Saturday, August 30, 2014

New NAVY STRENGTH Plymouth Gin

At this point, it is very limited.


57% ABV




Plymouth Gin NAVY STRENGTH....$26.99 / 750ml
PLYMOUTH NAVY STRENGTH

For almost two centuries, Her Majesty's Naval Fleet was sustained by Plymouth Gin and no ship left port without a bottle of Navy Strength 114 proof (57% abv) on board.
THE TASTE

For some it is the ultimate gin, with a rich but very balanced taste that takes a Martini or a Gin and Tonic to a new level. Perfect for the demands of today's more adventurous spirit drinkers and mixologists. The 57% ABV amplifies the aroma and fragrance of the botanicals, yet retains the smooth and balanced character Plymouth Gin is renowned for.
SERVING SUGGESTION

Enjoy Navy Strength in your favourite cocktail, or in classic drinks such as a Pink Gin or a Gimlet, reputedly created by the British Royal Navy for medicinal purposes.
THE GIMLET

Invented by naval doctor Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette (1857-1943), who is said to have mixed gin with the daily rations of lime 'to help the medicine go down'.
TASTING NOTES
Colour - Crystal Clear.
Nose - Intense, bold and fresh aroma of juniper followed by notes of coriander and cardamom.
Palate - Full bodied, smooth and flavourful with a slight sweetness.
Finish - Aromatic, long and rich.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thiriez Amber Farmhouse Ale





Thiriez Amber French Farmhouse Ale...$9.99 / 750ml
Amber waves of grain . . .
The label says it all: amber waves of grain under a full, blue sky. This is the only beer from the little French farmhouse brewery, Thiriez, that isn’t pungent with the aroma of hop bitterness. Instead, Thiriez Amber is a celebration of wholesome, freshly harvested barley malt, and that is what you get in the nose. The barley that grows in the fields of French Flanders (quite close to the border with Belgium) is some of the best in the world. Meanwhile, along with all that pure malt goodness you’ll detect a few spicy, earthy notes – just what you want in a real farmhouse brew – that derive from a very special yeast that is exclusive to the Thiriez brewery. Some of the malt is lightly roasted, which lends a mild, nutty flavor, and gives the beer a reddish tinge. It’s more of a red beer than an amber one, truth be told.

Daniel Thiriez painstakingly crafts his rustic farmhouse ales in a rustic farmhouse brewery in the beautiful countryside of French Flanders. This brisk Amber Ale is really a luminous golden-red. It is perfectly balanced, with a soft, fresh hop bitterness playing off a hearty whole-grain maltiness, and accented by an entrancing nose of earth and spice that is typical of French farm-country brewing.

Jim Beam Quarter Cask








Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask Finished....$32.99
New release from Jim Beam in their Signature Craft Series.
The 2014 edition is finished with bourbon aged in quarter sized casks for four to five years.  The addition of bourbon from smaller, newly charred oak barrels heightens the deep caramel and vanilla flavors and adds a hint of smoke.

Herman Story Nuts and Bolts scores big!







2012 Herman Story Nuts and Bolts Syrah....$46.99
Even better, his 2012 Nuts & Bolts is a smoking 100% Syrah that spent 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Full-bodied and decadent, yet never over-the-top, heady or cumbersome, it’s loaded with ripe blackberry, cassis, new leather, white pepper and hints of smoked duck. Drink this hedonistic beauty over the coming 4-6 years, although I see no reason to delay gratification either.

I loved these latest releases from winemaker Russell From. His 2011s are excellent in the vintage, with slightly toned down, elegant profiles that stay focused and tight on the palate. His 2012s are even better, with hedonistic, textured profiles and fantastic purity of fruit. They’re all worth checking out.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Mikkeller Jackie Brown - new label




Old label      --      New label




Mikkeller Jackie Brown....$12.99 / 750ml
Keith Shore, Mikkeller’s label designer and creator of our graphic identity, is currently in the process of giving new life to several of our good old beer labels.

Classic beers from Mikkeller have been getting a make-over in Keith the Wizard’s workshop, which has given them a whole new look.

