Boulevard releases Za’Tart, KC Bier Co. taps an Oktoberfest, Screenland Armour starts a book club and more

Boulevard released its collaboration with Cambridge Brewing Co. earlier this week: Za’Tart spiced sour ale.

Boulevard ambassador brewer Jeremy Danner announced the new beer on the brewery’s website last week. The genesis of Za’Tart came about during this year’s Boulevardia festival, when Cambridge brewmaster Will Meyers — in town for Boulevardia’s Taps & Tastes beer event — approached Boulevard about a collaboration.

“Having known Will (and his beers) for several years, we weren’t surprised when he suggested a less than conventional beer,” Danner wrote. “Described quite loosely as a low ABV, sour rustic blonde with spices, Za’Tart is the beer that resulted from our collaboration.”

Za’Tart (4.7 percent ABV with 8.6 IBUs) will be available only in kegs in Kansas City. Boulevard spokeswoman Julie Weeks tells us that Za’Tart “is a very limited distribution, similar to Tripel Julep, so it won’t be around long.”

Danner wrote that Za’Tart’s mash began two days before Meyers and Cambridge arrived in KC for Boulevardia. Za’Tart takes its name from za’atar, a mix of Middle Eastern herbs (oregano, thyme and sumac) that were used to spice the wort near the end of the boil.

From there, the wort was fermented with Cambridge’s house Belgian yeast strain. A second batch of Za’Tart was then brewed without the souring process that the first went through. That batch was then added to the first, soured batch to balance it out. 

Also on tap this week:

Thursday, September 11
Tap Nite featuring Dieu du Ciel! Aphrodite at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 7 p.m.

Friday, September 12
KC Bier Co. Festbier Bavarian barrel tapping at Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard), 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 13
SeedCo Harvest outdoor fest with Free State Brewery: food, eight bands and 21 visual artists, on the 800 block of Delaware, in Lawrence, 4–11 p.m.

Monday, September 15
Festbier (Oktoberfest) tapping at Gordon Biersch (100 East 14th Street)

Tuesday, September 16
Page to Screen Movie + Book Club featuring R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Mother’s Brewing at Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road, North Kansas City), 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17
Brewery Night (buy the beer, collect the glass) featuring Schlafly Oktoberfest at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 7 p.m.

Chouffe Fest at the Foundry (424 Westport Road), $10 for 6 ounces each of La Chouffe, Houblon Chouffe and McChouffe with a Chouffe tasting glass. Brasserie d’Achouffe founder Christian Bauweraerts also will be in attendance, 6–8 p.m.

Out now: Martin City’s coffee stout and black rye IPA. 

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