September 30, 2015

Almost Complete 2015 Strong Ale Fest Beer List

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, October 1st for the 5th Westport Strong Ale Fest. Here is a mostly complete beer list.

*****Unfortunately there was an error, and we will not have Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, unless angels from the heavens above bring us one. We are very sorry for the miss information!

4 Hands Brewing Co.
Ca$h Mony
CA$H MONY is an Imperial IPA brewed with a wasteful amount of the very best hops we could secure. An ample malt bill is paired with a huge dose of pungent hop flavor. Citrus dominates the aroma, accentuated by notes of melon, pine, and tropical fruit.
8.5% ABV

2nd Shift Brewing Co.
Brew Cocky
Brew Cocky is another IPA I came up with that is brewed with loads and loads of Falconers Flight Hops that we use in an inappropriate, gratuitous manner and make them just explode in your face.
9.4% ABV

Coffee Liquid Spiritual Delight
Imperial stout brewed with Blueprint Coffee.
11.5% ABV

75th Street Brewery

Bell’s Brewery
Bourbon barrel-aged Oberon Wheat Ale.

30th Anniversary Ale
An American Imperial Stout, Bell’s 30th Anniversary Ale is also a nod to another beer and one of the earliest examples of the style released here in the United States, Bell’s Expedition Stout.
11% ABV

Boulevard Brewing Co.
Saison-Brett 2014

Imperial Stout 2014


Love Child #5

Cinder Block Brewing Co.
Black Squirrel
Robust Russian Imperial Stout aged 13 months in whiskey barrels creating complex flavors of creamy vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, whiskey, and dark chocolate. This beer is a mysterious as the black squirrel that appears outside our brewery when we brew this beer. Relax, sit, and sip on this finely aged beer.
12% ABV

Imperial Coffee
Coffee Hop'd! Its a perfect blend of a rich English Brown Ale with nutty, fruity, and malty flavors dry hopped with a custom blended and roasted coffee.
10% ABV

Deschutes Brewery
The Dissident
Fermented for more than 18 months in isolation from the rest of the beers, The Dissident is a distinctive Oud Bruin, Flanders-style brown ale, with a fruity aroma and flavor, the first wild yeast beer made by the award-winning Deschutes Brewery.
11.4% ABV

The Stoic
The stoic, brewed with pomegranate with 16.5% being aged in oak wine barrels and 16.5% being aged in oak rye whiskey barrels.
11% ABV

Duvel Moortgat
Four generations of the Moortgat family have brought together Pilsner malts, Bohemian hops, and a unique yeast strain to create this intense, aromatic and beguiling ale. This Belgian favourite is best enjoyed chilled (40 - 50 F) with discerning friends or good-looking strangers.
8.5% ABV

Firestone Walker
Double Jack
Double Jack IPA is our first ever Imperial IPA. It features a big malty middle to cloak the high alcohol and mouth puckering hop bitterness. Huge tangerine, grapefruit and juicy fruit aroma blossom over the herbal blue basil and malt earthiness of this aggressive beer. Best enjoyed in moderation.
9.5% ABV

Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA
Wookey Jack is our first foray into the dark outer world of black IPAs. Rich dark malts and spicy rye careen into bold citrus laden hops creating a new dimension in IPA flavor. This brew has been left unfiltered and unfined to retain all of its texture and character. At 60 IBUs, Wookey Jack is gnarly on the outside yet complex and refined on the inside.
8.3% ABV

Founders Brewing Co.
Big Lushious
Big Lushious is a deep, rich stout that’s packed with flavor: roasted malts, all-natural dark chocolate, a subtle suggestion of burnt coffee grounds and a kiss of tart raspberries. At 7.8% ABV, it’s big, sumptuous and extravagant, but also balanced
7.8% ABV

KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
A bit of backwoods pleasure without the banjo. This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish in every batch we brew. We recommend decanting at room temperature and best enjoyed in a brandy snifter.
11.3% ABV

Dirty Bastard
Founders flagship beer. Dirty Bastard is an absolute beautiful beer to behold. Dark ruby in color and brewed with ten varieties of imported malts this beer continuously lives up to its reputation as a bold and powerful ale. Dirty Bastard is complex in the finish with hints of smoke and peat paired with a malty richness, finalized with a good bit of hop attitude. This beer “ain’t fer the wee lads”.
8.5% ABV

Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA
A heavy malt foundation includes Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat malt to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge, but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops.
8.9% ABV

Free State Brewing Co.
Chili Mac (Owd Mac’s)
This special tapping is a delicious and playful take on our cult classic Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout. We have infused 2015 Owd Mac’s with additions of Ecuadorian cocoa nibs, Vietnamese Cinnamon, Ancho Chili, and Madagascar Vanilla Bean, creating the impression of Mexican chocolate and coffeecake. Ridiculously good.
12.3% ABV

Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA
This boldly hopped ale will take you to new heights of hoppiness. Copious amounts of Chinook, Columbus, and Cascade hops combine to evoke far off places with the scents and flavors of tropical fruit, pine needles, flowers and a hint of freshly mown grass. A choice malt bill lifts the hops, providing balance and keeping this beer on course.
9.4% ABV

Goose Island Beer Co.