Jackie Brown, the good old brown ale, that has been an integral part of Mikkeller’s repertoire for the past 5 years, is one of the labels that have undergone a transformation. From brown and slightly anonymous, it has been turned into an air plane ticket. It refers, of course, to Tarantino’s heroine stewardess Jackie Brown, from the movie of the same name.

Monk’s Elixir, or Monk’s Brew as this Belgian ale is called abroad, is another example of a label that has undergone a significant transformation. From brown monk to evil skull.

Last but certainly not least, I would like to mention Draft Bear, Mikkeller’s imperial pilsner, which has been turned into a roaring bear with fangs and foam around the mouth.

But don’t worry, it is certainly only the packaging that has changed. The content is still the same great beers of the highest quality

Stoli Ginger beer

New Ginger beer from Stoli....

Stoli Ginger Beer...$4.99 / 4pk
Stoli® celebrates the revival of the legendary Moscow Mule cocktail by introducing Stoli® Ginger Beer. This mixer's bold taste, made with pure cane sugar and real ginger extract, is expertly blended to complement the smooth and robust flavor of Stoli® vodka, delivering the perfect Moscow Mule. 


Great edition to our already stellar Ginger Beer collection...




In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth
Twine Old Kentucky Moscow Mule Mug...$24.99
Copper Clad Stainless Steal


A Moscow Mule is Vodka and Ginger Beer. We have plenty of both in stock.


This is what our Forsyth location has in stock now, call other locations for availability...
Ginger Beers in stock now include....

  • Goya Ginger Beer
  • Fentimans Ginger Beer
  • Goslings Ginger Beer
  • Goslings Diet Ginger Beer
  • Reeds Premium Ginger Beer
  • Reeds Original Ginger Beer Extra
  • Reeds Extra Ginger Brew
  • Regatta Ginger Beer
  • Vess Ginger Ale
  • Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • Fever Tree Ginger Ale

Also Ginger beers with alcohol already...

  • Crabbies Alocoholic Ginger Beer
  • Crabbies Spiced Orange Alcoholig Ginger Beer
  • Lewis Osterweiss Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Boulevard Hibiscus Gose is here!


In stock now at Forsyth!
Boulevard Hibiscus Gose...$9.99 / 6pk
Style: Gose
Our version of an unusual, yet resurgent, beer style. It pays tribute to the pleasantly sour, slightly salty wheat beers that originated in Goslar and became popular in Leipzig, Germany around the late 1800’s. A great introductory sour beer, Hibiscus Gose receives coriander and sea salt during boiling, then we steep dried hibiscus flowers at the end to create a vibrant pink hue (really, though, it’s pink!). The result is a tangy, sweet and sour ale with a refreshing citrus character.

Alcohol (ABV) 4.2

Pumpkin Ales 2014

Plus so many Pumpkin ales have arrived
  • New Holland Ichabod
  • Sam Adams Fat Jack
  • Schlafly Pumpkin
  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Southern Tier Warlock
  • O'Fallon Pumpkin
  • Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin
  • Lakefront Pumpkin
  • Red Hook Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin
  • Crown Valley Pumpkin Smash
  • Shipyard Pumpkin
  • plus more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beer Tasting this Week!


This Weekend's Tastings!
Friday, August 29 from 4-6pm

The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
314.727.8788



Boulevard Hibiscus Gose (should arrive tomorrow)
Kerkom Kriek
Strubbe Ichtegem Grand Cru
Cambridge Sgt Pepper Ale



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BEER - New Ballas location

August 29 from 4-6pm


The Wine and Cheese Place - NEW BALLAS
457 N. New Ballas, Creve Coeur MO 314.989.0020

New Holland Ichabod
Perennial Peach Berliner weisse
Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL
Boulevard Zon

Get Radical Train to Mars


Get radical is a brewing project revolving around the concept of experimentation and collaboration. Founded in 2013, get radical is based in Paris, France and is the project of Brandon Evans & Simon Thillou of the world famous la cave a bulles. We are brewing artisinal, experimental beers inspired by music. With our eclectic tastes, we set out to produce hand crafted beers that don't find themselves fitting into a particular style, just as most of our favorite musicians don't fit into a particular genre. Collaborating with our friends (who have breweries) our goals for get radical are to encourage new ideas to the brewing culture of France while bringing our community closer together. Sante !


