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Tap List | KC Brewery Scores Big on International Stage

KC Bier Co. Takes Home Silver Medal in European Competition

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Above image credit: KC Bier Co.'s seasonal Winterbock earned a silver medal at the 2021 European Beer Star awards. (Courtesy | KC Bier Co.)

As the beer culture in Kansas City has grown, so has the quality of beer produced. A few weeks ago we wrote about how BKS won a medal at the Great American Beer Festival. More recently, another local brewery won big, this time on the international stage.

KC City Bier Co., located in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City, was recently awarded a silver medal for their Winterbock at the 2021 European Beer Star awards in Nuremberg, Germany. The beer won in the German-style Dunkler Doppelbock category.

KC Bier Co.'s Winterbock
KC Bier Co.’s Winterbock earned a silver medal at the 2021 European Beer Star awards. (Courtesy | Kansas City Bier Co.)

Winning an award is always impressive. What makes this win even more impressive is that KC Bier was the only American brewery to medal in the traditional German-Austrian-Czech style category.

There were a total of 2,395 beers from 44 different countries that were submitted for the competition. Only the top three beers from each respective category were awarded a medal. This makes KC Bier’s win that much more impressive.

If you’re unfamiliar with KC Bier, they produce high quality authentic German style beers. This win is a testament to their dedication and expertise in bringing German beers here to KC.

We raise a glass and congratulate KC Bier on such a prestigious win.

Beer Releases

Torn Label Brewing Co. — 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, Missouri — just released a brand new beer for Black Friday, Eternal Yammnation. This imperial brown ale comes in at 9.99% ABV and was brewed with a myriad of ingredients. Sweet potato, Japanese Murasaki sweet potato, cinnamon, vanilla and toasted marshmallow fluff are all found in this big beer.

City Barrel — 1740 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri — has partnered with the Miracle Pop Up Christmas bar for a new beer. Little Full, Lotta Sap is a 6.5% ABV holiday hazy IPA. Brewed with Simcoe, Strata and El Dorado hops, you’ll get flavors and aromas of pine, citrus, pineapple and stone fruit.

Double Shift Brewing’s new Pacific Ruins IPA
Double Shift Brewing’s new Pacific Ruins IPA. (Courtesy | Double Shift Brewing)

Double Shift Brewing — 412 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — has a dandy new brew. Coming in at 6.66% ABV, Pacific Ruins is a New England IPA with flavors of mango and citrus. The flavors of this beer are derived from the three hop varieties — Pacific Sunrise, Citra, and Azacca.

Alma Mader Brewing — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — released two new beers on Black Friday. The first is an 8% double milk stout brewed with coffee, vanilla and cacao called Settling In: Mochaccino. If you need something a little lighter bodied, try their new Contextual, which is a Czech dark lager. Don’t let the deep brown complexion fool you — the beer comes in at 4.6% ABV and has flavors ranging from toasted granola to iced coffee.

Rochester Brewing Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — is getting in on the barrel-aging game with their newest beer, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Huzzah. Coming in at a huge 14.1% ABV, this Russian imperial stout is rich and decadent with chocolate and bourbon dominating the flavor profile.

Strange Days Brewing — 316 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri — is rocking two new beer releases. Berry Smooth is a 4.6% fruited sour with blackberry, raspberry, cherry, vanilla and lactose. They also have Firmly Grasp It, which is a 7.2% double dry hopped IPA featuring Citra, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy hops.

Lost Evenings Brewing Co. — 8625 Hauser Court, Lenexa, Kansas — is yet another brewery with two brand new releases. They’ve got a Harry Potter-themed beer available called Love Potion 9¾. This is a 4.2% ABV butterscotch cream ale mimicked by the Butterbeer served in the series. They’ve also got Making Christmas, an imperial gingerbread stout that comes in at 7% ABV.

Beer Events

Thursday, Dec. 2

Crane Brewing Co. — 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, Missouri — is getting festive with their Boughs & Beer event. Crane partnered with local florist The Arrangement to help you create your own holiday wreath. Tickets are $60 and include one draft beer of your choice plus a fresh evergreen wreath, wire, pine cones and ribbon.

Friday, Dec. 3

Border Brewing Co. — 512 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — has another edition of their You’re The DJ series. This week’s theme is disco. All you need to do is show up with the free Rockbot app on your phone, choose some disco songs, and let the fun commence. Get ready for a disco inferno!

Outfield Beer Co. — 10953 Kaw Drive, Edwardsville, Kansas — wants you to test your knowledge of the massively popular TV show, “Ted Lasso.” They’ve partnered with Brothers Brew Trivia to host Ted Lasso trivia night. If you’ve never seen it you’ve got a couple of days to binge it all. It’s worth it.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is welcoming yet another small group of future homebrewers. They’ll be putting on another Homebrew Class where participants will learn the A to Z of brewing their own beer by Apex Aleworks head brewer Ben Tatman. The class is limited to eight participants.

Servaes Brewing Co. — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is hosting a pop-up event with The Ampersand Vinyl. They’ll have more than 1,000 records for sale, so whether you’re a seasoned collector or just getting into the hobby, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. The event is free to attend.

Limitless Brewing — 9765 Widmer Road, Lenexa, Kansas — is putting together their own little holiday market. Their Shop Til You Drop event will feature several local vendors spread out around the brewery. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to knock out a lot of holiday shopping in one fell swoop while enjoying some delicious brews.

Outfield Beer Co. — 10953 Kaw Drive, Edwardsville, Kansas — is hosting An Afternoon With Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro League Baseball Museum. Tickets are $20 and include one beer with $10 of each ticket going towards the museum.

Monday, Dec. 6

Red Crow Brewing Co. — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — is hosting their 2021 Sip & Shop event. Red Crow will play host to 14 vendors featuring different products. This will allow you to knock out as many gifts as possible all while enjoying a delicious beer, wine or cocktail.

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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