Saturday, May 23, 2015

2010 highly rated Brunello!

2010 Brunello di Montalcino
All of the Critics agree 2010 is a watershed vintage for Brunello di Montalcino. All of our pre-orders are finally starting to land and we have an amazing array of 2010 Brunello for now, though many are selling out fast.

“The 2010 vintage is iconic for Montalcino and the reason is, simply put, it shows the amazing versatility of the Sangiovese grape with a level of clarity that I have never encountered.”-Monica Larner The Wine Advocate

“The 2010 vintage is a new benchmark for Tuscany’s icon wine, producing reds with wonderful intensity, structure, and energy”. -James Suckling

All wines are in stock now at our Forsyth location

2010 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino...$83.99
A beautifully balanced and subtle Brunello with plum, berry, spice and fresh mahogany character. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a long finish. Very intense and harmonious. This is always a beauty.
Rated 97/100 James Suckling

2010 Poggio Antico Brunello Altero...$99.99
I love the subtle aromas of rose petal, dark fruit and perfume that follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a beautiful finish. It's very fine and pretty. Savory and delicate. Such finesse here.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

2010 Casanova di Neri White Label Brunello...$54.99
The outstanding 2010 Brunello di Montalcino gives you everything you want to see in a great wine, a great Tuscan wine. This monumental expression of Sangiovese delivers top-notch intensity with seamless integration of aromas. They span from dark fruit and Morello cherry to chocolate, spice, licorice, balsam herb and rosemary sprig. The energy and vitality of the vintage is locked perfectly within. This Brunello exhibits especially soft, silky tannins with long persistence and momentum. There is nothing out of place and the price tag is certainly not exaggerated for this level of excellence.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello...$99.99
(call for reservations on this one 314.727.8788)The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a protagonist of the vintage. The fruit is deep and dark with rich levels of extract, intensity and flavor. It goes far beyond your standard cherry and blackberry to include plum cake, spice bread and bacon-wrapped prune. Nothing is obvious or monochromatic about this wine. Everything is nuanced and ethereal. Tenuta Nuova is also distinguished by the linear mineral notes that are characteristic of this single-vineyard site. In 2010, those traits are especially well-defined and pronounced. The tannins reach a level of suppleness that is almost impossible to find in the sometimes prickly and acidic Sangiovese grape. If there is one thing Giacomo Neri has mastered, it is harvesting at optimal ripeness: He knows his property and his vines better than most and it shows. Collectors will want to put this wine aside ten years or longer.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Ciacci Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter)...$139.99
(only available in Magnum)
Beautiful and delicate from the start, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso impresses for its depth and balance. The wine sees one more year of oak cask aging compared to the base Brunello and you can definitely sense the extra spice on the nose. Those delicate balsam notes of root beer, ginger and rosemary oil are still prominently on display. Rich spice, leather and tar are followed by dark fruit, prune, blackberry and cassis. The finish is graceful and silky, but its length remains impressive. This is a terrific effort that promises a steady evolution ahead.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 98/100 James Suckling

2010 Ciacci Brunello di Montalcino...$49.99 / 750ml
2010 Ciacci Brunello di Montalcino...$28.99 / 375ml
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino represents a return to the traditional values of Montalcino. The bouquet is buoyant and bright with lingering tones of smoke, ash, balsam herb, licorice and soy sauce. Those kinds of aromas make Brunello such a wonderful wine and thankfully you get them in abundance here. Dry mineral and brimstone also give the wine a sense of focus, sharpness and cleanliness that is very appealing. The close is long, fine and polished. I look forward to retasting this bottle five years from now
Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino...$74.99
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Scopone Brunello di Montalcino l'Olivare...$53.99
So much fruit and richness to this young Brunello with blueberry, dark chocolate and sea salt character. Full body with lots of rich fruit and layers of ripe tannins and character. Long and intense.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling

Bolyard's from Maplewood!

