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Two Kansas City Faves: Beer + BBQ Tomorrow!

Two of Kansas City’s favorite things – BBQ and Craft Beer – come together in this one-of-a-kind event! Local KC Barbecue Food Trucks battle it out to see who has the best BBQ in Kansas City. Then while you are filling your belly, sample over 100 craft beers from over 40+ local and regional craft breweries, listen to live music, and participate in fun competitions! So come out and partake in KC’s favorite NEW tradition!


Kansas City Renaissance Festival

633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, Kansas 66012

VIP Tickets Include:

– Access to exclusive VIP area with ample seating, a private bar, and private bathrooms!
– Sample BBQ from participating food trucks and vote to determine KC’s best BBQ Food Truck
– Unlimited Craft Beer Samples
– Commemorative Sample Glass

GA Tickets Include:

– Unlimited Craft Beer Samples
– Commemorative Sample Glass
– Food available for purchase
– Tickets increase to $40 the day of the event!!

Designated Driver Ticket Include:

– Water/Soda Drink Voucher
– Food available for purhcase
– Alcohol Drink Stricly Prohibited

21+ Only

11:30am – VIP Enter the event
12:00pm – GA and DD enter the event
1:00pm- Pretzel Necklace Competition
2:30pm- Stein Hoisting Competition
3:15pm- BBQ Awards
3:30pm- Last Call for Alcohol
4:00pm- Event Ends

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, 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.

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!

Spring Has Sprung and That Means it’s Festival Season!

Here is the short list of upcoming events. Visit our calendar for more.

April 11

Kegs N Eggs KC: Rummage around the Kansas City Renaissance Festival grounds for Easter Eggs hidden about! Each egg contains tickets to be redeemed for prizes AND some lucky eggs even filled with COLD HARD CASH!!! But why stop there??? Egg Hunts are always better with booze, so everyone that signs up receives a Beer! Think you’ll still be thirsty after that Beer? During the hunt there will also be Craft Beer Tastings from local and regional Breweries and other activities! Did we mention there will also have a Live Band?!? So come out and drink a few beers, scavenge for hidden eggs, and partake in this one-of-a-kind Adult Egg Hunt! 1:00-5:00pm

April 25

Parkville Microbrew Fest: Kick off the summer with live music, handcrafted Ales, and great food in Historic Downtown Parkville, Missouri at Parkville Microbrew Fest. Guests will be supplied with a commemorative logo tasting glass, a custom tasting note sheet, and live music. From 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at English Landing Park. Admission starts at 11:00 a.m., Gates open at 1:00 p.m.

  • 11:00 a.m. Admission and Live Bands
  • 1:00 p.m. Gates Open for Sampling
  • Designated Drivers – Free Admission
  • Must Have Ticket (if purchased online)
  • Must be 21+ with valid ID in order to attend
  • This event is nonrefundable
  • $35 Admission Day Of, Pending Availability. Cash Only.
  • Pets are Welcome
  • Rain or Shine

Kansas City On Tap Beer Festival: The Kansas City On Tap Craft Beer Festival takes place on Saturday, April 25th at the Berkeley Waterfront from 2:30PM – 6:00PM! KC on Tap features 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. What better way to spend a Saturday than with great friends, amazing beer, delicious food and live music!

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.

The ultimate Kansas City holiday guide for beer lovers

Screw Black Friday and its big-box chain stores. Give your loved ones what they really want this holiday season – the gift of Kansas City beer. Here are some items from local businesses you should check out, as well as some events to stay festive throughout the next month or so.

Beer KC: The Foundry and Beer Kitchen will be open Thanksgiving night at 6 p.m.
Stop by for 1/2-price fall seasonal beers and happy hour food specials all night.

Beer Paws: You know you do it… you know, buy holiday gifts for your pets. It’s ok, we do it too. Check out Beer Paws for some yummy spent grain dog treats, dog beer and custom beer collars! Plus if you use code “KCBeer” you’ll receive 10 percent off your order.

Big Rip LogoBig Rip Brewing: Big Rip will be open on Thanksgiving day, and Christmas even from 9 – noon so you can pick up a fresh growler for your holiday festivities. Also, they tapped their annual Pennywise Sweet Potato Ale today, and will be tapping the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale sometime before Christmas. The ORC will also be available in bottles, so pick some up as gifts for the fam.

