Saturday, February 13, 2010

H3 - values...90+ and $13 and under

New from Columbia Crest...

2007 "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Merlot....$12.99
Dark, supple and generous with its blackberry and black currant flavors, playing against superfine tannins on an open-textured finish. Floral, savory overtones add depth. Best from 2011 through 2017. 30,000 cases made. –HS"
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2007 "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay....$11.99
Vibrant and generous, with a spicy edge to the soft, ripe pear, cream and lime aromas and flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2011. 20,000 cases made. –HS

Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2007 "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon...$11.99
"Polished and silky in texture, with ripe blackberry, currant and mint flavors that keep sailing through the long, expressive finish. The tannins are beautifully integrated. Best from 2011 through 2017. 30,000 cases made. –HS"
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Valentine's Day --

Tomorrow --
Come visit us for gifts of wine, beer, scotch, candy, bacon, vodka, tequila...

Cannot decide? -- GIFT CERTIFICATE!!
Good at all four of our stores!

We will gift wrap it for you!!!

Bacon #5

2010 TWCP Year of the Bacon
Bacon #1 - Iowa -- Valde Rose - Sold out
Bacon #2 - Kentucky -- Scott's Jowl Bacon - sold out
Bacon #3 - New Hampshire - N.Country Cob Smoked Bacon - sold out
Bacon #4 - Kentucky -- Meacham Hams Country Maple Bacon - still in stock
Bacon #5 - Oregon -- Carlton Farms Pepper Bacon

Bacon #6 - California -- coming in a few weeks.

In stock now at all four store.
Carlton Farms Pepper Bacon -- Oregon

Carlton Farms Logo

No fillers. No additives. No kidding.
Like artisans of yore, Carlton Farms handcrafts its delectable award-winning bacon and sausage from the freshest all-natural meats. We hold our farmers and growers to a higher standard and ensure that only the best cuts become Carlton Farms bacon and sausage.
See what real flavor is all about.

Award-winning. Delicious. Irresistible. Carlton Farms thick-cut Regular Bacon bursts with flavor thanks to our sweet-curing, dry-aging, and slow-smoking. We select only the finest pork bellies, dry age them for almost two weeks, then slowly wood-smoke them to perfection for melt-in-your-mouth bacon that’s flavorful, lean, and, yes, irresistible. We craft Carlton Farms Pepper Bacon with the same care and craftsmanship that makes our regular bacon a sought-after favorite — and then add a little kick. After we hand-trim and dry-age fresh pork bellies, we smoke them and add just the right amount of black pepper for lean, mouthwatering bacon.

Carlton Farms: high quality meat that is antibiotic-free, grown by a hand-picked team of farmers who respect their animals and the environment. For those products that are minimally processed (bacon, hams, etc.), we use only our own natural ingredients when curing or smoking.

Our animals come from proud growers — some of whom we’ve known for multiple generations — who practice sustainable farming and follow our strict standards for quality. We source as much as we can from a small group of farmers here in the Willamette Valley, and also a hand-picked group of farms and ranches in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve certified. It’s just one of the ways to ensure that the Carlton Farms meat you serve will be the best you can buy.

Info from their website

Boulevard Collaboration #1

Order Boulevard beer online

I only have 1 case left out of 10 cases total. I will beg Boulevard for more and see, but no guarantees. If you wanted some, now is the time.

Boulevard Collaboration No.1 Imperial Pilsner....$11.99
Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Jean Marie Rock of ORVAL

Read the official press release

Nogne - Norway

More Nogne just arrived --

Order Nøgne Ø online - click here

Nøgne Ø Andhrimnir Barley Wine Ale...$8.49 / pint
"Andrimne is the chef of the Aesir and einherjar in Norse mythology. Every day in Valhalla, he slaughters the beast Saehrimnir and cooks it in Eldhrimnir, his cauldron. It is also the winner of Norwegian national championship for homebrewers. We at Nogne O want to make this great barley wine available commericially, so beer drinkers will have an opportunity to experience the best Norwegian homebrew. Though made in Nogne O brewery, this beer was brewed by its creator, Gahr Smith-Gahrsen." -- label

Nogne O DunkelWit....$8.49
"Imperial DunkelWit from Nogne O is an attempt to combine the best of many brewing cultures. Indeed we hope to please the Belgian ale partizan, the dark ale enthusiasts as well as those who love big ales with this one product. That is a tough ambition. At least we had fun brewing it......" -- label

Ingredients: Grimstad Water, wheat, malted barley, coriander, orange peel, hops, and yeast.

