It’s time to make the donuts…with beer. Chef Tod Barlow of Rock and Run Brewery and Pub (114 E Kansas Street, Liberty, Missouri) has created the IPA donut by adding beer as an ingredient.
“I use Rock and Run’s 5K IPA in the doughnut batter,” said Barlow. “The hops in the ale comes through in the flavor.”
The glazed-style donut is somewhat light in body with a sugary glaze. The beer’s flavor definitely comes through each bite, cutting sweetness and the doughy yeast flavor with the mild bite of hops used in beer.
“We’re getting dried hops that I will toast and sprinkle on the donuts as an accent,” said Barlow.
The donuts are made to order in Rock and Run’s Liberty kitchen. The taproom plans to sell IPA doughnuts on weekends by the dozen or half-dozen with advance call-in orders. For weekend brunch, look for the Weekender, a signature burger with the IPA donut sliced in half as a bun. The burger is topped with American cheese, bacon, corned beef hash, fried egg, hollandaise sauce, shaved corned beef, and Bloody Mary sauce.
The IPA donut holes are sold at Rock and Run’s taproom and brewery in Kearney.
Recently, John Couture, owner of Bier Station (120 E Gregory Boulevard), renamed his bottle shop’s second-floor room as the Green Dragon Room. While the room has always been an extension the craft beer bar’s taproom experience, Couture assigned the name change with a specific purpose in mind – to facilitate civic discussion through guest speaker appearances and public dialogue in a civil social setting.
“The Green Dragon Room project is dedicated to encouraging people to engage civically and learn more about current issues from a variety of speakers,” said Couture.
Green Dragon Room takes its name from historical inspiration during a trying time in colonial days.
“During the American Revolution, concerned citizens met at the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston to discuss the news of the day, share opinions, and craft plans to change society,” said Couture. “It’s where Paul Revere started his famous ride and the Boston Tea Party was organized. We loved the idea of referencing the American pub’s history with political discourse.”
Recent political discourse in the context of raising a family prompted Couture to take this imaginative community-building step.
“Honestly, my 7- and 10-year-old daughters were the inspiration to create the Green Dragon Room,” said Couture. “During the 2016 election, it shocked me how well they already grasped the issues and showed genuine interest in the political process. They were addicted to fivethirtyeight.com. They inspire me to get involved and make the world a better place.”
— 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.