Next Thursday, August 8th, we will be having a 4 Hands Brewery Tasting at our Fairview Heights location. Kevin Lemp (the owner) will be here to talk about his brewery and its great tasting beers. Starts at 5:00 p.m. It is FREE for all of our VIP members and remember it is FREE to become a VIP member. Call to sign up for it will fill up fast!!! 618-394-9800.
We just started carrying beers from Local Option, based out of Chicago IL – currently we are stocking Blood ov the King – a ‘red wheat ale’ coming in at 6% ABV, and Dampf Loc – a ‘traditional ale’ with 5.3% ABV. Dampf Loc is an all-barley warm fermented ale brewed by the folks from Chicago’s Local Option; inspired by “Dampfbier” originally crafted by medieval peasant inhabitants of southeast Bavaria’s Black Forest. During the fermentation process generous amounts of foam and surface bubbles burst in the tank, giving the illusion that the ferment is boiling or “steaming.”
Both are available now for $7.99 each!
Also in up North, we just restocked on beers from 2nd Shift – including Brew Cocky, Art of Neurosis, and their newest offering Albino Pygmy Puma.
It’s back! And earlier than ever. Southern Tier’s Pumking is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale, coming in at 8.6% ABV this year.
Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed. Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape the Pumking.
Available now at our Illinois and Missouri locations!
Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2007… $52.99
Castelgiocondo is produced from an uncompromising selection of the finest Sangiovese grapes, in a vineyard whose ideal elevation, well-drained soils, and southwest-facing exposure yield all of the qualities that converge to produce the finest expression of this ancient grape variety. It is an elegant, well-balanced wine of magnificent structure.
The 2007 harvest concluded in October of that year. The overall high quality of the fruit brought in resulted in an excellent vintage as well. The first grapes demonstrated that the 2007 harvest was to be outstanding, the natural culmination of a good growing season. The spring months were mild, with scarce rain and little heat stress, conditions that produced sound, healthy fruit on the vines.
TASTING NOTES CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino presents a clear ruby red with garnet highlights. Pronounced notes of blackberry elegantly accompanied by floral notes such as violet. The nose is complex and well-blended: spicy notes of black pepper and clove, tobacco and leather, and “jus de viande” reflect well the evolution of the wine. Resonating tannin textures, mellow structure with a long and elegant finish.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS Beef stews, braised meats and aged cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast rated this wine 95 points!
Available in short supply at Fairview Heights
Carlisle Winery is a small Sonoma County winery specializing in the production of old-vine, vineyard designated Zinfandels and red Rhone varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Petite Sirah).
Says the winemaker: “While we like our wines to be bold and intensely flavored, each reflecting a sense of place, its origins in the vineyard, we also strive to create wines of balance, complexity, and nuance. Our goal is always the same – grow and source outstanding fruit, do as little as possible to it, and bottle outstanding, pleasurable wine.”
2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard… $34.99
After the devastating frost of 2008, yields of these 82-year-old vines bounced back nicely in 2009 to 1.6 tons to the acre. This was certainly one of the more nerve-racking picks of the year, finishing under stormy skies just hours before the heavens opened up. After a five-day cold soak, the must was inoculated with two different strains of yeast. Fourteen days later the wine was pressed to all French oak, 25% new. As usual, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Note: Medium-dark to dark violet-ruby. Heady aromas of mulberry, raspberry, brier, pepper, and incense spill from the glass. Serious stuff! The wine glides smoothly across the palate with lively acidity giving delineation to the bright raspberry and Asian spice flavors. Amazingly well balanced for such a powerful wine. Carlisle Vineyard always seems to produce a wine that benefits from at least several years of aging. This rendition is no exception. Drink from 2013 through 2020.
