Saturday, January 8, 2011

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

Boulevard Smokestack Series Chocolate Ale -- coming soon!

Boulevard has an new and exciting Smokestack Series Ale coming out soon. They are hoping to have it out before Valentines Day. They are still waiting for label approval -- the red tape. So there could still be some minor changes.

9.1% ABV
"One of the brightest stars in a city filled with culinary treasures, Christopher Elbow has been hand-crafting masterpieces in chocolate for more than ten years. In that time the reputation of his artistic delicacies has spread around the globe. Elbow's sweets are distinguished by their use of unusual and sometimes surprising flavors and ingredients; in that adventurous spirit we joined forces to bring you a very special Chocolate Ale.

In developing this beer, Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels sought to harmonize the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other. Just the right chocolate was essential. Elbow recommend a rare variety from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, and a personal favorite. more than a mere flavoring, the chocolate -- in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans -- was incorporated into the brewing process itself.

Chocolate Ale is full of surprises, beginning with a glowing amber hue. The aroma is given over to earthy, fruity cocoa, with just a hint of hops. Smooth layers of dark chocolate intertwine with threads of caramel, vanilla, and nutty malt as the flavor warms and rounds to a bittersweet finish.

info from Boulevard

A new Danish brewery

First time in the U.S.

Available online now

"Micro Brewery Midtfyns Brewery was founded in autumn 2004 and the first beer was introduced in March 2005. Initially, the beer is brewed under license from Scotland.

Since Eddie Szweda took charge of the brewery in November 2006, he undertook radical changes for the small brewery in Brobyværk. Production was changed and there was betting on a new and exciting beers created by the brewery itself.

We do not make one beer that everyone likes, but a broad range, where there will always be something for everyone. Our beer must deliver a WOW experience for our customers. Therefore, we test the beer at a broad audience of both øleksperter and consumers to ensure an interesting dynamics in the evolution of quality beer." -- brewery

Midtfyns Bryghus Imperial Stout...$9.49 / pint
Rated 98 on RateBeer
2007 Danish Beer Enthusiasts elected Imperial Stout-of the year (among 556) in 2007

Imperial Stout is a dark, rich beer with a beautiful dark cream colored foam. It is brewed in several roasted malts, and is stored in oak, which contributes to its powerful body. An Imperial Stout with a strong and increasingly intense aftertaste of oak, coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla.
Serving Suggestion
Can be served with strong cheeses, game and chocolate desserts. A beer can be enjoyed in a brandy glass in front of the crackling fireplace.
Alc. Alc. 9,5% vol. 9.5% vol

Midtfyns Bryghus Chili Tripel....$9.49 / pint

Chili Tripel won the Year Danish Ølnyhed 2009 among 604 new beers on the Danish beer market. We are enormously proud to win for the second time in three years.
Midtfyns Chili Tripel is a Belgian inspired Tripel, where the brewer has had a free hand to tickle the taste buds. A beer by the arrogant and "hot" in which a mixture of chilli and Belgian yeast are indulged. Meanwhile, maltfylden and the mild hops to round taste the picture and give a unique taste experience.

Serving Suggestion
Chili Tripel is particularly suitable for cold dishes and seafood and can be described as a real "Tapasøl".

9.2% ABV

Triubute to Barack Obama

Another brewer without a brewery. This beer is brewed at Amager Bryghus

Available online also

Xbeeriment #44 Smoked Stout...$9.49 / pint "NOTE! In the US this beer is marketed as Xbeeriment #44. The reason for this is that any references to President Obama would only be permitted by US authorities if we had a written permission from the White House. So the dressing’s changed, but the beer stays the same!

English: Brewed to celebrate Barack Obama’s inaugural as the 44th President of the United States, and the first black person to hold the office. A potent stout with a fair amount of peated malt in the grain bill. This adds a smoky character to the beer which obviously also has roasted aromas from the dark malts and roasted barley as well as loads of citrusy hop notes from the US hop varieties." -- RateBeer

"A stout originally brewed to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first black President of the United States. President Obama stated during his election campaign that he'd given up smoking, but was still struggling to keep away from the cigarettes.So we were inspired to use a bit of peat smoked malt in this beer to create a rich, complex stout. Drier than most stouts at a premium strength and much hoppier due to rich doses of US hops added late in the brewing process." -- Xbeeriment

This is the label they could not get approved...

"Xbeeriments mission is to brew beer of high quality and unique personality. It is not an end in itself to hit the widest possible audience, but instead to brew beer that pushes the boundaries of what audiences expect.

Xbeeriment is a microbrewery brews without a physical facility. We produce beer by hiring ourselves to existing production facilities and brew beer in our own recipes.

