At Black Shoe Hospitality restaurants, 10 Days in Tosa is the best time to buy gift cards. Every $100 in gift cards purchased from Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg in Milwaukee, or Story Hill BKC between Sept. 10 and Sept. 19 will receive an additional $20 dining comp gift card.
Our gift cards are good at all three Tosa-area restaurants, including the Wine Shop at Story Hill BKC, as well as the new Blue’s Egg in Shorewood.
As a member of the Best Guest Club, you can earn one point for every dollar you spend at a Black Shoe Hospitality restaurant — including gift cards during 10 Days in Tosa. For every 140 points, you will receive $10 in rewards credit, which can be redeemed on your next visit. Just ask your server to sign up the next time you’re in.
10 Days in Tosa is the 8th annual week of special offers hosted by the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce to highlight the best the Tosa dining scene has to offer. Check out the 10 Days in Tosa website to see more participating businesses, including an interactive map.
10 Days in Tosa Details: Gift cards can be purchased and redeemed interchangeably at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg and Story Hill BKC. Gift cards can be redeemed for food, beverage and merchandise. Black Shoe comp dining cards can only be used for future dining purchases, and cannot be used for retail purchases. Offer only good during 10 Days in Tosa, Sept. 10-19, 2018. Offer available on-site at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg in Milwaukee, and Story Hill BKC only; offer not available at Blue’s Egg in Shorewood; offer not available on online gift cards sales.
Story Hill BKC is home to a wine, beer, and spirits shop with an impressive selection. We’ll help you find interesting beverages at a good price for your next party.
Story Hill BKC is available for completely private events through the day on Mondays. Private lunches or evening events can host 50 seated guests or 80 guests for a cocktail reception. Contact 414-336-1005 or [email protected]. Food and beverage minimums for events at Story Hill BKC start at $1000 at any time of day on Mondays, and may vary based on the date.
Story Hill accepts dinner reservations in our main dining room for parties of any size Tuesday through Saturday. The Private Dining Room at Story Hill BKC accommodates parties of 8 to 14 diners, and can be reserved for brunch, afternoon cocktail parties or Happy Hours, or dinner parties. Contact 414-539-4424 or [email protected].
Sign up for or share that you’re a member of our Best Guest Club, and earn points toward rewards for every dollar spent on your party. Earn $10 credit to spend on yourself for every 140 points earned.
We’re getting ready for Bar Bites Beer Bash, our annual walk-around beer tasting, on Monday, August 27. This event is more like a party than a sit-down dinner, although we’re serving BKC Bites from food pairing stations to match the myriad styles of beer on sample.
We’re particularly excited for some breweries joining the Bash for the first time. Founders will be in the house for the first time! Dogfish Head will also be represented for the first time. Ballast Point, Tyranena, Great Lakes, Indeed, and Uinta/Fair State are in. Return samplers include Lakefront, Central Waters, Deschutes, and Bell’s, and we might get one or two more based on space.
This year, we’ve introduced special early bird pricing: tickets are just $45 until August 19. After that date (or on the day-of if we’re not sold out) tickets are the full price of $55. Tickets include beer tastings, pairing bites, tax and gratuity. Get your tickets here:
We’re “Rolling Out The Barrel” for Beer Bash, with special tappings in the weeks leading up to the Bash. These are some high-quality, limited beers from some of our favorite breweries (which will all be represented at the Bash).
Tuesday, July 31, 5 p.m. — Central Waters Bourbon Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout
Tuesday, August 7, 5 p.m. — Bell’s Wedding Ale
Tuesday, August 14, 5 p.m. — Dogfish Head Fruit Full Fort
Tuesday, August 21, 5 p.m. — Founders KBS
We have three familiar varietals for our Free Friday Tasting this week — Cab, Chard, Sauv Blanc — and one seriously fun Spanish red — Montsant! We’re trying them from 4-6 p.m. today. We’ll be back pouring samples of the same on Saturday, 12-3 p.m.
