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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Boulevard announces release schedule for 2014 Smokestack Series and limited-release beers

Posted By on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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If you were wondering when Boulevard's Chocolate Ale would be making a comeback, you now have your answer. Boulevard posted this brewing schedule for its scheduled 2014 Smokestack Series and limited-release beers on Facebook this afternoon. 

Which beer are you most looking forward to tasting? 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Boulevard's Reboot White IPA hits store shelves Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Theres a beer in the machine.
  • There's a beer in the machine.
Even if all our entertainment is made up of reruns, some are definitely tastier than others. Case in point: Boulevard's Reboot White IPA (the hometown brewery sent a bottle over to The Pitch), the rerelease of its 2011 Collaboration Series No. 2 White IPA, which hits shelves Tuesday. [You can read the story of the 2011 beer produced jointly with Deschutes Brewery here.]

The tasting notes for the latest Smokestack Series brew suggest that "Version 2.0" has hints of bubblegum and clove in the nose while "sage and lemongrass balance the tangy, zesty wheat malt profile." Reboot, which has been on taps around town for about a week, checks in at 48 on the IBUs scale and has an alcohol by volume of 7.4 percent. Don't adjust your dials, beer drinkers, White IPA is back. As always, feel free to let your fellow imbibers know where you got a bottle and how much it ran you.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Boulevard's Bourbon Barrel Quad hits shelves Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 8:33 AM

BBQ is back.
  • BBQ is back.
Boulevard doesn't make action figures, but that doesn't mean they don't make collectibles. Bourbon Barrel Quad, the latest release in the Smokestack Series, will start appearing on shelves today, and this is one of the local brews that you should be drinking now and cellaring. But you won't be the only one thinking about doing that, so if you've got any inclination to do so, you should pick yours up in the early part of the week. Boulevard left The Pitch a bottle of the seasonal brew that first debuted in 2008. And here's what brewer Dustin Jamison had to say about BBQ.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Paige Unger wins the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition

Paige Unger wins the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Unger took home first prize at PopFest.
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  • Unger took home first prize at PopFest.
There was a whole lot of shaking going on. There was a bit of muddling. And some straining. But at the end of the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition, it was Extra Virgin's Paige Unger who stood victorious. Unger captured the contest Sunday night on the stage of the Uptown Theater.

Grunauer's Mark Church turned out to be a good handicapper for this year's PopFest: He tapped Unger as his dark horse for a story that The Pitch did last week. Unger's winning drink was the Beet Goes On. It's made with 1 ounce of Beefeater Gin, one-half ounce of summer beet shrub, one-half ounce of lemon, one-half ounce of Campari and one-half ounce of St. Germaine. The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange's Jenn Tosatto took second place, and the Kill Devil Club's Scott Tipton was third.

  • Paige Unger wins the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Grünauer's Mark Church readies for another Paris of the Plains contest

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Church is always excited to see regulars.
People have been coming to this Freight House's Church for the past four years. A good ear. A bit of absolution. A sip of wine.

"What's going on? How's the day shift?" Mark Church asks two women who melt into their stools just after 4:30 p.m. at Grünauer's Wunderbar.

The women are both dressed in black shirts and pants. They're drinking after their shifts as servers at another restaurant.

"Terrible. Our air conditioner is broken," one of them tells Church. Her cheeks are the rosy pink of a kid on the playground. "But it feels so good in here."

"Your makeup looks OK," Church says. "You guys can just go in the walk-in [cooler] if you need to."
They laugh. Church pours.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Boulevard's wort brings out the best in 94 area home brewers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Volunteers prepare the home brew samples for judging.
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  • Volunteers prepare the home brew samples for judging.
In a warehouse filled with nearly 500,000 gallons of beer, only 94 bottles matter on this Saturday. Each contains a home brewer's hopes - and a concoction created with wort supplied by Boulevard Brewing Co. In May, the KC beer giant offered free 5-gallon batches of wort (the malted barley that's the basic building block of beer) to 160 people who reserved buckets. Whatever the wort users did with the stuff would be tasted - and judged - if the brewers took their concoctions to Boulevard by July 15.

