Thursday, July 14, 2011

Snoop Dogg Gents

Central States Beverage, the Boulevard, Sam Adams, Lagunitas and many other beers distributor, got in touch with us wanting to host a Gents. We hemmed and hawed for over 3 months and finally decided it would be okay to let them host a party for us with them providing all the beer. And provide beer they did, more than any Gents we've had before.

We had Collaboration #2, Saison-Brett and Two Jokers, enough so that it was basically all we could drink of just those 3 beers. But that wasn't it, a bunch of Belgian beers like Troubador Magma, Poperings Hommel Ale, Scotch de Silly, Bieken Honey Ale, Piraat and Petrus Oud Bruimn giving us a shot to try some of those new to market beers. They even popped open a bottle of Utopias for us. That's when the party really got started.


We had been at Central States for about an hour and a half, walked the warehouse, had some dinner and got started on drinking, mostly focusing on Collaboration #2 and Saison-Brett. Danner and I tried something on tap that I wouldn't really recommend, the folks at Central States call it a Happy Happy, which was half Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and half Tank 7. Just stick with Tank 7 or Summer Shandy, never shall the two be mixed, it turns into a lemony mess. After all of that, Snoop Dogg showed up.

Snoop was very gracious and allowed everyone to have their picture taken with him. He seemed almost used to it, sticking to a single pose with his beloved can of Blast. He put up with Chimpotle's grossness, Yuengling's sexuality and Danner's class with equal magnanimity. But he didn't share any of that Blast with us.

Overall, we had a great time, came out of it with some good glassware (I came home with 4 Smokestack tulips and a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass and a Gents KC banner) and got to try a bunch of beer. We didn't have any out of market or rare beers, but that's okay, we all got to try at least something new. Central States really rolled out the welcome mat for us and we had a great time.

11 comments:

  1. Snoop put up with Danner's class or Danner's ass? We have photos of both...

    I would say Utopia qualifies as "rare". Sure, you can find it, but it's rare to have an opportunity to actually try it.

    Jon and CSB were great hosts, and I really enjoyed the tour. I was blown away by the sheer volume of beverage they have on the premises. Also, I was shocked to find that they still make Icehouse.

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  2. What a sweet party. Can I come next time? :)

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  3. What the hell is Gents and how does one become a member?

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  4. Don't ask, and you can't

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  5. Anonymous 1, maybe you should follow the Kansas Forum on Ratebeer.com. Periodic local tastings where the beer is rare but membership and employment among the members is not.

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  6. Anonymous 1: Although, you will have to put up with that dude. If he's not in Japan or Oregon or any of the other amazing places he goes.

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  7. Anonymous 2/3: No worries, I rarely go. Just letting Anonymous 1 know if he wants to hang out and try some new beers, there are people that won't tell him to fuck off.

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  8. John, I don't agree with your characterization of how I am dealing with people who want to come to Gents. I think that everybody who's ever written to me to ask about it has either 1)gotten in or 2)received a personalized response telling them what needs to be done to get in. What we have though is a space issue and most Gents are comfortable being around people that we know which is what makes it such a great time. Your Ratebeer gatherings may be a great time as well and I think that's probably due to the fact that you guys/gals know each other from the message boards. I'm not going out of my way to go on there and shit on your get togethers, I don't know why you feel it necessary to do so to ours.

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  9. I didn't shit on your get together, I shit on someone asking about it and getting blown off. If you speak for Gents, maybe you should tell Anonymous 1 that he doesn't.

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  10. I think this story and the comments reveal that you are all actually arrogant 6th grade girls trying to feel more important than each other.

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