A lot of people knew about New Belgium Clips Beer and Film event as evidenced by the amount of people that were there. Combined with the perfect weather, this event was a little too small for the Kansas City crowd. Enough space to put your blanket, but waiting in line for tokens and then beer took up to an hour. Tokens are great, but when there’s only one location to get them it can be frustrating. The timing was too small, as well. With just two hours before the film began, there was a lot to take in. Boulevardia had the right idea by having multiple locations for tokens and spreading their festival over three days.
The event itself was enjoyable. Although a bit too “hipster” for my taste, I get what kind of crowd they were trying to entice and there were a lot of them there. Bicycle valet, food trucks, postcards to send, an old-timey interactive display, a bubble movie set, and beers, of course, were all perks of the event at Theis Park. New Belgium knows how to make beer, so there were no disappointments there. Their Film Noir, a festival only release, was as they described – a Milk Dud in a cup and I like Milk Duds. They were also serving canned beers and sours.
I appreciate the event. It’s something unique to do outside the same, old (yet still fun) beer festivals Kansas City has multiplied in over the last few years. I arrived at 6:50pm, but would recommend getting there even earlier. Cans were being sold to early birds at 6:30pm and it gives you more of an opportunity to check out everything before the crowd arrives.
Here are the pictures:
Double Shift Brewing Company has announced they will be opening on Saturday, July 11th. You can’t open a brewery without a little help, though, and that’s why Aaron Ogilvie, founder and head brewer, needs some people who are interested in the beer industry. Double Shift is now hiring for an Assistant Brewer, a Taproom Manager, and Servers to help with their brewery in the Crossroads. Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Double Shift opens in July, they’ll open with a pretty solid selection of beers perfect for the hot, summer day. Hayloft Saison is their traditional take on the classic farmhouse style, Heavy Weight Double IPA will be knocking you out with 127 IBUs and a 10.7% ABV, and a midwest twist on American Pale Ale – 18th Street Pale Ale is brewed with a heavy dose of Kansas Wheat. They’ll have space in their facility to add barrels to barrel-age and sour beers, but that will be further down the road.
Ogilvie spoke at the Brewbound Brew Talks event on Monday at Boulevard Brewing Company. Other speakers include Michael Crane and Steven Hood with Crane Brewing, Jon Poteet with Central States Beverage, and Simon Thorpe with Duval Moortgat USA. The event was intended for people in the beer industry, but was open to anyone. It was a great way to socialize, learn, and make new connections. Pictures are below and visit our YouTube page to see videos of the whole thing.
Not brand new beers, just new for the year and how it’s distributed, Heavy Lifting and Hibiscus Gose hit kegs this week. Hibiscus Gose was also released in bottles for 2015. First released in 2014, this Gose is a sour, slightly salty beer that receives coriander and sea salt during boiling. Boulevard then steeps dried hibiscus flowers at the end to create a vibrant pink hue. With its beautiful pink color, it’d make a great Mother’s Day gift for the beer-loving mom.
More a fan of their Smokestacks? Barley’s Brewhaus Shawnee will be celebrating American Craft Beer Week all next week and on Thursday, May 14th, they’ll have a Boulevard Smokestack Vertical Night. Saison-Brett 2014 and 2015, Imperial Stout 2013 and 2014, Rye on Rye 2013 and 2014, Foeder Projekt, and Love Child No. 5 will all be served beginning at 5pm.
On Monday, May 18th, Brewbound will be hosting Brew Talks in Boulevard’s Muehlebach Suite. Brew Talks provides craft brewers, distributors, and retailers the opportunity to come together to socialize and discuss the business side of craft beers. Simon Thorpe, president of Duvel Moortgat USA, and John McDonald, founder of Boulevard, will be speaking as well as a few others who have not been announced. It’s a free event, however donations are encouraged and go to The Animal Rescue Alliance (TARA), an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping homeless pets in the Kansas City Area.
And, of course, Boulevardia is next month. Volunteer opportunities are now open, however Taps & Tastes volunteer opportunities are not open to the public. When you volunteer with Boulevardia, you receive a free t-shirt, free admission on the day of volunteering, a free ticket for entry to the festival on another day, and plenty of thanks from a grateful Boulevardia nation. I volunteered last year, and it was one of the better volunteering experiences I’ve had. I highly recommend it.