Rock & Run sets Kearney grand opening, Boulevard reveals Collaboration No. 6 blend, Bob’s ’47 returns and more beer news

The grand opening for Rock & Run’s Kearney brewery and taproom is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, August 25.

If you’ve been following Rock & Run’s Facebook page, you’ve probably noticed a bunch of construction photos taken at the satellite space. Rock & Run’s Gene DeClue cautions that this is a “temporary taproom” until a new three-barrel system is installed in the original Rock & Run building in Liberty.

DeClue adds that construction on the original building, which has been shuttered since early May due to the collapse of a neighboring building, started this week. Once the original space is ready to reopen, then Rock & Run will tear down the Kearney brewhouse and taproom and start construction on a new 20-barrel production facility and taproom with a biergarten.

The timeline, which is always subject to change, is for the original Rock & Run space to be open for the Liberty Fall Festival (September 23-25).

DeClue says Rock & Run has already started brewing beer, and the year-round beers and seasonals should be on tap soon, if they’re not already on tap at Rock & Run’s new Liberty space at 114 East Kansas Street.

Boulevard announces Collaboration No. 6 blend
The word is finally out on Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Collaboration No. 6 — the Kansas City brewery’s team-up with Duvel Moortgat family member Firestone Walker.

First, a little background: For Collaboration No. 6, brewmasters Steven Pauwels (Boulevard) and Matt Brynildson (Firestone Walker) started a blending project of their respective breweries’ barrel-aged offerings. This all went down in Boulevard’s barrel-aging cave, and I’d love to have been a bat hanging from the ceiling. Enough background. So, what’s the blend? Four big beers, two from each brewery.

Those beers are Boulevard’s Bourbon Barrel Quad (11.8 percent ABV, 19 IBUs) and Imperial Stout X — Tart Cherry (11 percent ABV, 64 IBUs) and Firestone Walker’s Stickee Monkee quad (13 percent ABV, 45 IBUs) and Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout (8.5 percent ABV, 33 IBUs). The blend breaks down this way: 45 percent Bourbon Barrel Quad, 35 percent Stickee Monkee, 10 percent Imperial Stout X — Tart Cherry and 10 percent Velvet Merkin.

Those are some big beers, and they’re going to make for a complex product — one I can’t wait to taste. But I’ll have to wait. The release date isn’t until December (in 750 ml bottles and on draft). Sounds like a merry time.

Oktoberfest season is here
It may feel too early for pumpkin-beer season to some (don’t kill the messenger), but it’s not too early for Oktoberfest beers (Märzens). Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest seasonal release is now available in bottles and on draft in the metro.

More Martin City cans
Martin City Brewing Co.’s can evolution is still under way. The fourth beer to go into aluminum will be City Saison, in stores this week.

Grain to Glass is accepting homebrew entries
Now through August 30, Grain to Glass (1611 Swift, North Kansas City) is accepting entries in its annual Picnique Belgique Homebrew Competition. Entries of Belgian and sour ales cost $8. Judging runs from September 6 to 10, with an awards ceremony Sunday, September 11. More info at

Thursday 8.18
Bell’s Brewery vice president Laura Bell is in KC for a brewer’s table event at the Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street) at 6 p.m. There will be specialty stouts, food pairings and snifter glasses. This is part of the Saucer’s Women in Craft Beer series.

The Ballast Point 20th anniversary party hasn’t stopped yet. Tonight, Martin City Brewing Co. (500 East 135th Street) turns over its taps to the San Diego brewery, and you’ll be able to get pours of Barmy strong ale, Sea Monster imperial stout, Grapefruit Sculpin IPA and seven more beers, starting at 4 p.m.

Stockyards Brewing Co. (1600 Genessee) continues its Thirty Three and a Third with DJs Elwood and Dulo spinning hip-hop, funk, soul and rock records all night, starting at 7 p.m.

Spend the night getting to know Oklahoma City’s Anthem Brewery with a five-course beer dinner at Pig & Finch (11570 Ash Street, Leawood) at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $60 plus tax and gratuity. RSVP at 913-322-7444. Try Golden One blonde ale, Arjuna Belgium wheat, OK Pilsner, IPA and Uroboros Stout — each paired with a different course, including duck carpaccio, pan-seared Iowa barramundi, parmesan-braised pork belly and more.

Border Brewing Co. (406 East 18th Street) released a fresh-hopped Centennial IPA Wednesday, so there’s still a chance you can get a pour.  Border opens at 4 p.m. today.

Get a taste of Cinder Block beer with your Spin pizza at the Crown Center restaurant (2450 Grand) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway) taps Seattle Cider Botanical, Founders Mango Magnifico Con Calor and Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter.

Friday 8.19
Martin City giveth and Whole Foods’ Lone Elm Tap Room taketh. From 4 to 7 p.m., the taproom will host MCBC, and you can snag flights of four beers (4-ounce pours) paired with four specialty cheeses for $8.50. If you love beer and cheese, this is a great deal, especially when you see the MCBC offerings (Purple Train Berliner Weisse, Shunned House brett IPA, Poitier brandy barrel–aged tripel, Big Boy imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels and Hardway IPA). Get the first four.

The Crafts & Shafts charity golf tournament starts at 9 a.m. at the Staley Farms Golf Club (10310 North Olive Avenue). Buy-in is $150, and it benefits Project Walk spinal cord injury recovery. Look for Crane Brewing, Cinder Block, Avery, Tallgrass and Boulevard.

Drink and paint in Crane Brewing’s taproom from 6 to 9 p.m. A pass to paint costs $30, which covers a canvas, paint, brushes and a beer.

Grinders Stonewall (10240 Pflumm Road, Lenexa) is celebrating its second anniversary with a Boule-yard party. Go for s’mores, volleyball and special on Boulevard beers on the outdoor bar. RSVP at 913-888-2000.

It’s Bell’s game night at Char Bar (4050 Pennsylvania) at 6 p.m., so go play yard games.

Friday night is for tasting beer, and you have options. Drink Bell’s at Gomer’s (3838 Broadway) from 4 to 7 p.m. Or hit Plaza Liquor (4500 Belleview) for Bur Oak from 4 to 7 pm. Or go to Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) for a Perennial happy hour from, yes, 4 to 7 p.m. Get some Deschutes at Rimann Liquors (15117 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 8.21
School is back in session. Go to the Foundry (424 Westport Road) for a beer ice cream social at 6 p.m.

Merchants Pub & Plate (746 Massachusetts, Lawrence) celebrates Ballast Point’s 20th anniversary with a beer brunch from noon to 4 p.m.

The latest beer-styles class at Grain to Glass (1611 Swift, North Kansas City) will focus on pilsners from noon to 2 p.m. Get schooled for $15.

Tuesday 8.23
Grinders High Noon (206 Choctaw Street, Leavenworth) is hosting a Taste Beering Yard Beer Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Closer to home, Cinder Block is doing a five-course beer dinner with Nick and Jake’s (5031 Main) from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday 8.24
Martin City is giving away samples at Local Tap (7300 West 119th Street, Overland Park) from 6 to 8 p.m.

Grain to Glass is giving a comprehensive beer-flavor-ID class that covers 11 flavors in beer and how to control them. Class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $45.

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