4th Annual Westport Strong Ale Fest this Saturday - Win Tickets Here!

Most awesome flyer ever!
The Westport Strong Ale Fest put on by Beer KC is back! The event is taking place this Saturday, 11/15 from 1p-5p on Pennsylvania Ave out front of McCoy's. They're going to have over 30 breweries attending with over 80 beers on sample, nearly all of them over 7% abv. Tickets are $35 if you get them in advance and $45 at the door. Buy your tickets early--they have sold out in the past. And $35 for the lineup of beers they've got is an absolute steal.

This is one of my favorite beer festivals in town. It's always well managed and the lines are short. It also really delivers on the specialty beers. This year is going to be no different--BeerKC has got a solid lineup of beers going. Most of the breweries attending are pretty much your standard fare--local guys and big national craft breweries. What is special about the fest though, is that each one of these breweries is bringing some of their best and rarest beers. There's no pale ales, wheats, or weak ass session-anything at this one.

In all seriousness though, please be smart at the fest. The beers are strong and even in 3 oz pours, you'll need to be careful if you're going to make it out under your own power. Trust me, I have personal experience with this. Eat a big meal before hand, drink a bunch of water while you're there, and make a plan for getting home! You're not driving after this one. You might not even be walking.

Ticket Contest

Because you're one of our awesome readers, and because the folks at BeerKC are also awesome, they're letting us give away a pair of tickets! But as you know, nothing comes free from the KC Beer Blog.

If you want to win the tickets, first you have to "like" either McCoy's, Foundry's, or Beer Kitchen's Facebook pages to be eligible. Then head on over to the KC Beer Blog Facebook page and post a picture of your best photographic recreation of the official Strong Ale Fest 2014 flyer as a comment on the link to this post. The person whose photo gets the most likes from your fellow beer geeks by Noon on Thursday will win the pair of tickets.* So go get yourself some strong ale, a lucha libre mask and get your finest fine art photography skills on!

*The fine print--you've got to be 21 to enter. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.

Update: Shannon Oelke won the vote for our photo contest with this beauty. Congrats, Shannon! And thanks for all the other entries and all of you voting out there!

The winning picture!

The Beer Lineup

Here's the full lineup for the fest. I highlighted a few standouts in the list. Although to be fair, at any other beer fest pretty much all of these would be standouts.

4 Hands Brewing Co.

Ca$H Mony
Ill Repute

75th Street Brewery

Up All Nitro Porter
Evil Origins
Junior’s Barrel

Avery Brewing Co.

Hog Heaven

Bell’s Brewery

Expedition Stout 2013

Boulevard Brewing Co.

2012 And 2013 Rye-On-Rye
Imperial Stout
Silver Anniversary Ale
Love Child No. 4

Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers
Belgian Indepenance Day IPA

Brouwerij Der Trappisten Van Westmalle

Westmalle Tripel
Westmalle Dubbel

Cathedral Square Brewing Co.

Ave Maria
Repent Rye
Gabriel IPA

Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Mirror
Not The Stoic
Black Butte XXVI

Empyrean Brewing Co.

Carpe Brewem Imperial Mango Ipa
Nibbed In The Barrel Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Jack

Free State Brewing Co.

Owd Macs Imperial Stout
Old Backus Barleywine
Cloud Hopper

Founders Brewing Co.

Curmudgeon Old Ale
Backwoods Bastard
2014 KBS

Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Stout
The Muddy
The Ogden

Gordon Biersch

Belgian Stout

Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Bullet
Imperial IPA
Hop Head Red

Green Room Burgers and Beer

Sycamore Brown
Hopronomicon Ex Maltis

Kanasas City Bier Co.


Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Hop Stoopid

Martin City Brewing Co.

Big Boy Imperial Stout
Brandy Barrel Aged Tripel
Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Abbey

Mccoy’s Public House

2013 Wee Willy Scotch Ale
2011 Ursa Major Russian Imperial Stout

Mother’s Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Imperial Three Blind Mice
Super Doozy
Squashed Chocolate Pumpkin Porter

Nebraska Brewing Co.

Truth Bender

New Belgium Brewing Co.

La Folie
New Belgium/Perennial Lips Of Faith-Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

North Coast Brewing Co.

Brother Thelonious
Old Stock Ale
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Odell Brewing Co.

Footprint RegionAle 2014

Oskar Blues

Ten Fidy

Perennial Artisanal Ales


Samuel Adams Beer Co.

Fat Jack Double Pumpkin
Double Bock
Imperial White

Samuel Smith’s

Imperial Stout
Yorkshire Stingo 2013

Santa Fe Brewing Co.

Imperial Java Stout

Schlafly Beer 

Tazmanian IPA
Christmas Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ninkasi Beer Camp Double Latte
Trip In The Woods
Narwhal Imperial Stout - 4.04

Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Crème Brulee

Stone Brewing Co.

Reason Be Damned 
“The Tiger Cub” Saison

Traquair House

Jacobite Ale
Scotch Ale

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.


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