The 8th annual KC Nanobrew Fest at Berkley Riverfront Park from 2 to 6 p.m. on June 24th, is less than a month away. Several homebrewers shared a preview of what they plan to pour.
Mike French of Westwood Brewhouse will have a Raspberry Saison, Farmhouse IPA, and Penelope’s Pilsner. Daniel Bauer of Kaw Point Meadery will have Raspberry Blossom Traditional Sack Mead made with raspberry blossom honey from Washington, and Flowers & Bark semi-sweet mead loaded with local clover honey, hibiscus flowers, and Indonesian cinnamon.
Mac Lamken and Devin Glaser of Middle Ground Zymurgy & Tapworx will have Limone BlauBier, a limoncello-inspired Berliner weisse with blueberries, lemon zest, a small hint of vanilla, and blackberries. Also, look for Breakfast Of Champions, a dark American Stout brewed with coffee, piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar), vanilla, and lactose in the boil. Mike Anhorn of Manhorn’s Brewing Company will serve Lemon Hefeweizen and Illegally Blonde, an American Blonde.
David Schumacher of SchuBrew said, “I’ll officially debut a DIY backpack jockey box so I can be mobile this year.”
His beers include #MakeIPAsGreatAgain, a classic American IPA with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial hops, and Absurd Barrel-aged EIS Quad with cherries.
“At 19-percent, it should be the strongest thing at the fest,” said Schumacher.
Courtney Servaes of Servaes Brewing Company will bring S’mores Stout, a “milk stout with all the campfire fix-ins you can think of,” (in this case: marshmallow, graham cracker, and chocolate.) Also, look for Rainbow Sorbet Sour, a sour witbier with raspberry, orange, and lime.
Bruce Smith of Drunken Sherpa Brewery serves Don’t Suck a Snakebite, a Honey Rye Red Double IPA made with late addition, dry-hopped Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin hops, and Panzer Pig, a Kölsch with bacon, plus a vodka tincture added at kegging.
Michael Wells of Eye for an Eye Brewing Company will have a Flanders Red, Cherry Gose, and a Hemp Pale Ale on tap. Bart and Jenny Campbell, Helpful Boxer Brewing, will pour Live Free or Die New England IPA and Saison Bart, a New Zealand/American brett saison. Taylor Jones, Trip Six Brewing Company, pours What? What? American Pale Ale, Liberty Wheat (including a watermelon and watermelon-habanero version), and Hop City IPA.
Andrew Grumke, The Medley Aleworks, brews up Aloha, Alaska New England IPA, made with Denali hops, known for its pineapple flavors.
“The beer will also feature coconut, pineapple juice, lactose, and vanilla to mimic the flavors of a pina colada,” said Grumke.
Bri Burrows, Mickal Burrows, and David Burrows of Burrows Brewing will bring Blippy Chai, a take on an iced dirty chai latte.
“This beer is a milk stout brewed with chai from local Chaipod, and coffee beans roasted from Blip Roasters,” said Bri. “David will have Albino Snow Globe, a cream ale brewed with coconut flakes. It looks like a snow globe in your beer. Michael’s Ohana, a Hawaiian-inspired ale is brewed with tropical fruits and coconut.”
Steve Williams of Williams NKC Brewing introduces Morning Woodie, an American coffee stout with Kahlúa, oak, and vanilla beans, and Gin and Juice, a saison with oranges, that is aged in oak and Tanqueray gin.
What to Eat and Drink at Boulevardia
Boulevardia, the beer, music, and food festival planned for June 16-17 in Kansas City’s Stockyards District, has announced its beer and food lineup.
Throughout the festival grounds, Boulevard will have a wide range of summer-friendly beers on draft and in cans. Lighter beers include Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Pale Ale, and American Kolsch. Also available are Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, The Calling IPA, and Boulevardia Sparkling Ale, a blonde ale collaboration created by Boulevard Brewing Company and Piney River Brewing. For those who are gluten-free, they’ll also have Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider. The Cellar, adjacent to the Chipotle Homegrown Stage, features Boulevard’s Smokestack Series beers. Look for Bourbon Barrel Quad, Saison Brett, and Love Child No. 8 as well as Belgian beers Duvel Single and Liefmans’ Fruitesse.
Appease the appetite with food from local vendors including Fine Thyme Food, Scimeca’s Italian Sausage, Boyers Artisan Meatballs, Jerusalem Cafe, Slaps BBQ, and Betty Rae’s Ice Cream.
Double Shift Brewing Company (412 E 18th Street) released a funky new brew last week. Strawberry Field Trip (6.9-percent ABV) is a sour beer made with lime peel, strawberry and mint.
Brewery Emperial (1829 Oak Street) has a malt whisky ale, cream ale, and Berliner weisse (a tart sour that you can doctor up with house rhubarb syrup). They’re also serving KC Wineworks Crossroads Apfel Cider.
— 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.