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Tap List | J. Rieger & Co. Honors Chiefs With Limited Edition Super Bowl Vodka Drink of Champions

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Above image credit: J. Rieger & Co. released a commemorative wheat vodka in honor of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory. (Courtesy | J. Rieger & Co.)
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Kansas City is still buzzing after the Chiefs’ exhilarating win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl just two weeks ago.

To celebrate the victory, local distillery J. Rieger & Co. has released a special edition wheat vodka. Special labels were created for the bottle that include the Chiefs logo and call out the fact that they’re world champions.

Master Distiller Nathan Perry said the Rieger team was ready to go as soon as the Super Bowl concluded. The distillery was able to release the vodka before the Super Bowl parade, which took place three days after the win. This special edition 750-milliliter bottle serves two purposes: a memento of a great Super Bowl win and a quality vodka great for enjoying neat, on the rocks or as part of a cocktail.

Bottles are currently on sale at retailers in and around Kansas City as well as at the Rieger distillery in the East Bottoms. If you’re a Chiefs fan be sure to grab one of these special edition bottles before they sell out!   

Beer Releases

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — brewed a new beer with all of their women employees. Pink, a hazy pale ale, comes in at 5.8% ABV and has notes of apricot, orange and pineapple. It was made to help support the Pink Boots Society locally and nationally and Bra Couture KC locally. Proceeds from the sale of the beer will be donated to both organizations.

City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — just celebrated its fourth anniversary with a whopping 24 beers. Some are old favorites like prior versions of their Cosmos stouts. Others are brand new such as their XXX Rad AF, an amped up version of their core hazy IPA Rad AF. Whether you’re looking for a new stout, sour, IPA, lager or something else, you can probably find it at City Barrel right now.

The latest Strange Days brew is a classic witbier with orange zest. (Courtesy | Strange Days Brewing Co.)
The latest Strange Days brew is a classic witbier with orange zest. (Courtesy | Strange Days Brewing Co.)

Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri —  has a tasty new draft-only beer available in their taproom. Brewed with orange zest, Wit Will It Be is a 4.9% ABV witbier. This classic beer style is light and subtle with flavors of orange leading the way. It’s a great all-day sipper.

Free State Brewing Co. — 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas — teamed up with their fellow Lawrence business The Burger Stand for a new collaboration brew. The team has just released BurgerBuzz, which is a pale ale. The beer comes in at 6% ABV and has characteristics of grapefruit and pine. While it’s bold enough to enjoy on its own, it’s recommended you pair this with a delicious burger.

Rockcreek Brewing Co. — 5880 Beverly Ave., Mission, Kansas — teamed up with Olathe’s Tall Trellis Brew Co. to brew a brand new lager. Mission In The Dark is an American dark lager that comes in at 5.2% ABV. The brew utilizes Cascade hops from Kansas Hop Co. The beer is clean and crisp with hints of freshly baked bread and slightly roasted caramel. It’s a perfect spring sipper.

East Forty Brewing — 1201 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri — released the latest version of its white stout series. The new variant, Blueberry Pancake, has all of the breakfast flavors you love in beer form. East Forty brewed this version with coffee and cocoa nibs and added blueberry and maple flavors. Be careful with this breakfast beer as it clocks in at 8% ABV.

Beer Events

Friday, March 3

Cinder Block Brewery — 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri — is throwing a party for the release of its popular seasonal beer Cindervesa. The Mexican-style lager brewed with lime typically gets released as the weather begins to warm up. To celebrate the return of the Mexican lager, the release party will feature all things Mexico. In addition to the beer, Cinder Block will have margaritas and slushies. The American Fusion food truck will be serving up tacos for all your food needs. 

Saturday, March 4

River Bluff Brewing — 201 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri — is celebrating its first anniversary in the River Market. Among other things, the brewery is launching mug club memberships that’ll go on sale for the first time at the anniversary event.

Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — is throwing it back by throwing a 1990s theme party. Torn Label encourages you to come in your best ‘90s garb as there will be a costume contest with the best dressed receiving a prize package. Even if you don’t win the grand prize, those in ‘90s gear will receive discounted draft beers. While no ticket is required to attend, there is an optional $10 ticket that’ll score you a sweet Torn Label fanny pack and your first beer free. 

Sunday, March 5

Strange Days Brewing Co. — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — is throwing one last event to celebrate its five-year anniversary. The event starts on Wednesday, March 1, and goes every day through Sunday. The conclusion of the party will feature a new beer release plus the Chilakillers food truck. If you can make it to all five days of the celebration, you’ll receive a free one-year membership to their mug club.

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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