For my birthday a while back my friends decided to take me to Kansas City, MO for some brews, blues, and BBQ. I immediately sprung into action seeking reviews on the best and most unique places to eat and drink through the weekend, focusing on bars/breweries all within walking distance of one another. I will post on my other great findings in the area shortly, but for sake of time and attention span I will just talk about the main reason we visited KC and that was for Boulevard.
Boulevard tour with Jeremy Danner.
Next we visited the smaller brew house as he showed us all the digital components and the overall processes and differences between the larger and smaller brewing gear. Then back to the tasting room for some beer. Then up some stairs to see the grain mill and hopper. Then some more beer samples... Without going into too much detail, we walked for miles all over the brewery, the packaging area, the beautiful reception area (where they often hold weddings), the barrel aging room etc. We then traveled up a plethora of stairs through hallways, and rooms and eventually made our way to the roof. With a fresh beer in hand, we drank beer on the roof next to the BLVD sign overlooking the entire city. What a sight!
Arguably one of the coolest parts of our tour was getting to hang out in the lab with "Science," the nickname for the lab tech. We got to check the yeast propagation to some extent, see a massive deep deep freezer (which Jeremy doesn't like since they wont let me him make dip-n-dots in the freezer) and we got to try a couple of aged beers being used for taste comparisons. Lastly, we were able to drink beer directly off the taps in the lab. This may not sound as cool as it really is. To my knowledge, this is the FRESHEST beer directly off a vessel or keg or bottling line. The tap box in the lab is used for last minute quality control and boy is it tasty. The regular wheat beer was so incredibly fresh and delicious I wish we could get that beer in Omaha that fresh. We were also able to taste Nutcracker which I have had numerous times in the past, but, I have never tried it right after the dry hopping. Frankly, I didn't even know it was dry hopped every other time I had tried it because they actually sit on that beer for months before distributing it! It is great regardless but it is a delicious, dry-hopped, masterpiece when it is only days old.
|My buddy Matt-Left |
(we had come from Oktoberfest)
and Brewer Jeremy Danner -Right
All in all, one of the best tours and best tour guides we have ever had at ANY brewery. Thank you so much Jeremy Danner and Boulevard Brewing for being such great hosts.
Thanks all for reading. Check back to hear a bit about some of the other amazing beer bars in KC.
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