American Craft Beer Week 2012 - KC Edition

Tomorrow kicks off American Craft Beer Week, and Kansas City will have a number of events taking place for you to choose from and celebrate the beauty of craft beer. Though Brad noted a number of these in his most recent Weekly Bar Buzz post, many events have been added since, and I thought it might be helpful to have one consolidated place for everyone to view the schedule as the week goes on. I intend to keep this updated as needed, so if you hear of something that I missed, please let me know and I'll get it added.

Monday 5/14

12 Baltimore Bar & Cafe - 6pm - Boulevard Beer Dinner: Join 12 Baltimore to celebrate American Craft Beer Week for what is sure to be an amazing Boulevard beer dinner. Each dish of the five course meal is perfectly paired with a Boulevard beer. Tickets are $50 a person (plus tax and gratuity) and seats are limited so we recommend you call 816.221.7000 today to secure your spot.

75th Street Brewery - Mug Club Mayhem: Monday sparks the week-long special of 40% off Mug Club Memberships and a new addition to the Mug Club program: Friends & Family Referral Bonus - refer a new member to the Mug Club and get $10 back. Also, come in during American Craft Beer Week and get a coupon for a free fill during the month of June..

Barley's Overland Park - 5pm - Tapping a keg of Tallgrass Farmhouse Ale (NOT the version with Plum).

Barley's Shawnee - 5pm - Tapping a keg of Tallgrass Farmhouse Ale with Plum. Jeff Gill, owner of Tallgrass, will be on hand.

Flying Saucer - Special tutored tasting session with Boulevard Brewing Company, led by Neil Witte of Boulevard Brewing. Neil will lead attendees through a 5 "bite" pairing, where he will show how proper food and beer pairings help pull unique flavors from the beers. Tickets are $15.

Julian - 5:30pm - Interactive dry-hopping seminar with Stone Brewing Company Brewmaster Mitch Steele, followed by a 4 course beer dinner at 7:30pm featuring Stone beers. Menu items include a pork belly braised with liquid infused with Citra and Simcoe hops, and duck with Chinese black vinegar sauce that will be paired with Vertical Epic. Cost is $40 for the dry-hopping event, $60 for the dinner, or $90 total if tickets for both are purchased. Call 816-214-8454 to make your reservation, limited seating.

McCoy's/The Foundry - Randall Monday will feature two Randalled McCoy's beers - Honeycomb lavender Goode Farmhouse Ale and Dry Hopped IPA.

Old Chicago Olathe - 5pm - Empyrean Brewing kickoff, tapping a keg of Third Stone Brown Ale.

Old Chicago Overland Park - 8pm - Empyrean Brewing kickoff, tapping a keg of Third Stone Brown Ale.

Rusty Horse Tavern (Parkville) - Grand opening celebration with a tapping of Founder's Breakfast Stout.

Tuesday 5/15

75th Street Brewery - Regions Brewmaster Dinner: An exquisite five course meal prepared by 75th Street chef John Ferguson and KC Hopps' Executive Chef Ryan Sneed. Pairings of house beers and unique American craft beers by 75th Street Brewmaster Micah Weichert. We’ve crossed every state line in the country to put this one together. 40 advance tickets will be available. $50 per ticket, $45 for Mug Club Members.

Flying Saucer
- Tapping a firkin of Tallgrass Brewing Company 8-Bit Pale Ale, dry hopped with Cascade and Brener’s Delight hops. Kelly Lohrmeyer from Tallgrass will host a brewers table featuring a selection of Tallgrass beers.

The Foundry/McCoys
- 4pm - Maibock Release Party: Eight bucks will get you a commemorative 20 oz beer mug, full of beer! Also, enjoy a mini 3 course beer dinner at the Beer Kitchen every night of American Craft Week for just $38.

Free State Brewing Company - 7:30pm - Tapping a firkin of Full Kimono, the collaboration beer made with 23rd Street Brewery and Blind Tiger.

Martin City Brewing Company
- Meet and greet with Stone Brewing Company Brewmaster Mitch Steele and tapping of Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans and Stone 2012 Russian Imperial Stout.

Nara - 6:30pm - Boulevard Beer Dinner: Join Nara for a delicious four-course meal paired perfectly with Boulevard beers in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Tickets are $35 a person. Seats are limited, but you can reserve yours today by calling 816-221-6272.

Royal Liquor - 5-7pm - Can vs. Bottle Blind Tasting - Side-by-side blind tasting of several craft beers that are available in both cans and bottles.

