The world of beer still tilts heavily toward men. And it’s a particular kind of man that is stereotypically seen as drinking beer. A man that might crush the can when he is done with it.
But progress comes from unexpected places. Hopcat, which made the decision to rename its ‘crack fries’ in 2018, is celebrating another rebranding effort. This year, Mother’s Brewing Co. will be renaming MILF, an imperial stout, as Materfamilias. The beer isn’t changing, just the name after seven years. The Springfield, Missouri, brewery made the right decision that (re)presentation matters.
Mother’s MILF gets a send-off tonight at 5 p.m. at Hopcat (401 Westport Road) with the rum, rye and brandy versions on tap.
Breweries occasionally partner with dairy farms to feed their spent grain to cows. But this might mark the first time that a dairy is partnering with a brewery on a beer locally. Martin City Brewing Co. and the Shatto Milk Company have collaborated on Brooo (6.3% ABV), a chocolate milk stout made with cacao. Brooo is out in six-packs and on tap this week.
The 24th batch of Torn Label Brewing Co.’s (1708 Campbell St.) Hang ‘Em High, a double dry-hopped IPA made with Amarillo, Centennial and El Dorado hops, is on tap in the Crossroads brewery’s taproom.
Grains & Taps (10 SW Third St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri) is serving its own beer and pizza. The nanobrewery, which is also offering crowlers (32-ounce cans of fresh beer), made a black currant milkshake IPA recently and has a red ale in the works.
Beers of The Future
The secret to great chili is often beer. Get both at The Big Chill event at Stockyards Brewing Co. (1600 Genessee St., Suite 100) from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. The chili-and-beer-tasting festival began at 75th Street Brewery, the former home for brewer Micah Weichert, in 2010. The Big Chill is outdoors. Bundle up. Tickets range from $40 to $75.
Drink Beers. Help Dogs. Ales & Tails, a benefit for Pawsitive Tails Dog Rescue (a charity that helps find foster and permanent homes for dogs) put on by Rimann Liquors, is from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at Thompson Barn (11184 Lackman Road, Lenexa, Kansas). KJ’s Pizzeria will be dishing up pizza, and eight area breweries will have beer samples. Tickets are $25.
Brewers gotta brew. Rodney Beagle, the former head brewer at Colony Handcrafted Ales, will guest brew at Brew Lab (7925 Marty St., Overland Park, Kansas) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
Jazz and German beer is a thing now. KC Bier Co. (310 W. 79th St.) has been hosting a Tuesday Jam Session with Bram Wijnands and Rick Willoughby on the second Tuesday of each month. The open jam lasts from 7 to 10 p.m. If you’re headed that way, Apfel — KC Bier’s cider — is back on tap.
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Chicken N Pickle (1761 Burlington, North Kansas City, Missouri) celebrates the release of Boulevard’s Space Camper IPA with Flights and Bites ($20) from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s four Boulevard brew pairings (Space Camper with leek and cheese empanadas and whiskey barrel stout with spare ribs).
Thursday, Jan. 10
Go easy out there, cowpokes. Stockyards Brewing Co. (1600 Genesee St., Suite 100) is now offering half-price pitchers on Thursdays. The West Bottoms brewery is open from 4 to 10 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11
Vintage arcade games. A new beer release. Allow your 12-year-old self to meet your 21-year-old self. Boulevard Tours & Rec (2534 Madison Ave.) hosts a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of Space Camper. Tapcade is bringing arcade games and Dolce Bakery is making moon pies.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Things are getting a little funky in North Kansas City. The Brewkery (1443 Swift Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri) will teach you how to make kombucha at a class ($20) from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Torn Label Brewing Co. celebrates its fourth anniversary from noon to 11:45 p.m. They’ll tap a barrel-aged Mansion Brew (an imperial coffee stout made with Thou Mayest coffee and aged in J. Rieger & Co. Cafe Amaro barrels), as well as a pair of barrel-aged brews: Rude Awakening and Quadtucky. They’ll have the Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff game on for those that want some football with their beer.
Sunday, Jan. 13
Got something you’ve been meaning to fix, but you’ve been procrastinating? Limitless Brewing Co. (9765 Widmer, Lenexa, Kansas) is hosting a Fix It Day, where the brewery is encouraging people to either be fixers or come get something broken fixed between 1 and 4 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 14
Everybody wants you to have wine and cheese, but there’s joy in beer and cheese. Green Dirt Farms is collaborating with East Forty Brewing Co. (1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri) on a five-course cheese and beer tasting ($40) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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