Published May 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 AM
It’s game on for Tapcade NKC (1735 Swift Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri). Aiming for a different audience than the family-friendly flagship location in the Crossroads, Tapcade NKC is a 21-plus arcade bar at all times.
Tapcade NKC is for those that love craft beer and gaming. It features more than 60 drafts, two Skee-Ball lanes, 10 pinballs, Pop-a-Shot, Dance Dance Revolution, and more than 25 arcade machines. It’s $5 for unlimited play or 50 cents a go for pinball, Skee-Ball and pinball.
Owners Adam Roberts and Brent Miller used brightly-colored Marvel, DC, and indie comics pages and covers as wallpaper to line columns, windows, and the bar countertop. Iron Man, The Joker, and the Hulk add energy and a playful feel to the arcade bar.
The kitchen will begin preparing and serving food in mid-May.
“We’ll offer calzones and other light snacks,” Roberts said.
In the meantime, locally-made Craft Beer Jerky [read the Flatland story here], peanut butter pretzels, and a pub snack mix are available to appease hungry gamers.
North Kansas City is a Craft Beer Destination
Tapcade NKC joins a growing array of craft beer taprooms and venue within blocks of each other in North Kansas City. The concentration of these area businesses provides a ready-made craft beer crawl. Here’s a roundup (in no particular order) – Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Ave.), Cinder Block Brewery (110 E. 18th Ave.), The Big Rip Brewing Company (216 E. Ninth Avenue), Calibration Brewery (119 Armour Road), Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road), Colony KC (312 Armour Road), Chicken N Pickle (1761 Burlington St.), Helen’s JAD (2002 Armour Road) and Velo Garage and Tap House (1403 Swift Ave.).
Martin City Brewing Company Teams with The BMA Foundation for Charity
This year, Martin City Brewing Company (500 E. 135th St.) partners with The BMA Foundation, which distributes funds to nine local charities, in several ways. First, Matt Moore, co-owner of MCBC, will dance at BMA’s Dine & Dance With the Stars on June 10, 2017, at the Overland Park Convention Center.
Also, MCBC hosts its 3rd Annual Shrimp Boil on May 6 at The Martin Event Space (13440 Holmes Road). Event proceeds benefit BMA and Tour de Hope, a cycling-based nonprofit that distributes funds to local charitable organizations. The all-you-can-eat party includes live music and rare beer tappings.
Finally, MCBC is donating profits from taproom pint sales of Pants Off, Dance Off, a session American Pale Ale (4.9-percent ABV, 30 IBU), to BMA.
McCoy’s Public House has New Patio and Fresh Beers on Tap
When it’s not raining, swing by McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania Ave.), try out their newly rebuilt deck, and drink fresh beer, such as the Blackberry Tart. McCoy’s head brewer Morgan Fetters shares notes on other recent tap additions Sticke Alt and Quadrophilia.
“Quadrophilia, our Belgian-style Quad (9.4-percent ABV), has been cold-conditioning for about 60 days,” Fetters said. “Sticke Alt (6.1-percent ABV) is a fresh malty German ale [like] a brown kölsch or an Oktoberfest fermented with kölsch yeast. Lots of malty Munich flavors, toasty and bready, with a spicy noble hop balance.”
Also, look for Lunch Pale Ale and Foxy Roxxy in the next few weeks.
“Lunch Pale Ale is our ‘session’ Pale. This batch did get a little wild at 4.9-percent ABV. It’s normally closer to 4 percent,” Fetters said. “[It has a] nice biscuity malt backbone with citrus notes in the flavor and aroma. [It was] dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade.”
Foxy Roxxy, a Peppercorn Red Rye Ale, pairs perfectly with a pastrami sandwich. The grain bill includes 20-percent rye, using a 75/25 ratio of malted rye and dark crystal rye.
“It drinks like an East Coast beer, nice and malt forward, and finishes with just a little hint of peppercorn spice,” said Fetters. “It’s usually a little under 5-percent ABV and will probably be on in a few weeks.”
On tap at Fringe Beerworks (224 SE Douglas St, Lee’s Summit, Missouri), Madame X is a milk stout (7.5-percent ABV, 40 IBU) made with a coffee blend from The Roasterie. Also at the taproom, ask about Naughty Sister Tripel Ale, a rare Kansas City-area release from Levi Garrison & Sons (formerly Ninja Moose Brewing) based in Hamilton, Missouri.
Bier Station (120 E. Gregory Blvd.) announced daily happy hours (4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, all day Sunday) with $1.50 off pours at the tap. Plan your week as follows: Monday (IPAs), Tuesday (malty beers), Wednesday (seasonal beers), Thursday (local beers), Friday (featured brewery), Saturday (session beers) and Sunday (sour beers).
Boulevard Brewing Company’s Saison Brett, a Smokestack Series limited release, returns to Greater Kansas City this week. Kegs were slated to be released yesterday with 75o-ml bottles on shelves today. Hibiscus Gose is on the same schedule with draft out yesterday and six-packs slated for today.
Calibration Brewery (119 Armour Rd.) released an unnamed light wheat beer (5-percent ABV, 7 IBU) made for spring. Brewer Jack Owen used Cascade and Tettnang hops, strawberries added for aroma, lactose “for a touch of sweetness” and house ale yeast.
Mike’s Wine and Spirits (1106 Westport Rd.) has Boulevard Brewing’s Tequila Lime Gose and Founder’s KBS at its growler station. Mike’s Wine and Spirits (8447 Wornall Rd.) in Waldo, Missouri, also has Founder’s KBS on tap this week.
Martin City Brewing Company (500 E. 135th St.) has several tap-only beers worth checking out, including Executive Order Big Brown Ale (8-percent ABV, 15 IBU), Humbucker Double Rye IPA (9.3-percent ABV, 87 IBU) and Black Kölsch (4.8-percent, 35 IBU).
— 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.