Tuesday, March 3

Short Pours - 3/3/15

Cinder Block Distribution Launch Week

Cinder Block in North KC is beginning their distribution around KC this week and are kicking off the occasion with a series of events. The Pitch has a good article about their roll out to taps around town. It even has a few snippets about Cinder Block's plans to start selling canned beer in liquor stores this summer! Can't wait for that! They've got a new release calendar detailing all of their beers for the year as well.

Here's the events from the Pitch:

Wednesday, March 4
Cinder Block Brewery launch party, at Screenland Crossroads and Tapcade (1701 McGee, Suite 200), featuring Black Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout, Northtown Native, Rivet Rye, Block IPA, Weathered Wit, Prime Extra Pale Ale and Pavers Porter, 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 5
Cinder Block launch party, featuring Northtown Native, Rivet Rye, Weathered Wit, Block IPA, Pavers Porter, and Cinder Noel, at the Foundry (4057 Pennsylvania Ave.), 4-6 p.m.

Cinder Block's Release Calendar
Cinder Block launch party, featuring Isle of Cinder Wee Heavy, Northtown Native, Rivet Rye, Block IPA, and Weathered Wit, at Rock & Run Brewery (110 E. Kansas St., Liberty), 5-7 p.m.

Friday, March 6
Cinder Block launch party, featuring Coffee Hop’d, Northtown Native, Rivet Rye, Block IPA, and Prime Extra Pale Ale, at Flying Saucer (101 E. 13th St.), 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, March 7
Cinder Block launch party, featuring Collapse Barleywine, Northtown Native, Rivet Rye, Block IPA, Weathered Wit, and Pavers Porter, at Bier Station (120 E. Gregory Blvd.), noon-2 p.m.

Torn Label Moves into Kansas

In another exciting local beer distribution move, Torn Label has told us of their plans to expand into Kansas. They're signed on with a contract with Standard Beverage, and plan on moving into the Johnson and Wyandotte counties as early as next week. They're going to be hosting a number of events in the areas, but have yet to nail down specifics on them. 

Standard Beverage also has statewide distribution, so many other counties will no doubt be following up shortly after their roll out in JoCo and WyCo. Rafi specifically mentioned Lawrence, Manhattan, Wichita and Topeka as potential first steps outside the Metro. 

About the Kansas side of the state line, Rafi Chaudry says, "Our brewmaster/co-owner Travis grew up in Olathe, and I grew up in Overland Park. The first place we met was at a coffeehouse on 135th and Quivera, so on a personal level it’s deeply meaningful for us to launch in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. Those are the bars and restaurants where we cut our teeth discovering craft beer, and those are where the true origins of Torn Label lie, even if we didn’t know it at the time."

I'm looking forward to them converting a few more folks over to the craft beer dark side with their excellent local brews! 

In the meantime, Torn Label has also been added to the roster at the KS Craft Brew Expo this weekend in Lawrence. So if you're planning on going out for that, make sure you stop by the Torn Label table for a taste of what's next for KS!

The Calling IPA Bottle Release

The newest year round Smokestack beer from Boulevard is out on store shelves starting today in little smokies 4-packs. Many of you have probably already gotten a taste of it on tap, since it went on draft a couple of weeks ago. I haven't gotten a chance to try the beer yet, but I've heard only good things about it. It sounds like the initial supply of bottles is relatively limited, but since this is going to be a year round beer, there should be another shipment of bottles showing up before long if you don't managed to find a pack this week.

Local Pig Westport - Santa Fe Brewery Dinner Tonight

Santa Fe Brewing Co is hosting a beer dinner tonight at Local Pig Westport/Preservation Market. It's all meat all night long, including beef hearts paired with Santa Fe's new Black IPA. That is maybe the best food/beer pairing I've ever heard of... There's a few spots left still, and it sounds like a pretty solid deal at $50 for everything, gratuity included. Considering Call 816.531.2337 to make reservations. 

Monday, February 16

Short Pours - Week of 2/16

If you haven’t checked out the Beer Calendar on the left hand side of your screen (or the drop down menu for you mobile users) in awhile, this may be a good time to go ahead and do that.  This week is absolutely packed with beer events throughout the area.  From new releases to new breweries opening, there are a number of events this week that should make you want to get out of the house despite this cold, snowy weather.  Here is a look at just some of the events taking place this week.

