Friday, April 10, 2009

More rare Fantomes...

In stock now at Forsyth!!

Available online at
Fantome Black Ghost...$12.99 / 750ml
8% Stout
"Once described as a Belgian Irish-style stout, Black Ghost has undergone lots of changes over the years. It now bears no resemblance whatsoever to a stout, and brewer Dany Prognon has begun adding spices to the beer. What they are is anybody's guess . . . . the Fantôme confounds once again." -- importer

Fantome Chocolat....$12.99 / 750ml
"A Belgian saison beer brewed with cocoa powder and chili pepper? Ay, caramba! Score another one for the unpredictable brewery that was the first -- and so far, the only -- to make ales out of dandelions and mushrooms, among other things.
Fantome brewer dany Prignon confounds once again. With a name like 'Chocolat,' surely we have a deep, dark, rich beer -- a stout, perhaps? Wrong again!
Fantome Chocolat is actually pale in color, and the essence of the cocoa is very subtle, but experts agree that this is one of Dany's best beers yet. Naturally, it will be exceedingly rare. If you can find it, buy it." -- importer

Fantome Primtemps....$12.99 / 750ml
8% ABV - Saison

"Light, fruity and champagne-like. Fantôme brews special seasonal beers, never repeating a recipe from year to year. This one is for spring . . ." -- importer

Limited GD releases...

Very limited releases from Great stock now!

Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale...$9.49 /6pk
"Named for a medieval Scottish sword, Claymore Scotch Ale is our tribute to the legendary “Wee Heavy” beers of Scotland. This malty, deep-ruby beauty features lots of caramel sweetness, a reserved hop profile, and a subtle warming character. Unlike its namesake, this beer only requires one hand, but it’ll still make you feel like nobility.

Food Pairings: Enjoy with:Pot roast with roasted vegetables, seared lamb shank with white beans, bread pudding. " -- Great Divide
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Beer Advocate style description
"Scotch Ales are strong ales, also known as "Wee Heavy." In the 19th century Scotland, they'd also be known as 160/-, a nomenclature based on the now obsolete shilling currency. Scotch Ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort. This produces a deep copper to brown in colored brew. Compared to Scottish Ales, they'll be sweeter and fuller-bodied, and of course higher in alcohol, with a much more pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor. A low tea-like bitterness can be found in many examples. Best served in a "thistle" glass." -- Beer Advocate

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti...$8.79 / 22oz
Rated A on Beer Advocate
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer
" a new addition to the Yeti clan. A generous infusion of espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.

Food Pairings: Enjoy with: Breakfast burrito, eggs Benedict, hash browns, cheesecake, creme brulee." -- Great Divide
Check out the food pairings!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wine Class--

April 13 -- This Monday!!
Sauvignon Blanc from Around the World
With Spring arriving, it is time for some great white wines.
We will taste Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Chile, California and France.
Here is what is scheduled to be tasted...
2007 Salvard Cheverny-- French
2007 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc -- Napa Valley
2007 Chateau Graville Lacoste - French
2006 Jackson Estate Marlborough -- New Zealand
2007 Kim Crawford Marlborough -- New Zealand
2008 Palo Alto Reserve -- Chile
2007 Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc -- Sonoma Cali
2007 Michel Thomas Sancerre - French
Reservations required
Call 314-727-8788 for reservations
Seating is limited!
Or sign up online --click here

Belgian classic...

Dubuisson Scaldis....$3.99 / 8.4oz
Belgian Quad
ABV = 12%
"Wallonia is the French-speaking part of Belgium and the province where Scaldis is made is called Hainaut. The word means "Land of groves" and indeed it is the richest agricultural province in the country. The Dubuisson brewery is in the hamlet of Pipaix, outside of Tournai. The brewery has been in operation since 1769. Scaldis (Bush at home) is 12% alcohol by volume. High gravity beers are generally quite heavy and sweet. Scaldis by contrast is quite dry with a pleasant nutty finish. Scaldis is brewed without evaporating or freezing out water. Its alcohol level is achieved only by fermentation. Three different malts go into Scaldis, making it a beer with as much nuance as warmth. Belgians are not big consumers of spirits such as cognac or brandy. Instead Belgians frequently enjoy full bodied beers, like Scaldis, before dinner as an aperitif or after dinner as a digestif. Scaldis should be served close to room temperature (6o°). At this temperature the roasted quality of the barley, the kettle-seared sugar flavors, and the clean hop finish truly bloom. Scaldis has a memorable warming quality." -- importer

