Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hop Fest Specials

Hop Fest is next weekend, which is a bit of a shame it's not today with the perfect weather we're going to have. Organizers are still putting together the complete list of beers but have released the following list of special beers:
Boulevard Test Sour Love Child #2 -keg
Southern Tier - Gemini, Imperial Blended Ale
Crispin - oak aged Pear and Apple Ciders - only eight in MO
Lagunitas Brown Shugga 2010 -keg
Boulevard Hoppy Wheat - keg
Troubador Magma -keg Belgian IPA
Monk's Café - keg Belgian Sour
Southern Tier - Oaked Aged Unearthly ( Imperial IPA)
Tallgrass - Velvet Roster (Belgian Triple)
Southern Tier - Jahva (Imperial Coffee Stout)
Tommy Knocker - Hop Strike (Black IPA)

It's a bit sad that I can look at a list like this and be a little disappointed. Nothing really blows me away but we have many solid options. I haven't tried Love Child #2 yet so that's where I'll go first. Monk's Café on tap should be nice. I had Velvet Rooster a couple of weeks ago and it's definitely worth trying. You probably know how I feel about Brown Shugga'. Solid, but not mind blowing. I'll be giving Southern Tier another shot as well, I almost bought a bottle of Oak Aged Unearthly the other day.

Keep in mind, this is just a list of some of the "special" beers. Many other beers will be available, surely enough to make you beery. Tickets for Hop Fest are still available at The Well and Lew's, both of the VIP variety and regular.

Also, as part of Hop Fest, on Friday night The Well is hosting a beer dinner with beers from Lagunitas, Stone, Goose Island, Schlafly and Boulevard as well as representatives (and maybe an owner or two) from each brewery.

1st course—Werner’s Bratwurst wrapped in smoked applewood bacon, Bavarian kraut pretzel twist and three mustard sauce

2nd course-- Shrimp & Crab Lemon chive aioli crostini

3rd course-- Grilled Beef Tenderloin with balsalmic onions and crimini mushrooms topped with gorgonzola, sundried tomato butter and served with zucchini fries

4th course –Chefs Seasonal Choice

5th course—Ambrosia chocolate flourless cake with crème anglaise and fresh berries

Tickets for the beer dinner are $50 and are available at Lew's and The Well. Ladies, if you want to make your husbands really happy, get them some tickets to Hop Fest and the Brewmaster's Dinner, offer to drive and let them enjoy themselves surrounded by beer, every father's dream.

Disclosure: I have received a couple of complimentary VIP tickets to Hop Fest from a source interested in selling more tickets to Hop Fest. It doesn't affect my feelings toward the fest, but you can be the judge of that.


  1. Are the 5 "VIP only" beers on that list, or are they going to be a surprise?

  2. I'm stoked for the Monk's Cafe on tap, since my wife and I went to Monk's last week, and they only had it in bottles. Should be amazing on tap.

  3. JJ, I believe that list IS the VIP list.

  4. Unknown about the 5 VIP beers, my guess is they're on the list.

  5. I've been trying to get a peek at this menu forever. Thanks for posting! My girlfriend at the office and I bought tickets to take our husbands to the brewers dinner on Friday. But really, WE are the ones who wanted to go! I am pretty excited about this.

  6. Problem here: Anyone who cares about these beers has probably already tried them. The reason tickets aren't selling is because it's too expensive considering the price of Parkville and BeerKC's recent beer festivals. Oh well...

  7. I'm surprised John hasn't commented on this, saying something about how all beerfest events being inherently flawed....

  8. John's in San Diego which I'm sure means he's not checking the blog.

  9. The price ($30) is only $5 more than McCoy's festival, and it there should be more beers at this one.

    I do think the other festivals have affected ticket sales for the event; I just think it's less about ticket price and more about having 3 similar events in the span of 7 weeks. KC is becoming really saturated with beer fests/dinners/events. I'm definitely not complaining, but it's also hard to do everything.

  10. So the Brewers Dinner has been cancelled. I guess my friend and I are the ONLY people in Kansas City who bought tickets?! Bummer!