl Arrow." -- New Belgium

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Great new German beers...

The classic German wheat beer, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, was Beer Advocate's #8 beer of the year and rated "A" outstanding with 947 Reviews. We have just received two new beers from Weihenstephaner. You know they have to be good.

Weihenstephaner VITUS...$2.69 / pint
" In good time for Lent Weihenstephan's brewers are following an ancient monastic tradition and presenting their VITUS single-bock wheat beer. The monks knew what was good for body and soul and preferred to drink bock beer. During Lent, when no solid food might be eaten, the nourishing, satisfying beverage became a substitute for meals. Nowadays, though, dietary rules are not so strictly kept to, so VITUS can be enjoyed all the year round – even with a hearty meal. Bock beers are often named after important saints. The new single-bock wheat beer from the Weihenstephan brewery takes its name from Saint Vitus, one of the 14 patron saints of the Roman Catholic church. Saint Vitus is, amongst other things, the patron saint of beer brewers. VITUS is a light-coloured, spicy wheat bock beer, infused with fine, top-fermented yeast. Brewed by the traditional double-mash process, it has a mellowness and a compact, firm head which promises lasting, unique enjoyment. Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel. VITUS is brewed to the highest quality standards and in strict accordance with Bavaria's Purity Law. Only the best brewing water, selected wheat, barley, hops and yeast are used to make VITUS. The high-quality label, decorated with filigree nostalgia motifs, emphasises the premium quality of the wheat bock beer and its traditional origins. The neck label bears an ancient, traditional portrait of Saint Vitus." -- brewery

VITUS in brief: Light-coloured single-bock wheat beerfull-bodied, spicy flavour only top-fermented yeast
Original wort: 16.5% weight
bitter value: 17
alcohol content: 7.7% vol.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian...$2.69 / pint
"A double bock beer that has what it takes. Not just for lovers of strong beer. With a malty aroma and great taste, our Korbinian is a true beer speciality. It goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as wild roasts and fowl." -- brewery
Original wort: 18,3 % weight
Bittering power: 32
Alcohol content: 7,4 % vol.

Congrats to O'Fallon

A big congratulations to everybody
at O'Fallon Brewery right here in Missouri.

I just noticed in the Beer Enthusiast's Draft Magazine Jan/Feb issue...

O'Fallon Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter was named one of the top 25 beers in the world in 2008. It is great to see them get some recognition from a national magazine. It is amazing how many great beers there are in the world and O'Fallon made the top 25. Well done!! Unfortunately, the winning edition (Buffalo Trace) has been sold out for awhile. I have only 1 bottle left the the Weller Edition at Forsyth and maybe some at Provisions Gourmet Market. I also heard that there is some O'Fallon Cocoa Cream currently in barrel waiting for release.

"These are the beers that, in the last year, have made us stop, think and beg for more. Some are old, some are new, but every one is worth the hunt and deserves a place on a pedestal (or in your fridge). -- Draft Magazine

Check out some of the other names on the list top 25 beers of 2008. Others on the list include
Three Floyds Dark Lord
Bell's Hopslam
Deschutes The Abyss
Struise Pannepot
Lost Abbey Angel's Share
Westmalle Tripel
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Dark Horse Reserve Black Bier
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
New Holland Dragon's Milk
Odell Woodcut #1
Surly Darkness
.......this is almost a who's who in the brewing business.

O'Fallon Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter (Buffalo Trace Edition)
"Robust Porter: This Missouri brewery made a name for itself with beers like Wheach (due out soon), but this smoked beer is something extra special. O'Fallon's brewers obtained remarkable results when they took their GABF-gold-winning smoked porter and aged it in Buffalo Trace whiskey barrels.
Tasting notes: While the whiskey imparts a strong sweetness to the brew, it doesn't take away from the smoky, chocolaty complexity of the malts, achieving a rare balance of barrel aged beers."
-- Draft Magazine

** From the top 25 we have in stock the following
Struise Pannepot ('s #1 Brewer of 2007)
"For five years, de Struise has rented space at Belgium's Deca Brewery to brew its beer. In that time, de Struise has become recognized as one of the world's premier breweries, and in the last two years, we've been fortunate to get this beer on our side of the pond. This Belgian treat is perfectly balanced, with bold flavors that never overwhelm the palate.
Tasting notes: Pannepot starts with a deep toffee sweetness marked by fruity fermentatation notes. It has an incredible body that is full but not heavy. The deep toffee sweetness and plum fruit notes move like a slow dance, deliberate and sensual, and the finish is a crescendo of taste and balance." -- Draft Magazine - read more
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 16 yr
Westmalle Tripel
New Holland Dragon's Milk RIS -- Due in February

Here but now gone...
Odell Woodcut #1 - sold out
Bell's Hopslam - sold out
O'Fallon Bourbon Smoked Porter (Buffalo Trace) - sold out

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Christmas Ale...

de Dolle Stille Nacht...$5.69 / 11.2oz
Even though it is a "Christmas" beer, it has just arrived. But this one at 12% ABV can age for awhile.

"Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a prestige beer from De Dolle Brouwers brewed for Christmas. It has the highest density of any Belgian beer (27°Pl). It has been boiling for many hours, brewed with pale malt with white candi sugar in the kettle. The Nugget hops gives an extra bitterness to balance the extreme sweetness due to the density. The taste triangle is completed with some acidity of the fermentation. It is a very interesting beer to age. We have samples of every bottling we have done so far and aging does not mean decreasing quality with this beer. Keep some samples at 10°C and mark the year on the cap with an alcohol marker. Cheers!!" -- importer

Rated 98 percentile on
12% Alcohol by volume.


2009 Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale....$4.49 / 11.2 oz
We have 1 bottle left of the 2008

From Japan's Most Prestigious Brewery
"Hitachino Nestbeer Commemorative Ale is brewed in the tradition of a true Eisbock where the brew is concentrated by allowing the water to freeze {but not the alcohol}. After the mashing of five different malts {Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate , and wheat} four differing types of hops are added in the brewkettle for bitterness & aroma {Styrian Goldings, Hallertauer, Tettnang, Saaz} . Five different spices complete the Commemorative Ale recipe {coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla beans}. After a freezing period of three days at 24F {= -4C} the frozen water & protein are removed. The bottle conditioning will then ring in a six month maturation time in the bottle. Enjoy Kiuchi's Hitachino Commemorative Ale while you forget the worries and troubles of the old year!" -- importer

FYI -- other Eisbocks we carry...
Schneider Aventinus Eisbock
Kulmbacher Eisbock

"Eisbocks are created by freezing off a portion of the water, and removing it from the beer. This form of concentration, of sorts, increases the beer's body, flavor, and alcohol content. They can range from near black to as light as tawny red. Hop bitterness and flavor are mostly cast aside with a big alcohol presence replacing it, which can range from sweet to spicy, and fruity to often times fusel. Look for a heavy or almost syrupy body with tons of malty flavor." --

Limited Swiss brews...

We just received another case of each
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien
2006 Vintage....$23.99 / 750ml

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien
2007 Vintage....$23.99 / 750ml
BFM = Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes
"Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L'Abbaye all the complex aromas of a vintage red wine along with the delicate harmony and flavors of the wood and its former contents. This process requires close monitoring of the beer's evolution. The final version is blended from different casks, to ensure optimal balance, complexity and enjoyment! A mere one thousand bottles have been earmarked for the US market in 2006. [Thus named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors]" -- importer

Sierra Nevada Seasonal

In addition to the new Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale - read more
We now have
2009 Sierra Nevada ESB...$8.19 / 6pk
ESB = Early Spring Beer
Release on one of the coldest days of the year, get some spring weather early.

“Our ESB blends the best of English tradition with the boldness of West Coast style. Featuring English ingredients, we added a Sierra Nevada twist by leaving the ale unfiltered, which enhances mouthfeel and hop aroma creating a slightly reddish-copper hue,” said brewery founder Ken Grossman.
The 2008 ESB features England’s premier heritage malt, Maris Otter, and is blended with Canadian two-row malt to create a uniquely rich, malty sweetness. With the addition of hand-selected English Challenger hops (used for their earthy spiciness) and blended with U.S. Goldings, the beer presents a woodsy-cedar note and a slight citrusy aroma.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was founded in 1980 and is one of America’s first microbreweries. It is regarded as the standard of quality for American craft brewers and has won numerous awards for its beers and ales. Its flagship product, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, has been the number one selling craft beer brand in America for the past five years according to IRI scan data. The brewery is still 100% owned by Ken Grossman." -- brewery

Dan Aykroyd wines

In stock at our Ballwin location and our Forsyth location.

Dan Aykroyd Wines
"This is a new project form Dan Aykroyd, apparently he is a hands on celebrity. Unlike many that just sell their name, he actually worked the harvest and helped with the blending. He has been a wine lover since his days on Saturday Night Live when the musician Steve Cropper introduced him to great Bordeaux. His movie credits include Ghostbusters, Dragnet, Blues Brothers, My Girl, Crossroads, Driving Miss Daisy, The Great Outdoors and many more."

