Saturday, December 10, 2011

A couple of new ones from New Zealand....

New Zealand beers...
available online

8 Wired The Sultan Quadrupel...$9.49 / pint

The beer you hold in your hands is the result of years of practise and refinement. I have brewed it every year since I started homebrewing, and it was one of the first beers I ever brewed. In fact before the mere thought of 8 Wired was conceived. I always knew that one day I would brew this beer commercially.Every year the Sultan has been different, but it is always Belgian inspired, of course with a large dose of sultanas. This bottle contains the fifth version of the Sultan. I finally decided to base it on a Belgian style Quadrupel. The sultanas are more present than before, and it is brewed with a hefty dose of pilsner malt, Belgian specialty malts, dark candy sugar and a funky yeast strain. Experience and enjoy it now, or mature it for years to come.
I can’t personally guarantee it, but I bet that it will get better with time.
Soren Eriksen Brewer

8 Wired Saison Sauvin...$8.99 / pint

Saisons have been around for ages. Traditionally brewed by Belgian and French farmers to provide refreshment during harvest. I’m guessing that flavour wasn’t a main concern back then; the priority was to provide a beverage that was safe to drink, because water usually wasn’t. Never the less, over time they developed a beverage chrarissed by beer geeks of the modern world.

The alcohol content was low, so the workers could consume enough to keep hydrated and still perform their job: To load the barn with enough barley for next years brewing season. I bet these hardworking, humble farmers never imagined, that centuries later, their style of brewing would inspire brewers from all over the world.

As all our beers, this is a very modern, you might say new world, interpretation of this style. Based on the tradition we have used a French Saison yeast, which provides a plethora of funky, earthy, very "Belgian" flavours. From there we have upped the ante a fair bit by doubling the amount of malt, and thereby the alcohol, and loaded the kettle with punchy Nelson Sauvin hops.

Unlike the original, this is not a beer meant to be drunk by the gallon. Moderation is the key for full enjoyment of all great beers.

Small production....

The next beer from Jandrain-Jandrenouille...
Jandrain-Jandrenouille VI Saison...$11.99 / 750ml
Hopped with Simcoe and an experimental Yakima Chief hopcultivar.

In the top 10 Wheat Ales on RateBeer

score    count  
1Three Floyds Gumballhead3.741171  
2New Glarus Crackd Wheat Ale3.73340  
3Flossmoor Station Rot Geist American Red Wheat3.6626  
4Terrapin Side Project Indiana Krunkles3.5999  
5Jester King/Mikkeller Drink’in the Sunbelt3.5869  
6Schlafly No. 20 Vol. 2 Hop Toddy Ale3.5735  
7Captain Lawrence Birra DeCicco - Limone Luppolo3.5524  
8Southern Tier Heavy Weizen3.53399  
9Jandrain-Jandrenouille VI Wheat3.5263  
10Great Lakes Brewing Miami Weiss3.5149  

Plus more of these 2 in stock...

Jandrain-Jandrenouille V Cense....$11.99 / 750ml
Belgian Farmhouse Ale
"This second release from the exuberant brewers at Jandrain-Jandrenouille is darker and spicier than the IV Saison. Caramel, dried fruit, and peppery flavors stand-out.
 The name is a play on words - 'cense' is an old Walloon term for a farm such as the one where the Jandrain-Jandrenouille beers are brewed, but it is also pronounced the same as 'sens'('sense' in English)." -- importer
Rated 95 percentile on RateBeer

Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison...$11.99 / 750ml

"The IV Saison is the latest discovery of the beer hipsters of Brussels. The Moeder Lambic, the best beer bar in town (and also the hippest), supports the brewery and loves this beer. Jandrain-Jandrenouille brews on a very small scale (capacity per brew is about 10 hl). The IV Saison is the only beer of theirs we're currently importing. It uses only malt, hops, yeast and water; no spices or sugar. It has some American hops -- the brewers work for the Yakima Chief hop consortium -- but they aren't over-used. It's a traditional saison, more bitter than spicy and sweet." -- importer
Rated 97 percentile on RateBeer

Available online

Friday, December 9, 2011

Beer releases...

Sorry, cannot keep up with today

Giving up on posting today for reservations....

I need to get moving on reserving and stocking and wine and and and and...

Some other good stuff is arriving....

