You traditionally break a bottle of champagne when your boat is set to sail on its maiden voyage. You apparently celebrate an extensive series of kitchen renovations to one of your restaurants by rolling out the barrels of a beer that Kansas Citians have been hoping to get a taste of since Valentine's Day.
Set your BlackBerry alerts, your calendar updates or whatever you need to do to remember to be somewhere, because Beer Kitchen (435 Westport Road) has four kegs of Boulevard's Chocolate Ale and plans to tap the first on Monday, March 7.
The Westport restaurant will tap one on consecutive nights from next Monday through Thursday. The keg will be cracked at exactly 6 p.m. And as owner Mark Kelpe explains, it's one and done.
"Once that evening's keg is finished, it will not be available until
the next evening at 6 p.m.," Kelpe said. "This hopefully will give those who did not
get a chance to try it earlier a shot at it."
So grab a seat at the bar early and make friends with the bartender because he's your best shot to sample the chocolate beer that you likely won't see again until 2012. For those who want to be guaranteed a taste, Swagger is hosting a Boulevard Beer Dinner at Studio 2131 (2131 Washington) on Thursday, March 10. The five-course meal (the menu is here) is $80 or $150 for two people. The money course is the fifth one, which pairs Zabaglione Italian custard with berries and Boulevard's Chocolate Ale. The reception starts at 7 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.
[Image via By The Pint]