Before I get to work on today's Weekly Bar Buzz I want to quickly highlight one of the events it will feature. Boulevard has some special guests in town this week and now we have a chance to meet them. Tomorrow night at 7pm the Flying Saucer will be hosting a Meet the Brewers event with Steven Pauwels, Boulevard's Brewmaster, and Steve Dresler, Sierra Nevada's Brewmaster. Additional brewers from Boulevard and Sierra Nevada will also be on hand to raise a pint and talk about the craft beer industry with anyone interested. Most of you probably know who Steven Pauwels is and what an impact he has made on Boulevard. Steve Dresler you may be less familiar with. He has been with Sierra Nevada since 1983, when they were brewing 25-30 barrels a week (compared to 786,000 barrels in 2010), so I imagine he has a pretty interesting perspective on the industry. While you're there, don't forget to check out this week's Buy the Beer, Collect the Glass offer on Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA.
I'm a Kansas City native who found a passion for craft beer in college. After I graduated from MU, I moved to Denver and started selling beer at the retail level. Colorado is an excellent place to learn about the beer industry and that's exactly what I did, taking full advantage of all the nearby breweries and local beer festivals and soaking up all the beer knowledge I could. My wife and I returned to KC in March of 2011 to start a family. Since then I got my Certified Cicerone, went to work for a local beer distributor and started writing for the KC Beer Blog. Now I am proud to be the Craft Beer Account Manager at the North Kansas City Beverage Co. The views expressed on my blogs are my own.