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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Tower Tavern - 34.6 degrees

401 East 31st Street

7:15 p.m. Thursday

Beer: Bud Light

We like hanging in bars at odd hours. Usually that means early in the afternoon, when we can get away with it. But there's another strange time of day at a bar: after happy hour and before the evening crowd settles in. We recently found ourselves at Tower Tavern during this lull. The tables inside were mostly empty. The waitstaff huddled near the server station, still a little flushed from the rush. One idly worked a crossword puzzle; another occupied herself with some kind of iPhone game. Occasionally, they would dart off and check on a table. A boisterous middle-aged fellow wandered in from the back patio. He wanted a shot. That seemed like a bright idea. We ordered a shot of Tullamore Dew. "Shot?" one server asked the other. She nodded. The bartender nodded. Everybody had a shot.

Patrick's Bar and - 34.3 degrees

No Grill

8251 Wornall

3:45 p.m. Saturday

Beer: Budweiser

This dive, nestled in one of Wornall Road's many strip malls in Waldo, serves its beer in glasses that have been sitting in a tub of ice. That seems to help push down the Fahrenheit on the draft beers. This watering hole has its regulars who seem to love the probably frozen pizzas heating up in small convection ovens hidden behind the bar.

D.B. Cooper's - 34.1 degrees

1804 West 39th Street

5:15 p.m. Wednesday

Beer: Bud Light

The PBR tap is broken but that doesn't trouble the group of five gray-haired guys in golf attire at the bar, who instead sip whiskey and Bud Light draws. The bartender snaps a photo of them. The Martin Lawrence joint National Security is playing, muted, on the TV. The pals try to harmonize with "King of the Road" as it spins out of the jukebox. During a sing-along with "Piano Man," the most senior member of the party tells the bartender, "Hey, get me a jar. I'm going to take my teeth out."

MiniBar - 33.8 degrees

3810 Broadway

8:15 p.m. Wednesday

Beer: Kronenbourg 1664

The lit-up arrow sign outside MiniBar promises: "Cocktails, adventure." And it definitely serves the former. For the latter, there's just a Star Trek: The Next Generation rerun playing on the overhead TV. The place is empty. "Nobody comes until 10 p.m.," bartender and longtime RecordBar booze slinger Clarence Draper says. A single patron wanders in a few minutes later. "What are you up to?" Clarence asks her. "Just working on my whiskey tolerance," she says.

Buzzard Beach - 32.7 degrees

4110 Pennsylvania

4:50 p.m. Tuesday

Beer: Boulevard Pilsner

Somewhere along the line, Buzzard Beach gave itself the honorific "dive bar," which is like the friend who insists on choosing his own nickname. It only ensures that nobody's going to use it. The place has certain dive elements — what is that unholy stank? — but the beer is actually too cold for a dive bar. More important, Buzzard's sunny deck is too inviting for the place to be a lowlife magnet. Ask the guy in the Hawaiian shirt sipping a rye and reading a paperback or the guys in their 20s making birthday-party plans ("No girls, just guys!"). This is no dive. It's just comfortable.

Chappell's Sports Bar & Museum - 31.7 degrees

323 Armour Road

8:45 p.m. Monday

Beer: Bud Light

"Bud Light draft," we said. "Twenty-five ounce?" the bartender replied. Oh, why not. It came in a big, frosty mug. We sat at the bar, in a padded swivel chair, and watched the Royals game. We eyed the old football helmets attached to the ceiling. We admired the old football cleats dangling by their shoelaces near the TV. We read the placards underneath the vintage baseball jerseys behind the bar. We especially admired the black-and-orange vintage Houston Colt 45s hat. "In what world is that not a double play?" a younger gentleman asked from his booth, addressing no one in particular.

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