This past Saturday was spring training for ticket purchasers. To those who sweated it out 45 seconds at a time in virtual waiting rooms in search of Opening Day seats for the Kansas City Royals, your training will prove invaluable tomorrow at 10 a.m. That’s when tickets go on sale for Boulevardia, the Boulevard Brewing Company’s three-day street festival in the West Bottoms, set for June 13 through June 15.
“The whole concept of Boulevardia was to explore something that was representative of the values of the Boulevard Brewing Company and that doesn’t mean exclusively beer,” Boulevard Director of Marketing Jeremy Ragonese says. “Craft beer has long stood for authenticity and this is about giving back to the community to show how much Kansas City has given to us.”
The signature of the event will be the Taps & Tastes Experience from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Beer fans should take their tasting glasses first to the Russian River Brewing Company (the makers of Pliny the Elder), Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (barrel aging fanatics out of Michigan), Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project (collaborators with Boulevard on Stingo), Allagash Brewing Company (a Maine brewery that sadly doesn’t distribute here) and Funkwerks (a Colorado brewer known for Belgians). A dozen — as yet unnamed — local restaurants will be serving food.
“We’ll do special tappings out in the main festival. People will have a chance to enjoy some additional beers and breweries that aren’t necessarily even in the Taps and Tastes,” Ragonese says.
The festival will also feature musical acts, a local artists area and focus on sustainability. Ragonese says Boulevard will announce those acts and partners in the coming months once the lineups are set.
“Music and entertainment is part of the social experience of enjoying a good beer,” Ragonese says. “And this gives us an opportunity to showcase some of Kansas City’s rising stars, whether they be culinary or local artisans.”
Each person can purchase four tickets for the Taps & Tastes Experience and 20 general admission tickets. A one-day GA pass is $10, while a three-day ticket runs $25. Taps & Tastes is $75, which includes four hours (3 to 7 p.m.) of unlimited food and drink, a commemorative tasting glass, and admission to the entire event on Saturday, June 14.