Boulevard Dry Goods Store: With two locations – one at the brewery and one in the Plaza, the Boulevard Dry Goods Store is your one-stop shop for holiday shopping. You can buy anything from Boulevard apparel and glassware, to food items and locally-made beer soap. If you don’t want to deal with crowds, you can visit the website and buy online. If you want to trek out into the cold and do a little shopping, visit the Plaza location – at 4740 Pennsylvania – on a Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. for Thirsty Thursdays and have a little ‘power shopping juice’ while perusing the collection.

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Cinder Block Brewery: On November 26, check out the  Day before Thanksgiving growler refill special.  Cinder Block will be filling growlers with any of their beers for $10 all day. Starting December 1st until December 23rd:  Holiday packages hit the brewery. If you buy a Growler and a T-shirt you get a free Cinder Block glass. If you buy a gift card and a growler you get a free Cinder Block glass plus a free beer. If you buy a growler, t-shirt and a gift card you will get a two free Cinder Block glasses and two free beers. Score!

Crane Brewing (Just Added!): Ring in the new year with one of Kansas City’s newest breweries at Hangar 9 NYE party at the downtown airport. You can try some of Crane’s delicious Belgian-style ales and take flight over KC to see the Plaza lights. Check out this event here.


Home-brew Shops: For the home brewer in your life, there are many home-brew shops around town you could pick up a gift card from. Grain to Glass, LLC in North KC; Brew Lab in Downtown Overland Park; Bacchus and Barleycorn in Shawnee; Apex Brew Wares in Independence; or Grains and Taps in Lee’s Summit, which is holding a Black Friday event.

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KC Ale Trail: If you or someone you know enjoys craft beer, local breweries, and the growth of craft brewing in KC, then KC Ale Trail is for you. Pete Dulin’s new book is your go-to guide on all things craft beer in KC. Read profiles of local breweries, meet the minds behind the madness, and more. Visit his website here to buy the book.

KC Bier Company: Look for the Winter Bock winter seasonal November 25. St. Nikolaus day is a December 6th each year and KC Bier Company is bringing this tradition to KC. Children in Germany put their “Nikolaus Stiefel” (or Nicholas boot) outside their front doors that night. If the kids were good that year, St. Nikolaus would leave them gifts and sweets in their Nikolaus Boot. Instead of rewarding good kids with candy in their boots, KC Bier Company is rewarding good adults with Bier in Boots!  They’ll be pouring liters of Bier in Boots all weekend long (also known as Das Boots). They’ll also have a toy drive that weekend to benefit the Shadow Buddies Foundation. For every toy you bring in you’ll get $1 off each bier, so if you bring in three toys, you can get $1 off three biers. They’ll also have live Bavarian music from 3 to 5 p.m. each day as well as a Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Bring your friends, family and children to the brewery and enjoy a day of family fun, German fare and German Bier.


Have any ideas to add? Let us know in the comments!

Fall Festival Season is Now! Upcoming beer events in KC…

If you can believe it, we’re already more than halfway through September and fall festival season is in full swing. Here are some upcoming festivals and events coming up for September and October.

Yappy Hour at KC Bier Company: September 18, 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy delicious beer, dogs and raffle prizes all benefitting KC Pet Project and Kansas City Girls’ Pint Out. $10 gets you a pint plus raffle tickets! Great raffle prizes from our partners. RSVP here.

Zwanze Day at Bier Station: September 20, 2 p.m.

Cantillon Zwanze Day comes to The Station.

VIP tasting session tickets are sold out, but here is the list of beer:

  • Cantillon Cuvée De Florian (2014 Zwanze Beer)
  • Cantillon Mamouche
  • Cantillon Gueuze
  • Cantillon Iris
  • Prairie Cherry Funk
  • Prairie Funky Gold Mosaic
  • Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial
  • Ritterguts Gose
  • Blaugies La Moneuse Saison
  • Mikkeller Årh Hvad Aged St. Émilion

GA Kegs at 4 p.m.:

  • Cantillon Cuvée Saint-Gilloise
  • Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus
  • Surprise Keg

High Plains Brewhoff at BrewLab: September 20, 1-5 p.m.

High Plains BrewHoff is Kansas’ flagship home brewing competition and festival, where home brewers from both sides of the state line vie for the honor of victory, and every invited guest can be the judge.

