Saturday, May 11, 2013

TWCP Beer Fest 2013

Great Event!
Thanks everyone!

Check out the glass you will receive at our Beer Fest.
Everyone from the first hour gets a glass and 
the first hundred people at 2pm get a glass

Coming back this year, we will have the Seoul Taco Truck on hand for food this year!

Saturday, May 11

The 2-4pm event will be $5 per person
No reservations
It will be pay at the door.

Plus, the first 100 people get a commemorative Schlafly glass.
(1-2pm event sold out)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Wine and Cheese Place Annual Beer Fest
save the date.

7435 Forsyth Blvd,Clayton, MO 63105

Confirmed to pour beer....
(click on brewery to read more about them)

  • Celt Bronze
  • Celt Cark Age
  • Hoppy Brewing Hoppy Face Amber
  • Le Brewery Mysterious Lady Wheat
  • Three Heads Brewing Loopy Oatmeal Red
  • Big Head Stout
  • Ontario Coast Belgian IPA
  • Java Sutra Coffee Porter
  • Timisoareana Lager
  • After-Before Triple Bock (12% ABV)

Charleville Brewery
  • Strawberry Blonde
  • Ale Mucho Hoppo
  • Tornado Amber
  • Hoptimistic IPA

Ferguson Brewing - Missouri

  • Pecan Brown (tasting only, not for sale)

4 Hands Brewing - Missouri
  • Pyrus Saison
  • Oatmeal Brown
  • Single Speed
  • An experimental IPA (tasting only, not for sale)

Perennial Artisan Ales - Missouri
  • Saison de Lis
  • Fantastic Voyage
  • Recital: a special collab beer between Brewmaster Phil Wymore & Brewmaster Brian Faivre of Deschutes (tasting only, not for sale)
Boulevard Brewing - Missouri
  • 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat
  • Seasonal Boss Tom's
  • Double Wide IPA
  • KC Pils
  • Long Strange Triple
  • TBA

Morgan Street Brewery - Missouri
  • Golden Pilsner
  • Black Bear Dark
  • Honey Weizen
Six Row Brewing - Missouri
  • Whale
  • Porter
  • Double IPA
  • Honey Weizen
  • Strawberry Honey Weizen (tasting only,  not for sale)
  • Red Eye (IPA)  (tasting only,  not for sale)

  • Zwickel
  • Schnickelfritz
  • Winged Nut
  • Seitz Farm Terroir
  • Special Maifest (tasting only, not for sale)
Abita Brewing - New Orleans
  • Mardi Gras Bock
  • Purple Haze
  • Strawberry Harvest
  • Spring IPA Seasonal
Deschutes Brewery - Oregon
  • Deschutes River Ale
  • Twilight Summer Ale
  • Chainbreaker White IPA
  • Black Butte Porter
Tallgrass - Kansas
  • Buffalo Sweat
  • 8-Bit Pale Ale
Schlafly - Missouri
  • Helles Summer Lager
  • Hefeweizen
  • Session IPA Can
  • American Brown Can
  • Maibock(draft, not for sale)

O' Fallon Brewing - Missouri
  • Wheach
  • Kite Tail
  • 5 Day IPA
  • Hemp Hop Rye
  • Kite Tail Shandy (tasting only, not for sale)

Cathedral Square - Missouri
  • Repent Rye 
  • Holy Moly 
  • White Ale 
  • Abbey 

Bells Brewing - Michigan
  • Oberon
  • Kalamazoo Stout
  • Midwestern Pale Ale
  • Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (tasting only, not for sale)
  •      (Black Note is currently rated #7 Best Beer in the World on RateBeer)
Glazer Table

  • Rochefort 10
  • Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout (draft)
  • Odell Deconstruction
  • Odell Medler
  • Anchor Summer Ale
  • Ommegang Gnomegang
  • Ommegang  Fleur du Houblon
  • Rogue Voodoo Doughnut
  • Rogue Roguenbier
  • Blanche Namur
  • Blanche de Bruxelles
  • Erdinger Hefe Weisse
  • Ayinger Brau Weisse
  • Samuel Smiths India Pale Ale
  • Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale
  • Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout
  • Sierra Nevada Harvest Southern Hemisphere
  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
  • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 
  • Woodchuck Private Reserve Pink
  • Woodchuck Raspberry
Missouri Beverage Table

