September 30, 2015
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 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.
2nd Shift Brewing Co.
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.
Coffee Liquid Spiritual Delight
Imperial stout brewed with Blueprint Coffee.
75th Street 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.
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Imperial Stout 2014
Love Child #5
Cinder Block Brewing Co.
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.
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.
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.
The stoic, brewed with pomegranate with 16.5% being aged in oak wine barrels and 16.5% being aged in oak rye whiskey barrels.
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.
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.
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.
Founders Brewing Co.
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Goose Island Beer Co.
Imperial Stout brewed with licorice.
Gordon Biersch Restaurant & Brewery
Green Flash Brewing Co.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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...
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?
Logboat Brewing Co.
Oak Aged Imperial Stout
Belgian Golden Strong Ale Aged in Wine Barrels with Rainier Cherries.
Martin City Brewing Co.
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.
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.
McCoy’s Public House
Wee Willy Scotch Ale 2014
Ursa Major 2012
Mosaic Imperial IPA
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.
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.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
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.
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.
North Coast Brewing Co.
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.
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 (www.monkinstitute.org), and the brewery will make a contribution to the Institute for every case sold to support jazz education.
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?
Imperial stout aged in rum barrels
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
Belgian Blonde ale that is 100% Brett Fermented in Chardonnay barrels with Chardonel grapes then packaged conditioned
Prairie Artisan Ales
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.
Brewfist/Prairie Spaghetti Western
Imperial Chocolate Coffee Ale
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.
Tallgrass Brewing Co.
Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel
Russian Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
Torn Label Brewing Co.
Imperial Brown Ale aged on charred Missouri white oak
Belgian quad brewed with guajillo chiles
2014 Quadjillo aged in tequila barrels
February 17, 2015
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
Deschutes Obsidian Nitro
Odell Fernet Porter
Mother’s Spring Batch
UrbanChestnut Winged Nut
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