Saturday, September 11, 2010

Balvenie Tasting -- New 14 year old

Balvenie Tasting featuring the new Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask...

(Balvenie 14 year old just arrived at Forsyth)

Saturday, September 11 -- Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Corrido Tasting


We will taste

Balvenie 14 yr Caribbean Cask....$49.99
Balvenie 12 yr Double Wood...$45.99
Balvenie 12 yr Sinature....$51.99

Glenfiddich 15 year old...$49.99
Glenfiddich 15 year old 102 proof....$54.99
Glenfiddich 18 year old....$67.99

Corrido Silver...$29.99
Corrido Reposado...$34.99
Corrido Anejo....$38.99
Corrido Extra Anejo....$68.99
read more about Corrido

Bourbon Tasting with Brian from Glazer

Michter's Bourbon 10yr....$69.99

Elmer T. Lee Bourbon...$24.99

Michter's Straight Rye...$37.99

Old Fitzgerald Bourbon...$11.99

W.L. Weller 12 year old..$17.99

maybe a few more products

More info about the new Balvenie 14 year old Carribean Cask
"The Balvenie, the world’s most handcrafted Single Malt Scotch Whisky, today announced the newest addition to its collection of award- winning Single Malts – the Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask. Available nationwide starting in September, this rich and intense new expression will line up alongside the already established range of Balvenie single malts – 12 Year Old Doublewood, 15 Year Old Single Barrel and recent IWSC Trophy Winner 21 Year Old Portwood – as a permanent fixture in the Balvenie range.
This exciting new expression follows the acclaim of 2008’s limited edition Balvenie 17 Year Old Rum Cask, and the subsequent popularity of rum cask-finished whiskies, with a whisky that bears all the hallmarks of the Balvenie, but with an added level of complexity that comes from finishing the whisky in casks that once held Caribbean rum. After a 14 year maturation period in traditional oak whisky casks, the Balvenie is then transferred to the rum casks, leading to an exceptional Single Malt that exemplifies the signature smooth, honeyed character of the Balvenie, while adding unique notes of toffee and fruit that come from its innovative cask finish.
The outstanding quality of The Balvenie is a result of the unique craftsmanship retained by The Balvenie Distillery. Nowhere else is there a distillery that still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional floor malting, employs a team of coopers to tend its casks, a coppersmith to maintain its stills and has in its service David Stewart, the most experienced Malt Master in Scotland, whose innovative approach to cask finishing has set a new standard in Single Malts.
Said Stewart of this new release, “We’ve found that many years maturation in traditional oak whisky casks followed by a few months of rum cask maturation complements The Balvenie single malt very well, and this expression is a beautifully rounded 14-year-old whisky that combines traditional Balvenie vanilla notes with rich toffee, a hint of fruit and a warm, lingering finish.” -
What does John know?

DeMolen Cease and Desist

As we mentioned back in November of 2009, De Molen was asked "by the people who make Old Rasputin" to stop using the name Rasputin on their Imperial Stout. De Molen got a label approved changing the name to Disputin and now they have another one called Cease & Desist. Not sure when/which we will see these, but we do have a lot of great DeMolen beers in stock -- click the label to see more.

Cease & Desist


Boulevard Anniversary coming in November!

As reported on, the official label has just been approved for the Boulevard 21st Anniversary Ale. Just a few changes from the original bottle shot they sent me (see bottle below). Click on the label to order other Boulevard products while we wait!

