Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hop Fest Beer List

Central States Beverage posted the beer list for Hop Fest on their Facebook page today, but in case you don't have Facebook or would just prefer to have another place to access it, here it is. I also put them in alphabetical order by brewery to make it a little easier to browse:

Purple Haze

Anchor Brewing
Anchor Steam
Liberty Ale
Brekle's Brown
Summer Ale
Old Foghorn
Small Beer

Hop Rocket
Cocoa Loco
Sky High Rye

Avery Salvation Ale
Avery Hog Heaven
Avery Reverand
Avery IPA
Avery White Rascal
Avery Ellies Brown Ale
Avery Samaels
Avery DuganaIPA
Avery Kharma
Avery Maharaja

Big Sky
Moose Drool
Heavy Horse
Olde Bluehair Barleywine

Boston Beer (Sam Adams)
Dark Depths
Griffins Bow
Cinder Bock
Tasman Red
Imperial White
Belgian Session

Boulder Beer

Mojo Nitro
Mojo Risin
Mojo IPA
Hazed and Infused


Bridgeport Hop Czar
Bridgeport IPA
Bridgeport Kingpin Ale
Bridgeport Dark Rain

Chimay Grand Reserve
Chimay Premiere
Chimay Cinq Cents

Fox Barrel
Fox Barrel Blackberry
Fox Barrel Apricot
Rhubarb Elderberry
Crispin Honey Crisp
The Saint

Hop in the Dark
Hop Henge
Red Chair
Mirror Pond
Black Butte
Conflux #2

Firestone Walker

Firestone Walker Double Jack
Firestone Walker Walker's Reserve
Nectar Ale IPA
Nectar Red Nectar Ale
Nectar Black Xantus
Firestone Walker Union Jack
Firestone Walker 15

Free State
Free State Wheat State Golden
Free State Ad Astra Ale
Free State Copperhead Ale
Free State Oatmeal Stout
Free State Maibock

Oud Bruin
Augustijn Grand Cru
Klokke Roland
Poperings Hommel
Scotch de Silly
Boucanier Red
Petrus Winter 9
Silly Noel
Troubadour Magma Cascade
Troubadour Magma
Troubadour Blonde
Troubadour Obscura
Monks Café
Petrus Aged Pale
Bieken Honey Ale
Gulden Draak
Gulden Draak 9000

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
Stiegl Lemon Radler
Stiegl Pils
Stiegl Goldbrau
Hirter Morchl
Hirter Privat Pils

Goose Island
Pere Jacques

Grand Teton
5 O'Clock Shadow
Bitch Creek
Howling Wolf
Lost Continent

Great Divide
Great Divide Chocolate Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
Great Divide Titan IPA
Great Divide Nomad Pilsner
Great Divide Espresso Yeti
Great Divide Colette
Great Divide 18th Anniversary Double IPA

Green Flash
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Green Flash Hop Head Red
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Green Flash Trippel

Hofbrau Original

Hairy Eyeball 2011
Gnarlywine 2011
Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale 2011
Our Own Bavarian Style DoppelWeizen
Lucky 13
Lil' Sumpin Sumpin
Hop Stoopid
Imperial Stout

Left Hand
Smoke Jumper
Wake Up Dead
Milk Stout
Sawtooth Ale
Black Jack Porter
400 lb Monkey

Magic Hat
Circus Boy

Mother's Brewing
3 Blind Mice
Lil' Helper
Imperial Three Blind Mice
Trouble Maker
Foggy Notion
Holy Mole
Uber Pils

Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska Brewing Cardinal Pale Ale
Nebraska Romancing the Cone IPA
Nebraska Hop God Belgian IPA

New Belgium

New Belgium La Folie
New Belgium LOF Biere De Mars
New Belgium LOF Clutch
New Belgium LOF Coco Mole
New Belgium Ranger IPA
New Belgium Somersault
New Belgium Shift Lager

North Coast
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
North Coast Brother Thelonius
Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
Le Merle
Old Stock 2012
JK Scrumpy Hard Cider

Hemp Hop Rye

O'Malley's (Weston)
O'Malley's Cream Ale
O'Malley's Drop Kick Amber Ale
O'Malley's Stout
O'Malley's SunRyes Summer Seasonal

Original Sin
Cherry Tree
Newton Pippin

Audacious Apricot

Red Hook

Schlafly American IPA
Schlafly Oak Aged Barley Wine 2009
Schlafly Biere De Garde
Schlafly Kolsch
Schlafly Summer Lager
Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen
Schlafly Yakima Wheat

Messiah Bold
Hop Manna IPA
Lenny's RIPA
Coney Island Lager

Six Row
Six Row Whale Ale
Six Row Double IPA
Six Row Porter

Modus Hoperandi
True Blonde
Steel Toe Stout

Southern Tier
Southern Tier 2XIPA
Southern Tier IPA
Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA

Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Pale Ale
Stone IPA
Stone Levitaion Ale
Stone Smoked Porter
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Old Guardian Barleywine
Stone Russian Imperial Stout

Summit Extra Pale Ale
Summit Horizon Red Ale
Summit Oatmeal Stout
Summit Unchained Series #9: Dunkel Weizen

Tallgrass Halcyon Wheat
Tallgrass 8 Bit Pale Ale
Tallgrass Velvet Rooster
Tallgrass Oasis
Tallgrass Plum Saison

La Fin Du Monde
Trois Pistoles
Blanche de Chambly
Unibroue Anniversary #17

Vanberg and Dewulf
Saison Dupont
Witkap Tripel
Moinette Blonde
Bons Voeux
Hop Ruiter

Wetten Importer
Delirium Tremens
Delirium Nocturnam
Golden Carolus Hopsinjoor
Kasteel Rouge
St. Louis Framboise
St. Louis Peche

Dark Saison
Pitch Black IPA

What do you think? Anything on the list really piquing your interest? A few that stood out to me were Big Sky Olde Bluehair, Deschutes Hop in the Dark, Lagunitas Waldo and Nebraska Brewing Company Romancing the Cone, just to name a few. And of course, it's going to be great to have Mother's Brewing at the festival, giving everyone a chance to try a wide variety of their beer to celebrate their introduction to the Kansas City market.

