Saturday, November 28, 2015

4 Hands Smoked Pigasus

4 Hands Brewing Smoked Pigasus...$6.49 / 22oz

A smoked rye maple porter. A collaboration with Pappy's Smoke House.
Smoked Pigasus is a robust and delicious porter brewed with rye, smoked malt, and maple syrup.  the maple syrup provides a perfect balance for the smoked malt.  Smoked Pigasus pours a deep mahogany with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel.  A big thank to Pappy's Smokehouse!" -- label

Ballast Point!!!

Looks like The Wine and Cheese Place 
should have Ballast Point before the end of the year!!

You know we will update when we know more

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Friday, November 27, 2015

BRC - BREWard program

The Scribe label just got Federal approval - one step closer.  
Now we wait for Missouri approval!

Update on Side Project.....
The excitement is mounting!
We again want to thank Cory and Karen King!  We are so excited to get these beers! 

Side Project Derivation #4 - scheduled for release next week!  This will be the next release through the BRC - since it will be in December it will be based on our new BRC numbers in the POS system only.  So basically October until the release in December.   Last release was beer only, so this one will be based on overall sales including beer, wine, liquor, cheese...and yes, we will still add the double points from Beer Fest for this Side Project release.
Derivation Blend #4
15% ABV
Blend of a Munich Imperial Stout aged in (2) TWCP Willet 11yr barrels for 22 months and an Oatmeal Imperial Stout aged in (3) Side Project Elijah Craig 12 bourbon barrels for 18 months. Derivation is our series of barrel aged Imperial Stouts in which we take a variety of recipes aged in a variety of barrels and blend back in an attempt to make an exceptional and unique barrel aged stout. Derivation #4 showcased 2 Imperial Stouts in which the barrel was the star. Being so, this gave me the opportunity to age the beer on an addition of Madagascar Vanilla Beans to bring more toffee, caramel and of course vanilla to the palate...
Side Project The Scribe  - getting closer, registration should come through soon!
Check out that picture!!!  The beer is delicious, I got a chance to taste it already!!

The Scribe 
13% ABV
Brewed 1/22/14
TWCP Elijah Craig 12 and Henry McKenna barrels and a Cabernet barrel.
The Scribe is the collaboration between Side Project and Perennial Artisan Ales. Its a huge, rich, soured Quad that was inspired by our favorited mead called The Heart of Darkness from Schramm's. It was aged in a Cabernet and bourbon barrels on black currants, sweet cherries and raspberries before being blended back and bottle conditioned... Drinks more like a mead or nice port than a beer!

With some new releases coming up, I wanted to re-post about the BRC.
Important features -.  We want to continue to evolve the system and make it better and I think the new POS will help that. 

I wanted to highlight a few things...
VERY IMPORTANT:  Make sure you give your phone number each time you check out. This is how your purchases will be tracked. Sometimes if you are buying a lot of beer the checker will ask you if you are a member, but when it gets busy they might forget. Just tell them when you are checking out you are a member of the BRC at any time while they are scanning your stuff. Plus, this time of year we will have some holiday help that will be working at the register that might not ask as they will be part time and new. Your name should appear on your receipt, if it does not, tell the checker immediately because that means your purchases are not being tracked.  Even if you place an order online for pick up, that does not automatically register.  Give your phone number when you check out.  Reserved orders do not count on your BRC, they must be picked up and rung through the register.

Yes, when we only get 6-24 bottles of a release, it takes a lot of purchases to get a bottle.  But some of our barrel aged releases we get 200-400 bottles and it takes sometimes about $80-100 purchased over the course of 6 months to get an allocation.  Which just means you need to purchase a couple of 6 packs per month which I think is fair to get an allocation of a rare beer.  We do the BRC to try to be as fair as possible.  The BRC sales are  9% of our overall beer sales (yes, there are still a lot of people that do not care about rare beer releases)  and it takes a lot of effort to generate 9% of our beer sales, but we feel it is the right thing to do as it is the fairest method.

New feature:  Our new POS system will be able to randomly select a BRC member -- when you check out, a message will pop up on our screen saying something like "you have been allocated a bottle of [insert super rare beer name here].  Again, as a way of rewarding people for shopping in the store.  This will be totally random and we will not know until you actually go to purchase something and this note will pop up.  This will not start until January as I need to work out the details after we get through the holiday season.  Sometimes it might be a free give away to pick out of our swag box of beer stuff or it might guarantee you a bottle of the next upcoming release.  Possibilities are endless. I think this will be a very cool feature.

