Humankind has finally invented a drinkable doughnut. Martin City Brewing Co. has a new dessert stout — Donut Stout (6% alcohol by volume) — out in six-packs. It’s all breakfast in the nose with maple syrup being followed by chocolate malt and a vanilla punch that will have you thinking of a chocolate glazed.
The beer universe is contracting. McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania Ave.) will close on Sunday, Dec. 23. That announcement comes on the heels of news that Colony is shuttering its brewery, and Rock and Rub Brewery and Pub has closed in Liberty. The Kansas City Star recently reported that Ruins Pub, a beer bar with a wall of self-serve taps, has closed.
Green Room Burgers & Beer (4010 Pennsylvania Ave. Suite D) has a pair of new beers arriving on tap this week: a honey espresso cask stout and a winter warmer.
City Barrel Brewing Co., a new Crossroads brewery on the way, has collaborated with Torn Label Brewing Co. on a beer called Stone’s Throw (an East Crossroads-style IPA with peaches and apricot). The juice bomb will be on sale at Torn Label’s taproom (1708 Campbell St.) this Friday.
Torn Label will also release Gustucide, a double IPA, in cans on the same day. And the brewery has cans of Old Believer, it’s Russian imperial stout that clocks in at over 11% ABV. Each week, on Sundays in December, they release a different variant in the taproom.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
It’s like an advent calendar with alcohol by volume. On the 11th day of December, KC Bier Co. (310 W. 79th St.) will release Dunkelbock (11% ABV), its double-strength Dunkel, in six-packs at 2 p.m. The limited seasonal is a big, boozy lager with chocolate and coffee notes from lots and lots of malt.
Good things happen when you work together. Tom’s Town Distilling Co. (1701 Main St.) and Double Shift Brewing Co. are releasing a collaboration whiskey, Machine No. 6, tonight based off a gingersnap barleywine called “Belsnickle’s Switch.” The gingersnap whiskey, aged in oak for eight months, was made with malt (crystal, Marris Otter), along with fresh ginger, orange peel, molasses, maple syrup and cinnamon. Tom’s Town will also tap the barleywine beer that served as inspiration for the whiskey.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
Tabard’s Ale House (12030 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas) opens today. Tabard’s will have 24 beers on tap and serve flatbreads, burgers, salads and sandwiches.
The Bar (6101 Johnson Drive, Mission, Kansas) is hosting a Martin City Brewing Co. happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. You can try Donut Stout, along with Dozer (an imperial coconut porter), Harway IPA and Radical Candor (a double IPA).
Thursday, Dec. 13
Find out if the latest beer releases are your cup of holiday cheer. Grain to Glass (1611 Swift St., North Kansas City, Missouri) is hosting a tasting of holiday seasonal beers ($15), like Schlafly’s mixed berry ale, St. Bernardus’ Christmas Ale and Deschutes Jubelale (a winter ale with hints of toffee) from 5 to 7 p.m.
You’ve had breakfast for dinner. What about breakfast and beer for dinner? Grinders (417 E. 18th St.) will tap Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout and serve pancakes between 6 and 9 p.m.
Double Shift Brewing Co. will release Cosmic Silence (6.4% ABV), a boysenberry and black currant sour brewed with elderflower. It’s a mash-up of floral and dark berry flavors.
Friday, Dec. 14
Callsign Brewing Co. (1447 Gentry St., North Kansas City, Missouri) hosts an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party from 7 to 10 p.m. The brewery will donate $1 for each pint of Blonde Bombshell sold to Battle Buddies Service Dogs, a Kansas City-based program that provides service dogs to veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Beer Festivus ($28), a beer festival with 25 breweries, is from 4 to 8 p.m. at Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri). The movie theater with a beer bar will also hold a white elephant gift exchange, feats of strength competition and an airing of grievances in honor of the “Seinfeld”-inspired holiday celebration.
Big and scary beers can be fun too. iTap Crossroads (403 E. 18th St.) is hosting the Nightmare Before Christmas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collection of high-alcohol, full-bodied beers will include: Firestone Walker Parabola, Brooklyn Black Ops, Goose Island’s BCS Midnight Orange, Founders Barrel Runner and KBS, Torn Label’s 18 Rabbit and Cinder Block’s Black Squirrel. Keep an eye out for themed glasses inspired by the Disney classic.
When breweries celebrate their birthdays, they tend to pull out all the stops. Fringe Beerworks (224 SE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri) turns two on Saturday and will have 19 beers on tap to go with Hurts Donuts and Gus’ fried chicken from 10 a.m. to midnight. Russian Dancing Bear, Freshly Squeezed Cherry Limeade Wheat and Pineapple Whip IPA will all be on tap.
Sunday, Dec. 16
How good is your Santa costume? Find out how it stacks up at the Boulevard Tours & Rec Center’s (2534 Madison Ave.) third annual Holiday Bizarre, which has a contest, bingo, crafts with Operation Breakthrough — a child care and social services provider — and makers selling pieces of art, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Santa costume contest is at 1 p.m.