Tripel Julep is the mint-infused, whiskey-barrel-aged, extremely limited batch of Long Strange Tripel that Boulevard is releasing to Kansas City-area taps (and nowhere else on this beer-drinking earth) in homage to the Kentucky Derby. It's a beer-inspired play on the mint julep. Happy hunting and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, if you snag a draft. The full list is after the jump.
Just a note, the formula for Pilsner isn't changing. This is just a rebranding effort on the part of the brewery on Southwest Boulevard. On its Facebook page, Boulevard stated that KC Pils will be on tap at the Sporting KC game this Saturday, where soccer fans can also eat Grinders food at Sporting Park for the first time and enjoy pregame at the Budweiser Beer Garden.
Tripel Julep is expected to be on tap around the city over the coming week (at bars that regularly carry Smokestack offerings). Affare, Anton's Taproom, the Brick and Snow & Co. will all be getting kegs (h/t to @KCCrossroads). Standard scavenger-hunt rules apply. If you see it on tap, kindly note it (and the price, if possible) in the comments section.
"We think it's pretty unique," said BD's Michael Passero. "A growler is the freshest way to drink draft beer at home."
"A lot of people like drinking it neat or on the rocks," Dark Horse Director of Sales and Marketing Damian Garcia says. "It opens up some of the flavors, but they both do really nicely in a cocktail."
Back in February, The Pitch wrote about how the collaboration came to pass and what led Boulevard to forgo making a coffee stout or porter. If you're hoping for a caffeine fix, though, you'll have to look elsewhere, because Boulevard's Elizabeth Belden estimates that you'd need to drink 9 pints of Coffee Ale to equal the caffeine in one cup of coffee.
A tasty Viennese-style menu (think Hungarian beef goulash and Sacher torte) is one draw at this hugely popular beer hall in Greater Downtown. Draft beers are largely German, though a convincing Weizenbock-style beer from California's Lagunitas is also in the lineup. The wine list includes a number of excellent Austrian bottles, like the rich, floral Heidi Schröck Furmint.
So, don't just go there for Oktoberfest. This is one beer garden worthy of year-round celebration.
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