Thursday, May 8, 2014

Our Big Fat American Craft Beer Week List

(photo: Brewer's Association)
American Craft Beer Week is almost here! I hope you don't have any plans for next week because we've got a lot of drinking to do. There are a ton of great events all over town this year. We wanted to get all the events together in one place for your drinking pleasure, so for the second year we've put together our Big Fat American Craft Beer Week List. I'm sure there are events that we missed and more that will be scheduled in the coming week, so we'll be updating the list as we have more info. We want your help too! If you hear about another event, post it in the comments section below and we'll add it to the list. We'll have all the events up on the calendar by next week as well. All of the events are up on the calendar now! Use this link to add our calendar to your own google calendar.

There are lots of free tastings at liquor stores and lots of bars are hosting tap-takeovers and special tappings during the week. As usual, there are going to be some amazing beers hitting the bars around town. Several restaurants will be also be hosting beer-pairing dinners that had me salivating at my desk all day while I was putting this list together. The biggest events come on the weekend: HopFest, Big Rip's Get Ripped 1st Anniversary Brew Fest, and Tour de Bier all happen on 5/17 and 5/18. Free State is also hosting several sidewalk concerts out front of their brew pub in Lawrence, and will be tapping their special collaboration with the Roaming Pint, who just happens to be roaming around here right now.


Monday - May 12

75th Street Brewery - 4-6pm - KC Bier Co Tap Takeover & Mug Club Member Monday
From 75th St: "$3 Mugs All Day for Mug Club Members. Free Mug Club appetizer buffet from 4pm-6pm. Local Tap Takeover with KC Bier Co!"

Barley's 119th - 6pm - Beer School at Barley's - $10/person
Featuring Free State's Cloud Hopper IIPA, Stormchaser Summer IPA, Coeur de Saison, Old Backus Barleywine, Ironman Imperial Stout, and Stormwach Dark Ale on Tap.

Bier Station - 5pm Founders Brewing Co. Tap-Stravaganza
From Bier Station: "KBS anyone? To kick off Craft Beer Week, we're bringing back our 2013 Final Pour champs, Founders Brewing Co., for a tap-stravaganza 5 p.m Monday, May 12. Taplist below. Everyone ready for Craft Beer Week? -- KBS, Rübæus, Backwoods Bastard, Smoked Porter, Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon"

Bridger's Bottle Shop - 5pm - Tallgrass Beer Tasting with Food from Preservation Market

Burg & Barrel - 6-8pm - Mother's Monday with Mother's Brewing Tap Takevoer
From Burg & Barrel: "We will be celebrating Mother's Day an extra day by calling it Mother's Monday and inviting customers to bring mom in for a beer! All Mother's beers will be $3 all day and night. The Mother's Reps will be holding a "Mother, May I?" contest at 6pm and the winner will receive 2 tickets for the upcoming Bus to Mother's event."

Danny's Bar and Grill - 5pm - Deschutes/New Belgium Pint Night & Bags Tournament

Flying Saucer - Special ACBW Tappings
Stone Cali Belgique in Red Wine Barrels

Free State - What's That Smell? Sensory Analysis Seminar
From Free State: "This course takes students through reference samples of flavor & aromatic compounds associated with beer and analyses the origins of those compounds. Homebrewers, beer enthusiasts, and those just curious about beer are encouraged to sign up at our website."

Green Room Burgers & Beer - 8-10pm - Tallgrass & Trivia Night
Geeks Who Drink Pub quiz and a tapping of a special dry hopped Tallgrass 8-Bit Firkin

Haus - 5pm Odell Tap Takeover

Lukas Liquor (Overland Park) - Craft Beer Virgin Conversion - Fort Collins Brewery Tasting

McCoy's - 4pm - Randyl Night
Featuring 2 different Randyl beers: Rose Farmhouse & Grapefruit/Sage Gose

Old Chicago (Olathe) - Sam Adam's Tap Takeover

Tuesday - May 13

75th Street Brewery - 6:30pm The Belgian Classic Beer Dinner & KC Bier Co Tap Takeover - $45/person ($40 for mug club members)
From 75th St: "American versions of Belgian classics prepared with the best local, fresh ingredients and paried with Belgian-style American craft beers"

Anton's - 5pm - Founders KBS & Tap Takeover Event
From Anton's: "Centennial, Dirty Bastard, Nitro Pale Ale and Curmudgeon. There will be no tickets for the event - first come first serve basis. You're more than welcome to show up sooner than that, grab a couple of the other Founders beers and reserve your seat at the bar."

Barley's 119th - 4pm - Odell Footprint Release Party

Barley's 135th - 6pm - Founders KBS Event

Barley's Midland - 4pm - Sierra Nevada IPA Overload Tap Takeover
Featuring three beers from their new variety pack--Nooner session IPA, Blindfold Black IPA, and Snow Wit white IPA. They will also have Torpedo and Hoptimum on tap.

Bridger's Bottle Shop - 7pm - Sour/Earth/Funk night
From Bridger's: "In honor of this glorious week we'll be having a Sour/Earth/Funk night on Tuesday! At 7pm, we'll be tapping kegs of Boulevard Saison Brett, Stillwater Existent and Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga."