  • Founders KBS (tasting only, not for sale)
  • Founders All Day IPA
  • 1809 Berliner Weisse
  • Acme IPA 
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock 
  • Arcadia Cereal Killer 
  • Arcadia Hopmouth 
  • Arcadia Whitsun CANS 
  • Aventinus 2005
  • Bacchus Flemish Red Ale 
  • Beersel Oude Kriek
  • Cains Finest Bitter Cans 
  • Duchesse de Bourgogne 
  • Ephemere Apple 
  • Hitachino White Ale
  • Kapittel ABT 
  • Lucifer  CANS
  • New Holland Envious
  • New Holland White Hatter
  • Old Rasputin Imp Stout 
  • Pedigree English Ale 
  • Reissdorf Kolsch
  • Scotch de Silly - Barrel Aged
  • Ska Mexican Logger CANS
  • St Bernardus Abt 12 
  • Sterkens Bokrijks Kruikenbier 
  • Unibroue Anniversary Ale #17 
  • Weihenstephan Vitus 

Major Brands

  • New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek
  • Stone - vertical of Vertical Epic
  • Avery Joes Pilsner 
  • Avery Mephistophele Stout 
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack 
  • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Rye Ipa 
  • Fischer Amber 
  • Great Divide Heyday Wit
  • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
  • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti 
  • Grimbergen Blonde 
  • New Belg Lof Dieu Du Ciel
  • New Belg Rampant Ipa 
  • New Belg Rolle Bolle 
  • Old Golden Hen 
  • Stone Double Bastard Ale 
  • Stone Levitation Ale 
  • Stone Old Guardian Barleywine Oak Smoked 

  • Debutant
  • Cellar Door

Evil Twin
  • Freudian Slip
  • Ryan & the Beaster Bunny
  • Lil' B Porter
Hermitage Brewing
  • Hoptopia 
  • Maltopia

  • Boxcar Amber
  • Brown 
  • Ginger Bee

Wild Onion
  • Paddy's Pale
  • Jack Stout
  • Phat Chance Blonde
  • Onion Hop Slayer

Doc's Draft Ciders - Apple 

Magic Hat
  • HiCu Cucumber Hibiscus Ale
  • Elder Betty
  • Blind Faith IPA on Tour
  • Magic Hat No.9
  • Magic Hat Circus Boy


  •  Undercover Shutdown
  • Hop Stoopid
  • Little Sumpin Sumpin
  • IPA

Summit Brewing

  • Saga IPA
  • Maibock

  • Agave Wheat
  • Vanilla Porter
  • 72 Imperial

Magners Cider Pear Ginger

Sam Adams

  •  Stonybrook Red
  • Thirteenth Hour
  • New World Triple
  • Porch Rocker

Pyramid Brewing

  • Discord Black IPA
  • Apricot
  • Thunderhead IPA

  • Hofbrau Hefe

Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
Buffalo Bill Orange Blossom

New KC Pils - taste it at our Beer Fest

Recipe of the week : Fancy Mac 'n Cheese

We have some to sample today at Forsyth now!


  • Salt
  • 1 pound whole wheat macaroni or penne pasta  ***
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs      ***
  • About 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese   ***
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, very finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • Pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 1/3 pound Gruyère cheese, shredded     ***
  • 1/4 pound sharp white cheddar cheese    ***
  • 1/4 pound fontina cheese, such as Fontina Val D’Aosta or aged Gouda cheese   ***
  • 1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard    ***
  • Optional: crisp bacon crumbled on top   ***
  *** Available at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth

Serves 8 as a side or 6 as an entrée


Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.

Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook the pasta until 2 minutes shy of the suggested cooking time. Drain.

In a saucepot, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Grate the garlic directly into the butter or mince the garlic and mash it into paste with a little salt before adding it to the pot. Stir the garlic in the butter for a minute, then pour into a small bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and work the garlic butter through breadcrumbs with your fingertips. Combine with the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and parsley.

