Monday, June 4, 2012

BeerKC Summer Beer Festival

Though the first day of summer is technically not until June 20th, these recent weeks of warm temperatures have brought an early start to the season of sitting poolside, trips to the lake and nude sleeping with multiple tower fans pointed at you (that last one may just apply to me). This hot weather calls for certain types of beer; the days of stouts and porters are fewer and farther between, and now we look to lighter, more refreshing beer styles to quench our thirst.

Enter the first annual BeerKC Summer Beer Festival. This summer-themed festival, which benefits AIDS Walk Kansas City, is set to take place on Saturday, June 9th from 5-9 pm on Pennsylvania Ave. between McCoy's and Kelly's Westport Inn. The people behind BeerKC (Beer Kitchen, McCoy's and The Foundry) started the festival with the goal of offering a large number of easy-drinking, season-appropriate beers in one setting. Styles that will be part of the festival include Saison, Wit, Hefeweizen, Biere de Garde, Berliner Weisse, Radlers, Lagers, Pale Ale, Shandy, plus Spring and Summer seasonals.

Randyl Danner, Director of Beer for BeerKC, noted that there are many factors that go into selecting the participating breweries for a beer festival. For this particular event, she first focused on including local breweries, then expanded the process to find other popular craft breweries and breweries that have beers that fit well into the festival's style guidelines, like Stiegl and their Radler beers.

So, of course, the magic question is: what beers will be available for sampling? Here you go:

75th Street Brewery
White Tie Belgian Wit
Royal Raspberry Wheat
Summit Street IPA
Saxy Golden

½ Court Light Lager
Draft Choice 1 Special Maibock

Brewery Ommegang
Hennepin Farmhouse Saison

Boulevard Brewing Co.
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Crispin American Craft Ciders
Crispin Original
Fox Barrel Pacific Pear
Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear

Deschutes Brewery
Hop in the Dark
Chainbreaker IPA

Empyrean Brewing Co.
Watch Man IPA
Super Nova Summer Fest

Founders Brewing Co.
Red’s Rye PA

Free State Brewing Co.
Brinkley’s Maibock
Stormchaser IPA

Goose Island Beer Company
312 Urban Wheat Ale

Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery
Czech Pilz
Bavarian Hefeweizen
Golden Export

Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse
Howling Wolf Weisse Bier
Sweetgrass APA

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Trippel Ale
Palate Wrecker

McCoy’s Public House
Goode Farmhouse Ale
Ginger Shandy
Newcomb’s IPA
Watermelon Randall IPA
Hoppy Farmhouse

Nebraska Brewing Co.
EOS Hefeweizen
Infinite Wit
Cardinal Pale Ale
Hop God

New Belgium Brewing Co.
Biere de Mars

Odell Brewing Co.
St. Lupulin
Double Pilsner

Schlafly Beer
Bière de Garde
Yakima Wheat

Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Hop Sun
Eurotrash Pilz

Zitron Radler
Grapefruit Radler

Stone Brewing Co.
Arrogant Bastard
Stone IPA

Summit Brewing Co.
Unchained #9 Dunkel Weizen

Tallgrass Brewing Co.
Wild Plum Farmhouse
Farmhouse Ale
Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat

Interested in attending Summer Beer Festival? Tickets are available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and can be purchased at McCoy's or online by clicking here.

Have a great time this weekend, and don't forget to close the blinds if you sleep naked!


  1. Kind of bummed there are no sours on the list. The website originally said they would have sours! Great beer list though.

  2. The original website stated that sours were an option for breweries to bring. There aren't many, but Berliner Weiss is a sour, and I'm going to release a sour from our collection. Please know it is not a McCoy's sour.

  3. I thought Sierra Nevada was gonna be there - if so what are they sampling?

  4. Sorry, they are! Kellerwies and Summerfest.

  5. I LOVE the poster for this! Also... does the entry fee get you some free drinks?

  6. The entry fee is for tasting over 60 different beers.

  7. I hope this isn't an event where you stand in line forever to receive a sample the size of a small dixie cup. For $25 per entree, I would expect better. Can anyone confirm? Thanks.

  8. We've sized the event to keep lines reasonable. We capped ticket sales to 650.