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Tap List | City Barrel Partners With Nelson-Atkins On New Brew

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Above image credit: City Barrel partnered with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to create Creative Juice. (Courtesy | City Barrel)

One of the great parts of the local beer scene is seeing breweries collaborate with each other and other non-brewery organizations. Last week we saw the release of one of those collabs.

City Barrel has partnered with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to create Creative Juice. The beer is a 5.8% hazy pale ale that was hopped with Citra and Strata. Creative Juice has a light body with notes of citrus from the hop blend.

To spread the news, the duo hosted four release events at Up Down, Chicken N Pickle, and of course, the City Barrel taproom as well as at the Nelson-Atkins itself. The beer will continue to be sold at the latter two locations with citywide distribution to bars, restaurants and liquor stores.

A portion of each case sold will be donated to the museum. The money raised from the release of this beer will help keep the museum’s admission free for everyone. This is just the latest sign of generosity City Barrel has provided the museum. In the past, the brewery has donated products to museum events such as ShuttleCork, Party Arty and more.

You can currently find the beer at City Barrel and the Nelson-Atkins with wider distribution coming this week.

Beer Releases

Tall Trellis Brew Co. — 25600 W. Valley Pkwy., Olathe, Kansas — just launched a new series of fruited sour beers that’ll be known as “Fruitprints.” The first in the series is Grilled Pineapple. This 4.8% sour ale uses oak-smoked wheat malt and 170 pounds of pineapple puree. The beer starts with a slightly smoky characteristic that leads into fresh pineapple before finishing with a bit of tartness.

Lost Evenings Brewing Co. — 8625 Hauser Court, Lenexa, Kansas — gave its Cruel Summer sour blond ale a fall twist. They took the base beer and added caramel and apple to create Fall Fest. The sweetness of the caramel and apple helps to balance out the sourness of the base beer. At 4.6% it’s the perfect fall treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Pathlight Brewing’s Mounds Mega Moo-La stout.
Pathlight Brewing’s Mounds Mega Moo-La stout was brewed to mimic the Mounds candy bar loaded with coconut and chocolate. (Courtesy | Pathlight Brewing)

Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — released two candy-themed beers ahead of Halloween. They took their 8% Mega Moo-La stout and amped it up. The first is Mounds Mega Moo-La. This version is loaded with chocolate and coconut just like the candy bar. They also came out with Reese’s Mega Moo-La. Also at 8% ABV, this version uses peanut butter and chocolate like the classic peanut butter cups.

Grains & Taps — 10 S.W. 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is ready for stout season with its latest release. The brewery put out Obstreperosity, which is a 9.2% ABV imperial stout. This stout was aged on cacao, coffee beans, chili peppers and vanilla. This combination helps give this beer a huge depth of flavors ranging from roasty to spicy.

City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — is very well known for its delicious hazy IPAs. They decided to slow things down with their newest beer. One More is a clean, crisp German-style Keller pilsner. The beer uses heirloom pilsner malt straight from Germany. At only 4.2% ABV, this beer is a great one to enjoy after an afternoon session of raking leaves.

River Bluff Brewing — 201 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a new beer for all you pickle lovers. They just released Sandy Pickle. The 4.2% ABV pickle sour was brewed with pickling spices and dill weed/seed. Interestingly, this beer does not use any hops at all. You’ll be getting tons of pickle flavor in this brew!

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — got spooky with one of their newest releases, Flower of the Dead. Brewed in honor of Dia de los Muertos (the day of the dead), this 8% ABV hazy IPA uses lots of hops. It’s said that the deceased can still smell flowers from the afterlife and with hops being a flower, BKS went all in on this beer. If hops aren’t your thing, the brewery released four other Halloween-themed beers this week.

Beer Events

Friday, Nov. 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. — 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — is teaming up with Vine Street Brewing and the Negro Leagues Museum to host the official release party of the Buck O’Neil Barrel-Aged Saison Ale. The event will take place at the 2000 Vine St. venue and is free with an RSVP, though tickets are going very fast. The event will feature samples of the new brew, private progress tours of the new Vine Street Brewing, live music, and a tattoo party from nationally renowned tattoo artist Keno G.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is back with another one of their instructional homebrew classes. This particular brew day will be gearing up for the holiday season as participants will be brewing up a holiday ale. You’ll learn about the brewing process from start to finish in this hands-on affair. Class size is limited to eight people to ensure everyone gets the proper amount of attention needed. 

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is throwing a family-friendly drag show. The show will feature four guest appearances from local drag queens. You’ll be able to purchase food and beverages on site during the show. While the show is free, you must RSVP to ensure entry.

Outfield Beer Co. — 10953 Kaw Drive, Edwardsville, Kansas — is turning 3 years old and throwing a birthday party! The brewery will be releasing a slew of new beers and featuring live jazz music from the Monarchs Jazz Band from 6-8 p.m. The party takes place all day from noon until 9 p.m. so you’ve got plenty of time to swing in to celebrate!

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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