Niner, Chardonnay, Edna Valley, CA 2015 — This is from a spot just 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and it has plenty of coastal personality and balance. Silky body with warm bread, stone fruit, and caramel. The winemakers stirred up the lees while it was in the barrel (about a 1/3 of which were New French Oak), which amplifies cream notes and pear flavor. Regularly $19; Special Tasting Price $16.
Tangent, Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley, CA 2014 — Definitely worth a shot if you like French and New Zealand style Sauvignon Blancs and want to branch out a little. You’re in the ballpark of green apple and grapefruit, lime and lemon zest. Slightly herbal, mineral finish. Like high-end athletic clothes, you’re going to want it on a hot day. Shop $13.
Llenca Plana, Montsant, Spain 2016 — Made from Carignan and Grenache, just like the much more expensive Priorat region, this has a medium body but is still quite powerful. Red and dark fruits, good acidity, and a long-lasting finish. Just plain fun to drink. Shop $16.
Alias, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 2016 — Great for when you just gotta grab a Cab. Quaffable. Medium body, dark berry fruit, violet color. A straightforward oaky Cabernet, it’s a meat-and-potatoes selection, and a no-brainer pairing for… meat and potatoes. Shop $10.
We have a couple of favorite styles from a couple of favorite producers for this week’s Free Friday Tasting, today from 4-6 p.m. We will not host a tasting with the same wines on Saturday.
Hess, Rosé, Shirtail Ranches, CA 2016 — As you might know, Hess crafts a collection specifically to serve in restaurant and to pair with a wide variety of foods. Rhône-style varietals in this pale Rosé give you all the cool strawberry flavors you’d want. An elegance and style in the finish that skews toward savory. This could go with our Butter Lettuce salad or the Crayfish-smothered Walleye. Shop $12.
Sokol Blosser, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, OR 2015 — You’d expect this to be light and crisp, with faint minerality, and it is… but also ripe-ripe-ripe, from the hottest year ever in Oregon. Fresh, balanced, and firm, with apple and pear fruit flavors touched off by citrus on the top end. A tasty, all-purpose crowdpleaser. Shop $16.
Il Bastardo, Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy 2014 — This one is fun, and a good excuse to swear while you drink (“What, Ma, I’m just reading the label!”) Bright, ripe cherry and berry fruit round out a little as it opens up. That juicy fruit and easy-going tannins make this great for a quick family meal of pizza, burgers, or spaghetti. A great value for getting at some food-friendly Sangiovese without the Chianti Classico price tags. Shop $10.
We’re tasting wine this Friday from 4-6 p.m., but forgoing the Saturday tasting because its the annual Bluemound Business Association’s St. Patrick’s Parade!
Le Contesse Brut Prosecco — Here’s a lively and delicious sparkler grown in sustainably and organically farmed sites in Italy’s famous sparkling wine D.O.C. The winemakers use “one single gentle fermentation” with the intent of lower natural sulfites and a fresher tasting wine. Floral, zesty, apple and pear. Shop $12.
Terra D’Oro, Chenin Blanc-Viognier, Clarksburg, CA 2016 — This will be great for longer days coming up with Daylight Savings. Bright, delicate Chenin Blanc meets the body of Viognier. Grapefruit, mango, lemon and a hint of spicy. Well-balanced with a a crisp acidity makes it a great for late afternoon sipping and pairing with food. Shop $12.
Bodegas Atalaya Laya Almansa, Red Blend, Spain 2016 — Here’s something really interesting: a blend of Garnacha Tintorera (a.k.a. Alicante Bouschet) and Monastrell (more often called Mourvèdre). These dark fruits, often used to bring depth and tannins to lighter reds, shine here on their own. Particular Spanish heat, soil, and elevation help produce a complex, structured wine that still boasts bold fruit, elegance, and easy enjoyment. Shop $12.
If you’re in on Saturday and want to try these wines, just ask!
Join us for a meet-and-greet with Al Young, brand ambassador of Four Roses Bourbon, on Thursday, March 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Mr. Young has been with Four Roses for more than 50 years in various roles, including distillery manager. Young is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, a historian of the 130-year-old Four Roses brand, and a legend in the Bourbon industry. Story Hill is the ONLY shop he is visiting on this trip!
