We take the temperature of our favorite beers.

Looking for KC's coldest beer, one (sometimes) frosty mug at a time 

We take the temperature of our favorite beers.

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Twin City Tavern - 38.1 degrees

1815 Westport Road

10 p.m. Saturday

Beer: Fat Tire

There's a special every day at this cozy brick drinking outpost on the state border. But Saturday night's offering — bottomless boiled or breaded shrimp for $18 — is probably the most popular. Three middle-aged couples are on dates in the wooden booths, scarfing their refilled plates. The bartender is kind. "Want to go again?" she asks, rather than "Have you eaten your loneliness yet?" There's no shame here.

Swagger - 38.1 degrees

8431 Wornall

2:30 p.m. Saturday

Beer: Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Ever heard Bad Religion over the sound system at a local bar? Neither had we until visiting Swagger early on a Saturday afternoon. A jovial, loud-talking bartender with a mohawk gets pumped up at the opening chords of "Atomic Garden" and is incredulous when a visitor admits not having seen the SoCal punks putting on a show in Lawrence not long ago. The selection of beer here is among Waldo's most extensive, and the bartender is more than willing to explain various brews, sometimes in more detail than is actually useful.

Walsh's Corner Cocktails - 37.9 degrees

304 West 85th Street

Time: 2 p.m. Saturday

Beer: Natural Light

Walsh's Corner Cocktails sits, as its name suggests, at the corner of a stealth-bomber-shaped strip mall at 85th Street and Wornall. The window on the door is the only entrance that daylight finds into the dim tavern. A squared-off bar is set off from an empty dining room where one could easily grab a meal for less than $10. A limited selection of draft beers here comes in pilsner-style, hourglass-shaped glasses. An older crowd watches golf and, mysteriously enough, out-of-market Major League Soccer on television.

The Keyhole - 37.9 degrees

5902 Woodson, Mission

7:45 p.m. Saturday

Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale

Our notes say it was a pale ale, but even Boulevard's least-challenging brew tastes bewilderingly upscale in this holiest of holes in the wall. (A Kansas-blue-law remnant, the members-only Keyhole operates in constant, infectious celebration of its own low barrier to entry.) Surely it was a Miller Lite. How can it be hard to remember at a place with so few taps? Easy: Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" was battering the air at the moment it was our turn to order, with a table of regulars behind us swatting at the music with their own shouted-along version of the chorus. The lone bartender — pretty, attentive, bright-faced — was unfazed, of course. She made patient eye contact, and this hectic-looking little room suddenly felt like an efficiently run shot-and-a-beer oasis.

Charlie Hooper's Brookside Bar & Grille - 37.6 degrees

12 West 63rd Street

5 p.m. Monday

Beer: Boulevard 80-Acre

This odd-smelling Brookside institution usually has a large crowd that cuts from old neighborhood regulars, businesspeople and the occasional group of Rockhurst or University of Missouri–Kansas City students. On this particular Monday, even a cheap deal on burgers during happy hour hasn't filled the place. That only makes it more inviting.

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