Saturday, July 14, 2012

Schlafly TIPA

Schlafly posted the label for the new Tasmanian IPA that is scheduled to come out in October.   From Schlafly's facebook page

Here is a post that Dan Kopman made on STLHops about the release schedule...
"Right now the plan is the three IPAs will each run for 4 months starting with TIPA in October. There will always be the chance of some overlap, retailers stocking up on bottles or kegs near to a transition and therefore having stock of the previous IPA and the new IPA. We may alter this slightly and run one longer than another depending on rate of sale and the amount of hops we have contracted for. Therefore:
TIPA - October to January
AIPA - February to May
XIPA - June to September "

Currently in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place is the AIPA!!

Quickes Traditional English Cheddar

Watch the video from Mary Quicke describing how she makes the cheese...

Come in for a free taste!!
Quickes Traditional English Cheddar

In stock at all four of our locations!

At Quickes Traditional, we make award-winning traditional cheeses using milk from our dairy herd. Every truckle is handmade by one of nine skilled cheese makers before being wrapped in muslin and carefully matured for anything up to 24 months.

The Quicke family have been farming here at Home Farm, near the village of Newton St. Cyres in the South West of England, for over 450 years. 25 years ago Sir John Quicke and his wife Prue built the dairy, where Sir John’s daughter Mary continues to produce outstanding cheeses today. You can read Mary’s diary, or try out some of her recipes here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fantastic Voyage is here

2 bottles per person

These stores are taking Phone call reservations now
In stock at Rock Hill call Chris 314.962.8150
In Stock at Ballwin call Kevin 636.227.9001

New Ballas -- Sold out
Forsyth in stock and sold out

(remember, you have 7 days to pick up or it goes back on the shelf)

Perennial Fantastic Voyage...$14.99 / 750ml
"Fantastic Voyage is a harmonic melange of coconut and Imperial Milk Stout brought to us by brewer, Jim Leabig.  Loads of coconut, lactose and black malt balance each other to provide flavors reminiscent of chocolate covered coconut with a finish smooth like silk sheets.  Best enjoyed while listening to slow jams by candlelight."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tiny Swedish producer...

Hantverksbryggeriet Baronen...$8.99 / 12oz
12.7% ABV
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
Bearing the expression Rolls Royce! The Baron takes you on a taste sensation beyond the ordinary. An exclusive Barley wine with flavors reminiscent of caramel, raisins and apricots. Light a fire, sit back and experience the enjoyment of the highest class. The beer can be advantageously stored and we brew only one bridge per year and vary the recipe for each vintage. There is no expiration date but rather a best after-date!

Hantverksbryggeriet Kosacken...$5.99 / 12oz
7.0% ABV
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
A well-imperial stout, whose name is inspired by that type of beer was originally developed for the Russian court. Cossack comes into its own in combination with a piece of dark chocolate. Won the gold medal at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2009.

Mad Dog Pale Ale

Evil Twin Mad Dog  -- in stock at Forsyth and online

Evil Twin Mad Dog Pale Ale...$4.99 / 11.2oz 
"Named after an antagonist movie character with a violent temper and a propensity for drooling, furthermore brewed amongst mad-ish Scottish dogs. Nevertheless is this beer far from mad itself. You'll find it very pleasant, peaceful and a loyal Pale Ale - woof." -- label

Disco Beer "Red" and "White" cap

Evil Twin Disco "White Cap"...$9.99 / 11.2oz 
Disco Beer is a vinous IPA thoughtfully blended with 10 % Chardonnay white wine. This Champagne of beer is a real party starter, no more shy beer geek. Drink it and you will own the dance floor.
Rated 97 on RateBeer
Evil Twin Disco "Red Cap"...$9.99 / 11.2oz 
Special version of our infamous Disco Beer, this time brewed with a slight darker malt profile and aged on red wine barrels instead of the usual white wine barrels.
Rated 94 on RateBeer

in stock at Forsyth and online

Jimmy Russel At The Wine and Cheese Place

We had Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey
Signing bottles at The Wine and Cheese Place

We have some 101 proof, 81 proof, Rare Breed, Russell's Reserve and 14yr Tradition
all autographed by Jimmy Russell in stock at our Forsyth location while supply lasts.

