Join our family of curious Kansas Citians

Discover unheard stories about Kansas City, every Thursday.

Thank you for subscribing!

Check your inbox, you should see something from us.

Sign Me Up
Hit enter to search or ESC to close

Tap List | Tom’s Town Collaborates With Torn Label

Machine No. 2 & Quadjillo A wild beer-fueled whiskey, Tom's Town Machine No. 2, left, is inspired by Torn Label's Quadjillo, right. (Courtesy of Tom's Town)
Share this story
Sponsor Message Become a Flatland sponsor
5 minute read

In the true spirit of craft, Tom’s Town Distilling Company head distiller Rob Vossmeyer has created a Belgian quadrupel-based whiskey with the help of Torn Label Brewing Company. Available in limited quantity, the unique whiskey is part of The Pendergast Machine series.

Vossmeyer envisioned The Pendergast Machine series, named after “Boss” Tom Pendergast’s political organization, as a means to collaborate with other distilleries, brewers and winemakers. The one-of-a-kind spirits began with the series’ first quarterly release: Tom’s Town Corruption Gin finished in oak barrels.

Machine No. 2: Brewer’s Series/Torn Label is a whiskey distilled from Torn Label’s seasonal Quadjillo Belgian Quad brewed with guajillo peppers. The whiskey was aged in new American chinquapin oak barrels made by McGinnis Wood Products in Cuba, Missouri. After barrel-aging 11 months at Tom’s Town, the batch was packaged in fewer than 500 375-ml. bottles

“I was familiar with Torn Label’s beer. They are a matter of blocks away from us,” said Vossmeyer. “I met with [co-owners] Travis [Moore] and Rafi [Chaudry] to discuss the concept of making a distillate with their beer and then aging it. In turn, they could brew another batch and barrel age it in our PRG barrels.”

Quadjillo’s bold character made it a strong candidate to undergo the transformation. Machine No. 2 was purposely created as a malt whiskey. Vossmeyer declined to share details of the proprietary production process.

“Travis worked very hard to create all the flavors in the beer and I wouldn’t want to waste any of it by stripping that out of the spirit,” said Vossmeyer. “It became clear to me that the Quadjillo was not only a unique beer with a higher ABV, but it was also a standout product for them.”

The whiskey is described as having “a bright citrus, jasmine and vanilla bean nose, and the palate is pepper, cinnamon, honey, caramelized sugar and hops.”

“I think the high esters of the quad translate superbly,” noted Vossmeyer. “After that it has a wonderful malty backbone, spices and the pepper and hops come through on the finish. I believe the citrus comes from the hops in the beer. The vanilla bean and caramelized sugar come from the barrel. The clover honey and cinnamon [are] from elements in the beer as well.”

The distillery and brewery plan to co-release the spirit and beer for concurrent release. Check calendar listings below for details on the release party.

Double Shift's Strawberry Field Trip

Double Shift’s Strawberry Field Trip is a bright bit of summer. (Pete Dulin | Flatland)

June Summer Beer Releases

With summer in full swing, here’s a look at some of June’s current and upcoming beer releases designed to quench thirst. Releases subject to change. Check with your local brewery.

Cinder Block Brewery (110 E 18th Avenue, North Kansas City, Missouri)

Hop Maven 8 – Imperial Red IPA (end of June, taproom and limited market release) has bold hop character with piney, tropical, and grapefruit attributes that carry into light caramel and roasted notes. Missouri Mule Cider (6-percent ABV, taproom only) is a hard apple cider with hints of ginger and lime. American Wheat IPA (end of June, 6.5-percent ABV, taproom and limited market release) has tropical, Jolly Rancher, and apricot characteristics.

Crane Brewing (6515 Railroad Street, Raytown, Missouri)

Grapefruit Gose (end of June, seasonal, distribution in Kansas City and MO/KS territory) is tangy and salty with deep citrus notes. Kumquat Weiss (end of June, seasonal, distribution in Kansas City area) is bright, citrusy, and juicy. Dry-Hopped Orange Gose (limited, draft-only Kansas City market release) is even more tangy than standard Orange Gose with broader hop fruit and citrus characteristics.

Free State Brewing Company (636 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kansas)

Post Rock Pilsner (summer seasonal, available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft in Missouri and Kansas) is a hoppy continental pilsner with spicy/citrusy German Saphir and Crystal hops, and fine German malt character. Match Made in Helles (mid-June, available on draft at BRGR, Taco Republic, Gram & Dun, and Urban Table), a collaboration with Bread & Butter Concepts, is a classic German helles with soft malt profile and clean, crisp finish. Blood Orange Radler (available now through September, in Missouri and Kansas) is a thirst-quenching light lager mixed with housemade blood orange soda.

