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 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.
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.
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.
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