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…

Parlor KC

Last Saturday I had the amazing opportunity to try out Parlor. A new restaurant concept opening THIS FRIDAY in the Crossroads - 17th and Locust, behind Double Shift ;)

It was quite the experience! Seven different restaurants to choose from, two full service bars (one upstairs and one downstairs), several areas to relax, an awesome patio upstairs, and beautiful murals throughout.

I had a great time, to say the least. The food. WOW! Incredible. There is something for everyone's tastes there, even my kids' who can be pretty picky.

Let's start with the downstairs.
When you walk in you are greeted with lovely hosts but also great sitting spaces to just hang out, relax, enjoy. To the right is the living room area. There's a fantastic fireplace with great seating. To the left is more of a lounge/den type area, more seating but also fun pictures of local Kansas Citian's plus books, maps, shirts, and hats.

If you walk down the hall from the den area you'll go past the b…

Beer release, KC Brewery Hop 2019 event, and two beer fest!

This week is loaded, like a baked potato ;)


* Trivia:
- Flying Saucer
- Crane Brewing
- Grains & Taps
- Free State Brewing
- Waldo Pizza (Waldo)
- Brew Lab
- Bier Station (music)

* Open Mic at East Forty Brewing 6-9pm
* $4 beers on the wall at Flying Saucer KC 4-7pm

* Trivia:
- HopCat
- iTap
- Mockingbird Lounge

* Music - Bier Station
* Amber BloKC release at Cinder Block Brewing 4-9pm
* Coconut Porter release at Happy Basset Brewing Co. 5-10pm
* Crane Brewing - local's night
* Double Shift Brewing - growler Wednesday sales!

* Bingo - HopCat
*  Iron Rail Brewing job fair 9am-2pm
* Lawrence Beer Co. tap takeover at RBar & Patio starting at 4pm
* Backyard BBQ Fundraiser at Cinder Block Brewing 5-8pm, $1 of every beer sold will be donated to Camp Quality!
* Live music - Lawrence Beer Co.
* Books on Tap at River Market Event Space 5-8pm (need tickets!)
* Dubious Claims celebrity bartender 6-10pm
* Nintendo Night at The Rino 7pm

First weekend of SEPTEMBER!

WOW! We're already in September and the calendar is packed full!

Thursday - 
* Paris of the Plains cocktail festival 9am through midnight, runs through Sunday! You do need tickets
* India Pale Lager release at Crane Brewing 4-9pm
* Monthly LBG (Lawrence Brewers Guild) Hoppy Hour at Mass St. Fish House & Raw Bar 4:30-7:30pm
* Dubious Claims celebrity bartender 6-10pm
* Beer & Bingo at HopCat 7pm
* Crane Brewing & Stockyards Brewing tap takeover at HopCat

Friday - 
* First Friday's - West Bottoms & Crossroads
* Barley Bus Tours
* Art Westport 2018 - Westport, runs through the weekend
* Happy Hour at Crane Brewing 2-5pm
* Its Just a Phaze bottle release at Crane Brewing 2-9pm
* Monk's Roast Beef truck at New Axiom 5:30-9:30pm
* Greek Fest 2018 and goes through Sunday - 6-10pm
* Live music at Martin City Brewing Co 7-11pm

Saturday - 
* Barley Bus Tours
* Learn to home-brew Kombucha at The Brewkery 9-10:30am
* Bottomless brunch at Ruins Pub 10am-2pm
* Kansas City C…