Tap List | Do You Believe in Magic Magic?

Torn Label's Magic Mike Torn Label's Magic Magic is set to return. (Torn Label Brewing Co.)

Magic is ready to take center stage again. Torn Label Brewing Company (1708 Campbell St.) will release one of its most popular beers, Magic Magic, an East Coast-style IPA brewed with raspberry and lemon peel, at a release party and art show at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

Magic Magic is part of Torn Label’s Artists Series of limited-release beers, crafted in collaboration with a local artist. The beer was inspired by the artwork of Torn Label sales rep/taproom manager Thomas Woodward.

Woodward said that Magic Magic “alludes to a moment in a painting where I am talking about the act of painting itself. Creation is magic and to create from an internal place something that had previously not existed is doubly so – hence, Magic Magic.”

Brewmaster Travis Moore worked with Woodward to create a beer with that artistic perspective. The beer will be available on draft at the taproom, as well as in cans to-go. Woodward will also have a collection of new works on display and for sale in the brewery. Fifty percent of the proceeds of all art sales will be donated by Woodward and Torn Label to the Mattie Rhodes Center, a nonprofit community development organization dedicated to well-being through social services, behavioral health counseling and the arts.

Magic Magic is the first Torn Label seasonal or limited release beer to be canned. The beer will also see limited distribution in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas the following week.

Dogfish Head Begins Missouri Distribution

Craft beer fans of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery had reason to rejoice last week. The brewery announced that their full collection of brews will be distributed in Missouri beginning April 3.

Based in Delaware, Dogfish has inked a distribution deal with Kansas City-based Central States Beverage and four other distributors across the Show-Me State. Dogfish fans will be able to enjoy a full lineup that includes 90 Minute IPA, Namaste White, Indian Brown, 60 Minute IPA, SeaQuench Ale, Flesh & Blood IPA, Palo Santo Marron, Burton Baton, Midas Touch, and seasonal releases. Limited quantities of specialty beers and occasional rarities, like 120 Minute IPA, will also be available throughout the year.

Dogfish Head

Dogfish Head arrives in Kansas City this week. (Pete Dulin I Flatland)

BKS Artisan Ales Update

Mary and Brian Rooney of BKS Artisan Ales (633 E 63rd Street) shared an update on the buildout of their Brookside brewery (read our story on the city’s first nanobrewery here). The brewery is awaiting final inspection and approvals from the city on its space. Once approved, BKS Artisan Ales can begin brewing. Future plans for the soft opening of the tasting room include ticketed events for customers on Saturdays with beer available on tap, and can and bottle releases (no draft pours) on Sundays.

Boulevard Brewing News

Boulevard Brewing Company announced that Collaboration No. 7 Oak Aged Lager will be brewed with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company from Gilbert, Arizona, and Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, Georgia. Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager is currently scheduled for an August release.

Tap Notes

Calibration Brewery (119 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri) now offers the following specials. Monday: $3 ciders, IPA, brown ale and golden ale. Tuesday: $4 beers and half-price appetizers for service industry staff all night. Thursday: $10 growler refills all night.

Cinder Block Brewery (110 E 18th Avenue, North Kansas City, Missouri) released another addition to its Hop Maven series: Hop Maven 007 has juicy fruit flavors of melon and citrus. This hazy Northeastern-style IPA is a hop bonanza with Mosaic, Cashmere, Citra, and Magnum hops. It was also dry-hopped with 75 pounds of hops.

Brewery Emperial (1829 Oak) has Malt Whisky Ale, an American version of Scotch ale at the lower end of wee heavy strength, on tap.

“We cold smoked about 50 pounds of brown sugar and inverted it in the kettle,” said brewer Keith Thompson. “Total boil time was two-and-a-half hours, [resulting in] some caramel and toffee character coming from the wort.”

The Porter also makes a return this week. Upcoming beers in the works include Old School Cream Ale, Maibock, Berliner Weisse, Saison, and a Marris Otter-forward Strong Pale.

This Week

Tuesday, April 4

Fringe Beerworks (224 SE Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri) releases its 4/4 Madam X (Coffee), a milk stout made with Roasterie coffee poured on nitro.

Rock and Run Brewery and Pub (114 E Kansas Street, Liberty, Missouri) releases Funky Funky Farmhouse, a bottle-only sour beer with notes of iced tea and lemon. This beer is available to Brew Club members only on April 4th. Available to the general public on Wednesday, April 5th. No limits, while supplies last.