We will make those first come first served 1 bottle per person starting at 4pm today at Forsyth

Odells Bourbon Barrel Stout....Forsyth location only has 12 bottles

I am told there is a good chance for some famous sought after sours today also?
again it will be 1 bottle per person at 4pm today if they arrive.

Odells Bourbon Barrel Stout-- Ballwin has 12 bottles call Kevin at 636.227.9001
Odells Bourbon Barrel Stout -- Rock Hill has 12 bottles call Chris at 314.727.8788
Forsyth is not taking reservations on this one come buy for the tasting today at 4pm until they are gone.

Stone Epic

Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11.....$6.49 / 22oz
Each store is getting some --
On this beer if you want to pick up at our other locations...please call them
(I cannot handle all these release in one day)
New Ballas call  314.989.0020
Rock Hill call 314.962.8150
Ballwin call 636.227.9001

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad

2011 Version is here

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad....$11.99 / 750ml

It is here!!!
Reserve it online

"Based loosely on the Smokestack Series Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel, after fermentation on cherries, was separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels, where it aged for varying lengths of time, in some cases as long as a year. Selected barrels were then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore." -- Boulevard

order other Boulevard beer online now

He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen

He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen...$6.99 / 22oz

Brewed with 
  • 15 malts
  • 15 Hops
  • 15% ABV

Click on the picture to enlarge and read more -- 

Schmaltz Holiday Gift Pack

Schmaltz Holiday Gift Pack...$26.99
You get ---
1 bottle each
He'Brew Genesis Ale
He'Brew Messiah Bold
He'Brew Origin
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny RIPA
Jewbelation Fifteen
Reunion Ale '11
Hop Manna IPA
plus one mystery beer one bottle of either
8,9,10,11,12,13, or 14
(not really a mystery, you can open the box and look :))

Plus a beer glass and Chanukah Candles to make a beer Menorah!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Age your own whiskey

Amazing idea as a gift for that whiksey lover or yourself!!

Very limited -- in stock at Forsyth -- we only got 10 sets!

Rock Town Arkansas Lightning (bourbon white dog) Aging Kit....$129.99
2 bottles of White Dog plus a new 2 liter charred barrel

Aging whiskey is a timeless task that has been performed for centuries. Now you too can experience the changes whiskey goes through as it matures in an oak cask. Watch as the whiskey goes from clear to golden, taste as the whiskey goes from young to old. Takes just a few short months in this small barrel to
achieve what takes years in a big barrel. Reuse the barrel up to 5 times.

Kit contains two 750ml bottles of Arkansas Lightning (bourbon white dog), a two-liter new charred oak barrel, a funnel to help pour the spirits into the barrel and step-by-step instructions.

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster

We are proud to introduce Tallgrass Velvet Rooster

-- in stock at all four of our locations now!!

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster....$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

This beer is a Belgian Tripel that lives up to its name. Smooth and carefully crafted like a fine velvet painting, but with an 8.5% ABV this bird has some spurs! The beer pours a golden straw color with brilliant clarity. Topped with a lofty pure white head the beer has a wonderful floral nose, with subtle fruit notes.

The taste is clean and crisp, with subtle fruit notes and a touch of candy like sweetness. The beer has a Champagne-like effervescent that provides a crisp offset to its sweet finish. While a pint glass is always nice, Velvet Rooster would also be at home in a tulip glass or Champagne flute.
Something to crow about.

Nebraska Black Betty in stock

In stock at all four of our locations

Call your favorite location --

Chris at Rock Hill 314.962.8150
Kevin in Ballwin 636.227.9001
Marc/Robin at New Ballas 314.989.0020
Forsyth 314.727.8788

Nebraska Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout...$18.99 / 750ml

Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Going further, this Stranahan’s Whiskey barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates, the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palette are the hops – held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouthfeel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties. Ready to enjoy upon release and perfect for extended cellaring.

Awards: Silver, 2009 U.S. Open Beer Competition, Imperial Stout; Gold, 2010 US Open Beer Championship, Wood/Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

9.3% A.B.V.
83 IBU


The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration Series - Update

Barrel Update - Dec 7

Barrel # 1 -  Buffalo Trace Barrel
Bourbon: Sold out already
Barrel: filled with Schlafly Quad for  4 months now.  Waiting for label approval and to taste again.

