Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cheese/Beer class

June 2 -- Beer and Cheese Pairing

This class will feature 8 beers paired with matching cheeses. It will be fun and informal as Brian Bauer will lead you through the tasting in our Forsyth tasting room.

Cost is $20 per person

Beer and cheese were made for each other. Beer and cheese are both farmhouse products and many farms originally made both products. In fact most trappist breweries make both still. The carbonation in beer helps clear the creamy mouth coating characteristics of cheese.

Here are some pairings we are considering for the class:
Chimay Cheese paired with Chimay Trappists Ale
Wash rind cheese with Bells Two Hearted Ale
Aged Gouda with a Belgian/French Saison
Aged Gruyere with a Doppelbock
L'Edel de Cleron with a Biere de Garde
Blue Stilton with a Barleywine
Humboldt Fog with Hennepin
Fresh gost cheese with Germen Hefeweizen
Cheesecake with Lindemans Framboise

Obviously cheese is a living and developing product, so we will wait until we are closer to see which cheese will be suited best for the class.

TWCP -- Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO
Reservations required -- Seating is limited!
Call 314-727-8788 for reservations or
Sign up online -- click here

Friday, May 22, 2009


A new one for us from Rogue..

Rogue Mom Hefeweizen...$5.69 / 22oz
Ale brewed with coriander and ginger
From their website:

Style: Belgian Food Pairing: Hot & Spicy, Poultry
Tasting Notes:
This Belgian-style blonde ale is an unfiltered fusion of wheat and barley malts, spiced with coriander and ginger.

8 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages and Wheat.
Hops: Saaz.
Specialty: Coriander and Ginger.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Green Torment

Le Tourment Vert Absinthe....$6.99 / 50ml
Le Tourment Vert Absinthe....$49.99 / 750ml

Artists & Thinkers
"We’re not the only ones inspired by absinthe. It’s captured the imaginations of some of the world’s most famous (and infamous) artists and writers. Masters from Degas to Picasso, van Gogh to Hemingway, Toulouse-Lautrec to Wilde, have found their muse to be green. Not only devoted absinthe enthusiasts, they also celebrated it prominently in their works. The complex flavors. The painterly color. The captivating spirit. These same qualities that made absinthe the artist’s creative juice of choice are now reimagined in Le Tourment Vert. We leave it open to your interpretation." -- importer

"About a hundred years ago, absinthe became a victim of its own success. It was increasingly popular, particularly in France, with both the working class and the bourgeoisie. Some claimed it could protect against malaria. Others swore it unleashed their creative muse. The rituals required to prepare it found their ideal setting in the bohemian cafĂ© scene of the Left Bank. But with the world descending into the turmoil of the First World War, absinthe began to take the blame for society’s decay. The prohibitionists launched a campaign against “The Green Torment”, claiming it was responsible for everything from general debauchery to insanity and death. By 1912, it was banned in the US and many other countries. Now absinthe is back and a whole new generation of distillers is creating a wide range of styles to choose from. In acknowledgement of absinthe’s checkered history we named ours “Le Tourment Vert” (The Green Torment): The very phrase that was used against absinthe by its detractors a century ago." -- importer

Slaghmuylder Brewery

Just arrived!
Witkap-Pater Single.....$4.39 / 11oz
Witkap-Pater Dubbele....$4.49 / 11oz
Witkap-Pater Triple...$4.49 /11oz

"The Slaghmuylder Brewery is unique in more that a few respects. It is the only surviving brewery in a town of 12,000 people that less than a century ago had thirteen of them. The brewery boasts a functioning steam engine, Anheuser-Busch kegs (left behind after the American troops departed Ninove at the end of World War II), and makes the only beer brewed by a layman ever permitted to use the “Trappist” designation on the label. Today the handsome 135 year old brewery and adjacent museum (in which the aforementioned relics are kept) is overseen by three cousins who are descendants of the founder Emmanuel Slaghmuylder, a grain merchant turned brewer. The Slaghmuylder cousins brew Witkap Singel (the formerly “Trappist” beer) according to a recipe first developed at the Drie Linden brewery (in nearby Brasschaat). The Slaghmuylders took over Drie Linden in 1981. The brewer there was instrumental in developing many celebrated beers for Trappist monasteries. He was so beloved by the Brothers, and his contributions were so valued, that they conferred on him a special honor. For the duration of his life, his Witkap beers (made at his own brewery) would be allowed to carry the “Trappistenbier” (Trappist Beer) designation. We are importing Witkap Singel (known as Stimulo in Belgium), the most celebrated of the brewery’s beers. Today it bears the “abbey” designation. Single refers to the density (light) not the number of times the beer is fermented. lt is twice fermented, once in vat and once in bottle. It is the lightest of the Trappist style beers and is typically drunk at the midday meal. Witkap has a very high fermentation temperature (22 degrees Celsius). It is held at this temperature for five days. The beer is aged for four weeks at 5 degrees Celsius. The beers are then centrifuged. At bottling, Witkap is dosed with candi sugar and new yeast. It is a blonde beer that sparkles like champagne. It has an extremely estery nose with typical abbey notes of banana and berry. Unusually, this is followed by a light body and lemony finish. Overall the effect is something one could describe as an abbey lager. Witkap is one of the least well-known of our beers, yet is invariably a surprise hit at tastings. Well worth seeking out." -- importer
Witkap Singel is recommended above all else with seafood -particularly mussels, sole and turbot. Try a sole with Witkap Singel, fish stock, cream, and tomato puree, turbot with leeks, and a Witkap butter sauce. Steam mussels with Witkap, thyme, and bay in the broth, or serve with grilled or fried fish."- importer

