Friday, April 23, 2010

RJ Rockers Fish Paralyzer

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RJ Rockers Fish Paralyzer....$6.29 / 22oz

Belgian Style Pale Ale
Ales from the Dark Side

"Fish Paralyzer is a Belgian-style pale ale that is moderately hopped with Tradition and Saaz. The grain bill calls for a combination of specialty malt to produce its sweetness and copper color. The Belgian Ale yeast used provides a strong Belgian essence to Phenolic and spicy flavors and aromas 7.5% abv " -- website

"Phil had heard that there were priceless pearls hidden among the oyster beds just off of the coast of Knokke-Heist, Belgium. Unfortunately, after three dyas of diving, he was unable to find and oysters at all. Instead, he found a long chain of small sea caves. On the fourth day, Phil found a cafe that was almost large enough for him to stand inside. As he swam into the cave, he noticed a strange light glowing in the distance. It slowly moved closer, almost lazily, with a hypnotic, swaying motion. Phil tried to swim back out of the cave, but found that he was unable to move. Phil was never heard from again, just the latest to fall victim to the Fish Paralyzer. No divers or fish were actually hurt in the making of this beer." -- label

Devil Dog Imperial IPA

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Devil Dog Imperial IPA...$8.49 / 22oz
"Diabolus Canis Imperiosus IPA"
The Devil Dog will chew you up and leave you whimpering for more.
At 98 IBU’s and 5.6 pounds of hops to the barrel it is an all out assault on the senses.Devil Dog Started as a labor of love but quickly took on a life of its own, leaving us drooling like Pavlov’s dogs at the mere mention of its name.Triple dry hopped and at 10% ABV, more than one of these bad boys will cause you to howl at passing strangers and chew up your toys, or anything else you can get your sharp little teeth on.
Hops: Columbus, Northern Brewer, Ahtanum, Cascade and Simcoe

Malt: Pale, Carmel and Munich

Boulder Brewing

Boulder Brewing arrives at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth!
"Colorado's first microbrewery"
Here are the beers we have in stock now!!
Mojo India Pale Ale
Flashback Anniversary Ale India Brown Ale
Sweaty Betty Blonde Ale
Hazed and Infused Dry Hopped Ale

New Holland Cellar Series

This is the first release from New Holland's Cellar Series... New Holland Envious....$12.99 / 22oz

"The Cellar Series"
"Michigan pears fuel a second fermentation, providing subtle nuance between grain & fruit. A slumber on oak and local raspberries adds depth and tartness. Pairings: charcuterie, roasted poultry, grilled stone fruits." -- website

"We’re excited to unveil “Envious”, the first installment in our new “Cellar Series” this Saturday at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Fest at 2 PM. Envious is a unique beer, a hybrid of many techniques. Its high-gravity malt-fermented base is blended with Michigan pear juice and chardonnay yeast for a second fermentation, before being aged with raspberries and oak. Unlike any style or beer before it, it must be tasted to be appreciated. Envious will be available on draught at select establishments later in the month, and 22-ounce, foil-necked bottles are scheduled to hit the streets on April 1st." -- press release from New Holland

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New Belgians...

Het Anker Lucifer...$3.99 / 11.2oz
"Lucifer pours cleat and golden yellow with a lasting and lacing full white head. The aroma of yeast carries into the flavor with slight metallic and spiced accents. A of fruit compliments the dry and bitter finish of this complex beer."

"Brewery Het Anker is one of the oldest breweries in Belgium. It first appears in the records of the city of Mechelen in 1369. That year “Jan in den Anker” was already paying his penny membership to the St. Rombouts Chapter of the Brewer’s Guild. The brewery appears a second time in the year 1433 which Mathijs, Jan’s son, took over the city brewery after not being profitable. In approximately 1400 the brewery, Beguinage, and the “crankenhuys” (hospital) occupied one third of the city. Some of the buildings from the 15th century still stand on the outer parts of the city." - click here to read more

Straffe Hendrik Bruges Triple Ale...$4.39 / 11.2oz
9% ABV
"Bruges Tripels are fuller bodied tripels with an amber color from the darker, roasted malts used during the brewing process. Also, adding to the fuller body is a longer boiling period for this beer and the use of more hops than traditional Belgian Triples. These unique characteristics were an immediate success with the people of Bruges. In 1981, when the Maes family began brewing this old recipe the people of Bruges gave it the name “Straffe Henri” (Strong Henri), after the owner Henri Maes."

