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The Wine & Cheese Place

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The Wine & Cheese PlaceThe Wine & Cheese Place
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80 Ratings
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.48
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7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, Missouri, 63105-2103
United States
phone: (314) 727-8788

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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

BA directed me to this little gourmet cheese and wine store with a nice little beer section. Selection is mostly similar to the other STL places like Randall's and Friar Tucks, except for some nice surprises thats why this place is my new favorite in St. Louis. Plus its close to my apt. Quality is good with many highly BA rated beers. some are nicely identified with descriptions and ratings from different websites. I picked up a couple of west coast IPA's and some nice Belgians I hadn't tried yet.

Prices are about what I expected and maybe a bit more. Some nice can selections also available.

Edit: When I discovered their website and blog I was very impressed and excited. I've used many times know to reserve very limited release beers and have been able to get my hands on some good cool stuff. Thanks Paul!

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Photo of Get_Lowell
3.87/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Broad geographic selection of beers, including a lot of stuff (European and other global craft beer) that you just can’t find anywhere else. Great communication via social media and the blog which keeps you in the know of all the latest beer releases. Very cool collaborations with local breweries: they donate used whisky barrels to brewers for special releases! Shelf space is somewhat limited as wine and spirits take up a lot of the store. You have to be wary about old beer sitting on the shelves, keep your eye out for dust layers.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

A mighty fine store this is! Located in a somewhat awkward space inside a strip mall-cum-office building, but right next to the drinking-and-eating action of Clayton (The Libertine, one of the best restaurants in the STL area, is two doors down from the store)

Lots of brews to choose from, including a bunch from Missouri (4 Hands, Charleville, Bat Creek and of course Boulevard)… Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad! Good selection of Evil Twin, at gentle prices, and lots of singles for mix-a-six. I also eyed some brands I can’t get in the East Coast like Hoppy Brewing and Twisted Pine. Among the European offerings, Barrel Aged Scotch Ale Silly caught my attention.

Prices are truly remarkable, for example Old Ruffian ’12 for $6.99 and Yeti for $7.79. These are beers I haven’t seen marked under ten dollars since at least 2008.

Don’t forget the cheese! They do have some really good cheeses here. Service is friendly and efficient, almost eager to please. I will come back next time I’m in St Louis.

Photo of edenstjames
3.57/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This place is closest to my home, so I frequent the most. I like it, it gets the job done, staff is always very nice. I think their selection is good, I just wish Missouri was allowed to carry more beer from different states. An extra star for being the closest to the metrolink. Literally less than a 5 minute walk from Forsyth station.

Photo of Nrbelex
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

This may be one of the better beer destinations in St. Louis, but I've never been bowled over. The shop is, not surprisingly, mostly aimed at the wine and cheese crowd. Beer occupies a large back room with a few refrigerators. Local breweries are pretty well represented, but the selection is not overwhelming as a whole - a lot of the room is occupied by cases of macro brews - and prices could definitely be a bit lower. Perhaps my expectations were a little inflated given the stellar reviews here on Beer Advocate.

Photo of eaglefreak
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is awesome. Should be called The Beer, Wine, Bourbon, and Cheese Place. Extensive selcction of all of the above. Regarding beer, tons of Belgian and German. Pannepot 2009 for around $6, yes please. They carry a wide selection of some of the really cool STL micros: Sclfaly, Perennial, 4 Hands, Urbanchestnut, etc. Nice cold selection for take away. I loved how I could order on the internet and they had it packed and ready for pickup. Friendly staff. I thought the prices for many items were cheaper than I've seen in other cities, even for their Stone selection. Must stop while in STL.

Photo of soju6
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Don't let the name confuse you, this is quite the beer mecca. Probably the best place in St Louis for beer. The staff is friendly and can be very helpful. They have a large selection of beers from Belgium, England and Germany, not to mention many other countries in Europe and around the world. The selection of US craft beers is very good. This includes a good number of local and regional brewers to choose from. There are regular beer tastings to introduce you to beers you have never tried or even heard of before. They also allow you to order beers on-line and have them shipped to you if need be. Their prices are quite reasonable for what they offer. Highly recommended

Photo of mdvatab
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited in late December for the first time in a few years, and was pleasantly surprised.

The main room as you walk in the store is filled with, well, wine and cheese selections. Head straight ahead and to the left, and you have the beer room.

This is not your standard liquor store beer selection with mainly sixers and a few bombers. While there are some six pack shelves, The Wine and Cheese Place focuses on high-end 22oz and 750ml bottles. Some great ones that caught my eye were vintage Schlafly Barleywine ('07 and up), Southern Tier selections, Jolly Pumpkin, and others.