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oak Aged Balthazar

Another rare treat..
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

" of the excellent new tiny breweries in Belgium, located in Ingelmuenster {Western part of Belgium, not too far away from De Dolle Brouwers & Brouwerij de Regenboog}. probably the smallest authentic brewery in Belgium right now with a batch size of about 65 cases! Established in 2003!" -- importer

The Oak Balthazar....$16.99 / 750ml
A limited-edition, special oak-aged version of our Balthazar from Picobrouwerij Alvinne in Ingelmunster, Belgium.

Balthazar is a 9% ABV dark ale brewed with coriander, cardamom, and ginger. This oak-aged version, never before offered until now!!

Available online -- click here

Beer news...

New rarities from Austria and Switzerland...see posts below.
Schlafly Quad just in....
St. Peters Sorgham Beer -- Gluten Free - in stock now.

Viking Blod mead is back -- click here to read more

Now in 6 packs also!!
Bear Republic Racer 5...$9.99 / 6 pack
"This is a hoppy IPA. Did I say hops? Your brewer is a hop head! This is a full bodied beer using American grains. The goal was to create a base for showing off the unique floral qualities of two Pacific Northwest hops, Columbus and Cascade. Columbus is a new hybrid High Alpha Acid hop used mostly for bittering, but used heavily as an aromatic in this strong brew. Cascade is the balance that ties the malt and bittering hops together. It is a true specialty ale and is our brewer's statement on this style." -- Brewery

order online

Back in stock..

Sarasola Sagardoa Basque Hard Cider...$9.99 / 750ml

"Sarasola Sagardoa is a traditional Basque cider from a cider house located in the apple growing hills of Astigarraga.

Pouring & Serving: Since Basque cider is “natural” and not sparkling the cider is poured by holding the bottle up high above the head and pouring into a glass that is held just below waiste level. Pouring from elevation allows the cidre to pick up some natural carbonation when it hits the glass.
Basque Cider History & Tradition:

Source: WikipediaLink:
Most Basque cider, as indeed most cider varieties in Spain, is called "natural" because unlike many other European varieties it is still, not sparkling. It normally contains 4-6% alcohol and is served directly from the barrel in a sagardotegi.
The more recent traditions surrounding the sagardotegis hail back to the time when buyers interested in purchasing cider from a particular maker would bring along food for the tasting as it is considered best when taken with a meal." -- importer

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Very rare stuff..

Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien
The Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM) started in 1997, and has been one of the pillars of the Swiss craft beer renaissance ever since. BFM's range of bottle-conditioned, top- and bottom-fermented beers is as staunchly original as our region.

Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru

Very Limited Edition
Ale Matured in Trousseau Oak Barrels

TR 3 -- Barrique No3.....$13.99 / 375ml
TR 5 -- Barrique No5.....$13.99 / 375ml

"Ale matured in Trousseau Oak Barrels (single cask in Trousseau barrel from Arbois, France) Hand bottle, without prise de mousse in January 09. This Grand Cru's complexity will increase with age. 11% alc./vol." -- label

Ingredients: swiss mountains' spring water, barley malts, sugar, hop, yeast.
Brewed May 2008
(FYI - these beers are purposely "still", wine yeast was used)

Available online -- click here

Monday, May 18, 2009

Schlafly Quad

In stock now at Rock Hill and Clayton
Schlafly Quadrupel....$8.49 / 750ml
"Schlafly Quadrupel is, as its name implies, a serious beer. But don't be intimidated. This fourth beer in our bottle-conditioned Belgian beer series has a rich, malty backbone that generously balanced by select, fresh hops to create a luscious, smooth character. Sharing it with friends enhances the enjoyment, whether in front of roaring fire or at the finest dinner party. This beer pairs perfectly with all types of food, particularly those with assertive flavors. " -- from the back label 12% ABV