Published January 12th, 2021 at 12:30 PM
When nostalgia hits, it hits hard.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, back when things were (somewhat) normal, a very good friend of mine introduced me to barcades.
If memory serves, we went to Up-down Kansas City, an arcade bar located in the Crossroads. Upon entering, I was mesmerized. I was given tokens, and there were ‘90s arcade games as far as the eye could see. You see, I’m a ‘90s kid. I grew up watching Nickelodeon, eating Razzles, and playing Super Mario on my sister’s Nintendo NES. Barcades meant I could merge my long-standing love for ‘90s arcade games with craft beer, a dream come true.
If you’re looking to take a trip to nostalgia town, then I have two words for you — pinball tournament. Fringe Beerworks — 224 S.E. Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri — is holding a pinball tournament this Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. Eight spots are available with a $5 entry fee. Prizes are awarded for the top score on each pinball machine!
Pathlight Brewing — 11200 W. 75th St., Shawnee, Kansas — has released Banker’s Hours, an Amber Lager (4.5% ABV) that boasts of malty deliciousness. Four-packs are available for pre-order.
Martin City Brewing — 500 E. 135th St. Kansas City, Missouri — released Mexican Spice Stout (8% ABV), which is their first release of 2021. This stout carries notes of cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, espresso, and is topped off with ancho chile spice notes.
Transport Brewery — 11113 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — just dropped Central Line (5.8% ABV), a ruby red, English-style mild created from a century-old recipe that is loaded with notes of fruit and toffee.
Try KC Bier Co.’s — 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri — Edelweiss, an amber wheat bier with notes of malt and caramel, and a banana aroma. This delicious, award-winning brew clocks in at 5.8% ABV (13 IBU) and is made with wheat, pilsner and Vienna malts.
Callsign Brewing — 1447 Gentry St., North Kansas City, Missouri — has released a brand new beer called Winter Warmer Ale (8.0% ABV, 13 IBU), an amber ale made with cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. It was kegged with maple syrup from Vermont!
3Halves Brewing Co. — 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri — just dropped Tweak’s Bean Dream (6.5% ABV), a caramel latte porter made with espresso, milk sugar and caramel.
Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co. — 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri — released Tropical Tart (5.0% ABV), a kettle sour that boasts of tropical fruit flavors.
Apex Aleworks — 4356 S. Noland Road, Independence, Missouri — is hosting standup comedy Friday 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Jeff Krakenberg will be hosting the show and Teague Hayes is headlining! The show will also feature Dustin Slentz, Davis DeRock, Lynn Navratil and Aaron Scarbrough!
If you’re looking for a place to play Bingo, then head over to Red Crow Brewing Co. — 1062 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas — Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Reserve your tickets and be there early to ensure social distancing.
In lieu of a chili cook off, Servaes Brewing Company — 10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas — is offering four special, chili-inspired beers this Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. The releases include a jalapeño cream ale, a raspberry habanero spiced honey Berliner weisse, a cinnamon coffee mocha stout, and a cream cheese cinnamon roll golden sour. Bryce’s Food Truck will be there to satisfy your chicken tender needs!
Are you looking for a place to watch the Chiefs game this Sunday? Look no further. Border Brewing Co. — 406 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri — is hosting the Chiefs game this Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Delicious beer. Football. Who could ask for more?