Cinder Block Brewery - 7pm - Craft Beer Trivia Night

Flying Saucer - Special ACBW Tappings
2013 Boulevard Saison Brett and Rye on Rye and Craft Beer Trivia at 7:30pm

Free State - Sidewalk Concert & Firkin Tapping
From Free State: "Come help us celebrate American Craft Beer Week with a sidewalk concert and a firkin tapping on the front porch at the pub downtown. It’ll start rolling about 7:30, so come enjoy the sites and sounds of summer in downtown Lawrence and enjoy the new Roaming Pint beer."

McCoy's - 4pm - Maibock Release Party 
"Our special spring release in a 16oz commemorative mug for $7 (while supplies last)"

Overtime Sports Bar and Grill - Sam Adam's Tap Takeover

Rye - 6:30pm - Craft Beer Week Dinner - $65/person
From Rye: "Join Chefs Colby and Megan to celebrate Kansas City’s local craft breweries during American Craft Beer week at the tasty beer dinner below. Beers from Boulevard Brewing Co., Tallgrass Brewing Company, Little Apple Brewing Company, Free State Brewing Company, and Schlafly Beer will be featured."

Webster House - 6:30pm - Free State Brewery Beer Tasting Dinner - $65/person

Wednesday - May 14

75th Street Brewery - Flight Night & KC Bier Co Tap Takeover
From 75th St: "Flagship flights $5, Guest flights $6. Think you know beer? You could win a $50 gift card from our Brains N' Brews Trivia Night at 8pm!"

Barley's 119th - 4pm - Tallgrass Tap Takeover featuring Zombie Monkey

Beer Kitchen - 5:30pm - Odell Beer & Cheese Pairing - $30/person
From BeerKC: "Come meet Matt Shadid from Odell Brewing Co. & sample Celestrina, St. Lupulin, Lugene, & Tree Shaker all paired w/ Artisanal cheeses."

Bridger's Bottle Shop - 6-8pm - Bus To Mother’s Event & Mother's Tap Takeover
From Bridger's: "Win 2 seats on the beer bus Central States Beverage is providing that will take you and a friend to Mother's Brewing Company! Winner will be picked at 8pm based on the best photo posted of you drinking Mother's beers on Twitter while hash-tagging Bridger's Bottle Shop. There will be a few special beers including their taste room West Coast IPA, "Chong" and their Raspberry Imperial Blind Mice."

Cinder Block Brewery - 4-8pm - Peppered Native Randal & Meet the Brewer Event
From Cinder Block: "Peppered  Native with a Randal full of peppers along with talk to the Brewer. The beer goes on at 4pm and talk to the brewer starts at 7pm."

Flying Saucer - Special ACBW Tappings
2013 Founders Backwoods Bastard

Green Room Burgers & Beer - 12pm - Founders KBS Release

Lukas Liquor (Overland Park) - Free State Brewing Sampling

Old Chicago (Olathe) - 4pm - Abita Tap Takeover

Thursday - May 15

75th Street Brewery - 7-11pm - Alley Kick Off Party
From 75th St: "Limited release of our 20th Anniversary Imperial Stout! Live music with Naked Jake from 7pm - 11pm!"

Barley's (119th, 135th & Midland) - 4pm - New Belgium La Folie Tapping

Barley's Midland - 4pm - Cellar Clearing Party
Featuring Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, New Belgium Coco Mole, Avery Samael, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and Odell Friek on tap

Bier Station - 5pm - Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover

Cinder Block Brewery - 4pm - Special ACBW Firkin
Porter and Buffalo Trace Whiskey Firkin

Cork & Barrel Liquor (23rd St, Lawrence) - Free State Brewery Sampling

Flying Saucer - Special ACBW Tappings
Upright Brewing's Four, Five, Six, and Seven

Gomer's Liquor Store (Overland Park) - Free State Brewery Sampling

HyVee Liquor Store (Stateline) - 5pm - Empyrean Beer Tasting

Overtime Sports Bar and Grill - Sam Adam's Tap Takeover

Pinstripes - 5-7pm - Boulevard Beer Tasting
From Boulevard: "We’ll have reps on hand to chat about our beers at the new bowling-bocce-bistro, and Pinstripes will provide complimentary appetizers."

Friday - May 16

75th Street Brewery - FGI-Firkin Friday
From 75th St: "Summer Day IPA - Summit Street IPA dry hopped with Citra to give it a nice summer feel. Limited release of End of a Dream Sour Belgian Pale aged in Chardonnay barrels with pomegranate and blueberries."

Barley's 119th - 6-8pm - Bus To Mother’s Event & Mother's Tap Takeover
Mother's will be giving away 2 tickets for the upcoming Bus to Mother's event.