Get Radical / Thiriez Train to Mars...$9.99 

“A Saison de Mars hopped with Mosaic, Aramis, Simcoe and fermented with the world famouse Thiriez house yeast.”


INSPIRATION:
Inspired by so many things it's hard to believe. While tasting the colab that Brasserie Thiriez and Saint Somewhere brewed & listening to the song "Stars" by Hum on repeat, the idea of Train to Mars finally transpired. A modern, hoppy version of a "Biere de Mars"
CONCEPT:
While at Chez Thiriez, we scoped out his hop selection and realized we could actually brew with both American & French hops and have the names spell out MARS; Mosaic, ARamis, and Simcoe. Well, they ended up being a perfect blend that provide the delicate yet exotic aromatic quality of Train to Mars, but used with enough restraint to accompany the Thiriez house yeast strain. Train to Mars isn't exactly "Radical" but it is our favorite brew so far and interestingly enough a third of the batch is aging in Cote du Rhone barrels accompanied by locally sourced honey and Brettanomyces; sounds a bit more like Get Radical, doesn't it?
REALIZATION:
By far our most collaborative effort yet. Brewed with our friends at Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq, France in January 2014.
Photo courtesy of our friend Sean Parker, and imported by our buddies at Shelton Brothers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Very Limited Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout


Only a hand full of cases came into the state.


De Molen and Anchorage Brewing Collab Mud and Funk BA Stout...$20.99
An 11.9% Imperial Stout aged in Wine and Bourbon Barrels 

Gabe Fletcher (Anchorage Brewing Co.) and Menno Olivier (De Molen) met up in Bodegraven to brew what became Mud & Funk. The beer started off as an Oatmeal Imperial Stout. It was then aged in a mixture of bourbon and wine barrels and a brett culture and allowed to take its time to mature.

Cambridge Sgt. Pepper Ale








Cambridge Brewing Sgt. Pepper Farmhouse Ale...$6.99 / 22oz

Farmhouse Ale with Peppercorns

Sgt. Pepper has been brewed with Pilsner, CaraVienne, and Rye malts, plus Magnum and Spalter hops.  But the driving force behind this beer is the contribution from whole Black, Green, White, and Pink peppercorns. Added to the brewkettle, these four fab peppercorns harmonize with spicy hops while the malted rye and our Belgian yeast hold down the backbeat.

It’s far out with food and guaranteed to raise a smile.

Enjoy the show!

New limited edition Cutty Sark 100 proof





Very limited!
Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Scotch Whisky...$26.99 
50% ABV (100 US PROOF)
Released 90 years after the end of the era which it celebrates, Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition has been crafted as a salute to the notorious Captain William McCoy, who smuggled Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky into America during the Prohibition era of the 1920s. Captain McCoy’s impeccable reputation for fairness and dealing only in the finest, genuine and unadulterated liquor gave rise to Cutty Sark being referred to as “The Real McCoy”. Prohibition Edition is bottled at 50% ABV (100 Proof – USA Measure), whilst our regular Cutty Sark blend is 40% ABV. This is a “small batch” blend of the finest single malts and top-quality grain whiskies. Hand-selected American oak casks give subtle signature flavours of vanilla and citrus fruits, whilst the overall flavours and finish are extremely smooth and thrillingly complex. The black glass bottle has a cork seal – reflecting the traditions of the time.

WOW - Wine of the Week : Las Valles Red

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 

Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
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 Las Valles Red Blend....$6.99
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday August 30 - from 11am-4pm




2012 Las Valles Red....$6.99
Tempranillo - Garnacha - Syrah


This smooth, well-balanced red blend offers aromas of blackberries, blueberries and cassis, with intense fruit on the palate and a slightly peppery finish. Enjoy on its own, or paired with mild cheeses, simple pizza, pasta or red/white meat dishes, and more.   The red is unoaked and can even be chilled down for 20 minutes in the refrigerator of a great patio red this Summer.  This is a great all purpose red wine.  Finished with screwcap - no opener needed making it great for picnics and out by the pool.

94 points from Robert Parker and under $14 - AMAZING

"It is difficult to find a better value than this incredibly rich effort." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

WOW!
Stock up now! Back in stock


Something like this does not come around very often!