Boulevard Brewing Co. - The Calling IPA Release

If you were at a local restaurant or bar today, you may have noticed that Boulevard’s newest year-round Smokestack Series release, The Calling IPA, starting showing up on draft around town today.  To celebrate their new release, Boulevard will be hosting a launch party at Charlie Hooper’s in Brookside on Wednesday 2/18 at 6:00PM.  Representatives from Boulevard will be on hand passing out complimentary tastes of The Calling and giving away some nice Boulevard swag to those who attend. 

Boulevard also completed the first bottling run of The Calling today but hasn’t yet confirmed a release date for bottles so it’s only available on draft for the time being.  I had a chance to try The Calling last weekend on tap at the Boulevard Tasting Room and it is definitely worth seeking out if you have not had a chance to try it yet.  I think it will be a very welcome addition to the all ready great lineup of Smokestack Series beers from Boulevard. 

Torn Label Brewing Co. Events

Torn Label Brewing Co. kicked off 2015 with a launch week full of events to showcase their flagship beers along with some of their other offerings.  Since then, their House Brew coffee wheat stout has become one of my go-to choices when dining out or having a beer around town so needless to say when I heard about the firkin they are releasing Tuesday 2/17 at 5:00PM at Green Room Burgers and Beer, I was pretty excited. 

Rafi Chaudry from Torn Label Brewing Co. explained to me that in order to create this special firkin, “Thou Mayest Coffee aged some of their green Columbian beans in used Dark Horse rye whiskey barrels before roasting, producing beans with notes of vanilla cream, black cherry cola and butterscotch soaked red apple.  We extracted coffee from them and are aging it onto a firkin of our coffee wheat stout, House Brew.  I'm especially excited about it since the unique process of producing this particular firkin means that four great locally owned Kansas City companies in all - Dark Horse, Thou Mayest, Torn Label & Green Room - had a hand in the finished product in some way.”

In addition to the firkin release, Torn Label Brewing Co. will debut their new winter seasonal this week, Café Dubbel.  Rafi described the brewing process behind Café Dubbel as using “a highly concentrated but very lightly roasted single origin Ethiopian coffee hot brewed by Thou Mayest.  The coffee was roasted on the very light end of the spectrum to highlight its brightness:  a burst of vibrant citrus acidity cuts through a sweet, burnt caramel flavor profile.  Aromas of clove, vanilla and apricot give way to notes of honeycomb toffee and lip smacking maple syrup on the palate, defying expectations of both a coffee beer and a Belgian ale.” 

To celebrate the release of Café Dubbel, Thou Mayest will be tapping the first keg of it on Thursday 2/19.  Bier Station will also be tapping a keg of Café Dubbel right when they open their doors at 11:00AM on Saturday 2/21.  If you haven’t had a chance to try Torn Label Brewing Co. yet, this is a good week to change that.

Border Brewing Company Grand Opening

Speaking of new breweries in the Kansas City area, Border Brewing Company, located at 406 East 18th Street in the Crossroads District, will be celebrating their grand opening this Saturday, 2/21.  Their doors will officially open at 11:00AM and the celebration will go until 11:00PM that night.  If you can’t make it out Saturday, you’ll still have a chance to take part in the opening festivities as Border Brewing will be open 11:00AM – 6:00PM on Sunday 2/22 as well.

Border Brewing’s flagship beers include a blonde ale, “Patio” Extra Pale Ale, “Rooftop” Red Ale, a double IPA, “Campfire” Porter (porter aged on oak chips) and a chocolate-milk stout.  More information regarding these beers can be found here. 

Big Ass Stout Day – The Foundry

As if there weren’t enough choices on how to spend your Saturday this week, The Foundry in Westport will be tapping a number of big, dark beers for their Big Ass Stout Day that will be sure to keep you warm on a mid-February day.  The party starts at 1:00 PM and each beer will be priced individually.  Some of the beers will only be available in 6 ounce pours to give more people a chance to try them while the others will be available in 6 ounce and full pours.  The tap list is quite impressive and is listed below:

4 Hands Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
Bell's Java Stout
Bell's Expedition 2013
Boulevard Imperial Stout
Boulevard Oatmeal Stout
Deschutes Abyss
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
McCoy's Ursa Major
Perennial Abraxas
Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxas
Prairie BOMB!
Southern Tier Choklat
Southern Tier Creme Brulee

Friday, February 13

KC Bier Company's 1st Anniversary Week of Events

Hot on the heels of the anniversary parties for Green Room Burgers & Beer and Martin City Brewing Company, KC Bier Co is up for their 1st anniversary party. They're doing it big this year for their first one too, and have lots of events planned out for the whole week long all over town.