What was even greater, though, was the import selection. Drie Fonteinen Kriek, various Fantome, Panil, Mikkeler, Traquair, and many many others. Again, the selection focuses on high-end, harder to find (and more costly) brews.

No matter how big of a beer geek you are, you're bound to find something that you can't leave without.

Highly recommended!

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited October 28, 2011. I was flying into St Louis and I knew I just had to check this place out from all of the solid reviews from the Beeradvocate community. I actually took a Taxi from the Airport to here, it was a 15 minute drive.

Atmosphere: I showed up shortly after they opened, which was close to 9AM. There were only 2 workers at first, but then a third showed up shortly later. They were just getting in a new shipment, so it was fairly busy in there.

Quality and Selection: The Selection was pretty baffling. This is easily one of the best selections of beers I've ever seen in my life. While I was there I got a Schlafly Reserve 2010 Imperial Stout, Stone Calie-Belgie IPA, Nectar Ales Black Xantus, 4-pack Boulevard Black Truth Stout, 4-pack Founders Backwoods Bastard, 6-pack Wooden Nickel IPA, 4-pack New Holland Dragon's Milk and a Perennial Artisan Ales Hommel Bier.

Service: Their service was exceptional. I could only assume if they see you just amazed by what they have then they will let you explore things out yourself, which I did for quite some time. After awhile I finally asked if he could help me out. I asked him to help me find some locals and some things I wouldn't be able to try in Texas. Since I was more looking for Stouts he showed me what they had in that category, but then also suggested some others. I saw some great things in here which I tried before, so I didn't get them. They had greats, but I simply had them before.

Value: I spent close to $90 here and it was money well spent. If I ever visit St Louis again then I definitely know where I am coming back to.

Photo of raveskdr
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was in St. Louis for a wedding this past weekend so I wanted to hit up the local shops there to grab some stuff to bring back to the East Coast. I almost didn't go here, but my GF suggested we go there.

I love her so much.

I mean, I was floored. My GF had to tell me to "calm down" several times. Their Belgian beer section was so comprehensive, I couldn't believe it. I came for Cantillon and local stuff, I left with over $180 of beer.

I was more than happy to give the beer guy a few Weyerbacher goodies that I had in my trunk for my buddy. I wish I had more to give him. He hooked me up big time.

I am proud to say that I will only be stopping at one place in St. Louis every time I am back.

Photo of paxchristi
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is just the best place in Saint Louis to buy craft brew, bar none. There are some places that can get close, but their selection is not to be reckoned with. The people in the store are incredibly friendly and they really know their stuff. I threw out many different smaller breweries and they knew not only where to find them in their store but they would stand there and discuss beer with me. No one seemed to be in a hurry; which is good! They obviously love doing what they do and it is a deeply seeded interest of their's. In fact, its a pretty blue-collar kind of place. They live and breathe not only the micro-brew movement/market, but they continuously invite small wineries, breweries, and distilleries into their store for their cult followers.

Unlike many stores, The Wine and Cheese Place does not do lists anymore for new/anticipated releases. They are into rewarding those who come and actually involve themselves in supporting the beer culture that surrounds the store. They are also an avid supporter of all the Missouri microbrews (especially Charleville!) that bottle and have a focus on supporting local brew, spirits, and wine.

I highly recommend this place. The one on Forsyth is my favorite. This is be a frequent tripper for me, my friends.

Last trip I got 3 bottles of Firestone-Walker Double Jack, 3 bottles of Ale Mucho Hoppo, and a bottle of the Dogfish/Sierra Nevada "Life and Limb" collaboration. Spent 50 bucks.

Word.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've shopped here regularly and purchased some nice brews about once a week for the last three weeks.

Probably one of the top spots in STL for craft beers and imports. Might have the largest selection I've ever seen, period. Never seen any out-of-date products, and received top-notch service when needed.

I do have one complaint: they advertised a tasting of a seasonal beer recently, but when I showed up, they had none to purchase. I might be off base, but if you're going to feature a beer in your weekly tasting, you should have some for purchase if the customer likes it. Just my opinion.

Overall, one of the top stores in the area.

Photo of rschne13
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Best place to buy craft in St. Louis for sure. Staff is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. Have a great selection of craft beer, wine, cheese, coffee, and speciality meets. What I love the most is they always post their limited releases online to give people the opportunity to reserve some before they sell out and pick up in the store.

Have a large selection of imports as well if thats your thing (tend to get a nice selection of Cantillon at times). Have a nice beer blog you can follow to keep updated on what is new and what is on deck to hit the store.

Hight recommended and my go to store in the St. Louis area.

