Friday, September 1, 2017

Kansas City's Premier Downtown Beer Fest is Next Weekend!

KC Beer Fest is next Saturday, 9/9 at PNL
from 2pm-6pm
Fall festival season is upon us! And the first festival kicking off the season next Saturday, September 9, is one of the year's best. KC Beer Fest has had it's ups and downs over the last decade (anyone else remember going when it was on the top of the parking garage at the Legends??), but they've hit their stride at Power & Light in the last couple of years.

I was at the festival last year for the first time in a while and had a great time. The beer list is top notch, and the setup is well thought out. They shut down Grand Blvd between PNL and the Sprint Center for the GA beer samplings, then reserve the inner beer garden/courtyard inside PNL for the VIP tastings and food. This makes for a nice VIP area. Ticket prices are very reasonable at $40 for GA and $65 for VIP if you buy ahead of time. So go get your tickets now! 

One of the best parts of the festival though, is that a lot of downtown locals come to the fest, some of whom could care less about the beer. They're there because it's a cool festival and something to do on the streets downtown. This means a lot of the special breweries and beers have no lines whatsoever. Last year I was hanging out in front of the Perennial and 2nd Shift tables with no line drinking to my heart's desire right in the middle of the beer fest.

2016 KC Beer Fest

They're going to have over 50 breweries at the event this year and 200+ beers. A full list of breweries and special tappings isn't out yet, but we'll post it here when it is. In addition to the brews they're going to have lawn games, local food trucks and local artists on display, including Zeke Crozier, a disabled veteran from Overland Park who creates custom art pieces using beer bottle caps. The festival proceeds go to support the local non-profit Drink Local Think Global that works to provide clean drinking water to people in developing countries.

We've go the details on the fest below and also our photo album from last year's KC Beer Fest. Thanks to the fine folks at the beer fest, we're going to be there with our comp media passes! Hope to see you there also!

KC Beer Fest Details:

When:

Saturday, Sept. 9, 3 – 6 p.m. (VIP at 2 p.m.)

Where:

Kansas City Power & Light District
1310 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64106
KC Beer Fest entrance is located at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and 13th Street

Tickets:

VIP admission tickets-- $65, Now through Friday, Sept. 8 ($70 at the door)
GA tickets-- $40, Now through Friday, Sept. 8 ($45 at the door)

KC Beer Fest Online

Facebook at www.facebook.com/KCBeerFest
Twitter at @KCBeerFest
Web at www.KCBeerFest.com

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