Broods, Atlas Genius, the Mowgli’s and more headline Chipotle’s Cultivate Fest in KC

Did you melt at last year’s Chipotle Cultivate Festival? Well, you’re about to have another shot. The assemblage of food, music and beer returns to Penn Valley Park on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m to 7 p.m.

“Hoping for slightly better weather this year,” says Scott Robinson, Chipotle’s manager of national events. “It was a steamer, as it can be in July sometimes.”

Despite the heat, last year’s fest drew 23,000 people. This year, the music lineup is even bigger, with Broods, Atlas Genius, the Mowgli’s, Jr Jr, the Knocks and Hembree. And while you’re watching those bands in the heat, you’ll be able to drink a festival-exclusive beer: Chipotle Mexican Lager. Like last year’s Farmhouse Ale, this year’s one-off is being brewed by Boulevard.

“I’ve always felt like the Mexican lager could be done much better,” Robinson says. “So we were like, ‘Let’s try a Mexican lager.’ It’s perfect for this year. We have events in Phoenix, Kansas City in July, and then we’re in Miami in November. The style of beer sets up pretty well for potentially warm festivals.”

Robinson called up Boulevard, along with Arizona Wilderness and the Florida brewery Cigar City. He says Arizona Wilderness’ version of the beer — the first to be produced — “was really easy drinking but with a lot of flavor and backbone.”
Conference calls and e-mails helped build the recipe.

“We used achiote pepper,” Robinson says. “We don’t use a lot of it, but it gives a nice, earthy component. We use non-GMO flaked yellow corn. And then Maris Otter and Vienna malts. I really wanted it to have a strong citrus finish from the hops, so they used Citra and Lemon Drop hops for it.”
Boulevard is brewing 30 half-barrels of beer, and Robinson expects the supply to go dry, with beers priced at $6 for a full pour and $2 for 4-ounce samplers.

Beyond that lager, expect plenty of local and regional beers. New to the festival: Zipline, Nebraska Brewing and Perennial. They join Cinder Block, Martin City, Mother’s, KC Bier Co., Crane, and more specialty brewers; and there will be Patrón margaritas, along with, of course, burritos and chips.

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