Bell's Oberon -- Spring and Baseball!

Just arrived at Forsyth a fresh batch - only 3 days old! --

Also online now

This is Bell's #1 seller and it accounts for about 50% of their sales--find out why and pick up a 6 pack!
Bottled 4/20/09
Bell's Oberon -- 6pks
Released late in March each year. One of our favorite and most popular beers! When Oberon arrives, you know it is Spring and baseball season.
"An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a summer afternoon." -- Brewery

Thursday, April 22, 2010


New Germans...

Plank Brewery
Brewery overview
Established in 1617, this small family owed brewery is under the direction of the 16th generation Michael Plank. Since taking over as brewmaster Michael has honed the traditional family recipes, with absolute dedication to quality which has resulted in Brewery Plank being named the “Best Small Brewery in the World” at the 2006 World Beer Cup – the only none North American Brewery to win a “Best of” award.

Plank-Bier Heller Weizenbock pint
Origin: Bavaria
Special Notes: Produced exclusively using only locally grown grain and hops
Alcohol: 7.5%
Bitterness: 17 IBU’s
Color (standard research method): 20 EBC
Original Gravity: 18.4%
Malts Used: Pilsner, Wheat and Carahell
Hops Used: Hallertauer Magnum, Hallertauer Perle
Bottle Conditioned: Yes
Awards: Gold Medal 2006, Bronze Medal 2004, and Gold Medal 2002 World Beer Cup – South German-style Weizenbock

Plank-Bier Dunkler Weizenbock pint
Origin: Bavaria
Special Notes: Produced exclusively using only locally grown grain and hops
Alcohol: 7.5%
Bitterness: 17 IBU’s
Color (standard research method): 42 EBC
Original Gravity: 18.4%
Malts Used: Pilsner, Wheat, Caramuench, and All-natural liquid malt color (Sinamar Weyermann)
Hops Used: Hallertauer Magnum, Hallertauer Perle
Bottle Conditioned: Yes
Awards: Gold Medal “Best Wheat Beer” 2007 World Expo of Beer; Gold Medal 2004 World Beer Cup – South German-style Weizenbock

Plank-Bier Hefe Weizen pint

Origin: Bavaria
Special Notes: Produced exclusively using only locally grown grain and hops
Alcohol: 5.2%
Bitterness: 13 IBU’s
Color (standard research method): 23 EBC
Original Gravity: 12.7%
Malts Used: Pilsner, Wheat and Caramuench
Hops Used: Hallertauer Magnum, Hallertauer Perle
Bottle Conditioned: Yes
Awards: Silver Medal 2006 World Beer Cup – German Style Dark Wheat Ale

Plank-Bier Pilsen pint
Bavarian Pils
no info on their site about this one.

Beer with dessert

"Make beer your after-dinner drink"
Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch recommends beer with dessert
"Sometimes I feel sorry for dessert. Restaurants and home cooks go to great lengths to come up with thoughtful beverage pairings for appetizers and entrees. But when it's time for dessert, our drink options are often limited to a short list of digestifs or coffee.I don't know about you, but I think dessert deserves to be paired with something better than a shot of scotch, a pour of port or a cup of cappuccino.Bring on the beer......."
click here to read the full article

Kelpie Seaweed Ale

Kelpie gets a new look!
Kelpie - Seaweed Ale
"Prior to the 1850's there were many Scottish coastal alehouses which brewed their own ales, these ales were made from local malted barley which was grown on fields fertilised with seaweed. This enviornment gave the barley a very specific flavour which we have recreated by the inclusion of fresh seaweed in the mash tun. Seaweed (bladder rack) taken fresh from the water on the Argyll coast is 'mashed in' with the malted and roasted barley. Kelpie is a rich chocolate ale which has an aroma of fresh seabreeze and a distinctive malty texture." -- importer
4.4% vol
Ingredients: Malted Barley Bree, Hops and Seaweed

Grand Teton

We now have beer from Idaho.

Grand Teton Brewing
Grand Teton Brewing Company is situated at the base of the Teton Mountains within the city limits of Victor Idaho.

