Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Five beers that should be brewed and named for KC politicians

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

click to enlarge Gov.-elect Sam Brownback samples Brownback Wheat.
  • Gov.-elect Sam Brownback samples Brownback Wheat.

Any old guy can get a sandwich named after him. But you know you've made it when you've got a beer on tap with your name. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Gov.-elect Sam Brownback has a new brew bearing his moniker at the Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant in Topeka. 

Brownback Wheat is a dark wheat, brown in color (get it?) and a little heavier than a standard wheat. And that got us thinking at Fat City: What if other politicians could vie for a place in your mug? So here are the top five candidates. Boulevard, 75th Street and McCoy's, please feel free to steal any or all of these ideas.

5. West Wee Heavy. This Scotch ale would have a slightly higher alcohol content and a malty, toffeelike kick. It's a recognition that Kansas City School Board President Airick Leonard West is beginning to carry some serious weight.

4. Bond's Golden Bridge. A pilsner that could pay homage to U.S. Sen. Kit Bond's retirement and the bridge spanning the Missouri River. It would be something to drink in his golden years. 

3. Holsman's Farmhouse Ale. A saison for state Rep. Jason Holsman, the new chairman of the Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture. Even better, it might spur a local hops-growing boom.  

2. Clay's Classic Bitter. A pale ale with a bitter finish named for light-rail activist Clay Chastain. It would come in a mug that for some reason was really difficult to let go of.

1. Funkhouser Lambic. It's complicated, the hops take two years to ferment, and the science behind it is not very well understood. It's very sharp, acidic and can often be found in an oversized bottle. 

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