Zymurgy, the journal of the American Homebrewers Association, has named Boulevard’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale on its list of Top-Ranked Beers.
The results of a survey asking Zymurgy readers to share 20 of their favorite beers, that are commercially available in the United States, were tabulated to create this list. On this list, Tank 7 has tied at 32, out of about 50 beers, with New Belgium La Folie and Russian River Supplication. Russian River’s Pliny the Elder has taken the top spot for the fifth straight year.
As legend has it, at Boulevard Brewing Company, fermenter number seven became the black sheep of the fermenters because of its finicky nature. Fortunately for the beer-consuming public, when Boulevard’s brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, all the elements came together in the fermenter number seven. Thus, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale was created.
The beer begins with a strong taste of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes and finishes with a peppery, dry finish. This straw-colored beer would be perfect for meals featuring herb-roasted chicken, pork and Taleggio cheese.
In 1988, founder John McDonald started construction of Boulevard Brewing Company by installing a vintage Bavarian brewhouse in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City’s historic Southwest Boulevard. In November 1989, the first keg of Pale Ale was delivered to a nearby restaurant in John’s pickup truck. 2006 beckoned a major expansion adjacent to the original brewery, raising Boulevard’s capacity from 6,000 to 600,00 barrels a year.
Boulevard now produces close to thirty different beers during the course of the year, including Zymergy’s favorite, Tank 7. Boulevard Brewing Company offers 45-minute walking tours of its production facility. During the tour, participants learn about the history of the company, brewing process and philosophy. The tour concludes with a tasting of a variety of Boulevard beers. Learn more information about the tour at boulevard.com.