Category Archives: Beer Styles

KC Beer Bloggers, UNITE!

Recently, a group of us beer bloggers met up to think of ways to work together and continue to promote the beer scene here in KC. We’ve been informally calling ourself the ‘more perfect bloggers union’, which consists of Alex from Scouting the Taps; Jim from KC Beer Scouts; Jay from KC Beer Blog; and myself (Sarah.)

Luckily, the perfect opportunity to work together for the first time fell in our laps. Roughtail Brewing, from Oklahoma City, hit the market this week in Kansas and sent us some brews to try. Being the beer lovers we are, we sat around for four hours a couple of weeks ago, talked about beer in KC, blogging, and had a little taste test of our own.

Here are my notes from that evening. To check out the others’ tasting notes, click on their respective links in the above paragraph and check them out. Mega thanks to Jim for putting together our flavor waves and for Jay for taking the header photos.

Roughtail Brewing Tasting Notes From KC Beer Guide

Pale Ale: Roughtail-Pale-Ale_flavor-waveWe started off our evening with the Roughtail Pale Ale. We all agreed it felt a little thin-bodied, but it had a nice level of hoppiness. It was high on the sparkle with a golden haze in color. I definitely tasted citrus in it with a bit of a bitter balance. This could be a sessionable ale for a summer day.


Roughtail-IPA_flavor-wave

Roughtail IPA: What the pale may have missed in body, the IPA makes up. Sitting at about the same level of hoppiness, the IPA had more of an alcohol quality to it. It was an evenly balanced beer with the level of happiness one would expect from a west coast-style ale. I got a little citrus in this and a small bit of astringency.


Roughtail-Hoptometrist_flavor-wave

Hoptomotrist: Take the malty hoppiness of the Roughtail IPA and kick it up a notch and you’ll find yourself enjoying a Hoptomotrist Imperial IPA. This even-bodied ale kicks up the malt and alcohol just enough from the IPA to be distinguishable. Definitely not one to drink all night, but every now and then it’s nice to have a kicked up brew to take things to the next level.

 

To learn more about Roughtail Brewing, visit their website and pick up some in Kansas!

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?

Hop-Heads Special Alert: One-off keg at KC Bier Company next week!

KC Bier Company is releasing a small batch bier on Wednesday, October 15th. This bier is called “SGH Hopfen Sack” or “Sean Grown Hops Hopfen Sack”. This small batch (one keg) is made from draining all of the beer out of the 60 pounds of hops we put in hop sacks used to dry hop our Hopfen Doof.KC Bier Co Hops

As if this bier wasn’t going to be hoppy enough, Sean Hill, a friend of their brewer Karlton, grows hops at his house. The morning he was draining all of the bier from the dry hop sacks, he went over to Sean’s house and picked a “metric ton” of fresh off-the-vine Centennial and Cascade hops and “wet hopped” the bier as well.

This bier would have already been intense, but with all of these hop additions it is an intense bomb of, citrus, floral, piney, grassy amazingness. For the hop-heads out there – this bier is truly going to make you happy.

Stop by the brewery in Waldo next Wednesday, October 15th at 6:00 p.m. to try it out for yourself.

Fall Fantasy- Upcoming releases from Kansas City breweries

When it’s 100 degrees outside, one can’t help but dream of fall being just around the corner. Not only does the weather start to cool down to perfect bonfire climate, but also football weekends begin (perfect excuse for day-drinking if you’re not a football fan), and some of the best beers will be released nationwide within the next few weeks.

Here is a look at what some of our local brewers will be releasing in the upcoming month in preparation for fall.

Just Added: 75th Street Brewery:  Upcoming releases from 75th Street include:

  • September 5th: Easy ESB
  • September 19th: Alt Schule (Old German style ale)
  • October 10th: Roasted Pumpkin Ale
  • November 14th: Up All Nitro Porter (Expresso Porter)

Big Rip Brewing: Big Rip pretty much screams ‘fall’ with its horror movie themes. Beginning in September, Big Rip will release its Chai Milk Stout made with Hugo Tea’s Chai. The brewers just released their Kurgan Irish Ale (8 percent ABV), and will be releasing the popular Pennywise Sweet Potato Ale in October.

Cinder Block Brewing: Beginning September 1, Cinder Block will release its Brown Ale using the recipe from the KC Biermeister’s homebrew competition. October will bring KCFest, the brewery’s take on an Oktoberfest. Other releases include the fall amber, which is a spiced beer made with organic local syrup, as well as an English cherry cider made with Michigan cherries.

Green Room Burgers and Beer: Most recently, Green Room in Westport tapped Andi’s Ale, a French brown brewed with real raspberries. The folks at the burger joint will be tapping the inaugural double IPA – Bird Lives, named after Charlie Parker – on August 29. In early September they will be tapping their first barrel-aged beer, Rye Jukebox, aged in Dark Horse Rye barrels.

KC Bier Company: Waldo’s own German brewery will release its Festbier to bars and restaurants in mid-September, along with another seasonal to be announced. Stay tuned for more on these.

Martin City Brewing Company: In the next week, you can expect a new saison from Martin City Brewing, as well as coffee stout. The brewery’s barrel-aged IPA also releases in the next few weeks to accompany an upcoming beer dinner. The team is also brewing a black rye IPA, and Oktoberfest is fermenting to release in the next month.

McCoy’s: Westport’s favorite brew pub has a lot of releases coming up, as well as fun events. Coming down the line are the Sticke Alt, a malty German-style beer brewed with house Kolsch yeast, and Oktoberfest, a German fall lager with sweet caramel and honey characters. The latter releases on Tuesday, September 23 during Westport’s Oktoberfest, which runs from September 22 to the 27. To learn more about this event, click here and click to September.

As more breweries share their releases, we will update to add their information. So, what are you most looking forward to?

Granite City Bluberrian Tapping May 12

Ever tried a Blueberry lager?

Blueberrian

No… Me either. Well, let’s do that. In fact, let’s all go down to Granite City on May 12th from 4-6 pm to kick off American Craft Beer Week as GC taps a brewery favorite, Blueberrian. You should drink it on name alone, but for the purists, “this beer is slightly malty and subtly fruity; neither flavor overpowers the other which gives us this smooth, drinkable beer, with a hint of refreshing blueberry,” according to the beer brain at GC.

Put a blue Viking and a stein on the label and I’m ready to pop my… well… blueberry.