Nøgne Ø Sunturnbrew......$9.49 / pint
"Just before Christmas we brewed a new beer to honor the Norwegian legend that says that the sun turns on December 21, the shortest day of the year. Of course, the rest of the world argue that the sun doesn’t turn at all, but we do belive this Norwegian stubbornness is worth to salute with a beer! This smoked barely wine is brewed with 30% smoked malt and 20% rye and we know Kjetil had great fun playing with the recipe and finally ending up with a beer way out of style.
The batch turned out to be rather small and Sunturnbrew will therefore only be available at our regular draft-locations in Norway and in US, where Shelton Brothers receive it in near future."

-- Nogne Brewery

Rated 94 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A- onBeerAdvocate (rare - only 2 reviews so far)

Nøgne Ø Toshi Double IPA....$8.49 / pint
"The brewers of Nogne O recently worked with Toshi Ishii of YoHo Brewing in Japan on a double IPA or W-IPA (as it is referred to in Japan). Most of the cases will ship over there though Head Brewer, Kjetil Jikiun, notes that it would be likely that some would make it over here to the states as well. Talks with the Shelton Brothers, Nogne O’s importer, have not gone beyond the preliminary stages yet.
The hops were Millenium for bittering, (Amarillo, Centennial and Brewers Gold) for late additions and Chinook and Centennial for dry hopping. Five hop varieties in all for a beer that will feature 100 IBUs and 8% alcohol. [ed: I wonder if that would make it one of the hoppiest if not the hoppiest Norwegian beers ever brewed?]
Toshi Ishii has built a strong legacy in craft brewing worldwide. He learned American brewing philosophy with Stone Brewing years ago and has taken that experience overseas with him to complement the rest of his brewing knowledge…" ---

Nøgne Ø Dugges Sahti....$8.49 / pint
"A special twist on the Finnish style Sahti, brewed at Nøgne Ø in cooperation between Dugges Brewery, Sweden, and Nøgne Ø of Norway. Brewed with rye and wheat, sea wormwood from the Swedish archipelago, juniper twigs from the Norwegian forests, honey from heather flowers in Telemark and three selected yeast strains from Belgium, Germany and Britain, and of course, some malt and hops too." -- Nogne Brewery

"...the collaborative Dugges-Nogne O Sahti was brewed in mid-September: “Mikael Dugge from Dugges visited us last week in an attempt to abolish the border between Sweden and Norway. The result is a Sahti brewed with rye and wheat, sea wormwood from the Swedish archipelago, juniper twigs from the Norwegian forests, honey from heather flowers in Telemark and three selected yeast strains form Belgium, Germany and Britain. There is actually some malt and hops added into it as well! This is Sahti the Norwegian and Swedish way – Sahti reinvented.” --

Available online - click here

Nogne-O Tiger Tripel Norwegian Ale...$8.49 / 750ml
ABV = 9%
Ingredients: Malted barley, wheat, malted wheat, sugar, hops, yeast and local Grimstad water.

"It is very difficult to brew a complex and balanced Belgian-style tripel ale, but we have made an attempt at brewing one anyway! Our respect and admiration for those who master the skill and art of brewing excellent ale of this style is limitless. Tripels often pair will with cheese, seafood and fresh vegetables." -- Kjetill Jikiun - Head Brewer

Nogne/Mikkeller Tyttebaer Ale...$11.99 / 500ml
ABV = 8.0% A collaboration between Nogne and Mikkeller Ingredients: Malted barley, unmalted wheat, malted wheat, Lingonberries, hops, Brettanomyces yeast, Lactobacillus and Grimstad water. "Tyttebaer is also known as a lingonberry or mountain cranberry. This ale is full of Tyttebaer, and fermented with wild yeasts and bacteria. Feral at heart, it sat in fermentation tanks for 9 months and in bottles for 6 more months before we felt it was ready to be released. Who knows what it will do before ending up in your glass...It is, and always will be, wild." -- Kjetill Jikiun - Head Brewer

Check out these other Nogne beers
Order Nogne Beers online

Friday, February 12, 2010

Blog almost 2 years old now!

We now have over 100,000 visitors to the blog in less than two years.
Our first post was April 3, 2008 and now we are 1,015 posts later.

Thanks for all the support and the business.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine sparkler....

Available online also

An amazing price on this world class sparkling wine....

Jordan "J" Sparkling Wine Cuvee 20.......$15.99
Lowest price on Wine Searcher 2/11/2010

The non-vintage J Cuvée 20 Brut gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes are followed by a mix of Fuji apple, grapefruit and a sweet hint of angel food cake. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering, warm pear and lush finish. This wine pairs beautifully with a Kumamoto oyster topped with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar in a J Cuvée 20 mignonette.

