Summer Is Over, But That Doesn’t Mean The Beer Is!

Summer flew by so fast this year.  Fall rolling in means one of the heaviest volumes of the year for seasonal releases hitting our shelves.  Pumpkin beer, Oktoberfest lagers, Brown ales, Stouts… they’re all rolling in with increasing volume.   Christmas beers will be right around the corner.   

From local favorites Crane Brewing Company, we see the release of 3 returning favorites.  Gooseberry harvests bring us the return of Gooseberry Gose.  This is perhaps one of their most lip-puckering of offerings, and if you’ve ever tried an actual Gooseberry, this comes as no surprise.   We also see the return of Beet Weiss.  This is the beer that started it all for Crane.   Earthy, Tart, and a fruity pairing to the acidity begs for more sip after sip.   Amber + Brett also returned in limited quantities.  This Amber Ale, with…you guessed it: Brettanomyces… won’t last on shelves long.  Get to it!

Plenty of other local/regional breweries have loads of options out currently. Martin City has a fall brown in 6-pk cans. Boulevard has Bob’s 47 on shelves, as well as Tough Kitty Milk Stout.  Both are great pairings for the cooler temperatures and seasonal meals you’ll hopefully be having. Mother’s has their Oktoberfest out. Kansas City Bier Co.’s Fest Bier has been rotating between all 3 Mike’s locations’ growler stations. Schlafly’s ever-popular Pumpkin Ale is back on shelves.  Also from St. Louis, German-style powerhouse Urban Chestnut has great German-style fall offerings as well.  There are of course a multitude of other options, come and have a look!

I want to change gears from seasonals to tell you about a great beer I tried (on a whim) from our shelves this past week.  Perennial Artisan Ales from St. Louis has consistently produced super tasty brews for a few years now.   They recently collaborated with Blue Stem for Flat Rock Saison.  Folks: this isn’t just some other “shelfie” saison.   For $17 this is one of the best brews on our shelves.   Taking a more “wild” approach than familiar saison yeast profiles – this beer is wonderfully tart and easy drinking.   Sour saisons are becoming more and more prevalent thanks to breweries like Side Project (which started as a, wait for it…side project of Perennial), De Garde, Jester King, Sante Adairius, and Jolly Pumpkin among many, many more.   

If you’ve ever had any beer from the aforementioned Side Project Brewery: this beer tastes like a wonderful blend of Biere du Pays, Saison du Ble and Grisette.  I love to rant about the lack of love for shelfies in a beer culture gone full-“whalezbro.”   I’m here to tell you that this shelfie is no joke.  I knocked the entire bottle back like it was my job, and enjoyed every sip very much.   Light-bodied, funky, lemony-tart, and with perfect delicate carbonation – this beer should be in your hands now.  The complexity and depth in the funk and yeast profile is dialed in perfectly.  Just because the right blogs and authorities haven’t lauded it en masse – take a chance on this bottle.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  

Also in Perennial-world, Keith’s Korner is now available on our Westport growler station!  This IPA is draft only for us, and tasting great.   Stop by 1106 Westport Road for a try and to fill up.   

Feel free to reach out to any of the managers if you need help planning your fall get-togethers.   We would love to help you curate that perfect party line-up. Be it beer (psssttt), liquor, or wine – we’re here to help you get those perfect selections locked-down.  Contact info can be found on the “About” section of www.MikesKC.com.  

Have a great week!

Jeremy Morton | Mike’s Wine & Spirits Beer Manager