Friday, April 19, 2013

Barrel Aged Perennial 17 Choco Mint Stout


Here are the 11 names that were drawn for the BA Mint!

  1. Stephen L.
  2. Thomas D.
  3. James O.
  4. James C.
  5. Nathan W.
  6. Chris W.
  7. Kenny S.
  8. Paul M.
  9. Elissa R.
  10. Rich H.
  11. Brian M.
The winners have all been called.  The beer is at the Forsyth location now.  You can pick up at your convenience.  The price is $22.99 for your bottle.   If for some reason, somebody does not want theirs or does not pick up, we will draw another name from the hat.

Highland Park Loki 15 year Old

Highland Park Loki 15 year Old
We have had many requests for this scotch and we got one lonely bottle.  How do you decide who gets this one bottle.

What do do with it?
Not sure how we will release it -- I will decide over the weekend and post.

Any ideas...

  • Raffle method? for each purchase of regular Highland Park.
  • Fastest finger online
  • fastest follower on twitter
  • fastest follower on facebook
  • use the bottle in a tasting so more can enjoy it?

Any ideas, leave us a comment....

New Alchemy Ale -

This one replaces Drifter Ale....
Widmer Brother Alchemy Ale...$6.99 / 6pk
unlock the mystery. 
We practice alchemy every day turning water, malt, hops and yeast into liquid gold. alchemy ale melds years of experimentation and our special alchemy hop blend, in a pure expression of brewing art and science. Join us in unlocking the mystery to the perfectly balanced, perfectly hopped ale. Alchemy ale has a bright, distinct hop character balanced with hints of caramel and a remarkably smooth finish.

Red Hook Wise Cracker Wit

Red Hook Wise Cracker Wit is now in stock!
Wheat Beer brewed with Ginger, but still digs Mary Ann.

Sierra Nevada Summer Lager

Sierra Nevada Summer Lager....$7.99 / 6pk
Crisp summertime lager.

Since their invention in the 1840s, Pilsener-style beers have become the world’s most popular style. With a nod toward the original Czech tradition, Summerfest is brewed to feature the best of Bohemian nature. Crisp, golden, dry and incredibly drinkable, Summerfest has a delicate and complex malt flavor and spicy and floral hop character—the perfect warm weather beer.

Celt Artisan Ales from Wales

Celt Golden Ale...$4.99 / pint

A zesty body and citrus aroma with a snappy finish
Drink to inspire you to an evening of passion!
Circa 500BC, during the Celtic Golden Age, most of mainland
Europe was dominated by the spiritual tribes of Celtic origin
Golden – Snappy – Citrus

Celt Bronze Ale...$4.99 / pint
A malty body outlined by a stern spicey bitterness
An escape to the wild
Inspired by ancient Celts brewing beer
from alchemy, forged with new bronze tools.
Nutty – Spice – Caramel

Celt Bleddyn Ale...$4.99 / pint
A commanding IPA balancing bitterness, sweetness and a grapefruit finish
An IPA to preside with you and your friends at the dinner table.
King Bleddyn, most merciful of all welsh kings.
Lived and ruled until 1075 and the number of our original gravity.
Pale – Balance – Grapefruit
Celt Native Storm....$4.99 / pint
Nutty biscuit body meets orange, citrus with a touch of delicate spice
At the eye of the storm, in the depth of legend
1400. Owain GlynDwr Welsh ruler, conquering spirit.
His legend forever remains
Biscuit – Tangerine – Spice

Celt Dark Age...$4.99 / pint
Elegant smooth chocolate and caramel body with a spice finish
Inspired by the tranquility of the myths of Avalon
King Arthur and Merlin histories emerge from ancient Pagan myths
tracing dark ripples through shared legends
Chocolate – Caramel – Spice

In stock now - read more on their website.

