Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Wine and Cheese Place 8th Annual Beer Fest!

Hard to believe this will be our 8th year for this event!

Join us!
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Beer Reward Club - your purchases will start counting today!
Due to popular demand: we have had a bunch of regulars request that we start "counting" their purchases during BeerFest--Since it is these regulars that we set the system up for, we decided to listen.   We are starting our Beer Rewards Program today, so make sure you give your phone number when you check out.   Sorry, if you have not joined yet, we cannot add you to our system today.

If you want to join, email with the title "BRC" your name, email, phone number and your normal store you would like to pick up.

Saturday May 10, 2014
Reserve Session is starts at 12pm - you must have reservations to get in (sold out)
1pm-3pm -  Open session: $5 per person, pay at the door, no reservations. 
Try to bring a $5 bill if you can for speed

Open Session starts at 1pm - you will not be allowed in until 1pm.

  • Try not to block tables, be respectful and get your taste and step back so others can get to the tables.
  • Some beers are limited and may run out.  But there are plenty of great beers to taste.
  • The event ends strictly at 3pm, no pours after that, bottles will be pulled.  
  • Be safe do not drive. We have a metrolink station in our parking lot, please use it.
  • First 100 people at the Open Session get a commemorative Schlafly / TWCP Tasting Glass

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

Beer list is subject to change.  
This gives you a good idea of what will be poured.  

We are very thankful to the breweries and distributors for sharing some very rare beers with us.  Many of the beers you will taste will not be available for sale, they are just for your enjoyment and a chance to taste some of the best beers in the world.

IBU Beers

  • Evil Twin I Love You With My stout
  • Evil Twin Ashtray Heart
  • Evil Twin Hop Flood
  • Stillwater Classique
  • Stillwater Brontide
  • Stillwater Why Can't IBU
  • Rock Bridge Rye You Lil' Punk CANS (Columbia MO)
  • Rock Bridge Saison CANS (Columbia MO)
  • Crabtree Brewing Golden 8
  • Horny Goat WisconZin
  • Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
  • Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat
  • Horny Goat Baby Got Bock
  • Morgan Street When Helles Freezes Over
  • Morgan Street Golden Pilsner
  • Morgan Street Honey Wheat
Shelton Brothers Beers 
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire
  • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
  • Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
  • Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga
  • Cambridge Spring Training IPA
  • Prairie Artisan Ale Birra
  • Prairie Artisan Ale
  • North Peak Vicious
  • North Peak Archangel
  • Kulmbacher Pils

2nd Shift Brewing - meet owner/brewer Steve Crider

  • Sub-Mission West Cost Style IPA (tasting only, not for sale)
  • Hibiscus Wit - new tart version: Belgian Wit Bier : Heres what I've been goofin around with for a while. I love belgian wits on hot summer days (or freezin your butt off days). Anyway I took a witbier and threw in a bunch of hibiscus flowers to make it even better.
    Tart and refreshing, with a hint of fart (tasting only, not for sale)

Side Project Brewing -Missouri - meet owner/brewer Cory King
  • Side Project Pulling Nails - An American Wild Ale named Pulling Nails. Pulling Nails will be a series of blended beers that explore the art of blending to create beers with extraordinary depth, complexity and balance. (tasting only, not for sale)
  • Side Project Fuzzy - Fuzzy is an American Wild Ale that was fermented in and aged in Chardonnay barrels with a blend of wild yeast and bacteria from our family’s farm and our house souring cultures. Once mature, the beer was aged on close to four pounds per gallon of Missouri-grown White Peaches for an additional six months before an extended bottle conditioning. (tasting only, not for sale)
  • Side Project Le Saisonnier - Le Saisonnier was barrel-fermented and aged with our house cocktail of yeast and bacteria in Chardonnay barrels. Amber in color, with hints of toast and bread crust, but balanced with bold citric and lactic acidity and a more assertive hop note as compared to our previous Saisons.   (tasting only, not for sale)
  • Side Project Saison de Rouge - aged 6 months in American Oak Chambourcin Barrels (Amarillo hopped, pear notes, 100% house Brett)  (tasting only, not for sale)

