Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stagg Jr. Bourbon

Back in stock


Stagg Jr Bourbon...$46.99
George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself.

Rich, sweet, chocolate and brown sugar flavors mingle in perfect balance with the bold rye spiciness. The boundless finish lingers with hints of cherries, cloves and smokiness.

Side Project Merci Release details!

Cannot believe the time has come!  The first Side Project release is safe and sound at the store.
Protected by 24 hour armed guards, laser motion detectors, locked in a vault, thumbprint access to the vault :)  ....................

Many have been asking, how long will purchase count for the Merci bottle release, I will print the report Tuesday.  So you have until 7pm Monday, January 26 for purchases to count towards the the bottle release of Merci.

Also, do not forget, beer reservations will not appear on your account if you have beer to pick up.  It must be picked up and rung through the register.
The bottle release is based on BEER sales only.

Side Project Release!
If you have not been to The Side Project Cellar yet - check it out
Best beer bar in the area!

Side Project Merci Release Party
Friday, January 30, 2014

$10 per person - by invite only

More info:  If you get an email invite (will be sending them out later tonight)

  • You will be allocated a bottle to purchase that night.  Bottle price is $29.99 / 750ml
  • You will get a Side Project Glass that you get to take home with you.
  • You will get to taste the new Side Project Merci in your new glass
  • We will have cheese out to sample during the event
  • The event will be held in our upstairs tasting room.
  • You can show up anytime between 4pm and 5:45 to get your taste.  Stay as short or as long as you like.   
  • Cory King will be on hand to answer any questions (Karen is going to try to make it also)
If you get an invite and cannot or do not want to attend...

  • You can give your place to a friend if you like.  Your proxy can pick up your bottle for you.
  • You can pass on the release party and still get your bottle.  You will have 7 days to pick up the bottle after the party day.  You must tell us you are not coming to the party.
  • If you sign up for the party and do not attend, you will lose your allocation.  We want to make sure to use all the tickets.  Just let us know you will not attend so we can pass on the ticket to someone else.

Next week we will send the email out to others that will receive a bottle allocated to them of the Merci
  • There will also be bottles available for on premise consumption at The Side Project Cellar - date to be announced.  

This will be released on January 30 to our BRC supporters
Side Projece Merci Blend #1....$29.99 / 750ml
Side Project Merci Blend #1 is blend of Saison du Ble and a 2 year old American Wild Ale

We have been patiently waiting for our first Side Project release.  Looks like the first beer put in barrel by Side Project for The Wine and Cheese Place was back in June 2013 according to my notes!.   Those barrels are still ageing and waiting for the perfect time for release.  We are excited to announce that Cory and Karen King have made a special release for The Wine and Cheese Place (these were not any of our barrels that we supplied).    They are calling it "Merci" for Thank You and we would like to say Thank you to them also for doing this!   It is a pleasure working with them and has been for many years now.  Looking forward to many more releases.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Against the Grain Little Did We Know

Against the Grain
“LITTLE DID WE KNOW”...$17.99 / 750ml

"Collaborate My Sons"

Our most recent collaboration effort with Stillwater Ales (Baltimore MD).
Brian 'Stillwater' Strumke came to Kentucky for a second time to brew this unique saison. Brewed with house smoke malts (featuring sage smoked and pecan smoked malts) and finished with Brettanomyces, this saison is a beautiful piece of art. Bright and fruity, in saison fashion and a light tinge of earthy smoke round this farmhouse ale out.

abv: 6.8%

Glengoyne 12 and 15 Year Old back in stock!

Glengoyne 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky...$44.99
70cl 43% Vol
Lemon zest, toffee apples – and a scent of coconut. Hand-selected sherry casks help create this paradise of flavours and rich, golden colour. It’s the taste of Scotland’s slowest distillation, and our insistence on barley dried by air – never peat.

Glengoyne 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky...$61.99
70cl 43% Vol
Complex, sweet and rounded – with a spicy oak finish. This is the taste of distilling slower than anyone in Scotland, and of barley we dry by air, never peat. The flavours develop in hand-selected sherry casks – balancing deep character with light vanilla notes.

Two Brothers new release

Two Brothers new releases are here!!

Two Brothers Hoppy Dark Wheat Beer...$9.99 / 6 pack CANS
The short days and long nights bring this prowling cat out on the town, looking to scatch up some fun with a great beer. This Night Cat is dark in color, bold in hop but not heavy in body. It is full of tropical fruit notes from the Citra hops that combine with a nice dark wheat malt flavor.

Two Brothers Revelry Imperial Red...$14.99 / 6 pack
This resiny imperial red ale is loaded with citrus and pine aromas that dominate the complex toasty malt character. Revel in the hops.

Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout...$10.99 / 6 pack
Dark delights like this were once shipped to the Imperial Court of Russia. With a firm roasty maltiness balanced against a generous helping of hops, Northwind can stand up to the worst its namesake can dish out! Enjoy it by a roaring fire.

Two Brothers Wobble IPA...$9.99 / 6 pack
Two Brothers set out to make a wide variety of creative and complex, yet balanced beers. But…once in a while we feel a need to “wobble” on the edge of really hoppy. Wobble IPA is golden in color with subtle malt character, big complex citrus and piney hop notes throughout.

95 Point Chianti!

2010 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico...$22.99
"Complex and very long on the nose, with damson fruit, sweet spice and an underlying earthiness. Medium weight palate with tight, fine tannins and excellent follow-through, finishing with ripe, rich fruit and wild herb notes."
Rated 95/100 Decanter Magazine

97 Point Robert Parker dessert wine!

In stock at Forsyth and Ballwin

2009 Foreau Clos Naudin Reserve Vouvray Moelleux...$99.99
What there was in this vintage of botrytis, Foreau reports, essentially went into his 2009 Vouvray Moelleux Reserve. Brown-spiced pear liqueur and quince preserves dominate the proceedings – wreathed in perfume of freesia and lily – and there are buoyancy and elegance, despite viscosity, enormous richness of texture and residual sweetness, that indeed point to the magic nobility rot can convey. Its sense of lift – when combined with luscious, still juicy suggestions of grapefruit and blood orange familiar from the corresponding demi-sec – wards off any risk of palate fatigue. Mysterious botrytis manifestations of stale bread, truffle, and white raisin emerge from the empty glass. This extraordinary achievement will stand with such past great Foreau moelleux reserves as 2005, 2003, and 1989-90 and is likely to merit 30 or more years of consideration. In direct comparison, what strikes one about the 2005 today is its more obvious sense of botrytis and its slightly diminished sense of acidity and lift. But it maintains the edge in sheer complexity.
Rated 97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Very limited - BA Berliner Weisse

Call for reservations at 314.727.8788

Evil Twin Biere Blanca Blanc...$14.99 / 22oz
This beer is exclusively brewed for Restaurant Blanca in Brooklyn, NY.
Style: Barrel Aged Berliner Weisse
Brewed: Westbrook Brewing Co, SC
ABV: 4

New Highspire Pure Rye

Batch #1

Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey....$35.99
Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey is made with 100% rye grain grown by local farmers specifically for Highspire. The whiskey is swiftly aged in California wine barrels, allowing enough time to introduce subtle flavors of oak and vanilla, mature the whiskey slightly and showcase the true spice of 100% rye grain. By aging the whiskey in California wine barrels, the delicate flavors of the wine’s fruit and spice are introduced to compliment the rye and create a well rounded approachable whiskey.

Proprietor, Austin Hope has applied his expertise in winemaking to the creation of Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey. We developed an aging method by creating a blend of oak staves to add into our barrels that does not take years to express the true distinctive flavor of 100% rye whiskey.

100% Kentucky Grown Rye / 80 Proof (40% ABV) / Swiftly Barrel Aged in California Wine 

Barrels / Distilled and Bottled by: Kindred Distilled Spirits / Crestwood, Kentucky, United States of America

WOW - Wine of the Week - Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.
Wine of the Week :  2012 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday January 24 - from 11am-4pm

2012 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay....$29.99
Shows off seductive notes of smoky, toasty oak and cream, with fresh, rich, vibrant fruit to match. The flavors of poached pear, fig, honeydew melon, spice and black licorice all fold together on a long, pure, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
The Chardonnay Private Reserve became famous under the helmsmanship of chief winemaker Ed Sbragia, and Laurie Hook has refined it ever so slightly by somewhat backing off the oak, and maintaining the depth and richness, but with more precision and refinement. The full-bodied 2012 Chardonnay Private Reserve exhibits wonderful orange blossom, white peach and pineapple fruit, a subtle touch of vanillin and toast, and a nicely layered, pure style with terrific fruit intensity. It is a great value, especially if you compare its quality to just about any premier cru or grand cru white Burgundy selling for 2-10 times as much. Drink now
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

German Wine Class

German Wine Class
Monday, February 16th 7-8:30pm
Reservations Required $20 Per Person
or call 314.727.8788

Join us in welcoming James Hallett, Advanced Sommelier, for a fantastic tasting of some of Germany's most acclaimed wines. Come find out what makes German Riesling some of the worlds longest lived and most food friendly wines. Below are a few highlights planned for the tasting:

2006 JJ Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Beerenauslese....$149.99 / 375ml
97/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Schaefer Froilich Bockenauer Felseneck Grosse Gewachs....$77.99
95/100 John Gillman

Plus many more...
We are still working on the complete list, but do not hesitate to sign up as the wines will be spectacular.
Due to the rare nature of a few of these wines seating will be limited.

BRC releases - Great Divide BA and 4 Hands Woodsman

BRC Release - emails just sent out, BRC release only

Great Divide Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale...$24.99 / 750ml
Over 12 months in whiskey barrels has completely transformed our prized winter seasonal, producing a Hibernation that starts with big whiskey flavors before mellowing out into luscious chocolate, dark fruit and vanilla. If you can only take one beer into your cave this winter, we suggest this one.
ABV.: 10.5%

4 Hands The Woodsman...$15.99 / 22oz
Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bells Hopslam and Bells Mercury

3 bottles per person
Bells Hopslam....$2.89 / 12oz bottle
Bottled January 8th

We sold most through our BRC program, but we saved some and some people did not want their allocation. 
The rest we are releasing first come, first serve

no reservations.
Forsyth - available now
Rock Hill - available now
Ballwin -available now
New Ballas -available now

2 bottles per person
Bells Brewing Mercury...$2.19 / 12oz
Releasing first come, first serve.
no reservations.
Forsyth - available now
Rock Hill - available now
Ballwin - not sure yet?
New Ballas -available now

The Winged Messenger
ian Single
RELEASE DATE: December 2014
ABV: 4.8%
COLOR: Pale, straw
TASTING NOTES: Light and sessionable like its namesake, the third release in the Bell’s Planet Series, Mercury: The Winged Messenger, was inspired by the Belgian Single, a style traditionally brewed by monks in Belgium for their own consumption.
This interpretation has bready and grainy notes from Belgian malt, herbal and balanced characteristics from the hops and a subtle, but spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Fruity notes of pear are also present in this light, bright and complex session beer.

Diameter: 3,031 miles
Orbit: 88 Earth days
Day: 58.6 Earth days

Palate Wrecker

It is here and it is FRESH!

Green Flash Palate Wrecker....$11.99 / 4pk
Palate Wrecker™ Hamilton's Ale™ Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy.
ALC. BY VOL. 9.5% | IBUS: 100+

Odell Fernet Aged Porter

Odell Brewing Fernet Aged Porter...$14.99
Over the past year, we’ve collected empty Fernet Barrels from our friends at Leopold Bros. Distillery. Their distinct Fernet includes lavender, honeysuckle, ginger root, bitter aloe, dandelion root, rose petals, chamomile, and pepper. Inspired by the herb & spice flavors of this dark minty liqueur, we promptly filled the barrels with a rich porter. The roasty chocolate malt character is infused with hints of mint and licorice from the herb-soaked oak, creating a decadent flavor and aroma.

9.8%Alc. by Vol.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tona from Nicaragua is back in stock

Tona Cerveza...$7.99 / 6 pack

From Nicaragua

About the Brewery
Tona Cerveza is produced by Compania Cervecera de Nicaragua. CCN has been producing top quality beer since 1926 and is one of the most technologically advanced brewers in the Americas.

The Style
Tona Cerveza is the #1 selling beer in Nicaragua. Using 100% natural ingredients, Tona is a smooth tasting premium lager. The exceptionally balanced flavor and rich body are sure to satisfy even the most demanding tastes.

Style: Lager
ABV: 4.6%

New IPA 12 pack from Sierra Nevada

Back in stock at Forsyth!

Sierra Nevada 4 Way IPA....$14.99 / 12 pack
Our 4-Way IPA pack stretches the boundaries of India Pale Ale from midnight black to brilliant gold and from experimental techniques to innovative ingredients. This year’s lineup features one all-time classic, two returning favorites and one brand new IPA loaded with intense aromas and flavors, highlighting our passionate and progressive take on whole-cone hops.

Stillwater Sensory with Lower Dens

Lower Dens Remastered with BRETT - Back in stock now 

Stillwater Sensory Series Vol.- 1 Lower Dens...$4.99 / 11.2oz
"The Stillwater Sensory Series is a collaboration between Stillwater Artisanal and singular musical artists.  In this first collaboration, Stillwater works with Lower Dens to make an ale based on an interpretation of their song, "In the End is the Beginning."  On the bottle itself, a QR code will link to an exclusive Lower Dens performance of the song.  Ultimately, this is a true artistic collaboration that aims to create a full sensory experience - sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste."

Read more about the Sensory Series

Sensory Series Volume #3 featuring Tennis

Stillwater Sensory Series Volume v. 3 Night Vision...$12.99 / 750ml

The Stillwater Sensory Series is a collaboration between Stillwater Artisanal and singular musical artists. In the third volume, Stillwater works with Tennis to make an ale based on an interpretation of their song, "Night Vision." On the bottle itself, a QR code links to this exclusive performance of the song. Ultimately, this is a true artistic collaboration that aims to create a full sensory experience - sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste.

"Night Vision" by Tennis

Tennis is Denver couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. The duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their time living aboard a sailboat. Their new album "Ritual in Repeat" was released on September 9, 2014.

"I was introduced to Patrick & Alaina by mutual friends back in Baltimore where we gathered around to listen to some early recordings of their album while drinking some of my beer. When the song 'Night Vision' came on, i was instantly drawn in.

It seemed like a departure from their previous work, it was dark, minimal and driving, but then Alaina's lovely voice shined through and made it what is definitively, Tennis. This i knew had to be the inspiration for v.3 of the Sensory Series. A solid light orange body weighing in at 6.9% ABV with rays of citrusy hops and the expression of wild yeasts."

-Brian Strumke (Stillwater Artisanal)

Viking Blod Mead is back in stock!

Dansk Mjod 
"This artisan metheglin style Danish mead has hibiscus, which gives its soft, citruslike flavour and very floral aroma. Its finish is hoppy-dry, spicey, and very warming
Mead is probably the oldest known alcoholic beverage in the world. From Europe to Australia mead has been a popular drink, dating back to long before Viking Times. One of the earliest references to mead can be found in the Hindu's of India's holy books, the Veda books, which date back 4000 years and possibly even earlier than that.The oldest known recipe for mead to be written down in the Nordic countries was in 1520 by the Archbishop Olaus Magnus. The recipe comprised of water, honey, hops and brewers yeast, and concludes, that "on the eight day - or earlier in emergencies - the mead may be drunk, but the longer it is left, the purer, better and healthier it will be."Our products are brewed based on a recipe from about year 1700, and the ingredients are pure and 100 pct. natural - guaranteed free from additives of any kind. Honey is the major and most important item in the recipe." -- importer
order online -- click here

We have all three in stock now ---

Viking Blod Mead....$27.99 / 750ml
with hops and hibiscus

Klapojster Mjod....$27.99 / 750ml

with hops and Danish Aquavit

Dansk Ribe Apple Honey Mjod...$27.99
Ribe Mjod is brewed in celebration of Scandinavia’s oldest town - Ribe, 1,300 years! The recipe is prepared in cooperation with Ribe Viking Centre.

Ribe Mjod is a dessert honey wine that can be enjoyed cooled or at room temperature. Ribe Mjod ages well. there may be some natural yeast sediments on the bottom.

Same honey base as Viking Blod/ Klapojster Mjod/ GI Dansk/ Vikingerness with the addition of fresh, unfiltered & unpateurized apple juice (local apples) added to the mix of honey and water.

After that it is then transferred to fermentation tank and fermented around 6 weeks. Then transferred to maturation tank to which hops (as bitter = balancing agent) is added (same process as with Viking Blod/Klapojster Mjod/GI Dansk Mjod/Vikingerness Mjod). It is then racked for a second time for about 10 days.

Dansk Vikingernes Mjod...$27.99
Nording Honey Wine with hops added.  Bases on a recipe from about year 1700
Rated 95/100 RateBeer