As you all probably know, I'm a big fan of KC Bier Co and what they're doing. I think they got most everything right this first year with the beers they made, the type of atmosphere they've fostered at their brewhouse and biergarten, and the great events they've had through the year. My fandom also probably has something to do with the fact that my wife and I like to dress up in our Trachten and sing German drinking songs. It's always good to have a couple other people around doing the same. Congratulations for making it through your first year and ein Prosit auf noch viele mehr!


Sunday, February 15th - 6pm
Limestone Pizza (814 Mass. St. Lawrence, KS) will feature a Tap Take Over and Bier Dinner. Tickets are $45 plus tax and gratuity. Call 785-856-2825 to reserve your seat.

Monday, February 16th
Tanners Bar and Grill will host a “Buy the Bier, Keep the Glass” night in all of their JoCo locations (12906 W 87th Street Pkwy 
Lenexa, KS; 10146 W 119th Street 
Overland Park, KS; 14337 Metcalf Ave 
Overland Park, KS; and 22374 W 66th Street 
Shawnee, KS)

Tuesday, February 17th - 6pm
Rock and Run Brewery (110 E. Kansas St. Liberty, MO) will host a Tap Take Over starting at 6pm

Wednesday, February 18th - 7pm
Dietrich’s Modern German Cuisine and Biergarten (1313 NE Douglas St. Lee’s Summit, MO) will feature a German themed Bier Dinner. Tickets are $40 and can be reserved by calling 816-524-5307

Thursday, February 19th - 7:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse (1400 Main St. Kansas City, MO) will host a Tap Take Over/Movie Night featuring “The World’s End”. There will be a 12 Bier flight available for purchase called “The Golden Mile Bier Flight” paired with the movie. Tickets for the movie are $10 and can be reserved at the Alamo Drafthouse box office or online at www.drafthouse.com/kansas_city/mainstreet

Friday, February 20th - 4pm
Bier Station (120 E. Gregory Blvd. Kansas City, MO) will host a Tap Take Over starting at 4pm

Saturday, February 21st - 11am-11pm
KC Bier Co will host a party in their Bier Hall (310 W. 79th St. Kansas City, MO) with live music, souvenir 1 year anniversary glassware available for sale, brewery tours at 1:00 and 5:00pm and specialty Biers tapped throughout the entire day. This all day party starts at 11:00am and goes till 11:00pm.

Sunday, February 8

Short Pours - Week of 2/8

Chocolate Ale week has come and gone but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other exciting beer events and releases to look forward to.  This week will see another Smokestack Series release from Boulevard begin to hit shelves in the Kansas City area along with tappings of a beer that has not seen distribution since late 2011.  Let’s take a look at some of the events and releases to keep on your radar this week and into the next.

Char Bar Smoke & Fire Dinner - Beer, Bourbon and Fireside Cigars 

Westport’s popular new restaurant, Char Bar, is hosting their first ‘fancy’ (their words, not mine) dinner on Monday 2/9.   Instead of your typical four or five course dinner paired with a different beer, Char Bar has created a menu that will pair some of the dishes with beer, while others will be paired with bourbon.  For those of you that enjoy a cigar after a meal, there is an option for that as well.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out Char Bar yet, this is a great opportunity to do so.  The full menu for the event is pictured to the right.  There are only a few tickets left for this event so don’t wait too much longer.  For tickets or more information, call Char Bar at 816-389-8600. 

Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Coffee Release

A few weeks back we took a look at the 2015 release schedule for Boulevard Brewing Co. and highlighted some of the beers Boulevard plans on debuting this year.  One thing that really stood out to me was the fact that four variations of Boulevard’s popular Imperial Stout would be released throughout the year.  On Tuesday 2/10, the Kansas City area will see the first variation of the series released as Imperial Stout X – Coffee will start hitting shelves.  Don’t hold out on this one expecting to see it on draft at your favorite bar though as Imperial Stout X – Coffee will only be available in 750ml bottles. 

