Torn Label’s Magic Magic is a beer you need to drink now … if you can find it
A few weeks ago, I stopped in to Torn Label’s tasting room to try some of the new beers over there. One cast a spell on me: Magic Magic.
The IPA, with raspberries and lemon peel (7.6 percent ABV), pours super cloudy, and the nose has a big burst of tropical fruit. You get that juicy tropical fruit Mosaic hop flavor with the initial sip and a nice raspberry taste on the back end.
Drinking Magic Magic was a magical experience, so, when I saw a 22-ounce bottle on the shelf at Cellar Rat last week, I had to buy it. Apparently, I’m one of the lucky ones.
I asked Torn Label’s Rafi Chaudry if the beer — part of the brewery’s Artist Collaboration Series, inspired by and featuring the work of barman Thomas Woodward) — was still available on tap at Torn Label. Unfortunately, the answer was no.
“No, that beer became kind of a breakout sensation for us, so unfortunately it’s gone — long gone, actually — from the taproom, and bottles are very few and far between at liquor stores from what I’ve seen,” Chaudry wrote me in an e-mail. “There’s one last keg that I know of remaining to be tapped, at a Torn Label tap takeover at Whole Foods Lone Elm Taproom on the 13th.”
So mark your calendar for May 13 and get yourself a taste. And if you see Magic Magic on a liquor-store shelf, shell out for it, because you likely won’t get another crack at the beer until 2017.
“It was approached initially as a one-off,” Chaudry wrote, “but it was so well received I’m sure we’ll find a way to bring it back, although not until next year.”
New Brewery coming to Lawrence
There’s a new brewery coming to LFK. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Lockwood Craft Brewing plans to open in the space formerly belonging to Lawrence Lumber, at 706 East 23rd Street. Homebrewer Cory Johnston of Olathe is the guy behind the brewery, and he’s planning a 15-barrel brewhouse for production as well as on-site sales in a taproom. Johnston is reportedly looking to hire a brewmaster, and his taps will flow with IPAs, pilsners, wheats and sour beers. The plan is to open in 2017 — although there are always seem to be delays in opening a brewery.
Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway) taps Mother’s Cumber Saison, Ballast Point Sea Monster imperial stout and New Belgium Snapshot. Sample Tallgrass beers at Gomer’s (1606 West 75th Street) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. If you’re in Lawrence, you can get Martin City Brewing Co. beers from 6 to 9 p.m. at Henry’s Upstairs (11 East Eighth Street, Lawrence).
Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue, North Kansas City) hosts a lecture on all-grain brewing starting at 7 p.m. Join the class for $10.
Martin City Brewing Co. takes over the taps at Bier Station (120 East Gregory Boulevard) for a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. If you’re in Leavenworth, you can sample barrel-aged MCBC beers from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Broadway Liquors (1435 South Broadway, Leavenworth), and it’s MCBC Hardway IPA night at Ten Penny (529 Cherokee, Leavenworth) from 8 to 10 p.m.
Tonight’s Tallgrass sampling is from 4 to 6:30 at Missie’s Discount Liquor (11938 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee). Taste Founders beers at Rimann Liquors (15117 West 87th Street, Lenexa) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Worlds of Fun (4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue) wraps up its annual brewfest — All American Barbecue & Brew Festival — with three nights of beer from KC Bier Co., Cinder Block, Bur Oak, Defiance, Tallgrass and Nebraska Brewing, and barbecue from the amusement park’s executive chef, Kevin Williams. Tickets cost $59.99 in advance, and that gets you into the park. (Gold and platinum season passholders get tickets for $20.) The fest continues Saturday and wraps up Sunday. I went last weekend. Don’t expect rare beers; you’ll find flagships here. Also, the samples are limited to two at each of the six stations. But it’s nice to be able to grab a sample between rides on the Patriot and the Mamba.
Cheap, cheap beer at 75th Street Brewery (520 West 75th Street), with 75 cent draws of the outgoing brewpub’s flagship beers starting at 4 p.m. in the alley.
Watch the Kentucky Derby and drink mint juleps at Cinder Block (110 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) starting at noon. Red Crow Brewing Co. (20561 South Lone Elm Road, Spring Hill) is also throwing a Derby party starting at noon.
Kansas City On Tap at Berkley Riverfront Park returns from 2 to 6 p.m. May this year’s fest be less soggy than last year’s.
It’s National Homebrew Day and that means it’s Big Brew Day at Grain to Glass from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Missouri Mashers homebrew club will be at the shop for all-grain brewing demonstrations in the parking lot. Inside, get a look at the PicoBrew Zymatic an “all-grain, fully automatic, beer brewing appliance.” At noon, they’ll toast homebrewers.
Boulevard Brewing Co. takes you to beer school at Burg & Barrel (7042 W 76th St, Overland Park). Sample Hibiscus Gose, Tripel Julep, Tropical Pale Ale and the Calling IPA starting at 7 p.m.
Green Flash’s Le Freak Belgian-style IPA is the guest tap at 75th Street Brewery. It goes live at 4 p.m.
Three bucks gets you a big pour of Dante’s Dream, Rye So Serious and other beers at 75th Street Brewery, which closes for good on May 15.
The Foundry (424 Westport Road) is doing an “April showers bring May sours” tapping of rare Jolly Pumpkin beers and giving away glassware from 4 p.m. to close. Look for wild ales and sours such as Innovator Man, Leelanau Hamajang, Inicios Nuevos, iO Saison and Pinchadiscos.
Get more brew education at Restless Spirits Distilling Co. (109 East 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) with Grain to Glass’ distillation-for-homebrewers class. Be there at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $25.