Tap List | Doom is Coming

soon-to-be-released Doom comes from Founders Brewing Company next month. (Contributed)

Back At The Bar With Founders Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki

Doom is coming. Founders Brewing Company brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki, who visited Bier Station earlier this month, shared details on Doom, an Imperial IPA (12.4-percent ABV) aged in bourbon barrels, and other Founders beers.

“Doom was originally called Hand of Doom, after a song by one of our favorite bands, Black Sabbath,” Kosmicki said. “We went with simply Doom when we distributed the beer back in 2013, mostly to avoid any lawsuits from Ozzy. It was also barrel aged in 2013. We’ve used a variety of different brands and vintages in all of our barrel-aged beers so far, and this is no exception. It averaged around eight months in the barrel, then all the barrels were blended to achieve a consistent product.”

Doom arrives in Kansas City by mid-June in 750-ml bottles and 4-packs of 12-oz. bottles.

Kosmicki said originally he brewed Sumatra Mountain Brown, a Imperial Brown Ale with a hazelnut aroma, out of necessity. “In 2008, I ordered too much coffee for KBS [Kentucky Breakfast Stout]. We didn’t have a brown ale yet so I threw a bunch of coffee beans in the brew,” Kosmicki said.

Summer seasonal PC Pils, which doesn’t use traditional German hops, was Kosmicki’s first foray into brewing lagers. “I wanted to feature American hops like Centennial, Cascade, and Chinook that were readily available. It’s a throwback to traditional hops that gave craft beer its start,” he said.

Beer It Forward During American Craft Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) runs through May 21 this year. Promoted by CraftBeer.com and the Brewers Association, this year’s theme, “Beer It Forward,” encourages “beer enthusiasts everywhere to engage in simple acts of craft beer kindness.”

Locally, Rock and Run Brewery and Pub (110 E. Kansas Street, Liberty) offers two week-long ACBW promotions that use stamped cards to track purchases. During ACBW, customers earn a free growler/fill if they try 10 different beers from 10 different states or try all 15 Rock & Run beers on tap.

99 Hops House-Argosy Casino (777 N.W. Argosy Casino Parkway, Riverside) will have 10 select drafts for $4 each from Tuesday through Friday, that will rotate through the week. Also, the taproom will have rare bottle samples for guests sitting at the bar (that have purchased a beer) starting at 7 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

See the Tap List calendar below for other local ABBW events and special beer releases.

Behind the Label: A Prince-Inspired Design

Chris Rau, a graphic design teacher at Raytown High School, designed the label for Martin City Brewing’s seasonal Purple Train, a Berliner-style weisse brewed with blueberries and lemon. Having created the company’s labels for gluten-free Yoga Pants, Monk in Scotland, Alchemy, and other beers, Purple Train is the first completely drawn by hand.

Initially, Purple Train’s design was literally a purple train steaming through a rainstorm.

“It was too dark and serious looking,” Rau said. “The whole [beer] concept has always been a Prince homage.”

Rau made the label “a little more musical, whimsical, and colorful.” Matt Murdick, who originally connected Rau with the brewery’s owners, suggested having a train car hauling oversized blueberries and lemons.

“[MCBC co-owner] Matt Moore had the idea of taking inspiration from the Prince symbol and using a five-line staff with musical notes,” Rau said.

Moore provides broad art direction for each label with thoughts on color palette and feel.

“The benefit of having a friendship with your client is that the whole process feels much more like a conversation and much less like a presentation. We work through the whole thing together and no one gets bent out of shape, ever,” Rau said.

This Week

The Big Rip Brewing Company (216 E. 9th Avenue, North Kansas City) released Great Conjunction Cherry Hefe on tap last week.

Rock and Run Brewery and Pub (110 E. Kansas Street, Liberty) released a witbier, Witish Invasion, and will tap a cask of Witish Invasion with passionfruit this week.

Kansas City Bier Company (310 W. 79th Street) has brewed a traditional Gose, using 60-percent wheat in the grain bill with salt and coriander. Head brewer Karlton Graham says to look for Gose soon as a tasting room-only release.

Tuesday, May 16

Cinder Block Brewery (110 E. 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) taps a blackberry and lemon Weathered Wit Randall.

It’s the first-ever Tuesday Foosday at Boulevard Brewing Beer Hall (2534 Madison Avenue) from 3 to 6 p.m. Join the party with Sporting KC, play foosball, and keep a special cup from the event.

Tapcade Crossroads (1701 McGee Street, #200) hosts Cinder Block Brewery Lusus Pint Night from 6 p.m. to close.

Spend happy hour at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (101 E. 13th Street) with Mother’s Brewing Company founder Jeff Schrag. Enjoy MILF and Rye Barrel MILF on tap.

