Boulevard’s non-ballet Nutcracker returns, Arts and Crafts pours 200 beers in NKC, and Martin City’s stout teamup with Alchemy Coffee arrives

The year’s last major beer festival arrives this weekend, with the fourth annual Arts and Crafts Festival at Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road, North Kansas City). Once again, it’s a mash-up of music, film and beer programming: a three-day marathon of eight bands, 18 movies and more than 200 beers to try. The party kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, with beer pouring from 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday’s beer component starts at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. for VIP), with Founders’ KBS, Cantillon 2013 Lou Pepe, Crooked Stave 2015 Blackberry Origins, Great Divide 2014 Peach Grand Cru, Jolly Pumpkin 2013 Bam Biere, Mother’s Brewing’s 2015 MILF, and Boulevard Brewing Company’s 2015 Saison-Brett, among others. Sunday, the focus is on homebrewers: The winner gets her beer scaled up at neighboring Cinder Block Brewery. That last day, the doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the beers fire up from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Tickets range from $30 to $140, depending on whether you want to attend a single session or hit all three days with VIP treatment (T-shirt, cup, early access, a ticket to 18 movies). See the full beer, music, and movie lineup at

Beer Me? Beer You 

Hopheads in Kansas, take note: Stone Brewing Company’s Enjoy By 12.25.16 Unfiltered IPA is out this week. 

Now that the weather is finally approaching seasonal-appropriate temperatures, you can and should enjoy Boulevard Brewing Company’s Nutcracker Ale. The winter warmer goes down like liquid caramel, and is available only through December. In other Boulevard news, Early Riser Coffee Porter, a collaboration with Maps Coffee, returns in early 2017. 

Circle the Date 

Colony Espresso & Beer (312 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri) decks its taps for a Christmas party at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 10. The agenda includes a sneak peek at its brews, including a one-night-only brown-ale release. Tickets are $50 ( and include all you can eat and drink. 

Thursday, December 1

Speaking of breweries and coffee shops working in perfect harmony: Martin City Brewing Company and Alchemy Coffee are holding a release party for their coffee-stout collaboration at the Burger Stand at the Casbah (803 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence) from 4 to 6 p.m. Expect Alchemy Coffee Stout, Monk in Scotland, Bourbon Barrel Abbey and Abbey on tap. 

Friday, December 2

You get a second shot at trying the aforementioned new coffee stout at Gaslight Gardens (317 North Second Street, Lawrence) at 6:30 p.m. Alchemy Coffee Stout should hit the Kansas City market on Monday. 

Saturday, December 3

Get brewing advice and learn why where you brew your beer matters as author Stan Hieronymus discusses his new book, Brewing Local: American Grown Beer, at Crane Brewing Company’s taproom (6515 Railroad Street, Raytown). Crane founder Michael Crane will give Heironymus a tour of the brewery, with the public invited as well. That’s at 3:30 p.m., after which the two sit down for a discussion about yeast and how the flavor of a place is imprinted on a beer.  

Sunday, December 4

Beer drinkers need love, too. Flying Saucer Kansas City (101 East 13th Street) is hosting its 2016 Beerknurd Appreciation Party from noon to 4 p.m. That means special tappings on the hour, including Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper (aged in Grand Marnier barrels) at noon, and New Holland Coconut Rum Dragon’s Milk at 2 p.m. Flying Saucer asks for canned goods or donations for Harvesters. 

Tuesday, December 6 

Rock & Run Brewery (110 East Kansas Street, Liberty) is hosting a five-course Boulevard Beer Dinner. The menu pairs cheese poppers (made with Green Dirt Farm’s Wooly Rind) with Saison-Brett, a pumpernickel loaf and whiskey-cured salmon with Rye-on-Rye-on-Rye, and a bourbon-caramel panna cotta with Nutcracker Ale. The dinner runs from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Wednesday, December 7 

Want to make the leap from brewer to distiller? Grain to Glass’ Distilling for Homebrewers class could be your thing. It’s at the Restless Spirits Distillery (109 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) from 7 to 10 p.m. The session costs $25; tickets and more information at

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