American Craft Beer Week, Fungi & Fermentation at Powell Gardens, and more: KC’s food and drink events for May 14-20

Monday, May 14

American Craft Beer Week kicks off today and runs through Sunday. A few places to celebrate:

  • Hopcat (401 Westport Road) will be featuring a beer each day that it thinks exemplifies what is good about the craft, and representatives from that beer’s brewery will be on hand for giveaways and to talk about what their brewery has to offer. Monday: Avery Brewing Company. Tuesday: Ballast Point. Wednesday: Bell’s. Thursday: Founders. Friday: Lagunitas. Saturday: New Holland. Sunday: Boulevard.  
  • Barley’s Kitchen & Tap (11924 W. 119th Street and 16649 Midland Drive) will be hosting tapping parties all week at both locations. Catch specialty releases from Prairie Artisan Ales, Epic Brewing Company, Deschutes, Hoppin’ Frog, Firestone Walker, and more. Details on all the beers available can be found here
  • Double Shift Brewing Company (412 East 18th Street) will be releasing a number of small-batch beers throughout the week, including the Tessellation Mosaic IPA, which features apricot, mango, pasilla chilies and lime, and the Sister Abby Belgian-style Dubbel, with clove and tart cherries. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for what you can find, and when.

Tuesday, May 15  

Leeway Franks is teaming up with Port Fonda Lawrence (900 New Hampshire Street) for a Las Vegas-style prime rib dinner tonight from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy fried pickles, a shrimp cocktail, a 14-ounce Creekstone Farms prime rib with whipped potatoes and creamed greens, plus dessert. The meal is $60 a person or $100 a couple. Call 785-856-2535 for reservations. 

Thursday, May 17

Hank Charcuterie (1900 Massachusetts Street) is hosting its final specialty dinner tonight, before chef Vaughn Good moves his restaurant to Kansas City. This one is a collaboration dinner featuring Old Forester Bourbon. Among the four courses: a potato cake with grilled asparagus, a pickled garlic scape bernaise and fried kale, and a serving of prime rib with roasted bone marrow and cider turnips and greens. The meal is $75 a person; call 785-832-8688 for reservations. 

Friday, May 18

Learn how to cook with leafy superfoods like kale and collard greens at today’s free workshop from Kansas City Community Gardens (6917 Kensington Avenue). They’ll also show you how to make some salad dressings. Learn more and register for the event here

Bull Creek Distillery (20559 South Lone Elm Road) opens its bar and restaurant today in Spring Hill. It’s part whiskey distillery, part restaurant, and features dishes including sandwiches, skewers and smoked meats. The restaurant is running specials all weekend on food and drink and will also feature live music both nights beginning at 6 p.m. 

Saturday, May 19

Get out to Powell Gardens (1609 NW Highway 50) for a full day of events themed around Fungi and Fermentation. Learn all about mushrooms and how to make kimchi, gochujang, and even mead while enjoying live music and a beer garden stocked with local brews. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Learn more via Powell Gardens’ website.  

See if Justify can win the second race of the Triple Crown today during the Preakness watch party at Julep (4141 Pennsylvania Avenue). Julep will be offering drink and food specials, and there is no cover. The party starts at 3 p.m. 

Sunday, May 20

Bike Walk KC presents the ninth annual Tour de Bier KC today, beginning at 8 a.m. with its homebase at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester Street). Tour de Bier KC is a supported bike route of multiple lengths (15, 35 and 50 miles each, approximately), with stops at breweries and historic breweriana locations around Kansas City. Registration includes the supported ride, beer samples, two drink tickets, lunch, and souvenirs. Walk-up registration will be available for $60, or you can pre-register at the BikeWalkKC office at 3629 Gillham for $50. More information, including route details, are available via BikeWalkKC’s website. Proceeds benefit BikeWalkKC’s mission to make Kansas City a safer and more friendly place to bike and walk.