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout Tappings

Rumors started swirling a little over a month ago that Founders Brewing Company had sent out a limited amount of their extremely rare Canadian Breakfast Stout  (CBS) for draft distribution.  The rumors proved true as check-ins on Untappd and pictures on Instagram of this rare gem started surfacing shortly afterward. 

If you're not familiar with it, CBS is an Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and coffee then aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels.  It was the second release as part of Founder’s Backstage Series back in 2011 but hasn’t seen distribution since. 

Locally, questions started to arise if Founders would show Kansas City some love and send some kegs our way.  Well it turns out they did.  On Wednesday 2/11 Waldo Pizza will tap the first keg of CBS in the Metro Area along with 13 other Founder’s beers.  On Friday 2/13, Bier Station gets in on the fun and will tap CBS at 5:00pm and will have some other Founder’s beers on tap as well.  Martin City Brewing Company will also have CBS on tap Tuesday 2/17 as part of their 2 Rare 2sdays for a Founder’s Tap Takeover including five other Founder’s beers.

Perennial Artisan Ales Tappings & Brewer Presentation – Bier Station

Perennial Artisan Ales will be bringing some special kegs across the state on Wednesday 2/11 for a tapping and brewer presentation at Bier Station in their Biergarten.  Perennial Artisan Ales brewer, Jonathan Moxey, will be on hand to discuss the role of brettanomyces in beer and how Perennial uses brettanomyces to develop the flavor profile in some of their beers.  To assist with the presentation, Bier Station will tap an assortment of Perennial beers brewed with brettanomyces including Aria, Dual Artisanship, Stefon and Owen.  This is a ticketed event so don’t wait too long to get yours as it is expected to sell out.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Chocolate & Beer Pairing - Rock & Brews

For those of you looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other but can’t stand the idea of dropping a couple hundred dollars on dinner and overpriced champagne, Rock & Brews in Overland Park, KS has something that will appeal to beer and chocolate lovers alike. 

On Tuesday 2/17, at 6:30 PM, Rock & Brews will host its first ‘Sweet Surrender’ Chocolate & Beer pairing.  Rock & Brews teamed up with Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates and hand-selected six craft beers to pair with some of Cocoa Dolce’s gourmet chocolates.  The lineup planned sounds delicious and can be seen here.

Tickets for this event cost $30 per person, excluding tax and gratuity and can be purchased here.

Friday, February 6

The Feeling is Mutual Budweiser

You got us, Bud! 
So I might be beating a dead horse with this one, but I wrote this right after the Super Bowl and then got distracted by Chocolate Ale. Since then, about 800,000 other people have already written comments and responses to the now infamous Budweiser Super Bowl Super Slam on craft beer. But, since I already went to the effort of writing it, and since, who knows, maybe some of you have been living under a giant Chocolate Ale magnum since Sunday, I'm posting it anyways.

Here's the ad in case you missed it and care to be offended by its shameless stereotyping:

Tuesday, February 3

Kansas City Bier Meisters 32nd Annual Competition

Kansas City Bier Meisters is the oldest club in Kansas City and in fact one of the oldest in the United States. This years marks it's 32nd annual competition. The first was in 1983. 1983 was less than 5 years from when Jimmy Carter signed a bill to make home brewing legal again in the United States and a year before Charlie Papazian's seminal book on home brewing, The Complete Joy of Home Brewing.

Monday, February 2

Boulevard Chocolate Ale Sightings

Today is the day.

Boulevard Chocolate Ale has started showing up on tap around town.  Below is a list of restaurants/bars that have received it and currently have it available on tap (or will be tapping it today).

We will continue to update this list as well on where to find bottles for sale tomorrow and later this week. Also, keep in mind that we're only posting locations that we have confirmed have the beer. There are no doubt a whole lot more locations that got it that we haven't been able to confirm. You may actually be more likely to get a hold of a bottle if you find it at your local mom & pop liquor store if they got an allotment than by going to one of the big guys!

Update 2/3: Looks like bars on the KS side have not yet received their kegs of Chocolate Ale. The MO side bars received theirs yesterday. Looks like most KS locations are showing that they'll be tapping their kegs tonight or later.