Schlafly Beer - MIssouri

  • Schlafly Hard Apple Cider (new from Schlafly, not for sale yet)
  • Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale
  • Schlafly AIPA
  • Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen
  • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager Can
  • Schlafly Yakima Wheat

4 Hands Brewing Co. - Missouri 

  • 4 Hands Contact High - Cans 
  • 4 Hands Eclipse Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout with Raspberries (tasting only, not for sale)
  • 4 Hands Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout  (tasting only, not for sale)
  • 4 Hands Barrel Aged Bona Fide

Boulevard Brewing - Missouri 
  • Boulevard Ginger-Lemon Radler
  • BoulevardTank 7
  • Boulevard Entwined Ale (not confirmed yet)
  • Boulevard Pop-Up IPA
Ommegang Brewery - New York
  • Duvel 
  • Ommegang Gnomegang
  • Ommegang Glimmerglass
  • Ommegang 3 Philosophers

Urban Chestnut Brewing - Missouri
  • Bushelhead Hard Cider
  • Maximilian Weizenbock
Kirkwood Station Brewing - Missouri
Dave Johnson, brewer will be on hand 
  • Kirkwood Station IPA Cans
  • Kirkwood Station Blackberry Wheat Cans

Tallgrass Brewing - Kansas

  • Tallgrass Ethos IPA
  • Tallgrass 8 Bit Pale Ale
  • Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
  • Tallgrass Pub Ale
  • Tallgrass Velvet Rooster

Alpha Brewing Company - Missouri 
  • Alpha Muscovy Russian Imperial Stout
  • Alpha The Sagwa Imperial IPA
  • Alpha Kofe Storter
  • Alpha I do Brew Tripel
  • Alpha Ryot

Six Row Brewing - Missouri

  • Six Whale Wheat Ale in CANS
  • Six Row Sunshine Slowdown (if the beer is ready)
  • Six Row Arch Nemesis Midnight Imperial Black IPA (if the beer is ready) 

Perennial Artisan Ales

  • Perennial/Prairie Dual Artisanship, Perennial collaboration beer with Prairie Artisan Ales. Dual Artisanship is a dry-hopped Belgian-style Red Saison brewed with our house yeast strain as well as Brett Drei. Dry-hopped with Simcoe and Citra, there is a big hop nose on this farmhouse beer. 6.9% ABV (draft only, not for sale)
  • Perennial Saison de Lis

Bells Brewing - Michigan

  • Bells Quinannan Falls Special Lager (draft only, not for sale)
  • Bells Pale Ale
Missouri Beverage
  • 809 Berliner Weisse 
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock 
  • Arcadia Big Dick's 
  • Arcadia Whitsun
  • De Cam Oude Lambiek  
  • Duchesse de Bourgogne 
  • Founders All Day IPA 
  • Gulden Draak Brewmaster Reserve
  • Karmeliet Tripel 
  • Left Hand Good JuJu
  • New Holland Dragon's Milk 
  • North Coast Class of 88 Barley Wine 
  • Petrus Aged Pale 
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  • Rogue Hazelnut Brown 
  • Santa Fe Chicken Killer
  • Santa Fe Happy Camper
  • Schofferfer Grapefruit 
  • Ska Minthe Stout CANS 
  • Unibroue Anniversary Ale #17 
  • Wittekerke Belgian White CANS

Major Brands
  • Firestone Walker Easy Jack Session IPA
  • Firestone Walker Pivo Pils
  • Firestone Walker Pale 31
  • Firestone Walker DBA
  • Firestone Walker Opal Saison
  • Avery White Rascal
  • Crown Valley Barrel Aged Big Bison Ale
  • Crown Valley Whitewall IPA
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack
  • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Rye IPA
  • Free State Ad Astra Ale
  • Free State Maibock
  • Great Divide Chocolate Yeti
  • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
  • Great Divide Lasso IPA
  • Great Divide Rumble IPA
  • Stone Got To IPA
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout
  • Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer
  • Humboldt Nectar IPA
  • Estrella Damm Daura
  • Les Brasseurs de Gayant du Demon

