Short Pours - Week of 9/7/2015

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. Here are some events to keep on your radar during this short week.

Show-Me Sour Meet the Brewers – Boulevard Tasting Room
If you were one of the thousands who braved the heat earlier this summer to attend Boulevardia, I am sure you remember the disappointment in learning that the celebration beer planned for the weekend, a collaboration between Boulevard Brewing and Side Project Brewing labeled Show-Me Sour, would not be available with a general admission ticket due to delays in the Missouri registration process. It was an unfortunate situation for all those involved but out of the hands of Boulevard and Side Project.

To make up for Show-Me Sour being absent from Boulevardia, Boulevard will be hosting a Meet the Brewers night this Thursday September 10th from 4:00pm-7:00pm in their tasting room. Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels and Side Project brewer/owner, Cory King, will be on hand to discuss the beer and the collaboration process in creating this beer.

For $10, you will receive a pour of Show-Me Sour in a commemorative glass (while supplies last) with $1 from every purchase being donated to Missouri State Parks. If you can’t wait until Thursday though, Show-Me Sour is currently on draft at the Boulevard Tasting Room. Boulevard has also said that Show-Me Sour will be available at some upcoming beer festivals and special events so if you miss it this time, you shouldn’t have to wait long to have another chance to try it.

Picnique Belgique – Grain to Glass

This Saturday September 12th from 6:00pm-9:00pm, Grain to Glass will be hosting their Third Annual Picnique Belgique, where the winners of their Belgian homebrew competition will be announced during a dinner ceremony. The registration period to enter your home brew has ended but the judging process is currently underway.

Grain to Glass will be offering two different options for tickets again this year. The first being the dinner option which will include a Belgian menu featuring mussels and frites, along with pies catered by Scrape the Plate. The dinner option will be served with Premium Belgian beers served in a commemorative tasting glass.

The other option for entry into the event is the ‘drinks only’ ticket.  Starting at 7:30pm you will be able to get pours from some of the best Belgian beers available at Grain to Glass and will get to keep the glass the beer is served in.  Tickets for both options are available here.

Weekend Beer Festivals

We told you a couple weeks ago that this fall was going to be busy with multiple beer festivals and
events planned for each week and this Saturday offers some choices for everyone.

Brewtopia, which is Kansas City’s newest homebrew and craft beer festival, will be taking place in Independence, MO Saturday September 12th from 1:00pm-5:00pm. You will have the opportunity to try beers from over 40 home brewers along with multiple local breweries.  Tickets are available here for $30 and include unlimited samples, a commemorative tasting glass and a $5 coupon for food.

Tour of Brews, formerly TKC Real Ale Fest, is also taking place Saturday September 12th from 2:00pm-6:00pm in Lee’s Summit, MO.  You can expect to see one-off firkins, live music and beer from over 60 breweries at this festival.

Pleasant Hill Family Fest Brew Tasting is the third of the events on tap for this weekend.  This festival focuses on home brewers and will feature beers from over 30 participants.  The event takes place Saturday September 12th from 1:00pm-4:00pm in Pleasant Hill, MO.  Tickets are $30 per person and include unlimited tasting of the available home brew.

Odell Brewing Beer Dinner – Flying Saucer

Flying Saucer is gearing up for their annual Sour Beer Week next week which will lead into next Saturday’s KC Beerfest. We’ll have more details in the upcoming days on all the happenings planned next week at the Saucer but this Sunday September 13th at 6:00pm Sour Beer week will kick off with a beer dinner featuring Odell Brewing Company.

For UFO members the diner will cost $55 (non UFO members $65) and will feature six beers including Pina Agria, Friek, Brombeere, 90 Schilling and Oktoberfest paired with courses from Hans Howland, the executive chef of the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Representatives from Odell Brewing Company will also be on hand to discuss the beers included in the dinner.

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