Monday -- Grand Teton Beer Tasting!! - click to read more

Seasonal 2010 is here! Bottled March 10, 2010
Grand Teton Lost Continent Double IPA ...$8.99 / 4pk
"Lost Continent Double IPA has an astonishing three pounds of hops per barrel in the kettle and another pound per barrel of "dry-hops" added after fermentation, bringing this beer to 90+ IBUs. Starting with an original gravity of 22˚ Plato (1.088 SG), this is a full-bodied beer weighing in at 8.0% ABV. The hops provide citrusy, resinous spiciness, making this beer a great match for any bold food. Try it with prime rib, Cajun blackened pork or chicken, Thai, Indian or Vietnamese cuisine." -- brewery

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Plus other Grand Teton

Grand Teton Black Cauldron - click to read more
Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness - click to read more

Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale....$13.99 / liter
Sheep Eater Scotch Ale was brewed to showcase the role of malt in the flavor of beer and brewed in strict adherence to the Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law.Scotch Ales are some of the world's most flavorful beers. Scotland's cold, blustery climate lends itself to the growing of barley and oats, but not to the production of hops, which are almost always added sparingly.The yeast must work at cooler temperatures than is customary for ales, resulting in maltier, cleaner, less fruity or estery, beers. The color often comes from black roasted malt, which imparts some dryness, but because of the lower attenuation and hopping rates, Scottish ales are almost always slightly sweet and incredibly drinkable.Ours was brewed with black roasted barley, biscuit and peat-smoked malt. It was gently hopped, fermented cool and aged cold for weeks for smoothness. It is copper-brown in color, with some sweet maltiness and plenty of body.Try it with ham, roast pork or chicken, roasted vegetables or venison, crème brulee or, most traditionally, Scottish butter shortbread cookies.Alcohol by volume 7.5%

Au Naturale
Grand Teton Organic Blonde Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
"Grand Teton Brewing is now brewing an all-organic beer.
Au Naturale is an easy drinking, blonde ale. The ale has a crisp, clean body and a subtle malt sweetness. All organic German Pilsner, Vienna and CaraHell malts and German organic Hallertau hops are used for purity’s sake. The play on words lends itself not only to the organic ingredients in the beer, but also to the lifestyle of those of us who live at one with nature. Grab a bottle and join us in the hot spring!" -- brewery
2008 - Silver Medal, Dortmunder/Vienna Lager - North American Brewers Association
2007 - Gold Medal, Dortmunder/Vienna Lager - North American Brewers Association

Bitch Creek ESB / 6pk....$8.99 / 6pk
"Bitch Creek perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full bodied, satisfying mahogany ale. Like the stream for which it is named, our Bitch Creek ESB is full of character... Not for the timid." -- brewery
2008 -Gold Medal, American Brown Ale - North American Brewers Association

XX Bitch Creek ESB 20th Anniversary...$13.99 / liter
Liter flip top bottles finished in wax
"To commemorate that twenty-year history, the brewers of Grand Teton have chosen four of our favorite beers--three current, one historical--to update and enhance. XX Bitch Creek is the final release in our 2008 XX series.
Bitch Creek ESB was first brewed in 2003, and perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full-bodied mahogany ale. It has quickly become our best-s
elling beer, as well as our most-critically acclaimed, having won medals--including two Golds-- at three out the past four Great American Beer Festivals. XX Bitch Creek is all that and more. We took the Bitch Creek recipe and doubled everything: double the malt, double the hops, twice the flavor. This is a huge beer at 7.5% alcohol by volume, which should be paired with only the most flavorful foods. Try it with the best steaks, game meats and hearty stews, or with a nice cave-aged Gouda." -- brewery
94 percentile on Ratebeer

Grand Teton Howling Wolf Weizenbock Cellar Reserve....$13.99 / liter

Liter flip top bottle.
"Was brewed to showcase yeast in the flavor of beer, and was brewed in strict adherence to the Reinheitsgebot. "Weizenbock means strong wheat beer. Wheat contributes a pleasant citric acidity and delicacy on the palate, and its surfet of protein creates a massive head. Howling Wolf was crafted with 40% wheat malt and minimally spiced with Liberty Hops. Like all Bavarian wheat beers, yeast is the star of this show." -- brewery

Gand Teton Sweetgrass IPA....$8.99 / 6pk
"Sweetgrass is crisp and fragrant with a generous yet smooth hop character. The sweet bouquet and spicy flavor come from the combination of five hops and Idaho grown barleys. The color? We call is “Suntan”!" -- brewery

