It's that time of year again--hipster Prom season in KC. And as usual, you get to pick out your own Prom Kings and Queens in the Pitch Best of KC 2014 survey! Who doesn't like a good popularity contest?
Since you're on the KC Beer Blog and not the KC Karaoke Blog, the KC Massage Blog, or the KC Hair Removal Blog, we figured you might be interested in the beer-related categories up for grabs this year.
The bar categories have stayed pretty similar to last year, but they've shaken up the brewery categories quite a bit. They eliminated the Best Craft Brewer, Best Microbrewery, and Best Nanobrewery categories. For 2014 they've replaced these with Best Locally Owned Brewery and Best New Brewery. The Best Brew Pub category carries over from 2013, and they're also adding a category called Best Local Beer (Maker + Type).
I'm not sure if the changes this year were meant as an intentional dig against Boulevard, but the new categories essentially mean that Boulevard can't win anything as a brewery. Then again, they do get a whole category to themselves (as they did last year) for Best Boulevard Release, and one of their brews could also win as the Best Local Beer.
Oddly enough, what I thought was a mistake last year of having two duplicate Best Food Blog categories has carried over to this year again. One is in the People & Places section and the other in the Food section. They've also kept the Best Local Blog category as well. (Hint, hint!)
The open write-in voting runs through next Friday, August 15th. After that, there will be a runoff vote for the top three write-ins for each category from August 20 - September 17. Make your voice heard and vote for your favorites!
Here's a listing of the beer & brewery categories for this year:
Best Beer Crawl
Best Beer Festival
Best Beer Selection (Bottles)
Best Beer Selection (Taps)
Best Boulevard Release
Best Brew Pub
Best Liquor Store
Best Local Beer (Maker + Type)
Best Locally Owned Brewery
Best New Brewery