Dubuisson Scaldis Refermentee Amber....$11.99 / 750ml
ABV = 12%
Biere de Champagne
"Scaldis Refermentee has been brewed expressly to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the world renown, Scaldis. Like Scaldis, it is deeply aromtic with notes of praline, caramel and vanilla and richly flavored. Then, thanks to a fine dosage of yeast, Scaldis Refermentee undergoes a natural re-fermentation in the bottle that further deepens its complexity and fullness of body, making it ideal for cellaring. Enjoy!" -- back label.
Rated 99 percentile on Rate Beer
Rated A- Beer Advocate

French Biere de Garde..

Castelain Blonde Biere de Garde...$9.49 / 750ml
"Yves Castelain, the proprietor and grandson of the founder of the brewery, is a central operative in the revival of artisanal brewing in France. He is doing this against a backdrop where more than 90% of the beer consumed is made by industrial brewers. We bring in three beers from this brewery: St. Amand is a traditional copper colored Biere de Garde, with a grassy earthy aroma and a hint of licorice.
Castelain is the classic example of the rare blonde Biere de Garde. Castelain has a sweet palate. Many beers that are sweet and malty have a tendency to be insipid. Castelain, on the other hand, has a great deal of finesse."


Back after a long absence in St. Louis...the beers of Dupont..
In stock now at Forsyth!!
Saison Dupont....$7.99 / 750ml
"BRASSERIE DUPONT- Six or seven breweries make Saisons. The undisputed classic of the style is Saison Dupont. It comes from an artisanal brewery that is also a working farm (eggs are sold in the ‘executive’ offices!) and produces beers with exquisitely hand-made character, and unruly clumpy yeast. When Saison Dupont first arrived in this country, we had to do quite a bit of explaining about the look of the beer. The brewery has cultured their yeast for taste and aromatic qualities. Because Dupont basically only sells beer from the brewery, they haven't concerned themselves with developing a yeast that travels well. For the uninitiated, the look of the beer is daunting. However, the sweetest rewards await the adventurous.
Saison Dupont is a delight to the taste buds. Snappy, yeasty, with a clean, bright quality. The Dupont brewery is run by Marc Rosier (brewer) and his sister (microbiologist). They also operate the farm, and are interested in sustainable agriculture." -- importer

Rated 97 percentile on RateBeer with over 1,100 reviews!
Rated A- on Beer Advocate with over 700 reviews.

Dupont Foret Saison...$8.99 / 750ml
Bottle-Conditioned Organic Saison
ABV = 7.5%
"Saison Dupont ...They also operate the farm, and are interested in sustainable agriculture. This has led to Foret, a Saison beer that is the first certified organic beer in Belgium. Foret is 5% abv, has the recognizable house yeast character, but it is more angular in its taste." -- importer

"[Foret] is an unfiltered organic Belgian ale from this well respected artisan brewery...The nose is a complex blend of spices and fruit- coriander, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, figs, and a hint of toffee. In the mouth there are lots of phenols and esters adding lightness to the texture, with complex spicy malt and a subtle burning strength in the back of the throat. However, the strength is well disguised on the tongue- it is smooth and not too lively ( despite the 'pop' when pulling the cork ). Aftertaste is long, zesty, malty and spicy. This was for a long time the most interesting organic beer in the database, and is still one of the best. It's certainly well deserving of the World Beer Championships Top 10 award..." - Oxford Bottled Beer Database

100% Organically grown hops & barley - no pesticides - no chemicals - filtered Artesian well water
Rated A- on Beer Advocate
Rated 94 percentile on RateBeer

Moinette Blonde...$8.99 / 750ml
Abbey Tripel
Moinette Brune...$8.99 / 750ml
Abbey Dubbel
"Saison Dupont ... Moinette is their homage to the Abbey Style. It is stronger and darker and richer than Saison Dupont. A favorite at our tutored tastings." -- importer

Dupont Biere de Miel...$9.99 / 750ml
"Biere de Miel is bottle conditioned and contains only water, barley and wheat, honey, hops and yeast. It has a marvelously delicate scent of honey, balnaced by a dry palate, resulting in a beer that is both estery and refreshing." -- importer

"Brewed with Belgian honey. Pale yellow in color with a marvelous floral scent. A honeyed richness coaxes the palate into thinking beer is sweet but the finish is dry with a noticeable hop tang." -- Importer

"Dupont is endlessly inventive! Biere de Miel is a great example of a honey beer. Particularly wonderful with wild game." -- Garret Oliver, The Brewmaster's Table

Monday, April 6, 2009

Danish brews...

