The tether that binds us to our favorite haunts can harness like an umbilical cord. No place lubricates us, coddles us, knows us quite like our favorite bar. No other barman pours them quite like Smitty, always making good with a comp or two. Old habits die hard. But novelty can be inspiring, especially when it comes in liquid form. Here are several new and novel ways to drink, right now.
Did you notice? It's autumn. The orchard beckons, but we've got one better — go to the cidery instead. Apples are dandy but hard cider is quicker. On October 17, Keepsake Cidery is having an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for fresh pressed cider, produce for sale, and general orchard revelry.
135th St. E.
Wine is fine, but it's better when paired with food, and a $78 four-courser (tax and gratuity included) with wine pairings is a steal. Reservations are still available for tonight's dinner paired with wines from the family-owned vineyards of Cuvaison Winery and Brandlin Estates out of Napa Valley at 6Smith. Click here for ticketing and reservations.
Estate Chardonnay and Kite Tail Chardonnay with mussels in white wine, tomato broth, and toasted baguette; Estate Pinot Noir with pan-seared halibut, shaved Honey Crisp Apple, frisee, radish, orange supremes, avocado, and preserved lemon vinaigrette; Brandlin Estate Cabernet with braised short rib, red wine porcini sauce, and roasted fingerling potatoes; and Noblesse Dessert Wine with lemon creme brûlée and fig compote.
Bonus: The evening will include a giveaway of a magnum of Brandlin Cabernet. (That's a big ass bottle of wine, in case you don't know) and featured wines will be available to order at discount prices via Wayzata Wine & Spirits.
The excellent Payne Avenue Tongue in Cheek has rolled out a new cocktail menu, categorized by flavor profile: sweet, spicy, bitter, sour, salty, and umami. Bar manager and co-owner Ryan Huseby says that's really how people drink, rather than by base liquor. Huseby recently ran the award-winning wine program at W.A. Frost as well as the beer operation at the Happy Gnome, and he's looking forward to moving his focus toward cocktails. The drinks in each flavor profile category can be ordered as a flight — four varieties in each for $18.
The Capulets and the Montagues, the Jets and the Sharks, the Hatfields and the McCoys — the two families' feud over whiskey has entered the American folklore lexicon as an equivalent of any bitterly feuding rival parties. But according to Haskells, they've buried the hatchet to come together in the name of great American whiskey for, what else, Hatfield & McCoy Whiskey. Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, mark the Minnesota release, including whiskey tasting, bottle signing, and story swapping by members of both families.
Friday, October 9, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Haskell's The Wine People
219 Gun Club Road, White Bear Lake
Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Haskell's The Wine People
12900 Wayzata Boulevard, Minnetonka
LynLake Brewery is celebrating one year in business with fun and specials every night of the week through Sunday, October 11, including new beer releases, Trivia Mafia, live music performances, $2 pizza slices, pop-up shops, DJs, and Glam Doll Donuts. Visit their Facebook page for the full schedule and lineup.
Rare is the novelty libation that's actually novelty. Not Your Father's Root Beer is an alcoholic root beer that appeals to, well, people who wish root beer had some booze in it, and folks who don't enjoy beer. With 5.9% ABV, it's brewed with hops but doesn't taste like beer. Containing sarsaparilla, Madagascar vanilla extract, birch bark, anise, oak, winter green, ginger, licorice, honey, citrus, mint, and other spices, it's also a craft root beer. Locally, find it only at 1010 Washington Wine and Spirits.
Samuel Adams is taking one of its rarest brews on a cross-country tasting tour, and Minneapolis is on the list. From October 12 to 18, Samuel Adams will be in Minneapolis pouring Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF) Grand Cru, a limited-edition, funky Belgian ale that is only available for a limited time. According to Samuel Adams:
"Originally a French term used to describe wine vintages, when used in the context of beer, ‘Grand Cru’ has come to denote a brew that is the ‘best of the best.’ When crafting Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, the brewers at Samuel Adams aimed to create a unique beer unlike anything they had barrel-aged before. At 6.5% ABV, KMF Grand Cru is a wild, funky and complex ale aged for just over a year, with a depth of flavors ranging from earthy and spicy to floral and sweet."
Click here to find out where you can drink it this month.