2012 Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica...$12.99
Another baby Priorato, the 2012 Mas Donis, a custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged nine months in both new and used French and American oak. The Grenache comes from 70-year-old vines, and the Syrah from 30-year-old vines. It is difficult to find a better value than this incredibly rich effort. The bouquet offers up a smorgasbord of aromas, including crushed rocks, spring flowers, kirsch liqueur and blacker fruits. Full-bodied with a velvety, voluptuous texture, and admirable opulence, density, purity and texture, it is nearly impossible to believe that something this good could be priced at $12 a bottle."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate






2012 Bodegas Castano Solanera...$13.99
Even more remarkable is the 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak. A custom cuvee that is only available through importer Eric Solomon, this amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate 

Fresh Katy and Art of Neurosis


New label designs by Kyle A. Scarborough


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 Wit...it'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 Art of Neurosis IPA....$7.49 / 750ml
AON is an Ipa that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight.
67 IBU

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite






Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite...$4.49 / 11.2oz

Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.
Rated A on BeerAdvocate.com
Rated 100 percentile on Ratebeer.com



4 Hands CA$H Mony

Back in stock at Rock Hill!

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.




Stuise Pannepot 2013



2013 Struisse Pannepot...$5.99 / 11.2oz

"In the early 1900s, the village of De Panne, close to the French border, was famous for two things -- the ‘Pannepots,’ or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fisherman’s Ale is a tribute to these hardy sailors and their rich, flavorful brew. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Bottle-conditioned."
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer





Black Albert in stock now!



Struise Black Albert Royal Stout 



#1 beer in the world by Beer Advocate December 2008 issue
#1 brewery in the world, De Struise - Ratebeer's Best 2008
#4 beer in the world by Ratebeer's Best 2008

We have not seen this one in a few years!

The very elusive and hard to get...
Struise Black Albert Royal Stout....$7.99 / 11.2oz
"This Belgian Royal Stout was brewed as a tribute to one of America’s best pubs. Jennifer and Chris Lively who run the place may be proud of Ebenezer’s Pub. Not only do they have 35 beers on draught, most of these are hard to find Supreme Belgian Ales. Above that, they have one of the most extensive bottle-conditioned beer lists through different bottling dates we have ever seen. Not only can you drink almost any Belgian beer, the worlds best brewery’s are represented. A lot of the guests talk about the American Kulminator, yet with that difference that the Belgian inspired food, is simply great. Black Albert was brewed and crafted with a 100% Belgian ingredients. Pours a blacker than black beer with an inch of dark tan head that lingers as it cascades into itself. Nice aroma of bitter-sweet chocolate, fresh torrified coffee beans, barley, candy sugar, complex fruits, and floral hops. At the front, there is spiced baker’s chocolate, fresh mocha, caramel like barley touches, and underlying hints of dried fruits which marries the back of your palate and features a Top, and well integrated but not overbearing hop flavour. The after-taste is well balanced and shows a panorama of extreme sensations like chocolate and coffee bitters, a plum cake richness that covers the palate, and a crisp impression of hop bitters that brings elegance and freshness into this massive brew" -- www.ratebeer.com

Rated 100 percentile on www.ratebeer.com

Hill Farmstead Collab with Blaugies

We cannot get Hill Farmstead in in Missouri, but here is a Collab with them!

Back in stock



Hill Farmstead / Blaugies La Vermontoise...$10.99 / 750ml
The Hill Farmstead brewers traveled to Brasserie de Blaugies to share in the kindred bond of farmhouse brewing.  The result is this classic saison brewed with spelt and an abundance of Amarillo hops.  A true expression of noble Belgian tradition and artistic American innovation from the families of Brasserie de Blaugies and Hill Farmstead.

Grassroots Brewing

Back in stock now

Batch #2 March 2014.

(first I thought this was the Arctic Soiree with a new package, but it is a different beer. Arctic SAISON)


Grassroots Brewing / Hill Farmstead/ Anchorage Arctic Saison...$12.99 / 750ml
Brewed at Anchorage
Ale Fermented in Oak Tanks with Brettanomyces
Rated 99 on RateBeer
This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavor. We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bring with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead Family. Share. Consider. Enjoy...
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

ONEHOPE - wines with a cause





2012 ONEHOPE Cabernet Sauvignon...$10.99
CAUSE
Help Children with Autism

The CDC estimates there are approximately 2 million Americans living with autism and 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with some degree of the disorder. Autism can be extremely difficult to cope with, especially for underprivileged families, that's why HALF the profits from ONEHOPE Cabernet help provide behavioral therapy for children with autism.

