Published November 19th, 2019 at 6:00 AM
Ever had a beer so delicious it speaks to you? It’s like something reaches out to you from beyond the ingredients, gains some form of autonomy and says exactly what you need to hear. If beer could speak, it might say that you have been chosen for a moment such as this. If the beer could speak, it might say: “Fear not! That huge stack of papers is still going to be in the office on Monday.” If beer could speak, it might tell you to let your taste buds soak up the glory, and that everything is going to be OK.
Learn about humankind’s primordial connection to beer by heading over to Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W. 135th St. in Overland Park, for Science Happy Hour this Wednesday, Nov. 20. With beer in one hand and an expansive knowledge of beer in the other, Stephen Holle from KC Bier Co. will be exploring questions about the history, science, culture and politics of beer.
If you’re up for a beer adventure, make the short trip to Fields and Ivy Brewery, 706 E. 23rd St. in Lawrence, for an incredible selection of beer. A current favorite of mine is their Sale Barn (7.3% ABV, 32 IBU). This citrusy saison has strong notes of clove, lime and lemongrass and pairs wonderfully with their chicken wings!
Fields and Ivy Brewery’s Breezedale Hazy IPA (7.3% ABV, 45 IBU) is exactly what you want from an IPA, a fistful of hops that doesn’t drown out an IPA’s flavor profile. Instead, this beer is a delicate balance of hops, grapefruit and small hints of kiwi.
For a truly magnificent six-pack that will wow anyone with penchant for bourbon, try Boulevard Brewing Co.’s BLVR&D Barrel-Aged six-pack, which includes a mix of three highly drinkable and complex barrel-aged brews. Their Whiskey and Cabernet Cask Imperial Stout (12.5% ABV, 28 IBU) has strong notes of black strap molasses on the front end, with dark chocolate bitterness and fig on the finish.
Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Bourbon Barrel Belgian-style Dark Ale (11.9% ABV, 16 IBU) is a deliciously nuanced Belgian brew with strong notes of pecan pie and a faint hint of licorice on the finish.
Finally, Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Imperial Sweet Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels (11.9% ABV, 26 IBU) packs a punch. Let me just say that this stout is dangerous. Very dangerous. It’s a highly drinkable stout with notes of bourbon pecan pie.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Class is officially in session this Wednesday in Overland Park. Why, you ask? Because Barley’s Kitchen + Tap, 11924 W. 119th St. in Overland Park, is hosting Beer School! Keely Kromat from Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, Colorado, will be schooling the public on nitro beers. For $15, you get beer knowledge, the chance to try some of Left Hands Brewing’s delicious offerings, and a pint glass!
Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd. in Kansas City, is hosting yet another Brewers Read Mean Reviews Vol. 5, and this time it’s personal. Brewers from Alma Mader Brewing, The Big Rip Brewing Co., BKS Artisan Ales, Cinder Block Brewery, City Barrel, Crane Brewing Co., Double Shift Brewing Co., Kansas City Bier Co., Servaes Brewing Co., Smoke Brewing Co., Stockyards Brewing Co. and Torn Label Brewing Co. will be reading mean beer reviews this Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.
They grow up so fast! Celebrate Boulevard Brewing Co.’s 30th birthday this Wednesday at Backstop Bar and Grill, 6541 N. Cosby Ave. in Kansas City. Backstop will be serving up Boulevard’s Extra Pale Ale (6.9% ABV, 30 IBU) all night!
Friday, Nov. 22
Do you like burgers? Do you like a solid excuse for eating a delicious burger and drinking delicious beer? Of course you do! Brewer’s Kitchen, 3107 Gillham Road in Kansas City, is previewing a seasonally-appropriate burger during their Holiday Kickoff this Friday. Causal Animal Brewing Co. will be featuring a limited keg-tapping that is sure to blow your mind!
Sunday, Nov. 24
Boulevard Brewing Co., 2534 Madison Ave. in Kansas City, will be hosting Beer Hall Bingo this Sunday. Try out some of Boulevard’s tasty beer offerings, all while playing bingo!