Straw-yellow hue; persistent effervescence. Pretty scents of lightly toasted bread, jammy fruit and hints of charred oak. Foamy on the palate with peach juice and a tart backing of white grapefruit. Tangy close with suggestions of sweet vanilla and cleansing lemon accents.
Rated 91/100 The Wine News

Bargains with great scores...

In stock now!

2007 Columbia Crest Merlot Horse Heaven Hills H3....$11.99
"Dark, supple and generous with its blackberry and black currant flavors, which play against superfine tannins on an open-textured finish. Floral, savory overtones add depth. Best from 2011 through 2017.—H.S."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

"The vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills are the source and inspiration behind the H3 wines. The hills have been home to Columbia Crest winery for more than two decades, and it is this heritage, combined with innovative winemaking and vineyard knowledge that allow our winemaker to create wines that capture the unique terroir of the region." -- Winery

2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley....$9.99

"Bright and jazzy, with pretty pineapple, grapefruit, elderflower and spice flavors that linger on the finish without excess weight. This just floats on for a while. Drink now through 2012.—H.S."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

“My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make it a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington’s Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness.”
- Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

Bodega Norton Privada....$21.99

"This polished Argentine red has lots of spice and fruitcake notes up front, followed by an ample core of raspberry ganache, fig bread and mocha. The long, well-rounded finish lingers with poise, despite the overall concentration. Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2012. 8,000 cases made. –JM"
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Saison -- retired!

Just a few cases left at the distributor. When they are gone, STL will see Tank 7
Buy at your favorite beer store so they can order more from the distributor.

The highly rated Smokestack Saison is being retired. Buy now before it is gone. As soon as all the Saison is sold out, we will see the new Tank 7 come to St. Louis.

We are doing our part by putting it on sale now!
Boulevard Smokestack Series Saison....$6.99 / 750ml
Rated 96/100 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate

Bottle Conditioned French style ale.
This one is being retired. Buy it while it is here.

"Saison is the French word for "season," in this case referring to beer brewed during the cool winter months for consumption during the warm working season, when a scarcity of potable water demanded that a thirst-quenching beer be readily available to satisfy farmers and field hands" -- Boulevard

Buy it online now

Askinosie Chocolate -- Springfield, Missouri

We were the first to bring Askinosie to St. Louis and have been stocking their chocolate for almost 2 years now.
Made in Springfield, Missouri.
Askinosie Chocolate -- some of the finest in the world!

Valentines Box...$21.99 / 12oz
An assortment of single origin bars with a card right on the label. Give the best to your Valentine.
Plus these bars in stock now...
Davao 77% Dark Chocolate...$7.49 / 3oz bar
Soconusco 75% Dark Chocolate...$7.49 / 3oz bar
San Jose del Tambo 70% Dark Chocolate...$7.49 / 3oz bar
Davao 62% Dark Milk Chocolate...$7.49 / 3oz bar
Rare, high quality white chocolate
San Jose Del Tambo White Chocolate + Pistachio...$8.99 / 3oz bar
Soconusco White Chocolate Nibble Bar...$8.99 /3oz bar
Cocoa Butter made from Soconusco, Mexico beans.

"The main ingredient in our white chocolate is 34% natural, non-deodorized cocoa butter. The cocoa butter is pressed in our factory and we are the first small-batch chocolate maker to do this. After pressing our Soconusco, Mexico beans to create the cocoa butter, we combine it with goat's milk powder and organic cane juice, and then craft it for days in our 85-year old German melanguer, making ours one of the only single origin white chocolates in the world. It is available in a Nibble Bar and a bar with organic roasted and salted pistachios.

“…Askinosie is the only small-batch chocolate maker in the United States that makes white chocolate. Askinosie's white chocolate is 34% cocoa butter, making it one of the richest in the world and because they don't process their cocoa butter it has a distinct buttery/nutty chocolate flavor that seems less sweet than other white chocolates."
-Clay Gordon, author of Discover Chocolate and

Some more info about them...
* They are the only small-batch chocolate maker in the U.S. that presses their own cocoa butter.
* They source ALL of their beans direct from small farmers--again the only US choco maker doing this.
* They profit share with the farmers
* First company in the world in over 100 years,outside Mexico, making Chocolate from the historic Soconusco Mexcio region.
* Planet Friendly
* Beans are all shade-grown in tropical forests
* Their factory uses green concepts
* All packaging is natural, unbleached, homecompost-able and biodegradable.

Here is their site--it has a lot of info

Hanley Hollow

Hanley Hollow Cheese and Soup Tasting
Saturday February 13th at 3:30-6:30pm

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

Herbs for Cheese gives you quality, quantity...all at a much better price!