Summit Distributor

  • New Belgium Snapshot Wheat 
  • New Belgium Fat Tire 
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA 
  • New Belgium Shift 
  • Odell Snow Wit IPA
  • Odell Nooner IPA 
  • Odell Blindfold Black IPA 
  • Odell Torpedo IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
  • Sam Adams-Porch Rocker Sam Adams Summer
  • Odell-Montage Variety Pack
  • Odell Tree Shaker Peach IPA
  • Lagunitas IPA 
  • Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin
  • Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown
  • Woodchuck-Summer
  • Woodchuck Pink Private Reserve Series
  • Bat Creek-Midwest Farmers Daughter
  • Bat Creek Americna Blond

Grey Eagle Distributor
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
  • Deschutes Armory XPA
  • Deschutes Pine Mountain Pils
  • Deschutes Cinder Cone RedKona Castaway IPA
  • Kona Castaway IPA
  • Kona Longboard Lager
  • Kona Big Wave
  • Kona Fire Rock
  • Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
  • Abita Spring IPA
  • Abita Andygator
  • O'Fallon Hemp 
  • O'Fallon Zeke's
  • O'Fallon Hemp 
  • O'Fallon Berry Best 
  • Goose Island Endless IPA
  • Goose Island 312 Pale
  • Goose Island The Ogden Tripel
  • Goose Island Halia - Halia is a farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with whole peaches.  
  • (tasting only, not for sale)
  • Goose Island Lolita - Lolita is a pink rose colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels.  
  • (tasting only, not for sale)
  • Goose Island Gillian - Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this Belgian style farmhouse ale is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body. 
  • (tasting only, not for sale)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rock Hill - new beers

In stock now at our Rock Hill location....

No reservations - first come on them

9755 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, MO 63119

Drie Fonteinen Hommage - SOLD OUT
Drie Fonteinen Golden Doesjel
Fantome Printemps
Mikkeller Spontancherry
Brewfist / Prairie Artisan Ales Spaghetti Western

New Stillwater in CANS

Stillwater Brontide Smooth Black Ale...$10.99 / 6pk CANS

Nogne and Terrapin Collab!

Nøgne-Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter...$8.49 / pint
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
Imperial Rye Porter is a dark ale weith lots of character, brewed by Kjetil and Spike from Terrapin Brewing. The best of both worlds!
Style: Porter
ABV: 9.00%

Mikkeller Black Stout -

Mikkeller Black Stout...$13.99 / 375ml
16.8% Stout
This imperial stout is the craziest, wildest, strongest beer from Mikkeller to this date. Not for sissies.......! Sample it fresh or store it for many many years to come!
Ingredients : Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.

Sours from Haandbryggeriet

Haandbryggeriet Sur Megge "Sour bitch"...$10.99 / pint
Rated 95/100 RateBeer
“This sour beer is made with our uniqe blend of wild yeasts and lactic bacteria, aged in wine barrels for 18 months. The beer is fruity with a nicely balanced sourness, very refreshing.”
Style: Sour Ale
ABV: 8.00%

Haandbrygerriet Rips...$10.99 / pint
Haand Special Berry Collection.  Sour Ale Brewed with Red Currants.
Haandbryggeriet Blabaer...$10.99 / pint
Blåbær is made in the style of a south Belgian ale with added berry, Blåbær/Blueberris is a small dark berry growing high above sea level, produces a dry and spicy beer. Fruity in style and refreshing, fermented with a wild yeast.

Haandbryggeriet Tindved....$10.99 / pint
Tindved is made in the style of a south Belgian ale with added berry, Sea Buckthorne, a pale fresh and spicy beer. Elegant in style and refreshing, plenty of acid from the berry, fermented with a wild yeast.
7 % alcohol

Haandbyggeriet Odin's Tipple Imperial Stout...$8.49 / pint
Rated 99/100 on RateBeer
Odin, the chief god of Norse mythology, was a forceful but complicated being of many moods – the symbol of battle, victory, and death, but also of wisdom, poetry, and prophecy.