Just added to our freezer at the Forsyth location!
Bolyard's Meat and Provisions
If you haven't been to Bolyard's Meat and Provisions you need to make a trip down to Maplewood to see Chris and his crew. We are excited to be able to offer Bolyard's amazing Stocks, Lard and Beef Tallow. The stocks are all made from scratch, just bones and water, they make and amazing base for soups and sauces, remember season to taste as no salt is added. Beef tallow has a very high smoke point and is great for frying (I made Chicken Piallard fried in tallow earlier this week and it was amazing) and the lard is perfect for pie crust.

From our friends and neighbors in Maplewood - Bolyard's 
(make sure you check out their Sandwich of the week, each week)

Bolyard's Beef Stock...$4.99 / quart
Bolyard's Pork Stock...$4.99 / quart
Bolyard's Chicken Stock...$4.99 / quart
Bone broths and stocks are all the rage, and for good reason! They are full of vitamins and trace minerals and have amazing healing properties! These stocks are made simply with our PASTURE RAISED bones and water, no salt or additional flavorings have been added. They make a wonderful base for soups, and braise and can be easily doctored up for sipping broths!

Bolyard's Gras Fed Beef Tallow...$4.99 / pint
Tallow has a high smoking point and is an excellent choice for grilling, sauteing and frying!

Bolyard's Pasture Raised Pork Lard...$4.99 / pint 
Lard is perfect for helping to achieve a rich piecrust or flakey biscuits, it is wonderful for sauteing as well!  Lard chills well and doesn't break down as quickly as butter while baking and is rich in flavor.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two Brothers new CANS

More cans for your weekend!

Two Brothers Dog Days Dortmunder Style....$9.99 / 6pk CANS
Brewed in the style of Dortmund, Germany, this golden lager has a delicate caramel malt character balanced by a light body and mild German noble hops, creating a crisp, refreshing finish.

Two Brothers Ebel Weiss...$8.49 / 4 pack CANS
With nice malty sweetness and a soft aroma of clove, vanilla, and banana, this German style hefe weizen is unfiltered for a glowing orange haze.

New Abita Limited release

Limited release!
In stock now at Forsyth.

Abita Two Boots Collab with Birrifcio del Ducato...$4.49 / 22oz
Two Boots is Abita's first ever callaboration brew. We chose to collaborate with Birrificio del Ducato, an award-winning craft brewery located in Parma, Italy known for using natural and local ingredients.

Appropriately named for the shape of Louisiana and Italy, Two Boots is a Saison brewed with peppercorns, lemon balm and honey. This beer uses pilsner and wheat malts and is hopped with German Perle hops. We used raw honey from a local producer, Blood River Honey, to give the brew a very dry finish perfect for a Saison. The addition of the lemon balm, green and pink peppercorns enhance the overall flavor of the brew.

The honey is added in the brewhouse at the end of the boil and hte lemon balm and peppercorns are added in the aging tank. The result is a very balanced beer with the flavors of the malted barley, wheat, hops, yeast, herbs and honey all blended together for a refreshing brew.

Anchor Brewing Summer Wheat in CANS!

Now in CANS!

Anchor Summer Wheat...$8.99 / 6pk CANS
Released each year in advance of the summer season, Anchor Summer Beer (4.5% ABV) is an all-malt beer, with over 50% of its malt derived from malted wheat. It is fermented with a traditional top-fermenting “ale” yeast, yielding a clean, balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. The head is unusually abundant due to the natural protein deposits of wheat, with a thick consistency similar to meringue. For beer lovers, Anchor Summer Wheat is a lighter brew that doesn’t sacrifice tradition or character.

First brewed in the summer of 1984, Anchor Summer Wheat is the first American wheat beer to be brewed in modern times. Today Anchor Summer Wheat still boasts a crisp, clean and refreshing flavor, just as the very first batch did when brewed in 1984. Now available in summer-friendly packaging, Anchor Summer Wheat cans are perfect for enjoying with the season’s outdoor activities.

Side Project Derivation #1 and #2

As you know, we are going to release the Side Project Brewing Derivation #1 through our BRC soon.  (no ETA yet, will announce when we have a date).

But surprise, Cory and Karen have been super generous and are giving us a 24 bottle allocation of Derivation #2 !!!  

