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Tap List | City Barrel Continues Work on New Waldo Space Coming Sooner or Later

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Above image credit: Exterior photo of Bier Station’s patio. (Courtesy | Bier Station)
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It’s no secret that Waldo’s Bier Station is sorely missed within the Kansas City beer community. After the space was taken over by City Barrel, the local brewery announced plans to renovate the building for a new concept dubbed City Barrel Pizza & Patio.

Back in March, City Barrel owner Joe Giammanco and executive chef Benjamin Wood took a trip to the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, where they attended an intensive pizza operations boot camp. While there they also scouted new pizza ovens, necessary equipment like big stand mixers, and sampled various pizzas for inspiration.

The next several months were a waiting game until building permits were approved. Since receiving them, it’s been full steam ahead.

In mid-August, City Barrel started moving equipment to make way for demolition. Since then, they’ve removed drywall and pulled up tile to make room for the pizza ovens. The area will be treated with epoxy to help make the kitchen floor easier to clean at the end of the day.

The brewery was hoping to open the new space this fall, but with lots more renovations to go it’s hard to predict when the new joint will open. We’ll continue to keep you informed as City Barrel continues its progress.

A look at City Barrel's work in the former Bier Station location.
City Barrel continues to make progress in the former Bier Station location. (Courtesy | City Barrel)

Beer Releases

Vine Street Brewing — 2010 Vine St., Kansas City, Missouri — released Black is Beautiful Vol. 2 this past week. The 8% New England IPA boasts a ton of flavor for a good cause. Proceeds from the beer will be donated to the National Black Brewers Association, an organization dedicated to empowering African Americans in the beer industry.

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new beer from their Pivo Project, their dedicated line of lagers. The newest release is a Grodziskie-inspired light lager which has a low ABV of 4%. Grodziskie is a lightly smoked wheat beer that originated in Poland. The beer is crisp and effervescent with a slight hint of smoke that finishes clean.

Strange Days Brewing's Earth Eater in a glass and a can.
Strange Days released a new IPA that uses Kveik yeast but fermented it at warm temps instead of cold. (Courtesy | Strange Days Brewing)

Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — put out a new beer as part of their West Coast IPA series. The latest release is the 6.5% Earth Eater. One of their previous beers from this series was fermented with Kveik yeast in cold temperatures. This version features the same yeast strain but is fermented in warm temperatures. This results in the beer having lots of tropical aromas along with dank, white grape and orange zest flavors.

Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — treated their customers to a brand new version of their Huzzah, a Russian imperial stout. They took the beer and aged it in Laird & Co. apple brandy barrels for 10 months. The 13.9% stout starts with aromas of dark candied fruit. This leads to rich flavors of chocolate, charred oak and brandy.

Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — put out a new beer ahead of the start of the NFL season. In honor of the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl last year, the beer is called Don’t Call It A Dynasty. It’s an 8% double IPA hopped with Centennial, Citra, Idaho 7 and CTZ hops. The IPA was fermented with lager yeast that lends a crisp yet hoppy finish.

Friction Beer Co. — 11018 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is rocking a new pale ale called Guaranteed Personality. The 5.1% ale blurs the line between a hazy and a traditional pale ale. Hopped with Ekuanot, Amarillo and Simcoe, this beer has quickly become a staff favorite and they have no doubt it will become one of yours too. 

Beer Events

Friday, Sept. 15

Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — welcomes in Decorah, Iowa’s Toppling Goliath Brewing for a small tap takeover. Servaes will be featuring four of Toppling’s beers in their Mosaic Room. The event will feature a couple of mainstays as well as a delicious fall seasonal called Caramel Apple Fandango.

Lawrence Beer Co. — 826 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, Kansas — is throwing a party for their sixth anniversary. The street party is open to all ages and features live music, local vendors and artists, and other street festivities. The brewery will also release a special collaboration beer they did with BKS which will be tapped at 11 a.m.

East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — will be setting up a beer garden for their annual Fall Fun Fest. The event kicks off on Friday but will also take place all day Saturday. You’ll be able to enjoy four festival exclusive beers on top of their everyday offerings. Both days will feature live music along with BBQ from Joker B’s plus East Forty’s regular kitchen menu.   

Saturday, Sept. 16

ExBEERiment — 925 E. Lincoln Lane, Gardner, Kansas — will be hosting their Oktoberfest event. While they’ll be celebrating starting at noon, a lot of the fun kicks off in the early evening. They’ll be featuring a vendor pop-up from 5-9 p.m. along with a potluck dinner from 6-8 p.m. The event will see the release of their Oktoberfest beer, Flussig, plus a free pretzel bar while supplies last.

Limitless Brewing — 9500 Dice Lane, Lenexa, Kansas — is throwing their Oktoberfest party starting in the late afternoon. They’ll have plenty of authentic German touches such as a live polka band from 6-8:30 p.m. and food from the Wiener Wagon. Starting at 5 p.m. they’ll welcome in a host of local vendors for a night market that will run until 8 p.m.

Boho Brewing — 15425 Old Town Drive, Parkville, Missouri — has another Oktoberfest event to add to your already busy Saturday. The event kicks off at noon and goes through the evening. Boho will have five different Oktoberfest beers on tap. You’ll be able to purchase German brats from 12-2 p.m. The Back Alley Brass band will kick off evening festivities with a set that starts at 6 p.m.

Callsign Brewing — 1340 Burlington St., North Kansas City, Missouri — has a relaxing yet creative afternoon planned for you. They’re hosting an event called Not Your Average Paint & Sip. The $40 ticket includes aprons, canvas, paint, paint tools and one free beverage.

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting Yoga at BKS. The hour-long vinyasa class, kicking off at 11 a.m., will still be hosted by Danielle Wallace. You’re required to bring your own mat but will have the option of setting up inside or outside. Tickets are $10 and can be paid for once you arrive. 

Alex Andujar is a former beer sales rep turned personal trainer. When he’s not training clients you can find him trying new beers at many of Kansas City’s great local breweries.

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