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Tap List | Yacht Rock + Beer = A Match Made in Heaven?

Smooth Moves in KC Beer Culture

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Above image credit: Border Brewing Co. is celebrating yacht rock this Friday starting at 5 p.m. (Image | Adobe)

As many beer connoisseurs know, collaborations are ubiquitous in the world of beer.

This is especially true in Kansas City, where Boulevard Brewing Co. collaborated with Modern Times to give us Restless Nights (7.5% ABV), a delicious bourbon barrel-aged coffee porter, and where BKS Artisan Ales collaborated with Oddly Correct to give us Holstein, the now mythical milk stout brewed with artisanal coffee beans.

The upcoming collaboration between Wind Shift Brewing and The Big Rip Brewing Company should be on every beer lovers radar.

Word on the street is that the legendary chef Rick Mullins hand-picked spruce and pine from Prairie Birthday Farm, and then left it in the trusty hands of Bri Burrows from The Big Rip Brewing Company and Tony DiPlacito from Wind Shift Brewing. Together, they created Stay Ahead of the Wind (8.6% ABV), a delicious farmhouse ale with a kick of spruce available in draft and 12-ounce cans to-go on August 25th. Mark your calendars!

In another collaboration, Kansas City will see the world of craft beer collide with the world of yacht rock. Yes, you read that correctly. Yacht rock. Trust me. This will make A LOT more sense when you get to the beer events below.

Beer Releases

3Halves Brewing Co. —110 E. Kansas St., Kansas City, Missouri — is coming in hot this week with two new beer releases and four-can variety packs! They’ve released The Wise Ass (6.5% ABV), a sour based on the infamous Moscow Mule cocktail. They also released Drunkle (4.7% ABV), a beer dedicated to our fictitious (or real-life) drunk uncle, made with all the traditional trappings found in a German Dunkel, but with an American twist! To top things off, 3Halves is now offering four-can variety packs of their Civic Duty (4.5% ABV), Stick ‘Em Up! (6.4% ABV), Desert Gold (4.0% ABV), and Cannonball (5.5% ABV) for only $10.

Rochester Brewing and Roasting Company2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — recently released New Zealand Blend IPA (7.1% ABV) on tap and in cans. This hazy, golden IPA comes equipped with Moutere, Taiheke, and Rakau hops.

City Barrel Brewing Co. — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri released the latest beer from their Gravity Project Series. Strata SplashDown is a Double NEIPA clocking in at 8.1% ABV. This IPA is brewed with Strata hops and a splash of lemonade. 

Grains and Taps Brewery — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — has done it again. Their Mango Peach Milkshake IPA is their latest heavy hitter from their ongoing series of milkshake IPA’s. At 6.6% ABV, this is a perfect beer to round out the summer! They’ve also released Reverse Limbo, a coffee stout clocking in at 13% ABV, a perfect beer for ringing in the fall!

3 Trails Brewing Co. — 111 N. Main St., Independence, Missouri — has released Essence, a barrel aged sour. This 6.4% ABV beer was brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops, before being aged in red wine barrels for eight months. Available on draft!

Fields and Ivy Brewery — 706 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas — recently released Imperial Pilsner, a pilsner brewed with 250 pounds of jasmine rice, subsequently dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops, and clocking in at 7.6% ABV (40 IBU).

Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — released DADDY and MAZIKEEN. DADDY is a double dry-hopped IPA (7.0% ABV) and comes loaded with citrus and spice notes. MAZIKEEN is a mango hard seltzer (5.3% ABV) with notes of wine, mango and citrus. 

Beer Events

Tuesday, Aug. 18

This is Trivia Tuesday at Double Shift Brewing Co. — 412 E 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri. A limit of 10 teams with six players are allowed to play to maintain social distancing, so reserve your spot ASAP!

Thursday, Aug 20

Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Rd, Independence, Missouri — is hosting another Open Mic Night this Thursday from 7-10 p.m. Whether you’re a magician, a mime, or a Michael Jackson impersonator, this is your shot to wow the crowd!

Lost Evenings Brewing Co. — 8625 Hauser Court, Lenexa, Kansas — is celebrating the release of their Rye It Maker (4.6% ABV, 23 IBU). This delicious American IPA is loaded with tropical fruit flavors and brewed with Cascade hops! 

Friday, Aug. 21

Do you love yacht rock? Is it a lifelong dream of yours to DJ? Well, what if I told you that Border Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is offering the opportunity of a lifetime. They are letting you DJ all the yacht rock your heart and soul desires. Head over to Border Brewing this Friday at 5 p.m. and get your chance to rock the masses. Here’s how it works: download the Rockbot app, select your favorite yacht rock songs, and then sit back and wait for the likes to start pouring in. Click the link for more details!

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