The Muddy
Imperial Stout brewed with licorice.
9% ABV

Gordon Biersch Restaurant & Brewery

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Double Stout
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with a satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops in the boil adds a pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance the overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex – Double Stout.
8.8% ABV

Imperial IPA
"San Diego-style IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is a super-hoppy, high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale. Green Flash Imperial IPA is created in this new tradition, with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops. It’s all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU
9.4% ABV

Kansas City Bier Co.
Wunder Pils is an Imperial-style Pilsner brewed with 100% pale malt. It is a dry, crisp, and refreshing strong lager brewed with an assertive nobel hop bitterness and spicy floral aromas. Wunder Pils retains the mellow character of a classic Northern German Pils with an “extra” kick of flavor.
8% ABV

Winterbock is a strong Doppelbock, with warming alcohols to sustain drinkers on cold dark winter nights. Winterbock’s dark brown color comes from generous portions of amber Munich malt and small amounts of aromatic, melanoidin, caramunich, and carafa malts, which contribute a full body and luscious rich flavors of molasses, caramel, toast, and dark dried fruits. Winterbock is a true winter warmer: complex, full bodied, and satisfying.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Imperial Pils
A Big n' Juicy Imperial Pilsener, with Floral-Soft Aromas and Fruity Sweet flavors, this High Gravity Lager is like an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove...
8.6% ABV

Brown Shugga’
Our winter seasonal 6pk that falls into the realm of "Dangerously Slammable", this brew is especially irresponsible. Brown Shugga...How come you taste so good?
9.9% ABV

Logboat Brewing Co.
Imperial March
Oak Aged Imperial Stout

Alien Gold
Belgian Golden Strong Ale Aged in Wine Barrels with Rainier Cherries.

Martin City Brewing Co.
The Poitier
Brandy barrel aged Belgian Tripel, we started with a beer inspired by the Belgian Tripel style and then aged it in fresh brandy barrels. A striking amber color with an aroma full of malty sweetness, clove, banana, and grape. A taste with a light spiciness, banana, plum, a touch of alcohol, and that delicious Belgian yeast character.
9.2% ABV

The Highwayman
Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Porter, the Highwayman pours a deep brown with a slightly brown head. An aroma full of vanilla, cake, toffee, and chocolate. The flavor explodes with a strong bourbon and vanilla, eventually settling down into a creamy smooth vanilla and chocolate.
11.4% ABV

McCoy’s Public House

Wee Willy Scotch Ale 2014

Ursa Major 2012

Mosaic Imperial IPA
9.8% ABV

Mother’s Brewing Co.

Nebraska Brewing Co.
Fathead started out as a Strong Scotch Ale but has morphed over time into Barleywine territory. This beer features an addition of dark brown sugar to boost the alcohol and contribute a unique caramel/molasses character. Hopped with just enough Centennial and Cascade to offset the slight sweetness of this big, warming beer.
12.1% ABV

Barrel Aged HopAnomoly
An artful creation which began with our HopAnomaly Belgian-Style IPA, enhanced by a 6 month maturation in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels. The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak tannins to an already wonderfully complex Ale – bringing to mind tropical fruits and peach.
10.6% ABV

New Belgium Brewing Co.
Hop Stout
Brace yourself. The latest release in our Hop Kitchen series crafts the best of the brewing worlds with one of the most brawny, bitter beers in New Belgium history. Eight different grains converge for a deep blend of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and toasted bread, while generous additions of six hop varieties, like Equinox, Chinook and Willamette, accent the richness with citrusy, woodsy pops. Just as you get lost in Hop Stout's malty depth, a wicked rush of bitterness attacks with the combined force of an imperial stout and IPA. It's not for the faint of heart, but it is for malt and hop lovers alike.
8% ABV

A burly and bitter Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The taste expands these hops with heavy peach tones and a profoundly bitter bite. There is some malt sweetness to stand this beer up, and Rampant’s finish is bone-dry.
8.5% ABV