WINEMAKER ROB MONDAVI JR. - ONEHOPE Cabernet Sauvignon is hand-crafted and made from a blend of grapes sourced from select vineyards throughout Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and California’s Central Coast in partnership with Rob Mondavi Jr. The dark, ruby red Cabernet Sauvignon is a pleasure for the senses with the aromas of lush black cherry, cassis and a hint of tobacco. Aged in American and French oak, its complex layers of spice are balanced by soft tannins making it the perfect wine to pair with roasted and grilled meats such as lamb, prime rib, or porterhouse steak. 

ONEHOPE donates HALF of profits generated from the sale of every bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to benefit ACT Today! to help autistic children achieve their highest potential. The partnership betweenONEHOPE and ACT Today! helps provide funding and support for families who cannot afford specialized care for their autistic children. From social skills groups and referrals to biomedical treatments, ACT Today! is making positive change and providing hope to individuals with autism and their families.



ONEHOPE California Chardonnay...$10.99
CAUSE
Fight Against Breast Cancer

The Gateway for Cancer Research is committed to funding innovative cancer research studies that can help today’s cancer patients feel better, live longer or be cured. Thanks to generous underwriting by Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, 99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives helps to fund phase I and phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions all over the world. Since 1991 Gateway has supported more than 120 clinical trials and funded millions in leading-edge research, including blending the best of conventional and complementary/alternative therapies.


WINEMAKER ROB MONDAVI JR. - ONEHOPE California Chardonnay is hand-crafted with a blend of grapes from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast of California. Our Chardonnay is blended with Muscat and Chenin Blanc displaying a pale gold color with aromas of fresh apple blossom and honeysuckle. Flavors of crisp pear and apple are vibrant on the palate, while its balanced oak and bright acidity makes this wine a great match with broiled or grilled seafood, poultry dishes and a wide assortment of cheeses.

Women in the U.S. have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. ONEHOPE donates 50% of profits generated from the sale of every bottle of its Chardonnay to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is focused on education, prevention from early detection and treatment. 



2012 ONEHOPE California Sauvignon Blanc...$10.99
CAUSE
Save Our Planet

Trees provide us with everything from clean air and water, to climate health, to social and recreational benefits. Thanks to our partnership with American Forests, every bottle of Sauvignon Blanc plants a tree and helps to protect our forests and ensure these resources flourish for generations to come.

WINEMAKER ROB MONDAVI JR. - ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc is hand-crafted in partnership with Rob Mondavi, Jr. from select vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County and California’s Central Coast. Boasting a pale, golden color and flavors of pink grapefruit and bright, grassy undertones, this distinctive wine is fermented in stainless steel barrels. ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc is light, refreshing and finishes very crisp making it a perfect pairing with salmon, halibut, light pasta dishes, fresh fruits and a variety of cheeses.

ONEHOPE donates HALF of the profits from sales of its Sauvignon Blanc to benefit American Forests. For every bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, American Forests will plant a tree in a forest here in the US. American Forests encourages the long-term sustainability of America’s forests, restoring wildlife habitat, and developing quality environmental education programs, to assure that Americans today, and in the future, enjoy healthy, growing forests.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Camus Extra Elegance Cognac





Camus Extra Elegance Cognac...$369.99
Extra Elegance is an exceptional blend of eaux-de-vie primarily from the Borderies, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne crus, all selected for their superb aging potential, richness and complementarity.
The Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie offer excellent length on the palate, those from Petite Champagne provide structure and the Borderies contribute a velvety texture and hints of sweet pastries. A long aging in cool, damp cellars allows Extra Elegance to reveal its full quality: exceptional roundness, intense flavors, great finesse and a remarkably complex finish.
This blend produces a Cognac which is as rich as it is sophisticated, and which will delight the most passionate and demanding of connoisseurs.

Limited, only 5000 bottles for the U.S.