Torn Label releases KC P’rye’d, Martin City gets Crowlers, KC Bier Co. starts bottling, and more news
Last year, Missouri’s slow — s-l-o-w — label-approval process forced Torn Label Brewing Co.’s first bottle release, KC P’rye’d, a hoppy red-rye ale, to be a Kansas exclusive. Not this year. It’s headed to both sides of the state line. I stopped over while Torn Label was bottling it last week, and Rafi Chaudry told me this year’s version of the beer has been “tweaked a little bit.”
“It’s a bit softer hop profile,” Chaudry said. “It’s a touch less aggressive, but there’s still a little bit of a bite to it. A bit more spice, a really bread-y quality to it this year.”
This year, Torn Label used primarily Columbus hops in the beer.
“It’s still assertive,” Chaudry said. “It still has a big hop bite to it, but I think it’s much closer in line to what we were going for.”
KC P’rye’d was tapped last weekend in the tasting room. Ninety cases of KC P’rye’d will be shipped out for distribution, along with a limited amount of six barrels for draft, this week.
Martin City gets Crowlers
Half-can, half-growler, the Crowler has come to Martin City Brewing Co., which is the first local brewery to offer instant, 32-ounce cans filled with a beer of your choice. Colorado’s Oskar Blues was the first to do Crowlers, and it’s cool to finally see it in KC. This is just the latest aluminum move from MCBC, which went all-in on 12-ounce cans for distribution of Belgian Blond, Abbey and Hardway IPA (with more to follow) last month.
KC Bier Co. now bottling
KC Bier Co. is bucking the canning trend. Glass is what’s up at the German-style brewery (310 West 79th Street). Last weekend, KC Bier Co. started selling six-packs of bottles of Dunkel. The idea going forward is for the Waldo brewery’s German-built bottling line to turn out Dunkel, Hefeweizen and Helles for distribution in stores around Labor Day.
Oktoberfest is coming to Union Station
Grab your stein (but please, leave your lederhosen at home): Oktoberfest is coming to Union Station from September 16 through September 18. The celebration of beer is brought to you by the folks who put on the Kansas City Brew Fests at the Kansas City landmark. No word on if this will be strictly beers adhering to Reinheitsgebot, the German beer-purity law.
Bier Station named to the Draft 100
Draft magazine’s “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars” features one of my favorites, Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard). John Couture really has built a great beer bar and bottle shop, with an evolved food menu, a patio with a retractable canopy and lots of great beer.
The Foundry gets Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion No. 2
The Foundry (424 Westport Road) is doing a special release party for Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion No. 2 on Wednesday, July 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. This is the next in the series that features remixed hops every 90 days.
99 Hops House is going in the Argosy Casino
The Argosy Casino is getting a craft-beer bar called 99 Hops House, which is set to open Thursday, July 21.
This week’s beer events …
Happy birthday, Tank 7. Boulevard’s wonderful farmhouse ale is celebrating its seventh birthday tonight at Rye (10551 Mission Road, Leawood) with a four-course menu of Boulevard beers paired with sturgeon, pork belly, veal and peach cobbler. Tickets are $70 per person and do not include gratuity. Call 913-642-5800 to RSVP.
Go to Torn Label Brewing Co.’s tasting room (1708 Campbell). The latest limited-release Rough Draft series beer should be on draft. What is it? Who knows. Just go.
The featured rare beer at the Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street) is Amager/Grassroots Black Nitro IPA. Get it at 6 p.m. Crane Brewing stops by Hy-Vee (5330 Northwest 64th Street) for a tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway) taps the latest Boulevard Saison-Brett, plus Ciderboys Royal Blueberry and Torn Label Monk and Honey.
It’s an early morning at the Tank Room (1813 Grand) with a food-truck event brought to you by Blue Moon. You’ll be able to buy four types of Blue Moon beers — Belgian White, Cinnamon Horchata, Session Table Pils and White IPA — with proceeds going to the KC Pet Project. Look for Helen’s on Wheels, Wilma’s, El Tenedor KC, Twisted Asian and Plantain District.
Crane Brewing (6515 Railroad Street, Raytown) hosts a celebration for the life of Mason Alexander, a 4-month-old boy who died of SIDS, at 6 p.m. There will be barbecue and beer as well as an auction and a raffle to support Mason’s family. Crane is also opening up its barrel room for a tasting.
It’s an Urban Chestnut happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard). Featured pours include Ku’damm (Berliner weisse), Pierre’s Wit (Belgian wit) and Perdedor (a lemon-lime lager brewed with lemon and lime peel).
Santa Fe is the featured tasting at Rimann Liquors (15117 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Bar K is a new business coming to KC — a two-acre dog park with a bar, a restaurant, a coffeehouse and a beer garden — and today is a dog-friendly (of course) pop-up party and 5K on the west side of Berkley Riverfront Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Look for food trucks, music, wading pools for pups and more. Oh, and beer from Crane Brewing.
The Beer Yogis make a stop at Crane Brewing Co. (6515 Railroad Road, Raytown) from 6 to 7 p.m. Go, get centered and then grab a drink. Don’t forget your mat, $25 and to get there early.
Get your Urban Chestnut fix at Rimann Liquors (3917 Prairie Lane, Prairie Village) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Border Brewing Co. (406 East 18th Street) is pairing its Chocolate Milk Stout with ice cream from Shatto Milk for another float night. It starts at 4 p.m. Get a scoop or two while it lasts and take a peek at Border’s new six-barrel fermenter, which owner Eric Martens says can double-batch, so his brewery is now capable of 15 barrels of fermentation capacity (that’s up from six, a year and a half ago). Martens says his brewery is also about to start bottling.
“We don’t have an official release yet, but we’ll be looking to do the Firepit Porter, Shiftie IPA, and our Mountaintop Red in some of our first runs,” he says. So keep an eye on Border.
Bell’s glass night series marches on at the Flying Saucer. Tonight at 6, get a Bell’s Oberon Wheat glass when you buy a pint.
Founders is doing a major tap takeover at Martin City Brewing Co. (500 East 135th Street) from 5 to 9 p.m. There are some big hits here, with KBS, ReDANKulous imperial red IPA, Mosaic Promise, Mango Magnifico, Nitro Rubaeus, Curmudgeon and more.
Get discounts on the six beers in New Belgium’s Fat Tire & Friends collaboration series as well as Transatlantique Kriek. Get the Allagash collab. Always get the Allagash.