Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Short Pours - 8/26/15

Now that the dog days of summer are past, I feel the hot-weather/lake-weekend induced drinking-event lull coming to an end. Fall is in the air and I can already feel Oktoberfest approaching. As many of you have probably seen, I go all out with the lederhosen, and my wife with the dirndl. Additionally, little Rose will have her own custom made baby-dirndl for this year! There's absolutely no way we're losing the costume contest at KC Bier Co this year.

But before we get to all the Oktoberfest madness, we've got the fall festival season. Keep your calendars open, because there are multiple festivals and big events planned for nearly every weekend in September and October. It is the best time of year to be drinking, after all. There's a few events coming up before all this craziness kicks off though that I wanted to throw out there today. 

Final Women in Brewing Event @ Flying Saucer - Tonight

Flying Saucer is hosting the last of their Women in Brewing events tonight at 7pm. Tamar Banner will be in from New Belgium for the event to lead a beer and cheese pairing and to generally talk about beer & brewing. Tickets for the tasting are $25 and you can get a hold of them by calling down to the Saucer at 816-221-1900. It's also glass night, so you'll get yourself a sweet New Belgium glass as well for showing up and drinking the beer. Also, while we're on the topic, you should check out the rare tap going on at the Saucer tomorrow night... Pretty Things Fumapapa & Fringe. Get it! 

Bird Lives at Green Room!

Bird Lives Jazz Celebration @ Green Room - Thurs., Aug 27

Green Room is hosting a Charlie Parker celebratory event tomorrow at 8p as part of the city-wide Bird celebration going on this week. They'll be tapping their Bird Lives double IPA that they release yearly on Bird's birthday (or close to it anyways). They're also going to be having local jazz going on in the Westport Coffeehouse Theater next door. Ryan Heinlein is going to be debuting his KC Bone Company group along side special guest Clay Jenkins. Cover for the show is only $5, and you can pay at the door. And as usual, you can grab your beer at Green Room and take it into the theater or get it on tap in the theater itself. 

Feast Magazine Feast 50 KC Events - Sat./Sun., Aug. 29-30

Feast Magazine is having a series of events in KC for their Feast 50 winners. A couple will be definitely be cool events for you beer nerds out there. This Saturday, Aug. 29, they're going to be having special behind the scenes tours at Thou Mayest in collaboration with Torn Label. You'll get to tour the coffee roastery, try a special Thou Mayest/Torn Label collaboration available only for the tours, and also get pastries from Heirloom Bakery & Hearth and Dolce Bakery to boot. Tickets are only $10, and you can get them through the Feast website. 

Feast is also hosting the Pie Hole Food Truck and Glace Artisan Ice Cream at KC Bier Co on Saturday and a Butchery Demo at Local Pig & tour of J. Rieger & Co.'s distillery with Dark Horse Distillery on Sunday. Check out the Feast site for all the details. 

Boulevard Saison-Brett Dinner - Aug. 31

Boulevard and Bluestem are hosting an awesome beer dinner next Monday. It's a little different than most beer dinners, as every course will be paired with Saison Brett (except dessert), rather than having a different beer for every course. In Jeremy Danner's words, "I love Saison-Brett and have wanted to do a dinner like this for quite some time. We've paired three courses with Saison-Brett to demonstrate that it is, indeed, the perfect food beer."

Tickets for the dinner are $85 plus tax & tip, and while it's expensive, I'm sure it will be one of the best beer dinners of the year considering the restaurant and the featured beer. You can get tickets by calling Bluestem 816-561-1101. The dinner starts at 6:30p. Here's the menu pairings for the dinner:

It's true--it IS the perfect food beer.
Welcome Beer
Boulevard Pale Ale

Zucchini bread, burrata
Chicken liver crostini
Shaved hams, english muffins

First Course
Chilled Corn & shellfish veloute
Boulevard Saison-Brett

Second Course
House made ricotta cappelletti, braised rabbit, saison-brett
Boulevard Saison-Brett

Third Course
Hay roasted heritage hog, fresh cassoulet
Boulevard Saison-Brett

Fourth Course
Malted ice cream, blueberry, beer caramel
Long Strange Tripel

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