Hoppy Brewing - Sacramento California

New beers from Sacramento
In stock at Forsyth

Hoppy Brewing Hoppy Face Amber Ale...$5.99 / 22oz
Is an award-winning, traditional, all-natural style of beer that falls under the category of a "West Coast" India Pale Ale (IPA). Characterized by its high hop content, high alcohol content and deep amber color, Hoppy Face™ is brewed using water with a high mineral content. Using only the finest 2-row malted barley and great northwestern grown hops, this combination results in a clean, crisp, well-balanced beer. As usual, no artificial preservatives have been added to our beer during and/or after the brewing process...
It will put a smile on your face!!!

Hoppy Brewing Stony Face Red Ale...$5.99 / 22oz
Hoppy’s gift to those who like their beers Malty. Dark Caramel and Chocolate Malts lend their deep crimson silkiness, and judicious additions of Nugget and Cascade hops give just enough bitterness for balance. Ask your server’s favorite beer and it’s probably this one. Alcohol by Volume – 5.6%

Hoppy Brewing Total Eclipse Black Ale...$5.99 / 22oz
Total Eclipse Black Ale has been described as similar to a light, dry stout. Characterized by its distinctive hop aroma and rich, black color, Total Eclipse redefines the way you think about a dark ale. Brewed at a low temperature to create a refreshingly dry finish, Total Eclipse uses only the finest two row malted barley and hops grown in the great Pacific Northwest. This combination results in a clean, crisp, hand-crafted experience. Hoppy Brewing Company has never used any artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors in any of its ales. The Hoppy label is your guarantee of purity.
It’s “totally” out of this world delicious!!!

Stone Dayman Coffee IPA

Stone Dayman limit 1 per person. 

In store pick up only.   No reservations.  Come and get it Forsyth and New Ballas only now.

Ballwin, Forsyth and New Ballas.

In stock now at Rock Hill now

Stone/ Aleman / Two Brothers Dayman Coffee IPA...$5.59 / 22oz
Jim Moorehouse, Nate Albrecht and Brad Zeller, three pals planning to open a Chicago brewpub under the moniker of Aleman, won first place at last year's Iron Brew homebrewing competition in the Windy City (judged by none other than Greg Koch, Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing, and celebrated Chicago brewer, designer and author Randy Mosher). Their style-bending IPA artfully married the assertive tropical bite of Citra hops with amazing coffee flavor and aromatics to create something truly unique and exceptional.

Serendipitously, Two Brothers recently kicked off a new adventure roasting their own coffee beans, and provided just-in-time freshly roasted java for the brew. The result is an innovative IPA that's well balanced and intensely flavored thanks to the felicitous blend of hops and fresh roasted coffee.

Wine Education - the best way to learn - TASTE!!!

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations
Taste the Pierre Boniface Roussette de Savoie at all four of our locations this Saturday, April 20 from 11am-4pm. (each store will also have other wines out to taste)

A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores. We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails
I have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

Grape: Altesse

Altesse: Grown primarily in the Roussette de Savoie region of France, bordering Switzerland and Italy, the Altesse grape produces wines of incredible character and purity. Highly aromatic and possesing wonderful acidity Altesse is a perfect foil for full flavored chesses and spicy dishes. Due to small yields and a fickle nature Altesse is relatively unknown in the American market place, but it sure to please if stumbled upon.

This wine is made from 100% Altesse
2011 Pierre Boniface Roussette de Savoie....$19.99
The excellent 2011 Les Rocailles Roussette de Savoie comes from an indigenous grape varietal called Altesse. It offers up notes of fresh wheat thins, honeyed citrus and spring flowers that are followed by a well-textured, lush, succulent, dry white that is bigger and richer than the Apremont. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.   

Rated 89/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Jordan Cabernet on sale now

Taste Jordan Cabernet tomorrow 
from 11am-4pm at our Forsyth location

2008 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon....$39.99

Winemaker's notes:
2008 showcases both the delicacy of the vintage and Jordan’s smooth, approachable style. Elegant aromas of cherries and plums open to a soft, silky mouthfeel boasting a spectrum of red and black fruit flavors. A hint of spicy oak is drawn from the American oak, while the French oak builds a seductive midpalate with soft fruit tannins. Enjoy now or cellar through 2020. Decant for 30 minutes prior to serving to further accentuate the aromas and flavors. 