2010 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel… $29.99
As usual, Ray Teldeschi’s “mother” block (planted pre-1900) and Rich Mounts’ “La Loma” block (planted 1950s) form the basis for this wine. But both vineyards suffered in the heat of August 24th and yields were reduced considerably. Fortunately, to make up for the loss, we were able to secure a little fruit from the Oddone Vineyard, just to the north of Ray’s ranch. Expertly farmed by one of my favorite vineyard managers, Oddone Vineyard had virtually no heat damage. In the end, we included a little of Ray’s Grenache for mid-palate texture and volume and a dash of Petite Sirah for focus and delineation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Note: Dark ruby-garnet. Beautiful aromas of black cherry and loamy, iron-laden soil greet the nose. Not as red fruit oriented as years past but also not overripe or port-like. On the palate, rich and full bodied with a delicious “pop” of Zin-berry fruit so typical of Dry Creek Zinfandels. Plenty of acidity in the finish keeps the wine lively and fresh. With ample acidity and tannin, give this bad boy some time and enjoy from 2014 through 2020.
2nd Hand is a collaboration with our friends at 2nd Shift Brewing Company located in New Haven Missouri. 2nd Hand is a session table beer that we dry hop with Eldorado Hops. 2nd Hand pours a cloudy blonde hue with aromas of pale wheat, spice and stone fruit.
Available now for $6.99 at all Randall’s Missouri locations!
Still available at Manchester, this is Stone’s most unlikely collaboration yet. Stone’s CEO/cofounder Greg Koch has teamed up with actor Wil Wheaton- best known as Star Trek’s Wesley Crusher- and Drew Curtis, creator of the alternative newssite Fark.com.
This imperial stout is brewed with rye, malted wheat, and pecans and then partially aged in Bourbon barrels. This intense ale has rich aromas of cocoa and coffee. The bourbon really comes out on the midpalate, ending on a hoppy bitter finish. It’s thick, hearty and at 13% (!), its certainly a beer for sharing and sipping.
Stone’s brewmaster says: “This beer is a monster, and it may be the highest ABV we’ve ever brewed. The flavors are a wonderful blend of everything that makes a great imperial stout, loaded with roasty notes and malty complexity. Brewing with rye and nuts always creates challenges for our brewing team, but they rose to the occasion with this one – it’s simply amazing.”
IBUs 110 ABV 10.8%
We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our belovedly bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You’re welcome.
Stone Farking Wheaton W00tStout
Brewers: Drew Curtis of Fark.com
Wil Wheaton, Homebrewer / Actor / Professional Geek
& Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA
Style: Imperial Stout
Available in: 22oz bottles & draft for limited time only.
From the most unlikely yet intensely imaginative trio that is actor and uber-geek champion Wil Wheaton, alternative news website Fark.com creator Drew Curtis and Stone CEO/Co-founder Greg Koch, comes an imperial stout unlike any ever made. Brewed with rye, wheat malt and pecans and partially aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels, this viscous yet silken brew erupts with an oaky, nutty bouquet and rich flavors of vanilla, toast and bitter chocolate. Enjoy now or cellar this celebration of nth degree passion and geekery applied most gracefully to the craft of brewing and collaboration-Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout!
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
Deep black with a dark brown, foamy head.
First impressions are of cinnamon and allspice, combined with fruity banana esters and hints of clove from the Belgian yeast. As the beer warms in the glass, swirl it around and take in the aromatics one more time-caramel, dark toffee and molasses notes come into play as well. The end result is a wonderful juxtaposition of roasted malts, yeast esters and baking spices.
Intense cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with banana esters dominate up front. Hints of citrus arrive mid-palate, while molasses notes persevere in the finish along with a very nice dark-roasted malt dryness.
A full, but not sweet, extremely dry finish. Very complex with great flavor balance.
The aromas wafting through the brewery as we brewed this beer were amazing! We couldn’t think of a better way to sign off this Epic series of beers.
This beer will transport you to a very warm place; the house is warm, a fire’s going and grandma’s in the kitchen baking away.
Prussia Berliner Style Weiss is our summer seasonal. The name originates from Frederick the Great who ultimately became the King of Prussia. Frederick was trained in brewing this very delicate style of beer. Our version is traditional in style. Prussia pours a hazy straw color with a nice tart finish.