North Coast Brewing Co.
Old Stock
As a continuation of North Coast Brewing Co.’s commitment to quality, our Old Stock Ale is crafted in the tradition of our critically acclaimed Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. It’s brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so it’s a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coast’s Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round-out and mellow with age. North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale is a vintage dated ale. We produce a small quantity each year and it remains available from release date until our stock is depleted.
11.8% ABV

Brother Thelonious
With the developing interest in Belgian abbey ales and the monasteries that brew them, it’s time to remind the world that here in the U.S., we have a Monk of our own. Jazz icon Thelonious Monk is the inspiration for North Coast Brewing’s new Belgian-style abbey ale called, appropriately enough, Brother Thelonious. The beer is being released in conjunction with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (, and the brewery will make a contribution to the Institute for every case sold to support jazz education.
9.4% ABV

Odell Brewing Co.
Mountain Standard Double Black IPA
As the Colorado hop growers prove they can produce world class hops, we as a Colorado craft brewer want to showcase what our state can offer, not only with the ingredients used in crafting them. Mountain Standard Double Black IPA showcases the homegrown hops our brewers helped pick from farms along Colorado’s western slope. MST pours committingly dark with a light brown head and a slightly roasted hoppy nose. An ephemeral bitterness, the result of combining roasted malts with an assertive American hop profile, contributes to MST’s act of balance and harmony within nature or your glass. As the season’s darkness sets in why shouldn’t your beer become darker as well?

Russian Pirate

Imperial stout aged in rum barrels
13.3% ABV

Perennial Artisan Ales
Evan William Japanese Blue Label 23 year Maman
Our base imperial stout aged in Evan Williams Japenese Blue Label 23 year barrels
11.5% ABV

Savant Blanc
Belgian Blonde ale that is 100% Brett Fermented in Chardonnay barrels with Chardonel grapes then packaged conditioned
8% ABV

Prairie Artisan Ales
Prairie HOP
Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.
8% ABV

Brewfist/Prairie Spaghetti Western
Imperial Chocolate Coffee Ale

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Baby Tree
Baby tree is a "quadruple" brewed with a single strain of Belgian yeast. While a commonly used style name on the internet, "quadruple" isn’t in fact a style name at all but a brand of beer produced by La Trappe in the Netherlands. Its found a common usage as a cover-all for the darkest and strongest beers produced by Trappist monks, mainly because they haven’t named them themselves. Two Belgian brewers use the term "Abt", Flemish for "Abbot". Historically the best beer made in an abbey (by the Cistercians/Trappists at least) was referred to in Latin simply as "prima melior". This has also become a brand name in recent years.Our "quadruple" benefits from the addition of 40lbs of dried California plums in the kettle - hopefully contributing to the overall dark-fruit character of the beer.

Sam Adams

Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Chicken Killer Barley Wine
Chicken Killer Barley Wine is the revolutionary beer that will someday define America's unique Barley Wine style. It is brewed with twice the ingredients of the Santa Fe Brewing Company's other beers, and only half the usual amount of liquid is extracted from these ingredients. This makes one strong beer. At over ten percent alcohol, Chicken Killer is actually as strong as wine, but this is not to say that it is difficult to drink. On the contrary; be careful with this one. The flavors of the beer are at first as overwhelming as the intense Santa Fe sun. But in the same way our sun gives us the unrivaled brilliant colors of Santa Fe, the potency of Chicken Killer gives us the remarkable spectrum of flavors that can be found in no other beer, in no other city. If you did not have the opportunity to try last year's vintage, come try this year's!
10% ABV

Imperial Java Stout
This is the kind of beer that gives the word "stout" a reputation. Extra generous quantities of barley malt, followed by vigorous fermentation leaves this "imperial" heavy weight with 8% alcohol A.B.V. and a body as full as chocolate bread pudding. A complimentary and complex array of bitter notes comes form potent American hops, earthy British hops, black-roasted malts and, of course, coffee. Santa Fe Brewing Company uses only top-quality ingredients like organically grown East Timor coffee beans blended with New Guinea coffee beans, locally roasted by O’hori’s Coffee House. Its heavenly flavor and aroma can’t be beat or imitated.
8% ABV

Schlafly Beer Co.
2013 Oak Aged Barleywine
This beer is aged on new Missouri oak. The wood has a medium toast, which helps to caramelize the sugars in the oak and adds a nutty character to the beer as it soaks into the wood. Leave the corkscrew in the kitchen drawer and pop open a beer that will reward you with more flavors than most wines can dream of.
10.2% ABV