With this hearty, complex ale, the ‘Hand’ brewers imagine Odin in later years, when his victories on the battlefield were but shadowy memories, his reflections tended toward loftier themes such as life’s meaning, and his drink would have been a deep, dark, and contemplative one.

The beer was originally meant to be a Strong Ale, but the brewers decided to focus on making great beer without extreme alcohol. At approximately 11% ABV, Haandbryggeriet says Odin’s Tipple has a great body without being “old engine oil” and it “is still very drinkable due to the wild yeast we use”. The beer is made with a single strain of wild yeast and the brewers keep it simple. No added coffee or chocolate; the deep dark color and rich flavor come from lots and lots of chocolate malt.
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.0%

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Laphroaig Tasting with Simon Brooking

Simon Brooking
Open House!
May 8th from 4pm -6pm
Meet Simon Brooking, Laphroaig U.S. Master Ambassador
Simon Brooking will be on hand signing bottles and tasting 7 different Laphroaig marks

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
Open house, reservations are not required, but please let us know if you are coming via facebook - click here

Simon Brooking
Brooking was recognized at Whisky Live in New York City as a highly commended Icon of Whisky. The honor builds on past accolades Brooking has received over the years, helping drive awareness and trial of Laphroaig. The Icons are designed to celebrate the people and places behind the great whiskies of the world, and are selected by an independent editorial panel from companies based around the world. 

Look at this impressive line up that you will get to taste!

Special pricing tonight only!
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 10 year old   $41.99
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 10 yr Cask Strength    $51.99
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Quarter Cask    $47.99
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 18 year old    $71.99
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Triple Wood   $51.99
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Cairdeas   $67.99
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 25 year old    $439.99

If you cannot make the event, we can get bottles signed for you.  Just let us know.  You can order them online now and leave a comment in the notes about getting them signed for you.

Rare Beer!

Drie Fonteien Hommage ($37.99 /  bottle) - SOLD OUT

More stuff in stock!
Fantome Artist Series 
Drie Fonteinen Doesjel 375ml
Drie Fonteinen Hommage 750ml

Mikkeller Spontan Cherry
Nogne Terrapin Rye Porter
Haandbryggeriet Sur Megge 
Brewfist Prairie Spaghetti Western

Beer Geeks are back!

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast...$5.49 / 11.2oz
Called Beer Geek Bacon in Europe.
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer
Oatmeal Stout 
Mikkellers Beer Geek Bacon has now been released in a bottle edition. Smoke malt, coffee and hops makes this beer a unique experience.

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast...$5.49 / 11.2oz

Rated 100 RateBeer
"Ask any beer geek . . . . a hearty, complex stout is the tastiest way to begin the day. This unique mix of an oat and coffee stout creates an intense, full-bodied beer that is surprisingly balanced and full of new taste adventures with every sip." -- importer

Mikkeller / Anchorage Beer Geek BreAKfast...$12.99 / 750ml
Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee & fermented in oak tanks.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wadworth 6X Bitter

Back in stock


Wadworth 6X Bitter...$3.99 / pint
For 80 years 6X has been delighting discerning ale drinkers, so Wadworth resisted the temptation to tamper – they still use the original recipe, in a brewery that’s little changed from Victorian times. Copper coloured, modestly malty and with a hint of red berry fruit, it’s everything a traditional pint should be – but you probably know that already!

6X entices you in with a waft of malt and fruit on the nose and a restrained hop aroma. The same characteristics emerge on the palate but with more intensity, leading to a lingering ‘malt loaf’ finish. A fine balance of a rounded biscuity body with a gentle hop bitterness provides this outstanding ale with a refreshing drinkability.

Wadworth’s brewing books document the first 6X brew taking place on 16th June 1921, and it has been brewed in the Devizes brewery ever since. But Why 6x?

