Short Pours Week of 3/30

Boulevard Brewing Co – Heavy Lifting IPA Release

A couple months back we highlighted Boulevard’s 2015 release schedule and discussed some of the new beers that would be available this year.  We have already seen The Calling IPA hit store shelves and get bought up quicker than Boulevard can brew it.

Starting Monday March 30th, we will see the debut of another new IPA from Boulevard, Heavy Lifting IPA.  This release is not only exciting because it is a new addition to Boulevard’s core year round beers but this is the first canned beer Boulevard has ever released.

Boulevard’s Ambassador Brewer, Jeremy Danner, describes Heavy Lifting IPA as, “a close cousin to Mid-Coast IPA. Coming in at 6.2% ABV and 80+ IBUs, Heavy Lifting features massive end of boil hop additions of Topaz, Bravo and Centennial and is dry-hopped with Centennial, Amarillo, Citra and Topaz. This hop assault creates a huge citrusy/piney flavor and aroma that leaps from a simple malt base composed of pale malt and a touch of Munich malt. Heavy Lifting finishes quite dry with lingering hop bitterness.”

Heavy Lifting IPA will initially be released in 6 packs of 12-ounce cans with draft expected in April.

Kansas Craft Beer Week – March 30th – April 5th

If you live on the Kansas side of the border, you may be looking especially forward to this week. 

Monday March 30th kicks off Kansas Craft Beer Week and multiple breweries that call Kansas home will be featured on special at restaurants and bars throughout the state all week long.

Some of the breweries that will be taking part in the celebration are:

Tallgrass Brewing Co. – Manhattan, KS
Freestate Brewing Co.- Lawrence, KS
Wichita Brewing Co. – Wichita, KS
Walnut River Brewing Co. - El Dorado, KS
Radius Brewing Co. - Emporia, KS
High Noon Saloon & Brewery - Leavenworth, KS

You'll be able to find beers from these Kansas breweries at the locations below:

Talk of the Town - 119th and 135th location
Old Chicago - Overland Park
Old Chicago - Olathe
The Other Place - Overland Park
The Other Place - Olathe
Llywelyns Pub - Stanley

In addition to the specials on Kansas beers through the week, there will also be some special events throughout the week. 

KCBW Special events:
Monday 3/30 - Barley's Midland - kickoff party featuring cask from Tallgrass and Defiance. New beers will be 16 Bit from Tallgrass and Defiance Origami Sasion.
Tuesday 3/31 - Pig and Finch - Tallgrass Beer Dinner
Thursday 4/2 - Fox and Hound  - Kansas Beer Night
Friday 4/3 - Rock and Brews - Kansas Happy Hour 

Odell Tap Takeover – Barley’s Midland

Barley's Midland has a busy week ahead.  One night after kicking off Kansas Craft beer week they will dedicate 5 of their taps to Odell Brewing Company.

On Tuesday March 31st, Barley’s Brewhaus Midland location will feature the following beers from the Fort Collins, CO based brewery:

Brazzle Golden Raspberry Sour Ale
Friek Barrel Aged Sour
Footprint Region Ale
Barrel Thief Barrel Aged Myrcenary
Fifty-Niner Belgian Golden Ale

In addition to these great beers on tap, Matt Shadid with Odell Brewing Co. will be in attendance for the night's festivities and will discuss the beers and answer any questions you may have regarding these beers or any other beers brewed by Odell.

Pair Excellence II – Crossroads Pollination Beer Dinner featuring Torn Label Brewing

If you visit The Belfry often, you may have asked yourself why you haven't seen any Torn Label Brewing Co. beers on tap.  After all Torn Label has been sending their beers to local restaurants and bars since the beginning of the year and have all ready gained quite a following in the Kansas City area.  Well the reason you haven't seen any of Torn Label's beers there yet is because Chef Celina Tio was saving the Torn Label kegs for something special.  

On April 2nd at 7:00 PM, Collection located at 1532 Grand Boulevard will team up with Torn Label Brewing Co. and Chef Celina Tio to host a beer dinner.

The menu is listed below and after seeing this menu, I think it was a good decision to hold onto these kegs as the food and beer pairings sound delicious.

Monk and Honey - Chicken Firecracker with Black Tea Dipping Sauce

Alpha Pale - Young Lettuces, wort “Vinaigrette” and Puffed Barley 

Quadjillo - Beef and Green Onion Pot Pie

House Brew - Orange Shortbread and Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel

Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

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