Friday, March 26, 2010

Hoppy Easter

Mikkeller Hoppy Easter...$5.29 / 11.2oz bottle

German Style India Pale Ale
Cannot find much info on the beer except from the label. It is 6.6% ABV German style India Pale Ale.

Mikkeller Funky

Mikkeller Funky Star Belgian Wild Ale...$12.99 / 750ml

As reported on

"Mikkel says Funky E-star is like It’s Alive but stronger in alcohol. 9.4% ABV and it will be available in 750 mL bottles." --

Here is Mikkel's description of It's Alive:
"It's Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It's Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The color is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyces culture makes It's Alive continue to develop in the bottle." -- Mikkeller's Website

Ingredients for Funky Star:
Water, malts, light candy, hops, yeast and brettanomyces.

Hip Hops

Read Evan Benn's latest article in

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Schlafly Export IPA

Just arrived.....the long awaited stock at Forsyth now!!
Schlafly Export IPA....$8.99 / 6pk
Bottled 03/24/10

"This full-bodied traditional English-style ale is brewed with a high gravity and extra hops, which originally helped to preserve the beer on long voyages from England to India. 8% ABV" -- Schlafly

Amazing Italian Bargains!!

Vinchio Vaglio Serra is a “Cantina Sociale” located near Asti in the town of Vinchio. Far from your typical “social winery,” Vinchio Vaglio Serra controls all aspects of the production process from vine to bottle. Their wines have garnered the highest possible praise from Gambero Rosso, and for good reason.

Have you ever seen a Barbaresco or Barolo for this price? Two great vintages!
Most Barolo's and Barbaresco's sell for over well over $50!!

2003 Vinchio Vaglio Serra Barbaresco.....$14.99
Barbaresco is a superstar area of the Piedmont region of Italy from the area of Langhe. It is a powerful wine made with the great Nebbiolo grape.

2004 Vinchio Vaglio Serra Barolo....$14.99

Barolo has been called "Wine of kings, and king of wines." Barolo is one of the greatest wines from Italy and from one of the greatest regions of Italy -- Piemonte. The wine is made from the best Nebbiolo grapes from near the town of Alba.

We will be tasting these wines at Rock Hill and Forsyth from 11am-4pm on Saturday March 27. Stop by for a taste

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sierra 30th

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary will be arriving at TWCP Forsyth and Provisions tomorrow.

I will post at 8AM tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Bordeaux!

New Bordeaux in stock now!!
Also available online!

2004 Bourgneuf Pomerol....$29.99
"Rich and full, with a good consistency. Velvety, with a chocolate and toasty oak finish. Good sample. Score range: 89-91 –JS"
Rated 89-91/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chateau Haut Bages Liberal Pauillac...$49.99
"Very aromatic, showing blackberry and currant aromas, with some licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a rich, decadent, fruity finish. Caresses the palate. Stylish and opulent. Best after 2011. 10,000 cases made. –JS"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chateau Pichon Baron Pauillac....$149.99
"As usual, this superb Pauillac possesses an inky/blue/black color in addition to a big, sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, burning embers, black currant liqueur, and toasty vanillin from new oak casks. Full-bodied with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, the 2005 Pichon Baron is more backward than the blockbuster 2003 or prodigious 2000. Nevertheless, it is a superb effort whose power, length, and tannic structure suggest it should be at its peak between 2015-2035."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chateau Cantemerle.....$34.99
"Cantemerle’s new proprietors believe in producing delicate, beautifully wrought, finesse-styled wines that require some introspection. The deep ruby-hued 2005 displays aromas of licorice, roasted herbs, sweet cherries, and flowers. In the mouth, the wine seems almost light in comparison to its peers, but it possesses an ethereal seriousness, purity, and overall harmony that are striking for its delicacy and finesse. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, it should be at its finest between 2012-2025+."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2005 Chateau Meyney St. Estephe....$33.99
"Aromas of currant and fresh flowers follow through to a medium-to-full body, with chewy tannins and a slightly woody finish, but the fruit comes through. Turns long and pretty. Best after 2010. –JS"
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2005 Chateau Lafon Rochet St. Estephe...$47.99
"At present, this structured, backward 2005 is dominated by the vintage’s substantial tannins. It exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, a reticent but promising bouquet of sweet black fruits intermixed with weedy tobacco, licorice, and leather characteristics. Medium-bodied and powerful, with excruciating tannin, but promising potential, patience is most definitely required. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2004 Chateau Pavie St. Emilion....$519.99 / 3 liter
"A brilliant effort from proprietors Chantal and Gerard Perse, Pavie’s 2004 (7,050 cases) exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color, a surprisingly soft, forward style for this hallowed terroir, full-bodied, and concentrated creme de cassis flavors intermixed with cherries, truffles, and subtle smoky wood notes. Beautifully-textured as well as expansive, this may be the most developed and forward Pavie made by Perse since his acquisition of the property in 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2025+."
Rated 95+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

