Food and Drink

Drink Up During Craft Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week has officially begun, leaving us with just one question: Where will you be drinking?

Photo via Free State Brewing Co.’s Facebook page.

Tuesday

Ditch the bar nuts and upgrade your beer food. The 75th Street Brewery is serving up Belgian-style beers paired with steamed black mussels, beef tenderloin and plums baked in a rich almond custard, and KC Bier Co. is taking over the restaurant’s taps tonight and Wednesday.

Free State is hosting a celebration of its own Tuesday night. The Lawrence brewers have partnered with the beer travelers of the Roaming Pint to create a hoppy American Black Ale of the same name, which features Chinook, Galaxy, and Amarillo hops, seven malts, oats and chocolate rye. Get a taste at the firkin tapping on the restaurant’s patio, or enjoy Free State brews paired with five delicious courses at Webster House, where you’ll find rainbow trout, grilled rib eye, German apple cake and more.

Wednesday

Beer Kitchen is pairing Odell Brewing Co. beers Celestrina, St. Lupulin, Lugene, and Tree Shaker with artisanal cheeses. Because the only thing better than beer is beer served with cheese.

Stop by by Bridger’s Bottle Shop to try Springfield’s Mother’s Brewing Company beers, including the company’s taste room West Coast IPA, “Chong” and Raspberry Imperial Blind Mice. Post a photo of yourself drinking Mother’s beers on Twitter and hashtag Bridger’s for a chance to win a trip to the brewery.

Thursday

Enjoy Boulevard Beer while you scope out a new destination—Pinstripes. The Prairiefire bistro offers bowling and bocce, and tonight they’re providing complimentary appetizers while Boulevard reps enlighten drinkers.

Friday

The Foundry is tapping the rare Goose Island Lolita, a sour Belgian-style ale with raspberries, while California-based Lost Coast Brewery takes over the taps at the Burg and Barrel in Overland Park.

Saturday

Head to Waldo for Hopfest 2014. More than 50 craft breweries will be on hand with more than 250 beers. Enjoy unlimited samples, food trucks and live music. Brush up your craft beer knowledge with help from speakers, including KC Bier Co.’s Steve Holle and Jeremy Danner and Trip Hogue from Boulevard Brewing.

Sunday

Don’t forget your helmet when you embark on Tour De Bier KC, a point-to-point bicycle tour of Kansas City’s breweries, historic brewing landmarks and other significant beer spots. The tour, which includes 17, 35 and 65 mile routes, starts and ends at Knuckleheads Saloon. Proceeds go toward BikeWalkKC.