So the top 22 on the BRC list will get a bottle of both #1 and #2

I will save 2 bottles of Derivation #2 for something special.  Not sure what that is yet, but will probably share at a tasting or something.  Will announce that when we decide.

See the details on #1 below, #2 is a two barrel blend with vanilla added!

This will be the next Side Project Brewing collaboration with The Wine and Cheese Place release.

It is a four barrel blend that will be sold partly at The Wine and Cheese Place BRC program  and partly through Side Project Brewing (follow them on twitter to find out how). Bottle numbers not confirmed yet. The beer is bottled and waiting for label approval now. Just waiting on red tape now.

Derivation Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

ABV 15%
Derivation is our series of Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts in which we brew several recipes, age them in a variety of barrels and blend them before bottling to add depth and structure to this massive style of beer.

Blend #1

  • 25% Wheated and Smoked Imperial Stout aged in a Bourbon Barrel
  • 25% Wheated Imperial Stout aged in Maple Syrup bourbon Barrel **
  • 50% Wheated Imperial Stout aged in Wheated Bourbon Barrels
Barrel aging ranged from 13-23 months

** Remember this barrel from back in 2013.  Used to make Sweet Sophie Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.
Barrel: Willett Family 9 year old
Barrel first filled with Sweet Sophie Maple Syrup
Beer: Huge Imperial Stout
Barrel filled: June 1, 2013

Samuel Adams Longshot 2015

Samuel Adams Longshot 6 pack...$9.99 / 6 pack

Includes 2 bottles of each of these
  • Longshot Raspy's Robust Porter by Greg Rasmussen
  • Longshot Dark Night in Brooklyn by John Marra
  • Longshot Smokehouse Rauchbier by Mathew Knott

Fresh CANS coming in the door now

Back in stock at Fresh.  It has been awhile since they have been this fresh.  Just in time for the holiday!

Canned May 7 and May 9

Founders All Day IPA....$16.99 / 15 pack cans!
All Day IPA is a 4.7% ABV session ale, brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops and measuring out at 42 IBUs. We set our minds to brewing this beer because we wanted an American IPA that worked with an active lifestyle. It has won numerous awards, including a silver medal in the session beer category at the GABF in 2010 under a working name and, most recently, a 2014 Good Food Award.

Founders Centennial IPA...$16.99 / 12 pack cans
"Selected as a benchmark for the Beer Judge Certification Program used in all American based beer judgings. Centennial IPA has quickly become the IPA of choice. Pour yourself a pint of this complex flavorful ale and bask in the frothy head's floral bouquet. Relish the immense citrus accents, achieved by the abundance of dry hopping. This ale's sweet, malty undertones balance the hop character with a finish that never turns too bitter." -- Founders
ABV = 7.2%

Beer Tasting - Friday Night

Beer Tasting

Friday, May 22, from 4-6pm

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

  • Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga "The Firefly"
  • Founders Devil Dancer
  • Abbey Brewing Monks' Wit Ale
  • Abbey Brewing Monks' Dark Ale
  • Abbey Brewing Monks' Dubbel Ale
We are going to start featuring a "Classic" beer in our Friday night tasting when we can.  So many people may have never had these beers because they are not the "new" or "hot" craft beer anymore.   
  • Bellhaven 90 Shilling Wee Heavy

    It may have come from a right old recipe but Wee Heavy fits the bill today as much as it ever has. It is a classic Scottish heavy but has a lightness of flavour and a great reddish colour in the glass. Cracking stuff if we do say so ourselves.  7.4% ABV

Shop Local!

Check out this section of all local spirits made right here in Missouri.
(Picture from our Forsyth location) - Made in Missouri!

What Happens When You Shop Local products such as these
  • More of your money will be kept in your local economy: for every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. When you spend $100 on an out of state company, only $43 stays in the community.*
  • You embrace what makes your community unique
  • You create local jobs.
  • You help the environment: requires less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
  • You nurture community
  • You make your community a destination: the more interesting and unique your community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. More revenue in the local economy.
*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.

