Short Pours - 01/30/14

Flying Saucer - Night of the Bastards

Tonight at The Flying Saucer they are hosting a Stone and Founder's event featuring only "bastard" beers. Check out the list below - if Stone Toasted Oak Double Bastard and Founder's Backwoods Bastard doesn't get you all hot and bothered then there probably isn't much that can. The beers start pouring at 7pm.
  •      Stone Toasted Oak Double Bastard
  •      Stone Double Bastard
  •      Stone Arrogant Bastard
  •      Founders Dirty Bastard
  •      Founders Backwoods Bastard

Bridger's Bottle Shop to Open in Westport

A Bier Station style bottle shop is planning on opening before St. Patrick's day on Westport Rd and Mill St in the space where America's Pub used to reside.  They plan to have more than 600 beers available alongside a tradition menu featuring Local Pig meats - I might take up permanent residence if that's truly the case. For more details you can checkout the Kansas City Star article.

Char Bar to Open Biergarten in the old Beaumont Club

Another addition to Westport, this time brought to you by some of the same people responsible for McCoy's / The Foundry / Beer Kitchen. Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements plans to open this fall in the space that used to be The Beaumont Club - while heartbreaking that it won't return as a music venue - the plans for this establishment seem promising.  There aren't a great number of places in town where you can hang out outside and drink good beer - so more are always welcome. They're planning on having games like croquet / ping-pong / foosball available to play, and while I wish they would have a bocce court, any games are good enough. You can read more about Char Bar on the Kansas City Starwebsite.
Free State Brewing Co. Burroughser Weisse
February 5th will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of William S. Burroughs: satirist, painter, and controversial literary icon. To mark the occasion, Free State Brewing Company has crafted a bold and eccentric ale befitting a figure as unique and unconventional as William S. Burroughs. Burroughser Weisse takes an already esoteric beer style and turns it on its head. Based on the Berliner Weisse style known for a sour, tart finish that drinkers have historically tempered with the addition of Raspberry or Woodruff syrup, Burroughser Weisse amps up the tartness a bit with a bold addition of Hibiscus Flowers to the kettle, resulting in a bright fuschia color in this crisp and refreshing ale.

This beer will be released on February 5th at the brewpub and at a few places around Lawrence. There is rumor that some might make it to Johnson County, so if you can't make it out to Larryville, you may still have a chance to try this anniversary brew. We'll let you know if we hear anything.

EDIT: This beer will be at the tap takeover happening at Overtime in Overland Park, on February 10th at 6:30pm before the KU vs. KSU basketball game. The brewers will also be there for a meet and greet.

Kansas Craft Brewers Expo

This year's KCBE is slated to be held March 8th in downtown Lawrence. The line-up look pretty good, and from what I've heard in years past, this is a very well run festival. Check out their website for a list of breweries as well as a link to tickets.

Chocolate Ale on the Way

Next week brings us the beer that Pam in accounting won't stop talking about, Boulevard's Chocolate Ale. Draft release is on Monday, while bottles won't hit shelves until Tuesday. Come back tomorrow where we'll talk about how to have a better chance at getting this highly anticipated release, as well as what to do if you can't manage to find a bottle. 

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