Should hit St. Louis in November...
More info on the Fresh Hop Anniversary Ale...
"This past weekend, we started celebrating the brewery’s upcoming 21st birthday by brewing a very special, one-of-a-kind batch. Why? Well, we are in the beer business, after all.
Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale is brewed in loving tribute to our flagship Pale Ale. When Boulevard founder John McDonald first brewed Pale Ale back in 1989, it was considered edgy, even over-the-top, and consumed by only the most dedicated craft beer loyalists. Today, pale ales literally pale in comparison to the latest trend of “imperialized” beers that are bigger, bolder, and even more flavorful. Our brewmaster, Steven Pauwels, says he hopes that Boulevard’s 21st Anniversary offering will have the same effect on beer lovers that our original Pale Ale had two decades ago.
On Friday, August 20th, our brewers prepared for the special batch by loading into the hopper more than 130 bags of specialty malt. Because it’s a Pale Ale, they determined that the malt should hail from the homeland of that style, Great Britain, so they employed England’s Maris Otter Pale Malt to give the beer a rich, nutty malt flavor. With Munich and Caramel malts added for color and body, the brewers ensured a strong malty backbone.
The mashing began Saturday morning, followed by lautering of the wort. The kettle was then filled, and a magnificent blend of Cascade, Hallertau, Magnum, Styrian Golding and Centennial hops created an incredible, intoxicating aroma throughout the brewery. Other employees gathered ‘round the brewhouse, sharing favorite Boulevard stories and memories. The brewers even opened a few other beers for all to sample (imagine that!), providing even more inspiration and ideas for future brews.
The beer is now happily fermenting. When finished, our brewers and cellarmen will wet-hop the 125-barrel tank with 500 pounds of fresh-from-the-vine Cascade hops. We’ll try to post some photos. Too bad we can’t post aromas…
Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale won’t be released until closer to our actual birthday, November 17th. It was on that date in 1989 that John loaded the first keg of Pale Ale into his pickup, drove it down the street, and tapped it at a local Mexican restaurant. We hope you will join us in celebration on that day, perhaps with a bottle of our 21st Anniversary brew, and raise a glass to craft beer." -- Boulevard Blog

Friday, September 10, 2010

Brian has arrived in kilt!1

Come taste some great scotch --

Brian in a kilt

Brian Bauer should be here in his Kilt in a few minutes for the scotch tasting. We will post a picture when he arrives!

Fresh Founders

Fresh Founders Centennial IPA and Red's Rye are in stock at Forsyth!!

New Black IPA in stock...

Grand Teton Trout Hop Black IPA...$8.99 / 750ml
"Trout Hop Black IPA is a spicy and bold American-Style India Black Ale, with notes of fresh pine needles and spruce tips. Brewed with Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German specialty malts, this ale has a deep rich color and roasted finish but does not have the thick and rich body that often accompanies malty brews. Kettle hopped and dry hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, the resulting bitterness is bold and pronounced, the aroma piney and zesty. The full body and dry finish create a refreshing autumn ale, perfect for any crisp afternoon or cool evening. The spicy hops of this ale complement bold, flavorful foods. Chocolate mole enchiladas, Indian and Thai curries, and barbeque ribs will go nicely." -- brewery

Order all Grand Teton online

Spirit month continues - big Friday tasting.

BIG Friday Tasting, September 10 -- Spirit, wine, beer tasting...
The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth

Craft Distillers - Germain Robin
Christopher Stephens, CSW will be tasting these amazing products
Germain Robin Fine Brandy...$42.99
Germain Robin Shareholders Brandy....$62.99
Germain Robin XO Brandy...$42.99 / 375ml
Germain Robin Zinfandel Grappa....$51.99 / 375ml
Los Nahuales Mezcal Silver...$46.99
Los Nahuales Mexal Reposado...$57.99
Aqua Perfecta Framboise...$19.99 / 375ml

Wine with Olivia from Golden Barrel 4-6pm
Esperanza Viura Verdejo
Angioletta Moscato
Chronic Cellars Zinfandel
Rubus Cabernet Sauvignon (another chance to taste if you missed it)

Scotch with Brian from Glazer 5-7pm

Balblair 12 year old Single Malt Scotch....$42.99
Balbalir 18 year old Single Malt Scotch...$109.99
AnCnoc 12 year old Single Malt Scotch...$33.99
AcCnoc 16 year old Single Malt Scotch...$52.99
Old Pulteney 12 year old Single Malt Scotch...$31.99
Old Pulteney 17 year old Single Malt Scotch...$73.99
Old Pulteney 21 year old Single Malt Scotch...$94.99
Hankey Bannister Scotch....$15.99

Friday night Beer Tasting 4-6pm

Grand Teton Black IPA (scheduled to hit tomorrow)
Boulevard Bob's 47 Oktoberfest
Magic Hat Hex Ourtoberfest
Erdinger Weizen Oktoberfest
Left Hand Oktoberfest

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tallgrass from Kansas

Special Tallgrass tasting with Matt Bauer from Tallgrass Brewing.
Matt will be on hand to taste and talk about the great Tallgrass beers. Joins us for this open house event.

