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Best places to drink with your dog in Kansas City (2017 Update!)

* In a sad twist of fate, Scooby, our cover dog featured above passed away 5/29/14. RIP little buddy, we’ll pour one out for you.

Dogs make great drinking buddies – they can’t talk, you don’t have to buy them a drink, and they’re awfully cute. While you can’t take your dog inside most places, there are a lot of great patio options for bringing your dog along in the metro. We partnered with Beer Paws to compile this list of great places to drink with your dog.  Read more

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?

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?

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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