Fourth of July parties, a morel mushroom beer, and more: KC’s food and drink events for July 1-7
Tuesday, July 2
Out in Lawrence, Free State Brewing Company (636 Massachusetts Street) is marking the release of its excellent Garden Party beer — a lager flavored with cucumber, basil, and juniper berries — with an ice cream social. From 4–6 p.m., pick up a pint of Garden Party (or one of Free State’s Garden Party beer cocktails), and receive a free scoop of Garden Party ice cream while supplies last.
Crows Coffee (three locations: Waldo, South Plaza, South Kansas City) is celebrating its fifth birthday and is giving *you* a present. From 7–9 a.m., any 12-ounce coffee or tea drink is on the house. Limit one per customer.
Wednesday, July 3
Lawrence Beer Company (826 Pennsylvania Avenue) is hosting Fourth of July festivities on the 3rd. Head in between 4–11 p.m. and pick up its new Cruise Master Lager while enjoying a barbecue on the patio. They’re also going to be playing a lot of yacht rock, and prizes will be given out for the best coordinating yacht rock attire.
Thursday, July 4
Head to Novel (1927 McGee Street) for its annual Fourth of July party, an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink affair, complete with lunch buffet and specialty cocktails. The buffet includes oysters on the half shell
, shrimp cocktail, mushroom and vegetable kabobs and roasted pork shoulder, served with tortillas, red and green salsa, rice fries and bibb lettuce, among other items. Blueberry cobbler, vanilla ice cream, and cookies will also be available. The party runs from 1–4 p.m., and tickets are $38 a person. Learn more and pick those tickets up via Eventbrite.
Chicken and Pickle (1761 Burlington) will be hosting an all-day carnival featuring games, drink specials, and even snow cones. Get in from 12–6 p.m.
Friday, July 5
Rosé fans should consider a visit to City Barrel Brewing Company (1740 Holmes Road). Six unique rosé beer offerings — including the latest, Blush, a vanilla-cherry sour — will be on tap. All of the rosé beers will be available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Urbana, a monthly summer street festival at the Power & Light District (12th and Baltimore), kicks off this First Friday edition with a July 4th-tinged barbecue party. Food trucks and pop-up vendors, summer cocktails, live music and street art are all part of this event, which begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.
First Fridays this summer also means that the Monarch Bar is popping up at the Rockhill Grille (2000 Grand Boulevard). Stop in between 5 p.m. and midnight for music from DJ Ashton Martin and signature Monarch Bar cocktails like the Kansas City Icewater, Rosebud, Plumbound and Down, Dreams of Illiad, Carriage Club, Dazed & Confused, Old Fashioned, and the Louisiana Purchase.
Saturday, July 6
Learn all about cooking with local wild herbs at the KC Farm School at Gibbs Farm (4223 Gibbs Road). Culinary herbalist Rebecca Miller will guide this presentation, which includes an early summer veggie and herb harvest. Miller will then prepare a community meal with dishes including marinated mushroom and kale tacos, pink lady pickles and an herbal haymaker switzel. This is the first in a series of these classes. Learn more and sign up via the Farm School’s website.
Crane Brewing Company (6515 Railroad Street) is releasing one of the year’s more unique beers today, the “Fungus Amongus,” made with morel mushrooms. Crane describes the beer as such: “using an English Pub Ale base, we incorporated a subdued biscuity sweetness from the malts. Noble hops lend earthy/floral notes that accentuate the earthy minerality that comes with the morels’ infamous flavor profile. OK! Chef Chad Tillman will be serving up cheesesteaks to go along with the beer. The party starts at 11 a.m.
Sunday, July 7
Chefs Howard Hanna and Chetan Michie will be representing the Rieger and Lawrence’s Lark a Fare at tonight’s farm-to–table dinner at Juniper Hill Farms (1547 North 2000 Road, Lawrence). The four-course meal includes a family-style meal, plus two cocktails and two glasses of wine. Local produce from Juniper Hill Farms, plus a whole roasted goat from Red Tractor Farms, will inform the menu. Tickets are $100 a person. More information and tickets can be found here.
Boulevard Brewing Company’s wonderful Tank 7 beer turns 10 years old today, and Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) is throwing a party to celebrate. Expect all-day Tank 7 specials, a Tank 7 beer cocktail (the Lion’s Tank!), and $5 burger and fries specials made with Tank 7 beer cheese. And birthday cake, of course.