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forysth Blvd, Clayton, MO
Thursday -- September 9, from 4-6pm at Forsyth

Available online now!!!!
Tallgrass is a very new brewery in Kansas that has only been around for about 3 years! We are excited to have another option for can beer in St. Louis. Everything they produce is in 16oz CANS!

Why cans? click here
Read more about the brewery -- click here

Tallgrass IPA....4pk-16oz Cans
(ABV 6.3%, 60 IBU)
Tallgrass IPA originally came to life as a creation during Jeff’s early homebrewing days (batch Numero Uno), and it was consumed in short order by his friends who came over to cook out and help with the next batch. After some modifications over the years (because nobody’s rookie homebrew batch tastes all that great, but your friends will tell you it does) the recipe was dialed in to become what is now Tallgrass IPA. We love this beer and think you will too!
What is with the name “India Pale Ale”? Well, India Pale Ale’s have a history that reaches way back to the days of the British Empire and the need for good and proper British beer for the soldiers in India. It just so happens that hops not only taste and smell great, they also have natural preservative properties that help keep beer fresher. Obviously, there was no way to keep beer cool on the long voyage around Cape Horn from England to India, so the intellectual forebearers of modern microbiology (genius brewers of course!) figured that if some hops were good for storage then heaps of hops would be great!
With this technique, these hero brewers and their hops kept the beer good and the soldiers of the empire inebriated, even in the furthest corners of the globe. Even more, the hoppiness of the IPA preserved not only the beer itself, but the great taste it created has preserved the style as one of the most popular beer styles in the world in the 21st century. If those brewers weren’t knighted by the empire back then, they should have been!
---Tallgrass Brewery

Tallgrass Ale....4pk-16oz Cans
(ABV 4.4%, 22 IBU)

Tallgrass Ale is the flagship beer of Tallgrass Brewing Company, and we think it will be your new favorite beer! Truly a craft beer, the recipe was first brewed by Jeff as a 10-gallon batch of homebrew. Of all his homebrew recipes, Jeff chose Tallgrass Ale as the flagship beer because of the beer’s surprising light body, extraordinarily smooth and balanced profile, great taste, and clean finish. The first time Jeff brewed Tallgrass Ale he thought it looked a little too dark, but after he kegged that first batch, the finished beer was really, really tasty! That first little 10-gallon batch of Tallgrass was gone way too fast!

The beer was different from anything he or his friends could find on tap or on the shelf. It was a beer that was a deep chestnut color, yet had a great flavor and was so light tasting that it kept you wanting more. The distinctive look and taste of Tallgrass Ale comes from our unique blend of German, English, and American-style malts and a generous helping of both American and traditional English hops. These ingredients, our English brewer’s yeast, and the Flint Hills’ excellent brewing water gives Tallgrass Ale a distinctive, toffee-highlighted taste and smooth profile that is always drinkable.
---Tallgrass Brewery

Tallgrass Köld....4pk-16oz Cans
(ABV 5.0%, 16 IBU)
The fourth beer to add to our flavorful collection of brews, Köld is a crisp, easy-drinking lager with a traditional Pilsner malt aroma and subtle notes of honey and citrus. Köld is brewed using the finest German malts and hops, making it reminiscent of German-style lagers.

Köld originated as one of Jeff’s earlier brews where he and his buddies spent a few nights racing to the bottom of the keg. It has since been crafted into a brew that we are very proud to bring into our diverse, yet tasty family of beers. This is a beer that everyone can enjoy, and in copious quantities we might add (always responsibly of course)!
---Tallgrass Brewery

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat...4pk-16oz Cans

(ABV 5.0%, 20 IBU)
We love this beer here at the brewery, and think you will have one of those “I’ve never-tasted-a-beer-like-that” kind of moments when you try it!

What we really like about this beer is the smoothness that brewing with cream sugar brings to the palate. This smoothness balances out the copious quantities of roasted barley used in the brewing process to create a rich, complex, and delicious beer. If you have not been a stout drinker in the past, give this beer a try. It might just change your mind about how dark beers should taste. It tastes so rich, but is surprisingly easy to drink!
---Tallgrass Brewery

Tallgrass Oasis....4pk-16oz Cans
(ABV 7.2%, 93 IBU)

Oasis is a Double ESB/IPAish beer that came about from playing around with one of Jeff’s favorite homebrew recipes. Here at Tallgrass we love malt and we love hops, and this beer has both of them in record quantities; well, at least records for our baby brewery.