Chef’s Pairing Suggestions
Roasted chicken, grilled lamb with herbs, lightly seasoned steaks and even mushroom risotto will pair with the elegant fruit flavors and soft tannins of the 2008 vintage. A very versatile Cabernet Sauvignon on the dinner table due to its balanced acidity, bright fruit and low alcohol.

He'Brew new releases....

In stock now!

He'Brew Funky Jewbelation #8...$10.99 / 22oz

He'Brew Rejeventator Dubbel Doppel....$7.99 / 22oz
Brewed with Dates and Figs

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Perennial BARREL AGED 17 Mint Chocolate Stout

This Friday at 4:30 is the deadline to registers for the Barrel Aged Mint 17

 Perennial BARREL AGED 17 Mint Chocolate Stout...$22.99 / 750ml

This is the very limited release from St. Louis' own Perennial Artisan Ales.   We always debate on how to do these limited releases.  So we are going keep mixing it up a bit.   More people ask for a way to reward those that shop at the store, so we will try this method.   For this release starting Monday April 8th through Friday, April 19th at 4:30, for each bottle of Perennial beer you purchase at our stores, you can put your name in the pot for the drawing.  On Friday April 19th at 4:30 (during our normal beer tasting) we will draw 11 names and they can purchase 1 bottle at $22.99.  The 12th bottle we will released at our Beer Fest on May 11 the same way we did the Goose Island and Cantillon at our New Ballas Grand opening.

  • You can enter as many times as you like - once for each Perennial bottle purchased
  • You can purchase at any of our stores.
  • If you are out of state, you can purchase online and you will be entered.
  • You must be 21 or older
  • You do not have to be present for the drawing, we will contact the winners
  • You can only purchase 1 Barrel Aged 17, (if your name is drawn again, we will pull another name until we have 11 different names)

Ommegang Fleur de Houblon Summer Ale

Limited release....

Ommegang Fleur de Houblon...$10.99 / 4pk
Nothing is more evocative of summer than the beautiful aroma of flowers, and the favored flowers of brewers are hops. Our brand new summer ale, Fleur de Houblon (Hop Flowers), is brewed to bring the many elements of summer into a refreshing and easy-to-drink Belgian-style ale.

Fleur de Houblon is a rich gold color with distinct floral hops in the aroma that follow through in the taste. Whole-cone Bravo hops are used to impart their earthy, fruity, and floral aromas and flavors. The body and flavor are clean and dry, with pleasing complexity and spicy notes from both primary and secondary fermentation with our unique Ommegang house yeast.

Domaine de l'Edre - great wines

Limited wines, and the very best of Roussillon

2009 Domaine de l'Edre Carrement Cotes du Roussilon Villages...$29.99

While the bitter elements in the 2009 Carrement white were a bit too accentuated by heat from 14.5% alcohol, the tank-raised red l'Edre 2009 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Carrement - around half Syrah, but now including a significant amount of Mourvedre as well as Grenache and Carignan - gives an impressive account of itself. Dark berries, bitter dark chocolate, and a gaminess that diminishes with aeration are joined by licorice, vanilla, cherry pit, and black pepper on a plush, texturally-polished, glycerin-rice, seamlessly-ripe palate. While there is faint finishing warmth here, there is also an exuberant persistence of juicy, fresh black fruits such as one too-seldom encounters in this vintage. I would plan to enjoy this over the next 2-3 years. 
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Domaine de l'Edre Cotes du Roussillon Villages...$44.99