Another new feature of our system is a much easier way to do double point days, or double points on a certain brewery.....things like that.   This will also not start until 2016.

BRC releases coming soon -  we could seen these in the next 2 months.  Obviously things could change on these, and more beers will be coming in the next two months also.
  • 4 Hands Woodsman Imperial Stout aged in Apple Brandy Barrels - tomorrow release.  Emails will be sent in the morning.
  • Side Project Merci - bottle conditioning now - could be soon
  • Side Project The Scribe - waiting on label registration - could be soon
  • Side Project Derivation #4 - NEXT WEEK!
  • 2nd Shift Barrel Aged Vanilla Cat Spit (1 barrel)  Jan/Feb 2016
  • 2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD (3 barrels - variants yet to be determined) Jan/Feb 2016 - dates subject to change
  • Prairie Artisan Ales (2 different barrel aged beers, in bottle now, bottle conditioning) could be soon
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Variants (released Friday November 27th)

About these releases above:
4 Hands BA Woodsman is exclusive release to TWCP.  I posted back in September that something special was coming from 4 Hands at it would be based partially on 4 Hands purchase.  Deadline is tonight at 7pm November 20th to purchase 4 Hands towards this release.  Report will be printed tomorrow morning.  Again we do this in order to thank these breweries for doing the special releases for us.  No better way to thank them than to show more support for their "everyday beers".  We have 2 more Barrel Aged Beers possibly coming from 4 Hands before the end of the year, these will be released the same way.  Support 4 Hands if you like their beers.

All Side Project Beers will go through the BRC.  Since they do not have any "regular" beers to support, it will either be based on overall beer sales or total sales including cheese, liquor and wine.  

2nd Shift BA beers will be partially allocated based on 2nd Shift support.  These next 4 barrels will be based on the start of our new POS system (October 12th until the beer is released early next year)

Prairie Artisan Ales barrels - again we want to thank Chase and Prairie Artisan Ales for doing these two barrels for us, so part of this release will be based on Prairie Artisan support since October 12 until we see these bottles.   Support Prairie now if you want to get in on some exciting limited TWCP exclusive beers from Prairie Artisan Ales.

Goose Island - based on Goose Island support - click here to see that post

More details about the BRC:
BRC - BREWard info - Free to join.

As we have found, there is no perfect system for allocated beers as the demand surpasses supply by a great distance. We have 1500+ people signed up on BRC and many times we get less than 36 bottles.  We are trying to do the best we can to be fair.  Overall, we have been happy with the  system.

This is the only way to get bees like Side Project Brewing, 2nd Shift Barrel Aged Releases, Cantillon, Founders KBS, Goose Island Rare and BCS and so on.....

To sign up: there is no charge to sign up
click here to sign up

Your phone number will be your account number.  After you sign up, you must give your phone number without the area code every time you check out at any of our stores.  Your name will appear on your receipt.  If your name is not on the receipt you are not getting credit for the purchase.  Tell the checker immediately if your name is not on your receipt.  You can join if you are out of town also.   When you place an order, just put you want to join the BRC program and we will start tracking your puchases.

Here is how we allocate the beer....

We have been basing the allocation on the previous 6 months sales.   We feel 6 months is a good amount of time to reward regular customers.  I feel that is a good amount of time to let new people sign up and get in on the allocations. We have also been rotating how we allocate.  We use a few methods. 
  • Based on overall sales
  • Based on beer only sales
  • Based on quantity of units purchased (instead of dollars).
  • Sometimes if we get 50 bottles we send out an email to the top 100 and say first come first served at the store.
  • Sometimes it is based on a particular brewery like the top Founders purchasers will get KBS.  
  • Sometimes we blend the two, like the 2nd Shift BA release we are allocating some out to the top 2nd Shift supporters and some to the top overall supporters.  
  • Sometimes we will still do online fastest finger method.
More info
  • We do still randomly put special beers out on the shelf for shoppers to find.
  • We also draw names randomly down the list from people that have not receive an allocation for free stuff.  We have given some tickets away to Schlafly and Morgan Street Beer events, beer glasses, beer shirts, hats, openers and so on.
  • We also have been randomly drawing names for allocated beer further down the list when some beer does not get picked up.
  • You will get an email if you get an allocated beer, you have 7 days to pick up or it goes to the next person on the list.