During the middle ages few could read so barrels of ale were marked with an X to denote strength (the more Xs, the stronger the brew). Between the two World Wars, Wadworth brewed an XX Mild, an XXX ale and an XXXX pale ale. When XXXXXX was introduced as a stronger variant it’s believed that one of the lads in the brewery shortened this to 6X – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Style: Bitter
ABV: 4.3%

Thiriez Extra Farmhouse Ale

Thiriez Extra Farmhouse Ale...$9.99 / 750ml
Rated 95/100 RateBeerMon Dieu, that’s good! This is one rich and très hoppy golden ale.

In France, this beer is called Les Frères de la Bière. We thought that that was a bit much for Americans to get their tongues around, and the brewer agreed with us that it wasn’t such a good name, anyway. But there is a meaning to Les Frères de la Bière. The Friends of Beer is an interesting project carried out under the auspices of the European Community — a collaboration between brewers in England, France, and Belgium, in which Daniel Thiriez, the owner and brewer at Thiriez, is very involved.

This particular beer is an interesting joint effort with an English brewery. It uses one hop varietal, a rather unusual hop grown in Kent called ‘Bramling Cross.’ The malt is from 2-row spring barley grown in France. (The English brewer is brewing to the same recipe, with the same ingredients, for sale in the U.K., under the French name.) The result has certain characteristics of an English bitter: it’s not too strong, very dry, and eminently drinkable. The idea is of course that you should be able to drink a lot of it over the course of a long sit-down with friends, in the English ‘session beer’ tradition. The English, of course, excel at creating deeply flavorful beer at a low abv — the ideal beer really, since you can enjoy that flavor rolling over your tongue for hours without leaving your lunch on the floor — and Extra is in that vein. With all those hops, you might even see Extra as a more traditional English IPA. Yet since Daniel Thiriez is a little ‘Belgian-oriented,’ by his own description, and uses a Belgian yeast that he obtained from the Belgian brewing school where he studied, the beer also has a good bit of the earthy, spicy character of a saison.

In fact, Thiriez Extra is much more like the original hoppy saisons that were created by Belgian farmers in earlier times. Those beers, meant to sustain the workers in the fields in the heat of summer, were always low in alcohol. It’s only in recent times that the standard saison beer in Belgium has begun to creep up past 4% into the 5′s and 6′s, and even to 8% in some cases. We view Extra as a throw-back to that earlier era. It may well be a throw-back as well to the time when there was no clear border between France and Belgium, and French bière de garde was probably very much like the Belgian saison. (Scholars know very little about what bière de garde was like, since it ceased being brewed sometime between the two world wars, and has only been ‘revived’ in the 80′s, without benefit of any model to work from. Saison brewing has been more continuous, though, again, changes have occurred since the style has been commercialized.) The Thiriez brewery is itself a bit of a throw-back — a classic farmhouse brewery that Daniel Thiriez purchased from a pair of brothers whose family had operated there for generations. It has been outfitted with more modern equipment, but it is wonderfully picturesque, and the yeast that Daniel carefully chose lends a classic farmhouse character.
It helps also that Daniel is a brilliant brewer.
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.5%

Saint Somewhere -- Florida

Back in stock!

A very small producer from Tarpon Springs, Florida --
Saint Somewhere is a small microbrewery whose name was inspired by the Jimmy Buffet song, Boat Drinks (I gotta to fly to saint somewhere).  They specialize in Belgian style ales and they only use Belgian malt. 

Saint Somewhere Pays du Soleil..$9.99 / 750ml
"Saint Somewhere Brewing company is a brewer of traditional Belgian style ales. We are a small batch brewery using only the finest ingredients available. Belgian malt and wheat, whole noble hops and open fermentation add to the complexity of our ales. Our beers unfiltered and re-feremented in the bottle, not engineered, but truly and crafted. We brew simply and authentically, the way beer was brewed 100 years ago." -- back label

Saint Somewhere Saison Athene...$9.99 / 750ml
"Saison Athene, a bottle conditioned Saison with a spicy and moderately hoppy profile true to the traditions of the farmhouse ales of Wallonia." -- brewery

Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina Amber...$9.99 / 750ml
"Lectio Divina, brewed in the spirit of the abbey ales of Belgium. Brewed with the same care and attention to the Art of Brewing that is practiced in the monastic breweries of Belgium." -- brewery

Sam Adams Braggot

Sam Adams Honey Queen Braggot...$5.49
A Braggot, historically a harmonious blend of mead and beer, gained notice during medieval times and dates back as far as the 12th century. The combination of three unique honeys and the complexity of the hops and chamomile in this braggot style beer create a whimsical brew that is floral with a tart sweetness and a much awaited honey finish. Praise to the queen bee and her colony for this refreshing and satisfying brew.

Evilt Twin The Porthole

Limited release in stock at Forsyth
Evilt Twin The Porthole...$9.99 /22oz
This beer is made in collaboration with Micah Melton The Aviary and is a modest attempt to imitate The ‘Blueberry’ cocktail as it is served in The Porthole at The Aviary, Chicago. The Porthole is an equally genius and gorgeous infusion vessel designed by Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail design studio. It can be used to create striking cocktails or any other type of infusion - maybe even beer.
Style: Saison
ABV: 7%

Stillwater of Love & Regret Saison

This are first time seeing this one in 12 oz bottles!
Stillwater of Love & Regret Saison...$13.99 / 4pk 12oz 

For the first edition of the Stillwater Import Series I traveled to the village of Beerzel, located in the Antwerp province of Belgium. Here I teamed up with brewmaster Jef Goetelen to craft an authentic Belgian version of my liquid interpretation of the Spring season. A recipe originally contrived a few years prior as a collaboration brew with my good friend Paul Kretzer. The base is German barley & wheat, with a touch of Belgian aromatic; accented with grassy hops and an array of spring botanicals (heather, chamomile, lavender, & dandelion). Like a fresh meadow in spring.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2nd Shift fresh releases -

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 Hibiscus Wit....$6.49 / 750ml
Hibiscus's all over the place. Heres what I've been goofin around with for a while. I love belgian wits on hot summer days (or freezin your butt off days). Anyway I took a witbier and threw in a bunch of hibiscus flowers from Egypt and made the stuff even better. 5.2%

2nd Shift Brewing Albino Pygmy Puma....$6.49 / 25oz
Hoppy Pale Ale
Okay, here is my version of a Pale Ale that has a few hops in it like Columbus, Cascade, Summit & Centennial. Probably the best pale that has ever been made in the history of mankind Brewed with Cascade, Centennial & Summit Hops
6% ABV : 32 IBU

Evil Twin I Love You with My Stout - Imperial Stout

New Imperial Stout from Evil Twin - only shows in a couple places on RateBeer so far...
Evil Twin I Love You with My Stout...$13.99 / 4pk
“When I copied the famous Even More Jesus, I had to ask myself as an artist, why am I doing this? I didn’t honestly know. It was just an instinct about beer as pure form… in a sense this stout is like a metaphor for freedom - the sum of all the beauty that surrounds me and my perfect contemporary existence.”
- Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, Brewer and founder of Evil Twin Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Brewed:Two Roads Brewing Co
ABV: 12%

Belgian Saison in CANS

St. Feuillien Saison....$10.99 / 4pk 11.2oz CANS
Saison by St. Feuillien
6.5% ABV, Dry-Hopped
St. Feuillien’s Saison is what the Belgians call a “beer of the terroir”; a traditional farmhouse ale with all the rich flavors of the fertile land of southern Belgium. The region of Hainault, where St. Feuillien is located, is the traditional home for this style of beer. It originated as a beer made by and for farmers. Thirst quenching, not too strong, and great with food.  Despite their long and storied history, Brasserie St. Feuillien has never made a beer in this style. But after 138 years they put together a knockout! Winner of the Best Saison in the 2009 World Beer Awards, this is a beer with the pedigree and the quality to become a classic in the

Tasting Notes
A warm, golden blonde with a beautiful farmhouse character featuring hints of melon and apricot. Full-bodied, fruity and yeasty, Saison has a rugged, charming character with a lot more flavor than it’s 6.5% ABV 