As our summer seasonal at 7.2% ABV and 93 IBU, Oasis is a big beer that has to be priced a bit higher than our regular line of beers. We think that once you taste the over-the-top hops and surprisingly sturdy malt backbone you will realize why it’s worth it.

Definitely not a fruit-extract seasonal shandy, this beer is meant to be enjoyed on the back porch during long summer evenings.

---Tallgrass Brewery

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Balvenie 17 year old...

A new Balvenie....17 year old Peated Cask is in stock at Forsyth.

The Balvenie 17 year Peated Cask...$107.99


Most Handcrafted Single Malt Introduces Limited Edition, Collectible Whisky

The Balvenie, the world’s most handcrafted Single Malt Scotch Whisky, today announced the launch of a new and much-anticipated limited edition expression: The Balvenie Peated Cask aged 17 years. Available starting in September 2010, this latest addition to the lauded Balvenie 17 Year Old range is an exciting marriage of Single Malt Scotch whiskies aged in special peated casks and finished in new American oak.

Like past 17 Year Old Balvenie expressions – which include the highly sought-after Islay Cask, Sherry Oak, New Oak, New Wood, Rum Cask and last year’s Madeira Cask – this latest offering is the brainchild of the Balvenie master distiller David Stewart. More than 45 years of experience have given David an unparalleled expertise in single malt maturation. With a strong desire to experiment, David continues to look at the effects of age and wood upon The Balvenie spirit. The Balvenie Peated Cask is the result of David’s latest work and retains The Balvenie’s traditional honeyed complexity, but introduces layers of rich spice and smoke on the nose and palate.

In 2001, a heavily peated batch of barley was bought from a local supplier and distilled at The Balvenie Distillery. The distilled liquid was allowed to mature until David decided it was time to rejuvenate the maturation process and so the whisky was transferred to newly prepared traditional casks.

The casks that had originally held the peated liquid had taken on much of its character but were without purpose, until David decided to experiment by filling them with 17 year old Balvenie for a short period. The result was an intensely peaty whisky. Marrying this liquid with 17 year old Balvenie finished in new American oak casks produced a hugely complex single malt, rich and spicy with layers of smokiness.

David Stewart comments: “In the crafting of The Balvenie Peated Cask, we wanted to explore the impact of peat and new American oak upon The Balvenie single malt. What we have created is a wonderfully complex and unique whisky which is layered with spice and smoke whilst retaining the characteristic honeyed sweetness inherent to The Balvenie.”

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tastings this week....

The Wine and Cheese Place has been promoting great Artisan Spirits for some time now. We want to take it to the next level and let you taste them. We have some great tastings scheduled at The Wine and Cheese Place in September. Clear off your calendar in September!!! Here is what we have for you this week.

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

Just added...
Wednesday - September 8th -- Glenlivet Scotch Tasting

with Winston Evans, The Glenlivet Ambassador (read more)
We will taste these amazing Glenlivet scotches....
Glenlivet 18 yr old
Glenlivet 18 yr old Triumph
Glenlivet 21 yr old
Glenlivet 15 yr old
Glenlivet 16 yr old Nadurra

Thursday September 9th -- Tallgrass Brewing

Special Tallgrass tasting with Matt Bauer from Tallgrass Brewing.
Matt will be on hand to taste and talk about the great Tallgrass beers. Joins us for this open house event.

read more

Friday, September 10 -- Craft Distillers
Christopher Stephens, CSW will be tasting these amazing products
Germain Robin Fine Brandy
Germain Robin Shareholders Brandy
Germain Robin XO Brandy
Germain Robin Zinfandel Grappa
plus Los Nahuales Mezcals and Aqua Perfecta

Saturday, September 11 -- Balvenie
We are hoping to feature the new Balvenie 14 yr Caribbean Cask and 17 year Peated (both coming soon)

Saturday, September 11 -- Glenfiddich

Saturday, September 11 -- Corrido Tequila
We will taste
Corrido Silver
Corrido Reposado
Corrido Anejo
Corrido Extra Anejo
read more about Corrido