Wednesday 5/16

75th Street Brewery - 5pm - Return of the Swift Kick: Second bottling and release/tasting of Brewers’ Reserve beer, Swift Kick. We’ll be bottling the Swift Kick for only the second time since it left it’s cozy home in the Bulleit Bourbon barrel it was aged in. It has been cask-conditioning for the past 6 months in stainless steel casks. A superb oak tone is mingled with undertones of our honey brown and sour brettanomyces yeast. Bottles will be available at 5:00; tasting from 5:00 – 7:00.

Barley's Shawnee
- 5pm - Meet and greet with the Free State brewers. $3 seasonal pints, $4 imperial seasonal drafts.

Berbiglia 103rd - 6 to 8pm - The Craft Beer Tasting: Meet local brewery legend Trip Hogue, Boulevard brewing's longest-tenured employee and the only person with the honor of having a Boulevard beer named after him.  He'll be signing Long Strange Tripel bottles and introducing a NEW Boulevard beer.  For $6 you can sample beers from 20 breweries and take home a Boulevard goblet.  Call 816-942-0070 to RSVP.

Flying Saucer - 7pm - Buy the Beer, Collect the Glass: Stone Imperial Russian Stout Snifter

The Foundry - 4pm - Founders Night: Tapping Double Trouble, Backwoods Bastard, Breakfast Stout, and 2011 KBS.

Thursday 5/17

75th Street Brewery - Three Dollar Thursday: $3.00 Pints ALL DAY. Select $3.00 appetizers. Live music with the Counter Culture band starts at 9:00. That’s 15 amazing, hand-crafted in Waldo, pints to choose from…full beer line-up will be announced soon.

Barley's Overland Park - New Belgium Thursday - Tapping the ONLY keg of New Belgium La Folie to make it to Kansas City. New Belgium Beer Ranger Adam Satz will be in the house for the tapping.

The Dubliner - 6:30pm - Boulevard Beer Dinner: In honor of American Craft Beer Week, we're proud to host our first beer dinner at KC Hopps' newest restaurant, the Dubliner. Located in downtown Kansas City's Power & Light District at 170 E 14th Street, the Dubliner puts a modern spin on the traditional Irish pub featuring a rich, dark wood interior imported from Ireland with a menu inspired by the countryside and all your favorite KC Hopps dishes. This five course dinner features beers exclusively from Kansas City's own Boulevard Brewing Company carefully paired with dishes from KC Hopps' Executive Chef Ryan Sneed.

Flying Saucer - Tapping a cask of Schlafly Dark Saison Ale with cherries. This beer was brewed by Saucer manager, Monica Nauser, in conjunction with The Riot Room at the main Schlafly brewing facility in St. Louis. Gary Briggs from Schlafly will be on hand to discuss this and other beers.

McCoy's - Cask Night will feature two McCoy's Double Pale Ale real ale casks, one with amarillo hops, the other with Cascade.

Friday 5/18

75th Street Brewery - 5pm - TGI-Firkin Friday - Ahhh yes, the Tripel Beezy. We’ve blended our British Style E.S.B., The Good Hope IPA, and The Summit Street IPA for this edition of Firkin Friday, then threw in a generous triple dry-hop of American Sonnet, Super Alpha and El Dorado hops. The firkin will be tapped at 5:00.

Barley's Shawnee - 5pm - Tapping a firkin of Summit Extra Pale Ale.

Saturday 5/19

75th Street Brewery - The Black Jackets - Come in Saturday for Buy One Get One growlers all day long. Stay for the Black Jackets at 9:00 with reverse happy hour from 9:00 to close featuring $2.50 bomb shots, $2.50 wells and $2.00 slices of delicious thin crust pizza in The Alley.

The Well - 2 to 6pm - Hop Fest 2012: Join the Well and Lew's in our tented beer garden (1 block East of The Well) as we celebrate Craft Beers from all over the world. We'll be featuring 20+ Craft Breweries and 250+ Craft Beers with the brewery and distributor reps on site to answer questions and entertain with stories about the beer. New features this year include food trucks and Kansas City's Home Brew of the Year award! Click here to learn more.

Sunday 5/20

75th Street Brewery - Hangover Helper - Brewer’s A La Carte Brunch from 11:00 – 2:00 featuring the tapping of the best breakfast beer EVER! Up All Nitro Porter, our nitrogen poured java porter. The perfect blend of Dark Mojo coffee beans and English Chocolate Porter malts. $3.00 pints of Up All Nitro Porter and build your own Bloody Mary bar. Also $10.00 pitchers and $7.00 pizzas all day.

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