Red Crow Brewing Company (20561 S Lone Elm Road, Spring Hill, Kansas)

Loretta (now through August, taproom and limited market release) is a lager with a soft round palate, light fruity sweetness, and mild bitterness.

Hilltop Hops Peach Wheat

Rock and Run has a Hilltop Hops Peach Wheat out now. (Pete Dulin | Flatland)

Rock and Run Brewery and Pub (110 E Kansas Street, Liberty, Missouri)

Try the Hilltop Hops Peach Wheat (4.5-percent ABV, taproom only, special release), an American wheat made with peaches. The subtle stone fruit’s flavor emerges on the finish. Also on tap, B-Weisser (3.5-percent ABV, taproom, seasonal) is a take on Berliner Weiss that is tart and refreshing for summer.

Miami Creek Brewing Company (14226 NW County Road 14001, Drexel, Missouri)

Farmhouse Wheat Ale (6.2-percent, seasonal, taproom only), a full-bodied modified Hefeweizen with notes of banana, honey, and a slight citrus finish. The wheat ale was brewed with honey from Coopers Honey Farm and a late addition Citra hop. Strawber’rye (mid- to late June, taproom only, limited release), a Strawberry Rye Ale with spicy rye flavor and notes of strawberry and slight citrus. Strawberry IPA (mid- to late June, taproom only, limited release) with strawberry and melon flavors and aroma.

McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania Avenue)

Ursa Minor Imperial Brown Ale (4 p.m., June 21 release, 9-percent ABV, limited release, taproom only) has bold coffee and chocolate notes with subtle biscuit malt character. Head brewer Morgan Fetters brewed seven barrels of this high-demand beer that won a 2015 GABF Gold Medal. Watermelon IPA (mid-June, 6.9-percent ABV, seasonal, limited taproom only release) is the house Newcombs IPA with an infusion of fresh watermelon puree. It’s an old-school IPA with a focus on a solid malt backbone and Chinook hops. Peach Wheat (mid-June, seasonal, limited taproom only release) is the house wheat beer with a peach puree “that smells like a bag of ripe peaches.”

Kansas City Bier Company (310 W 79th Street)

Doppel Alt (taproom) has a copper color, toasted and caramel malt flavors, assertive bitter finish, and citrus aroma. Gose (5.1-percent ABV, taproom only) is a traditional German style with added salt and coriander. Made with 60-percent wheat malt so the gose is hazy in appearance. Pils (5-percent ABV, taproom with June distribution throughout Kansas City, limited release), made with only German Pilsner malt and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops. Pale in color with a crisp finish, this pils pours with a full, thick head that laces glassware beautifully. Kolsch (late June, 4.7-percent ABV, draft only, taproom with distribution throughout Kansas City, limited release) is made with 90-percent pilsner malt and a touch of wheat for a slight haze effect. Balanced hops and malt, brewed with the same yeast strain used in Cologne, Germany.

Fringe Beerworks (224 SE Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri)

Tight Rope Tart and Tight Rope Pineapple Tart (taproom, limited release) are Berliner Weisse styles.

Torn Label Brewing Company (1708 Campbell Street)

Tongue-Lash (5.1-percent ABV, 22-oz. bottles and draft at taproom and Kansas City area distribution), a mouth-puckering yet refreshing hoppy sour ale with tart, acidic qualities from kettle souring and tropical, zesty Citra hops that create a juicy sour mango profile. High Tai East Coast IPA (7.2-percent, 12oz can 4-packs and draft at taproom, limited Kansas City area distribution), a dank and cloudy Mai Tai-inspired IPA brewed with lime zest, cherry juice,orange peel, and New World hops for tropical character.

Double Shift Brewing Company (412 E 18th Street)

Peach Bow Saison (taproom), based on its flagship saison, is brewed with Mosaic and Glacier hops with added peach, apricot, and pink peppercorn. Strawberry Field Trip (6.9-percent ABV, taproom, limited release) is a kettle-soured beer brewed with lime peel, strawberry, and mint to yield a fruity, mojito-like tart beer that’s effervescent and refreshing.

The Big Rip Brewing Company (216 E 9th Ave, North Kansas City, Missouri)

Peach Honeysuckle Wit and Vanilla Bean Sweet Brown (taproom only, limited release) were tapped for the brewery’s anniversary party in early June.

