September 26, 2012

Oktoberfest continues at Beer Kitchen

The October beer dinner at Beer Kitchen is going to celebrate German tradition, on Oktober 22nd! There will be beers from Germany, one from Austria, as well as some locally brewed Oktoberfest style beers, paired with German-influenced foods.

Yeah this all looks good. I don't think I've had the Innstadt Pilsener or the Asam-Bock from Weltenburger. Stiegl makes great beers in Austria, and we all know and love KC's own McCoy's and Boulevard. And dang, the food. Crispy potato pancakes with one of my favorite cheeses, emmentaler. Chicken liver and truffled butter bread. Dry-hopped cheddar. Caramel braised pork and salted spätzle. Vanilla-blueberry donuts. All of that, yes. Get your lederhosen dry cleaned for this special dinner!

Call Beer Kitchen at 816-389-4180 to make your reservation for the 22nd. $50 per person will get you the five-course dinner, with tax and gratuity included.

September 20, 2012

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Beer KC!

When the clock strikes noon in Munich this Saturday, Lord Mayor Christian Ude will tap the first keg of Oktoberfest beer, and the celebration begins! A few days later, we'll be kicking off an Oktoberfest of our own, when McCoy's taps their latest seasonal release.

At 4 pm on Tuesday, September 25th, the McCoy's Oktoberfest beer will be tapped. You'll be able to get a 16 oz pour of this seasonal for $6, and you'll get to keep the commemorative Mason jar mug, while supplies last. This will be available at McCoy's and at the Foundry, so come out on Tuesday to get festive (lederhosen not required)!

If that's not enough for you, next month's beer dinner will have a German twist. On October 22, Beer Kitchen will have German-style ales and lagers, including Innstadt Pilsener, Weisse Naturtrüb from Stiegl, Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock, and  a couple "Kansas City Germans" - Boulevard's Bob's 47 and McCoy's Oktoberfest. These beers are going to be paired with food in a five-course meal, starting with crispy potato pancakes and ending with a Berliner (in this case, a vanilla-blueberry donut), with chicken liver, braised pork, and a dry-hopped cheddar in between. $50 will reserve your spot, including tax and gratuity. Make your reservation by calling 816-389-4180 today!

September 18, 2012

Remembering the night that was: The Local Pig Beer Dinner

A very full Beer Kitchen played host to September's beer dinner last night - a six-course meal prepared by Local Pig's Chef Alex Pope. It was fantastic. I know I say it after every dinner, but I promise, it doesn't make it any less true.

If you're not familiar Local Pig, you should be. Alex Pope opened the charcuterie early in 2012, with an emphasis on local products. In addition to the ever-changing meat offerings, the store offers premium spices, a butcher box subscription (spots fill up in a hurry, so if you see an opening announced, act quickly!), and classes on breaking down whole animals and making your own meats. And everyone at the shop is a beer lover! If you're a home brewer, you can trade some of your beers for sausages. I believe there's a limit of six at once, but that's unofficial, so don't hold me to it.

That's a little look into why this dinner was so enticing, and sold out in a hurry. Now, a course-by-course breakdown of the dinner, with some of the tunes that came on during the meal, a la my write-up of the Green Dirt Farm dinner (what can I say, when I find a gimmick I like, I'm not afraid to return to it. Plus, the music was great. And apologies for any ads that might play before the songs).

(EDIT: YouTube got all clever and changed the minimum size requirements for the players. I think. My eyes may be too tired and I may not know enough to know any different. So now the players are slightly bigger, but the music's still there!)

September 13, 2012

The Cask Chipotle Cinnamon Oatmeal Stout is here!

It's a mouthful to say, but you'll be alright just ordering "the cask beer." This is a smooth beer, with subdued flavors. Good for a cool, rainy evening, so come on out and give it a taste!

September 12, 2012


Mmmm so tasty!
Tomorrow (Thursday, September 13th), McCoy's will be tapping a special brew - the McCoy's Oatmeal Stout, kicked up with chipotle peppers and cinnamon! This clocks in a little over 6% ABV, so it's a drinkable smooth stout, with a little bite. And that's not all that makes this beer special... Julian's Celina Tio showed up, and helped on the brew day. This is going to be quite the treat!

There are a couple other special beers that will be on tap at McCoy's in the next few days. Right now, the IPA is back, this time with a slight English spin. A little maltier, not quite as hop-forward as American IPAs, but not any less delicious.

The next beer is special for the Caffeine Crawl taking place this weekend. You may be familiar with the tasty Toddy Stout that McCoy's brews, but coming soon, they'll have a different version of it. The Indian Monsoon Brown. It's the McCoy's Hogpound Brown, with a special Indian Monsoon Coffee twist, specially roasted by Broadway Roastery. Keep an eye out for it. I know the Toddy Stout is one of my favorites, so there are high hopes for this one!

One last special event coming up in a couple weeks. September 25th will be the release of McCoy's Oktoberfest! You'll get a delicious beer, in a special glass you can take home! We'll get you some more details as the day gets nearer, but keep the night free. It'll be fun.

September 06, 2012

Exciting Upcoming Beer Events!

Have you been to any of our events where we've Randyl'd McCoy's beers? Well, if you want to try more while learning about the Randyl'ing process, keep your eyes and ears open for an interactive beer talk at Julian, featuring McCoy's Brewmaster Keith Thompson. Originally scheduled for tonight, it's been postponed for a later date (Chef Tio's a little busier than she had first anticipated - not a bad problem at all!). 

We'll let you know more details about this great beer interactive, followed by a fantastic dinner, in the near future. Until then, here's a reminder of another dinner, the Local Pig beer dinner, featuring Chef Alex Pope, at Beer Kitchen.

This is one you won't want to miss, so call Beer Kitchen at 816-389-4180 to reserve your spot today!!