Weekly Bar Buzz

Well, its time to put Chocolate Ale Day, the Bud Light Platinum release, the MU/KU death match and the Superbowl behind us and move on with our lives. What a crazy week that was. Looking back, last week was probably the slowest week from a content perspective since Pat and I started posting regularly. Sorry for not posting more. I think Pat and I were too distracted by the insane traffic this blog got last week. Pat's Chocolate Ale Tapping List generated 100 comments and became a sounding board for Chocolate Ale opinions. I love that this blog can be home to such debate and want to thank all who take part. With all the criticism surrounding beer geeks last week and the talk of hyped beer, it was pretty awesome to read the comments on posts like this.

On another note, we have received feedback from some of you regarding our posting about rare beers. You want to hear more about when seasonals and rare beers are coming to town and honestly, we want to write more about them. I know Pat and I have some work to do on this. We are are doing the best we can, but the fact is we are not as plugged in as Bull was. But we will do a better job. In the meantime, if you would like to share info about beers please don't hesitate to post in the comments section.

There are a few upcoming beer releases to watch out for. I still have not heard anything about when Hopslam bottles are coming to town (has anyone else?), but kegs are still going strong. I enjoyed some on tap at the Flying Saucer on Friday night. 750mL bottles of Curmudgeon’s Better Half, the next beer in Founders Backstage Series are scheduled to enter Founders distribution network next Monday. Not sure when they will arrive on KC shelves, but it sounds like it could be soon. Also, has anyone heard anything about Goose Island Bramble Rye? I know that beer is limited as hell, but has anybody heard if KC is getting any?

Finally, there are some really cool events on the calender for February including a beer vs. wine dinner at Beer Kitchen and a huge Avery event at All Star Pizza. Check them out below:

Get it now:
All Star Pizza - Southern Tier Gemini and New Belgium Fresh Hop tapped yesterday
Waldo Pizza - Mikkeller Black Hole Stout Cognac Barrel Aged, Founder's Imperial Stout, and Odell's Bourbon Barrel Stout on tap

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday 2/7
McCoys and The Foundry - 4pm - Collaboration #2 Baltic Porter Tapping: Come meet the brewers of Collaboration #2 Baltic Porter, Keith Thompson, McCoy's Brewmaster and James Hudec, Gordon Biersch Brewmaster!

Wednesday 2/8
The Flying Saucer - 7pm - Buy the Beer, Collect the Glass: Valentines Day Glass

Thursday 2/9
The Flying Saucer - 7pm - Rare Beer Night: Evil Twin Soft DK Imperial Stout

Friday 2/10
75th Street Brewery - Tapping Double Vanilla Bean Porter

Saturday 2/11
75th Street Brewery - noon to 5pm - The Big Chill Strong Ale and Chili Fest: This year the Big Chill will feature 7 different local breweries. According to the brewery, tickets are now sold out.

Sunday 2/12
Beer Kitchen - 6:30pm - 2nd Annual Grain vs. Grape Dinner: It's time again for one of the most exciting and interesting Brewmaster's Dinners of the year - the second annual Grain vs. Grape Dinner: an epicurean food pairing battle between beer and wine. Beer KC beer director Randyl Danner will be selecting beers for the 5 course dinner, while renowned sommelier Kathy Rohlfing chooses the wines. Learn more here.

Monday 2/13
Maker's Mark Bourbon House - Seatings at 6, 7, and 8 p.m - Boulevard Beer Dinner: Looking for the best way to treat your Valentine in Kansas City? Join Maker's Mark for a four-course Boulevard beer dinner you're sure to fall in love with. The meal and beers were paired by Executive Chef Zachary Alft. Tickets are $125 a couple (plus tax and gratuity) and seats are limited, so reserve spots for you and your Valentine today by calling 816.442.8115. There will be door prizes and contests as well along with a special guest from the brewery on hand to walk you through the decadent meal.

Wednesday 2/15
The Flying Saucer - 7pm - Buy the Beer, Collect the Glass: Tall Grass Velvet Rooster Snifter

Thursday 2/16
The Flying Saucer - 7pm - Rare Beer Night: Left Hand Ambidextrous Stout

Monday 2/20
Barley's Brewhaus (OP) - 6:30pm - Lundi Gras Beer Dinner: Five course meal complete with beer pairings. Deconstructed Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie with 2010 Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout sure sounds like a winner. Tickets are $50, $45 for mug club members. Call 913.663.4099 to reserve your seats today.

Tuesday 2/21
All Star Pizza - 6pm - Avery Angels and Demons Night: We will feature The Beast, Samaels, Mephistopheles, The Reverend, Hog Heaven, and Salvation all on tap. ** Bottles of Avery Rumpkin will be available as well** We will also be selling one Genua Glass (never been in KC) per person for an extra $4 on the first beer. There will be tons of goodies we're raffling off too.

Wednesday 2/15
The Flying Saucer - 7pm - Buy the Beer, Collect the Glass: Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

Friday 2/24
Boulevard Brewing - 11:30am - VIP Tour and Luncheon: Secure your spot for an exclusive VIP tour and luncheon with Boulevard’s brewmaster, Steven Pauwels, and the Beer Kitchen as they share their inspired pairings. The tour will begin from our Tasting Room promptly at 11:30am with the meal concluding at approximately 1:30 pm. Tickets for this event, which include the tour and three-course lunch, are $42 each including tax.

Sunday 2/26
The Flying Saucer - Firestone Walker Beer Dinner: ‎$55 for UFO members, $65 for non-members

Wednesday 2/29
The Flying Saucer - 7pm -
Buy the Beer, Collect the Glass: Stone Old Guardian Barleywine

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