Wednesday, May 17

Hop Quiz Trivia explores American craft beer, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tasting Room at Boulevard Brewing Beer Hall (2534 Madison Avenue). Tickets: boulevard.com/event/acbw

Free State Brewing Company (636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas) taps a keg of its coveted Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout, aged two years in Templeton rye whiskey barrels. Supplies won’t last long.

No textbooks are needed for Uinta Brewing Company Beer School at Tapcade Crossroads (1701 McGee Street, #200), featuring Uinta beer specials.

Cinder Block Brewery (110 E. 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) releases Kolsh, made with German malt and yeast, at 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 18

Tapcade NKC (1735 Swift, North Kansas City) hosts a Stem Cider release party with giveaways from 6 p.m. to close.

It’s summer school at Boulevard Brewing Beer Hall (2534 Madison Avenue). In this Study Hall beer class, master cicerone Neil Witte of Craft Quality Solutions busts common beer myths, answers questions, and shares his knowledge. Tickets: boulevard.com/event/acbw

Cinder Block Brewery (110 E. 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) releases Small Batch Series CBB0016 — Big Juicy Saison.

The beer Rated R from Mother's Brewing

Rated R from Mother’s brewing is an Imperial Wheat stout. (Contributed)

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (101 E. 13th Street) taps Mother’s Doozy and Rated. Brewed last year for the five-year anniversary of Mother’s Brewing, Rated R is an Imperial Wheat stout (11.5-percent) bolstered with Askinosie Honduras cocoa nibs, Burundi cold brew coffee, and vanilla beans.

Friday, May 19

Tapcade NKC (1735 Swift, North Kansas City) and Boulevard Brewing present Over The Tap, a video and board game decathlon with 10 beers on tap from 7 to 9 p.m.

Free State Brewing Company (636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence) taps Prairie Land Delight, a collaboration beer made by brewers from 14 Kansas breweries. This heavy wheat-based IPA features Hallertau Blanc, Mosaic and Cashmere hops that yield fruity flavors of pineapple, lime, white grape, passionfruit, and lemon.

Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Service presents Small Business Bootcamp at the CJCFPD Training Facility (4715 US-40, Blue Springs). Keynote speaker and Rock and Run Brewery co-owner Gene DeClue discusses the brewery’s growth and survival, especially when a wall collapsed at his Liberty-based brewpub. RSVP at http://www.mymcpl.org/events/calendar/small-business-bootcamp-0

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (101 E. 13th Street) features beers on tap from East Coast breweries Stillwater, Ommegang, Westbrook, and Dogfish Head.

Saturday, May 20

Tour Free State Brewing Company’s East Lawrence production facility (1923 Moodie Rd., Lawrence). Try beer samples and learn how beer is produced from grain to glass.

At KC’s Most Intense Happy Hour, participate in a free one-hour workout, 10 a.m., with Onelife Fitness at One Light Luxury Apartments (1261 Main Street). Afterward, enjoy a happy hour (21+) featuring Boulevard Brewing Company and Martin City Brewing Company beers.

Brew-B-Que combines barbecue from local food trucks and beer from more than 40 local and regional craft breweries, plus live music and fun competitions at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival fairground (633 N. 130th Street, Bonner Springs). Tickets: BrewBQueKC.com

Sunday, May 21

Boulevard Brewing Beer Hall (2534 Madison Avenue) salutes its neighbor, The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), with a pork slider special and pours of 2015 Bourbon Barrel Quad. DJs spin country and rockabilly records from noon to 4 p.m. A buck from each sandwich and KC Pils sold benefits KCBS.

CraftBeer.com and Geeks Who Drink host trivia night about craft beer at Double Shift Brewing (412 E. 18th Street).

Red Shoe Society hosts a Red Shoe Lawn Takeover at Kansas City Bier Company (310 W. 79th Street). Drink beer, play in a Bags Tourney (aka Corn Hole, $5, register by 12:30 p.m.) and socialize at this free event. Society members will receive their first beer free.

Crane Brewing Company and other local breweries pour beer at Briarfest (The Village at Briarcliff, 4151 N Mulberry Dr.), featuring food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and more from 3 to 10 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.

Monday, May 22

Ben Sopchak from Lagunitas Brewing Company leads Beer School at Barley’s Kitchen + Tap (11924 W. 119th Street, Overland Park). Learn about and sample Waldo Special, Dark Swan, Murray’s Best Scotch Ale, Hairy Eyeball, and Dopple Weizen.

— Pete Dulin writes about food trends for Flatland and is the author of the “KC Ale Trail.” Follow @FlatlandKC and #TapList on Twitter for more food news and trends.

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