Rock Hill Location: Cheese Feature: Brillat Savarin

Rock Hill Location: Cheese Feature: Brillat Savarin
Each store carries a different selection come check it out and ask for free taste. 
 Everything is cut fresh to order.

Brillat Savarin Bloomy Affine
Brillat-Savarin is a triple cream dessert cheese that was created by cheese-maker Henri Androuët in the 1930s. It is named after 19th century gastronome and epicure, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.  It is an industrial cheese produced by three dairies situated in the Ile de France region. Since classified as a triple cream cheese, Brillat-Savarin has a fat content of at least 75% achieved by adding rich, luscious cream to whole milk.
Young cheeses taste similar to fresh cheese but usually they are matured for about four to five weeks to develop more complex flavours.
A matured Brillat-Savarin has a typical white, bloomy rind with an interior paste that is buttery-white in colour. The texture is dense, moist, and slightly chalky with enough lusciousness and creaminess for a triple cream cheese. Flavours are of butter, salt and cream with hints of mushroom, nuts and truffles.

Ballwin Cheese Feature: Honey Bee Goat Chjeese

Ballwin location Cheese Feature:  Honey Bee Goat Cheese
Each store carries a different selection come check it out and ask for free taste. Everything is cut fresh to order.

Honey Bee Goat Cheese
Made with a drizzle of honey added to pure goat milk for a cashew-like nutty sweetness. Slightly sweet, full of flavor, yet not strong or salty. Easy to slice, grate or cube, wonderful in salads or as a snack with fruit.

New Ballas Cheese Feature:

New Ballas Cheese Feature: Bucheron:
Each store carries a different selection come check it out and ask for free taste.  Everything is cut fresh to order.

Bucheron Aged Chevre
France Goat Milk Cheese
Covered in bloomy white mold, this aged, chalky goat's cheese slowly transforms during ripening. Edges become glossy and runny while center remains chalky until ripened. Full sharp flavor softens with age

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Angel's Envy Bourbon collab with Side Project

We blended our next batch of Angel's Envy Bourbon (finished in port barrels) today.  This is our 5th batch I believe?  

This batch we created the blend with the help of Cory and Karen King of Side Project Brewing and Side Project The Cellar.  

Cory is a master blender of beer and with his experience in blending, we think you are going to like this Angel's Envy three barrel blend.  

It will be about 6 weeks before we see the bottles at our stores and behind the bar at Side Project The Cellar.
And or course, the empty barrel will be filled with Side Project beer to be released in the distant future.

Angel's Envy Bourbon

What’s So Sinful about Envy?
Created by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, Angel’s Envy is worth coveting. Aged up to 6 years in charred white oak barrels and finished in ruby port wine casks, Angel’s Envy is an artisan’s masterpiece unlike any other bourbon.

Even after being named a “Living Legend” by Wine and Spirits Magazine, Lincoln wasn’t content to rest on his laurels. He was always a malcontent. But then, you don’t spend 40 years defining the spirits industry and earn an inaugural spot in the Bourbon Hall of Fame without a few unconventional ideas. Angel’s Envy was his last, great endeavor.

Angel’s Envy is what happens when 200 years of tradition meet an independent master craftsman’s instinct to improve. It’s a total return to craft first, hand-blended batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time. Our bourbon starts with the finest local ingredients distilled in micro-batches and aged in American oak. We personally taste every barrel throughout each step to ensure that the spirit meets Lincoln’s malcontent legacy.

This would be enough for any other premium bourbon, but Lincoln had other ideas for his creation. That’s why we finish every batch in ruby port wine casks. There’s no set time for the process. It’s only Angel’s Envy when we say it is. The ruby port wine finish adds subtle nuance without ruining the integrity of the bourbon. The end result is a rich, exceptionally smooth and rare bourbon. Sin aside, we work every day to inspire envy, even if it takes a little longer.

