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.
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.
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.
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.
— 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.