Return the butter pot to the stove and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Whisk in the flour, let cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk. Bring to a bubble, then let the sauce thicken until it coats the back of a spoon, 8-10 minutes. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and nutmeg, to taste. With a wooden spoon, stir the Gruyère, cheddar and fontina cheeses into the sauce in a figure-eight motion. Once the cheese melts, add the Dijon mustard.

Toss the sauce with the drained macaroni and transfer to a baking dish or individual dishes. Top the mac 'n cheese with the breadcrumbs and bake for 30 minutes or so until brown and bubbly. Serve with green salad as a main dish or alongside your favorite entrée as a tasty side dish.

Recipe from Rachel Ray website

Friday, May 10, 2013

Deschutes / North Coast / Rogue Collab

The Deschutes version is here!
(all three breweries made a version)


The first 12 people to the tasting tonight can buy a bottle of the
Class of 88 Barrley Wine from Deschutes

$7.99 / 22oz

Come in for a great tasting of beer and cheese until 7pm

Deschutes Base Camp

TONIGHT at our Forsyth location
Meet the brewmaster!

Deschutes Base Camp is coming to The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Deschutes' Woody will also be at The Wine and Cheese Place

Woody, Deschutes' giant traveling beer barrel, will be on hand to share in the fun and act as a huge "photo booth" just for you and your friends.

Beer and Cheese Tasting
May 10 from 5-7pm

Meet the people who make it!
Meet Deschutes brewmaster Brian Faivre
Marcoot Jersey Creamery Cheese and Deschutes Brewery Beer Pairings

Deschutes Brewery celebrates Base Camp for Beer Fanatics with cheese! They have partnered with local Marcoot Jersey Creamery at The Wine and Cheese Place-Forsyth to offer a few fantastic beer and cheese pairings. Learn more about the particulars of cheese from the folks from the Creamery and more about the particulars of craft beer from Deschutes Brewery Brewmaster Brian Faivre. 

Featured beers and cheeses you will taste: 
  1. Black Butte Porter  - Marcoot Aged Gouda
  2. Chainbreaker White IPA  - Marcoot Fresh Mozzarella
  3. Inversion IPA - Marcoot Cheddar
  4. The Stoic - Marcoot Heritage
  5. Deschutes River Ale. - with Marcoot Tomme

Stone Espresso is here!

Just arrived at Forsyth and Rock Hill

2013 Odd Year Release
Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout...$5.59 per bottle
Like the classic version, this Odd Year edition was brewed in the authentic, historical style of an imperial Russian stout, but with the addition of several hundred pounds of espresso beans from our friends at Ryan Bros. Coffee. Layers of flavor and complexity augment an already enigmatic brew, leaving this darkly delicious libation positively brimming with deep, rich espresso flavors that meld beautifully with the roasty bitterness of the dark malts.

Crystal Head Vodka Rolling Stones' 50th Anniversary

In stock now at Forsyth!

Includes a 2-CD compilation of live Rolling Stones hits—not available for sale anywhere else

Crystal Head Vodka with Rolling Stones 2-CD...$79.99 


(Toronto, ON – 4 April 2013) – Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading Music Company and Crystal Head Vodka, the bestselling, ultra-premium vodka founded by Dan Aykroyd, have joined forces with The Rolling Stones, the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World, to create an exclusive, limited edition Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Gift Set. The announcement was made today by Aykroyd and Universal Music Canada President & CEO, Randy Lennox.

Crystal Head Vodka (—the multi-award-winning Canadian vodka—has just been named the exclusive and official vodka of The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary. "It is a huge honor and recognition of our high quality product to have Crystal Head designated as the officially authorized vodka for the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Worldwide celebration. Together with Bravado, the band’s licensing company, we have created the ultimate gift package for Stones fans and their families. There has never been a greater Father’s Day gift, Halloween decoration or Christmas present. Anybody who loves the Stones or great vodka—and pretty much everyone I know loves both—will be all over this,” said Dan Aykroyd.

