Brock Schulte is top shelf: Best of KC 2019
Our annual Best of Kansas City 2019 issue is out now. Go grab a copy. Alternatively, you can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also includes a list, compiled and written by The Pitch’s editorial staff, shouting out some of our current favorite things about KC. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout the month of October.
To call Brock Schulte a bartender or even *shudder* a mixologist feels completely inadequate. The man has been a familiar face on the Kansas City cocktail scene for many years now, having first risen to prominence at McCormick & Schmick’s, then at the Rieger and Manifesto, where he helped develop cocktail programs that earned citywide and even national recognition. Currently, Schulte is a partner in Liquid Minded Concepts, which, in addition to consulting for private events, manages the Monarch Bar, inarguably Kansas City’s highest-end cocktail joint. Schulte is a walking dictionary of ingredients both familiar and obscure. He downplays this, noting that all his knowledge comes from notes in his phone. But if you ask him, point-blank, about, say, peanut butter-washed Suntory whiskey, or nitro-muddled basil—even plain Greek yogurt!—he can rattle off ideas about how to incorporate those flavors into a well-balanced cocktail. A lot of fancy cocktails cost $17 but don’t taste like $17. Schulte’s do. He makes it look easy, as though anybody can do it. But that’s part of his craft. Schulte resides in a class by himself.