"Dan Aykroyd Wines celebrate the spirit and flavour of the world’s top wine producing regions. From his highly successful career in film and television to his co-founding the House of Blues, Dan Aykroyd has brought laughter, music and entertainment into the homes and hearts of millions of people around the globe." -- winery

2007 Dan Aykroyd Cabernet Sauvignon....$17.99
"Produce in Sonoma County, this Cabernet is blended in the true Bordeaux tradition, giving the wine its elegance and complexity. The Cabernet lends structure and tannins, which are complemented by small amounts of other varietal including Merlot and Carmenere. The Merlot adds soft, fleshy berry and plum flavors while the Carmenere balances the tannins of the Cabernet and adds cherry and spice components...The wonderful, ripe aromas and flavors of blackberry and raspberry are followed by a lovely touch of spice at the finish. Approachable, flavorful and very balanced, this wine is perfect to enjoy with friends and family--exactly as Dan intended!" -- winery

2007 Dan Aykroyd Chardonnay...$17.99
Made in the Sonoma style with Burgundian flair and finesse, this wine is a blend of 7 vineyards from Sonoma County's finest terroirs, including the Russian River Valley. The region's fox slows ripening, allowing for the full develoopment of aroma and flavor compounds so that the grapes ripen with higher acidity. The result is a perfect balance of fresh mouthfeel and soft, creamy texture. The round, full-bodied texture, sweet vanilla notes and increased depth are a result of ageing in a mixture of new and neutral Frenach and American oak barrels. The lovely fruit-forward flavor with essence of pear, Gravenstein apple, and pineapple contrasts with a very floral nose and slight hints of vanilla on the back palate. This chardonnay boasts a versatile and approachable nature that is complex enought to stand up to richer dishes, yet is perfectly refreshing on its own. Enjoy with friends and family - exactly as Dan intended!" -- Winery

Monday, January 26, 2009

President Barack Obama's Inauguration

President Barack Obama's Inaugural luncheon was held on January 20, 2009. The two wines served were the Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc and the Goldeneye Pinot Noir. We stock both at our Forsyth location.

2009 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon
"We are honored to announce that the 2007 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the 2005 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir were selected by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to be served at the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon on January 20th.
Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of the Congressional leadership attended the event in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol." -- Duckhorn Vineyards

2009 Inaugural Luncheon Menu

First Course
Seafood Stew

2007 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Seafood Stew recipe

Second Course
A Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)

Sour Cherry Chutney and Molasses Sweet Potatoes
2005 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Duck Breast recipe Pheasant recipe

Third Course
Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake & Sweet Cream Glace

Korbel "Special Inaugural Cuvee"

2007 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc
"Duckhorn has been remarkably consistent with this bottling, although the price has crept up the last few years. The ‘07 is right up there, a sweetly oaked, leesy wine whose citrus and lemongrass flavors are fattened up with the pears and figs of Sémillon. The finish is quite dry and rich."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2005 Goldeneye Pinot Noir
"Rich and distinctive, with complex, concentrated loamy earth, black cherry, wild berry, savory spice and fresh earth scents. The tannins are rich and mouthcoating, yet the fruit pours through."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

St. Louis Style - Dogtown Pizza

Pick up some pizza for Super Bowl!
Dogtown Pizza
St. Louis Style Frozen Pizza

"Every Dogtown Pizza starts with fresh ingredients. Locally bought, fresh and often, we do everything possible to make sure your pizza is absolutely perfect - right out of YOUR oven.
You can be proud to serve the perfect and classic St. Louis style pizza to your family just as we do for ours." -- Dogtown

Keep a few in your freezer and you are ready for surprise guests or a quick dinner or snack!!

A Classic Cheese Pizza with our signature 3 cheese blend. Our special cheese blend melts perfectly, is never stringy and provides the basis for all of our great pizza creations.

A Pepperoni Pizza - with mildly spiced and delicious pepperoni

Our italian sausage is perfectly tangy and straight from the hill

Sausage & Pepperoni
The quintessential topping combo

Onion, Mushroom, Green Pepper & Black Olives

Sausage, Bacon, Onion & Mushroom

4 Meat
Sausage, Bacon, Pepperoni & Ham

Chicken Wing Pizza
Grilled Chicken, Cheese and plenty of Rick's homemade Hot Wing Sauce

Found in the freezer at both Rock Hill and our Clayton store.

(we do not carry all flavors at all times)