It ensures that we can constantly stay focused on doing just the beer that we want to, without having to squint to a high production and turnover rate. Simultaneously Xbeeriment a project driven by passion and enthusiasm and not a main job for us.

Behind Xbeeriment says Anders Østergaard and Thomas Hoelgaard.

Anders Østergaard has been hand-brews since 2005. He made his mark at the championship in hand brewing in 2006 when it became both a gold medal and a silver medal in 2 subcategories. In 2007 it was to the total triumph when Donald won the overall Danish Championship and also became the first Danish winner of the Scandinavian Championship in hand brew.

Thomas Hoelgaard has been hand-brews since 2002. Thomas won in 2004 and again in 2006 the total Danish Championship in hand brew and obtained a third place by the first Scandinavian Championship in 2004." -- Xbeeriment website

Friday, January 7, 2011

Founders is back!!!!

Founders Reds Rye is here and bottled 12/30/10

Plus fresh also..
Founders Porter (one of the greatest porters made)
Founders Centennial IPA
Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA
Founders Dirty Bastard


Contrary to what some may think, cheese fondue was not invented in the 1970’s in an avocado green pot! Combining wine, melted cheese and flour, and dunking hunks of bread into it, was first described by the Greek poet Homer in the Iliad. However, cheese fondue, as we know it today, originated in the Alps. Cheese and bread were made in the summer and fall to last through the frigid and snowy mountainous winters. As the cheese and bread aged, they naturally became dry and very hard. Melting the cheese with wine and flour in a pot (perhaps with some dried herbs), and swirling stale bread in it, made a delicious and nutritious meal throughout the long winter. So dig out your old ‘70’s fondue pot, or buy a classic one from The Wine & Cheese Place (along with the cheeses, wine and Kirsch), for a tasty and fun communal light supper using this classic recipe for four."
-- Bonnie Canning, cheesemonger

8 oz. (1/2 lb) Gruyere cheese
8 oz. (1/2 lb) Emmenthal (Swiss) cheese

2 Tbls. flour or cornstarch
1 clove garlic, halved
1 ½ cups dry white wine such as Picpoul de Pinet
2 Tbls. Kirsch (cherry liqueur-available at TWCP)
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. nutmeg
Cubed crusty breads (French, Italian, rye, sourdough)
Dice or shred the cheeses. Rub the two cut halves of garlic around the sides and bottom of the fondue pot; discard the clove. In a bowl, add the flour or cornstarch to the cheeses and mix to coat. Place pot on a stove burner set on medium-low, and heat the wine. Add the cheeses a little at a time, constantly stirring in a figure-eight pattern (so the cheese doesn’t form a ball) until the cheeses are melted and hot. Do not simmer or boil the mixture! Stir in the Kirsch, pepper and nutmeg, and place pot in a stand over a flame to serve.

Some tips on cooking and serving fondue:
** The crust of cheese left at the bottom of the pot is considered a delicacy ~ enjoy!
** Do not put water into fondue. If it is too thick, add more wine.
** Don’t use a non-alcoholic substitute for the wine; alcohol inhibits the cheese from curdling.
** If you don’t have a fondue pot, a crockpot can be used for serving. However, use a pot on the stove to make the fondue.
**Besides bread cubes, the following bite-sized pieces are delicious dipped in fondue: cooked chicken, ham or sausage; cooked broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes and/or asparagus; and tart apples such as Granny Smith.

What to drink with fondue?
2009 Pierre Boniface Vin Savoie Apremont...$15.99
This wine is produced on the French side of the Alps right across from Switzerland and is very similar to Swiss white wines but we think it is even better and much better priced (Swiss wines tend to be expensive). This has been our go to Fondue wine for the past few years!!
"This light, crisp, dry white from the French Alps is pure and vibrant. It brings to mind a Granny Smith apple with a touch of honeysuckle. Serve as an aperitif or an accompaniment to lighter fish and poultry dishes." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Schlafly 20th Anniversary!

More in stock (I found some bottles at another one of our stores and brought them to Forsyth)

Schlafly 20th Anniversary Vol.1 Imperial Pilsner...$10.99

Order online now

Schlafly Irish Stout is here!

Schlafly Irish Extra Stout...6 packs
"This full-bodied and full-flavored rich, dark ale has a malty sweetness balanced with plenty of hops to create the perfect stout." -- Schlafly

Order Schlafly online

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Founders Double Trouble is here

Founders Centennial is here also --- fresh bottled Dec 27th, 2010

Double Trouble is back....

Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA....$8.99 / 4pk
Bottled December 28, 2010
I think this is the freshest we have seen it!!!

"An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish." -- Founders
9.4% ABV
86 IBU’S

Rated 99 percentile on

order Founders online