A warming winter ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt. Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added to spiciness.
8% ABV

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Southern Tier Brewing Co.
St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, is a magical figure, the bringer of gifts and an icon of holiday spirit. Forgotten by most is his evil side kick and enforcer of ‘the list’. European tradition says while St. Nick is busy delivering presents to good little boys and girls, Krampus hands out punishments to the bad. A fanged, goat-horned bully, the Christmas Devil uses sticks and chains to beat the naughty children. Dark malts and aromatic hops create the diabolical spirit of this brew. It is finished with lager yeast and aged cold for no less than 30 days. This Imperial Helles Lager will warm even the darkest hearts. This season, replace the cookies with a bottle of Krampus. If he happens to pay a visit, toast to him with this devilish brew. Merry Kramp-mas to all, and to all a good pint!
9% ABV

Crème Brulee
“a stout of great contention” We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.
9.6% ABV

Tallgrass Brewing Co.
Velvet Rooster
Belgian Tripel
8.5% ABV

Wooden Rooster
Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel
9.5% ABV

Big Ricc
Russian Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
10.3% ABV

Torn Label Brewing Co.
Lumber Lung
Imperial Brown Ale aged on charred Missouri white oak
8.2% ABV

2015 Quadjillo
Belgian quad brewed with guajillo chiles
9.6% ABV

2014 Quadjillo aged in tequila barrels
11.6% ABV

February 17, 2015

Big News For Beer Kitchen

In 2010 James Westphal and Mark Kelpe had huge dreams of an esoteric beer bar with great American Gastropub style food when they created Beer Kitchen. The vision included 8 draft beers, roughly 40 bottles, flat top grill burgers, and a brunch that would soon be something great!

Fast forward to 2015, Beer Kitchen has become a Kansas City staple for weekend brunch, some of the best burgers in town, and a bottle beer list that now includes more than 70 beers. One thing that hasn’t changed was the number of draft beers. How can a beer forward bar call themselves “Beer Kitchen” when they only have 8 taps? 

Here’s a little insight into our logistical storage problems. Westport was built between 1833 and 1858 which lends to a lot of history, but the old buildings aren’t great for storage. For the last 4 years, we’ve stored food and kegs in the same small cooler in the kitchen creating storage problems for our food and draft beer. In 2013, Beer Kitchen’s landlord, started putting together a plan to reorganize some of the space and we were able to find enough space in our cramped basement to install a beer cooler. 

This week, we will debut our 16 taps. We’ve doubled! A place that calls themselves Beer Kitchen will now have a more appropriate amount of draft beer! 

The first lineup of 16 drafts will look like this:
Dieu du Ciel Herbe a Detourne
Oskar Blues Old Chub
Julian Cider, Cherry Bomb
Bell’s Two Hearted
Boulevard The Calling
Duvel Single
Kulmbacher Pilsner
Deschutes Obsidian Nitro
Odell Fernet Porter
Prairie Birra
Mother’s Spring Batch
UrbanChestnut Winged Nut
Weihnstephaner Hefeweissbier
Mikkeller Spatenelderflower
Torn Label Monk & Honey
SouthernTier Old Man Winter

We expect to have all of our drafts available Thursday afternoon ready for your enjoyment!

-RandylDanner, Director of Beer

December 20, 2014

A few of my favorite things…of 2014

As we are in the midst of the holiday season, I thought reflect on a few of my personal favorites, let’s be honest, they’re just damn good!

My favorite cocktail of 2014 is one that we added to the McCoy’s menu over the summer. Prohibition Sazarac is Templeton Rye Whiskey, Pernod Absenthe, Pechuard’s Bitters, sugar and a lemon zest. This is a true whiskey lovers cocktail! Smooth, spicy, rich, and perfect! When deciding which cocktails to change and the direction McCoy’s wanted the cocktail menu to move, I felt this was a great cocktail to round out the menu and one that beer lovers look for. It seems there is a strong connection between good beer and good whiskey, beer lovers seem to gravitate towards good whiskey and whiskey cocktails. Why? I’m not entirely sure, but I can say for myself as a beer lover, I really enjoy the flavors of the whiskey mash, which can sometimes remind me of a good beer. Whiskey is beer that has been distilled, am I right?  

