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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Boulevard and Ommegang's Collaboration No. 4 out next week; Oatmeal Stout and Mid-Coast IPA out this week in sampler 12-packs

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM

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Boulevard has been in a collaborative spirit this year, and that continues with the release of Collaboration No. 4, a spiced saison developed by the Kansas City brewery and its sister, Brewery Ommegang. 

Collaboration No. 4 hits in Kansas City starting September 22 on draught and September 23 in 750 milliliter bottles. The rest of the country will get it later this month.  

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River North Brewery comes to Kansas City with stops at Bier Station, Flying Saucer and more

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Jessica and Matt Hess and Patrick Annesty are in KC to launch River North Brewery into the market.
  • Jessica and Matt Hess and Patrick Annesty are in KC to launch River North Brewery into the market.

Denver's River North Brewery is now available in the Kansas City area and in Lawrence.

River North owners Matt and Jessica Hess, with partner Patrick Annesty, are in KC this week for the rollout, its first to areas outside Colorado. It's a bit of a homecoming for the husband-and-wife team. Matt grew up in McPherson, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas and, for his master's degree, the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jessica grew up near Hannibal, Missouri, and graduated from MU. 

"Colorado is an awesome place to run a brewery, but it seemed like Kansas City would be a perfect fit based on the fact that we like the city and we know so many people here, and obviously there are also a lot of other good breweries around here," Matt Hess says. "So we thought it would be a good place to take our beer outside of the state." 

River North is bringing its full line of Belgian- and Belgian-American-inspired, year-round beers — 22-ounce bombers of J. Marie Farmhouse Ale, Quandary Quadrupel, Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle Belgian Double IPA, Avarice Imperial Stout, Unified Theory Oaked Imperial Witbier; and cans of River North White (Witbier) and River North IPA (Belgian red IPA) — to Kansas City, via Central States Beverage. 

"I think of our beer as yeast-driven, in terms of flavor," Matt Hess says. He likes using just yeast, as opposed to fruit or other spices, to brew his beers. "I love hops, and we do the Hoppenberg double IPA, but it's just so cool to see what a crazy over-hopped, West Coast double IPA can turn into when you add a Belgian yeast strain to it."

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Preservation Market takes on table service, cheaper beer, bigger menu

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

There will still be a large selection of domestic and imported beers at Bridger's Bottle Shop, but the primary focus will be on chef Alex Pope's cuisine. - DAVID HUDNALL
  • David Hudnall
  • There will still be a large selection of domestic and imported beers at Bridger's Bottle Shop, but the primary focus will be on chef Alex Pope's cuisine.

Get ready for some big changes at the venue known as Bridger's Bottle Shop at 510 Westport Road.

The five-month-old beer emporium has become, since it opened, better known for the restaurant inside the venue — Alex Pope's popular Preservation Market — than for the beer selection. Pope and his crew, including head chef Devin Campbell, are taking a more active role in the business (including the management of the business) now that two of the original managing partners, Phil Theis and Aaron Beatty, are currently more focused on their karaoke saloon, Offkey Karaoke Lounge & Suites; the third managing partner, Eric Flanagan, is now working for the Westport Ale House.

"In the short term, patrons will see very few changes," Pope says. "But we'll be introducing quite a few changes over the next few weeks. Starting this week, Adam Northcraft is the general manager, and we'll have a full-time host welcoming visitors. It was very confusing for people walking into the place for the first time."

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Boulevard releases Za'Tart, KC Bier Co. taps an Oktoberfest, Screenland Armour starts a book club and more

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

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Boulevard released its collaboration with Cambridge Brewing Co. earlier this week: Za’Tart spiced sour ale.

Boulevard ambassador brewer Jeremy Danner announced the new beer on the brewery’s website last week. The genesis of Za’Tart came about during this year’s Boulevardia festival, when Cambridge brewmaster Will Meyers — in town for Boulevardia’s Taps & Tastes beer event — approached Boulevard about a collaboration.

“Having known Will (and his beers) for several years, we weren’t surprised when he suggested a less than conventional beer,” Danner wrote. “Described quite loosely as a low ABV, sour rustic blonde with spices, Za’Tart is the beer that resulted from our collaboration.”

Za’Tart (4.7 percent ABV with 8.6 IBUs) will be available only in kegs in Kansas City. Boulevard spokeswoman Julie Weeks tells us that Za’Tart “is a very limited distribution, similar to Tripel Julep, so it won’t be around long.”

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

On Tap: Get a taste of Prairie Artisan Ales, Tallgrass and Local Pig's beer brats and more

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

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In the next seven days, there will be a lot of sour beers to drink. Bridger's Bottle Shop is hosting a Day of Sours on Saturday (read more about that here). Flying Saucer's brewery night highlights Prairie Artisan Ales — including Funky Gold Mosaic — out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. And in the spirit of tailgating season, Tallgrass and Local Pig introduce their beer brats at Rimann Liquors on Friday and Saturday. 

