December 29, 2011

Grand Teton Beer Dinner - 1.22.12

Beer Kitchen's first Brewmaster's Dinner of 2012 will feature beers exclusively from Victor, Idaho's Grand Teton Brewing Company. Grand Teton is most known for their multiple award winning Bitch Creek E.S.B. (pretty impressive stack of awards for one beer!), but they've stepped up their credentials considerably with the addition of their Brewer's Series & Cellar Reserve Series, putting out more world-class brews like the Lost Continent Double IPA and Persephone Imperial Pilsner. We're pretty lucky to have one of the most underrated small breweries distribute their beers to Kansas City and very excited to feature them at this dinner. Here's whats on the menu:

- pan fried sweet breads with red chili-flake honey paired with Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red ale - 8.5% ABV

- smoked tomato & fennel broth with basil goat cheese and house made cracker with Sweetgrass APA - 6% ABV

- red snapper with e.c.b. pommes anna & roasted winter vegetables with Howling Wolf hefeweizen - 5% ABV

- roasted sirloin with fried egg & spicy potatoes with Bitch Creek E.S.B. - 6% ABV

- chai infused panna cotta, candied citrus zest & chocolate sauce with Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee porter - 7.5% ABV

Tickets are only $50 per person - including tax & gratuity - and can be picked up at all 3 Beer KC restaurants or by calling Beer Kitchen at (816) 389.4180. See you next year - cheers!

December 26, 2011

Now on Tap - Broadway Toddy Stout

Now on tap for a limited time is the latest batch of our Broadway Toddy Stout. This is our Oatmeal Stout that's been infused with a special 'toddy' coffee blend made exclusively for McCoy's from our friends at the Broadway Roasting Co. The toddy method of brewing is a cold-extraction, which reduces the coffee's bitterness by up to 70%, resulting in a highly concentrated coffee with tons of flavor and packed with caffeine. 

Brewer's specs:

Malt: pale, Munich, Carapils, roasted, black, honey & oats
Hops: Bravo & Willamette

Fermented with McCoy's house ale yeast
Cold extracted Broadway Cafe toddy added after maturation
45 IBU
6.1% ABV

December 21, 2011

Now on Tap - Ursa Major Imperial Stout

Now on tap is a fresh batch of our Russian imperial stout, Ursa Major.  This massive ale is brewed only once a year and released during the Winter Solstice. It was brought out in style last night and we still have some 2010 Ursa left as well. This is one of our most popular beers and perfect for sipping as we prepare for the cold weather. We held a few kegs back so you can try this beer throughout the year as it mellows with age; watch this space for future tappings. Come try it before it's gone - for now...

Brewer's specs:

malt: pale 2-row, crystal, roasted, chocolate & black
hops: English East Kent Goldings

brown sugar & Belgian candied sugar
fermented with McCoy's house ale yeast

85 IBU
10.5% ABV

December 15, 2011

Pics - Feast of Samichlaus 12.11.11

Sunday night at Beer Kitchen marked the 3rd edition of the Feast of Samichlaus - our annual holiday gathering. Each year we pair several winter seasonal brews with a dish from each beer's respective country, providing a taste of traditional European holiday food & beverage.  Many thanks to those of you made it out, but for those that didn't here's what you missed:

reception beer: McCoy's Hogpound Brown randalled through clove, cinnamon sticks and cranberries.  this stuff was delicious - holidays in a glass!

we drank a lot...

lemony gravlax with peppered pear jam and toasted sweet bread paired with Brasserie de Silly's Enghein Noel Triple Blonde

beef & leek carbonade a la flamande with Boucanier Christmas Belgian strong pale ale
roasted chestnut arborio rice with butter-braised duck & cracklins with Mikkeller's Red White Christmas ale

Nogne-0/Jolly Pumpkin/Stone Special Holiday Ale collaboration beer.  definitely one of the highlights of the night

sage-smoked lamb chop with mustard seed potatoes and spiced cabbage

milk chocolate strudel, candied orange and caramel cream served with Samichlaus Bier - the world's strongest lager

Tickets are available now for January's Brewmaster's Dinner featuring beers exclusively from Idaho's Grand Teton Brewing Company.  More information on that as it becomes available.  Call Beer Kitchen at 816.389.4180 or stop by any of the Beer KC restaurants to make your reservations. Cheers!

December 12, 2011

Ursa Major Release Party - 12.20.11

It's that time of the year again - the annual release of our massive imperial stout, Ursa Major.  On Tuesday, December 20th at 4:00, McCoy's and the Foundry will be offering $8 commemorative glasses full of one of our most popular beers ever.  We'll also have a few bottles of 2010 & 2011 Ursa for sale, as well as draft flights available so you can try them side-by-side.  There might even be an appearance from the Green Eyed Monster - Ursa Major that's been aged with Chartreuse-soaked oak spirals...

last year's glassware