At McCoy’s and Foundry, we offer another great cocktail/beer blend, have you ever tried the Diesel? In Europe, especially in Germany and England, it’s very common to blend lemon-lime soda with lager or wheat beers, and sometimes you might find they mix cola with wheat or dark ales. Our Diesel is a take on those traditional European beer blends. We will mix our house stout (the Oatmeal stout is the best!) with our house made root beer. What you get is a rich, velvety, smooth, not too sweet, not too roasty delicious beer blend! You don’t have to use just the McCoy’s stout or root beer, though we encourage you to come in and get one, but you can pick up any stout and root beer that you like, and blend them 50/50 or 70/30 stout to root beer ratio, sit back and enjoy!

This year, McCoy’s brewed a fantastic Gose (go-zuh). Gose is a German sour wheat ale with coriander and salt. According to the German beer purity law, Reinheitsgebot, beer can only be brewed using the four main ingredients, malt, hops, yeast, and water. Gose is a style that has been brewed for centuries and has been exempt from the Reinheitsgebot law. Our Gose was perfectly tart from the 72 hour sour mash, the salt wasn’t too overpowering and the coriander was subtle, which tuned into the best warm weather thirst quencher!

Courtesy of Boulevard Brewing Co.
Boulevard Brewing Co. released their version of a Gose this year, Hibiscus Gose. The beer was brewed in a similar style with sour mashing, additions of salt and coriander, but Boulevard took it a step further and added hibiscus flowers to the beer. The result was a tart, salty, slightly floral, pink beer! Boulevard’s Hibiscus Gose was so popular, that I’m afraid that most Kansas Citians will think that all Gose’ will be pink in color. That is simply not the case, but Boulevard really knocked this one out of the park for me!

And finally, how about those Kansas City Royals?! I’ve been a diehard Royals fan for years, and this year was a Royals fan dream come true. Not only were the “Boy’s In Blue” amazing, and gave Kansas City something to cheer for, but Kansas Citians were amazing! We really showed the nation who we are and what Midwest hospitality is all about! We will be remembered as the town who was humble, and the town who treated opposing team fans with respect. I’ve always been proud to call Kansas City my home, and I’m especially proud to be a Kansas Citian!  

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!

Randyl Danner, Director of Beer

November 18, 2014

Reflecting On Westport's 4th Annual Strong Ale Fest

Photo courtesy of John Bryan

This past weekend we pulled off our 4th Westport Strong Ale Fest, and one thing that we were reminded of was how great KC beer drinkers are! We have an awesome group of people who are passionate about good beer, and it was apparent with the amount of beer drinkers who came out on the blustery 28 degree day! 

The ones who bundled up and braved the cold are serious beer drinkers, and we thank each and every one of you who attended! In all honesty, I wish Mother Nature would have given us some snow for the fest, but we still had a pretty great day!

There have been a lot of questions about who designed our luchador image this year, and I will say it’s the same guy who has designed all of our beer fest images, Charlie Burt. Charlie and James Westphal, our owner have talked about this theme for over a year now, and it was pulled off perfectly by Charlie and his artistic abilities! Thank you, Charlie for creating such a fun design that really had people talking!

If you liked this year’s theme, you’ll really like the theme we have planned for next year! Yes, we plan that far in advance! 

As for the beer, a good friend of mine said that “all the beers are of VIP level”. That was the plan for this fest. I’ve been communicating with breweries and distributors for the past year, writing the best list that we possibly could for this fest. The brewers brought their “A” game with the lineup this year. A few standouts for me were the 4 Hands Madagascar Vanilla Stout, Perennial Abraxas, Founders KBS, Goose Island 2013 Bourbon County Stout, Boulevard Love Child #4, McCoy’s Ursa Major 2011, and Cinder Block Brandy Barrel Aged Barley Wine. 

Saturday’s date was perfect timing to help Boulevard Brewing Co. and Odell Brewing Co. finish their 25th anniversary week of events! Congratulations Boulevard and Odell, you’ve been brewing quality tasty beer for 25 years. We raise a glass to you and to 25 more!

Matt Shadid, Odell Brewing Co. (left), David Colgan, Boulevard Brewing Co. (right)

The Boulevard Crew, from left to right, David Colgan, Julie Weeks, Sarah Carlew, Blair Finn, Jeremy Danner, and Rob Odell
I would finally like to thank my festival planning partner, Cory Puckett for all of his help. With Char Bar doing practice runs all weekend in preparation for their Monday opening, James Westphal was of no help, sorry James, but we’re being honest here! Cory was the admin guy who was able to get all of our permitting done, and he even drove to Lawrence to pick up the tasting glass. 

Festival planners, Randyl Danner and Cory Puckett

We’ve learned that no matter what the weather is like in November, this is the perfect time for strong beers and a Strong Ale Fest. We are looking forward to next year and we hope you are too!

-Randyl Danner, Director of Beer