Thursday, June 16, 2011
About six months ago, well after Better Beer Authority climbed out of its infancy, I went on an unrelated business trip to Kansas City. During my first lunch (at the Embassy Suites I was staying at), I asked the bartender my customary question when I first get to a watering hole in a new city, "What local beers do you have here?"
"Boulevard Lunar Ale" was his response. So I ordered it and was quickly impressed. The one thing I was looking forward to most in Kansas City was the BBQ, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I wasn't expecting to find a well-polished local brew. I sampled another offering from Boulevard and I was hooked. If I remember correctly, it was the Pale Ale.
Before I went back to my hotel room, I asked the concierge where the nearest beer store was; since it was a block away, I didn't hesitate to go buy more "samples." I came back to my room with a nice variety of their beers.
As luck would have it, the conference's closing party was at the Boulevard Brewery itself! How awesome is that?! It was a great time. The party was in the Muehlebach Suite with two very important components (three, if you count the bathroom). A great circular bar with most of their offerings and a great outdoor balcony over the city.
Boulevard offers tours; though I didn't take any, I would in a heartbeat on my next trip to Kansas City. If you have done the tour, please comment and let the beer drinkers know how it was.
Posted by Richard Hartogs at 2:45 PM