KC’s boozy holiday season kicks off this week with several events
Where to merrily eat and drink from December 2–8.
Tuesday, December 8
Get in to KC Bier Co. (310 West 79th Street) today from 2–11 p.m. to pick up bottles of the limited-release Doppelbock, the double-strength version of Bier Co.’s wildly popular Dunkel beer (one of the best beers in town, in our humble opinion). “A new mashing program with 100 percent imported Munich and Pilsner malt makes this the smoothest, maltiest doppelbock lager we’ve ever made,” the brewery notes. The Doppelbock also has a healthy 10 percent ABV. Hello!
Fans of Colorado’s Crooked Stave Brewing Company should visit Oak & Steel (1207 West 17th Street) from 5–7 p.m. for special tappings of several Crooked Stave kegs, including hard-to-find releases. The brewery’s glassware will also be available to guests, along with beers including Member Berries: Syrah 2016, Member Berries: Viognier 2016, IPA, Von Pilsner, and Coffee Baltic Porter.
Wednesday, December 9
Celebrate the 86th anniversary of Repeal Day at J. Rieger & Co. Distillery (2700 Guinotte Avenue). The distillery is offering drink specials and chocolate cake from 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Flying Saucer (101 West 13th Street) is also hosting a Repeal Day party, featuring Cinder Block Brewing Company’s Black Squirrel, Cinder Block glassware, and a menu of specialty pre-prohibition cocktails. The party runs from 7 p.m.–midnight.
Thursday, December 5
Enjoy the wines of Washington’s L’Ecole No. 41, along with dishes from chef Thomas Pelkey at Louie’s Wine Dive (6701 West 119th Street). This four-course paired wine dinner features braised beef cheeks, swordfish, and crab cakes, among other items. The dinner is $75 a person (not including tax or gratuity); tickets are available here.
Up in Liberty, Conrad’s Restaurant and Alehouse (210 N State Route 291) is hosting a multi-course beer dinner featuring Smokestack beers from Boulevard Brewing Company. A couple of sample courses: duck confit with cheesy spaetzle and caramelized onions paired with Boulevard Berry Noir Sour Ale, and braised shortribs with sunchoke-stuffed ravioli and chili oil paired with Boulevard Plaid Habit. The meal is $60 a person, not including tax or tip. Pick up tickets from Conrads’ website.
Friday, December 6
Olive Tree KC (7044 West 105th Street) is offering a hands-on, make-and-take charcuterie board class. Participants will receive a brand-new charcuterie board, plus meats, cheeses, and accompaniments, as well as instruction from cheesemonger Chris Smith on how to build beautiful and tasty boards for your guests. The class is $65 and includes the aforementioned board and goodies. Snacks will be made available while you work. Tickets are available via Olive Tree’s website.
Saturday, December 7
Nine unique barrel-aged beers will be on tap at today’s fourth anniversary party for Crane Brewing Company (6515 Railroad Street). Among the day’s available beers are Barrel Weiss (Kaw Point Mead barrel-aged Berliner weiss), Anniversary III Stout (imperial stout with vanilla aged in J. Rieger barrels), Trill (brandy barrel-aged sour quad with mangoes), and Thanatos (dark sour aged in port and bourbon barrels). Special bottles will also be available, as will food from Harp Barbecue and Wilma’s. The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
From 3–5 p.m., learn how to make impressive holiday cocktails from the experts at the Rieger (1924 Main Street). On the to-do list: a mulled Negroni, homemade eggnog, and a play on a classic warm milk punch, the Tom & Harry. Attendees will also enjoy bites from Howard Hanna’s kitchen along with samples of the drinks. The class is $35 a person, and tickets are available via Tock.
Sunday, December 8
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., BLVD Rec Center (2534 Madison) keeps spirits bright with its third annual “Holiday Bizarre,” featuring a host of local vendors, a raffle, holiday movies, games including family-friendly beer hall bingo, a Santa costume contest, crafts, live music and more. Beer tappings and food specials will be offered throughout the day. Boulevard is also collecting gifts for families assisted by Rose Brooks during the event (learn about what you can bring here). There is no admission fee.