He'Brew in 12oz bottles!

Fresh IPA -- Acme IPA and New Holland Mad Hatter IPA do not date their beer, but the distributor has been out and a fresh batch is here now.

First time in 12oz bottles!!!

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.....$9.99 / 4pk
A rye based double IPA
"Contract brewed for Schmaltz Brewing Company. Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the death of Lenny Bruce: A Rye based double IPA. Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops. Shocking flavors - Far beyond contemporary community standards. The Most Radical Jewish Tribute Beer ever created. 10% alc. -- Malts: 2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 65, Wheat, Kiln Amber, Caramel 70 -- Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial. Dry Hopped with Amarillo and Crystal"
Rated 96/100 on RateBeer

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bitters --- BACK IN STOCK

TWCP has always been known for leading the pack and being copied -- the original and best cheese department, the number one wine shop in St. Louis, more beer than anybody else in St. Louis.....
Listening to our customers, the "classic drinks" are the new hot category right now. People are staying home more, but they still want to enjoy martinis and mixed drinks at home. We are searching out and finding those hard to get ingredients that you need for these classic drinks. We first brought you the Q-Tonic which is a major hit, Creme de Violette for the Aviation Cocktail and now some of the most exciting Bitters you will ever see.

We just got in Golden Passion Fruit Syrup, American Beauty Grenadine, Orgeat Syrup, Maraschino Syrup, Orange Bitters, Lemon Bitters, Grapefruit Bitters, Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Oak Aged Bitters, Rhubarb Bitters, Peach Bitters, Mint Bitters....currently just at our Forsyth location.

We are always searching for the latest and greatest --

"Fee Brothers is a four generation old manufacturer of top quality Cocktail Mixes, Bitters, Flavoring Syrups, Iced Cappuccino Mix and other beverage ingredients. Some of the products we
manufacture are very hard to find anywhere else. We are sure you will find our old family recipes second to none." -- Fee Brothers

Read more about the history of Fee Brothers

Fee Brothers Bitters
"Actually contains real angostura bark unlike Angostura Brand Bitters. Like the difference between a regular pastis and absinthe, the small addition of a original ingredient, can make a huge difference....This product is the *only* bitters commercially available in U.S. that contains real angostura bark as a bittering and flavor component. " --
We also got in our 2010 Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters -- allocated, we only get 12 bottles per year!!

Old Fashion Bitters
The classic Bitters used in every bar. A necessary ingredient in a Manhattan or a Planter's Punch and so many more drinks.
Recipes with Old Fashion Bitters

Orange Bitters
This old cocktail ingredient went unnoticed for years, until recently. A new interest in classic cocktails has brought it out of retirement. There are many recipes that call for Orange Bitters, but of most note is the "Classic" Martini. Try a dash in your next Martini and you will never want one without Orange Bitters again.
Recipes with Orange Bitters

Peach Bitters
Another long lost cocktail ingredient enjoying new interest. Try Peach Bitters in a Coronation or a Xeres. Your drinks will be unique.