Rare unknown beers...
Be the first to rate them on Beer Advocate

Broeckhouse Draupnir...$9.99 / pint
6.5% ABV
"From Wikipedia ( "Draupnir is a golden arm ring possessed by Odin, the highest god in Norse mythology. The ring was a source of endless wealth, since each ninth morning it spawned eight more gold rings just like itself. Draupnir was forged by the dwarven brothers Brokkr and Eitri (or Sindri) ..."The beers of the Vikings and ingredients used in Viking times were the inspiration for Draupnir.

It is a clear golden top-fermented beer with a nice lasting head. It is brewed with pale ale, munich, and wheat malt, which gives the beer a fresh mouthfeel with a discreet malt sweetness. Draupnir is moderately hopped with English Challenger hops and spiced with pine needles, sloe berries and honey.Draupnir is a perfect fit with meat or grilled fish as well as salads." -- importer

Broeckhouse Esrum Kloster...$9.99 / pint
7.5% ABV
"Esrum Kloster has benn developed in cooperation with Esrum Abbey as the modern equivalent of the medieval abbey ale.It is a top-fermented ale brewed with barley, wheat and rye malt, cane sugar along with lemon balm, lavender, rosemary, juniper and anise that grows in the gardens of Esrum Abbey.The color is maroon, the nose is wonderfully strong and the taste is especially full and aromatic. This ale goes well with heavy meat dishes such as venison." -- importer

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Italian beer...

Birra del Borgo 25 Dodici...$15.99 / 25.4oz
"Birra Del Borgo was founded in May of 2005 not too far away from Italy’s capital Rome {about 60 miles northwest}. Leonardo di Vincenzo was originally trained in biochemisrty but started brewing beer as a hobby during his college years.

Malt: Pilsner malt, munich malt, vienna malt, cara munich malt, caraweizen, chocolate malt.
Hops: Hallertau Northern brewer, Hallertau hersbrucker, styrian golding, simcoe.
Spice: Bitter orange peel
Dark amber with a beige-colored foam. The nose is dominated by fruity notes such as berries, plums and orange as well as spicy notes such as pepper and corriander. Chestnut honey and definite hints of chocolate enrich the aroma.On the palate, 25 Dodici is rich and full bodied. The fruity notes are well balanced with the maltiness." - importer
Very rare beer -- so far only 2 reviews on Beer Advocate (Rated A- so far)

Beer news...

*** Bell's Batch 9,000 update. It should be released in May, but because of Missouri registration we might not see it until August. Jim from Bells said that they are describing it as Batch 7,000 on steroids. It will be very limited.

*** We just got word that Founders is coming to St. Louis in a few months.
Read more on STLHops.

*** Also announced is Grand Teton Brewery, Jacksons Hole's original is also coming to St. Louis. From their website, it looks like Missouri will only be their 13 state for distribution.
"Grand Teton Brewing Company is the original brewery of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. We have been brewing our handcrafted beers at the base of the Tetons since 1988. 2008 is our 20th Anniversary ! " --brewery

***Another note:
Today is release day for Stone Imperial Russian Stout. I took the liberty of adding St. Louis to their map and emailing them. (They distribute in the blue states, look at the neglected midwest)

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New Beers in stock...

Update of the last few releases in beer -- click on the beer to read more.
also available online at if you live out of town.
April 22 - New Addtions to our site
O'Fallon 5-Day IPA - Missouri
O'Fallon Wheach - Missouri
O'Fallon Smoked Porter -- Missouri

Schneider & Brooklyner

The new batch is here....
Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse...$4.69 / pint
8.2% ABV

"This unique beer is the result of the long friendship of Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler and Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver. The two brewmasters feel that Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse represents the quality, tradition and terroir of the Bavarian Hallertauer hop region paired with the innovation and creative energy for which Brooklyn is famous."

Rated 96 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate