Saturday, October 9, 2021

Pox from Mexico

What is Pox?
Pox, a spirit unique to the Tzotzil Mayans of Chiapas, is a symbol of indigenous resistance. In the 16th century, the natives of Mexico's most Southern state fought back against Spanish missionaries, and as a result, preserved much of their Mayan culture—including the use of pox in ceremonial rites.

According to mixologist Carlos Eduardo Ruiz, the use of pox (pronounced posh) as a bar ingredient is a new phenomenon, as it was originally used for its medicinal and magical properties by h’iloles—healers—and spiritual guides.

While the spirit has begun to appear in more and more (hip) bars across Mexico, Pox is still relatively hard to come by—though it's widely available in Chiapas bars in the cities of Chamula, San Cristóbal de las Casas, and Zinacantan. Only six years have passed since Chiapas allowed for pox to be sold outside of the state, and the spirit has just begun distributing to California, Texas, Nevada and Washington. You can find it in high-end bars like Limosneros and Toro, both in Mexico City, and at Encanto Camino in Tulum." - Food and Wine Magazine

"Pox (pronounced “pōsh”) is an ancient beverage of the Mayan culture in Chiapas, produced from grain and sugarcane. In the Mayan language, Pox means “medicine” or “healing”, and the spirit is still used in ceremony and ritual today.

Siglo Cero was created in collaboration with the indigenous Mayan community in Chiapas, and has a deep commitment to preserving the heritage it represents. All the corn used is sustainably grown by Mayan farmers, with a mission to preserve the heritage strains of corn endemic to the area. The sugarcane and wheat, likewise, are locally and sustainably sourced." -- importer

SigloCero Pox...$24.99
Spirit Distilled from corn, wheat and sugarcane.
Made in Chiapa Mexico
Traditional spirit from the Mayan culture distilled from corn, wheat, and sugarcane. Designed for cocktails.
42.2% alc by vol.

Dondante Pox Original...$39.99
46% ABV
Macerated with corn black as night, releasing his spirit of wisdom to an earthly world
"First, sugarcane is crushed, juiced and boiled to create piloncillo (like a sticky brick of raw brown sugar). Meanwhile, four different heritage varieties of corn (white, red, yellow and black) are dried, husked and ground. Next, wheat bran is placed in a large wooden fermenter, and local spring water is slowly introduced. Finally, the ground corn, piloncillo and additional fresh sugarcane juice are added to the vat, where natural, spontaneous fermentation occurs over 10-18 days. The mash is distilled twice, using wood-fired copper pot stills, and proofed to around 42% ABV (proof will vary slightly from batch to batch). The final result is savory on the nose and palate with notes of ancho and guajillo chiles, esquites, dried coconut, and baked corn husk. A fascinating experience! " - importer

The Paring Red Wine -- the Screaming Eagle Family!

From the same people that bring you the cult wine Screaming Eagle!!  Their Paring Red Bordeaux blend is an unbelievable bargain at this price!

2016 The Paring Red Wine...$21.99
Compare to $29.99 at Total Wine and More

The 2016 Red Wine checks in as a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. Brilliant notes of cassis, tobacco leaf, damp earth, cedary herbs, and graphite all emerge from this concentrated, remarkably pure, elegant Bordeaux blend hat has building tannins and a great, great finish. It tastes like it costs three times the price.
Rated 93/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Friday, October 8, 2021

Jeptha Creed Fruit Brandy Paw Paw

Jeptha Creed Fruit Brandy Paw Paw...$47.99 / 375ml
Refreshing, fruity, and unlike anything else. Our Paw Paw Brandy was expertly distilled from fresh, locally grown pawpaw fruit. 95 proof.

What Is a Pawpaw, and Why Is It So Magical?
The green fruit tastes tropical—like a cross between a banana and a mango—but, surprisingly, is indigenous to the Mid-Atlantic.
Ah, mid-September in Pennsylvania—apple trees are popping with ripe red and green and yellow fruit, late tomatoes are prime for picking, and pumpkins are getting close. And, farmers are also starting to harvest another crop: the pawpaw. And while its bright flavor might remind you of something tropical—it tastes like a cross between mango and banana—it’s actually indigenous to North America. The oblong, green fruit has been around for hundreds of years, growing in swaths of the Mid-Atlantic, South, and Midwest. They were cultivated by Native Americans, and, allegedly, George Washington loved eating them for dessert, chilled. So then why have so many people never heard of a pawpaw?

It’s not a huge surprise, says Nina Berryman, the farms manager for Weavers Way, Philadelphia’s largest food co-op and the only one with its own farm. She often hears people, even life-long Pennsylvanians, ask what it is.

“It’s so ironic, because it’s one of the few native fruits that we grow for food on our farm,” she says. Persimmons, kiwiberries, blackberries, and Asian pears also grow on the farm, but none are native. Apples grow in orchards all over the state, but also aren’t originally from North America—they’re native to Asia and were brought to the U.S. by European colonists.

Berryman grew up in Vermont, where the climate was too cold to grow pawpaws. She learned about them when she started working at Weavers Way over a decade ago, and the Philadelphia Orchard Project, a non-profit that supports orchard design and plant sourcing for community groups, suggested she plant some. The small, shrubby trees have long, broad leaves, purple flowers in the spring, and usually, in Pennsylvania, are ripe in September. Inside the greenish-yellow exterior, the pale yellow flesh is soft and custard-y, with fat, nickel-sized seeds.

According to the farmer, there’s a simple reason why the pawpaw isn’t as ubiquitous as the apple, one that has nothing to do with its folksy name. “It just doesn't travel well, so it doesn't fit well into our conventional, large-scale agricultural system that ships food across the country, and across the globe,” she says. Like heirloom tomatoes, the fragile fruit is picked when it’s soft and ripe, so will typically only be found in farmers’ markets.

Food and Wine

Corison Cabernet is back!

2018 Corison St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$99.99
Perennially a yardstick of balance and grace, Cathy Corison’s St. Helena Cabernet admirably sums up the best that the 2018 vintage has to offer: power, clarity and poise. Delicate and deft aromas of red plums and damp soil. The palate is silky and fine, with a zesty, high-toned quality through the finish.
Rated 94/100 Decanter Magazine
Aromas of currants, walnuts, stones and berries follow through to a full body with firm, layered tannins and a pretty finish. Lovely polish to this. Needs a year or two to come completely together, but already delicious. Try after 2021.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

Viader Napa Valley Proprietary Red

Just hitting its drinking window!

2016 Viader Napa Valley Proprietary Red...$179.99
This beautifully bold wine is made from 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Cabernet Franc. It opens in thick tannins and burly black fruit before unfurling slowly in the glass to reveal savory elements of crushed rock and dried herb. Lavender, licorice and toasted oak ride a secondary wave of complex flavor. Enjoy this in due time, ideally from 2024–2030.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

High N' Wicked

High N' Wicked Kentucky Straight Rye 5 Year Old...$71.99
Our Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is made from a mash of 95% Rye, and 5% Malted Rye. The mash begins with New Riff Distilling’s famed aquifer water, a full-bodied, limestone-rich water source from 100 feet right below the distillery. After fermenting for three days, it then travels through an All-Copper Distillation Path, meaning that at every point that the mash is heated, it is contacting copper—from the beer heater, to the stills, to the condensers and everything in between —achieving maximum interaction with the essential metal to yield intense and unique character.

It is distilled through both a Column Beer Still and a Doubler. It is then aged for 5 years, in toasted and charred New American White Oak Barrels. Toasting allows for greater development of vanilla, caramel, chocolate and spice notes – while the char, a “Number Four” 55 second or “alligator char,” enhances the natural filtration processes of the spirit interacting with a layer of charcoal.

The final product is proofed to 45% ABV, or 90 proof. This proof point was determined after rigorous testing to ensure it was the favorite of bartenders, and other industry professionals. It is then bottled without chill filtration to retain maximum flavor, aroma, color and texture.

Distilled By: New Riff Distilling, Newport, KY
Mash Bill: 95% Rye – 5% Malted Rye
Still Types: All Copper-Column and Doubler
Aged 5 Years In New Toasted White Oak #4 Char Barrels

High N' Wicked The Wild Rover Whiskey...$139.99
HNW Singular Limited Release No.2
“The Wild Rover”
A triple distilled single malt Irish Whiskey, double-cask matured in Ex-Bourbon and then finished in Ex-Pedro Jimenez Sherry Casks. Bottled at Cask Strength, 58.7% Alc. Vol

Dewar's Japanese Smooth Scotch whiskey Mizunara Oak

Dewar's Japanese Smooth Scotch Whiskey Mizunara Oak...$23.99
Aged 8 Years in Mizunara Oak
Dewar’s brings together Scotland and Japan for an amazing flavour experience highlighting a distinctive and harmonious blend of cinnamon, sandalwood and floral notes. Dewar’s Japanese Smooth is an 8-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky finished in Japanese (Mizunara) Oak Casks and is the fourth in an innovative cask series line-up. This rich and full-bodied whisky brings a unique finishing process to the double-aged Dewar’s blend, creating an approachable and smooth whisky with an extraordinary difference.

Highland Park Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch

Release #1 was a big hit!  #2 just arrived!

Highland Park Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch #2...$79.99
ABV : 63.9%
The clue is in the name really. Cask Strength Release No. 2 is bottled straight from the cask, without adding water to reduce alcohol content, to deliver an extraordinary depth, complexity and balance of flavours.

Casks have a huge influence on the flavour, character and natural colour of our whisky as it matures, so our Cask Strength series presents our whisky in its purest form, giving you the freedom to enjoy our whisky, your way. Discover the taste and strength that suits your palate by experimenting with the amount of water you add to reach your optimum flavour.

For this second release in the Cask Strength series, Gordon Motion, our Master Whisky Maker, selected mainly sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, along with just a few ex-bourbon casks. You’ll find aromas of summer rose, ripe pear and fresh coconut gathering on a wave of aromatic peat smoke, followed by a wild harmony of sweet and spicy flavours - poached pear and rich almond cake, a drizzle of cloudy honey and a twist of salty liquorice. There’s the suggestion of toasted oak and intriguing notes of orchard fruits, black pepper and sweet aniseed linger, in a satisfyingly long finish. In a word (or three) we call it ‘smoky peppered praline’.

Compass Box TWCP store pick!!

Compass Box / TWCP Artist Blend Marrying Cask...$49.99
Finished in Palo Cortado Sherry Butt (for about 17 months)
  • Cask # 708
  • Yield 276 bottles
  • 98 proof
  • No Colour added
  • Non Chill filtered
  • Married Jan 21, 2020
  • Bottled Aug 3, 2021

Bottled at a higher proof than normal (98 proof) A creamy body with flavors of apple, salted caramel and baking spices.   Honey and apricot notes, with extra weight from the Palo Cortado barrel

Here is how the process works - we picked and Artist Blend barrel
After blending, the whiskies that comprise Artist Blend and Glasgow Blend are re-racked into their original casks. This is called marrying, and it allows the flavours of the different whiskies to integrate. Though each cask now contains the same whisky, after many months – and sometimes years – of marrying, additional characteristics develop. No two casks are the same. Each will showcase a new dimension to our fruit-forward and creamy Artist Blend, or our ruggedly smoky and sherried Glasgow Blend. Our Single Marrying Cask program allows you to choose the cask influence you like best. We do the rest. 

Narrow Gauge Brewing!


Thank you to our friends from Narrow Gauge!
We got some beer to celebrate the opening of our newest location!!

These top 4 are in stock at all stores now

but getting very low!

Narrow Gauge IPA Fallen Flag...$14.99 / 4pk

American IPA dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops
7% ABV

Narrow Gauge Dark Mild English Style Ale...$8.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
3.2% ABV

Narrow Gauge Foeder Baltic Porter...$13.99 / 4pk cans
Baltic Porter fermented in stainless then aged in a Missouri Oak Foeder hand built by Foeder Crafters (6.7% ABV).

Narrow Gauge Third of the Way to Marz...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Traditional style marzen.
6% ABV  

These are not online - just a little left at our Kirkwood location only.
Fist come, no reservations on these

Narrow Gauge Rocket Appliances...
Imperial IPA double dry-hopped with Galaxy and Mosaic hops
8.1% ABV

Narrow Gauge Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right Imperial IPA...
Imperial IPA triple dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin.
8.1 ABV

Narrow Gauge DDH IPA Cloud City...
American IPA double dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and El Dorado
7% ABV

Narrow Gauge DDH IPA Fallen Flag...
American IPA double dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops
7% ABV

95 point $20 white!

Amazing wine for this price!!!

2019 Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi...$19.99

Opening with enticing aromas of Mediterranean herb, yellow spring flower, eucalyptus and citrus, this is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. It's also delicious, delivering juicy yellow peach, fennel, white almond and the barest hint of grapefruit alongside tangy acidity. A mineral note suggesting saline adds depth. An absolutely phenomenal showing.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Rossville Union TWCP Single Barrel rye

Rossville Union Barrel Proof Rye Won Best in Class at the World Whiskey Awards 2021 in Rye 3 years or older High Proof

Not our specific barrel that won, but we have a fantastic barrel you should try!

Rossville Union / TWCP Rye Cask Strength 2021 Edition..$44.99
  • 115.1 proof
  • Yield 198 bottles
  • Barreled 2014 (about 7 years old)
  • Cooperage: Independent Stave
  • Aged in Multi story brick building

Mash Bill:
51% Rye
49% Malted Barley

Thursday, October 7, 2021

TWCP Kirkwood is open 7 days a week!

10451 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, Missouri

TWCP Kirkwood is open 7 days a week!
Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
Sunday 11am-3pm

10451 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, Missouri
only 3/10 of a mile East of N. Kirkwood Road
only 3/10 of a mile West of Woodlawn
Our entrance is the stoplight at Sylvan Place

More wine, scotch, bourbon, rye, beer, tequila, gin, brandy, cognac, liqueurs, rum, bitters, vermouth and so much more!! 


Only place you can find Narrow Gauge and Side Project Beer outside of the breweries right now.

Main & Mill The Great Hambino Stout

Main & Mill The Great Hambino Stout...$6.99 / 16oz can
11% ABV
S’mores inspired Imperial Stout with marshmallow, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and vanilla
Our first imperial stout can and one that is extremely well represented by the Hambino…the original S’mores connoisseur. With our Oated Imperial Stout recipe as our base, layered with extra honey malt before aging on an Ghanian cacao nibs, vanilla, and marshmallow. Finished with a touch of Ceylon cinnamon sticks. A balanced stout with some sweetness but not overwhelming.

“First you take a graham. Then you stick the chocolate on the graham. And then you roast the mallow. And when the mallows flaming you stick it on the chocolate. Then you cover it with the other graham. And then you stuff it.” - Ham Porter, the original S’mores expert

Main and Mill Lil' Jifforia Marshmallow Peanut Butter Stout


Main and Mill Lil' Jifforia Marshmallow Peanut Butter Stout...$12.99
Lil' Jifforia - Marshmallow • Peanut Butter Stout 
Stout with peanut butter, cacao nibs, marshmallows, and milk sugar • 5.5% ABV

The lil' buddy to our popular Imperial Jifforia series, the more sessional version features prominent peanut butter and chocolate notes with a marshmallow punch all while maintaining a velvety mouth feel and a peanut butter cup like finish….a fun variant of the original pub favorite.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Boulevard Hibiscus Ginger Sour Blossom Breeze

Boulevard Hibiscus Ginger Sour Blossom Breeze...$8.99 / 6pk
The pleasant aroma of ginger greets you immediately as you lift this magenta magic to your lips. The ginger spice is complementary to the slight fruity-floral essence of the beer, a result of steeping whopping amounts of hibiscus flowers in the whirlpool just before fermentation. Light, crisp and refreshing, the perfect palate cleanser after any rich meal.

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 Single Malt Scotch


Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012 Single Malt Scotch...$66.99
Aged 8 Years
Distilled in 2012

Bruichladdich has encouraged 19 different farming partners to take on the challenge of growing malting barley on Islay. What started as an exploration of an Islay terroir has evolved into supporting a community whose industry has shifted from fishing and farming to distilling.

Where Bruichladdich has provided an opportunity to diversify, Islay’s farming community have responded with a tolerance of failure and risk. Acting as an unofficial R&D department, their experiences have shaped Bruichladdich’s understanding of barley growing on the west coast of Scotland and have inspired them to act for farming systems of the future.

Nowhere is the philosophy of barley exploration more important to us than here on Islay. Bruichladdich Islay Barley explores the influence of our island climate on the barley. Surely the conditions on this westerly rock at the edge of the Atlantic must bring something extra to the barley and to our expressive, floral single malt whisky? The airborne salt spray that washes the fields and our warehouses must leave its mark on cask and liquid?

The challenge of growing barley on Islay is no mean feat, it is a labour of love. Between wild Atlantic storms, torrential rain and the voracious geese, it is a battle of wills and the yield returns for our farmers are much lower than their mainland counterparts. However, the challenge has been accepted by local farmers who now raise barley year on year for Bruichladdich. Together, we have 16 years of harvests under our belts, growing from one farm in 2004 to 19 farms in 2020 – providing approximately 45% of the distillery’s total barley needs.

Brewfist Barrel Aged Beers!

Brewfist The Bad Sentenza Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout...$9.99 / 11.2oz
Aged in Scotch Barrels
Our Spaghetti Western barrel aged for 3 months in Laphroaig Casks and finished with extra coffee and cocoa beans 
Alcohol: 9.1% 
Malts: Pale, Oat, Carafa Special, DRC, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley Hops: Magnum Special ingredients: Coffee, Cocoa beans 

Brewfist The Good Il Biondo Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout...$9.99 / 11.2oz
Aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels Barrels
Alcohol: 9.2% 
Our Spaghetti Western barrel aged for 3 months in Buffalo Trace Barrels and finished with extra coffee and cocoa beans

Brewfist The Ugly Tuco Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout...$9.99 / 11.2oz
Aged in Jim Beam Rye Barrels
Alcohol: 9.2% 
Our Spaghetti Western barrel aged for 3 months in Jim Beam rye and finished with extra coffee and cocoa beans