Very limited! Hennessy 250 Collector's Blend

One time limited release!
Hennessy 250 Collector's Blend Cognac...$569.99
Commemorating our 250th anniversary, the Hennessy 250 Collector’s Blend pays full tribute to two-and-a-half centuries of excellence, international expansion, and visionary passion. This distinctive cognac is the product of an exceptional blending and aging process — exhibiting power on the palate with a nuanced balance, and aromatic tones ranging from bitter orange and freshly grated nutmeg, to licorice, dried peppermint leaf, and spices. Each limited edition bottle arrives in a luxurious gift box.

Jolly Pumpkin The Firefly!

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
From Dexter, Michigan
"Welcome to a land of open fermentation, oak barrel aging, and bottle conditioning. At Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales we are dedicated to more than the traditions of old world craftsmanship. Everything we do is designed to create ales of outstanding art and flavor. Focusing on traditional rustic country style beers brought to life through labor and love, we strive to create beers to lighten the spirit, and soothe the soul. Sharing our joy to the betterment of mankind is the most that we could hope for.
Hope you enjoy our web site and our beers,
- Ron Jeffries

Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga "The Firefly"....$11.99 / 750ml
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
An artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting oh so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! Make any season a celebration!

6.5% ABV

Founders Devil Dancer

Rated 99/100 RateBeer
Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA...$18.99 / 4pk
"When you dance with the Devil the Devil don’t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBU’s it’s dry-hopped with a combination of ten hop varieties. This one can age with the best of them."
-- Founders

Abbey Brewing from New Mexico

from New Mexico

Abbey Brewing Monks Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
ABV: 5.2% 
Style: Belgian Abbey Single (Enkel) 
Flavor: Monks’ Ale is an excellent session ale that is distinctively spicy with moderate fruity esters (particularly stone fruits). The yeast lends a note of clove and in combination with the malts, hints of plum and apricot. The malts provide a distinct honeyish quality up front and round full middle. The malts and yeast provide a clean, crisp, dry, finish to Monks’ Ale 
Ingredients: True to its European monastic heritage, Monks’ Ale is made with the finest of imported ingredients including three varieties of European hops (including German Hallertau and Czech Saaz) and European derived yeast. The malted barleys originate in Belgian and North America are also used in the brewing process for Monks’ Ale 
History: Monks’ Ale is an abbey style single ale brought to you by the monks of the Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert. Following the ages old tradition of monastic brewers in Europe, this style is a light variation on a Belgian pale ale because it is made with pilsner hops. In the Medieval Ages, it was made from the third draw of the wort form the mash tun. Pairing: Monks’ Ale makes an excellent aperitif or first course accompaniment. It pairs well with lamb, pork, poultry, and seafood. It is a refreshing companion to any cheese or fruit.

Abbey Brewing Monks' Wit Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
ABV: 5.1% 
Style: Belgian Wheat (Wit) 
Flavor: Monks’ Wit is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of spice that accentuates the imported coriander, sweet and bitter orange peel, and other spices. The malt provides a sweet, bready quality up front and a round fruitiness in the middle. The wheat and oats lend a creamy taste. The imported hops and spices lend a clean, dry, finish to this light, refreshing ale. 
Ingredients: True to its European monastic heritage, Monks’ Wit is made with the finest of imported ingredients including several varieties of European noble hops, European yeast, Indian coriander, Spanish sweet orange peel, and Belgian malt. Unmalted wheat and oats are also used in the brewing process for Monks’ Wit Suggested 
History: Wit beer, white beer, la bière blanche, or simply witte is a barley/wheat, top-fermented ale. The suspended yeast and wheat proteins and starches, which cause the beer to look hazy, or white when cold, gives the beer its name. It is descendant from medieval beers which were brewed not with hops but with “gruit” as a preservative and source of flavor since gruit was a blend of spices and other plants. Today the gruit consists mainly of coriander, sweet and bitter orange, and other spices. Most modern wit ales also use hops. The suspended yeast in the beer causes some continuing fermentation in the bottle. 
Pairing: Monks’ Wit makes an excellent aperitif or salad accompaniment. It pairs well with seafood, especially clams, mussels, and shellfish. After dinner it pairs especially well with light herbed cheeses or chèvre.