Rock and Run also kicks off the Dogfish Head release week in KC. Starting at 6 p.m., the taproom will have Dogfish Head beers on tap, including 60 Minute IPA, SeaQuench Ale, Saison du BUFF, Palo Santo Marron, and Beer for Breakfast (a stout with Guatemalan Antigua cold press coffee and maple syrup harvested from western Massachusetts), and Delaware Rapa Scrapple.

Pig & Finch (11570 Ash Street, Leawood, Kansas) hosts a Firestone Walker Beer Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

Kansas City Bier Company (310 W 79th Street) welcomes the Stammtisch German Group as they meet from 6 to 8 p.m. On the first Tuesday of every month, German-speaking patrons meet in the tasting room to enjoy bier, food and German conversation. All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 5

Kansas City Bier Company taps Wunder Pils bier (8.5 percent ABV, 42 IBU) made with 100 percent pils malt and Mittelfruh hops to produce a full, round malt backbone. A higher IBU and some late hopping give the beer a perceptible bitterness and hop flavor.

Grains & Taps (10 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri) hosts a Dogfish Head Tap Takeover beginning at 6 p.m. The shop will tap 8 to 10 kegs of Dogfish Head beer for the event.

Martin City Brewing Company will be featured in Beer School at Hy-Vee (301 NE Rice Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri) from 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 6

Fringe Beerworks (224 SE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri) has a tap takeover from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring Founders’ KBS, Frootwood, Red Rye, PC Pils, and Old Curmudgeon.

Bier Station (120 E Gregory) hosts a Dogfish Head launch party at 4 p.m.

Calibration Brewery (119 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri) offers a tour and tasting hosted by Kansas City Girls Pint Out. A ticket ($5) includes a Girls Pint Out swag item, plus $2 off first pint or flight. Tour will start about 6:45 p.m.

Junipucker Release Party from 4 to 9 p.m. at The Taproom at Crane Brewing (6515 Railroad Street, Raytown, Missouri) features a homebrew recipe scaled up to a larger batch using Crane’s brew system. Junipucker is a slightly tart saison featuring fresh juniper berries. It has herbal notes and delicate acidity.

Saturday, April 8

Kegs ‘n’ Eggs Kansas City returns at The Kansas City Renaissance Festival (628 N 126th Street, Bonner Springs, Kansas). The combined adult Easter egg hunt and craft beer festival includes thousands of hidden Easter eggs filled with prizes, more than 50 craft breweries, 10 food trucks, a live band, and more than 10 craft vendors.

The first annual Spring Fling Beer Fest takes place at iWerx (1520 Clay Street, North Kansas City). Presented by the North Kansas City Rotary Club in association with Colony Hand Crafted Ales, the fest is meant to increase awareness of community involvement opportunities through Rotary International within a large and diverse demographic and to raise money for college scholarships to local students and other local community projects.

Lei on the Leinie’s celebrates the first anniversary of the Leinenkugel KC (1323 Walnut Street) taproom. From 7 p.m. to midnight at the luau, the taproom will give away a trip for two to the 150th anniversary of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. and other prizes.

Sunday, April 9

BBQ and Beer on the Boulevard, a benefit for Harmony Project KC, takes place at Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Boulevard) from 5 to 7 p.m. The event features unlimited BBQ and Boulevard beer. Enjoy a raffle and auction featuring AMC movie passes for a year, catered dinner party from Jack Stack, Sporting KC suite tickets.

Monday, April 10

Hy-Vee Market Grill (14955 W 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas) hosts a tap takeover with Red Crow Brewing with Margaret Old Ale, Isabelle Belgian Blonde, and Louise IPA available all day. Meet the brewer and owners Chris and Mistie Roberts around 5 p.m.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (101 E 13th Street) hosts a Dogfish Head launch party beginning at 6 p.m.

Martin City Brewing’s (500 E 135th Street) Radical Candor Double IPA (8.9 percent ABV, 79 IBU), a limited release, is on draft at its taproom. The beer will be available in six-packs at liquor stores and on draft in bars beginning April 11. The brewery describes Radical Candor’s color as a hazy glowing orange with fresh citrus aroma. Pronounced orange and grapefruit flavors and smooth maltiness balance out the hop bitterness. Look for a new Imperial Brown at the taproom next week as well.

— 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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