Torn Label celebrates tasting room birthday, releases Funky Monk. Plus, more beer events

Torn
Label Brewing Co.’s tasting room at 1708 Campbell turns a year old this
weekend. To celebrate, Torn Label is releasing Funky Monk, the
brewery’s Monk & Honey Belgian-inspired ale that has been aged in
Union Horse rye whiskey barrels with a variety of wild yeast strains.
This is a taproom exclusive, on draft and in bottles. (Torn Label
offered a sneak peek of the beer at a May dinner at Happy Gillis.)

“Each
barrel got a different blend of wild yeast, and the idea on it was to
blend the back together,” says Torn Label’s Rafi Chaudry. “It’s pretty
delicate. The idea on the blending process is we kind of tasted all of
the components and then critiqued each one. Which one was a bit more
acidic? Which one was a bit more floral? Which one was a bit more funky?
And then just blended them back into the most precise proportions to
kind of get a more well-rounded and less of a brute-force sour.”

The
yeast is still active in the bottles, and as time goes by the beer will
get more earthy and funky. Compared to the straw-colored base beer,
Funky Monk has turned a darker, more chestnut color. Chaudry points out
notes of vanilla, oak and honey-graham cracker, with a little heat to
it. He says Funky Monk is more wild ale than sour beer.

“The
barrel-aged version is taking on its own quality completely,” Chaudry
says. “It’s picked up a lot of character, a little bit of body, all of
those nice kind of oaky warmth to it, and then you get the kind of base
beer toward the end of it — the last sip.”

There’s a lot of
acidity and funk (and a little bit of spice from the rye) on the nose of
the beer, but it lacks the sour bite. Its taste is more subtle and
sweet from the honey in the original beer, and it drinks smooth.

Funky
Monk is the beginning of a long-term solera-method project for the
brewery. Each barrel has retained some of the original contents to blend
in with future batches. The idea is to get a more complex beer each
year.

Brewer Travis Moore says to expect more fun stuff on tap for
the anniversary party, including some Rough Draft series beers,
starting at noon.

Also on the way later this summer from Torn
Label: the draft-only Oscar German-style pilsner, Rod and Todd
barrel-aged sour (the base beer is Maude, a Flanders red, and yes,
that’s a Simpsons reference), batch No. 7 of Hang ’em High (the West
Coast IPA with an ever-changing hop profile) and 31 Heroes wheat IPA (a
tribute to the Extortion 17 Marines).

4 Hands releases cans of Preserved Lemon Gose
Chef Josh Eans’ collaboration with 4 Hands Brewery is getting released again as a seasonal, this time in 16-ounce cans.

Lew’s adds new beer cooler
Last
week, Lew’s Grill & Bar (7539 Wornall) underwent construction to
add a new beer cooler. That’ll add 12 additional craft-beer taps to the
lineup.

Drink for a couple of good causes at Leinenkugel’s
The
latest Fillanthropy fundraising event at Leinenkugel’s KC (1323 Walnut)
features Big Brothers Big Sisters and AIDS Walk KC. Those charities are
each given a tap handle, with a percentage of that beer’s sales for the
month going to the charity. BBBS gets Grapefruit Shandy, and AIDSWalk
has Sunset Wheat.

Thursday 7.14
It’s rare-tap night at
the Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street) at 6 p.m. Get Nebraska
Brewing’s Sallyweiss. It’s also Bell’s Hefeweizen glass night, featuring
Oberon.

Lots of Odell beer on tap at Barley’s Brewhaus (16649
Midland Drive, Shawnee) tonight, with Friek with cherries and
raspberries, Russian Pirate Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Zard-Alu
Apricot Sour and Prop Culture saison/farmhouse ale.

Crane Brewing
heads to Llywelyn’s Pub (6995 West 151st Street, Overland Park) for a
sampling of Saison, Kumquat Weiss and Grapefruit Gose from 6 to 8 p.m.

Go fishing for 4 Hands cans at Grinders (417 East 18th Street) from 6 to 9 p.m. If you catch a can, you get a prize.

Friday 7.15
Rimann Liquors (15117 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa) hosts a Boulevard tasting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Four
Hands takes over the taps at BD’s Mongolian Barbecue (19750 East Valley
View Parkway, Independence) at 5 p.m. Look for Lemon Gose and Rubus
Flux boysenberry IPA on tap.

Stockyards Brewing Co. (1600
Genessee) cuts the ribbon on its West Bottoms brewery at 4 p.m., but get
there early for a beer (it opens at noon). Or just wait until the
firkin tapping at 5 p.m. The Konza Swamp Band plays at 6.

Saturday 7.16
Get
an ice cream beer float at Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue,
North Kansas City) from noon to 5 p.m. with Betty Rae’s. Arrive hungry
and look for these combos: Weathered Wit with blueberry ice cream,
Pavers Porter with coffee or cinnamon ice cream, and French Cider (an
apple variety) or English Cider (a cherry cider) with caramel or
cinnamon ice cream.

It’s Christmas in July at the Flying Saucer,
so it’s time to drink stouts at 3:30 p.m. The Saucer is pairing three
stouts from the cellar with six small-plate pairings. Tickets cost $25.

There’s a Bell’s brunch, featuring Oberon, at Doughnut Lounge (4117 Pennsylvania), starting at 9 a.m.
Go
back to Stockyards for a brewery tour between 1 and 5 p.m. or just
listen to live music from 2 to 6 p.m. (or DJs from 7 p.m. to close).

Monday 7.18
The
featured brewery of the month at Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway) is Torn
Label. That means $3.50 draws all month, and a big tap takeover tonight
at 5 with Alpha Pale Ale, Monk and Honey, House Brew, Hang ’em High and
Whiskey Barrel-Aged Long Time Comin’.

The Flying Saucer taps
Melange a Trois (strong Belgian-style blonde ale) and Responsibility
(quad) at 6 p.m. for Nebraska Brewing’s Belgian night.  

Tuesday 7.19
Deschutes is doing a sampling at Rimann Liquors (3917 Prairie Lane, Prairie Village) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

It’s
an independent-brewery happy hour at Bier Station (120 East Gregory
Boulevard) from 4 to 7 p.m. The tap list is still to come.

Jax Fish House (4814 Roanoke Parkway) pairs Cinder Block with Restless Spirits.

Wednesday 7.20
It’s glass night at the Flying Saucer. At 6 p.m., pop in for Westmalle Trappist Brewery glass.

The
beer club at Buckley’s Wine Market (8661 West 135th Street, Overland
Park) meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Tonight, they’ll be drinking Crane Brewing
beer.

Ollie’s Local (3044 Gillham Road) hosts a beer dinner with 4
Hands starting at 7 p.m. Go and roll some balls on the new 4 Hands
outdoor bowling lane.

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