Mint Bitters
The fresh taste of mint when you don't have mint leaves handy. Great in a Mint Julep or a Mojito.
Recipes with Mint Bitters

Lemon Bitters
A Fee Brothers original, Lemon Bitters lend a snappy citrus taste with a hint of lemongrass to your drinks.
"First Impression: Aromatic lemon esters, and a possible bitter orange in the background? Scents of bitter zest of bark also. Appearance: Clear, yellow tinge, paradoxically viscous and oily at the same time. Taste: Lemon with a strong angostura or quinine bitter component to it. Like a liquid sour candy. Drinks: This bitters can be used in a number of drinks calling for lemon bitters or alternatively, to of course add a lemon taste without resorting to limoncello or lemon-flavored vodka." --

Grapefruit Bitters
Another weapon in the arsonal of a creative bartender. The great citrus taste of Grapefruit combined with the classic spice flavors of bitters.
"First Impression: Smells like the intense grapefruit smell you get when you open a bag of sugared grapefruit slice candies. Scents of bitter zest of bark also in the background. Appearance: Clear, yellow tinge, paradoxically viscous and oily at the same time. Taste: Tastes a great deal like grapefruit candies with a pleasant but intense bitterness to it. Slightly artificial tail or aftertaste but would probably be unnoticed in a drink. Drinks: This bitters can be used in a number of drinks calling for grapefruit bitters or may be quite useful to give a concentrated grapefruit flavor without the bulk or color impact of using grapefruit juice. Might be quite interesting on a Pisco Sour instead of Angustora Bitters." --

Rhubarb Bitters
The delicate flavor of Rhubarb combined with other flavors available in 1800's America.

Cherry Bitters
The re-birth of a historical cocktail ingredient. Use a dash or two to enhance a cocktail with its strong fruit flavor.
"First Impression: Light floral and slightly candy like smell to it with a hint of bitters or acridness to it rounding out and providing a grounding or weighting of the cherry aroma so it has a better nose . Appearance: Clear with a very slight brown tinge to it. Somewhat viscous compared to some (a bit thinner than the orange bitters but still resembling a light oil in some respects). Taste: Tastes like a cherry syrup or a sour version of a Gummi lifesaver with a pleasantly sour/bitterness to it. Drinks: Limited usefulness, primary uses are for cocktails almost no one has heard of or remembers except seriously hard core Cocktailians. None-the-less it is a required ingredient for some cocktails and an interesting tool in the Cocktailians armamentarium. Chances are, if you come up with a cocktail using this it will be a new one." --

2010 just arrived -- allocated, we only get 12 bottles this year!!
2010 Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
Freshly emptied oak whiskey barrels from Tennessee, interiors charred and soaked with aged whiskey, are used by Fee Brothers to age aromatic bitters. Savor the result of the mingling of these great flavors. This premium bitters is a strictly limited edition item and we bottle it only once a year in the spring. When it's gone it's gone (until next year anyway).
"Aged in Jack Daniels barrels in a temperature controlled environment.
First Impression: Ginger, cinnamon, gentian, cardamom, caraway, scents of bitter zest of bark and citrus oils (orange?) also. Appearance: Brown caramel/toffee color, lets you keep track of where and how much you used. Taste: A touch sweeter than the Old Fashioned Aromatic with some oak pepper/char elements with hints of vanilla with a very nice gentian and angostura dryness. Slightly sweeter and a good bit more complex than Angostura Brand bitters with cinnamon, gentian,cassia, quinine, etc. Nice lingering finish. Cinnamon is a touch more aromatic, vanilla and orange/citrus are a bit more pronounced than batch one. Drinks: This bitters can be used in the large number of drinks recipes calling for bitters (unless another type is specified) or for baking and cooking." --

Orgeat Cordial Syrup
Pronounced or-SHOT. An almond flavored milky-white syrup. The key ingredient in many Polynesian drinks such as a Mai Tai.
Recipes with Orgeat Syrup

Maraschino Cordial Syrup
Bartenders have scooped juice from their maraschino cherries for years for Kiddie Cocktails and Old Fashions. No need to risk leaving the fruit uncovered to spoil.

The Ultra Light
created by Chris Carlsson,
A variation/cross between a Perfect Martini (1930's style) and the Aviation Cocktail, using Fee Bros. Bitters instead of Maraschino liqueur and lemon juice.
4 oz Gin
1/4 oz
Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
2-4 dashes Fee Bros. Lemon Bitters (to taste)
2-4 dashes Fee Bros. Cherry Bitters (to taste)
Pour all ingrediants into cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.