Abbey Brewing Monks' Dark Ale...$9.99 / 6 pack
Monks’ Dark Ale is a well-balanced medium bodied ale with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation, and no alcohol warmth or astringency. The aromas are predominantly hazelnut and chocolate with hints of raisins and stone fruits with no diacetyl. This ale pours with nice lacing and a lasting tan head. Flavors include toasted hazelnuts, raisins, caramel malt, and mild green apples with no phenols. The subdued, yet present hops create a light, crisp, refreshing, taste. The finish is dry with mild caramel and slight roastiness with mild green apples. The short finish invites another sip of this all-season dark signature ale.

Abbey Brewing Monks' Dubbel Ale...$8.99 / 4pk
The monk of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert in Ablquiu, New Mexico, brew this copper-brown color Belgian style Abbey Dubbel ale year-round. Monks’ Dubbel Ale is distinctly fruit and spicy. This yeast lends notes of dark stone fruit. The hops bring balance and add a light herbal, spicy flavor. The barley malts provide a rich caramel flavor up front and the special Belgian brewing sugar give a round, rum-like fullness in the middle. The finish is clean and dry with light hints of plum and spice. Like all of our Monks’ Ale, our Monks’ Dubbel Ale is part of our family of "real beers from real monks", and is "made with care and prayer". No artificial preservatives are used in the production of Monks’ Dubbel Ale.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rock Hill Farms Bourbon

It has been a long time since we have seen this one...

Rock Hill Farms Bourbon is in stock at all four locations

Very limited.  While Supply lasts

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Westland American Single Malt

Two new ones, Sherry Wood and Peated!

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey Peated...$59.99
This peated whiskey is a bottling of two separate New Make spirits brought together after maturation. The first is made from a mash of peated malt, among the smokiest found in the new world. The second, from a mash of 100% Washington grown pale malt. When combined we create a single malt whiskey that encompasses a wide spectrum of peaty and smoky flavors without overwhelming the palate. The peat character is sturdy enough to satisfy the cravings of those looking for a solid dose of smoke, while the pale malt contributes grainy and fruity notes that unify the whiskey. Westland’s Peated Malt is filled into a variety of oak, including 1st-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, encouraging a controlled and even maturation. The result is a multi-dimensional yet balanced peated single malt whiskey.
The nose starts off with crunchy peanut butter, smoldering campfire and honey on a biscuit. The smoke from the campfire leaps out on the initial palate along with pistachio, almond and oloroso sherry. With time, the campfire transitions into smoldering earth and leather on the nose. Over the course of the tasting, the palate moves into dark, earthy herbs and spices. Peat iodine, anise, bing cherry and peanut butter remain on the finish.

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey Sherry Wood...$59.99
Our Sherry Wood single malt whiskey is a story of return. We mature this whiskey in casks that began their lives in the deep forests of the American South before making a long journey across the ocean and back again. It was in Spain where the oak was first bent into staves for casks that would hold Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry for nearly a century. Once emptied, they were given new life and purpose in the skilled hands of Rafael Cabello and his team at Tonelería del Sur in Montilla, Spain. Our long-standing partnership with his family-owned cooperage provides us with one of the largest supplies of sherry casks in the new world—casks that lend the whiskey a decadence that intensifies both the malt and fruit notes indicative of our house style.
Soft pancakes with maple syrup leads on the nose, closely followed by oatmeal raisin cookies and a selection of stewed yellow and green fruits. The palate adds some grapefruit to the pancake breakfast while the oatmeal raisin cookies begin to share the plate with some gingersnap cookies. With time in the glass, dried mango and star fruit emerge with a touch of kiwi to round things off.

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey...$69.99
Opened in 2010, Westland Distillery evokes the traditions of Scottish whisky produced with ingredients exclusively from the Pacific Northwest.

With a base of pale barley malt grown in Washington State, Westland American Single Malt Whiskey is produced from a grain bill comprised of five different roasted and kilned malts. Inspired by the craft-brewing culture of the region, specialty malts are then added to impart notes of chocolate, nuts, cookies, pastries, mocha, caramel and raisins. A Belgian brewer’s yeast further enhances flavor development – creating fruity esters during fermentation. Finally, the whiskey is matured in the finest new American oak casks to round out the flavor profile with hints of vanilla, caramel and coconut.