Barrel #2 -  Knob Creek 9yr Barrel
Bourbon: in stock now - (the first barrel ever sold in St. Louis) 
and selling briskly. 
Barrel:  currently filled with Perennial Heart of Gold Wheat Wine - and ageing since October 6 (two months in barrel now)

Barrel #3 - Elijah Craig 12yr Old
We are proud to bring the first full barrel of Elijah Craig 12 yr old to St. Louis

Bourbon: In stock now at all four locations.
Barrel:  Currently at  Four Hands and should be filled in the next 7 days with Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean to age.

Barrel #4 - Buffalo Trace
Bourbon:  Should arrive in the next 2 weeks
Barrel: Will be delivered to 2nd Shift Brewing to fill with Cat Spit Stout
Barrel #5 - Buffalo Trace
Bourbon: Should arrive in about 4 weeks
Barrel:  Will be delivered to Charleville to be filled with beer to be determined.  Some great ideas on which beer, stay tuned.  Looks like it will be a new beer for them.
Barrel #6 -- Yet To Be Announced
the program continues....!!!!
Bourbon: Yet TBA
Barrel: to which brewery--  Yet TBA

Here is the Elijah Craig label made for us....

The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration #3

Kevin Lemp of 4 Hands Brewing Co. has agreed to do the 3rd Collaboration with The Wine and Cheese Place

1220 S. 8Th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104 
"Our core line up will include a Centennial Red Ale (Bordering a red IPA), Rye IPA, Oatmeal Brown Ale, and a Blonde ale with Elder Flower." -- Kevin Lemp, 4 Hands Brewing Co.

4 Hands Brewing Company Collaboration with The Wine and Cheese Place
Kevin Lemp of 4 Hands Brewing Co. has decided to age their Bona Fide Imperial Stout in the Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon.

Here is his take on the Bona Fide Imperial Stout.
"Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean. We feel the Espresso and Vanilla will play very nicely with the Bourbon and oak" - Kevin Lemp

Summary of The Wine and Cheese Place (TWCP) first four collaborations... 
#1 TWCP and Schlafly:  
Quadrupel aged in a Buffalo Trace Barrel 
(already in barrel since August 5, 2011)
click here to read more

#2 TWCP and Perennial Artisan Ales:  
Heart of Gold Wheat Wine aged in a Knob Creek Barrel
This will be Perennial's first barrel aged beer!
(already in barrel since October 6, 2011)
click here to read more

#3 TWCP and 4 Hands Brewing Co.:  
Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean aged in an Elijah Craig Barrel 
This will be 4 Hands' first barrel aged beer!
(should be put in barrel in soon)
click here to read more

#4 TWCP and 2nd Shift Brewing:  
You choose which beer which will age in a Buffalo Trace Barrel
This will be 2nd Shift's first barrel aged beer.
(waiting for the barrel to arrive, should be 2-3 weeks)
click here read more 

Volume #3 of Schlafly's 20th Anniversary Series is here!!

I found some more at one of our stores and transferred them to Forsyth --

In stock now Schlafly Citrus Wit 

No.20 - Volume 3: Citrus Witbier

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cathedral Square RIS

From stock now --

will get it online later

Cathedral Square Holy Moly!....$5.99 / 22oz
"Brewed in the Russian Imperial Stout style, this offering boasts plenty of malt character and an aggressive amount of hops. A rich, flavorful ale with a finish you won’t believe." -- label

In stock now --

Favorites in stock....

Bells Two Hearted Ale is Back in stock -- bottled 11/22/11
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale -- bottled 11/11/11
Firetone Walker Union Jack bottled 11/16/11

Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout (Jack Daniels Barrel Aged)

Jack Daniels Barrel Aged -- just a few bottles left at a couple of our stores

New Ballas 314.989.0020
Forsyth 314.727.8788

Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout...$13.59 / 11.2oz
Rare Jack Daniels Barrel Aged
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Kamperland. Zeeland, The Netherlands.

From this small Dutch brewpub situated on an island in southwestern Holland we bring you the extraordinary creations of brewmaster Kees Bubberman. Prior to running the show at Emelisse, Kees was
widely regarded around the Dutch beer geek circuit as the best homebrewer in the country. Running joke was that in any beer competition Kees entered, everyone else was fighting for 2nd prize. He established a well-earned reputation as a first-rate artisanal brewer, and the Emelisse brewpub came calling. Today, he’s turning out some of the very finest stuff Europe has to offer, and though the Emelisse beers are still largely undiscovered except by those in the know across the pond, that is seriously about to change. We’re here to help with that.

Sierra Nevada Celebration time!!!!!

Back in stock!!!!

Just arrived at Forsyth!
Sierra Nevada Celebration 2011....$7.49 / 6pk
The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration® Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration® Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home.
“…best beer ever made in America.”
– Stan Sessor, San Francisco Chronicle

More facts....
bittering hops Chinook
finishing hops Cascade & Centennial
dry hopping Cascade & Centennial
bitterness units 62

FW Union Jack is here!!!!

Back in stock!!!

Firestone Walker Union Jack...$9.99 / 6pk

"An instant classic, Union Jack is the recipient of numerous awards including back to back wins at the Great American Beer Festival. Union Jack is abound with hop aroma and character. In fact this well balanced, west coast IPA is dry hopped 3 separate times, each lot giving it more and more of the grapefruit citrus hop aroma and flavor it is known for. Overall it utilizes over 4 pounds of pacific northwest hops per barrel."

Monday, December 5, 2011

Buy this one by the case!!!

2009 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon....$19.99

Compare to $27 on

BERINGER Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2009
Score: 91 | $27  Suggested Retail
"A lot of Cabernet at this price. Combines ripe, plump, plum, black cherry and black berry flavors in a rich, smooth, polished style, full bodied and firming nicely on the finish, where the tannins have a minerally edge. Drink now through 2021. 79,500 cases made. —J.L."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

Here is more info from James Laube --

Last week, in one of my regular weekly blind tastings, I came across a pair of wines that consumers will love....But one is also a wine that has to make Napa Cabernet producers nervous.    Beringer has another 2009 Knights Valley red, this one also a Cabernet, for $27, with 79,500 cases made.....damn good. These are the kinds of wines that get you excited about 2009 reds. So far there have been many exciting wines from this vintage, but also a few I've tried that show the difficulties of the growing season.
James Laube, The Wine Spectator

White Wine Sampler Pack

Our popular wine Sample Packs are back!!

A great gift idea to your wine loving friends (or to yourself)!

White Wine Sampler Pack
Our $120 white wine case of 12 bottles! Get 1 bottle each of some of our favorite white wines for $120 + tax. The savings is huge, check the store, (MO state law does not allow us to post the savings). We reserve the right substitute wines of equal or greater value in case of an out of stock. Great gift — delivery available (call for details 314.727.8788)

Receive 1 bottle each of these great wines...

Domaine Salette Blanc, France
Fresh, clean and lively with intense exotic fruit aromas
Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet, France
Our number one selling wine for the past 5 years is fresh and fruity but still dry.   Our house white.
The Royal Chenin Blanc, South Africa
Packed with upfront melon fruit, the nose charms with an abundance of guava and gooseberries. 
Silverado Chardonnay, Napa
Easily Silverado's best Chardonnay in years. 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Croix Senaillet St. Veran, France
Mineral and minty notes on the nose, ample in the mouth with floral and delicate fruit flavors
Vitas Pinot Grigio, Italy
Elegant and intense bouquet with hints of acacia flowers, yellow peach and golden apple
Milton Park Chardonnay
Voted best under $20 Australian Chardonnay from the Wall Street Journal
San Elias Sauvignon Blanc, Chile
Pale in color with a goosberry bouquet, apple and citrus fruits aromas,  and fresh zesty flavor
Las Valles Viura/Chardonnay, Spain
Offers aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple and wild flowers. Dry and extremely refreshing on the palate.
Crucero Sauvignon Blanc, Chile
Silky in texture, with tangy citrus and green apple flavors and a refreshing bitter edge
Arancio Grillo, Italy
Fresh apple and pear aromas follow through to a medium body with good fruit and a clean finish.
Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay, South Africa
This unoaked Chardonnay displays a brilliant green-gold color. The style is dry but fruity.

Great Gift -- click here to order for pick up at any of our stores or for local delivery or out of state shipping.

Delivery available call for details...314.727.8788

Red Wine Sampler Pack

Our popular wine Sample Packs are back!!

A great gift idea to your wine loving friends (or to yourself)!

Red Wine Sampler Pack
Our $120 red wine case of 12 bottles! Get 1 bottle each of some of our favorite red wines for $120 + tax. The savings is huge, check the store, (MO state law does not allow us to post the savings). We reserve the right substitute wines of equal or greater value in case of an out of stock. Great gift — delivery available (call for details 314.727.8788)

Receive 1 bottle each of these great wines...

Cortenova Primitivo, Italy
Dark, ruby-red color with violet highlights. Harmonious and velvety on the palate
Chateau Bel Air, France
Composed of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and 10% Malbec, Chateau Bel-Air  is a round, velvety red with blackberry, blueberry and currant notes.
Busi Chianti Rufina, Italy
Fresh, fruity, with classic tart cherry.   The wine is grown right off the Sieve River on a hillside, which is the site of an old Etruscan Village.
Maipe Malbec, Argentina
Malbec at its finest.  Argentina has really pushed the quality level up in the past few years.
Rubus Cabernet Sauvignon VV , Napa
Exactly what you hope for in a $50 bottle of Cabernet for only $20.
Villa de Anges Cab Sauv, France
Well-structured, offering aromas of black cherries, with hints of red pepper and light, spicy cumin/coriander notes.
Riebeek Cellars Pinotage, South Africa
The flavors of this unique South African grape varietal are complex and exciting with ripe plum and fruitcake all beautifully integrated
Alfredo Roca Malbec/Merlot, Argentina
The Malbec’s soft tannins and Merlot’s delicate fruit result in a wine of great intensity, elegance, and balance.
Terra Barossa Cuvee, Australia 
“...ripe plum and pungent herbs scent the nose, and in the mouth saline and stony mineral notes underlie rich plum and cherry fruit” — The Wine Advocate
San Elias Merlot, Chile
Soft, rich and concentrated with juicy plum and blackberry fruits, soft tannins and a velvety texture.
Cuvee de Pena, France
Certainly one of the best values in the store this Rhone style blend from Southern France is a “mind boggling value” according to the Wine Advocate and we agree. 90/100 Wine Advocate
Spada Toro Red, Spain
A lush and luscious, deep, red wine. Dark fruit and cherry character on the nose, with great intensity .

Great Gift -- click here to order for pick up at any of our stores or for local delivery or out of state shipping.

Delivery available call for details...314.727.8788

Infinium -

Our New Ballas location got a case in stock -- call 314.989.0020

Infinium......$17.99 / 750ml
Weihenstephaner collaboration with Sam Adams

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Charity Wine Tasting

Please join us for an amazing wine tasting to benefit 

Despite the fact that few people know about it, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases in the United States, affecting approximately 600,000 people including newborns, children, and adults. The PKD foundation is dedicated to promoting research to find a cure as well as improving the care and treatment of those it effects.
Bring your friends and enjoy an evening out at our Annual PKD Foundation Winter Wine Tasting Event. Sample a variety of wines from around the world. Bid on the incredible silent auction items and try your luck with the raffle
Proceeds will benefit the PKD Foundation.
Stock up on your favorite holiday wines during the event – The Wine & Cheese Place will donate 10% of sales to the PKD Foundation.

Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2011 7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Wine & Cheese Place – 7435 Forsyth, Clayton, MO
Dress: Casual
Tickets: $30 per/person

We are still working on the list of wines -- we will taste over 30 different wines...

here is a start...

A. Lageder Pinot Grigio
Saintsbury Chardonnay
Felsina Chianti Classico
Paitin Langhe
Ladera Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 

Codorniu Original Brut Cava
Melville Viognier
Penelope Garnacha/Syrah
Quady Electra
Alain Jaume Ventoux
Senorio di Aguila Gran Reserva
Le Cirque Rouge
Rubus Zinfandel
Crucero Sauvignon Blanc
La Playa Sauvignon Blanc

Seven Hills Riesling
Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon
Gorman Big Bully Cabernet
Seguria Viudas Heredad Reserva
Orin Swift Prisoner
Mer Soleil Chardonnay
Meiomi Pinot Noir
Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay
Sbragia Sauvignon Blanc
Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay
Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabert Pinot Grigio
Mandolin Pinot Noir
Amiral Dubroca Red Bordeaux
Edge Cabernet Sauvignon
Stella Rosa Red 

Vin Veray Chardonnay
Vin Veray Pinot Noir
Buty Redviva
Azur Sauvignon Blanc