More than half Syrah, along with Grenache, Carignan and now Mourvedre, a portion of the 2009 Cotes du Roussillon Villages L'Edre was vinified in upright, new demi-muids, and the entirety was aged in older barriques. Vivid black raspberry and dark cherry inform the nose and a seamlessly ripe, dense, glycerin-rich palate. Ultra-fine tannins do nothing to disrupt a liqueur-like sense of richness, kissed in the finish by dark chocolate, iodine, and brown spices. This should merit following for at least 6-8 years. Castany and Dieunidou, incidentally, class it with their 2005 as the best exemplar of this cuvee that they have yet bottled. 
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2008 Domaine de l'Edre Cotes du Roussillon Villages...$44.99

More pungently spicy and with, if anything, a yet finer edge than its 2009 counterpart, the 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages L'Edre - roughly two-thirds Syrah, with Grenache and Carignan - is flamboyantly ripe in its evocations of dark cherry and black raspberry preserves. Pungent ginger and smoky black tea, along with tart berry skin and piquant fruit pit, make for tactile energy and invigoration in superbly sustained finish. Unlike its authors, I give this the edge over its 2009 counterpart, largely on account of its sense of dynamic and its sheer juiciness. But it will be fascinating to track the two of them over the next 6-8 years. 
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Magic Hat Summer Scene

The mix 12 pack includes 3 bottles of each of these beers from Magic Hat

HiCu Cucumber Hibiscus Ale
Cool cucumber notes
A hibiscus tang to please
And smooth malt body.

Elder Betty
The wisdom of ages hangs sweet and free from the branches of Elder Betty’s elderberry tree. She is the matriarch of the summer sun and the spirit in our bare dancing feet. Listen for her on warm waves and winds, as the joy of a thousand lifetimes flows from the earth through her branches, and drink her offering with ecstatic abandon.

Blind Faith IPA on Tour
Please join us in welcoming to the stage our revolving roster of FOUR features, specially formulated to entertain the palates of hop lovers world-wide. Smell the hops, taste the hops, love the hops… and stay “on Tour” with our quarterly cabaret of I.P.A.s.

Magic Hat No.9

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Eggs arrive today!

Fresh eggs arrived at Forsyth
Laid April 16, 2013

Dry Dock FARM Fresh eggs 
Non factory produced from right here in Missouri -- in stock now
 In stock now at Forsyth Farm Fresh Eggs, free range

"We grow with nature, not against it" -- Dry Dock
Dry Dock Farm Heritage Breed Farm Fresh Eggs...$4.99 / per dozen

What is Heritage Breed? Basically many of these "heritage" breeds of chickens (and other animals) were becoming threatened because the large egg producers were favoring chickens that produced a quantity of eggs and not quality. To quote The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "Modern food production now favors the use of a few highly specialized breeds selected for maximum output in a controlled environment. Many traditional livestock breeds have lost popularity and are threatened with extinction. These traditional breeds are an essential part of the American agricultural inheritance." Some of the Heritage breeds that Dry Dock has includes: Ameraucana Chickens - "Easter Egg Chicken" -- produces blue and green eggs Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens -- Brown Eggs - pre-World War II - this was the most popular and most likely the eggs being eaten. Rhode Island Red Chicken -- Light to Dark Brown Eggs New Hampshire Chicken (see picture from Wikipedia above) -- Light brown eggs "Dry Dock Farm is 3 acres of rich river bottom land near the village of Silex, Missouri. We purchased our farm in 2005. We are remodeling our turn of the century farm house and barn. We grow Heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Our Heirloom tomatoes are bursting with that old time “picked from Grandma’s garden flavor”. We grow our produce and flowers using bio-intensive, no chemicals, no GMO seeds, and we enrich our soil with natural minerals, cover crops, worm castings and compost. We also raise Heritage chickens, turkeys, geese. ducks and assorted other poultry. Our birds are raised on pasture with fresh air and sunshine. They are fed a vegetarian diet, to provide you with the best tasting farm fresh eggs. Dry Dock Farms runs a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) In basic terms, CSA consists of a pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members or shareholders of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm throughout the growing season as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land. (USDA definition) Read more about CSA