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Boulevard's Za'Tart spiced sour ale hits taps early next week

Boulevard's Za'Tart spiced sour ale hits taps.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

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Boulevard releases its collaboration with Cambridge Brewing Co. early next week: Za’Tart spiced sour ale.

Boulevard ambassador brewer Jeremy Danner announced the new beer on the brewery’s website yesterday. The genesis of Za’Tart came about during this year's Boulevardia festival when Cambridge brewmaster Will Meyers — in town for Boulevardia’s Taps & Tastes beer fest — approached Boulevard about a collaboration.

“Having known Will (and his beers) for several years, we weren’t surprised when he suggested a less than conventional beer,” Danner wrote. “Described quite loosely as a low ABV, sour rustic blonde with spices, Za’Tart is the beer that resulted from our collaboration.”

Za’Tart (4.7 percent ABV with 8.6 IBUs) will only be available in kegs in the Kansas City area starting next week. Boulevard spokeswoman Julie Weeks tells us that Za'Tart "is a very limited distribution, similar to Tripel Julep, so it won’t be around long."

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bridger’s Bottle Shop manager Erica Pyles shares her love of funky beers with a Day of Sours on Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Eric Pyles shares her love of sour beers at Bridger's. - BROOKE VANDEVER
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  • Eric Pyles shares her love of sour beers at Bridger's.

Erica Pyles says it was love at first taste. Four years ago, Pyles, the general manager of Bridger’s Bottle Shop, took her first sip of a sour beer — New Belgium’s La Folie — and was hooked.

“I remember thinking, ‘This is it — this is what I’m supposed to do,’” says Pyles, a certified cicerone. “I’m supposed to be in this industry. And this is that epiphany that you have, and it all makes sense, and it’s true. That’s what started it all.

“It’s where my heart is,” she adds. “My heart is with the sour, funky beers.”

Now Pyles wants to open her heart, so Bridger’s (510 Westport Road) is laying out an array of those sour, funky beers Saturday with an event named “Day of Sours.” The VIP flights have already sold out, but from noon to 4 p.m., Bridger’s taps La Folie, Mikkeller SpontanPeach, Boulevard Saison-Brett, and Prairie Funky Gold Mosaic. New Belgium is also sending bottles of its dry-hopped sour ale, Le Terroir (due to hit Kansas City stores soon).

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Rock & Run Brewery's first Rot & Ruin Fall Ale and Spirits Festival is Saturday, October 25

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

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Rock & Run Brewery is throwing its first Rot & Ruin Fall Ale and Spirits Festival on Saturday, October 25. The Liberty brewery says it's bringing together more than 30 local and regional breweries, brewpubs and distilleries for the celebration of craft beer, spirits and Halloween. 

Rock & Run says the plan is "to showcase a large amount of these smaller breweries and distilleries that are new or don’t often get a chance to pour at larger festivals." But it's not all about the little guys. Bigger regional breweries will also be pouring. 

Attendees will get a Rot & Ruin logo tasting glass and unlimited samples. There will also be a Halloween costume contest, Rock & Run food for sale, and free bottled water. After Rot & Ruin, Screenland Amour will show The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

KC Bier Co. taps a wooden barrel of Maibock Friday night

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:42 PM

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KC Bier Co. rolls out the barrel Friday night. The German-style Waldo-based brewery taps a big Bavarian wooden barrel of its Maibock at 7 p.m. 

In April, KC Bier Co. debuted its Maibock, a golden-red strong lager from the bock family. We're told that a couple of months ago, KC Bier Co. brewer decided to squeeze a rebrew of the Maibock into the production schedule. Expect a small batch of the lager, which will be available in KC Bier Co.'s taproom.

We were also told that about a month ago, KC Bier Co.'s tasting room manager, Juergen Hager, brought the barrel back from a trip to Munich, rolling the barrel through airports in Frankfurt and Chicago and garnering more than a few odd looks.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On Tap this week: Tallgrass Zombie Monkie gets tapped, Bob's 47 returns and more

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

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Zombie Monkie is, according to Tallgrass’ website, a “post-apocalyptic porter,” made with dark chocolate and specialty malts and infused with hops that present floral and citrus characters. Zombie Monkie has 6.2 percent ABV and 35 IBUs.

“It’s just the best porter,” says Green Room owner Michael Ptacek. “Besides, it has the cool cans and the zombie reference. It’s just going to be flying off the shelves. Last year, we ordered something like 10 cases and went through it.”

Green Room taps Zombie Monkie at 7p.m. Monday, September 1. Trivia follows at 8 p.m. 

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