Leinenkugel’s opens in the Power & Light District, Boulevard brings back Zon and locks in Collaboration No. 6, plus a week of beer events


Leinenkugel’s Kansas City restaurant opened Monday in the Power & Light District, taking over the space formerly occupied by Tengo Sed Cantina, at 1323 Walnut. The Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, brewery joins a neighborhood already saturated in brews; its neighbors include the Flying Saucer, Gordon Biersch and Yard House.

In the kitchen is chef Matt Livers, who had stints at J. Alexander’s, in Florida, and at the Capital Grill. His menu features crispy fish sliders, loaded guacamole, lobster street tacos, a reuben bratwurst, North Atlantic salmon, monkey bread and more. You’ll be able to eat those foods at a long communal table in the center of the restaurant. (The dining room seats 109; the bar seats 20.) Outdoors, inside the Kansas City Live block, is a 58-seat biergarten with a double-sided fireplace.

Expect mainly Leinenkugel on the restaurant’s 16 taps (Summer Shandy, Grapefruit Shandy, Big Eddy and more), with 30 bottle choices rounding out the beer menu. Whenever Leinenkugel’s releases a seasonal brew, you’ll see it here. There are also beer blends (the Pink Lemonade is made with Summer Shandy and Berry Weiss, the Sunny Bear with Sunset Wheat and Berry Weiss), beer cocktails, and specialties such as an ice-cream float called the Creamy Dark and a Blood Orange Beermosa.

Boulevard resurrects Zon
Last year, Boulevard Brewing Co. announced the retirement of Zon Belgian-style Witbier, due to lagging sales. Well, Zon’s retirement ended up being pretty short. Boulevard announced last week that Zon would return to the Midwest (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Arkansas) this year. Kansas City’s biggest brewery says the first run of bottling took place last week.

“Zon is one of our most awarded beers, and it was a tough decision last year to say we wouldn’t make it again,” Boulevard’s Julie Weeks tells The Pitch in an e-mail. “Luckily, we had a small window in our production schedule and enough support to produce it again for summer distribution in some of our regional markets along with our hometown.”

Zon has won several medals at the Great American Beer Festival, including a gold medal in 2012 and bronze medals for Belgian-Style Witbier in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Collaboration No. 6 is with …
Boulevard announced last week that its Collaboration No. 6 beer would be a family affair with Duvel Moortgat brother Firestone Walker and brewmaster Matt Brynildson. So what is the beer? All we know is that Brynildson and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels spent some time blending beers in Boulevard’s barrel-aging cave, and Boulevard plans to brew, ferment and age Firestone Walker beers in KC for the project. Expect that announcement later — and the beer in 750-ml bottles and on draft in July December. (Boulevard recently announced that the release date has been pushed back to December. More info here.)

For sale: 75th Street Brewery
Want to own a brewery? 75th Street Brewery, at 520 West 75th Street, is on the market for $690,000. 75th Street recently named Marco Leyton as brewmaster after losing brewer Pat Sandman to upstart Calibration Brewery in North Kansas City.

This week’s beer events:

Wednesday, March 9
Cinder Block Brewery’s latest Hop Maven IPA is out now: the Crucible Black IPA (7.6 percent ABV and 78 IBUs). Get it at the brewery (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City).

Thursday, March 10
Torn Label’s Long Time Comin’, an imperial stout aged in J. Rieger Whiskey barrels, taps at the Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street) at 6 p.m.

Waldo Pizza’s (7433 Broadway) Firestone Walker month goes big with Helldorado Barley Wine and Bretta Weisse Berliner Weisse at 5 p.m. Get FW draws for $3.50, as well as $3 bottles and cans, all month.

Friday, March 11
Crane Brewing holds tastings at HyVee (109 North Blue Jay Drive, Liberty), and the brewery’s namesake, Michael Crane, is going to be at New Stanley Station Liquor (7683 West 151st Street, Overland Park) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Rimann Liquors (15117 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa) samples Boulevard and Ommegang from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Start your Snake Saturday partying early in the beer garden at Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Street, North Kansas City) from 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, March 12
For Snake Saturday, Cinder Block (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) opens its taproom from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The patio will also be open, with Jenga, bags, music and the Backrack Grill serving Irish barbecue. Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Street, North Kansas City) opens its beer garden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5. Big Rip Brewing Co. (216 East Ninth Avenue, North Kansas City) celebrates with kegs and eggs at 8 a.m., with breakfast from El Burrito Loco and Fine Thyme Foods (a mobile crepe truck). Around 12:30 p.m., Dueling Pianos makes lunch options available. If the weather turns bad, Big Rip will move the party inside. Look for Mint Chocolate Milk Stout on tap as well as Irish coffee and car bombs.

Pinstripes (3500 Nall, Overland Park) hosts its Brewer Bocce Tournament and fundraiser for ZERO, a nonprofit that aims to end prostate cancer, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for teams from Boulevard, Tallgrass, KC Bier Co., Torn Label, Martin City Brewing Co., Crane and Odell. Tickets cost $5 and come with beer.

Michael Crane pours Crane beers from 1 to 3 p.m. at HyVee (301 Northeast Rice Road, Lee’s Summit). Crane Brewing also takes part in the Blarney Brew-off home-brew competition from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. in the parking lot of the north side of Mingle in downtown Lee’s Summit (209 Southeast Main Street, Lee’s Summit).

Wednesday, March 16
The Flying Saucer’s (101 East 13th Street) latest brewery night features a Green Flash and a St. Patrick’s Day glass. Buy the beer, and keep the glass, starting at 6 p.m. 

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