KC Beer Fest taps 200 beers, Rock & Run is open in Kearney, new local beers hit, and more beer news
The annual KC Beer Fest, Saturday, September 10, is going to be loaded with more than 60 breweries bringing a total of more than 200 beers.
This year’s festival will block off Grand Street between the Sprint Center and the Power & Light District’s Live Block from 2 to 6 p.m. The first hour is for VIPs only — and those passes give access to an exclusive buffet, private bathrooms and, most important, a rare-tap tent with VIP-only pours, including Bell’s Traverse City Whiskey Barrel Expedition Stout, Firestone Walker Bretta Rose and 4 Hands Night Chaser wild ale.
“We’ll tap those every 30 minutes,” says Flying Saucer general manager Kellen Duryea, who also helped organize the festival. “I know Bell’s is bringing some Black Note [stout]. Deschutes is bringing Pinot Suave. Shelton Brothers is bringing a great portfolio. IBU will bring in Evil Twin, Blackberry Farm. Avery is bringing a solid lineup of Tweak, Rumpkin and Expletus. Boulevard is going to throw a killer lineup.”
And that’s only a small taste of what will be available. GAs will also get a crack at special pours with a rare-tap tent on Grand. Duryea says to look for Perennial’s Stickee Monkee quad, Nebraska Tarte Apricot Saison and more. Also being served: Perennial Devil’s Heart of Gold wheat wine and beers from Grimm.
“I think that’s going to be one of the surprise highlights,” Duryea says of Grimm. “I’m pumped to get them in here.”
Tickets cost from $35 to $70. This is a fundraiser for GenKC. Once it’s over, stop by the Saucer for deals, deals, deals.
“I really think this is going to be our best beer fest,” Duryea says. “Any leftover bottles, we’ll run specials on afterward [at the Flying Saucer]. We’ll do a $4 mystery bottle, $8 mystery bottle, $8 mystery bomber.”
Rock & Run update
Rock & Run’s satellite brewery and taproom in Kearney is now open at 115 West Washington Street. Going online this week is Steamroller, a California common/steam beer, and Chinook Pale, which was wet-hopped with Chinook hops from Edgerton, Missouri’s Royal Hop Farms. Coming soon: Rocktoberfest ale (in mid-September) and a barrel-aged Saminator for a December anniversary party. The latter will be available on draught and in bottles, with a few of those with Brettanomyces.
New local brews
Martin City’s latest canned beer is Bourbon Barrel Abbey (8.5 percent ABV, 28 IBUs). Six-packs are already on sale in the taproom (500 East 135th Street). Look for it in liquor stores and on draft soon.
KC Bier Co. has released its Pils. The oft-copied German lager can be had in the Waldo brewery’s tasting room (310 West 79th Street)
Double Shift’s King’s Vine Fresh Hop IPA debuted last week. It’s made with fresh Chinook hops from the Kansas Hop Co., Centennial and Mosaic. This one is all about quick turnaround; the beer was brewed with the hops harvested off the vine and mixed into the boil kettle in less than 24 hours. More on Double Shift in the coming weeks.
Hank Charcuterie (1900 Massachusetts, Lawrence) is hosting a five-course beer dinner with Crane Brewing at 6:30 p.m. Beers to look for are Tea Weiss, Kumquat Weiss, Saison, Grapefruit Gose and Farmhouse IPA with Brett. My mouth is watering thinking about the pairings with Belgian beer sausage, smoked headcheese, grilled shrimp and more. Get a seat for $60; RSVP at 785-832-8688.
Martin City Brewing Co. (500 East 135th Street) is always sharing taps with its friends. Tonight, the honor goes to North Kansas City’s Cinder Block Brewery, whose reps will be on-site for giveaways and beer specials from 4 to 7 p.m.
In Lawrence, it’s a Martin City invasion. MCBC samples beers at Cork & Barrel (2000 West 23rd Street) and Kansas Crown Liquor (1215 West Sixth Street) from 4 to 6 p.m. The party then moves to the Red Lyon (944 Massachusetts) from 7 to 9 p.m. as Martin City takes the taps with Poitier brandy barrel–aged tripel, Purple Train Berliner Weisse, Kentucky Friar Belgian strong pale ale, Second Best Coffee Stout, Abbey, Hardway IPA and Belgian Blond. Close out the night at Henry’s Upstairs (11 East Eighth Street) with Martin City and Santa Fe Brewing Co. at 9:30 p.m.
