Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Imbibe magazine discovers KC's a destination for drinkers

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

KC bars keep getting raised to new heights.
We might not be America's drunkest city — don't drive ya cah, Boston — but that doesn't mean we don't have an appreciation for what's going on inside our cups, carafes and pint glasses.

In the new issue of Imbibe magazine, local scribe Anne Brockhoff — a frequent spirits contributor to The Kansas City Starmakes the case that Kansas City is a proper drinking town, whether your drink is coffee or cocktails.

Brockhoff notes that it's not just alcoholic drinks but a wide variety of beverages that are locally made to help wet your whistle:

Everyone knows everyone in this metro of just over 2 million, and explosive cross-pollination among bartenders, brewers, roasters and soda makers has cultivated a drinks scene that belies Kansas City’s modest Midwestern demeanor.

Her story gets to the heart of Kansas City's beverage culture — a collaborative environment that is anchored by two successful, local pillars in the Boulevard Brewing Co. and the Roasterie. It was a theme echoed in last month's Reuters piece about how Kansas City is one of the "next great cocktail cities."

It turns out Midwest civility might just be the key to our really great drinks.

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