Where to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in KC

craftbeerweek-051314This week is dedicated to that very special beer drinker in your life. It’s American Craft Beer Week (#ACBW on Twitter), which means that there will be glassware galore and tasty beer being regularly tapped between now and Saturday (check out the KC Beer Blog’s massive listing of events and KC Beer Scouts list, as well).

In an effort to help you pace yourself over the next five days and for those who might want a friend at the bar to help them navigate some strange brews, The Recommended Daily has put together a guide of where you should be drinking the next five nights.

Tuesday: When two beer bloggers that have visited 375 breweries over the past four years suggest that their favorite brewery is the Free State Brewing Company, it’s worth listening. It doesn’t hurt that Brian Devine and Maria Scarpello — the voices behind The Roaming Pint — call Lawrence home.

The drinkers extraordinaire have collaborated with Free State on a new brew — an American Black Ale (here’s a video on the backstory and shots of their brewday) that will be tapped tonight at 7:30 p.m. and served in the take-home glass (also available for sale) pictured below. Free State head brewer Geoff Deman says there will be some “chocolate and coffee characters,” in the beer made with seven different kinds of malt, chocolate rye and Chinook, Galaxy and Amarillo hops.

Bridger’s Bottle Shop (510 Westport Road) is holding a sour/earthy/funk night tonight. They’ll have Boulevard’s Saison-Brett, Stillwater Existent and Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga on tap at 7 p.m. Start with the Jolly Pumpkin and see where the night takes you.

Free State's latest collaboration comes with its own glassware.

Free State’s latest collaboration comes with its own glassware.

Wednesday: The Cinder Block Brewery (110 E 18th Ave, North Kansas City) is taking their Northtown Native (a light session ale) and randalling it (running draft beer through a chamber to infuse it with a new flavor) with peppers. Things start to get spicy at 4 p.m. and you can meet the brewer at 7 p.m.

Barley’s Brewhaus (16649 Midland Drive, Shawnee) is giving you a chance to go back in time with Boulevard. They’ll be tapping the 2013 and 2014 Saison-Brett, Foeder Projekt 1 (a wood-aged sour beer), Rye-on-Rye and Imperial Stout.

Thursday: The Kansas City Bier Company (310 W 79th Street) has opened their biergarten. They’re also tapping a different oak-aged Maibock each week in May and this week it’s American medium toast. They’re open on Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m.

Friday: The Foundry (424 Westport Road) is tapping Goose Island Lolita — a sour Belgian-style ale made with raspberries. They’ll tap it at 4 p.m. and you should leave work early because they have a limited supply of Goose Island tulip glasses to take home with you.

Saturday: The Big Rip Brewing Company (216 E 9th Avenue) is holding a big old birthday party with its Get Ripped 1st Anniversary Brew Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Big Rip is making a Bubba Banana Cream Ale and they’ve got an additional 12 breweries coming to help them celebrate. Tickets are $35 and include a commemorative tasting glass. They’ll also have food available for sale from El Burrito Loco — the adjacent Mexican restaurant — and live music from the Three Dollar Band.

[Map image via Craftbeer.com, Glass image via Free State]

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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