Speaking of Santa Fe, the New Mexico brewery claims the taps of Set ’Em Up Jack’s (1800 East 23rd Street, Lawrence) from 6 to 8 p.m. Go for Java Stout, Happy Camper IPA and Oktoberfest.
Flying Saucer’s Sour Beer Week continues with Mikkeller SpontanOrange at 6 p.m. Torn Label is bringing limited-release draft beers to Rock & Brews (5701 West 135th Street, Overland Park). And Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway) taps Mother’s Lil’ Helper IPA, Lapinette Virtue Cider and Charleville Late Night Karate Kicks coffee stout.
The Flying Saucer’s (101 East 13th Street) next Women in Craft Beer event features Perennial co-founder Emily Wymore and 2nd Shift’s Libby Crider at 6 p.m.
Friday night’s all right for tasting beers. Rimann Liquors (15117 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa) gives samples of Urban Chestnut from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Plaza Liquors (4500 Belleview) pours tastes of Sierra Nevada beers from 4 to 7 p.m. The Gomer’s at 9902 Holmes is also sampling Sierra Nevada. Or head to Mike’s Wine and Spirits (1106 Westport Road) for a Flensburger Brauerei tasting of Weizen, Dunkel and Lager from 4 to 6 p.m. In Brookside, Mike’s (21 West 63rd Street) is giving out a taste of Bell’s Best Brown and Oatsmobile from 4 to 6 p.m.
If you’re in LFK, swing over to Burger Stand at the Casbah (803 Massachusetts, Lawrence) for a tap takeover featuring Martin City, Mother’s, Founders and Santa Fe from 6 to 8 p.m. Or just sample from MCBC’s can lineup at On the Rocks (1818 Massachusetts, Lawrence) from 4 to 6 p.m.
Happy hour at Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) is all about Green Flash, starting at 4 p.m.
Duvel family members Boulevard and Firestone Walker are taking over the taps at Colony Espresso & Beer (312 Armour Road, North Kansas City) from 6 p.m. to midnight. Do not sleep on this event. There will be a Saison-Brett vertical (2014, 2015 and 2016), Love Child No. 7 on draft, Rye-on-Rye 2015 and Rye-on-Rye-on-Rye (one of my favorites). If that wasn’t enough, Firestone Walker is sending Luponic Distortion, Pivo Pils, Wookey Jack, Union Jack, Easy Jack and Oaktoberfest. Build your base with the KC Pinoy food truck.
Double Shift (412 East 18th Street) is throwing an Ales for ALS fundraiser. The 18th Street brewery will be releasing an Oatmeal IPA (8.8 percent ABV, 74 IBUs), with $1 from each pint going to ALS research. There will be raffles throughout the night.
Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue, North Kansas City) is on the Pint Path/Swift Mile. Stop in for Urban Chestnut Stammtisch and a small plate of brats and cheese for $5. Or head over to Calibration Brewery (119 Armour Road, North Kansas City) for its release of Roasted Pumpkin Ale (5 percent ABV, 20 IBUs).
Mike’s Wine and Spirits (8447 Wornall) samples an Elysian pumpkin beer from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Martin City LFK takeover wraps up with a can sampling from 10 a.m. to noon at Cork & Barrel (901 Mississippi, Lawrence).
Who are the winners in this year’s Picnique Belgique Belgian and sour homebrew competition? Find out at the awards dinner at Grain to Glass from 5 to 8 p.m. This year’s featured speaker is the Lost Abbey’s Gordon Gerski, and you can beg him to send his beer to KC. Tickets cost $20. See graintoglass.biz.
Stockyards’ Latin-style lager, Cerveza Royale, went on tap last weekend. Stop in and hope that you can still get a pint during Bluegrass Sundays, with Old Sound, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Martin City takes the taps at the Rusty Horse Tavern (6325 Lewis, Parkville) from 6 to 8 p.m. Not a bad time to try Bourbon Barrel Abbey.
The beer-and-cheese love affair continues tonight at the Foundry (424 Westport Road). For $30, you can pair cheese with some outstanding Firestone Walker beers (Bretta Rose, Bretta Weiss, Sucaba barleywine and Stickee Monkee quad from 4 p.m. to close.
Rimann Liquors (3917 Prairie Lane, Prairie Village) samples Martin City’s can lineup from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Flying Saucer releases this year’s Oktoberfest glass tonight at 6. Gordon Biersch (100 East 14th Street) throws a party and taps this year’s Festbier from 5 to 9 p.m.
Oklahoma’s Coop Ale Works’ launch week starts today.