Thursday, August 12, 2010


One80, a place I enjoyed, will be doing a format change and become Beer Kitchen on Monday. I have no idea what this entails. I think it could be a positive making the corner of Westport Rd. and Pennsylvania quite a little beer destination with The Foundry, McCoy's and now Beer Kitchen.

It's kind of a shame though because One80 had pretty good cocktails, I hope the cocktails don't go away. It might be nice to have an increased beer selection though. I don't know if that will happen.


  1. The scoop, as it was explained to me:

    There will be a large beer selection, with a focus on rare, unusual, and collector-level beers you can't get anywhere else in the area. They will try to establish vertical tastings too.

    The food will be, as it was put to me, chef-driven but approachable and affordable. When I mentioned a gastropub I tried in Philadelphia with a rotating menu and ingredients from their own urban garden, he said that's exactly what they were going for.

    They're also helping one of their own finish his cicerone training (the beer equivalent of master sommelier).

    So yeah, should be interesting. I'm looking forward to what they come up with.

  2. I'm sure they would make you a Pop-Rocks martini if you asked.

    Sounds like they want to challenge Waldo for KC Beer Mecca title

  3. I think Beer Kitchen is kind of a terrible name.

  4. JJS, thanks for the info.

    DLC, I agree completely

  5. Don't forget Riot Room just around the corner.

  6. Drunk Monkey, I really only care about the French martini they made, but it's a pretty classic cocktail, I'm sure I'll be able to get some form of it there. I'd much rather be able to get rare beers so, aside from the name, I'm happy with the change.

  7. The Riot Room is definitely worth mention when you talk about the tap beer offerings in Westport. It's a shame they don't really have walk in hours, but it sounds like that may change in the future.

    I like the Beer Kitchen name and I hate the KC Beer Mecca Title.

  8. We just added 8 more taps yesterday and we are doing our best to be open at 5pm on the nights that we don't have national acts!

  9. So Riot Room does that mean you have 28 taps now? Feel free to email us what you have on tap.

  10. 40 taps total now. 32 inside, 8 outside -

    Ska Decadent Imperial IPA
    Ska Buster Nut Brown
    Boulevard Wheat
    Boulevard Pale Ale
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Guiness (Inside/Patio)
    Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Houblon Chouffe
    Avery Old Jubilation
    Avery Maharaja
    Avery White Rascal
    Avery Salvation
    New Belgium Lips Of Faith Berlinner Weisse
    New Belgium Lips Of Faith Eric's Ale
    New Belgium Ranger IPA
    Great Divide Titan IPA
    Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    Schlafly Pilsner
    Schlafly APA
    Schlafly American IPA
    Schlafly Kolsch
    Schlafly Summer Lager
    Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
    Schlafly Dort Munder
    Schlafly Hefeweisen (Patio)
    Schlafly Pale Ale (Patio)
    Bierra Moretti
    Chimay Premiere
    Affligem Blond
    Shiner Bock
    Newcastle (Inside/Patio)
    Freestate Copperhead Ale
    Freestate Post Rock Pilsner
    Dos Equis
    O'Fallon Wheach (Patio
    New Belgium Skinny Dip (Patio)
    New Belgium Fat Tire (Patio)
    Avery IPA (Patio)

  11. There's a reason it was called 180. You walk in, look around, then do a 180 and walk back out.

    That place had no personality or notable character. Just a bland bar lacking much identity.

    Keep the good cocktails, just give the place some personality, please.

  12. Agree with Fred - the food at One80 was really sub-par, and the one time I went both my and my wife's cocktail were terribly watered down. I hope BK has nothing to do with One80

  13. Paid Beer Kitchen a visit recently while walking the streets through Westport. Not too much of a decor change inside, but you can tell some things are definitely different. I was disappointed to see that they still only had 8 beer tap handles, but the bartender told me that they would be rotated on a "as needed" basis. So basically, when a keg runs out, they put a new one on. So if you find something you like, you better get busy drinking, because it probably won't be back for awhile. The beer list leaves little to be desired. There is pretty much something for everyone. Including frilly beer cocktails for the faint of heart.

    I did try some of the food, (I came in during brunch) and had the chicken and waffles. Crispy salty chicken goodness, served over a giant savory waffle. Man O man...Let me tell you, That thing was AMAZING! I guess they serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday morning. Service was great, beer was great, food...great. I would recommend this, at least for you to try and wrangle your own opinion. Not so keen on the name myself, but at least it gets straight to the point and you know what it is, unlike the former One80 title. I like Westport having some life now, and instead of 1 good beer destination, there are several.