Published February 18th, 2020 at 6:00 AM
The first day of spring is next month, which means it’s almost time to bust out the lawn chairs, fire up the grill and roll out the cooler. Most importantly, it’s almost time to stock up on our favorite seasonal beers. Pilsners! Sours! IPAs!
Before you do any of this, though, your friends at Flatland want to flag some delicious seasonal beers that may have flown under your radar these past few months. So, buckle up. It’s gonna be a boozy one.
Last week, Torn Label Brewing Co. released Baba Turk (10% ABV) to the public. This stout is inspired by Turkish coffee and is brewed with honey, cardamom and Marcell Coffee.
Baba Turk was made in honor of a friend of the brewery who recently passed away. Four-packs of the beer were made available to the public for a limited time and some of the proceeds were donated to Literacy KC.
Literacy KC is dedicated to advancing literacy in the Kansas City area. Literacy KC offers various programs, including adult basic education classes, high school equivalency literacy classes and English language learning classes.
Though the four-packs of Baba Turk are no longer for sale, Torn Label still has it available on draught for a limited time.
Crane Brewing Co.’s Holiday Stout (9% ABV) is an imperial double stout. This pitch black beauty has notes of pecan, chocolate and espresso, with underlying hints of coconut and maple syrup.
Crane Brewing Co.’s Beet Weiss (4.5% ABV, 4 IBU) is an exceptional sour beer. This beer truly elevates beets to a higher plane of existence. It’s a beet-flavored beer carried by a medley of complex flavors including grapefruit, ginger and almonds.
I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I finally tried Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Hold the Pancakes (13.9% ABV, 13 IBU), a stout aged for almost two years in bourbon barrels and maple syrup-filled whiskey casks. The flavors are very much like drinking maple syrup drenched pancakes.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Do you love coloring books? Do you also love beer? What if I told you that you could have your beer and drink it too at Casual Animal Brewing Co., 1725 McGee St., this Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Casual Animal will be providing colored pencils as well as coloring books for your coloring pleasure. To top it off, get $1 dollar off of beer all night!
Saturday, Feb. 22
If you’re a die-hard fan of Bob Barker, then head over to Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd., this Saturday from 12-4 p.m. for The Bier is Right! This is a unique opportunity to live out your dream of guessing prices and winning prizes just like on “The Price is Right,” except with beer!
Crane Brewing Co., 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri, is releasing their Mango Lassi Sour Ale (5% ABV) this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This special beer was brewed with mango, lactose and vanilla. Be sure to check it out!
This Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Cinder Block Brewery, 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri, is hosting a trivia contest dedicated entirely to “The Office.” It’s only $5 dollars per player, and cash prizes will abound!
Sunday, Feb. 23
Celebrate Free State Brewing Co.’s 31st Birthday, 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas, this Sunday from 2-4 p.m.. Free State will be offering their usual brews, along with some of their barrel-aged barley wines. They will also be giving away gift certificates and t-shirts! To top it off, get a special discount on your dinner this Sunday if your birthday is on February 23rd!