Burg & Barrel - Lost Coast Brewery - Tap and Bottle Invasion

Cinder Block Brewery - 12pm - Hop Maven Series Release
From Cinder Block: "First release of our Hop Maven Series #1 which is an IPA series dedicated to different styles of IPAs highlighting different hop varieties. Hop Maven #1: Bravo, Falconers Flight, Mandarina Bavaria calculated 90 IBUs"

Cosentino's Downtown Market - 5pm - Sierra Nevada Beer Tasting

Flying Saucer - Special ACBW Tappings
2013 Firestone Walker Sucaba

The Foundry - 4pm - Goose Island Lolita Tapping
From The Foundry: "We'll be tapping the rare Goose Island Lolita (sour ale belgian style ale w/ raspberries) poured in a commemorative Goose Island tulip (while supplies last)"

Free State - Sidewalk Concert

On the Rocks Liquor (Lawrence)  - Free State Brewery Sampling

The Other Place (Olathe) - 4:30pm - New Belgium Lips of Faith Tap Takeover
From the Other Place: "There will be tapings of New Belgium Lips of Faith Peach Porch Lounger, Bier De Mars, and Gruit. They will also be tapping the new Hop Kitchen series of Rye IPA."

Overtime Sports Bar and Grill - Sam Adam's Tap Takeover

Saturday - May 17

75th Street Brewery - 11am-2pm - Beermosa Brunch
From 75th St: "$12 bottomless Beermosas from 11am - 2pm. Plus, a limited release of our homebrew competition winner Silent Partner Milk Stout! Creamy, smooth and a little roasty!"

Cork & Barrel (Downtown Lawrence) - 7-10pm - Boulder Beer Tasting

Big Rip Brewery - 1-5pm - Get Ripped 1st Anniversary Brew Fest - $35/person ($25 for mug club members)
From Big Rip: "We’ve finally made it to our 1st Anniversary! To celebrate we want to throw a great brew fest featuring great breweries from around the area as well as a select few other vendors. We will be outside in the parking lot with live music from Three Dollar Band. Food will be available (not included in ticket price) from El Burrito Loco. This event WILL NOT be oversold. We are only selling a couple hundred tickets so lines will be short and space will be available to relax.
• Regional Breweries
• Local Wine and Liquor
• Souvenir Tasting Glass
• Live Music"

Cinder Block Brewery - 4pm - Special ACBW Firkin
Cider Firkin aged on French oak with White Port

Lukas Liquor - 1-3pm - Boulder Beer Tasting

HopFest - 2-6pm - Waldo - $35/person ($50 for VIP)
From HopFest: "A celebration of craft beers from all over the world.
• 50+ Craft Breweries & 250+ Craft Beers
• Souvenir HopFest Tasting Glass
• Unlimited Sampling (no drink tickets)
• Brewery & Distributor Reps On Site
• Food Trucks
• Kansas City's Home Brewer Competition
• Live Entertainment of D.J. CMAC"

Mass Beverage Liquor Store (Lawrence) - Free State Brewery Sampling

Overtime Sports Bar and Grill - Sam Adam's Tap Takeover

Ray's Liquor Warehouse - 4-6:30pm - Boulder Beer Tasting

Talk of the Town (Leawood) - Abita Strawberry Patio Party

Sunday - May 18

75th Street Brewery - 10am-2pm & 6pm - Hangover Helper & Brew Jam Reunion Concert
From 75th St: "Don't let Saturday night ruin your Sunday! Come early for $12 Bottomless Beermosas from 10am - 2pm. Stay late for the Brew Jam Reunion concert starting at 6pm."

Tour de Bier - 7am, 9am, 10am (Depending on Route) - Starts & Ends at Knuckleheads Saloon - $50/person ($60 day of)
From Tour de Bier: "The Tour de Bier KC, is a point to point bicycle tour of Kansas City’s breweries, historic brewing landmarks and other breweriana and is lauded as the “first of its kind in the region.”
• 17, 35 and 65 mile tours
• Includes lunch & 2 beverages at end party
• Rest stops with food, limited beer tasting
• Roving support
• T-shirt for early registrants
• Maps with self-guided tour information
• Benefits BikeWalkKC"


  1. Nice list! Looks like it's going to be a GOOD week.

    Especially looking forward to The Roaming Pint/Free State collaboration firkin...but then again I am a little biased.

    1. Thanks! The week is looking amazing to me as well. I think it'll be the biggest craft beer week KC has ever seen.

  2. Came by Anton's and they know nothing about the Founders KBS event.

    1. Huh. Well that's disappointing. Here's where I got the info--Eric, the manager of Anton's, posted it on

      I worked hard to verify all of the events on the list, either through distributors, bar owners or liquor stores. There are a number of events that I didn't post because I couldn't verify them.

    2. Anton's post reads "4/15/2014" bartender said, "we tapped that a month ago"

    3. Oops. Got my months wrong. Too much time looking at dates and days and numbers...sorry about that one!

  3. Unacceptable! (no problem Jay, thanks for your efforts, and you owe me a KBS)

    1. I guess my wishful thinking got the better of me. I'm kind of wondering why Anton's didn't put on any events for ACBW anyways. I guess I just really wanted them to!

      And speaking of KBS...a little bird told me that there might be some still available at Green Room...