If all you do with the Herbs for Cheese package is to make the cheese spread, you will get seven 12 oz. batches. Hanley Hollow spreads offer the same or better flavors as similar brand name spreads,but give you almost triple the spread while staying well under half the price!

Hanley Hollow Products are multi-use. Remember, a little goes a long way. Make your own salad dressings and discover the wonderful difference from brand name spreads. You control the fat, the flavor ... and your budget.

Sedona Sunrise
Fiesta time can be every day. Sedona Sunrise is EASY to use! Use about 1 tablespoon per pound for shrimp through beef and all meats in between. Add fresh limes and cilantro to your taste and you will indeed make a name for yourself as a great cook.
Change the taste mix 2 Tbs. of cocoa and ITb. of Sodona Sunrise mix and rub on your staek.

Try about a cup of packaged french fried onion rings crushed into about one tablespoon of Sedona Sunrise. Dip your meat, fish, or poultry in an egg wash, roll it in the onion ring/Sedona Sunrise mixture, then bake at the proper temperature for the meat you have selected. Fabulous!

Onion Soup Seasoning...Plus much more.
Use the French Onion Soup seasoning as a dry rub to season your carmelized onions for French Dip sandwiches or to enhance the flavors of hamburgers and steaks. I like to make a big batch of French Onion Soup using 4 lbs. of onions. This isn't just "dump and go," but is wellworth the time and effort. When your soup is finished, you can eat it then or freeze it and thaw it out later for a wonderful, nourishing meal! This is really a unique but terrific company meal (and if you have frozen/thawed it, most of the work is already done). You can spend less time in your kitchen so you and your guests can enjoy each other!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Amazing value....

Arriving tomorrow at all four locations....
We just got word that this bargain is going to score 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2007 Newton Red Label Cabernet Sauvignon...$19.99

Brilliant California fruit to the forefront is the hallmark of Newton Red Label wines. Sourced from Newton’s estate vineyards and other Napa, Sonoma and coastal vineyards these wines are made in the Newton tradition to showcase the purity of fruit.

Newton Vineyard’s newest addition, Red Label Cabernet Sauvignon, bridges outstanding value and craftsmanship - offering an artisanal wine as an everyday luxury.

Sourced from Newton’s estate vineyards and other premier Napa vineyards, this wine is made in the classic Newton style showcasing the purity of fruit. Vibrant, rich and approachable, this wine’s plum aromas are accented by intriguing white chocolate, vanilla and anise character. Deep blackberry and supple leather flavors are supported by smooth tannins." -- winery

Also available online

Very limited wines...

Featured in the Riverfront Times Gut Check! - read the article by Dave Nelson
I just got an email from Stephanie DeMasi, one of the partners of Juslyn Vineyards, she is coming into town and wants to do an impromptu tasting at our store. This is a tasting not to be missed.
Amazing wine tasting -- Open House

-- Monday, March 1st


The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd,
Clayton, MO 63105

Mini bio of Stephanie --
"Since 2003, Stephanie DeMasi has been heading up sales for Juslyn. In 2005 she was promoted to General Manager and oversees everything from compliance to quality control. A New York City native, Stephanie began graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and has worked with an admirable list of industry Who's Who, including world renown restauranteurs like Drew Nieporent and Daniel Boulud, and Napa local wine pundits Cathy Corison and the Bounty Hunter. Stephanie completed the Advanced Certificate of the WSET in 2002 and has started dabbling in winemaking herself. Stephanie became a partner in Juslyn Vineyards in 2007. She also achieved a Wine Spectator Restaurant Wine Award in 2006 for her wine program at Fresh Restaurant in TriBeCa." -- Juslyn Website

Invite your wine loving friends and help us welcome here to St. Louis and get a chance to taste some of the best wines of California....

We will taste both of their great 2005 wines!

2005 Juslyn Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain....$89.99
"More backward, but also revealing the noble sweetness of tannin that is so important for this varietal, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain Estate exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue as well as sweet aromas of black currants, white chocolate, camphor, and spring flowers. Beautiful purity, ripe tannins, full body, and a 45-second finish result in a dazzling example of Spring Mountain Cabernet. However, patience is warranted. Give this wine 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 15+ years.