Anchor California Lager and new IPA

Plus Anchor Steam is back in stock!
Anchor Brewing IPA...$8.99 / 6pk
An adventurous new brew from America's original craft brewery.
The California Gold Rush lured thousands west to "see the elephant," a 19th-century metaphor for the hopeful but risky pursuit of happiness, adventure, and fortune. As early as 1849, India Pale Ale - prepared by British brewers for export to India by adding dry hops to barrels of hoppy ale - was also heading west, from England around the Horn to San Francisco. Thirsty ‘49ers savored the best imported IPAs, but it wasn’t until 1975 that Anchor, Americas' original craft brewery, pioneered the revival of dry-hopped handmade ales. Now, that tradition fast-forwards to an adventurous new brew: Anchor IPA™.

Anchor IPA™ is made with 2-row barley malt and fresh whole-cone hops, its bright amber color, distinctively complex aroma, spiky bitterness, malty depth, and clean finish unite to create a uniquely flavorful, memorable, and timeless craft IPA.

The elephant you see on Anchor IPA™ was hand-drawn by our label artist, James Stitt. To "see the elephant" was a popular 19th-century expression that originated with a tale that predates the California Gold Rush.

There once lived a farmer who had heard of elephants but had never seen one. He longed for the day when he might catch a glimpse of this rare, exotic creature. When the circus came to town, he loaded his wagon with fresh produce and headed to market. On the way, just as he'd hoped, he came across the circus parade, nobly led by an enormous elephant. The farmer was ecstatic, but his horses were terrified. They reared and bucked, overturning his wagon and scattering its precious contents in the road. "I don’t give a hoot," exclaimed the farmer. "I have seen the elephant!"

The elephant became the universal symbol of the Gold Rush, as evidenced by the journals, letters, and sketchbooks of the forty-niners. Whether or not they struck it rich in the diggings, those plucky pioneers would forever treasure their California adventure as the defining moment of their lives. Have you seen the elephant?

First time available to us!

Anchor California Lager...$8.99 / 6pk

Rated 96/100 for its style on RateBeerOur California Lager is also a single-hop beer, using only fresh, whole Cluster hops, all descended from an old line originally grown in California. Cluster has a long history as a “dual-purpose hop” for both bittering and aroma, which creates a flavor profile like no other. Brewed with San Francisco tap water, fresh from Yosemite, and fermented with our own special strain of lager yeast, our California Lager is kräusened in the traditional manner and lagered in our cellars. The result is a uniquely sessionable lager beer, which is maltier, hoppier, and somewhat stronger than modern American lagers. Its brilliant golden color, lingering effervescence, balanced depth of flavor, distinctive aroma, and smooth finish make this inaugural brew of the Anchor Brewing Zymaster™ Series a delightful tribute to the rich heritage and traditions of California brewing.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Cartron Pink Grapefruit Liqueur

Cartron Pamplemousse Rose....$29.99
The taste of pink grapefruit is very sophisticated, subtly combining sugar and refreshing bitterness. Fruit juices that make up used to develop the Pink Grapefruit Liqueur Joseph Cartron undergo a drastic selection: they come from the best orchards in Israel and Florida where they are sun-drenched and sugar.   Fruit quality and recipe give the flavor, aroma and beautiful color of pink grapefruit with this fine liqueur very long in the mouth.

Bowmore Small Batch Bourbon Cask Matured

Bowmore Small Batch Islay Single Malt Scotch Bourbon Cask....$32.99
Good Things Come In Small Batches
Exclusively matured in first and second fill ex bourbon casks, then blissfully married together, Small Batch exhibits the best qualities of both. First-fill bourbon offers delicious vanilla sweetness, subtle spices and bourbon oak smoke to complement Bowmore's gentle peaty smokiness, while the second-fill cask enhances Bowmore's fresh fruity complexity and showcases its trademark honey and creamy malt character.

Tasting notes:
On the eye warm gold.
Breathe in vanilla fudge, sea air and peat smoke, balanced beautifully by honeycomb and cinnamon spice.
Sip mouth-watering citrus, gentle saltiness and vanilla with flakes of coconut.
Savour the wispy smoke, bourbon vanilla and lime finish.