Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Parkville Microbrew Festival 2017 is this Saturday!

Parkville Microbrew Fest this Sat @ 1pm! 
Hey blog friends, are you ready for a party!? Parkville Microbrew Fest is this Saturday! Now instead of just touting the many reasons you should go to Parkville (which we will do later on), I thought it might be fun to delve into the Parkville Past on the blog for a little while. Our humble beer blog was started almost 10 years ago and when we had our first post about Parkville in 2008 the fest was already well established in its 5th year. Now in its 14th year, Parkville is officially the oldest continuously operating beerfest in the metro.

In 2012, our former Beer Blog Editor in Chief (now Supreme Marketing Guru at Boulevard and all around super likeable guy), Pat Mullin, wrote our first review of the fest. Even though he had a great time, he still had a tough review of the fest with almost as many negatives as positives. But what I love about reading that old post is seeing how far Parkville has come since then. In the last 5 years, basically all the criticisms that Pat had have all been fully addressed. Contrast his follow up review in 2012 to mine in 2016, and you won't find any of the same issues. Really this is the best organized festival in the region. My only big complaint last year was parking, but really, you shouldn't be driving to an all day drinking fest anyways (but if you do, remember that designated drivers get in FREE!).

The Fest Details


Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: Gate opens at 11:00am, Beer Samping from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
LocationEnglish Landing in Parkville
Tickets$35 GA Online / $45 GA at the door / DDs Free
Info: Website | Facebook | Facebook Event | Twitter

As usual, Parkville will be down at the English Landing Park on the banks of the Missouri. As I've said many times over, I think this is the best location for a beer fest that I've ever been to. There aren't many festivals that you're not pounding the pavement all day long. They also do a great job with the grassy field. Last year it had rained for about 2 solid weeks prior to the fest, and even though there wasn't any rain on the day of the fest, I fully expected it to be a mud pit. But my wellies really weren't even necessary. Also as a bonus--because of the location you can bring your dogs and your kids! (Yes, I carried a 1 year old kid around last year strapped on my shoulders).

Even after a 2+ weeks of rains ahead of the fest last year,
the ground was still pretty solid. 

The brewery list this year looks better than ever, with a full 69 breweries attending the fest plus 13 breweries-in-planning or homebrew clubs and 250+ beers. And while the list lacks some of the superstar breweries of Bouelvardia, it definitely has some standouts that I highlight below. Just to whet your appetite, know that Cinder Block's Lusus Naturae is on tap for the fest (which might be the best beer brewed in KC) and, oh yea, Love Child 5, Love Child 6, AND Love Child 7 at Boulevard's table... So do your research and you'll still be able to find those rare gems at Parkville.

It looks like rain in the forecast for this Saturday, but don't worry, the rain wont dilute your beer if you drink it fast enough. Plus, if it rains, that means no lines for beer--so much the better for the dedicated drinker. And like I said, they seem to have some magic sauce in the grass there, because last year should have been a mud wrestling pit, but was actually really decent still. So suck it up--you won't melt.

Why You Should (or Shouldn't) Go


  • The Price: At $35, Parkville is an absolute steal. The amenities provided, bands, organization, and brewery selection make this well worth the money. You're going to spend this much money buying about 4 beers at a bar with tax and a tip anymore. 
  • The Location: Obvious. Trees. Better than a parking lot. Lots of room for porta-potties. Drinking by the river. 
  • The Organization: I haven't been to a beer fest with shorter lines for the bathrooms, a better festival grounds layout, or an easier entry process. 
  • The Beers: So like I said last year, this isn't the pantheon of rare and specialty beers like Boulevardia. The breweries attending are by and large not super exotic breweries that you have to drive across the country to try. There are definitely some rare gems in the mix, but if you crave the rare and exclusive, your money is probably better spent at Boulevardia. 

The Brews


Here's a comprehensive list of brewers attending the event so far. Parkville also has really nice mobile site where you can search brewers and beers by name or style. They also have the event listed on Untappd (I didn't even know this was a thing!), so you can easily rate beers to your hearts desire without having to spend so much effort looking them up. I also highlighted brewers on the list that shouldn't be missed either because they're new, not available in town, or because of the special beers they're bringing! And that's not to say that each one of these breweries won't have great beer.

Who wants some more tasting glasses for the collection?
Breweries
23rd Street Brewery
2nd Shift Brewing
4 Hands Brewing Company
4204 Main Street Brewing Company
Amerisports Sports Bar and Grill
Ballast Point Brewing Company
The Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
Blue Blood Brewing Company
Border Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company
Brauerei Hirter
Brickway Brewery & Distillery
Broadway Brewery
Bur Oak Brewing Company
Calibration Brewery
CIB Brewery
Cinder Block Brewery
Confluence Brewing Company
Crane Brewing Company
Dogfish Head
Double Shift Brewing Company
Empyrean Brewing Co
Exile Brewing Co.
Farnam House Brewing
Flying Monkey
Founders Brewing Co.
The Free State Brewing Co.
Fringe Beerworks
Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.
Gordon Biersch - Kansas City
Granite City Food & Brewery - Zona Rosa
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Green Room Burgers & Beer
Grinders High Noon
Heavy Riff Brewing
Infusion Brewing Company
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Kansas City Bier Company
Keg Creek Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Little Apple Brewing Company
Logboat Brewing Company
Martin City Brewing Company
McCoy's Public House
Mother's Brewing Company
Nebraska Brewing Company
New Holland Brewing Co.
O'Fallon Brewery
Odell Brewing Co
Oskar Blues Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Piney River Brewing Company
Radius Brewing Company
Red Crow Brewing Company
Rock & Run Brewery and Pub
Rock Bridge Brewing Company
Santa Fe Brewing Company
Schlafly Beer
Smoke Brewing Company
Stiegl
Stockyard Brewing Company
Tallgrass Brewery
Torn Label Brewing Company
Uinta Brewing
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co
Walnut River Brewing
Weston Brewing Co.
Wichita Brewing Co.
Zipline Brewing Co.

Breweries In Planning
The Brewkery
Callsign Brewing
Celtis Meadery
Kaw Point Meadery

Homebrew Clubs:
Greater Topeka Hall of Foamers
Johnson County Brewing Society
Jopline Homebrew Club
Kansas City Bier Meisters
KC Nanobrews
Kirksville Guild of Brewers
Lawrence Brewers Guild
Missouri Mashers
ZZ Hops

Disclosure notice: KC Beer Blog is an official Media Sponsor for Parkville Microbrew Fest and will receive complimentary passes to the fest to provide coverage of the event.

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