"I took off work [at Cerner] early," 27-year-old Tim Squires says. "It was a fun day. I brought a buddy, and we had a few beers in the tasting room." He had in mind a beer-and-wine fusion, something he figured he'd tweak after tasting the wort, which Boulevard had kept as neutral as possible.

Boulevard received 94 entries in the contest, called "Wort Transformation 2013." And on August 3, in the former Coors warehouse off Front Street - a few odometer ticks from the Isle of Capri casino - a group of volunteer employees is preparing to determine which home brewer's creation has earned a featured slot in the brewery's taproom.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Boulevard's new sample 12-packs with Westside Rye Ale and Mid-Coast IPA on shelves this week

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM

The new look inside and out for the Sample Twelve.
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  • The new look inside and out for the Sample Twelve.
The joy of any brewery tour is the chance to sample something that may never exist outside a taproom. Boulevard has decided to bottle a bit of that joy with its latest 12-pack sampler. While beer drinkers will get three bottles of the Unfiltered Wheat and 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, they'll also have the chance to try two beers - Westside Rye Ale and Mid-Coast IPA - which up until now were available only on tap at Boulevard.

The local brewery describes the Rye as "a sessionable beer with a slightly spicy character," while the Mid-Coast IPA is "at 100-plus IBUs, the hoppiest member of Boulevard's current family." The idea is to take beers that are hits in the tasting room and release them on a seasonal basis. The next iteration will feature two year-round offerings and another pair of tasting-room beers. It will be released in 2014.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bourgmont Brewing hopes to go pro in Kansas City

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Bourgmont hopes to turn the lights on in their own brewery one day.
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  • Bourgmont hopes to turn the lights on in their own brewery one day.
This week's cover story in The Pitch looks at the microbreweries that have opened or will open this year in Kansas City. In the course of writing the story, I learned a lot more than I could include. Today, I wanted to introduce the Fast Pitch readers to Bourgmont Brewing, a two-man operation with designs on opening a microbrewery in Kansas City. Tomorrow, I'll have some notes aimed at beer geeks to give some beer-centric details on what different brewers have planned for KC.

It makes sense that Phillip Wolff would have chosen an explorer, Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, as the inspiration for the fledgling microbrew operation he runs with Zach Barnhill. Because just as the French explorer visited the Kansas City region and saw plenty of possibility, so too do the two young brewers behind Bourgmont Brewing.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Boulevard's Pop-Up Session IPA is on tap today

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

This IPA will be popping up around KC over the coming weeks.
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  • This IPA will be popping up around KC over the coming weeks.
You've heard of pop-up restaurants, but probably not pop-up beer. That's because it didn't officially exist before today. Boulevard's Pop-Up Session IPA hits taps today (Haus in Martini Corner is having a beer release party from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday) and will be available in six packs in the beginning of August. Boulevard describes the new IPA with an ABV of 4.2 percent, as having "very drinkable character and relatively low bitterness tucked behind a big, fruity hop aroma." It joins Single-Wide and Double-Wide as part of the KC brewery's year-round offerings.

Pop-Up Session IPA will be available in six-packs, one-sixth and half barrels. The Alamo Drafthouse is holding a Boulevard beer dinner tonight at 7 p.m. The four-course dinner comes with a showing of Spinal Tap and a taste of the Pop-Up IPA served with a peanut butter, banana and chocolate truffle dessert. Tickets are $35.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Microbreweries get a legislative boost from the City Council

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Theres plenty brewing in KC these days.
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  • There's plenty brewing in KC these days.
The Kansas City City Council voted Thursday to ease restrictions on microbreweries and alcohol manufacturers in the city. As KCUR reports, the council amended the city's liquor ordinances to allow microbreweries and alcohol manufacturers to sell alcoholic beverages directly to the public at the location where they are made.

Under the old law, microbreweries could only give away samples unless they had a tavern license, which enabled them to sell beer on-site. The change to the law was done in part to encourage operations like the KC Bier Co., a new microbrewery in the works in Waldo, where no tavern licenses are currently available. With the amended ordinance, microbreweries can sell only the alcohol they produce on-site, but they can sell in bottles and by the drink.

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