Monday, May 13, 2013

Where to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in KC

Observe American Craft Beer Week through Sunday with events around town.

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

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May you never see the bottom of your pint glass - it's American Craft Beer Week. And Kansas City has plenty of ways for you to raise a toast in honor of this drinking holiday. The annual weeklong celebration of craft beer kicks off today and goes until Sunday, May 19.

If you're searching out drinking opportunities, #ACBW or #ACBWKC is a good place to start. After the jump is a series of events that are meant to celebrate craft brewers from here and across the country.

Barley's Brewhaus (11924 W. 119th St.) has a release of Tallgrass Ethos IPA on Wednesday with $3 IPAs and $4 Double IPAs, a keep-the-glass snifter night with Schlafly's Reserve Imperial Stout on Friday and a tapping of an Abita ESB Firkin on Saturday, along with $2.50 canned beers. And all week, there are 10 for $10 American Craft beer bombers.

Bier Station (120 E. Gregory Blvd.) begins its celebration with a Samuel Adams tap takeover Monday beginning at 5 p.m. Samuel Adams will be bringing Boston Lager, New World, Verloren Gose, Dark Depths Baltic IPA and Third Voyage Double IPA.

The Flying Saucer (101 E. 13th St.) is hosting Boulevard's Neil Witte, a Master Cicerone, for a Boulevard beer and food pairing event from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Witte will be talking about how to pair beer and food during a series of 30-minute tasting sessions. Tickets cost $10. Call 816-221-1900 to reserve a spot.

The Foundry (424 Westport Rd.) is hosting a free sampling of the Odell Brewing Co.'s beers Sunday at 4 p.m. You can also bring a bottle of Boulevard (or purchase one there) on Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and have it signed by founder John McDonald, brewmaster Steven Pauwels or Trip Hogue (the Boulevard employee who is the namesake of Long Strange Tripel).

Gordon Biersch has a pizza and 21-oz. beer for $10 Monday during happy hour, free brewery tours and samples Tuesday (at its P&L location, 100 E. 14th St.) and $5 garlic fries all day Thursday.

Hopfest is Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Well (7421 Broadway) on 74th Terrace. Tickets cost $35, and VIP admission with entry at 1 p.m. is $55.

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