Seems beer tastings and beer-food-pairing dinners are all the rage these days. If you have any others to add, let me know and I'll toss 'em up here.
July 3, 4-7pm
Yeah, a beer tasting at a wine shop! They'll be offering tastes of the following:
Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale
Coney Island Lager
Grand Teton Cellar Reserve Lost Continent Double IPA
New Holland Brewing Company Dragon’s Milk Ale
He’Brew Genesis Ale
Fantastic selections. I've been tuned in lately to the whole "women and beer" topic (more on that in another post) and this is a great example of how to market beer to women, even if that wasn't their intent.
July 6, 7pm
Schlafly Tasting @ Flying Saucer
$30 UFO members/$35 general public
I find it odd this isn't advertised on their site; I found out about it via the Pitch. According to the Pitch advertisement: "The event will be hosted by Stephen Hale, head brewer at St. Louis-based Schlafly. Six of Schlafly’s bottle-conditioned and barrel-aged beers will be paired with selected meats, artisan cheeses and dessert. Featured beers include the Tripel, Grand Cru, Bière de Garde, Quadruple, Oak-Aged Barleywine and Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout."
July 7, 7pm
Schlafly Dinner @ McCoy's
I heard this was sold out, but it's worth contacting them anyway to see if there are any spots open. Cancellations happen.
Biere de Garde
Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
July 8, 7-9pm
8th Street Tap Room
Boulevard Double Wit
North Coast Le Merle Saison
Grand Teton Continental Divide DIPA
(note: if you want to attend this one, send a note to the host on BA)
July 11, 5-9pm
2nd Annual KC Wine & Brew Ha-Ha
Hale Arena/American Royal Complex
$20 advance/$25 door
July 17, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Boulevard Brewmaster Tasting
The cost of this event covers the Boulevard Brewery "tour, three-course lunch and a souvenir pint glass." You need to RSVP for this event by calling 816.701.7210 and specifying the "Brewmaster Luncheon Reservation." The food pairings are provided by Nick and Jakes.
July 18, 3-5pm
Heart of the New Beer-Merica: Beer School Day
Hosted by the Beer Jockey at McCoy's Public House
$19 ($10 for UMKC students over 21)
Taste the latest beers brewed on premise and from around the world. Sample some spent grain dinner rolls. Learn a bit about local and global brewing history and beer styles in the company of fellow beer afficionados.
July 24 & 25, 5pm - midnight
Schlafly Belgian Beer & Mussel Fest
Schlafly Tap Room (St Louis)
Yeah, yeah, I know this isn't technically "local". But, I've enjoyed Schlafly's Belgian line so much and one thing KC doesn't have is a Belgian-style bar selling Belgian beers and mussel pots with frites. So, here you go.
July 31, 7-9pm
Beer Pairing Dinner
Hors d'oeuvres and 4 course dinner paired with selections from Samuel Adams. Reps from Samuel Adams will be at the event to talk about the beer & food pairings throughout the dinner.
August 1, 2-3:30pm
Premium Beer Tasting
Wines by Jennifer
$20 for wine club members
$25 for general public
They'll be sampling beer with food pairings, presented by Chris Straatmann of Missouri Beverage. Chris will also be talking about each of the beers, including information about their production. RSVP to 816.505.WINE.
So within a few weeks, we have TWO local wine shops getting beer-lovers into their wine businesses while introducing wine-lovers to premium beers. Great marketing and customer base expansion efforts.
Also, The Foundry has Tank 7 on tap now. Jus' sayin.