Photo of tripelhops
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best place to buy beer in the St. Louis area. The prices are very competitive and they run weekly specials which are even better. The turnover on popular beers is frequent, leading to very fresh beer on shelves for most American Craft Breweries. Typically every Friday they offer a handful of beers for tasting and offer those at a discount as well. They have frequent events with various reps that come in and discuss thier beers. And a couple of times a year they have a huge 'beerfest' which allows tasting of just about everything they sell for a very nominal entrance charge, again, with brewery reps on hand.

Photo of given2flybrewing
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been to two of the Wine and Cheese Place locations (Forsyth and Manchester Road). Both are well stocked and worth checking out. Can pretty much buy anything that is available in the Missouri Market and the Wine and Cheese Place probably has the largest Belgian selection that I've come across in terms of Missouri beer stores.

Each week they have a beer tasting, usually of new beer arrivals but sometimes they throw in some out of market beers that are on the verge of making into Missouri. The atmosphere is great at both stores, and their wine/cheese selection is unbeatable if that is your thing.

Although I've only experienced great customer service at The Wine and Cheese Place, it is also organized in such a way that you can anything that they have available on their shelves. Best selection in St. Louis hands down, plus they have a handful of locations so this makes them a fairly convenient stop whenever your in town.

Another great thing about the Wine and Cheese Place is that they update there website regularly and have a blog that updates everyone on new arrivals or future tastings. They are also great about using the social networks (twitter, FB, etc...) to get news out. Another bonus, is that you can order beer online through their website at very reasonable prices!

Photo of bsuedekum
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I wrote a review on The Wine and Cheese Place on a website I'm a part of so for a full detail of my opinion click here:

http://www.thestlcollective.com/2011/04/28/best-damn-beer-shop-in-town/

This store is incredible in every way and could only be more perfect if they were on the same block as my house and if they could smuggle in beers that aren't approved for MO. Every beer MO can get this store does, and with their online ordering system and bottle limit system on the rare beers I'm always able to get what I'm after. As for non limited beers they have over 1,000 to choose from and on Friday's they have a free beer tasting from 4 to 6. They also allow you to buy by the bottle and don't force you to take a full 4 or 6 pack. And if you need any more information about a release date or quantity expected just ask Paul, he will get all the information you need to you.

I've been to many a bottle shops in my life an no one comes close to offering what this one does.

Photo of DCon
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Came here for one reason only... to meet and sample beers with Greg Koch of Stone Brewing! Have been to The Wine & Cheese Place in Ballwin, MO before, but only as a wine customer.

The atmosphere was awesome today @ the Wine & Cheese Place! There were two sampling tables for over 10 of Stone's ales. The event started @ 3pm and while Greg didn't show up till 4, that didn't stop anyone from sticking around and waiting for him to show up. He had 4 brewmasters as well come to talk about their ales. Great time! The staff were also very enthused and can tell they make the place interesting all the time.

The place was clean, organized, and had great postings with every beer, liquor, or wine marked with pricing, ratings, and other notes. Very nice!

The service was really great up until checkout... I had an Autographed Stone Pint Glass and a Bomber of Stone's IPA and the clerk rung me out for two of Stone's IPA's and then argued that they were both mine. When I showed him the other IPA had "To Steve" written on the top, he must have felt like a real Dumbass! Either way, the people were very friendly here and I didn't let this ruin my experience here.

The selection for beer is fantastic if you are a Bomber or 750mL+ fan. If not, and your looking for 6-packs of your beer, tough luck. They have an UNBELIEVABLE selection of Belgian styles, and many I've never even seen before but no 6-packs really... This isn't a problem with me either.

I left with 4 bombers (after taking my autographed ones out to the car) and all together was under $30. I thought this was reasonable for which Belgian styles I chose at the end. I will be coming back to this one after tennis matches in Shaw Park but am VERY interested in visiting the one in Ballwin, MO, first!
Should be named the Beer, Wine, & Cheese Place.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Before returning for my 5 year undergraduate reunion at the nearby Washington University in St. Louis, I planned my attack upon The Wine & Cheese Place.

I had stopped by this place a few times in college, but never with the furious mindset of as a full-fledged beer geek intent on dropping some serious fliff and trucking it back home to the comparative beer desert that is Texas.

Now, you must understand that I consider myself a seasoned beer store visitor. I have recurring dreams of finding that rare bottle of Cantillon or old Bourbon County Stout stashed away collecting dust. Needless to say, I don't easily get overwhelmed. But when I walked into the Wine & Cheese Shop, I was like a kid in a candy store again: wide-eyed and mumbling to myself for at least fifteen minutes while my two friends browsed and shot me the occasional, concerned glare. The selection is nearly endless, with tons of european imports (Nogne, 3 Fontenein, Mikkeller, De Molen, etc) and american counterparts alike. Cold beer to go, and an equally as impressive price point. New-ish and classic releases from Odell's, Schlafly, O'Fallon, Boulevard, and Goose Island.

