Category Archives: Downtown/Midtown

Flying Saucer to Host “Women in Craft Beer Series” this Friday

In its third and final installment, Flying Saucer will host female experts from two Missouri craft breweries on Friday. Libby Brown from 2nd Shift Brewing and Emily Wymore of Perennial Artisan Ales will be on hand to host a happy hour. The event coincides with this weekend’s Kansas City Beerfest in the Power and Light district. Two beers from each brewery will be tapped including: Funky Wit Melon and Von Pampelmuse from Perennial, and Chateau le Douchbag and Grace from 2nd Shift.

According to the Brewer’s Association, almost 32 percent of craft beer produced in the U.S. is consumed by women, with the majority of them being between 21 to 35 years old. As far as the business of craft beer goes, craftbeer.com reported that 21 percent of the 2500 breweries surveyed had a female in a top role. Kansas City is in on the female craft beer scene as well with organizations like KC Girls’ Pint Out (shameless plug!)

Check out the event and meet the ladies from the breweries this Friday at Flying Saucer downtown beginning at 6 p.m.

Sustainable Seafood and Craft Beer: Twosdays at Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar

Here in the middle of the country, the last thing many of us think of when we go out for dinner and drinks is seafood. Lucky, right in the heart of the city on the Plaza, Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar has fresh seafood, and an amazing beer selection. If you know where the new Polsinelli building is on the Plaza, then you can find Jax Fish House. Alex of Scouting the Taps, local author Pete Dulin of “KC Ale Trail” and I (Sarah) went down to Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar for Twosday Brewsday.

On Tuesdays at the restaurant, all draft, bottled and canned beers are buy-one-get-one free, all night. The restaurant has a varied tap selection that features mainstays such as Boulevard Wheat, KC Bier Co Dunkel and Tallgrass 8-bit Pale Ale. The fun part comes in the rotating lines. During our KC Beer Bloggers meetup, Jax had Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale, Perennial Suburban Home, Cinderblock Northtowne Native and Bell’s Two Hearted on tap.

As a true testament to the restaurant’s love for all things local beer, they partnered with Cinder Block Brewing last fall to create Emersum Oyster Stout, made with Jax’s house Emersum oysters. Currently there aren’t any plans for another local collaboration, but we have a feeling that there will be more to come.

Of course, what’s a little beer without some sustainable seafood to go along? The restaurant was gracious enough to let us try a little bit of everything including: fish and chips made with different fish and batters all the time; Emersum, Malpeque, Kusshi, and Steamboat Island Oysters; calamari; and green curry that had us raving about the addicting flavor. The curry brought an amazing citrus flavor balanced by a mild heat, and paired well with everything we were eating and drinking.

With food and beer sitting in front of us, food pairings are an inevitable topic, along with the food prowess of Pete Dulin helping us discover how food and beer mingle. We took the Northtowne Native, Tropical Pale, and Two Hearted experimenting with how they played with each food item. A dish that worked well was the fish and chips paired with the Northtowne Native, a California Common from Cinderblock in North Kansas City. If you have never done this, I would suggest exploring your palate at Jax soon.

If you’re a seafood lover, Mondays are a good day to come out for all-night happy hour with discounted food plates, wine and beer. Regular happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

If you’re looking for a new place for happy hour and a good tap list, check out Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar on the plaza.

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar: http://www.jaxfishhouse.com

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jaxkansascity/

Best Kid-Friendly Beer Establishments in Kansas City

You may have noticed that things have been a bit, errr, quiet around KC Beer Guide. There’s a good explanation for that – we have a new little member of our family (ok, she’s 8-months old now) but still – it’s been a crazy year.

I have been working with some other local bloggers in Kansas City and we are brewing up something exciting in the upcoming weeks – so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, I’ve been conducting a lot of ‘research’ into places that are kid-friendly to have a beer. There’s been a lot of debate about whether or not it’s ‘ok’ to bring your kids to a brewery. Many places are fine to bring your kid during the day – obviously don’t let them run around and scream their heads off, or overdo it on the libations and you’ll be fine. If you’re out to do some serious craft beering – it’s obviously probably best to leave the kids at home. In my experience, there are a few places that are even better for bringing the kid – some even cater to children, all while serving up a good craft beer.

Here are a few of my favorite kid-friendly craft beer establishments in Kansas City.

KC Bier Company: Stop by KC Bier Company in Waldo on any Saturday with decent weather and you’ll see lots of kids (and dogs) playing in the bier garden. The brewery even has a bar playhouse with faux taps and pitchers where kids can pretend to pour beers. Like anywhere else, though, the kids will create their own fun and you see a lot of them playing with the rocks in the beer garden. While you’re there, drink the popular, yet low-a.b.v. dunkel or any of their constantly rotating seasonals.

