Friday, September 16th
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Join us this Friday as we celebrate the end of Summer with a strong line-up of adult beverages for you to sample to get you ready for the Fall season. Let’s start off with the offerings from our historic local distillery J. RIEGER & CO. who re-opened in 2010 and rapidly became a favorite with these fine products we’ll be tasting:
Kansas City Whiskey – bottled at 92 Proof from a corn & malt light whiskey and a straight rye, both aged for a minimum of 7 years. To this is added 15 year old Oloroso sherry (not exceeding 2.5% of the volume) from the Williams & Humbert Bodega in Jerez, Spain that makes the whiskey balanced, smooth and slightly sweet.
Midwestern Premium Vodka – distilled in a copper pot, they utilize a blend of potato, wheat and corn to give it a clean, unique and full-flavored taste.
Midwestern Dry Gin – inspired by traditional London Gins that emphasize the character of mature Juniper berries, the result is a bold Gin layered with complex botanical flavors that makes it perfect for sipping or mixing.
Caffe Amaro – their newest creation, made in collaboration with KC coffee roasters Thou Mayest, they select a single origin coffee roast that’s combined with orange, cardamom, vanilla and gentian. Then barrel-aged, the result is a rich, bittersweet flavor that works great in cocktails or as a digestivo.
For the wines, our great rep from A. Bommarito will be bringing these for you to sample:
Paoletti Vineyards’ Piccolo Cru – a Red Blend that’s refined, complex and elegant. Well integrated with black cherry, warm spice, smokey oak and supple tannins. It’s 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.
Gruet Brut – With an 89 rating from Wine Spectator, the richly-styled Brut from this winery in New Mexico delivers a crisp and toasty flavor with spicy tropical fruit aromas and appealing baked apple, cinnamon and herb notes.
Gerard Bertrand Pinot Noir – Bertrand’s Reserve Speciale 100% Pinot Noir from the South of France is a fruity wine offering notes of ripe cherry, wild raspberry and spices, as well as silky tannins and an elegant, balanced finish.
Foris Pinot Gris – with a score of 89 points from Wine Spectator, this Oregonian wine finished in stainless steel tanks is tangy and mouthwatering, smooth and rich with a lingering minerality and “an appealing vitality to the green melon, ripe pear and delicately floral flavors, lingering on the focused finish.”
And for the beers we’ll be hosting the fantastic local TORN LABEL BREWING CO. from the Crossroads Arts District who’ll be bringing a couple beers (one of which is a great treat) for you to taste:
Hang ‘Em High, Batch #8 – their flagship IPA that they change up a little from batch to batch. #8 was bottled just this Tuesday so it’s as fresh an IPA as you’ll ever get. This IPA batch is wet-hopped with Columbus hops straight from the Kansas Hop Company!
KC P’Rye’D – An amber Rye beer with Simcoe dry-hopping that has a touch of caramel maltiness and a touch of spice to its flavor.