Included in this highly collectible gift set:

  • Stunning handcrafted display case featuring a real zipper—recalling the legendary Sticky Fingers album cover
  • Bottle of Crystal Head Vodka
  • 2-CD compilation of live Rolling Stones hits—not available for sale anywhere else
  • Crystal bottle decanter top—engraved with The Rolling Stones iconic lip-and-tongue logo
  • Bottle tattoo—featuring the 50th anniversary logo

“The Rolling Stones and Crystal Head Vodka are two iconic brands and we’re thrilled to be partnering with both in this, the Stones’ 50th year,” commented Lennox. “The Stones are the greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all-time and Crystal Head Vodka a leader in the spirit world with the synergies between the two brands endless. We are excited to be working alongside Dan and his creative teams to bring this wonderful partnership to the fans.”

Crystal Head honoring the Stones in this way makes perfect sense: The Stones make great music with passion and creativity—and Crystal Head makes great vodka the same way. In 1989 the Stones were named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—and in 2013 Crystal Head was named Gold Medalist for Excellent Taste at the PRODEXPO Exhibition, in Moscow, Russia. As Aykroyd said on hearing the news of the award, “If Russians do not know their vodka, who does?!”

The limited edition 50th Anniversary commemorative package will retail in North America for $89.95 - $99.95. It is the perfect Father’s Day gift for any rock fan, sure to be proudly displayed on any bar or music shelf—or both!

Wine (Beer) Education

With Beer Fest on Saturday, we thought we would feature a little education related to both beer and wine.  

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. (no tasting this week at Forsyth because of Beer Fest, the other stores will still feature wines) 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".

by Aaron Zwicker, Wine Buyer

As the wine buyer at St. Louis’ best wine and beer shop I’m learning something new everyday usually about beer.  One of my biggest Ah Ha! moments came when discussing the Green Flash Rayon Vert beer.    I had heard great things about this beer and personally had enjoyed the Green Flash West Coast IPA quite a bit so I took home a 4-pack of the Rayon Vert and after half a bottle I was done, I could not pinpoint what I didn’t like but I sure didn’t like it.   The culprit as it turns out was Brettanomyces, as a “wine guy” I’ve been trained to see “Brett” as a flaw and I am very sensitive to it’s presence in wine and as it turns out beer. With The Wine and Cheese Place  Annual Beer Fest coming up this Saturday you will have a great opportunity to taste an amazing array of  beers including some “Brett” beers that people keep telling me are fantastic.

Brettanomyces in Wine:   When Brettanomyces grows in wine it produces several compounds that can alter the palate and bouquet. At low levels some winemakers agree that the presence of these compounds has a positive effect on wine, contributing a complexity, and giving an aged character to some young red wines. However when the levels of the sensory compounds greatly exceed the sensory threshold, their perception is almost always negative. The sensory threshold can differ between individuals, and some find the compounds more unattractive than others. While it can be desirable at lower levels, there is no guarantee that high levels will not be produced. As Brettanomyces can potentially spoil a wine it is generally seen as a wine spoilage yeast, and its presence in wine as a wine fault.

Brettanomyces in Beer:   In most beer styles Brettanomyces is viewed as a contaminant and the characteristics it imparts are considered unwelcome "off-flavors." However, in some styles, particularly certain traditional Belgian ales, it is appreciated and encouraged. Lambic and gueuze owe their unique flavour profiles to Brettanomyces, as do wild yeast saison or farmhouse styles; and it is also found in Oud Bruin and Flanders red ale.[2] Commercial examples of these styles include Liefmans Brown Ale, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Duchesse de Bourgogne. The Orval Trappist monastery is unique in crafting the only Trappist beer with Brettanomyces characteristics. Several American craft breweries use Brettanomyces in their beers (try local beers like 2nd Shift Katy and Perennial Aria). This use began with a renewed interest in Belgian style ales and later formed new styles altogether. Some breweries use 100% Brettanomyces for the fermentation of some of their beers.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Eight Trappist Ale

The first time these sold out fast, we got in more this time, so they should last longer.  Both are in stock now - Benno and Gregorious

The Wine and Cheese Place is excited to get our 2nd batch of  the eighth Trappist Ale -- Stift Engelszell

Stift Engelszell is even more rare than Westvleteren because their production is less than half of Westvleteren.    Stift Engelszell only has a capacity of 53,000 gallons and Westvleteren produces 125,000 gallons.

