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Tap List | Festival of the Lost Township & Hip Hops Hooray

99 Hops House has added a crowler 99 Hops House has added a crowler into the mix. (Pete Dulin I Flatland)
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The third annual invitational Festival of the Lost Township is slotted for Saturday, Sept. 16. in Raytown (62nd Street and Raytown Road). The event, hosted by Crane Brewing Company, features numerous craft brewers from across the U.S. and local homebrewers, plus area distilleries, cideries, meaderies, wineries, kombucha makers and other food and beverage artisans.

Andrew Carrales, co-owner and head of sales and marketing at Vanessa House Beer Company, shared some background on the Oklahoma City-based brewery and what it will bring to the festival.

“We are bringing our flagship beer the 401(K) Cream Ale,” Carrales said. “It gets its name from the company’s initial funding source. It’s our refreshing, crushable beer.”

Vanessa House will also bring its newest release, the Broken Tile Double IPA. The name is inspired by a 15-year-old story of an old roommate refusing to admit to kicking in the bathroom tile after a breakup.

“Lastly, since this is right at our one-year anniversary, we will be bringing an anniversary beer,” Carrales said. “It is an imperial cream ale with lactose, vanilla, pineapple and coconut.”

The brewery was launched by five guys with homebrewing roots.

“We like to play around with most styles honestly,’  Carrales said. “We have an eclectic love of styles. Our releases so far have lived on the maltier side of life, but we are looking forward to doing some sours and more IPA styles.”

Currently, Vanessa House only distributes in Oklahoma. The Festival of the Lost Township is a prime opportunity to try a taste of what a 401(k) can fund.

team from Vanessa House

The team from Vanessa House will be pouring at the Festival of the Lost Township in Raytown. (Courtesy of Vanessa House)

Hey, Hey, Hey. It’s Hip Hops Hooray

The inaugural Hip Hops Hooray Music and Beer Festival takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 at The DeLeon Event Space and Chapel (3235 Gillham Plaza). Co-founded by Woodie and Abbie Bonds and venue owners Eric and Jodie DeLeon, the festival focuses on craft beer and hip-hop music. According to Abbie Bonds, her husband Woodie created the festival to offer “something a little out of the norm.”

“It is his dream scenario to have a venue that would be able to do this on a regular basis,” she said. “We thought this might be a good trial run to see our community receives the idea.”

The festival features nearly two dozen homebrewers (Bri Burrows, Eye for an Eye Brewing, Scouting the Taps) and local craft breweries, such as Torn Label, Walnut River, Colony and Cinder Block.

“We will also have a few supportive breweries from outside the Kansas City community at this historic event space,” Abbie said. “Together, [they] show that diversity in the way beer is made, at home or commercially, doesn’t always make a difference in the quality.”

A portion of profits from the event will be donated to Little Warrior Princesses, a charity that provides gas and food gift cards to families with babies in area neonatal intensive care units.

99 Hops House Now Cans Beer in Crowlers

99 Hops House, a taproom in Argosy Casino, installed a crowler machine las week. A crowler is a 32-ounce can that can be filled at the tap with any beer of choice. The can is sealed by a bar-top crowler machine that creates a seamed lid.

“We are able to can all of our 92 drafts,” said 99 Hops House manager and certified cicerone Eric Flanagan. “Crowlers hold beer better in a refrigerator than growlers. They are a better receptacle to fight oxidation.”

Customers may fill a crowler from a rotation of 28 beers on tap at the self-serve beer wall. A bartender can also fill the crowler with other beer options available behind the bar. The bartender seals the crowler and marks the contents on the side of the package.

taproom at Double Shift Brewing Company

Check out Early Harvest King’s Vine, a beer made with local hops at the taproom at Double Shift Brewing Company’s taproom. (Pete Dulin | Flatland)

Tap Notes

Double Shift Brewing (412 E. 18th St.) released Early Harvest King’s Vine (7.1 percent, 61 IBU), a fresh-hop IPA brewed with hops grown by Kansas Hop Company in Ottawa, Kansas. This IPA features Chinook and Cascade wet hops, which provide an aroma of tangelo, lemon and cantaloupe rind. Looking ahead, brewer Bryan Stewart is brewing an imperial black saison with blood orange during the eclipse for a September release.

McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania Ave.) has Hogpound Brown Ale (5.7-percent ABV), a McCoy’s staple, back on tap. Also on tap, Belgian pale (6.2-percent ABV) made with Pilsner malt and spicy Belgian yeast and hopped with Cascade and Citra hops.