The rare, only made once, and not to come again according to Mr. Russell is $94.99 per bottle and limited.  He signed both the box and the bottle on these!! 

We have some of each of these autographed by Jimmy Russell
Wild Turkey 101  750ml  $17.99
Wild Turkey 81    750ml  $16.99
Wild Turkey 81    1.75L   $31.99
Wild Turkey Rare Breed  $32.99
Wild Turkey 14yr Tradition  $94.99
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve  $25.99

Perennial Beer Tasting

Open house, no reservations needed...

Perennial Beer Tasting 
with Kerry from Perennial
Tomorrow -- Friday July 13 from 4-6pm
at our Forsyth location.
We will taste all of the Perennial beers in stock.....

Perennial Fantastic Voyage 
(arriving tomorrow to all of our stores)
Perennial Hommel
Perennial Saison de Lis
Perennial Black Walnut

"Fantastic Voyage is a harmonic melange of coconut and Imperial Milk Stout brought to us by brewer, Jim Leabig.  Loads of coconut, lactose and black malt balance each other to provide flavors reminiscent of chocolate covered coconut with a finish smooth like silk sheets.  Best enjoyed while listening to slow jams by candlelight."

Cathedral Square - 6 packs!!

Exciting to see another Missouri Brewery now in 6 packs!!!

Cathedral Square Hail Mary Belgian Style IPA....$8.99 / 6pk
Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale....$8.99 / 6pk

New beers...

New beers in stock --

Evil Twin Disco Red Cap...$9.99 / 11.2oz
Evil Twin Disco White Cap...$9.99 / 11.2oz
Evil Twin Mad Dog Pale Ale...$4.99 / 11.2oz
Hantverksbryggeriet Baronen...$8.99 / 12oz
Hantverksbryggeriet Kosacken...$5.99 / 12oz
't Smisje Grand Reserve...$5.99 / 11.2oz

including 8-Bit and Pond Hopper.

Tallgrass 8-Bit is back!

In stock at Forsyth and Rock Hill 
(Rock Hill did not get his delivery until 7:15 last night)

Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale....$7.49 / 4pk 16oz cans
Just like those classic video games we all grew up with, 8-Bit Pale Ale is spectacularly simple at first glance yet remarkably fun and complex when you get into it. Our Hop Rocket infuses the character of Austrailian grown Galaxy Hops into an American Pale Ale, giving a unique tropical, almost melon aroma in a classic American style.

ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 40
Malts: 2 Row, Victory, Vienna &; Munich
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Cascade & Galaxy

Tallgrass Video!

Pond Hopper

In stock at all four locations

Odell Brewing Collaboration with Thornbridge Brewing Pond Hopper
Doug Odell’s admiration for the British brewing culture has led him across the pond - a lot. In 2008, Doug landed at Thornbridge Brewery and in the company of kindred brewing spirits. This visit led to a collaboration brew at Thornbridge in 2010. Fast forward to 2012 to find the two breweries at it again, this time at Odell Brewing. Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale is the love child of this international brewmance.

Check out their video about the beer...

The Perfect Crime beers...

In stock and online
A conspiracy between Stillwater, Evil Twin and 12 Percent....

They plan to release 2 beers at time...
The Perfect Crime American Blonde...$4.99 / 11.2oz
"This brew is a product of the perfect crime - infused with deception, puzzle, and mystery.  Enjoy this spotless American-style blonde and revel her in guilty pleasures.  It's not a collaboration, it's a conspiracy." -- label
The Perfect Crime European Blonde...$4.99 / 11.2oz
"This brew is a product of the perfect crime - infused with deception, puzzle, and mystery.  Enjoy this spotless European-style blonde and revel her in guilty pleasures.  It's not a collaboration, it's a conspiracy." -- label

