On Tap: Where to drink in a week packed with birthday parties, Oktoberfests and baseketball

This is the week you drink all of the beer.

The next seven days are loaded with anniversary parties (Cinder Block’s first birthday and Barley’s Brewhaus’ 19th anniversary, with the latter kicking off a month of events), Oktoberfests (Grünauer and KC Bier Co. go traditional) and KC Beer Fest. Oh, and mini-golf.

You’re going to want to pace yourself. But don’t worry — we’re here to help you through the tough decisions by suggesting just how much to imbibe at each event. See a tulip glass? That’s where you’ll stick to tasting portions. See a mug or a can (or two or three)? Saddle up. For more details on each event, see this week’s On Tap listings below.

Thursday, September 25
Sour Beer Week featuring Cantillon (tapping Iris and Cuvée Saint-Gilloise and releasing bottles of Classic Gueuze, Cuvée Saint-Gilloise, Fou’ Foune, Iris, Kriek, Lou Pepe Gueuze, Mamouche, Rosé de Gambrinus, Saint Lamvinus) at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 7 p.m.

Live Home Brew Night with pilot brewer Andrew Hicks and release of Black IPA at Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City), 5–9 p.m.

Firkin tapping of Tallgrass Ethos (dry-hopped with orange peel) at Barley’s Brew-haus (11924 West 119th Street, Overland Park), 4 p.m.

Stone tap takeover at 75th Street Brewery (520 West 75th Street), 4:30–9:30 p.m.

Friday, September 26
Sour Beer Week featuring Perennial (tapping Savant Blanc, Gose-a-Rita, and Peach Berliner Weisse) at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 7 p.m.

Central States Beverage Canvitational mini-golf at Mission Bowl (5399 Martway, Mission), 4 p.m.

Three firkins (Whiskey Brown Maple American Oak, Porter Pumpkin, Porter Pumpkin Whiskey) and glassware for first 20 people at Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City), 5:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest at Grünauer (101 West 22nd Street), 4 p.m. Through September 27.

Saturday, September 27
Tappings of Goose Island Lolita, Odell Friek, and Tilquin Oude Gueuze at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 11 a.m.

KC Beer Fest, featuring more than 45 breweries and 200 beers, at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street). The sold-out VIP session starts at 2 p.m. General admission goes from 3 to 6 p.m.

Tappings of Evil Twin Justin Blabaer, Goose Island Matilda Lambicus, and 4 Hands Cuvée Ange at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 7 p.m.

Cinder Block anniversary party, featuring live music; free glassware for the first 100 people; and tappings of an English IPA and a Black Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels, and a secret barrel tapping at the brewery (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City), 6 p.m.

Oktoberfest at KC Bier Co. (310 West 79th Street), 11 a.m.–10 p.m. At noon, a tapping of a wooden barrel of Festbier by City Councilman Scott Taylor, followed by a 3 p.m. masskrugstemmen (stein-holding competition) and a 6 p.m. lederhosen and dirndl competition. Selling hats, with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Selling souvenir steins for $12. Also noon–9 p.m. Sunday, September 28.

Sunday, September 28
Cider-pressing day at Grain to Glass (1611 Swift), 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Screenland Armour presents Baseketball at Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City). Games at 4:30 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.

Monday, September 29
North Coast Brewing Co. tap takeover at Barley’s Brewhaus (11924 West 119th Street, Overland Park)

Tuesday, September 30
Screenland Armour and Rock & Run Brewery release a collaboration brew (Peanut Butter Solution, a vanilla peanut butter stout) along with a showing of Back to the Future at the brewery (110 East Kansas, Liberty), 7 p.m.

North Coast tap takeover at Barley’s Brew-haus (16649 Midland Drive, Shawnee), 5 p.m.

Goose Island Beer Co. Migration Week kick-off event featuring Lolita Raspberry Sour, Devon Ave Pale Ale, The Muddy and India Pale Ale at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 6-9 p.m.

Wednesday, October 1
Shocktober, featuring Tallgrass beer, a pumpkin-carving contest at 7 p.m., and a free showing of Night of the Living Dead at 8 p.m. at Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road, North Kansas City).

Brewery night (buy the beer, collect the glass) featuring Abita at Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street), 7 p.m.
Empyrean night at all three Barley’s locations. Build-your-own-firkin contest. The winning beer style will be tapped October 29, 5–8 p.m.

North Coast tap takeover at Barley’s Brew-haus (5031 West 135th Street, Leawood), 5 p.m.

Home Brewer Hoppy Hour and Tap Takeover featuring Goose Island Beer Co. (Cherry Rye Bourbon County, Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Backyard Rye BCS, Bourbon County Stout, Gillian, Juliet, Sofie, Matilda, Devon Ave Pale Ale and India Pale Ale) at Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard), 5-9 p.m.

Out now: Boulevard and Ommegang Collaboration No. 4

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