Green Room Burgers and Beer (4010 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite D) has Papa Louie’s English Mild Ale (4.5-percent ABV, 20 IBU) on cask and house drafts include Hoppy Lager (6.8-percent ABV, 60 IBU) and Super Sai Yon Saison (9.1-percent ABV, 0 IBU). Look for a “fresh IPA” for Charlie Parker’s birthday, Aug. 29th.

This Week

Tuesday, Aug. 15

Vanilla Orange Fathom, Blackberry Sour Wench and Cinnamon Raisin Commodore from Ballast Point Brewery are on tap at Barley’s Kitchen + Tap (16649 Midland Drive, Shawnee, Kansas) tonight.

Wednesday, Aug. 16

Cinder Block Brewery takes over the taps with brewery owner Bryce Schaffter making an appearance at Grains & Taps (10 SW Third Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri). That same evening, Cinder Block is also the featured tap takeover at Flying Saucer (101 E. 13th St.), where the last keg of 2017 Lusus Naturae, a sour peach farmhouse ale, will be released.

Speaking of Grains & Taps, the taproom created its own holiday, 816 day, in honor of the date and area code. They will have 24 taps of beer from the 816 area, including Boulevard Brewing, Crane Brewing, Martin City Brewing, and Kansas City Bier Company.

Thursday, Aug. 17

Double Shift Brewing (412 E. 18th St.) releases Radio Waves (8.1-percent ABV, 49 IBU). “It’s a riff on our Don’t Call Me Radio IPA,” brewer Bryan Stewart said. “This beer is brewed with oats and hopped with an intense amount of Azacca, Simcoe and CTZ.”

Hop Quiz – Space Edition zooms over to Boulevard Brewing’s Tours and Rec. Center (2534 Madison Ave.). Test your celestial smarts with trivia about outer space. Advance tickets ($9) include entry to the game and two draft beers. Prizes include not only beer, but also special space swag.

The Tours and Rec. Center also offers eclipse specials from Thursday through Monday. A Dark Side of the Moon flight ($15) includes four dark beers, an eclipse koozie, and a pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Or try a Dolce Moon Pie paired with a five-ounce pour of Dark Truth ($4).

Friday, Aug. 18

Kansas City Bier Company will pour samples of its beer at all three Mike’s Wine & Spirits locations from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Santa Fe #WorshipTheSun Eclipse Party begins at International Tap House (403 E. 18th St.) today and runs through Aug. 21, when the eclipse darkens the sky. Join Santa Fe Brewing Company in celebrating this phenomenon with Santa Fe beer specials and giveaways.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Kansas City Bier Company will pour samples of its beers at Hops and Vines (8560 Maurer Road, Lenexa, Kansas) from noon to 4 p.m.

Beer and baseball unite. Meet Royals 1985 World Series Champion Bret Saberhagen, who will sign autographs for one hour beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Cinder Block Brewery (110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri). Bring your own items to sign or order in advance.

Beer Paws, Founders Brewing, and Grinders partner for Cans for K9s, a fundraiser for KC Pet Project at Grinders Pizza (417 E. 18th Street). From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grinders will pour Beer Paws dog beer for furry, four-legged friends and offer a great selection of Founders beer for humans. Pet and kid-friendly dogs are welcome. Dog treats and doggie swimming pools available.

Sunday, Aug. 20

Play Blackout Bingo at Boulevard Brewing’s Beer Hall (2534 Madison Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., celebrating the eclipse with free bingo and eclipse-themed prizes.

Monday, Aug. 21

The Foundry (424 Westport Road) celebrates Duvel’s perfect 100 rating by Draft Magazine with Duvel 100 Night. The bar will serve 100 Duvel bottles throughout the evening. “We’ll have prizes for the 25th, 50th, 75th and 100th Duvel purchased along with other swag and fun things,” beverage director Randyl Danner said.

For the eclipse, McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania Ave.) offers $2 stouts all day during business hours.

Cinder Block Brewery (110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri) opens today at 11 a.m. for an eclipse patio party. Special viewing glasses available at the door ($1, first-come, first-serve). All year-round beers are on special for $3. The food truck offers a special “Eclipse Burger,” topped with a runny egg and Swiss cheese.

Brewery Emperial (1829 Oak St.) has NASA-approved eclipse glasses available for the first 20 people who come in and order a beer, just in time for its Sonnenfinsternis (solar eclipse) watch party. Behold the total solar eclipse at its peak, 1:08:51 p.m. with a beer in hand.

— 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.

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