Boulevard Brewing Company/Boulevard Tours and Rec Center (2534 Madison Avenue)

Recent releases include Foeder Project #2 (Greater Kansas City in 750-ml. bottles) and Love Child No. 8, a Flanders-style red blended sour ale (Greater Kansas City on draft and in 750-ml bottles). Check the current taplist at the Tour and Rec Center’s Beer Hall for what’s pouring on draft lately.

Boulevard Beer Hall

The Boulevard Beer Hall will be hosting trivia night this week. (Pete Dulin | Flatland)

This Week

Tuesday, June 20

Tom’s Town Distilling Co. (1701 Main Street) hosts The Machine No. 2 release party ($25) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A ticket to the event includes a free signed bottle, distiller’s talk, tasting, cocktails and appetizers. Also, sample from Torn Label’s sister project, the same quadjillo beer aged in Tom’s Town Royal Gold Bourbon barrels.

Wednesday, June 21

McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania Avenue) will tap its 2017 Ursa Minor Imperial Brown Ale at 4 p.m. This nine-percent ABV beer is a sought-after limited release available in the taproom only. A 2016 Ursa Minor keg will also be tapped.

Thursday, June 22

High Tai, a juicy, hoppy Mai Tai-based IPA from Torn Label Brewing Company, debuts at Bier Station (120 E Gregory Boulevard). The taproom will also have other Torn Label beers on draft and a house-made cocktail, using a syrup made solely from Alpha Pale Ale and Mai Tai-based ingredients.

Pop’s Hop Quiz at Boulevard Tours and Rec Center (2534 Madison Avenue) focuses on fathers. Famous fathers, founding fathers, father’s gifts, father time — test your knowledge on all things related to dear ol’ dad. $9 advance/$10 day-of tickets gets you in the game and two beers.

Smokin’ Guns BBQ & Catering (1218 Swift Avenue, North Kansas City, Missouri) prepares a four-course beer dinner in collaboration with Martin City Brewing. Sideway, Belgian-style blonde ale, Hard Way IPA, Belgian-style Abbey Ale, and Purple Train will be paired with hearty dishes. RSVP at 816-221-2535.

Visit Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue, North Kansas City, Missouri) for a Boulevard Brewing Saison-Brett Bottle Share, 5 to 7 p.m. Participate in a vertical tasting of different years of this world-class beer. Grain to Glass has 2015 and 2017. Bring other vintages to share. $15 (or $10 if bringing a bottle to share).

Friday, June 23

Perennial Brewing is the guest of honor for this week’s happy hour at Bier Station (120 E Gregory Boulevard). Try Owen, the first beer of Perennial’s new Brett series. Funky Wit, 17, Hommel Bier, and Saison De Lis are also on tap.

Saturday, June 24

The 8th annual KC Nanobrew Festival gathers the area’s network of homebrewers with more than 300 different beers to sample. Based outdoors along Berkley Riverfront Park (1298 E Riverfront Drive), the festival features up-and-coming operations such as Callsign Brewing, Colony KC, Kaw Point Meadery, and Fringe Beerworks. See Flatland’s preview here.

Westport Beer Festival

Beer KC and Sporting Kansas City present the Seventh Annual Westport Beer Festival (4057 Pennsylvania Avenue), featuring more than 80 beers from 35-plus breweries and distilleries. This event, 5 to 9 p.m. is a benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City. Tickets ($35 advance, $40 at gate) includes a tasting glass and unlimited pours from participating breweries, while supplies last.

Crane Brewing will be pouring beer in the beer garden at VegFest Kansas City in the The City Market (20 E 5th Street).

Sunday, June 25

Red Crow Brewing (20561 S Lone Elm Road, Spring Hill, Kansas) hosts a Family Funday Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. to raise funds for Rett syndrome is a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls. Activities include face-painting, a fire truck, yard games, DJ, and silent auction. Papa Scott’s Street Eats will be serving food from 12 to 7 p.m.

— Pete Dulin writes about food trends for Flatland and is the author of the “KC Ale Trail.” Follow @FlatlandKC and #TapList on Twitter for more food news and trends.


Like what you are reading?

Discover more unheard stories about Kansas City, every Thursday.

Thank you for subscribing!

Check your inbox, you should see something from us.

Enter Email
Your support helps Flatland’s storytellers cover the issues that matter to this community. Give what you can to help in-depth, nonprofit journalism thrive in Kansas City. Support Local Journalism
Sponsor Message Become a Flatland sponsor

Ready to read next

Urban Core Group Offers Inside Look at New Pickwick Plaza Apartment Project in Downtown KC

Read Story

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *