Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lost Abbey - New Belgium Collab..

This is an exciting label that got approved -- I am assuming since we get all of the Lips of Faith Series, that we will eventually see this one at The Wine and Cheese Place!!!

"The best part of collaboration is discovering mutual passions.  With Lost Abbey it was the wild yeast strain brettanomyces.  Using Belgian inspiration, we fermented the bier with brettanomyces to bring out tropical fruit notes, crisp haziness and bright flavor.  A touch of fruity sorachi ace hops pleases the palette and entices frequent sips." -- label

Not in stock now, but I will post when/if we get it!!
We have other Lips of Faith now in stock while we wait - click here

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Six Row Brewing - St. Louis, Missouri

All 3 Six Row Beers are back in stock including more Double IPA.

In stock now and also online

Six Row Double IPA...$4.99 / 22oz
Our Double India Pale Ale is bigger in hop character and alcohol than our Extra Pale Ale. It is sure to please even the most discerning hop-head! Also known as Imperial IPA, this intensely hoppy, yet very drinkable beer lets the malty characteristics take a step back and allows the hops to really shine. Brewed with almost two (2) pounds of hops per barrel and left unfiltered, Six Row Double IPA showcases the citrusy and piney characteristics of the Columbus, Centennial, and Chinook hops.

(ABV: 8.4%, Bitterness Units: 68 IBUs, Color 8.0, Original Gravity: 18 degrees Plato.)

Six Row Porter....$3.79 / 22oz
Dark, malty, chocolaty, great hop aroma; all can be said of Six Row's Strong Porter. Strong because of the increased alcohol content, hop bitterness and aroma. The Strong Porter was brewed with authentic English malt alongside Black and Chocolate malt to add complexity. The deepness of the malt is complimented by East Kent Goldings and Fuggle hops to balance the slight sweetness typical of traditional English Porters.

(ABV: 5.22% , Bitterness Units: 36.7 IBU's, Color: 34.4, Original Gravity: 13.97 degrees Plato)

Firestone Walker §ucaba

    Remember you have 7 days to pick up
    So the beer will go back on the shelf sometime after Saturday March 10, 9AM without reminder phone calls

    Sold out at all stores now

    Firestone Walker §ucaba
    "Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. This ale pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses." 

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    Jesse James America's Outlaw Bourbon and beer

    Online now

    Beer is finally back in stock
    Beer from Jesse James Dupree -- lead singer and guitarist for Jackyl back in stock!
    Jesse James America's Outlaw Beer....$8.99 / 6pk
    Unfiltered Wheat Ale

    AMERICA'S OUTLAW BEER is a true American original.  Our beer is an unfiltered wheat beer. American wheat beer is a style invented by specialty brewers in the United States in the 1980's. It may even stretch the definition of "style," for nowhere is the creativity and diversity of America's craft brewers better displayed than in wheat beers.  Our beer is crisp and refreshing with an extremely soft finish.  AMERICA'S OUTLAW BEER is brewed with 40% malted wheat. The remaining grain bill is a wonderful blend of Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts designed to provide more body and mouth feel. Our Nottingham yeast delivers the soft finish that consumers will enjoy time and time again. Wilamette, Fuggles, and Cascade hops balance this
    refreshing beer perfectly.
    This beer is delicious by itself or garnished with fruit.
    AMERICA'S OUTLAW BEER is 5.5% abv.

    From their website

    Video of Jesse James Dupree talking about his beer...

    Jesse James Dupree, frontman of Jackyl -- now has his own Bourbon

    also online
    Jesse James America's Outlaw Bourbon...$13.99 / 750ml

    "Our old-time charcoal mellowed Bourbon Whiskey is made in the traditional manner that dates back to the late 18th century in the American South. Aged in traditional oak casks for a minimum of 36 months, Jesse James Bourbon Whiskey delivers exceptionally smooth, full-bourbon character. Every bottle has been meticulously handcraftedin spirit of America's true outlaw for the outlaw in all of us.

    The Original Jesse James America’s Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey is distilled in the heart of Kentucky. Or simply put, “Made in the USA.” We have carefully selected the finest, home-grown ingredients to create this smooth Bourbon Whiskey. We start with a mash that is a minimum of 51% corn to distill The Original Jesse James Bourbon Whiskey. We use new, charred oak barrels for aging the Jesse James Bourbon Whiskey. Legally, we need to age Bourbon Whiskey a minimum of two years, but we aren’t in a hurry. We age The Original Jesse James America’s Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey for a minimum of 36 months. We take great care in producing a Bourbon Whiskey to stand up to the Outlaw in you!

    Deriving it's style from the heritage of more than two hundred years of American distilling Jesse James American Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey pays tribute to those who came before while aiming to fill the need for a modern take on an age-old classic."


    "It should come as no surprise that one of the hardest working frontmen in rock and roll (multi-platinum selling Jackyl) is as active behind the scenes as he is onstage. Jesse James Dupree and his multi faceted entertainment company, Mighty Loud Entertainment, has created and Executive Produced the smash TruTV series Full Throttle Saloon, acts as general manager for Kiefer Sutherland's entertainment company, Ironworks, as well as runs an imprint label of his own as a part of the Universal Music system. Now Dupree is moving into the world of spirits after a successful launch of Jesse James America's Outlaw Beer in major midwest markets, whose major challenge thus far has been to keep up with the demand resulting from an unconditionally enthusiastic welcome from the beer-drinking public. "I have personally been responsible for millions of gallons of beer and whiskey that have been consumed over the years. It should have all been Jesse James Beer and Whiskey and from here on out, it will be! I may be the driving force that makes Jesse James Whiskey available, but it belongs to and is a salute to all of us outlaws who bust our knuckles 40 or 50 hours a week, and like to do things loud, proud hard, and honest."

    TWCP / 2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD update

    BIG BEER NEWS from The Wine and Cheese Place!

    There is a good chance that our 2nd Barrel Aged beer will be released next week!!  It is 2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight aged in  Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel.

    We are thinking it might be ready to go for Friday March 9th release date.   We will know more in a few days if the 2nd Shift crew gets it bottled this weekend.

    We have a lot of beer in barrel now with more coming--
    read more how our barrel aged program started

    Check out the pics from our first release Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Quad - click here
    Check out some pics of the release party on STLHops

    2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight Ale
    LSD is a 7.5% stout that is a chewy, chocolaty and a joy to behold. 

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    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Jones Heritage Berkshire Pork

    We are proud to be the first store in St. Louis to sell Jones Heritage Farms.  They currently sell their products to many of the best restaurants in St. Louis, and now you can enjoy them in your home.

    Welcome to Jones Heritage Farms
    "Located in beautiful Cape Girardeau County, Missouri we are a family-owned farm using old fashioned farming methods to produce the tastiest and healthiest food you can buy. Our old fashioned methods eschew modern industrial agricultural practices such as animal confinement, the feeding of animal byproducts and the use of antibiotics and growth hormones because we are more concerned about healthy, happy animals and great tasting food than maximizing production. All of our animals are raised outdoors and fed an all natural diet of grass and grain. The end result is better tasting food that is better for you and for the environment." - Jones Heritage Farm

    Due to the popularity of the other Jones Heritage products, we just added some new items at Forsyth.
    In stock now!
    Jones Heritage Bratwurst in Beer
    Jones Heritage Original Bratwurst
    Jones Heritage Chorizo
    Jones Heritage Italian Sausage

    pick up some Dragon Breath Charcoal and you are set

    Plus more of these in stock -- 
    Jones Heritage Pork Sausage Links...$7.99 / 1lb package
    Jones Heritage Hickory Smoked Cured Bacon...$11.99 / 1 lb package
    Jones Heritage Country Ham....$9.99 / lb

    Our all natural favorite from the farm—
    For centuries the most flavorful pork has come from the Berkshire breed of hogs. Known as “Kurobuta” or “black pig” in Japan where it is considered a delicacy, Berkshire pork is well known in culinary circles for its unsurpassed combination of juiciness, flavor and tenderness. One taste and you’ll see why this breed has retained its popularity for over 300 years. Try our Berkshire Pork today and discover all the natural flavor you have been missing.

    Featured in Feast Magazine -- 
    "What make Jones Heritage Farm's meats special are the animals' genetics and the way the animals are raised. "The meat from heritage-breed hogs has that old fashioned pork flavor that was prevalent before pork became ‘the other white meat,'" Jones says.

    "Heritage animals require way more labor and way more time," says Jones. "You can't produce all-natural meat with confinement, so we have to give a lot more time and land to each animal than with conventional farming. When they're in confinement, they end up needing antibiotics. And then they're not all-natural."

    The extra attention these animals receive doesn't just produce healthier, more flavorful, antibiotic-free meat. It helps preserve heritage livestock breeds. "The reason heritage breeds [have gone] out of favor, and some have become extinct, is because they don't do well in mass production conditions," Jones says.

    "Berkshire is the Kobe beef of pork," says Jones. Berkshires make for the best pork belly and the intramuscular marbling in their loin is ideal. Jones is one of the few Red Wattle breeders in the area - and in the nation. He likes Red Wattle pork for its lean, beefy texture; flavorful dark red to purple meat; and great marbling. According to Jones, the breed is considered critically endangered, with fewer than 2,000 Red Wattles in the world.

    "I heard it's Mario Batali's favorite pig," he says. "If Batali likes it, I figured I should try it."

    The pigs are given a lot of room to grow: two acres of land per eight pigs. Jones' hogs rotate pastures until they reach 75 to 100 pounds, and then they're put into the woods to forage on fungi, leaves, nuts and other natural goodies. Unlike some other farmers, Jones allows his pigs to root, which is part of their natural instinct. Although it's destructive to the land, he says it's important to the quality of his product to allow his pigs to live naturally.

    "It takes a number of things to make a pig that produces high-quality meat," he says. "You've got to keep the pig from being stressed out because stress leads to illness, blood-spots in its meat and no cooperation from the animal. Confinement, heat, lack of food and water, and a lot of new people around who it isn't familiar with will all stress a pig out. So we make sure our pigs have water and a lot of it all the time. And they need shade and a waller, or a mud hole, to keep themselves cool. We'll give a pig antibiotics if it gets sick - I'm not going to let an animal die - but we won't sell it because then [the meat's] not all-natural. But we rarely have a sick pig."

    Seventy-five percent of the farm's sales come from pork products. The Berkshires produce two litters a year with about eight to 10 piglets in each litter. The Red Wattles have larger litters, and, according to Sauer, they're better moms. The farm relies on these good moms to keep business booming.

    "Pigs used to be called ‘mortgage lifters,'" says Jones, "because small farms could make a lot of money off a single litter, and you usually get two [litters] a year." Profitability isn't their only attractive characteristic, however. As Jones puts it, "Pigs are easy to like."
    Feast Magazine October 2011

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Lump Charcoal is back....

    Back in stock -- two more pallets of Charcoal in stock now!!

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best stuff is hard to get, it happens to a lot of things.  We had these two palates ordered on January 3rd and the finally arrived today.  They just have trouble keeping up with demand.   Come and get it while it is here as it is incredible charcoal.

    In stock now, one of the best Lump Charcoals
    "Highly Recommended" - Dragon Breath - $16.99 / 20 lbs - read review
    compare to:
    "Recommended" -- Big Green Egg Lump Charcoal - $23.99 / 20 lbs at Straubs - read review

    Dragon's Breath Lump Charcoal....$16.99 / 20lbs
    From Missouri
    Made from Hickory and Oak
    This is one of the top rated and one of the few "Highly Recommended" Lump Charcoals by the Naked Whiz's Lump Charcoal Database

    "The charcoal is quite easy light, taking 3 sheets in our chimney starter test. This is low compared to other charcoals. There was very little sparking and no popping while the charcoal burned in the chimney starter. The smoke had the classic smell of American hardwood charcoal.

    In our maximum temperature test, the charcoal burned at 980 degrees which ranks very high compared to other charcoals. The fire spreads quickly and there was very little sparking and no popping while the charcoal was burning full tilt. When using a MAPP torch to start the charcoal, we did observer moderate sparking AND popping, so you should exercise care in using a torch to start this charcoal.

    Finally, in our burn time test, Dragon Breath burned a very long time ranking Very High compared to other charcoals. In fact, it is one of the longest burning charcoals we've encountered. The ash production was Low compared to other charcoals.

    In conclusion, we were very impressed with this charcoal. It is easy to light, has that great American hardwood smell, burns hot, burns long, and produces a low amount of ash. 
    Review from the Naked Whiz's Lump Charcoal Database

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Some new Sam Adams limited releases....

    Sam Adams Cinder Bock Rauch Bock....$6.39 / 22oz

    Sam Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA....$5.49 / 22oz

    Sam Adams Tasman Red Red IPA....$4.59 / 22oz

    Bold, lively, and a bit rugged This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish
    For this brew, we wanted to experiment with these flavorful and citrusy Tasmanian hops. We came across Topaz and Galaxy hops, grown in Tasmania and Victoria Australia,that give the beer a bold hop character. This flavorful Red IPA is about more than the hops though. Their bright and citrusy character adds punch and a pleasant bitterness to the rich roasty caramel notes of our specialty malts. The combination of these two streams creates a brew that’s earthy, lively, and smooth

    Sam Adams new year rounders...

    In stock now at forsyth

    Sam Adams Whitewater IPA...6pk
    We love hops at Samuel Adams, and while we enjoy traditional IPAs, we thought we might spice things up a little bit, literally, by combining the intense hop character of an IPA with the crisp spicy wheat character of a Belgian-style white ale. The resulting fusion-style brew is Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA. The white ale and IPA combination make this crisp, smooth, yet hop-friendly beer the perfect pairing with a variety of meats and cheeses. Intensely flavored and firm in texture, Blue cheeses need a bold beer like Whitewater IPA to cleanse the palate. The brew's strong hop character also adds an earthiness to the savory flavor of meat.

    Sam Adams Noble Pils....6pk
    Samuel Adams® Noble Pils is brewed with all 5 Noble hops for a distinct hop character and fresh taste. Deep golden in color with a citrusy hop aroma, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner. The honeyed malt character from traditional Bohemian malt is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from the Noble hops. The winner of our 2009 Beer Lover’s Choice® election, this beer was chosen by over 67,000 drinkers for its crisp complexity and refreshing taste.


    Another Dogfish Head Collaboration is here!!!!!

    A surprise showed up today ---
    Only 18 bottles - reserve online now 

    Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Life and Limb #2...$10.99 / 750ml

    "What tastes great with Life & Limb?  Life & Limb is a uniquely complex beer, making it a great choice for pairing with food. The rich malts have an interesting sweet/smoky interplay, with earthy spice flavors and notes of dark fruits. This complexity lends itself to pairing with foods ranging from breads and soups all the way through dessert. The strong flavors of Life & Limb can overpower lighter, subtle dishes but work well with darker, spicy flavors such as short ribs, lamb, espresso, molasses, and maple." -- website