Short Pours - 6/7/2013

It's firkin Friday!

If you're looking for a happy hour option (I thought about saying cask-y hour, but would have had to punch myself in the face), there are a few different places serving up unique beer this evening. First, Brewbaker's will be tapping a pin cask of Odell IPA infused with orange at 4pm. Bier Station will follow that up at 5pm with a cask of Empyrean Burning Skye Scottish Ale infused with heather tips and honey. And finally, Mother's Firkin Fridays at Lew's continue tonight when a firkin of Lil' Helper with blueberries and chipotle gets tapped at 6:30pm.

Central States and Lagunitas to collaborate

Central States Beverage announced that they were one of eight distributors selected by Lagunitas to help brew a new beer that will be part of the Lagunitas Fusion Series. Brewing will take place in mid-July, and the Kansas City market will get dibs on a portion of the final product once it is finished. More details will be coming later, but this is yet another piece of exciting news from Central States after they announced their collaboration beer with Santa Fe Brewing Company.

New Yorker maps the rise of beer

The New York published a cool interactive map on their website that breaks down the craft beer 'phenomenon'. The map allows you to highlight and pinpoint specific states and breweries based on statistics like annual production, fastest growing breweries and new breweries (in 2012). A few notable items: Boulevard is marked as the 12th largest craft brewery (no surprise there), Mother's Brewing Company is the 7th fastest growing craft brewery, and the map shows Crazy Eye Brewing in Hiawatha, KS as the closest local brewery to open in 2012.

Two new Founders beers

Fruit takes center stage with two new beers from Founders that will be making their way to KC later this summer. First is Mango Magnifico, which is the next beer in their Backstage Series. This beer, brewed with mango and habanero peppers, will begin distributing in early August, so look for it later that month. Second is Rubaeus, a raspberry ale. Though it's technically not "new", it hasn't been bottled since 2008, and was produced this year as a replacement for Cerise (which was scrapped due to the Michigan cherry shortage). Look for it in 4-packs and on draft, expected to hit in July or August.

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