A new Game of Thrones-inspired brew sweeps into Kansas City tomorrow. Ommegang — the sister brewery to Boulevard that is also owned by Duvel Moortgat — will be sampling its Fire and Blood Red Ale, alongside Rare Vos and Three Philosophers at the Alamo Drafthouse (1400 Main Street) Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m.
Fire and Blood is a red rye ale that won’t be released nationally until Monday, March 31. The homage to the dragons on Game of Thrones is the third beer of a collaboration series between HBO and Ommegang. It checks in at 6.8 percent alcohol by volume and has a label design created by the television show’s special effects artists. The heat comes from Ancho chilies and Ommegang’s tasting notes suggest you’ll pick up raisins in the nose and body before a spicy finish. The tasting is free and it’s followed by a 10:30 p.m. showing of Dragonslayer. Tickets for the movie are $7. You have to be 21 years and older to attend.
Take a trip to India this weekend. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is offering a Passport to India — a family cultural festival — on Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. They’ll be traditional Indian dancing and a guided walk through the Echoes exhibit, as well as Indian cuisine (samosas, chai tea) in the Bloch lobby between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Rather be a world traveler? The Northland Ethnic Festival is Saturday at Park Hill High School (4500 NW River Park Drive, Kansas City). The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is free.
If you want to improve your beer palate, Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue, North Kansas City) is offering a series of Beer Flavor Identification classes. The third in a series of three tasting classes (they’ll start again at the beginning after this one) focuses on off-flavors in beer from “creamed corn,” to “baby sick.” The class is Saturday at 4 p.m. and costs $15. After the class if you need a palate cleanser, they’ve got a nice little selection of bottles in the store’s coolers that you can drink at the bar inside or take home.
Sunday is for eaters. At least at Rhythm & Booze (423 Southwest Boulevard), which is open Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. The nachos are half-price, the wings are 50 cents and they’ve got one of the only fried bologna sandwiches (I’m looking at you Oklahoma ex-pats) in the city. This is also a late night spot, the kitchen serves food until 2:20 a.m.[Image via Ommegang]