Up until recently, there were only 7 breweries allowed to carry the Trappist logo...well there is now a number EIGHT!

These criteria must be followed:
**The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by or under control of Trappist monks.
**The brewery, the choices of brewing, and the commercial orientations must obviously depend on the monastic community.
**The economic purpose of the brewery must be directed toward assistance and not toward financial profit.
This association has a legal standing, and its logo gives to the consumer some information and guarantees about the produce.
(criteria from

Here are the EIGHT
Bières de Chimay
Brasserie d'Orval
Brasserie de Rochefort
Brouwerij Westmalle
Brouwerij de Achelse Kluis
Brouwerij de Koningshoeven La Trappe
Brouwerij Westvleteren 

In stock now at Forsyth and online

Stift Engelszell Gregorious Trappistenbier...$4.99 / 11.2oz

[dark, strong, bottle/keg condi- tioned at around 9.7 % alc./vol.]
Named after Abbot Gregorius Eisvogel who first guided the refugee monks from Alsace/France to Abbey Mariawald and Abbey Banz [both Germany] until they reached their final destination, Stift Engelszell.  Abbot Gregorius then led the Trappist Monastery for over 25 years.   Its special recipe incorporates or- ganic honey from local beehives around St.Engelszell as well as the unique use of an “Alsacian wine yeast”. 

Stift Engelszell Benno Trappistenbier...$4.99 / 11.2oz
7.2 % alc./vol
Named after Abbot Benno Stumpf who arrived at St.Engelszell after being expelled from Abbey Mariastern during World War II.   Under his leadership Stift Engelszell renovated its buildings and church which was built in the mid 18th century in a Rococo Style. 

From their website
Welcome to our Engelszell!

Engelszell, the only Trappist monastery in Austria, was founded in 1293 and has a very colorful history.Collegiate Church with its 76 m high tower is one of the purest style rococo churches in Austria. It was built from 1754 to 1764 and is equipped with valuable works of art by Johann Georg Üblher, Joseph German man and Bartolomeo Altomonte. After damage to the nave ceiling was designed in 1957 with a painting of Prof. Fritz Fröhlich new impressively.

94 Point Beringer!

In stock at Forsyth and online

2010 Beringer Cabernet Sauvingon Knights Valley RESERVE..$51.99

Strikingly rich and layered, this red is beautifully balanced, elegant and graceful, with a tremendous mix of blackberry, mocha, melted black licorice and currant flavors, ending with firm, grainy tannins. The push of ripe fruit is long and persistent. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made. –JL
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

A fabulous wine for the appellation, Beringer’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Knights Valley boasts gorgeous integration of fruit, acidity and tannin. This is an especially silky, textured wine for Knights Valley. Blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, tobacco, sage and rosemary are all layered into this relatively succulent, round Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet floral notes along with a hint of tar and violets add complexity on the finish. The 2010 is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc that spent 17 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. 
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Thanks for the instructions

This high glossy piece of paper came in a box to tell you 
to take of the plastic off and throw it away?
Really?  Thanks for the instructions.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The new Ardbeg Rocket is here!

Stop by from 5-7 pm tonight and try some scotch at our Forsyth location now.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ardbeg Rocket Tour - May 8 (5-7pm)

Open House - invite your friends
The Ardbeg Rocket's is coming back to  The Wine and Cheese Place 
May 8th from 5-7pm

Here are some pictures from last year

The Ardbeg Rocket Tour 
is coming to 
The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105   314.727.8788

Wednesday,  May 8 , 2013
5pm - 7:00pm

Open House -- bring your friends!