Recipe of the Week

Fried Cheese Curds
Lets face it if an appetizer has it’s own Domaine Name ( it’s gotta be good. Here is my favorite version (adapted from


  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs  ***
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper(use only if you want your curds slightly spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika   ***
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs, well beaten    ***
  • 1 pound cheese curds   ***
  • Oil for deep frying  
*** In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth

Combine bread crumbs, cornstarch, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika and chopped thyme in food processor. Process until bread crumbs are finely ground. Place in a pie plate. Place beaten eggs in another pie plate and flour in a third pie plate. Dredge the cheese curds in the flour, then the egg and lastly the bread crumb mixture. Place battered curds on a baking sheet. Set in the freezer for 20 minutes. Heat 3 inches of oil to 365°F to 375°F. Fry the cheese curds in batches until they are crisp and warmed all the way through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
I love to use the Stonewall Kitchen Horseradish Aioli as a dipping sauce.

Stone IRS

Stone IRS in stock at Forsyth and online now

Dayman should be tomorrow I am told

2013 Classic Release
Stone Imperial Russian Stout...$5.59 / 22oz

Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and well, sinful, you might worry that you'll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in making it... you'll have to add that on your own. This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of anise, black currants, coffee, and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New Belgium Hoppy Bock

New Belgium Hoppy Bock....$3.79 / 22oz
A German-style springtime lager brewed with rye then loaded with Hallertauer, Perle and Fuggle hops for a spicy, earthy aroma. This Hoppy Bock Lager offers a medium body and slightly sweet malt character perfect for your spring hop-fling.

ABV: 6.9%
IBU: 70
Hops: Nugget, Hallertauer, Perle, Fuggle
Malts: Rye, Melanoiden, Munich, Goldpils Vienna
Body: Medium-Light
Aroma: Clearly a lager with some crisp lager-like aromas. The hops contribute noble grassy, spicy, and herbal, but there is also fruit, from the specialty malts.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and lingering, with a crisp touch at the end.
Flavor: Lightly sweet, with a smooth, clean, and mellow bitterness. Well-balanced.
Visual: Clear with slight hop haze. Hay in the sunshine with thin head and lacing.

Sam Adams Longshot

New Longshot in stock at Forsyth and online

2013 Sam Adams Longshot Beer mix pack....$8.49 / 6pk 
2013 Longshot 6-packs! 2 bottles of each of these beers

Magnificent Seven
Created by Created by Zack Adams, CT
Zack and his friend Pat decided to create a brew loaded with their seven favorite hops. A showcase of US hop varieties and true to an Imperial American IPA, this beer has a big grapefruit, pine & resinous notes.

Strawberry Lager
Created by Created by Dave Anderson, OH (Samuel Adams Employee)
Dave wanted to created a refreshing summertime beer, something that he could enjoy after a round of golf on a hot day. This lager has a bright and fresh strawberry character balanced with toffee and citrus notes.

Beer Flower Wheat
Created by Created by James Schirmer, CA
With the hot summer months and fun gatherings in mind, James brewed an easy drinking wheat beer with an exotic kick. This beer is smooth and light with the delicate flavors of hibiscus.

Drew Barrymore Pinot Grigio

2011 Barrymore Pinot Grigio...$14 / 750ml

The Inspiration
Wine is all about the journey. Any wine lover would have to agree. The discovery of new wines, new regions and new vintages is what keeps wine exciting to novices and enthusiasts alike.

For Drew Barrymore, it was the journey that propelled her to delve into the world of wine and with an eponymously named Pinot Grigio. A fan of crisp, fruity white wines, Barrymore has created a wine that reflects her style and personality: fresh, dynamic and fun.
The Region 

In the northeast corner of Italy, is the Triveneto area, consisting of three regions: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto. These regions lie just below the alps and are known for producing crispy, fresh white wines.
Tasting Notes
A pale straw color, this charming Pinot Grigio has hints of fresh apricot and lively citrus flavors.

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