Story from the Beer Ticker

The Perfect Crime: Jeppe Jarnit-Mountains and Brian Strumke behind new contract brewing

Nomadic wharves behind Evil Twin Brewing and Stillwater Artisanal Ales start the joint contract brewing The Perfect Crime.
Two nomadic brewers derived from separate continents, have joined forces on the joint contract brewery - The Perfect Crime. The Danish Jeppe Jarnit-Mountains (right), Evil Twin Brewing and American Brian Strumke (left), Stillwater Artisanal Ales.
The first two beers are just released from The Perfect Crime - American Blonde (6.5%) and the European Blonde (6.5%). Which reflects the main idea behind The Perfect Crime. Beer will each be released in pairs, where Jeppe Jarnit-Mountains and Brian Strumke come with their bid for a ølstil or theme.
American Brian Ewing, Twelve Percent is also part owner of The Perfect Crime - seen in the middle of the image. He is involved with ideas but not the production of beer. Twelve Percent is the distributor for both the Evil Twin Brewing and Stillwater Artisanal Ales in USA. The first two beers are brewed by Belgian  Scheldebrouwerij .
The Perfect Crime is a unique independent brand, marketed and sold as such - not a spinoff from the Evil Twin Brewing and Stillwater Artisanal Ales. As seen on the labels do not provide the Evil Twin and Stillwater.
Under The Perfect Crime is also planning to Jeppe Jarnit-Mountains and Brian Strumke doing collaborative brew with other brewers.
Jeppe Jarnit-Mountains is also part owner of Ølbutikken and Drink Empire . In March he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he has time in a row ølrelaterede projects.There are plans to open a new beer bar in New York in collaboration with Brian Ewing. Moreover, it is expected that Evil Twin Brewing future is going to brew the most in the U.S..
Jeppe Jarnit-Mountains has recently been back in Denmark as co-organizer of Copenhagen Beer Celebration and Sour & Bitter . Brian Strumke and Brian Ewing was also in Copenhagen - Stillwater Artisanal Ales was at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration.
Brian Strumke are already closely linked to Denmark. Three Stillwater beer is brewed by Fano's Brewery, besides having the same brewery also made ​​collaborative brew with Mikkeller and Fano Brewery .
Brian Strumke Wednesday has opened beer bar  Of Love & Regret in his hometown of Baltimore. Which he co-owns - it's named after one of Stillwaters beer.
Photo: Heather Linkous Castro

J.W. Lees 2011 vintage

"J.W.Lees Vintage Harvest Ale is only brewed once a year for release on December 1 of each year. It is a Limited Edition Vintage to celebrate the first brew from each year's harvest of barley and hops. Only the first delivery of the year's classic barley malt 'Maris Otter' and the classic hop variety 'Goldings' from East Kent is therefore used."

Some of the 2011s have arrived....

2011 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale...$6.99 / 9.3oz 
2011 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale Lagavulin Casks...$8.99 / 9.3oz
2011 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale Calvados Casks...$8.99 / 9.3oz

will get them online soon

New Sour/Wild Ales

Loverbeer 2011 Madamin...$14.99 / 11.2oz
Sour/Wild Ale
Top fermented OAK AMBER ALE, fermented and matured exclusively in oak barrels. Made from a recipe inspired by the Belgian Ales. The name "Madamin" is a piemontese word meaning "young married lady"
Ingredients: barley malt, wheat (unmalted), hops. sugar, top fermenting ale yeast.

