Thursday July 6th – Milwaukee Brewing Co. 4-6pm
Friday July 7th – BauHaus Brewing Co. and Bellboy Distributing Co. Liquor Tasting 4-7pm
Saturday July 8th – Bent Paddle Brewing 12-3pm
New hours at your friendly neighborhood liquor store –
Monday – Saturday 9 A.M. to 10 P.M.
Sundays – 11 A.M. to 6 P.M
*AVA = Authorized Viticultural Area. The governing bodies of wine-making in the USA has recognized an AVA as having qualities necessary for wine grape production.
°Lees = The remnants of yeast cells after primary fermentation is complete. The material can either float about or settle. This imparts a creamy mouthfeel and a biscuit-like flavor. The longer a wine rests “sur-lie” (French), the more intense the effect.
ps – Jason, our Wine Educator, is working on a project we’re very excited to share with you. KN Club Members who have picked up their membership cards or have read our newsletter will receive a sneak peek before everyone else. Stay tuned!!
A: That’s easy!! Football!! Not that crazy game you have here, REAL Football as in Soccer!! I love the World Cup and am rooting for Holland team. I try to play every Sunday.
Q: If you could pick one item in the shop over everything else, what would it be?
A: That question is a loaded one! Everyone knows my favorite item in the store isn’t on any shelf – its the person on the ladder, Kate. She’s my wife. I’d be sleeping on sofa if I didn’t say she was my favorite item! (Secretly, though, its Woodford Reserve Single Barrel Double Oak!!)
Q: When you’re not at the shop, how do you relax?
A: I play soccer. try new and different beer, snuggling with Kate and Lilu, and being a lab rat for Kate’s culinary experiments.
So that about wraps it up for the four major staff members here at Ken & Norm’s. The three cashiers taking care of you at checkout are: Dana, John, and Kevin. If you’ve already joined KN Members Club, ask one of them for your Members Card and show them your number before your purchase is scanned – you’ll earn points toward discount rewards!
Suggested Price: $29.99 Our Special Price: $12.99
I’ve only been with the shop for about 8 weeks; before that, I was a distribution hand for a larger retailer. I also like beer, a lot, and have been trying anything new and different I can get my hands on. Sergey liked my organizational skills and wanted me to whip the coolers into shape.
When you’re not here, what fills your time?
I like Frisbee Golf, tinkering with anything that has a motor, and am trying to learn how to play the piano. I work two other jobs, so my free time is rather limited, just don’t call me boring.
If you had to pick just one item in the whole shop, what would it be and why?
Even though I’m primarily a beer snob, that new Woodford Reserve Single Barrel Double Oak is amazing! Right now, it’s the one thing I’d take home – my tastes change frequently, so tomorrow, i might say something else.
As we continue our series on “Meet The Team”, we’re sure you already know the member of our staff who can most often be found atop our library ladder. Kate M. is our Inventory Manager and (for as much as Jason, our Wine Guru knows about how each one tastes) can find whatever it is you’re after instantly.
Everyone asks about your ‘accent”. Where are you originally from and for how long have you been in Minnesota?
I’m from Belarus and have lived in Minnesota since we immigrated.
When you’re not up the ladder or behind the counter, what do you like to do?
Baking and gardening are my two main hobbies. I also love animals and welcome all pets into Ken & Norm’s with a treat. We don’t have a dog of our own (yet) but are being taken advantage of by our cat named Lilu.
In your four years at Ken & Norm’s, if you could pick one item from the store as your favorite, what would it be? And be honest!
How am I supposed to pick just one item?! Ok, that’s easy. Meiomi Pinot Noir is my favorite and I like to recommend it to all my customers who are looking for a Pinot that I think is yummy.
NEW RELEASE: La Haudiniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2013
Appellation: France, Loire Valley, Sevre et Maine
Contents: 100% Melon de Bourgogne, rested Sur-Lie.
Introductory Price: $9.99
Vintner’s Notes: Fresh and zesty with a hint of brininess – a perfect pairing for shellfish.