    Any questions or comments email

    Goose Island BCS - this will go through our Beer Reward Progarm

    EMAILS SENT!!! Thank you everyone for your support, we appreciate it!

    Got our allocation in, we send out emails Friday morning.

    As you know, Goose Island BCS is released on Black Friday every year. 

    We are receiving some of each of these this year.....  
    • BOURBON COUNTY BRAND 2015 STOUT...$8.99 / pint   (limited)
    • BOURBON COUNTY BRAND BARLEYWINE...$10.99 / pint  (very limited)
    • RARE BOURBON COUNTY BRAND STOUT...$53.99  (super limited)

    Part of our allocation we will released based on Goose Island purchases from October 12 when we started our new POS system until this Wednesday at 7pm (11/25/15)

    So if you like BCS and Goose Island "regular" beers such as Sofie, Matilda, IPA, Fulton Coffee, Autumn Ale, 312 Wheat.....come and get them.  Now is the time!  It is a great way for people that do not usually score rare beers a chance to get BCS.

    To help you out, Sofie is now on sale!
    Goose Island Sofie...$9.99 / 4pk
    Rated 98/100 RateBeer
    Brewmasters Notes
    Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.
    Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
    Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Founders Project PAM

    No reservations at this point, we want to be able to let people come get it for Thanksgiving.

    In stock at Forsyth and Rock Hill
    (have not heard at the other stores yet)

    Founders Project PAM....$12.99 / 750ml
    Venture into the shadows of our brewers’ minds and discover their mad genius. From this unknown emerges Project PAM. In development for years under a shroud of secrecy, this Black IPA is brewed with a cornucopia of hops then aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels to add complex oaky bourbon notes and the sweetness of maple syrup to keep the bitterness in check. Like its creator, the origins of its name will forever remain a mystery. Project PAM clocks in at 10.8%

    Grey Goose VX Vodka

    Just arrived at Forsyth, New Ballas and Ballwin

    Grey Goose VX Vodka....$77.99 / LITER bottle
    Best tasting vodka Masterfully finished with a hint of precious cognac
    When the world’s best tasting vodka is masterfully crafted with a hint of precious cognac, a pioneering new spirit is born. Inspired by the heritage of grey goose creator and maître de chai françois thibault, grey goose vx establishes a new standard in luxury spiritssting vodka
    Masterfully finished with a hint of precious cognac

    Our own barrel of 1792 Bourbon!

    1792 / TWCP Single Barrel Bourbon...$25.99

    Jim Murray on 1792 Bourbon
    Big, weighty—rye with an attitude. … In a herd of any 30 random bourbons, this one would stand out by nose alone. The taste is puckering and mouthwatering, the ryes go ballistic, especially on the spice front. With salivation levels on full blast, it is sometimes hard to pick out the more delicate custard-cream and apple nuances. The oak finish kicks in at the death with a shot of liquorice and coffee. But the ryes refuse to be downbeaten. A shade heavier than when I first tasted this one with the oak showing a burlier attitude. However, the unique rye fizz ensures a delightful and by no means understated degree of charm. Fabulously different and wholly adorable." —Jim Murray, author

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Hermitage Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Ryetopia

    New batch is here!!

    Hermitage Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Ryetopia....$13.99 / 750ml

    Ryetopia has been, literally, a year in the making. This beer is the first, of hopefully many, beers that will come from our barrel aging program.

    Ryetopia was brewed with a generous portion of malted and crystal rye, which lends a spicy complexity to the beer. To balance out the malt flavors, Ryetopia was hopped with Bravo, Apollo, and Cascade hops. Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this is a smooth sipper of a beer that will age well in the years to come. According to HBC Head Brewer Greg Filippi has this to say about the beer.

    Ryetopia is our homage to the delicious yet often overlooked rye malt. We started with a big bold barley­wine style ale, then beefed it up with a healthy dose of rye malt and crystal rye (about 16% of the total grist). Rye is known for its dry, slightly spicy flavor in beer. Crystal rye goes through a different malting process which converts some of the starches in the grain into simpler sugars before we add it to our mash. This results in a sweeter flavor, adding hints of licorice and toffee to the finished beer.


    High Water Brewing -new!!!

    Very limited - some will be 1 per person at Forsyth now.

    High Water Central Valley Breakfast Sour...$10.99 / 12oz
    High Water Hop Riot IPA...$5.49 / 22oz
    High Water Blondes Have More Fun...$5.49 / 22oz
    High Water Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie...$7.49 / 22oz
    High Water Campfire Stout....$7.49 / 22oz

    Avery PumpKYn

    In stock now at Forsyth

    Avery PumpKYn....$11.99 / 12oz

    Porter brewed with Pumpkin and Spices Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

    Urban Chestnut

    Urban Chestnut Erlkönig...$9.49 / 4 pk Pints
    This Maifest special is sweet, soothing, and a deceptive delight. So much so that it may deceive thy sight. Should you start to see visions of Elf King fame, heed the warnings from where this beer gets its name. Spelled out clearly in the Goethe poem…Hold on tight to a loved one, and head for home. 8.3%

    Urban Chestnut Hardwood Myth...$9.49 / 4 pack pints
    This English-style, brown porter has a nicely rounded, roasted malt flavor. You may detect some cocoa and /or caramel surrounding the bitterness on the sides of your tongue.

    Avery Raspberry Sour

    In stock now at Forsyth

    Avery Raspberry Sour....$11.99
    Sour ale with raspberries added. Aged in oak barrels. Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale.
    Rated 98/100 RateBeer

    Avery Twenty Two....$6.99
    100% Brettanomyces drie Fermented Dry-Hopped Wild Ale. " While touring Belgium with the greatest of friends in 2006, the Avery family came across a stunning creation in a quaint countryside pub that we all agreed was the best brew of the trip. Secreting home a couple of bottles, they intended to cultivate the wild yeast that spontaneously worked its magic in Beersel and propagate our own projects here in Boulder."
    Rated 95/100 RateBeer

    Perennial Abraxas

    One more chance at Abraxas
    - last night was the deadline to pick up, so we had some extra

    Perennial Abraxas....$18.99 a bottle


    We are releasing the rest today---no reservations or phone calls.  Just first come first served.  We wanted to mix up the release of this one to spread the love.

    I will try to update as each store sells out.
    • 12 bottles in stock at each of our 4 locations!
    • Ballwin  - SOLD OUT
    • Rock Hill  - SOLD OUT
    • Forsyth - SOLD OUT
    • New Ballas - SOLD OUT

    New Smoked Salmon

    In stock at Forsyth only
    Daniel Boulud Smoked Salmon...$11.99 / 4oz
    Daniel Boulud Kitchen products use only premium cuts of fresh Atlantic salmon smoked by Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse.

    The Daniel Boulud Kitchen smoking recipes have been tested and perfected under the leadership of Chef Daniel Boulud, international chef and restaurateur. Premium cuts of fresh Atlantic salmon are selected and smoked using fruitwood, resulting in a delicate, silky, and lightly fragrant smoked salmon.

    Daniel Boulud Riviera Smoke Salmon...$11.99 / 4oz
    With Ricard, Pink Peppercorns, Basil and Fennel Seed.
    Daniel Boulud Kitchen products use only premium cuts of fresh Atlantic salmon smoked by Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse.

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    Remy Martin XO with 50ml

    Remy Martin XO....$129.99

    Limited time -- includes a 50ml of XO also in the box!!

    Martell L'Or de Jean Martell Cognac

    Rare - limited release (1 bottle in stock now)

    Martell L'Or de Jean Martell Cognac (750ml)...$3299.99
    For me, this is the quintessence of Martell cognacs. With the body of the Borderies and the structure of Grande Champagne, L’OR offers a perfect balance between rich aromas and power. It is blended using over 400 extremely rare eaux-de-vie, yet it remains a model of harmony and the perfect expression of this cognac house's philosophy.
    Benoît Fil, Cellar Master

    42 Year Old Macallan

    42 Year Old Macallan
    1972 Gordon and Macphail Speymalt Macallan 42 Year Old...$799.99
    Distilled: 1972
    Bottled:: 2014
    STRENGTH 43%

    Initial burst of sherry sweetness, with subtle rum and raisin notes. Some marzipan and almonds with a hint of vanilla lingering. Some subtle bees wax polish and a touch of charred oak develop.
    Sweet and Sherried, with Christmas cake influences and some hints of warm festive spices. Followed by some dark chocolate with a burst of citrus peel.
    Fresh, with some pronounced sweet Sherry notes, hints of stewed fruits and a mulled wine edge. Some delicate vanilla and hints of cream fudge emerges.
    Burst of Sherry, with a delicate stewed plum edge, creamy and smooth with a defined hint of dark chocolate lingering. A very delicate touch of ash lingers.

    Redemption Rye

    Redemption Straight Rye Barrel Proof Whiskey...$59.99
    (lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $64.99)Aged 7 Years
    Batch #1
    Redemption Barrel Proof Rye has a mash bill of 95% premium rye and 5% malted barley and has been aged for seven year in charred new oak barrels. The whiskey is minimally filtered to just to remove the bits of char and wood and then bottled immediately at barrel strength 122 proof.

    Redemption High-Rye Bourbon...$19.99
    Straight American Bourbon Whiskey
    We think you can never have too much rye, so our High-Rye Bourbon mash-bill approaches the upper limit of allowable rye grain in a bourbon mash-bill. Bottled at 92 proof the dry spiciness of the rye balances the sweetness of the corn for a really wonderful sipping experience on its own or in classic cocktail recipes.
    38.2% Premium Rye
    1.8% Barley Malt
    60% Corn

    New Pumpkin Ale---late release!

    Uinta Crooked LIne Jacked B. Nimble....$10.99 / 750ml
    Fall has fallen upon us, which means one thing: Pumpkin beers are out and about at large! Here at Uinta, we’ve got two seasonal brews we do: the Punk’n, a sessionable pumpkin ale brewed with fresh pumpkin and spices; and our Oak Jacked, an Imperial Pumpkin Ale that clocks in at 10.31% ABV and is aged in Oak Barrels. While the Oak Jacked is well received by the likes of the beer community, we’ve decided to not only put this fine product on the shelves this year, but to give it a makeover as well!

    Meet Jacked B. Nimble. He enjoys Halloween, pumpkin patches, and long walks on the beach. Jacked B. Nimble is an Imperial Black Pumpkin Ale, weighs in at 11.0% ABV, and is brewed with roasted malt and rye. The brew will have a light bitterness and finish with bold malt characters. With booziness and spice you might think we’re being too nice but we promise this isn’t a trick, it’s merely a treat!

    Urban Chestnut's STLIPA on sale!

    Super sale!

    Check out this price!

    Urban Chestnut STLIPA....$15.99 / 9 pint bottles

    Dirty Bastard now in CANS

    Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale...$16.99 / 12 pack CANS
    “Dirty Bastard is the beer that put us on the right path,” said Dave Engbers, co-founder. “It’s the beer that gave us the confidence to brew beer for enthusiasts like ourselves instead of trying to brew beers for others.”

    Our year-round Scotch ale is dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. It is complex in its finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it a bad attitude worthy of its name. Dirty Bastard is one of our original beers and the one that saved us from the brink of bankruptcy, simultaneously putting us at the forefront of the extreme beer movement.

    4 Hands Hugo and CA$H Mony!

    4 Hands / Brasserie Dunham Hugo Saison....$7.19 / 500ml
    Hugo is a collaboration with Brasserie Dunham from Dunham, Quebec, Canada. A generous dry hop addition of Galaxy and Rakau hops along with a blend of Brettanomyces Claussenii and French Saison yeast gives this farmhouse saison bright notes of citrus and orchard fruits.

    4 Hands Brewing CA$H MONY...$8.49 / 22oz
    CA$H MONY is an Imperial IPA brewed with a wasteful amount of the very best hops we could secure. An ample malt bill is paired with a huge dose of pungent hop flavor. citrus dominates the aroma, accentuated by notes of melon, pine and tropical fruity.

    New Holland Mischievous

    New Holland Mischievous...$12.99

    Brett Fermented Wild Ale
    Mischievous presents flavors derived from its 100% brettanomyces fermentation. This wild yeast contributes earthiness, spice, mineral-character and slight tartness.
    Alcohol by Volume 5.5%