ballast-point-calm-before-stormFriday, September 23rd
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Join us this Friday for the start of the Fall season as we offer up a selection of warm and cool weather adult beverages for you to taste. We’ll kick off with BALLAST POINT BREWING CO. , the San Diego beer-maker that’s become incredibly popular around KC, will be bringing these four beers for you to sample:

GRUNION PALE ALE – award-winning hoppy pale ale with strong yet balanced summer melon aromas and herbal flavors, and a soft caramel malt sweetness to hold it all together. Earns its well-deserved 98 score on RateBeer.

SCULPIN – this gold-medal winning IPA is hopped at five separate stages to create hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors,  and still pack the punch of a full-flavored IPA.

CALIFORNIA AMBER – another gold-medal winner, this takes its inspiration from traditional English ESBs. Four types of malts give it a bold complexity, and their proprietary yeast strain lends it a fruity, madeira-like richness.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM – infuses a punch of flavor using cold brewed Caffé Calabria coffee and a hint of vanilla, added into a lighter-bodied golden cream ale.

Union-Horse-whiskeyFor the whiskey, UNION HORSE DISTILLERY (formerly DARK HORSE) will be bringing these excellent entries for you to sample:

STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY – this smooth 92 proof spirit is distilled from a sour mash recipe in their copper pot stills, giving it tender notes of creamy vanilla, maple and smoke.
RYE WHISKEY  – 95 proof small batch 100% rye whiskey handcrafted in copper pot stills that give it smooth complex notes of butterscotch, caramel, ginger and cinnamon spice.

If you haven’t tried these, don’t miss this opportunity! The distillery has won 36 spirits awards medals, including 11 gold medals, since 2012. In addition to the name change, the company is also now using 5-year barrel-aged stock that makes their whiskeys even smoother than before.

For the wines, our wonderful rep from Major Brands will be bringing these five for you to try out:

Matetic Sauvignon Blanc – with a score of 92 from Robert Parker, this Chilean Sauv Blanc is one of the best buys out there. this wine displays concentrated fruit flavors of  lime, grapefruit and gooseberries, and  a fresh and salty acidity that finishes with a lingering crisp minerality.

Cuvaison Chardonnay – full bodied, with a wonderful mix of stone fruits, bright citrus and  a charming hint of vanilla and spice that marries beautifully with the core of vivid fruit.

matetic-eq-coastal-94-puntosIronstone Obsession Symphony – captivating aromas of gardenia, honeysuckle and star jasmine.Flavors of this extremely enjoyable wine are tropical with peaches, pineapple, honeydew and a hint of ginger, finishing crisp and clean.

Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon – Rich, dark and powerful, the Sonoma wine exudes notable depth in its dark stone fruit, savory herb, smoke, leather, spice and tobacco flavors.

Becker Family Pinot Noir – with a score of 94 points from Wine Enthusiast, this full-bodied German wine offers crisp blackberry and raspberry flavors against a sultry backdrop of smoke, vanilla and spice.  Rich and rounded on the palate, its framed smartly by bitter edges of dried herb and fine tannins.