As proprietors Perry and Carolyn Butler move toward virtually all estate fruit from their 42 acres on the slopes of Spring Mountain, the quality of their wines has increased dramatically. Juslyn has been a solid performer for many years, but the most recent vintages exhibit a profound rise in quality, yet prices remain realistic for high end Napa wines."
Rated 95+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2005 Juslyn Perry's Blend....$69.99

The full-bodied 2005 Perry’s Blend (88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a combination of estate fruit and purchased grapes. It is a wine of extraordinary elegance and precision, displaying a sweet, expansive nose of spring flowers, black currants, and hints of blueberries as well as crushed rocks. An ethereal lightness and overall harmony give the wine a Bordeaux-like framework. It possesses terrific purity and depth, and a sweetness to the tannin that suggests it can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years.
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Spring Mountain produces some of the great Cabs of California: Barnett, Behrens and Hitchcock, Cain Five, Paloma, Sherwin Family, Keenan, Pride Mountain, Spring Mountain and Philip Togni.

Available online also

TWCP BeerFest 2010

All went smooth and great! Thanks again for the support -- 2011 should be even better.
We have well over 200 reservations already,
there are no more commerative beer glasses left.

We will be checking IDs at the door.
Please be responsible with a designated driver, metrolink or a cab.

The Wine and Cheese Place annual BeerFest...
This Saturday - April 10, 2010
We will taste more than 150 beers again and offer Bratwurst and Hot Dogs.

This year by request from many attendees last year, we are going to charge for the festival. The crowd has gotten too big to be able to enjoy the festival completely.
From 1pm-2pm -- Premium Session - $10 per person -- Sold out already - Sorry reservations were required for this session.

From 2pm-4pm -- Open Session - $5 per person

At this point, we are stopping reservations. Your are welcome to pay at the door if there is still room to attend.

Here is the list!!
Just announced...
Boulder Hazed & Infused
Boulder Flashback

Boulevard Pilsner
Boulevard Single Wide IPA
Boulevard Tank 7

Sam Adams Black Lager
Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier
Sam Adams Coastal Wheat

Big Sky Moose Drool
Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale

Lagunitas IPA
Lagunitas Maximus
Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrout

Magic Hat Spring Fever Variety Pack
Pyramid Haywire Hefe Wiezen
Pyramid Audacious April Ale
Pyramid Fling

Gulden Draak
Brugse Zot
Poperins Hommel
Hofbrau Dunkel
Horbrau Original

Charleville Half Wit
Charleville Tornado Alley
Charleville Explicit APA
Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
Charleville Triple Wit

Ray Hill Pilsner
Shiner Black Lager

Goliath Triple
Jendrain Saison IV
Mikkeller's Monk's Brew
Bluebird Bitter
Weissenohe Monk's Fest
Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale
Ise Kadoya Pale Ale
Ise Kadoya Stout
Inverlamond Lia Fail

Augusta Belgian Saison
Augusta Belgian Triple
Augusta Belgian Wit

Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey
Cathedral Square Belgian White Ale
Cathedral Square Iglesia Agave Ale

Abbey de St. Martin Brune
Abbey de St. Martin Blonde
Abbey de St. Martin Triple

Corsendonk Brown
Corsendonk Pale
Old Jock
Black Douglas

Blackthorn Cider
Sir Perry Pear Cider

Bard's Gluten Free Beer
St. Peter's Gluten Free


Arcadia Angler's Ale (Pale Ale)
Arcadia Sky High Rye
Arcadia Cereal Killer Barleywine
Arcaida Big Dick's Olde Ale

Sunner Kolsch
La Trappe Isid'or

Left Hand 400# Monkey IPA
Left Hand Warrior IPA

New Holland Pilgrims Dole

Southern Tier Raspberry Wheat

Lion Stout Cans

JK Scrumpy Organic Cider

Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Nectar
Redstone Meadery Nectar of the Hops

Grand Teton Bitch Creek
Grand Teton Howling Wolf
Grand Teton Sheepeater

Wittekerke Cans
Wittekerke Framboise
Bavik Pils

Founders Pale Ale
Founders Porter
Founders Centennial
Founders Red's Rye
Founders Dirty Bastard

Lakefront IPA
Lakefront Fuel Café

Sierra Nevada Keller Weiss
Sierra Nevada Glissade
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Rogue Double Mocha Porter
Rogue Chipotle
Rogue Morimoto Soba
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale

Bells Kalamazoo Stout CASK -- first time for a cask of the K-Stout in St. Louis
Bells Oarsman - DRAFT (RateBeer calls it a Berliner Weisse)
Bells Oberon -- Spring is on its way!!

