On Tap: Up-Down and Goose Island team up for Migration Week human foosball

You may have mastered the table-top soccer game, but how about human foosball? Up-Down is transforming its parking lot into a 40-foot-by-15-foot court for a human foosball tournament on Tuesday, May 31.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m., eight teams of six people will compete for a pretty sweet trophy. Signups start Monday at 6 p.m. at the arcade bar (101 Southwest Boulevard), and it costs $150 per team to enter. Sound steep? Here’s why it’s a great deal: All — yes, 100 percent — of the proceeds go to the Kansas City Pet Project.

“It’s been kind of a beast to put together,” says Up-Down spokesman David Hayden, “but it’s going to be cool.”

It already sounds pretty amazing. The court will feature artwork by Van Holmgren and Sike Style, and you’ll be able to watch the action in person or streaming live online. And there will be beer.

This is all part of Goose Island’s Migration Week events in Kansas City, and the Chicago brewery is bringing some rare beers and sending with them brewmaster Bill Savage. Notably on tap will be Bee Squad (Biere de Miel), which was a Chicago-only release in the Fulton and Wood Series. Also on draft: Bourbon County Stout 2015, Lolita American wild ale, Summertime Kolsch, and Green Line American pale ale, as well as cans of Four Star Pils.

Migration Week in KC lasts from May 30 through June 3. More info to come.

Rock & Run is doing pop-up events on the patio of the the Bell (114 East Kansas Street, Liberty) Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight. The brewery will be doing these pop-ups each weekend until it reopens or runs out of beer.

Also this week:

Thursday 5.26

Ballast Point and Smokin’ Guns BBQ (1218 Swift, North Kansas City) are getting together for a beer dinner. Featured beers include Mango Even Keel, Grunion Pale Ale, Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Commodore Stout and Victory at Sea. A seat at the table costs $25 (or $40 for a couple). RSVP at 816-221-2535.

Char Bar (4050 Pennsylvania) is throwing a Bell’s Brewery sampling party with free yard games and tastes of Oarsman Berliner weisse, Oatsmobile American pale ale and Oberon American wheat ale.

The Flying Saucer (101 East 13th Street) taps Deschutes Hop Slice session IPA at 6 p.m.

A string of Tallgrass tastings starts tonight at Mike’s Wine and Spirits (21 West 63rd Street).

Waldo Pizza (7433 Broadway) taps Alpine Hoppy Birthday session IPA, Prairie TRVE Sour Red Farmhouse Ale, and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine.

Friday 5.27

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

Get a taste of Tallgrass beers at Mike’s Wine and Spirits (1106 Westport Road).

Saturday 5.28

Martin City Brewing Co. takes over the taps in the Lone Elm Tap Room at Whole Foods (14615 West 119th Street, Olathe) from 5 to 7 p.m. Among the beers MCBC is sending are Big Boy imperial stout, Mr. Vacation barleywine and Banging the Enemy IPA.

Tallgrass does a tasting at Mike’s Wine and Spirits (8447 Wornall).

Tuesday 5.31

Get to Martin City Brewing Co. (500 East 135th Street) for some great Firestone Walker beers (Parabola and Bretta Weisse) at 5 p.m.

Wednesday 6.1

Goose Island and Grain to Glass team up for a Bourbon County Stout Deconstruction event from 5 to 7 p.m. A brewer from Goose Island will explain the brewery’s barrel-aging program and bring along samples of beer before it would have gone into barrels. The event is sold out, although there’s still a chance to get in if there are no-shows.

Meanwhile, the Foundry (424 Westport Road) is teaming up with Goose Island for Migration Grain to Glass, a film being shown in the parking lot. Expect Bourbon County series beers, with the party commencing at 8 p.m. (and the film at 9). On draft: Bourbon County Coffee, Bourbon County Variants Proprietors Blend, Lolita, Halia, Sofie, and Matilda. Bottles that will be popped include Bourbon County, Bourbon County Regal, Madam Rose, Big John, Lolita and Halia. You’re welcome to bring blankets or chairs as well as some carryout food from McCoy’s or the Foundry.