You will taste with the Ardbeg Rocket Tour Manager
Ardbeg 10 Year Old
"Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.  Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. It’s whisky with none of the goodness taken out!" -- Ardbeg
Ardbeg Uigeadail
"In 2009, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible named Ardbeg Uigeadail ‘World Whisky of the Year’ – in praise of its “utter silky brilliance” and “complexity on a level only a handful of distilleries in the world can even dream of reaching.”  Ardbeg Uigeadail (pronounced ‘Oog-a-dal’) is a special vatting that marries Ardbeg’s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. It's non chill-filtered at high strength, which retains maximum flavour and gives more body and added depth." -- Ardbeg
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
"Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram.  Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted!" -- Ardbeg

Come see the Ardbeg Rocket

Ardbeg is bringing a 30+ foot rocket to The Wine and Cheese Place.  You will be able to get your picture taken with the rocket!   The rocket will be brought on a 47 foot trailer and will be raised up to a 45 degree angle for pictures.

     "Celebrating Ardbeg’s first experiment in orbit In the headlong rush of science, in the late autumn of 2011, a rocket ship blasted off this earth at 25,000mph. Deep within it no ordinary cargo: for the rocket carried research vials of precious Ardbeg-crafted molecules, the beginning of a fascinating first: a research experiment by Ardbeg ... in space! 
      This is the most audacious adventure ever undertaken by Ardbeg Distillery (or any other distillery for that matter). Ardbeg have been invited by US based space research company NanoRacks LLC to take part in an experiment to test these micro organic compounds in a maturation experiment (the inter-action of these compounds with charred oak) between normal gravity on Earth and micro-gravity, far up in space on the International Space Station. The vials contain a class of compounds known as “terpenes” – a set of chemicals which are very widespread in nature and often very aromatic and flavour-active – as well as other molecules. It is the interaction of these molecules with oak wood that forms the basis of this maturation experiment. This is believed to be the first time anyone has ever studied terpenes and other molecules in near zero-gravity. The experiment could explain the workings of these large, complex molecules as they will remain on the International Space Station for at least two years and help us uncover new truths about the change that these molecules undergo in this near zero gravity environment. The experiment will have applications for a variety of commercial and research products, including, maybe, one day, future generations of Ardbeg. Working in close collaboration with the Ardbeg Distillery team in Scotland, the team will closely monitor the experiment against control samples here on earth: both in Houston, Texas at the NanoRacks' facility and more familiarly, in Warehouse 3 at Ardbeg Distillery on Islay! 

It just goes to prove what Ardbeg aficionados have always known: Ardbeg truly is out of this world!"

Ardbeg requests....
Use the hashtag #ArdbegRocket on twitter and when you upload photos to Instagram
Check in on Foursquare when you come to The Wine and Cheese Place event

Buffalo Trace Single Oak

Last call on batch #8

In stock now at Forsyth!
Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project...$49.99 / 375ml

We got in 1 more case of Batch #8
(Watch for #9 soon)

What is the Single Oak Project?
Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project
For over a century, Buffalo Trace Distillery has been a pioneering leader in quality and innovation. The Single Oak Project may be its most inventive undertaking yet - an industry first.
It all started with 96 individually selected American oak trees. These trees were carefully chosen with special consideration for the thickness of the wood grain. Then, staves were made from these trees and kept close together for seasoning. Not just staves of the same tree, but staves of the same half of the tree, both bottom and top, were then made into single oak barrels and uniquely charred. A single barrel was constructed from each unique section. Prior to construction we varied the stave seasoning times. The 192 barrels were then charred differently. These single oak barrels were then filled with different recipe whiskeys, at various entry proofs and aged in a variety of different warehouse styles. We believe that this experiment will allow you to directly compare the impact of 7 different critical variables across 192 bottles for a total of 1,396 taste combinations. None of the 192 bottles in the complete set are exactly alike.

Next, the oak barrels were filled with different whiskeys, altering the combination of mashbill recipe and entry proof used. The barrels were aged in a variety of warehouses , on different floors and in different locations. Each barrel in the Single Oak Project is different from every other barrel in at least one aspect.