“Every whiskey at Westland Distillery is underscored by our house style – a sweetness and ease on the palate accompanied by a fruity and complex but ultimately grain-focused finish worthy of its place in this new world,” says Matt Hoffman, master distiller at Westland, which produces 1,500 casks of the American Single Malt Whiskey annually.

Washington Select Pale Malt
Munich Malt
Extra Special Malt
Pale Chocolate Malt
Brown Malt

The initial nose is awash in cherry cake and graham cracker. But shortly after, a rich creaminess emerges with creme brûlée and chocolate custard while a hint of jasmine hides just beneath the surface. The first sip confirms the creamy and rich, mouth-coating cherry cake notes on the nose. After five minutes the nose begins to reveal melting Toblerone chocolates, almonds and a touch of smoky pine. Waffle cone joins the group along with Rainier cherries after a water addition. Extended tastings bring out white chocolate, Turkish coffee (with cardamom), bananas flambé and decadent cream.

Local Illinois Whiskey and Moonshine!

Local - from Carbondale, Illinois!

Grand River Baby Bourbon Whiskey...$44.99
Sweet and sippable, our one of a kind bourbon is aged 6 months or less in new, charred 15 or 30 gallon white oak barrels.
41.9% ABV

Grand River Baby Whiskey Small Batch Single Barrel....$41.99
With barley notes, this unique whiskey is aged 6 months or elss in 15-30 gallon charred barrels

Red Eye Hot Moonshine....$23.99
Our first spirit, Red Eye Moonshine, is distilled using traditonal methods combined with modern technology.  Spicy Cinnamon and higher proof punch up this flavored moonshine from Southern Illinois.
32.5% ABV

Red Eye Lemonade Moonshine....$23.99
Life giving you some lemons? Then is Southern Illinois made lemonade 'shine is for you. It even has a dash of local honey to make everything all the sweeter.
19.9% ABV

Red Eye Cherry Moonshine...$23.99
If life is just a bowl of cherries, then why not drink in all that sweet and perfectly tart goodness with out Southern Illinois-made moonshine.
18.6% ABV

More info:
Grand River Spirits is a locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois. Creating spirits that showcase Southern Illinois' grains and fruits. Our offerings will include brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Made from Southern Illinois crops, the production of these premium, hand-crafted spirits are made with the best of the Midwest.

As a craft-distillery in Southern Illinois we will focus on moonshine and whiskey within in the first year, including small, single barrels of whiskey. Don't let our small size fool you, all of the storage, packaging, distilling and tasting is housed under one roof.

Our Process
Our hand-crafted spirits are distilled in a 80-gallon Kothe craft potstill with three plates column, a custom German-engineered technology proven over centuries. Distilling is the process by which ingredients are naturally fermented into a slurry. This slurry is then heated in the still to evaporate the alcohol and chilled back into a liquid. The basic recipe is water, yeast, and sugar-yielding ingredients such as grain, or fruit.

Our Resources
We believe in the traditon that only the best ingredients make the best product. Staying true to this we choose the best local, quality products from Little Egypt. Our region earned this nickname when it shared its breadbasket to feed Chicago during the food shortage of the 1930's. Orchards run by generational families, such as Rendleman and Flamm orchards, provide the apples and peaches that flavor our spirits.

What Happens When You Shop Local products

  • More of your money will be kept in your local economy: for every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. When you spend $100 on an out of state company, only $43 stays in the community.*
  • You embrace what makes your community unique
  • You create local jobs.
  • You help the environment: requires less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
  • You nurture community
  • You make your community a destination: the more interesting and unique your community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. More revenue in the local economy.
*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.

44 North - made from Idaho Potatoes!

IDAHO® POTATO VODKA - all 3 of these vodkas are Gluten Free and made from Idaho Potatoes.
44º North Idaho® Potato Vodka is naturally gluten free and is distilled using a five-column distillation process from 100% Idaho® Burbank and Russet Potatoes, and blended with Rocky Mountain water from the Snake River Aquifer.

44 North Idaho Potato Vodka....$22.99
There are those who believe that if vodka isn’t made from potatoes, it’s not really vodka. For them, our naturally gluten free Idaho® Potato Vodka is the mother of all vodkas, featuring Idaho’s most famous export—the Idaho® Potato. You’ll love the classic vodka taste with a crisp, yet smooth edge, perfect for enjoying “neat” or as the key ingredient in your favorite vodka cocktails. You might even say Idaho® Potato Vodka is the Idaho® Potato in its ideal state.   
44º North Idaho® Potato Vodka is naturally gluten free and is distilled using a five-column distillation process from 100% Idaho® Burbank and Russet Potatoes, and blended with Rocky Mountain water from the Snake River Aquife
40% ABV 

44 North Mountain Huckleberry Potato Vodka....$22.99
As the first vodka approved to wear the Idaho Potato Commission’s official seal, our naturally gluten free Mountain Huckleberry Flavored Vodka is the ideal spirit for drinking chilled, straight-up, on the rocks, or in an infinite range of signature cocktails. 44º North Idaho® Potato Vodka is naturally gluten free and is distilled using a five-column distillation process from 100% Idaho® Burbank and Russet Potatoes, and blended with Rocky Mountain water from the Snake River Aquifer.  Mountain Huckleberries are a high elevation wild berry and the state fruit of Idaho. 44º North blends them with Idaho® Potato Vodka for a rich, natural flavor.
35% ABV
44 North Sunnyslope Nectarine Potato Vodka...$22.99
Sunnyslope Nectarine Flavored Vodka is our newest naturally gluten free variety that delivers a uniquely vibrant and refreshing taste. It’s named after the Sunnyslope region of Idaho famed for its fruit orchards and long Idaho summer days. Sunnyslope Nectarine is perfect on the rocks, straight up, or in a signature cocktail.  
Similar to a peach, Nectarines are a “stone” fruit known for their fresh and crisp taste. They’re grown throughout the warmer temperate regions of both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. 44º North blends them with Idaho® Potato Vodka for a rich, natural flavor.

35% ABV

Widmer Brothers Hefe Shandy

Widmer Brothers Hefe Shandy....$7.49 / 6pk
Apparently made with their own home-made lemonade.  All natural
The original American Hefeweizen gets a bold, new, citrusy aroma and flavor from lemon drop hops, and natural lemonade.

Evil Twin James Beer

Limited release

Evil Twin James Beer....$9.49 / 22oz
Rising stars, established giants and never forgotten legends.  This beer is a homage to great culinary minds with a big appetite for everything taste.  Inspired by a legendary dish with strawberries and nicsoise olives - perhaps James Beer at a restaurant in Chicago accompanied by a mind blowing tasting menu.  Wherever you are we made it award-winningly good and honorable well balanced just for you.

Deschutes Foray Belgian IPA

Back in stock!

Deschutes Foray Belgian-Style IPA...$4.99 / 22oz
Alc. 6.4% | IBUs 60
Foray is all about the journey. Belgian yeast delivers hints of apple and pear which blend with the citrus hop aroma for a clean even finish. So no matter where you’re heading, this a trip worth taking.
Malt: Pilsner, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Amarillo, Mosiac, CTZ, Galaxy
Other: Belgian Yeast Strain

Spicy Grilled Tuna With Garden Salsa
Braised Lamb With Horseradish and Parsley
Apple Pie With Cheddar Crust

New from Local Option

Local Option die Königin...$6.49 / pint
Style: Oak Aged Kellerbier
ABV: 6.5%
die Königin is an unfiltered oak-aged Kellerbier. This strong lager pours hazy, bright amber with a white head. Lightly effervescent with assertive biscuit qualities and an adequate Tettanang hop presence, die Königin is matured for several weeks on light toast oak, imparting a creamy mouth feel and a dry finish, accentuating sweet malt qualities. This Stark Lager is produced in small quantities for lager connoisseurs with the most discerning palates.