Your invitation grants access to a universe of craft beers, which you can sample and judge from the comfort and distinction of your own commemorative tulip glass. Plus, fill up on food from local restaurateurs and enjoy live music.

Cinder Block Anniversary Week: September 22-27

Starting Monday, September 22, Cinder Block is offering $2.00 Year-Round Beers, Tuesday Beer Trivia, Wednesday Beer Dinner (30 tickets only.) Thursday You Vote on Pilot beer brewed that night and served for free to anyone who joins. Firkin Friday with three different firkins glassware to the first 20 people. Finally the BIG SHOW on Saturday with glassware to the first 100 people, live music, and special tapings of the brewery’s barrel aged stock.

Oktoberfest in Westport: September 22-28

Many events happening this week!

Beer Kitchen:
On September 22 at 7pm Beer Kitchen will host a Deschutes Brewery beer dinner, $50 per person. Try a variety of Oktoberfest beers that will be on tap for the week.

Bridger’s Bottle Shop:
On September 24 Bridger’s will host an Oktoberfest beer release party. Guests will receive a commemorative glass. In addition, Bridger’s will be offering German inspired fare for the event.

Firefly Lounge: On September 27 Firefly will host the Oktoberfest Aftermath Blowout to round out the week of festivities. This event will feature DJ Ataxic and traditional German beers and cocktails will be served.

the Foundry:
On September 24 and September 27 the Foundry will be serving a flight of 4 different Oktoberfest/German style beers. Try German inspired menu items all week long.

Gambal’s Social Club:
Meet your friends at Gambal’s and sample Oktoberfest beers and German liquors all week long.

Harpo’s: Bring your friends and family to Harpo’s and enjoy their Oktoberfest menu.

  • Bavarian Pretzels (3) soft pretzel sticks served with German style cheddar cheese sauce. $7
  • Harpo’s Bratburger Ground beef and bratwurst sausage combo patty topped with cheddar cheese and served on a bun. $8.95
  • Beer Bratwurst Bratwurst marinated in Morgan St. Oktoberfest beer, and grilled. Topped with sauerkraut. Served on a bun. $5.50
  • Frankfurter German hot dog steamed in Bob’s 47 served on a bun with sauerkraut. $5.50
  • German Potato Soup Our homemade version of an Oktoberfest classic soup. Cup $3.50 Bowl $5.00
  • Bavarian Pretzel Salad Mixed greens topped with grilled or fried chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, bell peppers, and jack & cheddar cheese. Served with a dark ale mustard dressing. $8.49

Harry’s Bar and Tables:
Enjoy Oktoberfest beer and food specials all week long. Come join us for the festivities.

Joe’s Pizza Buy the Slice:
Visit Joe’s for a taste of German fare and enjoy a Polish Sausage with Sauerkraut for $6, tax included.

KC Taco:
KC Taco will be featuring their take on the traditional German Sauerbraten & Wurst – just as a taco. Trust us when we say that this is something not to be missed.

Kelly’s Westport Inn
:To celebrate Oktoberfest, Kelly’s will be discounting Bobs 47 and Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest all week long.

McCoy’s Public House:
On September 23 McCoy’s will be tapping Oktoberfest beer with a release party at 4pm. Guests will receive a commemorative liter mug of beer for $9. Enjoy German food and drink specials all week long.

Westport Saloon:
Throughout Oktoberfest Westport Saloon will feature KC Bier Co Helles and Dunkel, as well as Busch Beer. In addition, Westport Saloon has created a German inspired menu that will be available during Oktoberfest:

  • Sunday-Jagerschnitzel
  • Monday-Munchner Schnitzel
  • Tuesday-Naturshnitzel
  • Wednesday-Rahmschnitzel
  • Thursday-Chicken Schnitzel
  • Friday- WeinerSchnitzel
  • Saturday-Paprikaschnitzel

Oktoberfest at KC Bier Company: September 27-28

There is no charge to enter the KC Bier Co.’s Oktoberfest, but there will be souvenir steins for sale for $12 ($20 filled with bier), commemorative t-shirts and posters.


