Short Pours - Week of 2/16

If you haven’t checked out the Beer Calendar on the left hand side of your screen (or the drop down menu for you mobile users) in awhile, this may be a good time to go ahead and do that.  This week is absolutely packed with beer events throughout the area.  From new releases to new breweries opening, there are a number of events this week that should make you want to get out of the house despite this cold, snowy weather.  Here is a look at just some of the events taking place this week.

Boulevard Brewing Co. - The Calling IPA Release

If you were at a local restaurant or bar today, you may have noticed that Boulevard’s newest year-round Smokestack Series release, The Calling IPA, starting showing up on draft around town today.  To celebrate their new release, Boulevard will be hosting a launch party at Charlie Hooper’s in Brookside on Wednesday 2/18 at 6:00PM.  Representatives from Boulevard will be on hand passing out complimentary tastes of The Calling and giving away some nice Boulevard swag to those who attend. 

Boulevard also completed the first bottling run of The Calling today but hasn’t yet confirmed a release date for bottles so it’s only available on draft for the time being.  I had a chance to try The Calling last weekend on tap at the Boulevard Tasting Room and it is definitely worth seeking out if you have not had a chance to try it yet.  I think it will be a very welcome addition to the all ready great lineup of Smokestack Series beers from Boulevard. 

Torn Label Brewing Co. Events

Torn Label Brewing Co. kicked off 2015 with a launch week full of events to showcase their flagship beers along with some of their other offerings.  Since then, their House Brew coffee wheat stout has become one of my go-to choices when dining out or having a beer around town so needless to say when I heard about the firkin they are releasing Tuesday 2/17 at 5:00PM at Green Room Burgers and Beer, I was pretty excited. 

Rafi Chaudry from Torn Label Brewing Co. explained to me that in order to create this special firkin, “Thou Mayest Coffee aged some of their green Columbian beans in used Dark Horse rye whiskey barrels before roasting, producing beans with notes of vanilla cream, black cherry cola and butterscotch soaked red apple.  We extracted coffee from them and are aging it onto a firkin of our coffee wheat stout, House Brew.  I'm especially excited about it since the unique process of producing this particular firkin means that four great locally owned Kansas City companies in all - Dark Horse, Thou Mayest, Torn Label & Green Room - had a hand in the finished product in some way.”

In addition to the firkin release, Torn Label Brewing Co. will debut their new winter seasonal this week, Café Dubbel.  Rafi described the brewing process behind Café Dubbel as using “a highly concentrated but very lightly roasted single origin Ethiopian coffee hot brewed by Thou Mayest.  The coffee was roasted on the very light end of the spectrum to highlight its brightness:  a burst of vibrant citrus acidity cuts through a sweet, burnt caramel flavor profile.  Aromas of clove, vanilla and apricot give way to notes of honeycomb toffee and lip smacking maple syrup on the palate, defying expectations of both a coffee beer and a Belgian ale.” 

To celebrate the release of Café Dubbel, Thou Mayest will be tapping the first keg of it on Thursday 2/19.  Bier Station will also be tapping a keg of Café Dubbel right when they open their doors at 11:00AM on Saturday 2/21.  If you haven’t had a chance to try Torn Label Brewing Co. yet, this is a good week to change that.

Border Brewing Company Grand Opening

Speaking of new breweries in the Kansas City area, Border Brewing Company, located at 406 East 18th Street in the Crossroads District, will be celebrating their grand opening this Saturday, 2/21.  Their doors will officially open at 11:00AM and the celebration will go until 11:00PM that night.  If you can’t make it out Saturday, you’ll still have a chance to take part in the opening festivities as Border Brewing will be open 11:00AM – 6:00PM on Sunday 2/22 as well.

Border Brewing’s flagship beers include a blonde ale, “Patio” Extra Pale Ale, “Rooftop” Red Ale, a double IPA, “Campfire” Porter (porter aged on oak chips) and a chocolate-milk stout.  More information regarding these beers can be found here. 

Big Ass Stout Day – The Foundry

As if there weren’t enough choices on how to spend your Saturday this week, The Foundry in Westport will be tapping a number of big, dark beers for their Big Ass Stout Day that will be sure to keep you warm on a mid-February day.  The party starts at 1:00 PM and each beer will be priced individually.  Some of the beers will only be available in 6 ounce pours to give more people a chance to try them while the others will be available in 6 ounce and full pours.  The tap list is quite impressive and is listed below:

4 Hands Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
Bell's Java Stout
Bell's Expedition 2013
Boulevard Imperial Stout
Boulevard Oatmeal Stout
Deschutes Abyss
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
McCoy's Ursa Major
Perennial Abraxas
Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxas
Prairie BOMB!
Southern Tier Choklat
Southern Tier Creme Brulee

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