Abita Amber
Abita Turbo Dog
Abita Jockamo IPA
Abita Root Beer


Ommegang Witte

Woodchuck Amber
Woodchuck Granny Smith
Woodchuck 802
Woodchuck Limited release Spring


Odell Mountain Standard Res
Odell IPA
Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout

Lindeman's Cuvee Renee

Traquair House Scotch Ale
Traquair Jocobite Spiced Scotch Ale

Ayinger Brau Weiss

Samuel Smith Organic Raspberry
Samuel Smith IPA
Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager

Sherwood Forest Sherriff's IPA
Sherwood Forest Maiden's Blueberry Ale
Sherwood Forest Friar's Belgian Ale

Avery Maharaja Batch 11
Avery DuganA IPA
Avery Czar Imperial Stout
Avery New World Porter
Avery Samaels

Great Divide Colette Saison – new 6pk seasonal
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout – 2010 new release
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti

New Belgium Ranger IPA
New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie
New Beligum Transatlantique Kriek
New Beglium Mighty Arrow

Ellen Dierberg from Tin Mill will be on hand
Tin Mill Skyscraper Lager
Tin Mill Hefeweizen
Tin Mill Dopplebock or Maibock

Crown Valley Carriage Cider
Crown Valley Big Bison Ale
Crown Valley Worktruck Wheat
Crown Valley Blonde Ale

Strangford Lough Legbiter Ale
Strangford St. Patrick’s Best Ale

Chimay Grande Reserve
Chimay Premiere
Chimay Cinq Cents

Schlafly is going to bring a trial batch of their new American IPA (7% ABV). The bottled version will be released in June and will come in at 8%.
Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
Schlafly Special Release Export IPA
Schlafly Quadruple
Schlafly Kolsch

O'Fallon Hemp Rod Rye
O'Fallon Wee Heavey
O'Fallon Gold
O'Fallon Wheach
O'Fallon 5 Day IPA
O'Fallon Bourbon Barrel Smoked Porter

Caldera IPA
Caldera Pale Ale
Caldera Amber Ale

RJ Rockers Son of a Peach
RJ Rockers Bell Ringer

Laughing Dog IPA
Laughing Dog CSB
Laughing Dog Alpha Dog
Laughing Dog Dogfather

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SoTier Gemini

Online now also

Bottled February 2nd, 2010
In stock now at Forsyth...
Southern Tier Gemini Double/Imperial IPA...$7.49

"Blended hoppe & unearthly” High in the winter sky, two parallel stick figures are visible & known as “the twins,” or the constellation Gemini. The astronauts of the 1960s flew as teams of two in a program named after the celestial pairing. At Southern Tier, we have our own fraternal twins, Hoppe & Unearthly. Blended together & placed in this vessel, the mission of our Gemini is to travel high & take passengers on a journey far into the heavens. 10.5% abv • 5.8ºL " -- Brewery
Rated 95 percentile on

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mikkeller Single Hop

Order Mikkeller beers online now

The single hop series from Mikkeller continues...
here are the latest two...

Mikkeller Tomahawk Single Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2oz

Rated 94/100 RateBeer

Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop IPA...$5.29 / 11.2oz
Rated 97/100 RateBeer

Les Trois Mousquetaire - new releases

Available online - click here

Just arrived at Forsyth

Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires
"The Three Musketeers Microbrewery"
Québec, Canada
Another brewery from Quebec, home of the delicious and famous Unibroue nectars. This brewery has only been in business for a few years (2004), but there is a lot of buzz about it on the internet. They specialize in German style beers with their own twist added. Head brewer, Jonathon Lafortune, likens himself to a chef that cooks with passion and feeling.

Les Trois Mousquetiares Rauchbier....$8.49 / 750ml
"Voilá! A beer from chilly Québec inspired by the 'rauchbier' you find in Bamberg Germany - a dark beer made partly from smoked malt, aged slowly at low temperatures, and put in the bottle unfiltered, with a fine yeast sediment.
All for one!" -- importer

Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock....$10.99 / 750ml
"This Doppelbock, or 'Double Bock' is a dark, extra full-bodied lager after the best Bavarian tradition. Such beer was created by monks for the tough fasting period of Lent. They called it 'liquid bread'. Look for flavor notes of chocolate, candied fruit, and roasted malt." -- importer

Les Trois Mousquetaires Weizen Imperial....$11.99 / 750ml

ABV = 8.0%
"Wham! Here it is...the world's first - and still greatest imperial wheat beer. The unfiltered Weizen Imperiale is immensely flavorful, with twice the malt and hops of ordinary wheat beer. Thanks to its special yeast, you'll taste vanilla, clove, orange, and of course, the classic banana flavor of a great Hefe-Weizen." -- importer
Rated #8 best Wheat beer on

Les Trois Mousquetaires Kellerbier Lager....$7.99 / 750ml
ABV = 5.5%
Kellerbier, meaning 'cellar beer' is a type of unfiltered lager made by dozens of tiny breweries scattered around Franconia - Germany's most prolific and highly regarded brewing region. Les Trois Mousquetaires' Kellerbier is a full-flavored, unfiltered Pilsner that brings together the richness of Quebec barley and the smoothness of noble German hops, to create the perfect apertif.

