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Tap List | Social Isolation Inspires Beer Experiments Definitely Try This at Home

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Above image credit: KC Brew Fest 2024 returns to Union Station Saturday and features more than 50 breweries. (Adobe)
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There’s no telling what I’ll do if left to my own devices. I once tried making ginger beer, and the bottles exploded in our refrigerator. What we initially thought were fireworks were actually three bottles of delicious ginger beer adorning the inside of our refrigerator in a brown maple glow.

The smell was delightful. The clean-up was not. 

But the COVID-19 stay-at-home order has inspired me to take a shot at making ginger beer again! And this time, I’m following the instructions.

If you care to join the fun, check out this amazing recipe by Townsends, a retailer/manufacturer known for their 18th and 19th century goods (and beer recipes!). If you need supplies, be sure to shop local by supporting Grains and Taps Home Brew Supply Store!

If you’d rather buy local beer (and avoid a potential refrigerator catastrophe), there’s plenty to choose from in the Kansas City area. Even though many breweries here (and beyond) are operating at a limited capacity, we saw last week that some breweries are still releasing fresh brew and even hosting virtual beer events. The same is true this week! 

Beer Releases

Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — released a stout brewed with coffee beans and chipotle peppers called the Rochester Original Stout (9.6% ABV). Be sure to order for delivery or pickup here!

Rochester Original Stout. (Courtesy | Rochester Brewing and Roasting)

Boulevard Brewing Brewing Co. — 2501 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City,  Missouri — is sharing Chill Vibes (4.5% ABV, 11 IBU), a sour ale that boasts of citrus and cucumber. Order for pickup or curbside delivery here!

Alma Mader Brewing — 2635 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri — has released a citrusy, hoppy New England Style Double IPA called Mirror Line (8% ABV) available in crowlers to-go here

Border Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — released the Ribbon Cutter (5.5% ABV, 63 IBU) IPA to celebrate their new patio! This delicious hazy IPA was brewed with raspberry and coriander and makes for the perfect summer beverage! Order online here!

Double Shift Brewing Co. — 412 E. 18th St., Kansas City,  Missouri — released Cosmic Silence (6%) sour ale with boysenberry, black currant and elderflower. This beer makes for yet another great summer addition!

3Halves Brewing Co.’s — 110 E. Kansas St., Kansas City, Missouri — From a Far(m) (6.9% ABV) is a saison style farmhouse ale with notes of fruit and spice. This delicious farmhouse beer is available while supplies last here!

BKS Artisan Ales — 633 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Missouri — Simplicity & Patience  (4.5% ABV) is an unfiltered dry-hopped pilsner based on a previous collaboration with Alma Mader Brewing. It’s available in a 32-ounce growler which you can order here! They’re also releasing several New England IPA’S in four-packs of 16-ounce cans: Mosaic Space Nelson (dry-hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin), Antithesis (dry-hopped with El Dorado), and New Zealand (dry-hopped with experimental NZL32-1). These beers will be available online this Thursday at 7 p.m. Grab them before they’re gone!

Beer Events

Wednesday, April 29

What better way to socially isolate than by concocting your very own beer at home! This Wednesday, April 29, Grains and Taps Home Brew Supply Store will be hosting a Home Brew Supply Curbside Pickup Event. Place an order online for beer supplies by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, and pick up your supplies between 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday!

Friday, May 1

Now that you have a full list of local beer offerings, be sure to prep your favorite beer glass this Friday, May 1, at 5 p.m. for a Nationwide Cheers. Beer lovers from across the nation will be raising their glasses in the name of local beer and community. Share your experience on social media and use the hashtag #NationwideCheers and #SocialDistancing to connect with fellow beer lovers from across the nation.

Saturday, May 2

Support local breweries at Together We Can #4 this Saturday, May 2. Pre-order a wide range of beers from all around the metro area, schedule a pick-up at Diametric Brewing Co. — 949 N.E. Columbus St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — and snag some delicious local beer without leaving your car. This is your opportunity to secure beer from breweries that are currently closed, so don’t snooze!

Diametric Brewing Co. taproom.
Diametric Brewing Co.’s taproom in Lee’s Summit. Diametric has joined with other local breweries to host a beer to-go event on Saturday. (Courtesy | Diametric Brewing Co.)

Sunday, May 3

Take a load off this Sunday, May 3, and get lost in the spirited sounds of Elexa Dawson, an acoustic/folk artist based out of Kansas. Enjoy some live music from the comfort of your couch by logging onto Facebook from 2-4 p.m.

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