Friday, August 16

KC Beer Fest is back

I teased at the news earlier this week, but now it's time for the full blown announcement regarding the return of KC Beer Fest. The festival, which was put on hiatus last year and had its brand and ownership put up for sale, was recently purchased and the event will return this Fall. The lucky winner of the KC Beer Fest name? Drumroll please...


Flying Saucer!

Yep, Flying Saucer Kansas City now has ownership of the KC Beer Fest, and will be holding the festival on September 28th, downtown in the KC Live! block of the Power and Light District. More information from the press release:

The festival begins at 3 p.m. and will feature over sixty, quality hand-crafted beers procured from local breweries and others around the world, plus rare keg tappings throughout the event, live music and great food, including gourmet pretzels and brats.

General admission tickets are just $30 in advance (or $35 day-of event). Additionally, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 and include exclusive access to breweries one hour prior to event start time, private restrooms and an early food buffet inside of Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge. 

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Kansas City Care Clinic and the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, original founders of KC Beer Fest.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, August 19th, and you can purchase by visiting www.kc-beerfest.com.

I'm very excited to have this festival come back, and given some of the excellent and rare beers we see tapped at the Flying Saucer, I'm sure the selection at 2013 KC Beer Fest will be an impressive one (and fingers crossed, the festival will be sans Shock Top Volkswagen). $30 is a pretty reasonable price, and the KC Live! area has the potential to be a great venue for a festival with the rooftop, seating areas, etc. Looking forward to seeing how this pans out!

11 comments:

  1. That too bad. I wouldn't attend at P&L if they paid me $30.

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  2. Pretty much kills it for me too. Why have a beer fest in Bud Platnium country?

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  3. ^^^ because that's where their business is?

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  4. Couldn't agree more, you guys. Having a beerfest that is both outside and covered from the elements sounds totally awful.

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  5. The $35 fee for entrance acts as a good filter for the people some of you may be worried of seeing at this event. This should be a great time.

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  6. I loathe P&L as much as anyone else, but I believe something like this would present an exception to the general issues with that area. The festival is during the day on a Saturday, so it's not like you'll be mingling with Affliction-clad d-bags heading to Angel's Rock Bar, and obviously you are paying to drink beer at the festival, so you aren't roped into paying P&L's standard $10 price tag for a Boulevard Wheat. Not sure what the issue would be with attending this in KC Live, I think it will work out nicely.

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  7. If we're just now hearing about this—roughly one month out—I'm assuming that Flying Saucer has been working behind the scenes a ton to get breweries on board? Anyone know about this? Any idea what breweries will be traveling into town to be a part of this sucker?

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  8. They did Beerfest at KCPL once before, I think the second year, and it was great.

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  9. Anyone need to sell their VIP beer-fest passes. Looking for 2. Let me know and we can figure out how to meet and exchange.

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  10. What does $30 get you?

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