El Mole Ocho

2010 New Holland High Gravity Series
The first has arrived....

New Holland El Mole Ocho 22oz
8% ABV

"Our exploration into the flavors of mole, the legendary sauce of central Mexico. Malty aroma and rich,cocoa-laden body laced with an invigorating tinge of dried chilies and coffee.Pairings: poultry, red meat, dark chocolate." -- New Holland

Available online also

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bourbon Barrel Dogfather

More Bourbon Barrel has arrived!!
Laughing Dog Bourbon Barrel Dogfather....$9.99 / 22oz
Made of 7 malts and 4 different hops giving it a complex flavor profile. Bourbon barrel aged.
Aged 3 - 4 months in Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrels.
ABV: 11%

Laughing Dog I.P.A.....$11.99 / 6pk
"Brewed with five of the finest hops from Yakima WA. To balance the hop flavors, five different American grown malted barley’s add a malt flavor and smooth finish. A spicy, hoppy aroma balanced with malt body makes this beer perfect for relaxing after a hard days work." -- brewery

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Top Hat Butters from St. Louis, MO

Top Hat Gourmet Butters from St. Louis, Missouri

Available at our Rock Hill location now (Forsyth and Ballwin on Thurs)

Top Hat Gourmet Garlic Butter
" quite possibly the most mouthwatering combination of 16 all-natural ingredients ever created. It's an easy, instant way to breath new life into your Steaks, Shrimp, Crab Legs, Poultry, Potatoes, Pasta, and of course -- Garlic Bread. There are so many dishes that can be easily enhanced with Top Hat Gourmet Garlic Butter, that we can't possibly name them all." -- Top Hat

Top Hat Gorgonzola Butter
" the cream of the crop when you're looking for a savory way to make a steak sizzle with a little extra flavor or add a surge of seasoning to pork, chicken or lamb." -- Top Hat

Top Hat Cinnamon Butter
" one way we like to show our sweet side. English muffins, pancakes, toast, bagels, madalines, rolls and croissants are all happy to gain a subtle, sweet kiss from Top Hat Cinnamon Butter. It also works wonders in cinnamon rolls." -- Top Hat

Top Hat Mandarin Orange Butter
" an easy way to add a touch of fresh fruit-infused sweetness to english muffins, bagels, madalines , pancakes, toast, rolls, croissants and more. Skip the clumpy jam and jelly, because Top Hat Mandarin Orange Butter is the creamy way to add the perfect amount of flavor to your baked goods." -- Top Hat

Click here for recipes

More info about Top Hat
"The secret recipe of the world's top cola sits in a heavily fortified vault on copy proof paper. Even greater measures are employed to guard the identity of the 11 herbs and spices that flavor the worlds most famous fried chicken. Much as a great magician closely guards the secrets to their signature illusion, a gourmet chef is equally as protective of their signature recipe, usually. As armed guards kept a watchful eye on the great secrets of the culinary world for the past 30 years, the recipe to the world's greatest garlic butter has passed the years amongst discarded neckties and mothballs, a scrap of notebook paper in shoebox at the bottom a closet in a St. Louis home. It was an unremarkable cocoon for the brightest butterfly. Today, Top Hat Gourmet Garlic Butter, an artesian blend of 16 all-natural ingredients, is ready for your table, able to add an instant infusion of brilliant taste to even the most mundane meal.
As much as we wish it weren't true, there are a few occasions in the kitchen that call for a taste other than that of Top Hat Gourmet Garlic Butter. That's why we've created three additional members of the Top Hat flavor family. Top Hat Gorgonzola Butter, the savory savior of beef, pork, chicken and lamb is a bold way to bring new flavor to the table. We show our sweet side with Top Hat Mandarin Orange Butter and our Top Hat Cinnamon Butter, both are able to enhance pancakes, muffins, breads and croissants, anything that needs a sweet kiss of incredible taste." -- Top Hat