And on the other hand, anything you are surprised isn't here? I was disappointed to see Founders wasn't on the list. One of last year's Hop Fest highlights for me was getting to taste Kaiser Curmudgeon, which later was bottled and became Curmudgeon's Better Half.

Tickets for Hop Fest, which will be held Saturday, May 19th, are still available, and can be bought online or at The Well or Lew's.


  1. 90% I have no desire to try or have had numerous times. The other 10% most I want to try I can buy in a store right now. What's left isn't worth $30. This is why Parkville still gets my vote as the best KC area festival.

  2. +1 to the first comment. No Boulevard either? Last year I remember Saison-Brett on tap, test Hoppy Wheat, and DDH-Double Wide ipa. Was also hoping for Saison Noir like TWCP in StL beer tasting just had. May have to skip this one...

  3. d00d33 - Good call on Boulevard. I'm sure that was just an oversight when Central States posted their list. I'll get that information and get the list updated, because I know they will be there.

  4. I guess it all depends on what you want to get out of a festival. Parkville obviously had more out-of-market beers, but it doesn't matter if you can't get to them. For me, there is no lineup of beers that would encourage me to repeat that experience, but to each his/her own.

    I had many orders of magnitude more fun at last year's Hopfest. I got to sample every beer I wanted save one (FW 14). More importantly I got to spend time socializing with friends and talking to the reps/brewers instead of spending the whole day waiting in line. Again, it's all about preferences, and I prefer drinking slightly less rare beer with friends.

  5. Im coming in from Omaha so I think its great because its a nice mix of beers we can and cant get, and if I try something I love, I can most like pick some up before leaving KC.

    Stone, Deschutes, Schlafly, Avery, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Left Hand and Southern Tier are all beers we cant get here so I am stoked to get to try them all in one place and hopefully come back home with some backstock for my basement bar!

  6. Disappointed that Sierra Nevada won't be there as well. I love hoptimum and celebration ale. I did not see Bell's either. Would of enjoyed too see their fellow Michigan brewers Founders too. Went to this Fest last year and loved it. Great beers, short lines, and no lines at pissers. Parkville was a complete disaster and I would never attend again, unless I feel like not drinking beer and waiting in lines.

  7. Perspective plays a big role here. This will be my first beer festival so I am thrilled with the selection - there are tons of beers I will get to try for the first time. Is the lack of Founders, Bells, Boulevard, etc disappointing? Sure, but I think this is a great selection. Already going to have to figure out how to narrow my list of 50 beers down to a manageable attack plan.

    Cheers to beer!

  8. John McDonald and Steven Pauwels will both be there, so I can only assume that their beers will also attend.

    As for in market beer I wish Bells, Founders and Odell were going to be there but, in the end, 30$ is nothing to sample that many beers, and if it is anything like last year it will pretty much be no wait on any beer.

  9. Boulevard is definitely going to be there, there's no question about that.

    Some of the notable missing breweries, like Sierra Nevada and Odell, are not going to be there because, from what I understand, Glazer's did not commit to the event and those breweries are part of their product portfolio.

  10. Makes me miss the American Royal Brewhah. It was great to see see reps from Founders, Bells, and New Belgium, SN among others. Now its seems like the big fests are ran by the Distributors and tend to leave beers out. This same weekend Omaha will have their fest with a lot more representation and St Louis seems to have more of an independent vibe. I guess this is why the BeerKc events seem to be so much more fun, with Kegs not bottles and more special beers out there.

    With all that while I'm disappointed not to see Bells and others there it should be a great weekend for a fest and this is much better ran then others. Is there going to be the "beer auction" like they had last year?

  11. My brief weigh-in: Hopfest was a great time. Virtually zero waiting (10 minutes to get in, almost nothing to get beer), and they brought plenty to drink.

    To my knowledge, all of the VIP beers were still around when we gen-pubbers got in.

    I tried dozens of beers I've never had before, from rare one-offs to those beers that you think about buying but decide not to drop $10/bomber on.

    The weather was warm, but noticeably cooler than last year. The choice to move it up a month was a good one.

    There were enough people for it to feel like a party, but not enough for it to feel crowded. Really, I think they had the right number of attendees for the space and # of tents they had.

    What could be better:

    While they had plenty of toilets last year, they ran short this year. The line to use the facilities got pretty long the 2nd half of the festival.

    The homebrew contest and categories should be announced well ahead of time, since, you know, it takes a while to make beer. Most (if not all) of the entries probably brought beer they happened to have sitting around that matched the categories.

    Overall: Yes, I'm absolutely going again next year.

  12. @ JJSKCK, I completely agree with everything you said. I will NOT be going to Parkville again unless they drastically change it and I WILL absolutely go to Hop Fest for a 3rd time next year. To the first commenter, I'd say you fall into the beer snob category which is fine. This was a beer fest for beer geeks. What an awesome day!