"Deep amber ale, vinuous in the nose with fruity flavors of red currant, lactic notes from wild yeasts (brettanomyces) and those coming from using of wooden barrels. pleasant and easy drinkable with lactic notes not too aggressive well balanced by fruity taste of cherry, bitter almond nut and white pulp peaches. Eclectic beer could be perfect as aperitif with selected appetizers, Parma ham and melon as well but it can match more elaborate dishes as veal with tuna sauce and piedmont-style stir-fry." By Lorenzo Dabove aka Kuaska 

Rated 96/100 RateBeer

Loverbeer  2011 BeerBrugna...$19.99 / 12.7oz
Ale Brewed with Plums Aged in Oak Barrels
94/100 RateBeer
Sour/Wild Ale

Ingredients: Barley malt, Damaschine plums, hops, sugar
This beer is inocculated by wild yeasts (Brettanomyces included) and lactic bacteria. Small, dark and very sweet Damaschine variety plums, also called Ramassin in Piemontese dialect, are added in steeping to restart a new fermentation to characterize the product.
BeerBrugna is matured in oak barrels (3hl capacity) for nine months.
"The unique use of Damaschine plums gives to this extraordinary beer a lot of warm and sensuous fruity notes, facing clear, though never too aggressive, sour and citric flavors. Despite its low pH, this unique beer is well balanced thanks to a remarkable fullness and to impressive fruity flavors persisting for a long time." By Lorenzo Dabove aka Kuaska

Loverbeer 2011 D'uvaBeer...$14.99 / 11.2oz
Ale brewed with grape must
Sour/Wild Ale
Rated 94/100 RateBeer
"A complex beer with great finesse and elegance getting three different souls. The fruity one got hints of strawberries, raspberries and red currant flavors, the ctric-sour one with slight bitter lemony notes and the more tricky one which is characterized of off-flavors to be discovered. Despite the presence of sharp peaks of astringency, a "warming" mouthfeel could be felt after each sip." - By Lorenzo Dabove aka Kuaska
Ingredients: barley malt, grape juice, hops, sugar, yeast (top-fermenting)

Loverbeer 2011 BeerBera....$19.99 / 12.7oz
Sour/Wild Ale
Rated 95/100 Ratebeer
Ingredients: barley malt, Barbera wine grapes (freshly pressed destemmes with skins, from a viticulturist near Alba), sugar, hops wild yeast from the skins of the grapes. Spontaneous fermentation, no yeast is added
BeerBera is fermented in oak vats and matured for three months in oak vats.
BeerBera is brewed once a year at vintage time.
"Fresh, vinous and fruity notes clearly caught in the nose then confirmed in the palate stating a strict link between spontaneous beer and wine worlds. This successful challenge will give us a brave, original beer but above all easy drinkable despite its complexity, thanks to an appropriate watery body." By Lorenzo Dabove aka Kuaska

Info from and about the brewery
We cherish knowledge and experimentation. We strive to make beers that are special, sometimes pushing "extreme" beers with perfectly-balanced flavors and aromas; beers that can surprise even the most curious palate.
We make beers inspired by and based in our careful research into the origins of the world's most historic and authentic brewing styles.
The love of the land:
We use the finest locally-sourced ingredients – Freisa grapes grown in the hills surrounding Turin, Barbera grapes from Alba, "Ramassin" (Damaschine) plums from Valley Bronda--grown only by world--class producers. We strive to partner with farmers integrating ancient methods with modern technologies while protecting the environment and very high quality
of their products.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Dry Dock Farms Local Heirloom Tomatoes are now in stock at Forsyth!

Here is a picture of today's batch!

Plus Fresh local Marcoot  Mozzarella and fresh Burrata cheese have both also arrived

Back in stock at Forsyth....
Burrata Cheese
Burrata is the ultimate a fresh Italian cheese. It is fresh Mozzarella that is wrapped around a mixture of cream and more mozzarella. The best way to serve is to just slice the top of the cheese with an "X" and then pour on a little olive oil, pepper, and sea salt. Great with your favorite greens like arugula or on crostini.

We also have Fresh Italian Mozzarella di Bufala in stock now!

Six Row Honey Weizen in bottles now...

Six Row Honey Weizen...$4.99 / 22oz
Honey Weizen
Our Honey Weizen is an easy-drinking wheat beer made with a generous portion of honey from Missouri Honey in Florissant, Missouri! With a combination of white wheat malt, honey malt, and locally produced honey, the unfiltered Honey Weizen is a great example of a traditional wheat beer with a twist. The sweetness of the honey is balanced by Saaz hops, sure to please the discerning wheat beer lover and craft beer novice alike.

