Category Archives: Restaurants

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

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.

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.

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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!

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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Pints for Prostates at Flying Saucer

We have a lot in common, you and I. We like beer. We don’t want cancer.

Well, Flying Saucer and Pints for Prostates are giving us a chance to marry these similarities to catch a buzz for an amazing cause.

In a five week long event starting tonight, June 4th, the Beerknurds down at Power and Light are teaming up with the good folks at Pints 4 Prostates to raise money for cancer research. Boasting German Brewery Nights all month long where drinkers – nay, cancer crusaders – can buy pints, glass and all, for one extra dollar.  That measly dollar upcharge buys a raffle ticket to enter to win a 10-day trip to Germany later this year.  Cure cancer AND win a trip to Germany? It’s kind of a no-brainer.

Last year, with the help of good drinkers just like you, the Saucer raised 25K to keep men’s junk cancer free. Twenty Five Thousand Dollars. This year, they’re hoping to up that number to 30k.

So come on down. Be a hero. Raise a pint. Save a life.

Here’s the schedule of brewery nights for the next month during the P4P promo:

  • June 4th – Ayinger Dunkel
  • June 11th  – Father’s Day Glass & Crooked Stave Glass Night
  • June 18th – Kostritzer .5 L  Stein
  • June 25th – Bitburger .5L Stein
  • July 2nd – Glass TBD

Flying Saucer Six-Year Anniversary Tappings Tomorrow

Just six short years ago… beer drinkers had to sludge through life without one of KC’s great watering holes.

Six years ago, there was no Flying Saucer. No UFO Club. No Barmaids in short shorts and tall socks … But to help us get over that tragic thought, the BeerKnurds who man the Saucer have planned an anniversary party that’s worthy of all KC Beer aficionado’s attention.

Starting at noon on Sunday, May 4, the Power & Light favorite plans to tap a rare keg and release an interesting case every hour until you can no longer tell time. Come hungry and grab ½-price burgers all day long, and as a bonus, look for a random tapping of Jolly Pumpkin La Roja and Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11.

Here’s Sunday’s lineup:


Tilquin Oude Gueuze – Draught

Perennial Abraxas – Bottle



Firestone Walker 17 – Draught

Jolly Pumpkin Ale Absurd – Bottle



Perennial/Prairie Dual Artisanship – Draught

Mikkeller Yuzu Glad I Said Porter – Bottle



Struise Black Damnation 1 – Draught

Boulevard Saison Brett – Bottle



Deschutes Mirror Mirror – Draught

North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XVI – Bottle



Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel – Draught

Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars – Bottle



Prairie/Evil Twin Bible Belt – Draught

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV – Bottle



Struise Shark Pants – Draught

4 Hands Volume #1 – Bottle



4 Hands Beyond the Bricks – Draught



Boulevard Foeder Projekt #1 – Draught

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