Char Bar: Located in Westport in the old Beaumont space (RIP) is Char Bar – an indoor/outdoor BBQ+Beer concept, which opened last year by the good folks who run McCoys, Foundry and Beer Kitchen. As a resident of the Westport area, I’ve noticed more and more families around the district, and places like Char Bar are perfect for taking the kids on a nice afternoon. The bar has a huge outdoor space with traditional yard games like bocce, croquet and corn hole. The beer selection is great with rotating seasonal taps from Odell, Boulevard and Deschutes, among many other options on tap, in bottles and in cans. Like any other place with outdoor space, it gets super crowded, but if your kid is like mine – the people watching can keep them entertained for hours.

There are many other places that are great for bringing the kids along. Which are your favorites?

*Disclaimer: We obviously don’t advocate getting smashed while hanging with the kids, and always have a designated driver if driving is involved.

Guide to Local Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to try beers from various breweries in the KC area. We at KC Beer Guide have come up with a list of local brews that pair well with traditional Thanksgiving fare. Skip the grocery or liquor store on Wednesday for your libations and grab your growler to fill with one of these local faves.

Turkey: Some of the best brews to pair with turkey include bîere de garde, dubbel, and dunkel. And where better to get some malty, sweet dunkel than KC Bier Company? No matter what style of turkey you serve – whether it be brined, doused in maple syrup, stuffed with bread cubes, or just straight up – dunkel is light enough that it won’t overpower the bird’s flavor, but flavorful enough that it will enhance it.

Stuffing: Nothing goes with stuffing better than sweet potatoes. Ok, that’s a stretch, obviously turkey is the best thing to pair with stuffing, but we think that Pennywise Sweet Tater Ale from Big Rip Brewing Company would be a great pick to balance out savory elements of stuffing. If you’re rolling through the northland, you may as well stop by Cinder Block Brewing and pick up some Prime Pale Ale to bring out the herbal flavor of the stuffing.

Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin pie is a staple at almost any Thanksgiving feast. Oftentimes people serve coffee with dessert – but we think Torn Label Brewing’s House Brew – a coffee wheat – is better than just plain coffee. It combines a robust coffee flavor without being too thick to outshine pumpkin pie. It would also combine well with brunch on Thursday morning with leftover turkey enchiladas or eggs Benedict.

Apple Pie: When it comes to dessert, a robust, complex porter is a no-fail option that pairs well with almost anything. When combined with apple pie, it’ll really balance out the sweetness of the apples while bringing out the spicy cinnamon flavors. Border Brewing Company’s Campfire Porter gets our pick for best option for pairing with apple pie.

What do you think? What local brews will you be grateful for this holiday season?

Kansas City Girls’ Pint Out Events Coming Up

Hello, world. It’s been a long summer here at the Beer Guide with a new baby and life things, the beer consumption slowed for a bit, but now we’re back!

There’s a small group of ladies (and some gentlemen) who get together once a month to mingle, drink good beer, and check out the latest craft beer joints in Kansas City. Girls Pint Out is a national craft beer organization for women. The mission is to build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community. It just so happens that Kansas City’s chapter is ramping up again after taking a hiatus this summer (see a theme here?) with many festivals coming up this Fall!

Even though the organization is for women, men can come too. It might even be a good place to meet a special lady who loves good beer, if you’re looking for something like that…

September 24, 6-8 p.m. KC Bier Company: GPO will be holding a private tour of the brewing facilities at Kansas City Bier Company and, of course, imbibing on their excellent brews. $15 for Beer, Tour & GPO Glass & Sticker -or- $10 for Beer & Tour only. To RSVP, click here.

October 29, 6:30 p.m., Haunted Happy Hour at Big Rip: Because they had so much fun at last year’s haunted happy hour, GPO will be enjoying another pre-Halloween happy hour at Big Rip. Tour, Tasting and COSTUME CONTEST! Details are TBD, but RSVP here to keep up on the deets!

More events are planned for November and December so stay tuned to the Girls’ Pint Out Facebook page to get the deets!

Not one, but TWO new beer fests coming to KC this spring

Out of town organizers are hosting two new beer festivals this Spring in KC.

KC Brew Fest at Union Station: This inaugural craft beer fest will take place at Union Station on March 14th and will feature KC’s best breweries as well as craft breweries from around the country.
General Admission will be 1pm to 4pm and include unlimited beer ($35). VIP admission will be an added hour from noon to 4pm and include unlimited beer as well as specialty beer poured during the first hour. Food will be sold separately. Click here for event details and updates.

Kansas City on Tap Beer Festival at Richard L Berkeley Riverfront Park: The Kansas City On Tap Craft Beer Festival takes place on Saturday, April 25th at Richard L. Berkeley Riverfront Park from 2:30PM – 6:00PM! This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. Standard tickets are $35 until March 25th when they increase to $45. Cost is $55 day of event.
Visit the website to learn more: Kansas City On Tap Craft Beer Festival.

Taking Off: Best places to get beer flights in Kansas City

As an individual who thrives on change and new experiences, nothing makes me happier than the opportunity to try a beer flight at different restaurants and breweries. There’s no better way to see the rainbows of color and taste the unique characteristics of each style’s hop and malt combinations. To me, trying flights of beer is the best way to experience it all (without ending up passed out, head on the bar.)

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