Saturday September 27th

  • 11:00AM – Festival Grounds Open
  • 12:00PM – Festbier Wooden Keg Tapping
  • 12:00PM – Kids Festival Area Opens
  • 3:00PM – Masskrugstemmen (Stein Holding Competition)
  • 4:00PM – Kids Festival Closes
  • 6:00PM – Lederhosen and Dirndl Competition
  • 9:30PM – Last Call
  • 10:00PM – Closed

Sunday September 28th

  • 12:00PM – Festival Grounds & Kids Area Opens
  • 3:00PM – Masskrugstemmen (Stein Holding Competition)
  • 4:00PM – Kids Area Closes
  • 6:00PM – Lederhosen and Dirndl Competition
  • 8:30PM – Last Call
  • 9:00PM – Closed

KC Beer Fest at Power and Light: September 27, 3:00

For over 6 years, KC Beer Fest has been the most recognizable craft brew festival in the Midwest. The 2014 festival is set for Saturday, September 27th, in the Kansas City Power & Light District. It will feature more than 150 hand-picked craft beers from around the world, rare keg tappings, live music, food trucks and gourmet food booths, spread across two blocks in downtown Kansas City’s Power & Light District.

General admission begins at 3 p.m. Click Here to purchase tickets. Limited tickets available, so get yours today. GA: $35 ($40 day-of event)

Haunted Happy Hour at Big Rip Brewing: October 16, 6-9 p.m.

Join KC Girls’ Pint Out for a fun fall festival at The Big Rip Brewing Company. We will enjoy a flight of their finest brews, a tour of the facility, and fall-themed foods. Help support Girls’ Pint Out and The Big Rip and bring your friends! All events are co-ed. $10 cover gets you a flight+tour at the door! RSVP here.

Boulevard Beer Dinner at Powell Gardens: October 12, 5:30 p.m.

Chefs Rick Mullins and Mickey Priolo from Gram & Dun are coming to Powell Gardens to prepare a one-night-only, multi-course menu that will be paired with Boulevard Brewing Company beers. Seating is limited to 50 people. Prepaid reservations are required: $90 ($80/members of Powell Gardens). Must be 21 or older. More information here.

2nd Annual Ripper Halloween Party: October 25, 7 p.m. -1 a.m.

There will be an open bar (yes all beer, wine and liquor), dinner, movies, DJ Music, dancing, games, and a costume contest. There will only be 75 tickets available so get your tickets fast.

Doors are open from 7 pm – 1 am. Dinner will be available from 7:15 – 8:15.

Tickets are $60 for the public; Mug club members get a 15% discount. Online Purchase. Door prizes will also be given out near the end of the night.

Jennifer Helber shares experiences as GABF judge for KC Girls’ Pint Out event

Many names come to mind when Boulevard Brewing Company is discussed: John, Steven, Jeremy. But quite possibly the most-important name you’ll never hear when it comes to brewing at Boulevard is Jennifer.

GPO Grian to Glass

Images Courtesy: KC Girls’ Pint Out

That’s right. A woman in one of the most male-dominated industries in the country helped develop and establish Boulevard’s quality-assurance lab. After aiding in yeast-cultivation research in the late 1980’s for Boulevard’s founder John McDonald, she came on full-time for the company almost 10 years later. For the next nine years, Helber ran the quality-assurance lab where she specialized in sensory science. The QA lab duties included microbiological testing, physical-chemical testing, and quite possibly the most important—sensory analysis, otherwise known as tasting for off-flavors.

Helber shared her background during the Kansas City Girls’ Pint Out Brew School event last Thursday at her current company, Grain to Glass in North KC. She discussed with the group the intricacies of judging for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). While sharing with the group the importance of unbiased judging and explaining what to look for in a beer (color and appearance, aroma, flavor, carbonation, bitterness, alcohol, aftertaste and finish, balance and drink ability, technical quality, style) in comparison to others of its category, she fielded questions from the attendees.

Helber’s credentials run long, including: American Society for Quality, American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC), UC Davis Online Sensory Science and Consumer Testing Certificate, and she’s a member of the ASBC Sensory Committee.

Now Helber, a judge for both the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and GABF, owns and runs Grain to Glass, a supply and bottle shop for aspiring and knowledgeable home-brewers. She holds brewing classes, and shares her experiences judging craft beer with customers and other groups.

While it may seem easiest to judge one’s favorite styles, Helber suggested the contrary, as it is easier to remain unbiased when tasting other styles. During the discussion, Helber passed around guides and tools used to make the judging process simpler and to keep the judges on point.

The next Kansas City Girls’ Pint Out will be Yappy Hour at KC Bier Company on September 18.

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