The Kansas City beer scene in 3 minutes

beers-030515It’s getting hard for beer drinkers to keep up on all the things that are happening in the Kansas City beer scene right now. So, today we’re offering an around the horn — a quick peek at what beer lovers need to know about what could be in their glass right now. The Kansas City Business Journal jumped into the beer world this past week. Don’t miss this look at the naming of local brews — it’s plenty entertaining. And with that, on to the beer (we promised we’d only need three minutes of your time).

Cinder Block Brewery (110 E 18th Avenue, North Kansas City) is having a weeklong roll-out celebration as their beers are available outside their tap room for the first time. They’re taking taps over all across town this week. It starts tonight at the Screenland Crossroads at 6 p.m. and runs through Saturday at Bier Station from 12 to 2 p.m. [Full list of events here].

Happy Gillis (549 Gillis Street) is throwing a beer dinner featuring Urban Chestnut on Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Happy Gillis chef and co-owner Josh Eans says that Urban Chestnut is bringing some rare and barrel-aged goodies for the five-course dinner that will feature five or six beers. Call 816-471-3663 to reserve tickets.

Torn Label Brewing Company (1708 Campbell) has found a distributor, the Standard Beverage Corporation, for Kansas. Their kegs could be released as soon as next week. In the interim, they’ll be at the Kansas Craft Brew Expo this Saturday in Lawrence. [Tickets are sold out, but Craigslist has a few high-price pairs floating around.]

Fric & Frac (1700 W 39th Street) has been making a cheddar beer soup with Kansas City Bier Co’s Dunkel and it’s definitely soup weather.

The Boulevard Brewing Company’s The Calling IPA is now on shelves. It’s a clean, bright blend of seven hops. It’s sold in four-packs of 12 oz. bottles. Spring Belle Saison — a Saison made with chamomile, rose petals, and elderflowers is out on tap now too.

McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania Avenue) has its Berliner Weiss on tap. And they can doctor the German Wheat brew up with a schuss (shot) of raspberry or peach flavor.

Martin City Brewing Company has started bottling its own brews, but they’re also still geeking out on what others make. In the original pub, they’ve now got ‘2Rare 2sdays,’ where they tap two rare brews each week. Yesterday, it was Firestone Walker Sucaba 2015 and Lagunitas Scare City.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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