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Tap List | Emo, Beer and Leonardo DiCaprio

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Above image credit: You can play DJ this Friday during Emo Night! at Border Brewing Co. (Pete Dulin I Flatland)

Growing up in the aughts, the halls of my high school were adorned with super skinny jeans, jet black hair, extra-small band t-shirts, and the shrieking howls of emo vocalists blaring through a first generation iPod.

Even I succumbed to skinny jeans. In fact, I still remember the first beer I ever tried, an ice-cold Heineken. The band American Football was playing in the background and I was the king of the world. Eat your heart out, Leonardo DiCaprio.

But it’s 2020, and things change. I haven’t tried Heineken in almost a decade and I’ve said farewell to skinny jeans. Well… sort of.

If you’re like me, and aren’t quite ready to let go of your super skinny jeans, consider heading over to Border Brewing Co., 406 E. 18th St., this Friday at 5 p.m. for Emo Night! And guess what? You’re the DJ! All you have to do is download the Rockbot app on your phone, request your favorite emo songs from back in the day, and wait for the votes to pour in from local emo and beer enthusiasts. 

Beer Releases

Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co., 2129 Washington St., dropped three new beers last week. Huzzah is a Russian imperial stout clocking in at 12.4% ABV. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rochester Original Stout is an imperial coffee stout clocking in at 11.4% ABV. Year in Review (11% ABV) is a blend of three separate beers, one of which is a barleywine aged in a whiskey barrel. 

Alma Mader Brewing, 2635 Southwest Blvd., still has cans of their Small Oasis (5.8% ABV), a juicy pale ale with notes of berries and peaches. Snag a four-pack for only $18. 

3Halves Brewing Co., 110 E. Kansas St. in Liberty, has released a brand new beer. Unified Effort is a hazelnut brown ale clocking in at a crushable 5.6% ABV. Be sure to grab some barbecue from Jousting Pigs BBQ while you’re there!

Grab a pint of Eishaus at KC Bier Co., 310 W 79th St. Eishaus was made by freezing a tank of Farmhaus, and gradually removing the ice. At 11% ABV, this strong brew is sure to be a welcome companion for the winter months ahead.

Transport Brewery, 11113 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, has released Great Scott!, an imperial Scotch ale (11% ABV) with notes of chocolate and caramel.

Pathlight Brewing, 11200 W. 75th St. in Shawnee, has released Blackberry Blanche, a fruited golden sour clocking in at 6.5% ABV, made with blackberries from South Baldwin Farms and brewed in gin barrels from Restless Spirits.

Lost Evenings Brewing Co., 8625 Hauser Court in Lenexa, is releasing a collaborative beer this Thursday with Sandhills Brewing, 5612 Johnson Drive in Mission. Crazy Bird is a New England IPA, double dry-hopped in loads of New Zealand hops with amazing tropical fruit flavors.

Beer Events

Thursday, Dec. 3

Starting this Thursday at 4 p.m., Big Rip Brewing Company, 216 E. 9th Ave. in North Kansas City, is paying homage to director Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” with twelve craft cocktails and live music!

Friday, Dec. 4

Apex Aleworks, 4356 S. Noland Road in Independence, is hosting live music this Friday at 6 p.m. featuring the classic rock tunes of the Old No. 5’s! Apex is offering $2 off beer flights from 5-6 p.m.

Outfield Beer Company, 10953 Kaw Drive in Edwardsville, is hosting trivia from 7:30-9:30 p.m. for one of the most underrated holiday movies ever made: “Die Hard.”

Saturday, Dec. 5

KC Bier Co., 310 W. 79th St., has partnered with KC Beef Co. to offer a delicious beer and beef package! The package comes with two KC strips, two filets, eight burgers and a KC Bier Co. variety 12-pack featuring a Dunkel, Hefeweizen, Helles Lager and Pure Pils. Preorder now!

Beef & Bier Box from KC Bier Co. and KC Beef Co.
KC Bier Co. and KC Beef Co. have teamed up for a Beef & Bier Box holiday gift bundle. (Contributed)

If you enjoy the sonic warmth of vinyl, then you need to head over to Servaes Brewing Company, 10921 Johnson Drive in Shawnee, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Ampersand Vinyl will be selling more than 800 vinyl records at Servaes Brewing. So mask up, grab some beer, and get ready to dig through some crates for vinyl treasure!

Sunday, Dec. 6

Head over to Fields and Ivy Brewery, 706 E. 23rd St. in Lawrence, this Sunday at 10 a.m. for beer and yoga. Just $15 gets you a reserved, socially distanced spot and beer! Be sure to sign up here!

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