Midwest Winters

Ruins Pub tap card and delicious beer!

Ruins Pub tap card and delicious beer!

Winters in the midwest can be tricky...snow, ice, sleet...or, 75° and sunny. Luckily, we were blessed with the later this last weekend! We intended to take full advantage of the global warming heat wave and headed to Ruins Pub to get another stamp in our Passport. Ruins Pub is a locally owned craft beer pub that features KC's only self pour bar. That's right, you get to pick your own beer out of 40 different taps and pour as little or as much of it as you want. You are charged by the ounce and it is a great way to try some beers before pouring yourself a pint!  

After Ruins Pub, we decided to head over to Torn Label Brewing Company to try out their beers. We had a little trouble finding the entrance...because it is in the back of the building! However, once we found it, we were able to belly up and order. I stuck with the Monk & Honey and enjoyed the sweet lightness of the beer.  The bar is kind of small but it looked like there was a nice outdoor area that we may just have to go back and explore come summer time.  The beers were good and we got that ever elusive stamp for the Passport!

So, that's where the entrance is!!

So, that's where the entrance is!!

And so the Adventure Begins...

And so the Adventure Begins...

On Saturday, Leslie and Andrea headed out to Stone Pillar to celebrate National Drink Wine Day!  Trust me, it's a real thing and they weren't about to miss it! The winery was packed, but they were able to snag a table outside in the sun and went with the Redneck Rosé (All Day!).  The wine was definitely sweeter than what they normally drink, but both agreed that it was the perfect compliment to a perfect day. While they enjoyed their wine, Steph and I spent some quality time with our respective families. Steph and her sister took the pups to hang out on the patio of Grinders Stonewall where they sipped on some cold beverages. Unfortunately, Steph blogger failed and didn't snap a pic, so just imagine a packed patio with a full on wake in progress.  I spent the day on a pontoon with family and participated in an intense game of Telestrations. It was a beautiful day that ended with another gorgeous sunset!

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We celebrated President's Day with a trip to the River Market area to check out Brown & Loe. We had heard good things about their food and they just so happen to participate in the Passport Program as well. The Good Cheer cocktail (Cinnamon-infused vodka, ginger syrup and cranberry juice) could be served warm or chilled and we all opted for chilled since the weather was still warm. We were pleasantly surprised with the first sip and really enjoyed the drink. Once we had our cocktails, we decided to  start with the Chef's Board.  Not only was it beautiful, it was delicious. From there, the entrées were good but we all agreed we would try something else next time we visit.  This was a very cute restaurant and a great addition to the River Market area!

Brown & Loe

Brown & Loe

Chef's Board

Chef's Board

Brown & Loe bar

Brown & Loe bar

Good Cheer!

Good Cheer!

We had another great weekend and as always, we enjoy sharing it with you!

Cheers! ~Kristi