Rated #9 best Keller beer on


We have enjoyed some great beers from Haandbryggeriet --

Here are three brand new ones --

Order all Haandbryggeriet online

Haandbryggeriet Wild Thing (Wild Fruit/Wild Beer)....$9.99
"The Haand brewers - four guys making beer in their spare time, on an absudrly small scale - specialize in recreating old Norwegian farm beers. Here's one made with a variety of different grains, and some typical fruits from the region, handpicked by the brewers. It is fermented by airborne wild yeast, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. Wild Thing, yo make everything...groovy." -- back label.
Rare- only 3 reviews so far on Beer Advocate

Haandbryggeriet Barrel Aged Porter (Aquavit)....$9.99
"Akevitt Porter is a very special brew, this is a powerful porter that has been aged in old Akevitt barrels for several months. We use this technique to blend the 2 flavours and the process has produced a very special beer. We think the flavour of this beer must be very
close to how historic porters tasted in the old days when all beers were kept in oak barrels. The wood aging has made this beer fantastically round and smooth, the spill over of the Akevitt flavours and of course the wood flavours play together. All this combined with the darker malts makes it unique. And the aroma is so powerful and interesting it just makes you beg for a sip." -- brewery
10% alc. abv, 32 ibu
Also only 3 reviews on Beer Advocate so far

Haandbryggeriet Hesjeøl (Multi-grain Harvest Ale)...$8.49
"Hesjeøl is our recreation of a traditional Norwegian farmhouse harvest ale. Farmers always served up refreshing harvest ale's for thirsty workers. Our Hersjeøl is a refreshing fruity and floral ale with a slight smoky and spicy flavour. Slightly supped up harvest ale. Made from 3 grains, barley, oats and rye and fermented with our special wild house yeast." -- brewery

6.5% alc. 28 ibu.
Only 3 reviews so far on BeerAdvocate

Jolly Pumpkin from Michigan

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
From Dexter, Michigan

"Welcome to a land of open fermentation, oak barrel aging, and bottle conditioning. At Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales we are dedicated to more than the traditions of old world craftsmanship. Everything we do is designed to create ales of outstanding art and flavor. Focusing on traditional rustic country style beers brought to life through labor and love, we strive to create beers to lighten the spirit, and soothe the soul. Sharing our joy to the betterment of mankind is the most that we could hope for.
Hope you enjoy our web site and our beers,
- Ron Jeffries

We have some great prices on these beers.

New one to STL
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire - Dark Farmhouse Ale...$9.99
"Dark, smooth, delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish. Only available for a few short months. Not to be missed." -- website

Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza....$9.99 / 25oz
Brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast.
Rated 97 percentile on RateBeer

Rated A- BeerAdvocate

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja....$9.99 / 25oz
An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months.

Rated 97/100 percentile on RateBeer

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca....$7.99 / 25oz
Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle, Calabaza Blanca is a Belgian Biere Blanche. Spiced with orange peel and corriander, you'll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderfully dry finish

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bière.....$7.99 / 25oz
An artisan farmhouse ale that is golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast.
Rated 94/100 percentile on RateBeer

Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam....$7.99 / 25oz
Extra Special Farmhouse Ale
A Bam celebration of excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.

More Fantome...

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Fantome Saison....$13.99 / 750ml
Fruity, complex saison beer from the Ardennes forest from a tiny farmhouse brewery very hard to find even in Belgium.
8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. “Absolutely gorgeous, complex summer refresher with enough interest to drink all year-round.” (The Beers of Wallonia). Both authors give this beer a perfect 10. We would not give it a 10 (even if we knew what that meant) but there are drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly, no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere.
How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.

Fantome Dark White....$13.99 / 750ml

Cannot find too much info about this one, except that it was brewed in 2006 and was specially produced for auction to raise money for a very sick little French girl. Saison brewed with pepper and spices.

The Oak Podge

Very limited oak aged edtion....

Available online now

Alvinne The Oak Podge (750ml)....$17.99
Aged in Burgundy Barrels
66.5% State Aged in oak blended with 33.5% Stout

A limited-edition, special oak-aged version of the Podge Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne in Ingelmunster, Belgium. The Podge is aged in oak barrels previously used to mature a Burgundy. It's a special release from Picobrouwerij Alvinne.

