These days, small craft breweries are popping up everywhere across America, with some of the finest being in our own backyard. According to this Kansas City Business Journal article, KC is now home to 20 breweries in the metropolitan area. In the past year alone, this market has seen the opening of Kansas City Bier Co. in Waldo, Big Rip Brewing Co. in North Kansas City, Martin City Brewing Co. in south Kansas City and Rock & Run Brewery and Pub in Liberty. It's also seen Torn Label Brewing Co., Border Brewing Co., and Double Shift Brewing Co all located in the Crossroads Arts District. As we continue to celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17), we highlight a few of our favorite local brews available at BRGR Kitchen + Bar. Because burgers just go better with beer- especially Kansas City beer – and we can’t get enough of these made-close-to-home brews.
First up is KC Bier Co.’s most popular brew, Dunkel. Located in the lively neighborhood of Waldo, KC Bier Co. describes “Dunkel” as a medium-bodied beer with a slightly sweet, toasted bread crust malt flavor and smooth finish accentuated with just enough noble hop bitterness to balance the malt. “Dunkel”, meaning dark, copies the traditional brown Munich lager that was the most widely drank beer in Bavaria at the turn of the 20th Century. Pair this beer bier with one of BRGR’s fresh-baked pretzels and chili fondue, and you might be second-guessing if you’re in the heart of America or Germany.
This next brew may come from the Little Apple, but it’s sure to deliver big hops and flavor. Located just two hours west of Kansas City, Tallgrass Brewery recently released their next generation Pale Ale, the 16 Bit Double Pale Ale. As a follow up to the 8-Bit Pale Ale, Tallgrass describes this brew as a “sweeping sequence of crisp aromas, light body, bright hoppiness and striking citrus flavors.” While Tallgrass suggests pairing it with Doritos on their website, we suggest going with the parmesan-crusted Knob Hill burger.
Last, but not least, is the Stormchaser from Free State Brewery. Being from the Midwest, let alone tornado alley, us Kansas Citians know a thing or two about storms. And by the taste of this lighter-bodied IPA, Free State certainly knows a thing or two about brewing a good beer. The flavor profile on Free State’s website described the Stormchase as “a bold, blonde American IPA [that] employs a healthy dose of wheat malt and generous amounts of Crystal, Centennial, and Citra hops. The hops provide a great citrusy bouquet and abundant notes of grapefruit and orange, while the wheat malt provides a crisp tartness.” The Stormchaser makes for a nice and easy accompaniment with just enough citrusy hops to cut through the bold flavors of BRGR’s tacos (yes, BRGR has more than just burgers!)