(ABV: 5.6%, Bitterness Units: 13.7 IBUs, Color: 5.0, Original Gravity: 12.10 degrees Plato)

Alvinne Balthazar

Alvinne Balthazar....$4.99 / 11.2oz
Malt: Pilsen, wheat, special B, amber 45, chocolate 
Hops: Challenger, EK goldings 
Candi sugar: dark candi sugar 
Spices: ginger, cardemon, coriander

Aventinus Vintage -- Rare

More cellar release from Aventinus.

Also available online

Back in stock now at Forsyth

2007 just hit...

Aventinus Vintage 2004...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.  
2004: The Kennedy Museum opened in Berlin * 20th Olympic Winter Games take place in Turino * First German female chancellor Angelika Merkel makes her first visit to the U.S. * Opening of the Soccer World Championships celebrated in Munich.....
Aventinus Vintage 2005...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.  
2005: Taiwan builds the highest skyscrape in the world * The famous new soccer arena "Allianz Arena" in Munich is opened * Angela Merkel become Germany's first femail chancellor * 
Aventinus Vintage 2006...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.
2006: Summer Olympics take place in Athens Greece * Highest Bridge in the World opened in France * Indian Ocean Tsunami hits eleven mostly poor countries * Shuttle Mars explores the planet * Best Picture at 2004 Academy Awards: Lord of the Rings * Bill Haley invented Rock n' Roll fifty years ago * New England Patriots win Super Bowl........

Aventinus Vintage 2007...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.
2007: Australia is the first country in the world to ban normal electric bulbs * A general speed limit is suggest in order to save the environment * G-8 meeting in Heiligendamm goes for a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions worldwide * 

only 250 cases made each year.
Aventinus ageing in the Ice cellar

"Historical Ice cellar of the Weisse Brauhaus, Kelheim, Bavaria, now used for the aging and maturing of our special "Vintage Aventinus" (250 cases per year started in early spring of 1999)" -- importer

"The Schneider brewery was established in 1872 when Georg Schneider purchased the right to brew wheat beer by King Ludwig II. Up to that point wheat beer could only be brewed by the Bavarian royal family in one of their "Weisses Brauhaus" (wheat beer brewpub). He purchased and brewed in the Weisses Brauhaus im Tal/Munich and the Weisses Brauhaus in Kelheim. This second brewery has been used to brew wheat beer since 1607 and is therefore the oldest continually operating Weisse Beer brewery in the world." -- Importer

Marston's Oyster Stout is back

In stock at Forsyth now and online

Marston's Beer  Oyster Stout...$4.29 / pint
"Ale Brewed with Oyster Shells"

Traditionally in London at about the time of Dickens, Stout and Oysters were the poor man's meal, taken as good hearty tasty food.  There are no Oysters in Oyster Stout, but the association is well established and you can now enjoy this great tasting traditional English Stout.   The unique character of Oyster Stout is brought about by fermentation with the Marston's strain of yeast. Taken from the Burton Unions, this yeast is very active and gives full attenuation of beer giving a dry clean after-palate.  English Aroma Hops, Fuggles and Goldings are added for their fruity, floral and spicy contribution to the taste with the majority of the bitterness coming from the roasted malts. The final result is a rich, dark and extremely creamy smooth stout with good character and strength.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stone Brewing Special Tasting including some rare beer

Just added to St. Louis Craft Beer Week

We are proud to announce a tasting with Stone Brewing Co. including a couple of beers from their cellars!!!

The Wine and Cheese Place Stone Brewing Co. Beer Tasting
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 314.727.8788
Open House
Friday August 3rd from 4-6pm

Open house, no reservations needed........

We are proud to have Nate Sellergren and Jason Armstrong from Stone Brewing on hand.....(they might have to leave before 6 to hit their next event)

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to host a special Stone Brewing tasting
including a couple of rare beers...
Stone Brewing Double Bastard Ale 2009 Vintage Ale
Stone Brewing 15th Anniversary - The limited edition "Comic Bottle" that was mostly just sold at the brewery -- read more on the Full Pint

We will have will use 2 bottles of these for tasting until they are gone and we will have the other 22 bottles for sale to the first people that want them starting at 4pm.  No pre-arrival reservations.

We will also taste a selection of other Stone Brewing beers also that night including many of your favorites.  I will set the list as we get closer.  

"This is one lacerative muther of an ale. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory...and those around you would have little desire to listen to your resultant whimpering. Instead, you slackjawed gaping gobemouche, slink away to that pedestrian product that lures agog the great unwashed with the shiny happy imagery of its silly broadcast propaganda. You know, the one that offers no challenge, yet works very, very hard to imbue the foolhardy with the absurd notion that they are exercising ‘independent’ thought, or attempts to convey the perception it is in some way ‘authentic’ or ‘original.’ It’s that one that makes you feel safe and delectates you into basking in the warm, fuzzy, and befuddled glow of your own nescience. Why so many allow themselves to be led by the nose lacks plausible explanation. Perhaps you have been so lulled by the siren song of ignorance that you don’t even notice your white-knuckle grip on it. You feel bold and unique, but alas are nothing but sheep, willingly being herded to and fro. If you think you are being piqued in this text, it is nothing when compared to the insults we are all asked to swallow streaming forth from our televisions and computers. Truth be told, you are being coddled into believing you are special or unique by ethically challenged “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” marketers who layer (upon layer) imagined attributes specifically engineered to lead you by the nose. Should you decide to abdicate your ability to make decisions for yourself, then you are perhaps deserving of the pabulum they serve. Double Bastard Ale calls out the garrulous caitiffs who perpetrate the aforementioned atrocities and demands retribution for their outrageously conniving, intentionally misleading, blatantly masturbatory and fallacious ad campaigns. We demand the unmitigated, transparent truth. We demand forthright honesty. We want justice! Call ‘em out and line ‘em up against the wall... NOW." -- Stone Brewing

Stone 15 Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA.

In the 15 years since we entered the craft brewing world, change has come not in a straight line, but as an exponential curve. The craft brewing movement has long been called a "revolution." But today the air is so thick with revolution, it's palpable. No longer is it only an awareness among the faithful; the unconverted are beginning to feel it as well. Denial and ignorance are disappearing in favor of opened eyes, curiosity and the sense that there's something larger out there. For far too long we have been lied to. For far too long we have been oppressed by the notion that dumbed-down-lowest-common-denominator-mediocrity was all that we could, and should, expect. You might think we're talking only about the world of brewing, but we're not. There is a myriad of products out there masquerading as cheeses, coffee, chocolates, breads...hell, there is stuff pretending to be 'food' that our great grandmothers would not recognize as such. Yet the craft brewing movement, together with the artisanal food movement, is making much progress. Where the industrial companies can't dismiss or bury us, they are attempting to copy us with cheap facsimiles. Yes, chances are if you are holding this bottle, you understand these things to be true about the world of brewing. You also likely understand the importance of our fight at Stone against accepted 'norms' over the last 15 years. We believed that America was ready to embrace things made with artistry and passion. You have spoken. Your response has been clear. We are not merely consumers to be spoon-fed whatever commodities need to be unloaded for a profit. We have only just begun to move the needle of this revolution, & mediocrity still reigns. Consider that when you reject dumbed down, industrialized food and drink, you also support craft brewing. The line is nearly seamless; we are fighting the same battle. We will not win in our lifetime, as the powers are too entrenched, and the masses too…fooled. And shackled. However, this is a revolution of ideas and of taste, and we will win. How do you want to be viewed by your children, and your children's children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that don't think they have been oppressed are already lost.) Ultimately, it's up to you to decide. We hope you'll stand with us. Strong and unyielding. You are needed. This bottle and its glorious contents are a celebration of you, brothers and sisters, and your importance in this fight. Cheers to all we've accomplished together in the past fifteen years, and cheers to the adventure ahead!