Info about Podge Imperial Stout...
Wort is divided into four different parts with each part using a different yeast strain:
- Irish yeast
- English yeast
- Dry yeast
- “Witbread” yeast

Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Black, Chrystal, Chocolate
Hops: Challenger, Saaz , East Kent Goldings
Fermentation: 5 days
Maturation: 6 weeks
Aroma: Red wine character , licorice, dark fruits, molasse, coffee
Flavor/taste profile: Pronounced roasted/coffee/rich chocolate flavors with a touch of sourness [Stout character] combine with dark fruity flavors [Belgian influence]

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Birrificio Montegioco Dolii Raptor....$11.99 / 375ml
This beer is their Demon Hunter Dark Italian Ale aged in Barbera Wine barrels.
Rated 95/100 RateBeer
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate

"Demon Hunter matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months ( 8.5% alc/vol ). Demon Hunter is an intense beer with great complexity. It is of amber color with a persistent head. the nose has notes of chestnut trees, mature plums, grapes and caramel. The pepper compliments the light herb notes from the hops. The avor starts with a taste of honey and is nishes on a beautifully hop note.

Demon Hunter is brewed using malt and hops. The alcoholic content obtained from the fermentation of the malt is of 8 % in volume, while the final one is 8.5 % in volume. Demon Hunter is matured for 15 weeks." -- importer

Birrificio Montegioco Bran Reserva....$11.99 / 375ml

Rated 95/100 RateBeer
This beer is their Bran Strong Brown Ale aged in Barbera Wine barrels.

Malts: 12 different malts {among others: Pilsner malt, Vienna malt, pale malt,
dark malt, caramel malt, chocolate malt, black malt, wheat malt}
Alc/vol: 8.5%
Style: Strong brown ale

Rare artisan spirit....

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Edelster Distilled Aventinus Beer....$44.99 / 375ml

"Edelster Aventinus in its distilled form maintains its beautiful banana and dark strawberry nose combined with black peppery hop spice and hints of basil and clove. Its smooth, sticky mouthfeel compliments the fruity malt sweetness (strawberry/ pear/banana becoming vanilla) in perfect balance with the acidity and black-pepper bitterness."

More about the distillery....

"The distillery Schraml is an established family business located in the Old Provost’s Heritage Village, a former convent and rectory, with a rich history, at the foot of the Nature Park Steinwald. Mountains, strange rocks, white-water, ponds and plenty of forest characterise this beautiful area. In 1817, Johann Baptist Schraml settled down with his bride in the estate at the Heritage Village Kaiserberg 111 (today Kaiserberg 16), which came with the established right, conferred by the Kingdom of Bavaria, to distill brandies and liqueurs from fruit and grain. Fine liquors from fruit and grain and fine liqueurs have been produced here for six generations ever since. Raw materials
are fruit and cereal from the meadows and fields of Schraml’s own agriculture. The property also houses a bakery and a small communal brewery. Thus, in addition to fruit brandy and grain spirits, their own Zoigl beer is openly sold and served." -- importer

Also check out the Uerige Stickum -- distilled Uerige Sticke Alt

Haandbriggeriet - Norway

Haandbakk Sour Ale ...$9.49 / pint
Vintage 2008 -- Brewed May 2008
We have been waiting a very long time for this moment, vintage 2008 has now been blended and bottled. We think the flavour has changed somehow but its just as nice as the previous vintage. Its now placed in the warm zone to be carbonated, this normally takes a little longer with a sour beer. As soon as its done we will ship it out. This is a beer for your beer cellar, it will age with grace.
." --Haandbriggeriet
more info on how they make this beer

Dobbel Dram Double IPA...$8.49 / pint

"Dobbel Dose or Dobbel Dram is a double IPA made with european style hops rather than US hops. This beer is also heavily dryhopped in the aging tank for the extra hop taste and aroma. Made from Marris Otter malt, wheat malt and Crystal. Goes well with spicy food and grilled meat." -- --Haandbriggeriet

Norse Dark Porter....$8.49 / pint

"This is our Porter or Norse Porter in the US.The old farmhouse breweries of Norway made many special beers and they where all dark, hearty, earthy beers like this classic porter full of dark malts. It was customary to make special beers for special occasions like weddings, christenings and even funerals. Made from: Marris otter pale, munich, crystal and brown malt + some chocolate malt and lots of hops for bittering and aroma. Goes well with steaks, grilled meat and dark chocolate or sweet deserts." --Haandbriggeriet

India Pale Ale...$8.49 / pint

"Our India Pale Ale has the local touch by featuring our local wild hop that grows along the banks of a near by stream. We use such a lot of hops in this ale that our kettle can't take it, we therefore do mash hopping which gives a great taste and aroma. India Pale Ale Goes very well with spicy food, grilled fish or chicken and pizza."--Haandbriggeriet

Dark Force Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout...$8.49 pint
Rated 95 on
Norwegian Wood Smoked....$8.49 pint

also in stock now -
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