Our Notes: “Light and delicate with a nose of nectarine. The palate is ethereal and wispy with hints of honeydew melon and ‘of the sea’ freshness. Unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before!” ~Jason
As we stay true to our goal of bringing you the most amazing customer service, it is our pleasure to start introducing you to our team. Wine is a large part of Ken&Norm’s portfolio and it gives us great pride to know our library consists of almost 1000 bottles from all over the globe. Jason Edwards is our wine guy, lets meet him:
How did you get started? I count myself lucky to have lived within the Niagara region of Southern Ontario Canada, renowned for its amazing wines. Through the Wine Council of Ontario, I earned a Certificate of Merit in their oenology courses and have made it a passion of mine to learn everything possible about what makes each wine from each part of the world special.
What’s your favorite? I love pretty much any style of wine; from the fruit-forward whites to the deepest tannic reds, to the most moussie champagnes. Rose wines have been given a bad rap of late and this summer’s list has been… very diverse… to say the least.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to get our hands on single-barrel bourbon-whiskies in the past, but none makes us more excited than this new release from Woodford Reserve. Because every batch is unique and each barrel imparts its own characteristics, a second oaking in a richly-toasted, lightly charred barrel makes for a much creamier texture. Sergey’s (pictured with barrel cap) impression is: “This is the creamiest, richest bourbon-whiskey I’ve ever tasted! Smooth caramel palate with finishes of apple and vanilla. Amazing!”
You are invited to stop to adopt your very own bottle of this very limited supply or simply for a complimentary sample – don’t forget to sign up for Ken &Norm’s Members Club where you’ll receive advanced notice of special new releases just like this Woodford Reserve!
We here at Ken&Norm’s are very excited to announce the arrival of another style of Kentucky spirits exclusive to us:
“Brilliant copper in color; mildly sweet with hints of vanilla and honey; flavors of toffee, berries, and fresh mint; a soft finish with notes of warm, elegant toasted oak.” ~The Distillery
This beautiful Winter Wheat Whiskey will be on tasting all week; we encourage you to stop in for a sample and adopt a bottle for your own. Jason, our wine guru, says: “Wow! Such a light and clean palate; the grain’s full expression of refinement is unencumbered by any distraction. A perfect entry-level for those who haven’t tried many whiskies and won’t spoil your palate too quickly.” Sergey, your store manager, simply says: “Mmmmm!!!”
You’re probably noticing all these great new improvements to Ken & Norm’s website. The process is moving along as a swift pace and it will take some time before all of our inventory are added to various pages. Stay with us and witness all this wonderful and much-needed growth.
Another major change you may have seen is within our store! We are now offering wine and spirits demonstrations EVERY afternoon – highlighting as many of our delicious offerings as possible.
Ken&Norm’s have secured and bottled our own Distillers’ Reserve Barrel#1221. This Bardstown, KY, Bourbon-Whiskey is 100PF (50% ABV) and carries a distinctive grain-focused palate. Flavors of richly toasted barley, wheat, rye, and oats rises above a lingering finish of brown sugar and vanilla attained by a darkly-charred oak cask. It is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted!
With the acquisition of some amazing new talent, we have FINALLY gotten to work re-establishing our online presence. The initial changes are very obvious – new look, new way of interacting with us, new Loyalty Club Discount Rewards, yet same ol’ dedication to ensuring your perfect customer experience with all the brands of wine, spirits, and beer you’ve come to expect from Ken & Norm’s!
Stay tuned! We’ll be adding tons(!!!) of new information over the coming weeks – visit the “About Us” tab to learn our story and meet our team, hours and location on its own tab, and a more comprehensive breakdown of our inventory with industry highlights, original reviews, and new releases.
The new Ken&Norm’s Club Members will receive advanced notice of New Releases, Members Only Specials, and Individually-tailored Loyalty rewards exclusive to their membership. Want to sign up for The Club? With your next qualifying purchase at our store, simply ask your cashier to sign you up!
We look forward to welcoming you to our shop soon!
Ken & Norm’s Team.