Deschutes’ Woody mobile bar stops in KC, Parkville Microbrew Fest kicks off beer festival season in KC, and more beer events

Thursday night is packed with beer events, but Woody is coming back to Kansas City. Deschutes’ mobile bar is headed to the parking lot outside the Foundry (424 Westport Road). On tap from 4 to 10 p.m. will be Mirror Pond, Obsidian Stout, Black Butte Porter,  Fresh Squeezed, Armory XPA, Hop Slice IPA and 2015 the Stoic. Also look for yard games and a raffle for Westport Beer Festival tickets.

Parkville Microbrew Fest kicks off beer-fest season in KC
The granddaddy of them all, the Parkville Microbrew Fest, is Saturday, April 30 — and so begins a summer of beer fests. From 1 to 5 p.m., you’ll be able to drink beers in beautiful English Landing Park. Tickets cost $35 in advance ($45 at the door). Uber it, and I’ll see you out there.
Before and after the festivities, Mother’s Brewing Co. takes over the taps of the Rusty Horse Tavern (6325 Lewis Drive). What to expect? Brandy Barrel MILF, Uncanny Pale Ale, Three Blind Mice and Cucumber Saison. The Rusty Horse will be running shuttles to and from the festival, so hop on.

The KC Nanobrews Festival returns July 30.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 KC Nanobrews Festival. The homebrew fest goes down Saturday, July 30, at Berkley Riverfront Park from 2 to 6 p.m. Early-bird tickets cost $30 ($35 after April 30) — and that gets you a souvenir tasting glass, a $5 food voucher and unlimited tastings of more than 150 homebrewed beers. That’s a pretty great deal.

Also this week …

Thursday, April 28
Long-Bell Pizza Co. (3385 Southwest Fascination Drive, Lee’s Summit) and Martin City Brewing Co. team up for Ales 4 Autism at 4 p.m. MCBC beers on tap will be Big Boy Bourbon Barrel–Aged Imperial Stout, Hardway IPA and Belgian Blond. Twenty percent of proceeds go to the KC Autism Training Center.
If you’re going to Harvesters’ Forks and Corks in the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas Convention Center, you’ll be able to drink local brews from Green Room Burgers & Beer, Crane, Boulevard, Schlafly and more. It goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Omnipollo Abrahadabra (an American-style IPA) taps at the Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street) at 6 p.m.

Drink some Tallgrass beers at Mike’s Wine and Spirits (21 West 63rd Street) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Urban Chestnut is the featured brewery at BD’s Mongolian Grill (19750 East Valley View Parkway, Independence) from 5 to 9 p.m. Look for complimentary appetizers for the first hour and door prizes at 8 p.m.

The bus to Mother’s is returning — and it was a bloody good time last year. Well, most of the time. Want a seat on the bus? Get to Up-Down (101 Southwest Boulevard) to compete in a skee-ball tournament for a chance to win a trip to Springfield to drink at the brewery. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m., and the games begin at 6.

Friday, April 29
Plenty of tastings today. Try a sampling of New Belgium beers at Rimann Liquors (15117 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Get to Gomer’s (3838 Broadway) for a Summit tasting — 30th Anniversary Double IPA (it’s really good), Unchained No. 21 Us and Them, Summit Summer Ale, Saga IPA and Extra Pale Ale — from 4 to 7 p.m.

The end is near for 75th Street Brewery (520 West 75th Street). Drop in at 4 p.m. for Firkin Friday: Blue Collar Brawler with orange peel and vanilla bean.

Jubel, Deschutes’ winter ale that has been aged for a year in pinot noir and new Oregon oak barrels, taps at the Rusty Horse Tavern (6325 Lewis Street) as a precursor to Saturday’s Parkville Microbrew Fest. Jubel is worth a trip.

Saturday, April 30
The second annual Martin City Brewing Co. Shrimp Boil is set for the brewery’s event space, the Martin (Holmes and 135th Street), at 3 p.m.
The fire sale is on at 75th Street Brewery,  with 75 cent pints of flagship beers in the alley starting at 4 p.m. It’s only 50 cents more than the beers I drank in college.

Sunday, May 1
Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue, North Kansas City) teaches you about German beers (weissbier, kolsch, maibock, gose) from noon to 2 p.m. in honor of Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law. Tickets cost $15.

Tuesday, May 3
Ballast Point’s Sea Monster imperial stout is the featured tap starting at 4 p.m. at 75th Street Brewery.

Houlihan’s (16411 West 119th Street, Olathe) hosts a four-course Martin City Brewing Co. beer dinner starting at 6 p.m. A seat at the table costs $35 plus gratuity.

Wednesday, May 4
The death notice has been signed for Rivet Rye. Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) is throwing a “Rye Must Die” party with $2 pours of the marked-for-execution brew and a raffle for cans of Rye and shirts.

Get a Zipline glass — and beer — tonight at 6 at the Flying Saucer.

Big pours of 75th Street Brewery’s Dante’s Dream, Rye So Serious and other beers are $3.

Martin City Brewing Co. (500 East 135th Street) turns over five taps to Odell. Three of those taps will be pouring new beers — Prop Culture farmhouse ale, Splice session IPA and Tree Shaker imperial peach IPA — from 5 to 10 p.m.

Who doesn’t love free beer? Sample Public House Brewing Co.’s Revelation Stout, Elusive IPA, Hide & Seek Hefe and Thorn & Heat from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Foundry (424 Westport Road).

Grain to Glass hosts a lecture on all-grain brewing tonight and Thursday night at 7. Cost for each night is $10. •

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