Staff was helpful, and although I didn't have anyone try to 'help' me while I shopped, they were kind enough to help me load the 4 cases of beer into the trunk of my car. Best $250 I've ever spent.

P.S. - their scotch selection is other-worldly as well...

Photo of Bierdraak
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

First, I have to admit that I've never set foot in the place; however, they were, until very recently, my favorite online merchant. Due to WV's still evolving relationship with the craft beer scene, though, it appears that I'll no longer be able to order from them - at least for the time being.

But the reason I had to write this review is that Matt Gross, who had to decline my last online order, has been working feverishly trying to find a way to accommodate me. It is service like this, way above and beyond any reasonable expectations, that I just had to sing their praises. Customer service is so sorely lacking in so many businesses, but Matt and the guys at The Wine and Cheese Place are truly wonderful people who actually appreciate their customers, and truth be told, I don't order online regularly as shipping can be a bit prohibitive, so it's not like they're losing any real income by losing lil' ol' me. Yet they're still keeping in contact. It just doesn't get better than that, so if you ever feel the need to order anything online, and if you live in a state to where they can ship, do yourself a favor and give them a try. I think you'll be very happy with the results. I know I'll miss them.

Photo of StLThrash
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've been to both the Clayton and the Rock Hill stores. The thing that stands out is the selection and the service. Very knowledgable fellows who are willing to answer questions and help out. Helped me in reserving some KBS recently, and updating me on recent and upcoming beer arrivals. Layout in the Clayton store is a little cramped and dark, and no real 'flow' to it as far as the selection - but who cares. If I can't find something, I ask.

Always get beers there, never wine nor cheese, but they have an awesome selection of that as well.

Highly recommended!!

Photo of akantner
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Wine & Cheese Place is like the beer drinker's heaven. (I don't really visit the food side of the store, but their selection over there seems to be pretty great with a lot of local options.)

One of my favorite things to do is walk in there with no idea what I want to buy and just wander around until something new I've never tried stands out to me. The staff is very knowledgeable and welcoming. Every Friday from 4pm-6pm they have a free tasting of various seasonal beers, beers they've just received, or beers they just felt like pulling off the shelves.

The only negative thing I have to say about them is that they're closed on Sunday, but besides needing to plan ahead slightly, this isn't an issue at all. Love this place!!

Photo of HoldensHomebrew
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Ok, I travel a lot and have been to many many beers shop. When I walked into their beer room I had an orgasm... After bringing myself back to reality I spent about 1 hour walking through the area going through every bottle they had and found lots of rare stuff that I wanted to get my hands on. Lots of rare selections. But one of the great things that they had was a wall of mead. At least 40 different bottles of meads and being a lover of the fermented honey I thought about selling my body for some more cash to buy everything I wanted. Thank god this place is far from me so I wouldn't have to mortgage my house to keep up with my habit. Such a great selection, walked out broke, just due to quantity. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

Great place. Huge selection. Wasn't too hard to find and was worth the effort to get there. Connected with Provisions Gourmet Market on olive street. Both are fine establishments.

Paul told me they have over 1000 beers. Him and Robyn have been very helpful in reserving a few bottles of specific beers for me when I emailed them. They have a ridiculously great selection that is competitively priced. Holy cow it's the kind of store you almost hate to go into because you know you'll spend a fortune in there!! I'm like a kid in a candy store in this place!!!

The wine selection was also huge. I'm not big into wine but there's no doubt you could easily go broke on that too.

Photo of tedsox31
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

This is a very impressive place in which to go to get beer. While I have not interacted much with the employees, the selection of foreign beers is very, very good. None of the beer seems to sit too long on the shelf either, and they have a decent cold-storage area. There were several breweries from Belgium that I cannot get in Chicago, as well as some beers from Domestic breweries that I had not seen. Of note was their selection of Cantillon; when I visited, they had around 10 different offerings!

Perhaps it is because I'm from Chicago, but I felt that their prices were also very reasonable, and I like that they go out of their way to highlight local breweries that they market.

Photo of CMW
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

This is one of my regular stops when it comes to making a quality beer haul. Their American craft selection is pretty standard for the STL, but where W&C place stands out is their Belgian selection. They usually carry 4-5 varieties of Cantillon, Fantome, and many others. If you are looking for some of the harder to find Belgian releases, look no further.

Prices vary but are usually in-line with many other shops in the area. Service is good but you will not usually find employees walking around the beer section. So if you need help you will have to search someone out.

As you might expect, they also have a very good selection of cheese at fair prices.

Not that I need it but I believe they also do online ordering for the folks outside the area.

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