Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Short Pours - 12/2/14

New Belgium Clips of Faith Tour

Kansas City: you are awesome! New Belgium just released the results of their Clips of Faith tour, and not that it was a competition or anything, but KC came in as the city who raised the most money for their local charity. You raised $13,086 raised for Bike Walk KC! About 1,400 people attended the event this year, and 91% of the waste from the event was diverted from landfills. We had the most money raised even though there were 6 other cities of the 21 total cities that had as many or more attendees than us. In total $139,524 was raised for all the local nonprofits involved with the event around the US. Way to go, KC! 


St. Nikolaus Tag at KC Bier Co

KC Bier Co is hosting a St. Nikolaus Day party and toy drive this weekend on Dec. 6 and 7th. St. Nikolaus Day is a traditional German Christmastime holiday, and is the origin of our Santa Claus tradition in America. As KC Bier Co describes their event, "Children in Germany put their 'Nikolaus Stiefel' (or nicholas boot) outside their front door that night. If the kids were good that year, St. Nikolaus would leave them gifts and sweets in their Nikolaus Boot. Instead of us rewarding kids with candy in their boots, we’re rewarding adults with Bier in Boots!"

They will also have a toy drive that weekend to benefits the Shadow Buddies Foundation. For every toy you bring in they will take $1 off each beer. So if you bring in 3 toys, you can get $1 off 3 different biers. Details on the toy drive can be found here 

They're also going to have Santa Claus in the brewery for pictures both days from 1-3pm and live Bavarian music from 3-5pm. 

Screenland & 4 Hands Movies Without Borders at Bier Station

The Screenland Theater and 4 Hands Brewery are teaming up to present outdoor movies at various locations around Missouri on their Movies Without Borders tour. They'll be in KC this Saturday, Dec. 6 at Bier Station. They'll be showing The Thing at 7p for a $10 entry fee. They're going to have a firkin of Bona Fide Imperial Coffee Stout on tap to keep you warm, which is reason enough to go on its own! Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. 

New Beers

Renegade Brewing

Renegade Brewing Company is a relatively new brewery out of Denver that is starting to expand outside of Colorado. Kansas is their first stop, and they'll be having some events in KC this week. I don't know much of anything about the brewery, but they seem to have made a name for themselves in the three years they've been open. They're going to be distributing their Elevation Triple IPA, Consilium Pale Ale, Redacted Rye IPA, Hypocrisy Pale AleHiatus Coffee Oatmeal Ale, and Sit In Imperial Red to KS. I'll be interested to hear more about them soon. Here's a list what they're doing in the area:

Renegade out of Denver is in KS starting this week.
Grinders Stonewall Lenexa Keep The Pint Night 4pm
On Tap: Elevation Triple IPA
Cans: Consilium Pale Ale brewed with oats, lactose, and orange peel, Redacted Rye IPA and Elevation Triple IPA

Friday: Lawrence Pub Crawl
Teds Tap House 5:30pm On Tap: Consilium, Hypocrisy and Sit-In Imperial Red (draft only)
Burger Stand 6:30pm On Tap: Redacted
Merchants 7:30 On Tap: Elevation and Hiatus

Saturday: Johnson Co
The Other Place OP 12pm On Tap: Consilium, Redacted and Elevation
Burg and Barrel 3pm On Tap: Consilium, Elevation Triple IPA, Hypocrisy | Cans: Redacted
Barleys 119th 6pm On Tap: Elevation, Hiatus, Hypocrisy, Sit In | Cans: Consilium and Redacted

Imperial Stout Time

'Tis the imperial stout season, kicked off by Bourbon County Stout last Friday. A few other excellent imperial stouts will be hitting the area soon too. Perennial Abraxas started hitting shelves at a few locations today and other retail shops should start getting it out on shelves throughout this week. It's going to set you back about $25 for a bomber, but it is well worth it! Avery's Tweak Imperial Stout should also be hitting shelves at most places today and the next couple of days. Bottles of 4 Hands Bona Fide should be coming out around the end of December as well. 

Hometown imperial stouts are going to start showing up soon too. Boulevard's Imperial Stout is set to be released sometime next week. It sounds like they've produced more of it this year, so you should be able to get a hold of it without any trouble. Also keep an eye out for Cinder Block's Black Squirrel Imperial Stout. They tapped a 2013 keg for Black Friday, and the 2014 should be out soon! And last but not least, McCoy's Ursa Major will be coming out towards the end of the month as well. We'll have more details on that one in the coming weeks. 

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