Blaugies Darbyste

Blaugies Darbyste.....25oz.....$11.99

"A traditional style named for John Darby, preacher of temperance whose parishioners were oddly moved by a ‘soft drink’ they insisted was just fig juice . . .The Blaugies Darbyste is a saison made with wheat and fermented with fig juice. A variant of the Belgian “Wit” or “Blanche” style, but a little drier and a lot more substantial and flavorful. In his Beer Companion, Michael Jackson notes the burgeoning interest in the Belgian style of wheat beers in the U.S. and elsewhere, and adds hopefully that “perhaps an acute traditionalist will bring back the use of figs as a fermentable material" The brewery at Blaugies has answered the call. According to Jackson [Michael Jackson, beer guru], “The figs are not evident in the flavor, which is light, lemony and dry.” This is a great beer for summer – and the best “blanche biere” of Belgium. Very spritzy, as a saison should be - be careful popping the cork.
Darbyste is hand-brewed in small batches by the impassioned, gifted Blaugies brewers, a husband, wife, and son team. They’re very adventurous in recreating traditional beer styles - and are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The family enjoys good food and beer, and consumes a lot of its own product for cooking and drinking.
We like the rougher, grainier malt texture of all their beers. They give you the feeling that the brewers put this beer in a bottle just a few days ago, especially for you.
Selected as one of the fifty best beers in the world by Men's Journal magazine, July 2005." -- Importer

St. Louis Craft Beer Week 2010

Mike Sweeney of is hosting the second annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

St. Louis has an unparalleled history for beer in the United States. The St. Louis Craft Beer Week is a celebration of that history.

The 2010 Craft Beer Week celebration is beginning on April 24th and culminating on April 30th, May 1st and 2nd with the St. Louis Microfest. Each night of this event will provide an opportunity to talk to brewers, pair food and beer, play some trivia or meet other beer enthusiasts. This is your chance to really see everything that the St. Louis beer scene has to offer.

St. Louis Craft Beer Week is devoted to the beer brewers, drinkers and lovers in St. Louis. Be sure to check our Events page and the Calendar to learn more information about upcoming events.

Events are now posted on the site -- click here to see all events

Here are a few events at our stores....

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO
Monday, April 26, 2010 from 5pm - 7pm
Grand Teton Beer and Cheese Pairing
Open House Format! Bring your friends! No reservations needed!

Chuck Nowicki, Sales and Marketing Director of Grand Teton, will be on hand to talk about and taste their reserve series.
We will taste...
Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness
Grand Teton Sheepeater Scotch Ale
Grand Teton Bitch Creek Double ESB
Grand Teton Howling Wolf Weizenbock


Provisions Gourmet Market
Beer and Food Pairing Class
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
6:30 - 7:45pm
$25 / person

Reservations Required for this event - click here to sign up
or call Samantha at 314-989-0020
Most BEER dinners feature one brewery, we have the option of choosing from 1,000 different beers. Sign up now!
We have paired two experts Certified Sommelier Angela Ortmann (stlwinegirl) and Chef Scott from Provisions Gourmet Market for 5 courses of Food and BEER Pairing. The best bargain in town.

Sorry, sold out already!
The Wine and Cheese Place -- Forsyth

Blind IPA - Imperial IPA Beer Tasting
Thursday April 29


Only $5 / person

Reservations required -- limited to 24 people
Click here for reservations

We will taste many different IPAs and Imperial IPAs and rate them to see which ones are the favorites without label influence. You will not know which beers are in each flight, they will be tasted blind. We did this last year with Stouts and it was a great time. Fun, informative, and very interesting event.
Not sure of the list of beers we will use, but here ares some IPAs that we have to choose from: Avery Maharaja, Bells Two Hearted, Founders Centennial, Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA, Boulevard Single Wide IPA, Bouldevard Double Wide IPA, O'Fallon 5-Day IPA, Moylans IPA, Moylans Hopsickle, Lagunitas, Southern Tier, Avery, Laughing Dog IPA, Laughing Dog Alpha Dog, Anderson Brewing, Caldera, Bridgeport Hop Czar, Big Sky, New Belgium Ranger IPA, Weston, Goose Island, Shipyard, Southern Tier UnEarthly, Acme, Odells, Great Divide Titan, and maybe some Mikkeller!


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

Friday, April 30, 2010

Open House Format! Bring your friends! No reservations needed!
Boulevard Smokestack Series Tasting
Laura Dale from Boulevard will be on hand to taste the full Boulevard Smokestack Series.

We will taste:
Smokestack Tank 7
Smokestack Long Strange Tripel
Smokestack Double Wide IPA
Smokestack Sixth Glass Quad
Smokestack Dark Truth Stout
Smokestack Rye on Rye
Smokestack SeeYouLater Doppelbock

Smokestack Harvest Dance