We are thrilled to have him stop in the shop to share some stories, talk about the Bourbon industry, and sign some bottles. We hope to see you there!
Here’s what we’re trying this Friday for our Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m., and again on Saturday, 12-3 p.m. Stop by and stock up for your Oscars party — shop’s open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closes at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Rivarose Brut, Sparkling Rosé — We keep coming back to this light, dry Rosé sparkler for its versatility — enjoy it before, during, or after a meal, lounging around or at a party. Floral and fruity, but still very clean, evocative of Mediterranean elegance. Shop $13
Nisia, Verdejo, Rueda, Spain 2015 — We’ve featured this delicious Spanish white on our restaurant by-the-glass list. Like some Chardonnays, its got bread and citrus on the nose, and a fatty mouthfeel, without the yawning oakiness. Citrus flavor and bright acidity brings back a fresh finish for pairing with your mezze plate. Shop $20
Zolo, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2016 — Dark, inky color and rich, full body you’d expect from an Argentinian Malbec. You might get blackberries, coffee, violets, and blueberry pie. Great quality for the price, this wine would probably improve for years… but waiting in the hardest part. Enjoy now! Shop $12
We taste a selection of wines on Fridays from 4-6 p.m., and again on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. Stop by the shop for a taste, whether you’re passing by or enjoying a meal. Here’s what we’re trying this week…
Le Paradou Viognier, France 2016 — Rich gold color, clear and bright. Flowery nose with stone fruits — think peach. Fresh and balanced with a citrus-like acidity and crisp minerality. This would be great with seafood, but could also find a match with fruity desserts, creamy mac-and-cheese, or grilled veggies. Shop $11.
Piedra Santa, Zinfandel, Central Coast, CA 2011 — This Zin shows the quality of the Cienega Valley, with black cherry and dark fruits balanced by warm oak flavors. A little bit of herb and spice on the finish make it a great match for grilled meats, or a decadent dessert (and we have a few of those at Story Hill BKC!). Shop $12.
Bieler Père et Fils, La Jassine Red, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France 2015 — A Rhone-style Red Blend that will keep you warm, or at least improve with a slight chill — like coming inside and taking off your cap and scarf to sit down to a nice roast dinner. Full-bodied yet smooth, it features dark fruits with notes of leather and chocolate. Shop $18.
For the first Friday of the season, February 16, we’re cooking up Pan-Fried Perch for dinner, dusted in polenta, with a potato rösti, apple beurre blanc, and Central Greens Red Rambo micro greens. That’s what we mean by “Upper Midwest.” Also, on the regular dinner menu, a German-inspired Catfish Schnitzel. We pound it out nice and flat, panko crust it, and pan-fry to perfection with pickled veggies, remoulade, and watercress.
And if you haven’t given up wine, our Free Friday Tasting is in effect as usual Feb. 16 from 4-6 p.m., and again on Saturday, Feb. 17, 12-3 p.m. Here’s what we’re trying this week.
Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Rosé, Pays D’oc, France 2016 — a lightly fragrant rosé, with notes of strawberry and pear. Light and peppy on the palate, with a refreshing acidity and lip-smacking finish. Ready to go right now. Shop $11.
William Hill, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, CA 2015 — Easygoing, yet no pushover. Enjoy with grilled or roasted meats, obviously, but this would do fantastically well with any dish including mushrooms. Cassis and currant — the dried berries up front — with brighter, fresher berries on the finish. Shop $14.
Colonia Las Liebres, Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina 2013 — Perhaps you’re not hip to Bonarda (also known as Charbono in California), but it is definitely worth checking out, especially if you like Malbec. This is an Italian varietal planted in the same famous Malbec region of Argentina. Lots of dark fruit, richness, spice. Full-bodied, but balanced by an acidity that keeps this deep, dark wine approachable. Shop $12
Enjoy our Free Friday Tasting, whether you’re buying a case or just in for a taste, 4-6 p.m. at Story Hill BKC.