March Craft Beer Specials 2018

March 14, 2018

Hello KC!  March is already halfway over, but you’ve still got time to take advantage of our beer specials for the month!   I just wanted to touch on a few of the web specials in case you had not noticed them in the stores (look for the blue tags!)

To start, we have some insane deals on Prairie Artisan Ales products.   4pk 12oz cans of Phantasmagoria (double IPA), Imaginary Friends (double IPA) and No Chill (milk stout) are all for $11.99 (usually $12.99).    We also have Flare (gose with orange), Twist (sour farmhouse/saison), and Vape Tricks (sour with cherries) for $8.99 (usually $9.99)

The Prairie deals don’t stop there!  Several of their 500ml bottlings (check in store for availability and selection) are on deep discount for $3.99, which is $6 off full retail!   These beers are drinking great right now, absolutely nothing is wrong with them - Shelton Brothers just had a massive overstock in their warehouse and sold a bunch to us for very cheap, and we’re passing that off to you!   We also rolled some of those savings on our cost into the price of PeKan.  This is their imperial stout with Pecans.   $3.99 for a 12oz bottle!

Select 4pks from Stillwater Artisanal Ales are on sale for $9.99 this month.   One of my personal favorites from their offerings, Insetto, is included.  This is a sour with Italian Plums, and comes in 12oz 4pk cans.   Spaced, their session IPA brewed with spelt and wheat is also in this price bracket - except it comes in 16oz can 4pks!  To round out the Stillwater trio is Micro.   This is a Citra Hop focused pale ale, also in 4pk 16oz cans.

Mikkeller’s Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse series is still rockin’ at $3.99 per can.   This currently includes Apricot, Watermelon, Mango, Blueberry, and Pineapple.   These are really great fruited Berliner Weisses and at 500ml volume in a CAN, they’re perfect for the nicer and warmer weather we’re having!

From Mikkeller’s heavier sour-side, we’ve got a few of the Spontan Series beers also on sale.   These are a lambic base beer (yes, actually brewed in Belgium) and then heavily fruited, with a seeming emphasis on lesser used varieties. No, just any ol’ normal “framboise” won’t do for Mikkeller. He obviously does make beer with Raspberries, but there are fruits I didn’t even know existed until this series.   Many other brewers that do lambic (big names included) use esoteric fruit, but limit it to a special beer for special bar, or for brewery-only consumption.   

For this month’s selections, we’ve got 4 great bottles.   To start, we’ll knock the normal fruit out of the way. SpontanSourCherry is one of my favorite beers from Mikkeller.  This is a beer I can remember stockpiling when it first came to Mike’s several years ago.   This a funky, sour and lip puckering take on the Kriek.   Given Mikkeller’s nomadic style of brewing, and more-so his lack of commitment to a singular working location for brewing - it’s probably best he didn’t call this Kriek or ‘Lambic.’   But that’s what this is.   And I can tell you this one ages really well, I opened a 2015 bottling recently, and it was fantastic!   Same goes for SpontanCassis.  This is their spontaneous base beer with Black Currants.   This is another of my personal favorites, and was one of the first Spontans that I bought more than once.   This is one of their juiciest offerings. The color and flavor that black currants add to beer is strong, and doesn’t fade quickly like some other fruits.   This is a great price for picking up a couple extra for your cellar!

To round out the esoteric side, we’ve got SpontanGreenApple and SpontanSeabuckthorn.   These are fun.  Green Apple is usually noted as an off-flavor in beer.   But in a lambic-based beer, it seemingly works. This is all of the funky, cheese, and basement aromas meets hay and fresh cut green apple.   A “funky jolly rancher” sort of flavor if you will.   And Seabuckthorn? I have to admit, I had never heard of this berry varietal.   Cantillon did a one-off lambic with these berries several years ago for a single pub in Finland, but otherwise it isn’t a commonly seen fruit.   Tart, with a nice woody and almost piney edge to it. This is certainly one of the more sour in the series.

Last but not least, we’ve got a couple other good sour-producing staples on the list.   All Crooked Stave Petite Sour Series beers are $6.99 for a 375ml bottle.   And select Jolly Pumpkin 750ml bottles are $10.99!  

Finally, THANK YOU for all of your support of Crane’s Mango Lassi last week!  You guys blew through our kegs quick, and we couldn’t be happier.  We’re all super looking forward to bottles showing up. Keep an eye out here, i’ll post the details on bottles as soon as I have them!  If you have any questions, never hesitate to hit me up at [jeremy@mikeskc.com].   I hope you have a great week!

-Jeremy Morton | Beer Manager, Mike’s Wine & Spirits

 

Andy Doohan