Friday, August 12, 2011

Summit in KC


Minnesota transplants, your day has come, Summit Brewing is soon to be available in Missouri and Kansas. And by soon, I mean that Summit beers are sitting in a warehouse in Kansas right now waiting to be distributed around the city. How soon that takes place I don't know, but I would guess next week or the week after.

Not familiar with Summit? Well, you've probably never spent any time in the twin cities then. Summit owns Minny/St. Paul like Boulevard owns KC, though Surly may take over soon. And Summit reminds me a lot of Boulevard in the sense that one of their best beers is a porter and they have a similar lineup to Boulevard before the Smokestack series took root. But, I don't like any of their beers as much as I like Boulevard's.

The Minnesotans love the stuff like they love Kent Hrbek, Bert Blyleven and Fran Tarkenton. You know what I say, any group that actively make signs that say "Circle me Bert" stands a very good chance of being a pack of idiots. I don't find anything objectionable about Summit, it's solid beer and has a definite following. But, I think it's just going to languish on store shelves because it doesn't compare favorably to Boulevard, Free State, Odell, Avery, Lagunitas and Schlafly. But as NBC Action News reporter Ryan Kath and native Minnesotan wrote on Twitter "Tough Pale Ale choice: hometown brew or Boulevard?" I suppose if you grew up with the Summit version it might be a tough decision. It's not going to be for me.

In any case, Summit is soon to be on store shelves in both Kansas and Missouri. I'm not aware of any rollout parties or sample events yet. Maybe this can soothe the local Minnesotans with football season coming up and the sound of "defending world champion Green Bay Packers" in many games while the Vikings are rolling out Donovan McNabb's corpse at quarterback. A nice Summit Porter and tears mean football for many Minnesotans.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info - will it be priced similar to Boulevard too, or will it be $8 per 6-pack?

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  2. Surprised it's here so fast. A guy from NKC Bev was talking about it at the Tallgrass firkin night. I had the same thought as you about it being hard for them to take market share from Boulevard. They really need to make sure the unchained six-packs make it down here.

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  3. I love their oatmeal stout. I have a feeling we won't be getting that.

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  4. As far as I know, we're only getting the extra pale, great northern porter, and the hefe. At least, those are the only labels that were registered in MO.

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  5. Red Ale, Oktoberfest, Extra Pale Ale, and IPA are the ones hitting on the Kansas side this morning. It doesn't seem that they're bringing the whole lineup to either side of the line.

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  6. The Horizon Red is a really good hoppy red.

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  7. They had the Oatmeal Stout at the UNICO Microbrew festival, but I like it when a brewer includes key ingredients in a beer's name, so I went for the Red ale brewed with Horizon hops.

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  8. I had the Oatmeal Stout at the Olathe Old Chicago last night. How does $6.99\12 pack sound starters for Pale?

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  9. It saddens me that there is so much negativity out there. I think that Summit is an excellent product with a wide array of styles.To put folks straight, all brands have been registered in both states and should be readily available in most stores that support better beer. The Oatmeal Stout ws not poured at the Unico Micro Fest up at Zona Rosa.
    The tasting events that I have attended have shown that people LIKE Summit and are happy that it is now available. I suspect that it will in no way signal the demise of our friends on the Boulevard but hey guys, be honest and give credit where it is due. It is refreshing for me to enjoy a true English style IPA rather than a West Coast Knock Off that makes you want to shave your tongue. By the way, it is not $6.99 /12 pack. That is PBR pricing.

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  10. Thanks for catching the typo. I should have been $6.99\6pk. That's on the Kansas side only. It's higher in Missouri.

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