Celebrate three years of Big Rip, drink for your prostate, get ready for Martin City cans and more

This weekend is the Big Rip Brewing Co.’s third annual Get Ripped Fest (216 East Ninth Avenue, North Kansas City). It’s a relaxed atmosphere with local breweries and distilleries and few, if any, lines. Big Rip’s Josh Collins and Kip Feldt say they prefer the smaller fest.

“We don’t really want to grow it,” Collins says of the event, which goes from noon to 4 p.m. “We think 300, 350 people is the right crowd for the venue and for the 15 to 20 vendors.”

As usual, Big Rip is planning a pair of special-release beers for the festival.

“We have a Delta 88 IPA with apricots and brown sugar,” Collins says. “We made it once before for the brewfest, so we’re bringing that back. We’re making something else cool for the brewfest as well. It’s a big surprise because we don’t know it yet.

“It’ll be a spinoff of another beer that we have fermenting,” Collins continues. “It won’t be a whole batch. It’ll be more like a couple of experimental kegs.”

New to to this year’s festival are Miami Creek Brewing Co. (Drexel, Missouri) and Ninja Moose (Hamilton), joining local breweries Cinder Block, Crane, Double Shift, Green Room, Martin City, Stockyards, Torn Label and more. And if Calibration Brewery is ready to pour, the new North Kansas City brewery will be at the fest.

North Kansas City’s Restless Spirits Distillery also joins the lineup of distilleries, and El Burrito Loco will be serving food alongside Helen’s on Wheels.

What else is new at Big Rip? A kitchen that’s expected to be open in July.

“It’s going to be super small,” Collins says. “It’s going to be a grilled-cheese menu and soft pretzels and cheese platters, and that’s it. We’re going to start on Fridays and Saturdays and see how it goes.”

Collins says he hopes to have the kitchen, which amounts to a nice panini press, open in July in the brewery’s former game-room area. (Collins is pushing for the kitchen to be open in some form by Big Rip’s annual Fourth of July celebration, which includes an outdoor screening of Independence Day 2 with Screenland.)

“We kind of view it as a food cart or mini-food-truck-type menu where we’re only going to have 10 things on the menu and one person in the kitchen,” Collins says. “It’s almost like a separate business over here.”

The pretzels and bread will come from Farm to Market. “We’re going to try to find at least one dessert to offer,” Collins adds.

Collins says Big Rip decided to add food after weekend business picked up due to brewery tours by the Barley Bus and KC Beer Tour.

“We don’t recognize anyone’s face on a Saturday,” Collins says. “The rest of the days we recognize half the people who come in.”

Pints for Prostates starts at Flying Saucer
The annual fundraiser for Pints for Prostates at the Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street) starts Wednesday night at 7. The monthlong campaign culminates with a raffle for a beer trip for two to the Czech Republic and Oktoberfest (September 21 through October 1).

“All of our Wednesday-night glass nights that month are fundraisers, and every glass we sell, the money goes to Pints for Prostates and every customer gets a raffle ticket,” says Flying Saucer general manager Kellen Duryea. “Raffle tickets are also on sale all month.”

This is a trip you’re going to want to win. Included are airfare for two, nine nights of lodging, brewery tours, beer dinners, beer-hall crawls, lunches, and more. The drawing for two trips — one raffled off by the Saucer and the other by the nonprofit — will be held in July at the Charlotte Flying Saucer.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to have two people associated with this store win in the past,” Duryea says.

Raffle tickets cost $10 each (three for $25 or seven for $50). If you can’t make it on a Wednesday night, you can still buy raffle tickets. Saturday might be a good time to stop at the Saucer: The beer hall is doing a tutored tasting and flight pairing, with five goses, starting at 3:30 p.m.

As for the Wednesday tappings, here’s the schedule: June 1, the fundraiser starts with a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass night. June 8, it’s Ayinger Hefe Glass. June 15, it’s a Flying Saucer Father’s Day glass featuring Han Solo. June 22, it’s Paulaner. And June 29, the brewery has yet to be named.

“Last year we raised right at $40,000,” Duryea says. “This year, obviously, our goal is to go a little bit bigger and grow.”

The Pitch’s Steer & Beer festival is coming
The Pitch is throwing a beer festival Saturday, August 6, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Waldo Outdoor Pavilion. You might recognize that as the site of Hopfest, and I like drinking beers in that lot. What’s different? There’ll be burgers. More info to come. See pitch.com for tickets.

Martin City Brewing Co. is canning its beer
Cans of Martin City Brewing Co. beer are on the way. The brewery started canning this week. Details to come.

Mother’s Blush hits KC this week
The newest beer from Springfield’s Mother’s Brewing Co., Blush pomegranate hibiscus wit, will be in KC this week. It’s a wheat beer (5 percent ABV and 14 IBUs) that sounds like a good summer brew.

Also this week …

Thursday 6.2
In honor of its fifth birthday, Martin City Brewing Co. (500 East 135th Street) is turning over all 18 taps to local breweries, starting at 5 p.m. Look for MCBC (of course), Boulevard, Crane, Cinder Block, Free State, Torn Label and KC Bier Co.

Crane Brewing Co. does a tasting at Gomer’s (1606 West 75th Street). Then Crane joins Cinder Block, Martin City and Rock & Run for the KC Food Truck Face Off at the Roasterie (1204 West 27th Street) from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sample Tallgrass beers at Kelly’s Westport Inn (500 Westport Road) starting at 5 p.m.

Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway) taps Perennial Sump, Tallgrass Raspberry Jam and Boulevard Tripel Julep.

Friday 6.3
Goose Island’s Migration Week continues with Flight School at Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) from 3 to 5 p.m. Goose Island’s brewers will be hanging out in the biergarten. You’ll want to snag a ticket to this for some Bourbon County and prizes.

Migration Week wraps with a party at Ruins Pub (1715 Main) from 7 p.m. to midnight. Look for Bourbon County series beers on tap.

Rock & Run is still doing pop-up events on the patio of the the Bell (114 East Kansas Street, Liberty) Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight. Rock & Run’s Gene DeClue tells The Pitch that they’re working on getting up with a limited food menu and also being open on some weeknights.

Saturday 6.4
The Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street) is hosting a tutored tasting and a flight pairing with five goses at 3:30 p.m.

Sunday 6.5
It’s Sunday Fun-day with Nebraska Brewing Co. from noon to 8 p.m. at Bier Station. Grab some sun on the patio and cans of Nebraska beers on special. Also, look for Fathead, Coffee Fathead, Vanilla Fathead, Sally Weisse, and Tarte Apricot Saison on tap.

Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue, North Kansas City) hosts a Jolly Pumpkin tasting. It’s $15 to participate.

Monday 6.6
The next beer school at Burg & Barrel (7042 West 76th Street, Overland Park) is with Martin City Brewing Co. at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 6.7
Foxy Roxy Designs wants you to drink and paint at Crane Brewing (6515 Railroad Street, Raytown) from 6 to 8 p.m. For $30, you get a canvas, all the paint you need, brushes and a glass of a Crane beer.

Odell is the brewery of the month at BD’s Mongolian Grill (19750 East Valley View Parkway, Independence). The kickoff party goes from 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday 6.8
Tallgrass Beer Club takes over Hyvee (301 Northeast Rice Road, Lee’s Summit) at 5 p.m.

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