As the bourbon aged, we prepared ourselves to reveal the results — the outcome of the most experimental undertaking of its kind — to the whiskey connoisseurs of the world. Savor these unique bourbons and give us your feedback. We want you to share your thoughts with other like-minded whiskey drinkers and have open discussions about this experimental undertaking. We want you to be a part of the exciting, groundbreaking piece of research we call the Single Oak Project.

New barrel proof bourbon

113.3 proof
Homestead Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskey...$39.99
HOMESTEAD is a small batch, barrel proof, straight bourbon whiskey. HOMESTEAD has rich flavors great for sipping or mixing in your favorite drink. Come "Stake Your Claim" on the newest bourbon in town.
John Andrews and Reggie Amos, founders of HOMESTEAD American Whiskey decided to create a brand of bourbon that represents both the American spirit of achievement and the focus on high quality that are cornerstones of our culture. John and Reggie both have backgrounds in modern art and recognize that making good bourbon is an intrinsic American art and that the success of 20th century American art was due in part to the pioneer spirit infused in American culture. It is this pioneer spirit that the great modern artists of Europe recognized as the foundation of American culture and would in turn lead to American artists to the forefront of the avant-garde. And once again bourbon exemplifies these same values.

John and Reggie met in 2009. Although they both attended graduate school at the University of Iowa in the mid 1980’s they had never met until both purchased land just outside of Homestead, Iowa. In a sense they are 21st century homesteaders. The houses that they designed and built on the Iowa prairie reflect the vernacular of rural architecture. Through many hours of conversation about subjects as art and world economics, while walking their dogs every morning a discussion about bourbon and its history began. As a result John and Reggie saw bourbon as more than just a beverage. Bourbon is uniquely American and evolved in part from some of the same cultural patterns as modern American art. At the same time they realized bourbon was experiencing a resurgence of popularity and saw an opportunity to be part of a new American bourbon culture.

Together John and Reggie sought out one of the most experienced distilleries in the U.S. to produce their small bath barrel proof bourbon. The focus was on creating an ultra-premium brand that is both a good sipping bourbon and a great mixer. In October of 2012 HOMESTEAD barrel proof bourbon will “Stake Its Claim” alongside the few other barrel proof bourbons available to consumers.

Heyday Belgian Style White Ale

New - first time for us....

Great Divide Heyday Belgian Style White Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
HEYDAY is an eminently pleasant Belgian-Style White Ale. Brewed with barley, oats and raw wheat, Heyday is uniquely flavorful for such an easy-drinking ale. With a slightly cloudy appearance and traditional yeast, it is a balanced, agreeable offering. Exuding mild hop bitterness and a nuanced body, this is the easiest decision you’ll make all day.

2nd Shift Katy and Mullinaux

In stock now!

2nd Shift Brewing Katy...$8.49 
Don't know what to call it besides a Brett Beer. This one gets aged for 3 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus, a cool yeast that gives this beer a wonderfully pretty aroma and flavor that everyone better like or else I'll look you up and teach you a lesson.
5.4% ABV

2nd Shift Brewing Mullineaux Ale....$7.49 / 750ml
Mullineaux Ale is our French style Saison.  Finir de Boire

2nd Shift Brew Cocky is here!

One more case of El Gato Grande also arrived

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New naked wax

New batch in stock bottled May 3,  2012  !!!!


2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Ale....$9.99 / 750ml
"Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face.  Loads and Loads of Falcaner's Flight, a blend of Northwest hops was used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore not seen in these parts.  ENJOY" - label

New Budweiser bowtie Can

Budweiser Bowtie can....$6.99 / 11.3oz8pk cans 

In stock at Forsyth now

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale

Just arrived at Forsyth!!!

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere 2013....$3.59 / 24oz
Fresh Hop Ale
Featuring fresh-picked New Zealand hops, shipped straight from the Southern Hemisphere.
In 2008, we launched the southern counterpart to our popular Harvest Ale, featuring fresh hops picked, dried and shipped from New Zealand within seven days of the fields. Southern Hemisphere is a south-by-north fusion that showcases the intriguing floral and herbal flavors and aromas of New Zealand-grown Southern Cross, Pacifica and Motueka hops.

Available online also