Thursday, June 19, 2014

KC Real Ale Fest this Saturday in Lee's Summit

Casks, firkins, pins, oh my!
As the summer of festivals marches on, we've got another one this weekend! The KC Real Ale Festival is in it's second year now featuring (you guessed it!) real ale. The fest will be held at New Longview in Lee's Summit on Saturday from 11a-9p. Tickets are $35 for GA, or $50 for VIP. As of posting this, you can also get 2 tickets for the price of one (GA only) on My Pitch Deals. The VIP tasting will be from 11a-2p, and the GA tasting goes from 2p-9p.

Food will be available from local restaurants before you scoff at the number of casks.and there will be live music throughout the day. The fest is also partnered with the Tour of KC bike race--the crit race course will be just adjacent to the festival and there will be races taking place throughout the day. The finish line of the Gran Fondo course will also be right next to the festival--just in case you're into riding your bike 105 miles and then drinking beer the rest of the day. (I know you're out there!)

The KC Real Ale fest is going to have nine cask beers available and over 70 other brews available. The firkins on tap at the fest will include:

4 Hands - Divided Sky Rye
Empyrean - Watchman IPA dry hopped & with Mango & Hibiscus
Free State - Storm Chaser
Free State - Ad Astra
Green Room - Papa Louie's Golden Jukebox with Raspberry
Mothers - Dry Hopped Doozey
Mothers - Fresh Grapefruit Shandy
Schlafly - Special Release Export IPA
Tallgrass - Ethos dry hopped with Chinook & Simcoe

Now, you might think--a real ale fest with only nine firkins?? Well I will tell you from personal experience--firkins are an enormous pain in the ass and getting even nine together at one time is an accomplishment. They're much more difficult to transport, keep cold, and serve than a keg. The firkin also has to be served off of a beer engine. Beer engines cost around $750 each. So consider the $7000 worth of serving equipment going into the fest while you're quaffing your cask beer.

The weather looks great for Saturday, so go get your half price tickets now and come hang out with us! That cask of dry hopped Doozey is reason enough for you to go...

Here's the full list of brews available (excepting the firkins listed above):

4 Hands - Pyrus
Abita - Baltic Porter
Arcadia - Cereal Killer
Arcadia - Hopmouth
Avery - Samaels
Avery - Czar Imperial Stout
Boulevard - Ginger Lemon Radler
Boulevard - Unfiltered Wheat
Boulevard - Tank 7
Boulevard - ZON
Boulevard - KC Pils
Boulevard - 80 Acre
Crown Valley - Barrel Age Bison Ale
Deschutes - Hop & Dark
Deschutes - Not the Stoic
Empyrean - Dark Side Vanilla Porter
Firestone Walker - Double Jack
Firestone Walker - Union Jack
Founders - Porter
Founders - Curmudgeon
Founders - Centennial IPA
Goose Island - Matilda
Great Divide - Chocolate Yeti
Great Divide - 20th Anniversary
Green Flash - Road Warrior
High Noon Saloon - Annie's Amber Ale
High Noon Saloon - Tonganoxie Honey Wheat
High Noon Saloon - Oregon Trail Raspberry Wheat
KC Bier Co - Hefeweizen
KC Bier Co - Hopfen Doof
Lagunitas - IPA
Lagunitas - Lil' Sumpin Sumpin
Lagunitas - Pils
Lagunitas - Daytime
Lagunitas - Maximus
Left Hand - Black Jack
Left Hand - 400lb Monkey
Left Hand - Polestar Pilsner
Mothers - Sandy
Mothers - Three Blind Mice
Mothers - Lil' Helper
Mothers - Towhead
Nebraska Brew - Brunette Nut Brown
New Holland - Dragon's Milk
New Holland - Oak Aged Hatter
North Coast - Le Merle
North Coast - PranQster
Odell - Loose Leaf Session Ale
Ommegang - Rare VOS
Ommegang - Fluere De Houblon
Ommegang - Witte
Ommegang - Copperstown Ale
Original Sin - Elderberry
Original Sin - Hard Cider
Original Sin - Pear Cider
Rock & Run Brewery - 4 different ales
Sea Dog - Blueberry Wheat
Schlafly - Quadruple
Schlafly - Biere De Garde
Shipyard - Blueberry smashed
Ska - Modus Hoperandi CANS
Ska - Pin Stripe Red
Southern Tier - 2x Stout (Double Milk Stout)
Stone - Old Guardian barleywine
Stone - Enjoy By
Stone - Imperial Russian Stout
Summit - Extra Pale Ale
Tallgrass - Buffalo Sweat (Oatmeal Cream Stout)
Well’s & Young - Wells Banana Bread
Weston Brew - Li’l Lucy’s Hot Pepper
Vermont Hard Cider - Woodchuck Cellar Series Dry Hop
Vermont Hard Cider - Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple

1 comment:

  1. A beer engine is only necessary if you need to pump the beer up from a cellar. The beer will fall out of the cask via gravity just fine if it is up on a counter or table or bar or whatever.

    Not to say this will be a bad festival but there isn't some sort of logistical limit on how many cask beers can be served at once. The Great British Beer Festival is about 900.

    Closer to home the Chicago Beer Society's Day of the Living Ales has about 50.

    Neither festival uses beer engines to pump beer down into glasses which is something I have never seen outside of Kansas City. Beer engines aren't even a thing in Franconia where cask beer is common.