Snake Saturday!

This weekend is St. Patrick's Day, with Saturday being Snake Saturday!!

I believe *most* places have announced what they're doing this week so I thought maybe it would be a bit easier to list out all the events on Saturday now than to wait - so you can plan accordingly, of course! :)

There is SO MUCH going on, on Saturday - celebrations, beer festivals, and a new brewery opening!

Here we gooo!

* HopCat St. Patrick's weekend party - you will need tickets
* Happy Basset Brewing - opens at 6am: breakfast, photo booth, ping pong table, and music at 7pm
* Big Rip - opens at 8am: breakfast ($5, RSVP), special tappings, music, and NO COVER
* Cinder Block - opens at 9am: $3 or $10 cover, music, special food menu, and beer
* Velo Garage - opens at 9am: beer specials
* Grain to Glass - opens at 9am: $5 cover & $20 for parking, beer/food specials
* Iron Rail Brewing - opens at 9am
* East Forty Brewing - opens at 9:15am for the parade in Blue Springs: food & beer/cocktail spec…

W.A.S.P - Women Air Force Service Pilots

I am SO excited for an upcoming brew at Callsign Brewing Co., W.A.S.P! It is a waffle inspired ale. And it tastes really good!

Last year I partnered with Flying Saucer to help start Women's Night Out. We wanted to create a safe space that introduced more women into the craft beer community. The beer world is not just a man's world; there are plenty of women who drink, brew, and support beer.

Women's Night Out is a monthly meet up, every second Monday. One of Flying Saucer's managers leads the open discussions and educates our group on certain beer focused topics. We enjoy flights, appetizers, and each other's company. During our meeting in December, we talked about possibly doing a collaboration beer with a local brewery. We also started our Facebook group - Women's Night Out at Flying Saucer.

One of my friends, Chandra Sirois, co-owner of Callsign Brewing Co. took a leap and invited our group to brew a beer at her brewery. When she posted that I was so excited…

2019 Beer Fests!

So I had posted a list on our Facebook page, but it has since gotten lost amongst the other posts.

There have been a few beer festivals that have already occurred since the start of the year, but there are still SO MANY to attend the rest of the year!!

MO Beer Fest
Cass County Beer Fest
Snake Saturday
March 23: 
Blarney Brew Off

April 4: 
Forks & Corks
April 6:
Spring Fling
April 7:
Brew to Brew
April 18:
Air Capital Bacon & Beer Fest (Park City)
April 25:
Craft & Compassion (LFK)
April 27:
Parkville Brew Fest

May 4:
East Forty presents Brew & Chew
May 18: 
Nano Brew Fest
May 19:
Tour de Bier
Beer Paws Pub Crawl

June 1:
Get Ripped
KC Spring Brew Fest
Brew at the Zoo (Topeka)
June 15:
Boulevardia/Taps & Taste
June 29:
Crossroads Beer Fest

August 3:
Hip Hops Hooray
August 10:
Unico Microbrew Fest
August 24:
SECraft Beer Fest

September 14:
Prairie Beer & Music Fest (Wichita)
KC Beer Fest
September 21:
Lost Township
September 28:
Tap That (Topeka)

October 12:
Botanical Gardens…

Kansas City Bier Meisters, more than just a club

Six months of planning, organizing, and anticipation comes to end during the Kansas City Bier Meisters competition. This year was the KCBM 36th Annual competition - yes 36 years, and it was such an honor to come out Saturday to Crane Brewing to check it all out first hand.

One of the longest running home brew clubs in the world, KCBM are more than just a club. They are a family. Members have been part of the club for a couple of years up to 20 years, plus. It was fun overhearing the memories everyone talked about from the beginnings to now. And everyone was so nice. Not only nice, but warm. I never once felt like I was less than or out of place.

The competition lasts all week, but Saturday is THE day - there are two sessions of judging, a guest speaker, banquet, and the awards ceremony. When I first walked in, the first session of judging was just about to start. Each session had about 60 judges, some stayed for both sessions and there were some new faces that came for the second sess…

NYE - be safe!

Hey all!

I know it's been awhile since I last posted on the blog, but I feel that today is as good as any to talk about drinking and driving.

Since it is NYE and either you're off work and starting early or going out tonight, you should make sure you have a designated driver. If you think you're going to be drinking at all, have a DD. You don't want to have a bad start to 2019.

Which brings me to earlier this year. The beginning of March, I got a DUI. I had attended a beer fest in Lawrence, told myself I wouldn't drink that much but unfortunately I drank that much and then decided to drive back home, to KCMO.

I made an incredibly stupid decision.

Want to know how much a DUI costs? Let me break it down for you:

Bail - $500
Lawyer fees - $2000 (still owe $396)
Diversion fees - $310
8 hour drug/alcohol class - $150
Diversion monitor - $150
MADD victim panel - $40
Interlock - $70/month
UA's - $16 (each time you go)
Restricted license - $100

So far, I have paid $319…

Halloween Weekend!

Ok, so I know Halloween isn't until next Wednesday but there's a lot of Halloween events going on this weekend!

Which will you participate in??

Wednesday -
* People Power Beer at Crane Brewing 4-9pm
* Winter clothing drive for homeless vets at Callsign Brewing 4-9pm
* Rye IPA release at Border Brewing 4-9pm
* S'morter release at Happy Basset Brewing 5-10pm
* Martin City Brewing beer dinner at Sierra Grill 6-9pm (need tickets/reservations)
* Day of the Dead celebration at Boulevard 6-10pm (need tickets/reservations)
* Paint & Sip at Cinder Block Brewing 6-8pm (need tickets/reservations)
* Trivia -
- iTap
- HopCat
* Music: Bier Station

Thursday -
- Crane Brewing 4-10pm (Halloween party)
- Cinder Block Brewing 5-9pm (dog-gone Halloween party)
- Bier Station 5-9pm (kids costume preview)

* Logboat Tap Takeover at iTap 4pm-midnight
* Winter clothing drive at Callsign Brewing 4pm
* Yappy hour at KCBC 6pm
* Torn Label beer dinner at Nick & Jake's (…


Hey all!

I haven't forgotten about you. I know I've been a bit silent on getting event updates out. I've been focused on KC Brewery Hop 2019! I've also had some personal things come up that I needed to tend to first.

But I'm back! :)

* Fog Machine from Torn Label returns with a pre-draft release party at Parker on the Fontaine 6pm
* Trivia:
- Crane Brewing
- Flying Saucer
- Grains & Taps
- Free State Brewing
- Waldo Pizza (Waldo)
- Brew Lab

* Shuffleboard Tournament at Casual Animal Brewing 5:30-7:30pm
* KC Library Campaign Reception at Bier Station 5:30-7:30pm
* Open Mic Tuesday Sessions at East Forty Brewing 6-9pm

* Trivia:
- iTap
- HopCat
- Mockingbird Lounge

* Music - Bier Station, Brew Lab
* Crane Brewing - Local's Night
* Waldo Pizza LS - Battle of the Breweries 5-8pm
* Happy Basset Brewing Taproom Release - Hazelnut Porter 5-10pm
* Vinyl Night at Wakarusa Brewing 6-9pm
* Half off growler fills at Double Shift Brewing

* Bin…