Hoppy Holidays: Hanssens Artisanaal Lambics

This past week we received a limited shipment of lambics from Hanssens Artisanaal.   Hanssens are a traditional Belgian lambic blendery.   They procure freshly brewed and spontaneously inoculated lambic wort from Lindemanns, Boon and Girardin and ferment it in oak barrels in their facility.  After particular amounts of time (1, 2 and 3 years), different ages of lambic are blended to …

Oh Deer – The Holidays are Here

Winter is upon us here in Kansas City, there is a definite cold snap in the air, and we had snow on the ground a week ago with more most likely on the way. The holidays are just around the corner. That means long lines at the store, rushing around to buy gifts, getting the house decorated, and putting up …

Belgium Brews: Fantôme Dark White

Brasserie Fantôme – Saison/Farmhouse Ale – 4.7% ABV – $12.99 – 750ml Bottle 92 on RateBeer.Com COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION Belgian Ale Brewed with Black Pepper and Spices In my last review, I talked about Brasserie Fantôme’s dandelion saison “Pissenlit.”  As I pointed out, Fantôme is one of those breweries that is held in high regard by figureheads of the industry, but …

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Rosé Rosé wines as a category have finally taken off over the past couple of years, and here at Mike’s Wine and Spirits we couldn’t be happier. They are fun, easy drinking wines that have a broad appeal to lovers of both white and red wines, while being approachable enough that wine-novices can enjoy them as well. The weather may …

Funky Fantôme

As autumn wanes and darkness creeps earlier and earlier, many reach for equally darker brews to warm themselves. Gone are the light and crisp summer refreshers. And this is the point I go into a fit of denial. Funky, earthy saisons are a great segway for me between the two extremes of mother nature’s moody seasons. And I want to …

Voting at the register: KC businesses on how presidential items have sold – Kansas City Star

By: Joyce Smith Nov. 3 Early voting is not just at the polling booths. Consumers also are voting at their favorite retail outlets, showing their support in their selection of drinking cups and glasses, apparel and in other entertaining ways. Take Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. The taproom chain said it has correctly predicted presidential elections since 2004, with customers “voting” …

Tastes of the 2016 Presidential Election

You can now sip on presidential themed cocktails. Cast your vote at Mike’s Wine and Spirits with the purchase of Tequila Corazon Expresiones Buffalo Trace Reposado (for Trump) and the purchase of Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey (for Clinton). Donald Trump “The Wall” 2.5 oz Tequila Corazon Expresiones Buffalo Trace Reposado Scant .5 oz Fernet Branca liqueur 2-4 drops …

Mike’s Wine and Spirits now offers growlers and 26 new draft beers

Westport, Waldo and Brookside locations offer limited release, seasonal and local craft beer selections on tap KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 3, 2016) – Mike’s Wine and Spirits is now filling growlers from 26 new taps at its three locations in Waldo, Brookside and Westport. The cost of each pour starts at $5.99 and increases depending on the beer selected, ranging …

CRANE + HUGO TEA COLLABORATION

Tea Weiss Crane Brewing – Berliner Weiss brewed with Tea – 4.1% ABV – $10.99 – 750ml Bottle *FOR A LIMITED TIME GROWLERS ARE AVAILABLE IN WALDO 32oz – $11.99 64oz – $19.99 Brewed with locally blended Hugo Tea – Berry Rooibos Herbal Tea of Rooibos (South African Herb), Hibiscus, Black Currants, Lemon Grass This week saw the launch of …

Sour Beers & Sour Brothers: A Jolly Blend

Anyone familiar with Evil Twin Brewing and/or Mikkeller likely knows the lore of the breweries being run by feuding twin brothers. Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø founded Evil Twin, while his minutes-older sibling, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, heads up Mikkeller. The brothers are both individually heralded for their prolific and innovative contributions to the craft beer world. But at the center of their great …